From our experience both personally and professionally, we have come to realize that there are "many roads that lead to Rome". In this context that means that there are many treatments that help to relieve depression.
This background photo is me, Camilla Coakley, in the midst of learning how to manage my depression. Like the more than 20 million people in the US, I too would go through short and some times very long periods of feeling hopeless. Of course traditional therapy was tremendously helpful to me, but so too was discovering how much better I felt when I was in nature, moving my body, breathing fresh air -- fully experiencing the natural world.
As a licensed mental health therapists, we call upon our training to offer a mix of modalities including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, emotional freedom technique (EFT), solution-focused therapy, strength-based therapy, walk and talk therapy as well as somatic and movement therapies.
We also incorporate exercise, movement and nutritional guidance into our sessions with all of our clients and especially those struggling with depression.
Research is proving time and time again how exercise is one of the most effective natural treatments for depression and anxiety. Furthermore, new data continues to come out about how our diet positively impacts our brain chemistry. Exercising and eating a nutrient dense diet offers an effective alternative treatment to try before starting a psych medication or in addition to the psych medication you are currently taking. Remember, tapering off any medication should only be done in conjunction to working with your prescribing physician.
As we said, there are many roads that lead to Rome and we prefer to take the scenic route. Time spent in nature is soothing for the mind, body and soul. So when possible, and if it feel right for you, we have the option of meeting in a natural setting for our session(s).