Depression often links with grief or trauma (see those entries in the side bar).  Working with depression often means finding some stuck emotions, connected to some charged events or situations, which are sitting around turning sour.  Western medicine tends to view depression as a chemical imbalance, and for some people medicines do help.  Generally, however, the performance of anti-depressants is not much better than placebo, and studies show that even for those who do respond, therapy improves their results further.


I have found through working with clients, there is nothing more fundamental than the importance of creating a strong, safe emotional environment in which to do the work.  If there are difficult emotions that need to be worked through, we need a space that is equally strong, which feels trustworthy, for those emotions to emerge into.  It’s a kind of law – the safer the space, the more easily deep emotions can emerge and resolve in that space.  If you’ve been or are depressed, generally you have not had that kind of supportive atmosphere to process your experience.  When people get into a space that feels safe and can truly address how they’re feeling, the energy starts moving  The role of counseling is to provide that.  Once you can get a little of the stuck energy/emotions to move and resolve, it makes a world of difference.  At that point, things really start to shift.