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Depression Specialist

Southlake Counseling

Mental Health Counseling & Psychologists/Therapists located in Davidson, NC & Charlotte, NC

Depression is becoming an epidemic, affecting over 17.3 million adults and around 6.1 million adolescents and children. At Southlake Counseling, in Charlotte and Davidson, North Carolina, Kimberly Krueger, MSW, LCSW, leads a team of compassionate, experienced mental health professionals who are committed to providing a safe environment and personalized therapy to help you explore and resolve feelings of depression. Call Southlake Counseling or make an appointment online today for expert treatment for depression.


What is depression?

Depression is a prevalent mental health condition that causes intense sadness and hopelessness. Unlike the sad feelings that everyone experiences from time to time, depression lasts for weeks, months, or even years, and doesn’t necessarily have an identifiable cause. 

Depression usually stems from chemical imbalances in your brain that interfere with your mood. While depression can emerge out of nowhere, the loss of a loved one, your job, or experiencing trauma can trigger it. 

Your risk of depression might be higher if you have a family history of depression, personal experience with neglect, poverty, or abuse, or other mental health conditions like anxiety and substance abuse disorder — depression and anxiety often go hand-in-hand. Certain personality traits such as pessimism, low self-esteem, and dependency can also increase your chances of depression.

What are the signs of depression?

In addition to causing pervasive sadness and despair, depression causes other symptoms, including:

  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Social withdrawal
  • Tearfulness
  • Angry outbursts
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in sleep and appetite
  • Slowed cognitive function
  • Reduced problem-solving skills
  • Back pain 
  • Headaches
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Children and teenagers experience similar symptoms, but with some differences. For example, young children may become clingy and irritable or refuse to go to school. Teenagers often show declining academic performance and attendance, feel misunderstood, and experiment with drugs and alcohol. 

How is depression treated?

The team at Southlake Counseling provides customized treatment, including medication and therapy for depression, often incorporating dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Treatment begins with a comprehensive assessment, which is a longer meeting for your provider to get to know you and look for signs of depression to confirm your diagnosis. An evaluation feels like a long conversation about your life, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. 

DBT is a structured therapeutic approach that uses four modes to help you recover from depression. The four modes of DBT include:

  • Core mindfulness
  • Interpersonal effectiveness
  • Emotion regulation
  • Distress tolerance

You commit to at least eight weeks of therapy, with the potential to extend to 24 weeks. Your program includes weekly individual therapy, weekly skills-training group therapy, and access to 24-hour coaching on an as-needed basis. DBT can help you change the way you think and behave, helping you to move away from the negative thoughts and behaviors of depression. 

In addition to your personalized mood disorders recovery program, you are always welcome to take part in a wide variety of additional therapeutic support groups and activities, including: 

  • Journaling and self-expression
  • Yoga and movement therapy
  • Equine therapy 

Southlake Counseling also offers Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy and experiential therapy for self-esteem, body image, interpersonal relationships, assertiveness, nutrition, stress management, life balance, and emotion regulation.

If you or a member of your family is living with depression, call Southlake Counseling, or make an appointment online today.