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What are depression counseling techniques?

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TheDetailedDiva said on
I don’t know the real technical term for things, but my friends have mentioned just meeting with a counselor to talk through some of their issues. It helps if the person seeking the counseling can identify what the problem is even if they can’t find the right way to express it. I have also heard that group sessions are an option and can help.
USCMiguel said on
Depression counseling techniques should be left to professional psychologist but there are common things people can do to help people dealing with depression.

For instance, it may be important to be supportive during this tough time for the individual suffering with depression. Taking them to their first appointment with a psychologist might be seen as being supportive.

Much in the same way there can be other ways to help with depression by simply listening to their problem and seeing if there is anything you can do to help make them feel better about their situation. Sometimes all anyone wants to hear is that everything will be okay.

Other times people who are depressed don’t plan for the future as they are so stuck in the present situation. Perhaps planning a event for the future may help them see the bigger picture and be excited for something as small as going to go see a baseball game or catch a movie.

Depression is not something that can be fixed with a pair of movie tickets and should always be handled by professionals but there are things any friend can do to help a friend in need.
Halbert said on
Depression counseling techniques are ones used to help someone deal with and work through their feelings and state of depression. These can include techniques from usually one or more of three different therapies most used for those who are depressed. The three techniques are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy. These are all effective treatment modalities to use. Some of the techniques may include help in developing goals and changing behaviors;not ruminating by introducing ways to distract such as meditation, visualization, or redirection; focusing on the present; working through past traumatic experiences; or reaching out and connecting deeper to others.
Lesley said on
Counselling or therapy that aims at overcoming depression focuses on:
What you do; how you think about things; how you relate to others. (Interpersonal therapy) how you can make things better in the future;   how you can get your basic emotional needs met; help with finding solutions to the problem you are facing right now. You are encouraged not to focus on why you are depressed or what happened in the past.
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