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Depression Counseling
in Mesa, AZ

Mesa Depression Counseling and Treatment

At Biltmore Psychology and Counseling we know depression is more than just sadness. Our team of depression therapists have helped many people in Tempe, AZ overcome their feelings of depression and gain the motivation, perspective, and joy they once had. If you are struggling with depression, please call us at (480) 999-7070 to make an appointment today.

We welcome individuals from the Tempe area for in-office or teletherapy sessions. Depressed feelings often include feeling empty, overwhelmed, lacking motivation, changes in weight and sleep, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, and even thoughts of suicide. Depression is an experience commonly shared by many at some point in their lives, but not often spoken about.

Depression can seem crippling and feelings of hopelessness are very common. Our psychologists and counselors often take a tailored approach to therapy for depression based on each individual’s needs. In some cases a combination of medication management and talk therapy is most appropriate.

In these cases we can refer specialists that provide excellent medication management care. For others, they take an approach to best understand how the depression started and what tools they will need to once again feel grounded, worthy and whole

Depression Counseling FAQs

The focus of depression counseling is to help increase insight into depression triggers, develop adaptive coping strategies to help decrease depressive symptoms, and find ways to make life changes to avoid unhealthy circumstances. Our psychologists and counselors use a variety of techniques to treat depression including cognitive behavioral therapy, relationship counseling, and life coaching.

In depression counseling, our counselors help the individual identify the triggers for their depression and help them begin to see the steps they can take to find healing and hope. Together, we seek to determine the source of the depression and then create a personalized treatment plan for each individual. For example, if the source of the depression is due to a medical condition, we coordinate care with a medical provider, or if the source of the depression is due to a history of trauma or distressing life events, we process through these events to decrease feelings of shame and self-doubt.

Depression can start in our family. Negative family dynamics that were abusive, neglectful or unsupportive can create shame and self doubt in the individual. If we don’t grow up knowing what we need and what we are worthy of, we may never ask or advocate for things that would make us happy or keep us from being depressed.

Depression can start in our thoughts. Self-critical views, hopeless outlooks on life, and fear can create a cycle of negative thoughts that can make us feel depressed. In therapy, we may look at how our thoughts influence our experiences and how our experiences influence our thoughts. From a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach, we can learn to identify these negative cycles of thinking and re-frame to a more healthy and accurate view.

Depression can start in our emotions. Many bright, thoughtful, and insightful people can know how they are “supposed” to think, and yet they still feel sad, disappointed, and upset. Through an emotion focused therapy approach we can best understand how to changes our emotions even when they defy all rational thought.

Depression can start in our family. Negative family dynamics that were abusive, neglectful or unsupportive can create shame and self doubt in the individual. If we don’t grow up knowing what we need and what we are worthy of, we may never ask or advocate for things that would make us happy or keep us from being depressed.

Depression can start in our thoughts. Self-critical views, hopeless outlooks on life, and fear can create a cycle of negative thoughts that can make us feel depressed. In therapy, we may look at how our thoughts influence our experiences and how our experiences influence our thoughts. From a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach, we can learn to identify these negative cycles of thinking and re-frame to a more healthy and accurate view.

Depression can start in our emotions. Many bright, thoughtful, and insightful people can know how they are “supposed” to think, and yet they still feel sad, disappointed, and upset. Through an emotion focused therapy approach we can best understand how to changes our emotions even when they defy all rational thought.

Depression can start in our relationships. So often our mood is influenced by the quality of our intimate relationships. When our marriages, relationships, and friendships are on the rocks, it becomes increasingly more difficult to view ourselves, our future, and our world in a positive light. When appropriate, our therapists can do both individual and couples therapy to help treat symptoms of depression.

Depression can develop for many different sources. Some depression can present from chemical changes that occur after a pregnancy (see: postpartum depression) or due to a neurological condition such as Parkinson’s disease. Other forms of depression can start from a history of trauma or negative relationships.

While others can begin from a negative view of the self and hopelessness for the future. While there are many different etiologies for depression, our counselors create individualized treatment plans for each person they are seeing.

