What is it?
Have you or someone you know experienced feelings of hopelessness or despair? Perhaps you have had difficulty working, sleep issues, weight fluctuations, or are no longer enjoying the things you used to. All of these things can be signs of depression.
When depressive symptoms last more than two weeks, and when they interfere in daily life, it is likely a major depressive episode. 6.7% of Americans experience a depressive episode in a given year, and the lifetime risk of having a depressive episode is 17%. It can be difficult to know what to do when this is happening to you, but help is available.
How can therapy help?
Depression comes in many forms, and affects people in different ways. You are not alone. At Austin Family Counseling, we can help you walk through this difficult time in your life. Our therapists offer compassionate, non-judgmental counseling in a warm, safe environment. Our therapists can help you to find healthy ways to cope with depression, as well as identify triggers for depression. We will help you to process any issues that might be contributing to the depression and collaboratively find ways for you to overcome this disorder.
If you are in crisis, please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to the nearest emergency room.
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Austin Therapists Specializing in Depression Counseling
Julie Burke, LPC-Intern
Julie Burke is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern supervised by Susan Gonzales, LPC-S. She acknowledges how important therapy is to help people navigate through struggles to help with increased self-awareness, self-esteem, support, autonomy, and overall life satisfaction.
Lisa DeGraff, LMSW
Lisa DeGraff is a Licensed Master Social Worker supervised by Didi Rowland, LCSW. She strives to create a comfortable atmosphere designed to create safety, inspire growth and self-expression, and to truly meet each child where he or she is.
Andrew Groeschel, LMFT
Andrew Groeschel is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He believes therapy is most effective when it focuses on finding solutions and not only revealing old patterns. Andrew brings a special kind of caring curiosity and humor along with a dedicated eye toward mapping present-future aspirations.
Leanna Hammett, LPC-Intern
Leanna Hammett is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern supervised by Tammy Fisher, LPC-S. She is passionate about assisting individuals in their powerful, and very personal, process of change and growth and looks forward to helping you utilize your own natural strengths and self-awareness to create a life you feel excited about.
Amanda Robinson, LPC, RPT
Amanda Robinson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. She is passionate about helping children feel understood and supported within their families, and she strongly believes in the importance of a healthy parent-child relationship.
Grace Shook, LPC-Intern
Grace Shook is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern supervised by Lora Ferguson, LPC-S. She believes in a collaborative approach to cultivate a safe and comfortable environment where you can work together to see things in a new perspective, make healthy changes, and feel empowered to overcome life’s difficulties.
Julie Smith, LMFT-Associate
Julie Smith is a Licensed Marriage and Family Associate supervised by David Braham, LMFT-S. She believes therapy can create a safe space for an individual or a family to explore relational issues.
Laura Strohm, LMSW
Laura Strohm is a Licensed Master Social Worker supervised by Robyn Gobbel, LCSW. She seeks to identify strengths and even small progress that can be celebrated to increase self confidence and motivation to keep moving forward.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Institute of Mental Health