Treatment For Depression

Are you in need of effective treatment for depression?  You came to the right place – we offer scientifically-based psychotherapy that is proven to be helpful in long-term management of depression.

Is Therapy Effective?

While there are many different types of therapy for depression, we are dedicated to treating psychological problems with methods based on the best science available.  We specialize in a form of cognitive-behavior therapy called acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), which has been shown in empirical studies to be effective for a wide variety of psychological problems, including depression.

Why Not Just Use Medication?

Using medication is an option that a lot of people take to address their issues with depression.  Our commitment at Portland Psychotherapy Clinic is to help our clients so that they can live fuller and more meaningful lives. Our commitment is not just to help our clients feel better, we help them to live better.  It’s a personal choice for you to decide if medication alone accomplishes this for you.

Can I Afford Therapy?

We take many forms of insurance and also provide sliding scale services to those in financial need.

What Can I Expect?

There is no easy way to tell how many sessions we would suggest, but in general most people are able to obtain some significant results in their life after approximately 10 sessions.  Our goal is not to keep people in therapy for longer than they need to be.

If you decide you are ready to start taking your life back, the first step is to send us your information below.  We will then call or email you to and discuss how we can start to help.  We can answer any questions you have about therapy and get you in contact with a therapist.

Why Not Buy A Workbook?

Self-help books can be a great resource and we can recommend some of our favorites to you.  Consider though if a workbook has led to any long-lasting change in your life.  If so, great! If not, then maybe it’s time to consider getting help from a professional.

To Review:

  • Therapy is scientifically proven to be effective for many people with depression
  • Therapy is effective in the long-term
  • Therapy is not only for the rich
  • Therapy does not have to take years

Want To Learn More About What We Do?  Read on…

Having too much depression is a very common problem for people and most people would love to just get rid of it.  However, it’s not that easy, is it?  Or else this wouldn’t still be a problem for you and you wouldn’t be reading this website.  To understand why depression is such a big issue for so many people and why there is hope for you to deal with this more effectively, let’s consider what we call the control paradox.

The Control Paradox

Depression can be often feel unbearable and it’s natural to want it to go away, to get control of it.  This instinct is very strong in people because the “get rid of it” approach often works really well.  If you spilled a glass of water, you get rid of the mess by cleaning it up.  If you have a headache, you get control of the pain by taking a pain reliever.  The name of the game becomes “if you don’t like it, get rid of it.”

Control of Depression

Controlling things is very useful in many areas of life but it does not seem to work the same way for depression, does it?  In fact, not only does control not work – it often has the exact opposite effect.  Here are some things people tend to do when they try to get rid of depression by not feeling it so much:

  • Try not thinking about it, distracting themselves with TV
  • Sleep more, stay in bed
  • Stay in and see friends/family less so they don’t have to feel shame
  • Drink alcohol to feel better
  • Thinking of killing themselves as a way out of feeling the depression
  • Push off important or stressful things to “not now, later”

Can you relate to this list?

Let’s use an example to see this control paradox in action.  Imagine a woman who recently started to feel depressed.  She used to meet up with her friends on Friday nights after work and would go to the gym on the weekends because keeping in touch with close friends and keeping her body fit are important to her.   Ever since she started feeling more depressed she’s noticed how tired she is all the time.  She stopped going to the weekly Friday night meetups and instead changed into her pajamas, watched TV and went to sleep.

While she used to be out the door and on her way to the gym in the morning on Saturday she’s now hitting the snooze button and sleeping until noon.  It’s understandable that she is doing this because she’s really tired, doesn’t feel like being around people and just overall doesn’t feel like herself anymore.  Here is the instinct to “get rid of it”.

This would make sense is this person had the common cold and she just needs to wait it out and sleep more.  Typically when someone starts coping in this way (sleeping more, canceling plans, being less active, etc), they start to have MORE reason to feel bad about themselves and their bodies start to become MORE tired.  This person’s body doesn’t have a disease but she is starting to have a disease of her values.  The things that are important to her – being connected to friends, keeping a fit body – are slowly fading away from her.

If you coped with feeling depressed like this person did would your depression get better or worse?  If you think worse then you can see that trying to get rid of the depression is only making it worse!

There Is Hope Without Needing Control

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) addresses this problem head-on.  Instead of trying to give you temporary solutions to get control over your depression, ACT instead focuses on allowing you to learn how to let go of the struggle to control your depression and allow you to move toward living the life you truly want to live.