Genuine Heart Counseling, LLC

Chandra Lontz-Smith, MA, LPC

970-815-1399

16 Mountain View Ave, Suite 112

Longmont, CO, 80501

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Depression

Trouble in mind, I’m blue. 

But I won’t be blue always, ’cause the sun’s gonna shine in my backdoor some day.

Janis Joplin

If you’re experiencing signs of depression, like a lack of interest in things you used to enjoy or a sense of hopelessness, worthlessness, despair or isolation, please call today

It’s often hard to imagine getting through this, yet I assure you, circumstances and perspective change, and if nothing else, for the time being, you don’t have to be in this place alone.

Please give me a call and see if I might be a good fit for you.

Sometimes, the despair and worthlessness feel so overwhelming that suicide seems like the only answer.

The heaviness seems like too much for any other option. This is a common experience when someone feels so lonely and life seems so overwhelming or meaningless.

This is also something to be taken seriously, and with support, these thoughts and feelings change.

If you are contemplating suicide please call a crisis hotline

(National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which connects to local resources 1-800-273-TALK (8255))

or go to your nearest emergency room.

If you can, call a friend.

My approach to working with depression comes from a blend of compassionate, attentive listening and validation and the more direct, skills-based support of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

 

CBT includes supportive aspects such as:

  • identifying distorted thought patterns and underlying negative beliefs

  • beginning to recognize the negative effects these have on emotions and behaviors

  • learning new ways of balancing the thoughts to reflect a more accurate assessment of life

  • and looking at certain daily activities and how they either hinder or support their well-being.

 

I also utilize mindfulness as a significant source of support. It addresses the relationship one has to their thoughts and helps them to reduce significant tendencies inherent in depression, such as the tendency to more readily access negative thoughts and the tendency to ruminate. This happens partly through distancing from their thoughts, partly though cultivating a compassionate, curious, friendly attitude to these thoughts, and partly through gaining awareness of the impact and temporary nature of these thoughts.

 

Mindfulness incorporates these aspects as support:

  • non-judgmental attention on the present moment, which strengthens tendencies toward compassion and friendliness and instills a feeling of aliveness as one more fully experiences their life

  • attention on internal, bodily processes, such as breathing or walking, which naturally calms the nervous system

  • present-centered awareness, which brings our attention away from stressful thoughts that are usually about the past or the future

  • awareness of the present moment, which ‘fills’ our mind-space with present experiences that usually provide us evidence that we are actually okay or at least surviving what we aren’t sure we can survive

 

Please reference my tab on Mindfulness and the pages for Support for Depression and Effects of Mindfulness on the Nervous System for more information.

 

 

Zindel V. Segal, J. Mark G. Williams, John D. Teasdale

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (2013)