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“I’m smart and ambitious, but I was also overwhelmed – each day felt like a struggle just to keep up, and tasks would pile up before I’d had a moment to catch my breath.”

Therapy for Depression

Is your depression a closely guarded secret? High-functioning depression (also known as dysthymia) is a type of depression where people are able to function in their daily lives without appearing to be struggling with classic signs of depression, making it difficult to identify.

Typical symptoms of high-functioning depression include:

  • Chronic feelings of sadness or emptiness

  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much

  • Fatigue or low energy

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Irritability or feeling restless

  • Decreased interest in hobbies or activities previously enjoyed

  • Changes in appetite or weight

  • Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness

  • Increased levels of anxiety

  • Physical symptoms, such as headaches or digestive problems

  • Thoughts of their own death, or of self harm

It's important to note that these thoughts and symptoms may not be present in all individuals with dysthymia, and everyone's experience will be unique. Therapy can provide you with a safe and non-judgmental space to explore your thoughts, feelings, and concerns.

What can therapy do for your depression?


High-functioning depression can be effectively treated with therapy. One common therapeutic intervention is cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), which focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviours that contribute to depression. A CBT therapist will work with you to challenge negative thoughts and develop new, more helpful ways of thinking. Interpersonal therapy (IPT) is a type of therapy that focuses on improving your relationships and social support network. The therapist will help you identify and work through interpersonal problems that may be contributing to depression. Mindfulness interventions involve teaching you to be more aware of your thoughts and emotions in the present moment, without judgment. This can help with managing negative thoughts and emotions more effectively.​

Therapy can help people with depression gain insight,

learn skills to reduce symptoms, and improve their relationships.


Therapy sessions can vary depending on the therapist's approach and your needs, but they typically involve talking about thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. The therapist asks questions to help identify patterns in your thinking or behaviour, and offers guidance and feedback to help you develop new coping skills.

Seeking therapy is a brave and proactive step towards improving one's mental health, and it is normal to feel hesitant or unsure about starting this process. If you have questions about therapy, please reach out.

Your life can get better. If you’d like me to show you how, 

contact me today for an appointment.

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives

by altering their attitudes of mind."

William James


Therapy for insightful women
in Oakville and throughout Ontario

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