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A relationship refers to a connection of two or more people who build enduring commitment to each other out of love. The partners habitually spend time together, share resources and support each other in times of need. Dr. Lynn Winsten, a Berkeley Psychologist & Therapist, acknowledges that healthy relationships are an essential element to having a good life because our lives have more depth and meaning when we feel cared for and love others.

Every relationship faces problems; disagreements or conflict is a natural aspect of human nature. However, many people maintain harmful connections that only bring anguish and prevent them from feeling true happiness. These constant problems not only impact our mental health but also affect our physical health. It’s important to work on oneself in individual therapy, especially if a romantic relationship is causing pain and suffering.

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Childhood Trauma can take many forms.  We often associate it with the physical or sexual assault of a little one, but it can be emotional as wel,. such as, in the form of neglect, or forcing the child to conform to the parent or caretaker’s wishes without regard to the genuine needs of the child.

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Psychotherapy is usually the first form of treatment which is suggested to treat depression. At the time of this treatment, a person suffering from it talks to a trained and licensed depression psychotherapist Berkeley who helps an individual to identify and work towards the factors that might be triggering the depression.

Most of the times these factors get combined with chemical and heredity imbalances in the mind to trigger depression. Taking care of the psychosocial and psychological aspects of depression is just as imperative as treating the medical cause. 

How does psychotherapy help to treat depression?

Psychotherapy is useful for people suffering from depression and helps to:

  • Understand and identify the events or life issues such as a death in the family, medical problems, divorce or a job loss that leads to depression and help them to make them understand which aspects they can improve or solve.
  • Understand the emotions, behaviors, and strategies that contribute to the depressed state of a person.
  • Learn techniques with the help of trauma counseling Berkeley to cope up along with the skills to solve problems.
  • Regain pleasure and control in life.

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Depression is so common that it likely affects at least one person you know.  Some people are fortunate enough to be diagnosed with depression, but many others suffer without a diagnosis, wondering why they feel the way they do. 

Depressive episodes can be short-term and feel easily overcome at their best, or like life isn’t worth living anymore at their worst. The feeling may only come on as sadness or listlessness, but it may also manifest in ways that may not seem related to your mood, like changes in appetite or problems concentrating.

What depression is not, is something you just “get over.”  Depression needs the attention of professionals like any other serious medical condition.

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One of the worst things a parent can endure is seeing their own child (or someone else’s child) abused, whether physically, emotionally, or sexually.

As rare as we want to believe this phenomenon is, studies show that as many as one in four girls, and one in eight boys, is victim to some form of child abuse.

Doctors and teachers are mandatory reporters and must report any instance of suspected child abuse, but this doesn’t always get anywhere.

Children, too, are hesitant to speak out for fear of ridicule or shame. In many cases, the abuse comes from someone in the child’s family, and the child has natural instincts to protect them.

If the abuse can be stopped in childhood, then they’re better for it. But oftentimes, child abuse goes unreported and the children grow up with their childhood abuse.

The scars from childhood abuse are extremely long-lasting and require delicate care in treatment.

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