Depression usually includes at least 5 of the following symptoms:

  • Depressed mood most of the day and nearly every day
  • Decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Physically feeling agitated, slowed down, difficulty “getting going”
  • Intense feelings of worthlessness and inappropriate guilt
  • Decreased ability to think or concentrate
  • Recurrent thoughts of suicide or death
  • Insomnia (difficulty sleeping) or hypersomnia (sleeping a great deal)
  • Fatigue and loss of energy

Depression can often come after major life difficulties such as a loss of job or end of a relationship. Yet, depression can also put great strain on our relationships and responsibilities. While many are able to maintain their job, relationships and daily functioning, they do so with great snuggle and effort. Depression can often cause relationship difficulties as people tend to be more apathetic, frustrated, agitated, less empathetic and less flexible when depressed. Depression can also cause physical difficulties leaving people feeling sick, tired, and more prone to infection. Lastly, it can impact life satisfaction leading to feelings of worthlessness and lack of hope.

The treatments for depression include talk therapy and medication management. Talk therapy will focus on the specific type of depression and will help the individual deepen their insight into their distress, identify the triggers for their depression, develop adaptive coping skills for these circumstances and look at overall life circumstances and how these may be adjusted to avoid feelings of depression in the future.

Many people choose to seek treatment for depression when they feel that their efforts to control their depression are no longer working. Yet, treatment for depression can also be very helpful when done before the depression becomes severe. When people are in a hopeful place, they may be in the best position to proactively make life choices to avoid thought patterns, relationships, and life choices that can lead to depressive symptoms. So either during increasing depression or before increasing depression, treatment can be very helpful.

Our psychologists and counselors are passionate about finding a treatment plan that is specifically tailored to each individual’s needs and circumstances. While in depression therapy, counseling will focus on helping the individual deepen insight into depression triggers, develop adaptive coping strategies to help decrease depressive symptoms, and find ways to make life changes to help avoid unhealthy circumstances. Should medication management be desired, our psychologists and counselors will coordinate care with treating physicians to provide the best continuity of care.

We’re here for you.

Our counselors apply professional expertise and understanding to provide the best holistic counseling services in Mesa, AZ. A 10-min consultation can help you determine whether our services would be the right fit for you.

Call us today for a free phone consultation.

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We’re here for you.

Our counselors apply professional expertise and understanding to provide the best holistic counseling services in Mesa, AZ. A 10-min consultation can help you determine whether our services would be the right fit for you.

Call us today for a free phone consultation.

Meet Our Team

Dr Melissa Estavillo

Dr Melissa Estavillo

Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Arizona School of Professional Psychology M.A. Clinical Psychology, Arizona School of Professional Psychology B.S. Psychology, Grand Canyon University

Audret Sessions

Dr Audrey Sessions

Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Arizona School of Professional Psychology M.A. Clinical Psychology, Arizona School of Professional Psychology M.S. Mental Health Counseling, Walden University

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Dr. Linda DeBiase

Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Lake Forest College, B.A. Psychology California School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology

Nicole Elliott, LPC

M.C. Counseling, Arizona State University B.A. English (Literature), Arizona State University

Elizabeth Felix, LPC

M.A. Professional Counseling, Ottawa University M.A. Human Resources and Substance Abuse, Ottawa University B.A. Psychology, Ottawa University

Heather Wheeler, LCSW

Masters in Social Work, Arizona State University B.A. Psychology, Arizona State University

Laura Reed, LPC

M.S. Professional Counseling, Grand Canyon University B.S. Psychology, Grand Canyon University

Join our Team
Dr Melissa Estavillo

Dr Melissa Estavillo

Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Arizona School of Professional Psychology M.A. Clinical Psychology, Arizona School of Professional Psychology B.S. Psychology, Grand Canyon University

Audret Sessions

Dr Audrey Sessions

Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Arizona School of Professional Psychology M.A. Clinical Psychology, Arizona School of Professional Psychology M.S. Mental Health Counseling, Walden University<

Dr Linda DeBiase photo.

Dr Linda DeBiase

Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Lake Forest College, B.A. Psychology California School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology

Nicole Elliott, LPC

M.C. Counseling, Arizona State University B.A. English (Literature), Arizona State University

Elizabeth Felix, LPC

M.A. Professional Counseling, Ottawa University M.A. Human Resources and Substance Abuse, Ottawa University B.A. Psychology, Ottawa University<

Heather Wheeler, LCSW

Masters in Social Work, Arizona State University B.A. Psychology, Arizona State University

Laura Reed, LPC

M.S. Professional Counseling, Grand Canyon University B.S. Psychology, Grand Canyon University

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