“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

― Sharon Salzberg

Therapy for Depression

Helping Depressed People Get Unstuck

Do you feel like crying all the time?  Does your life feel aimless and hopeless? Depression often feels like a weight you can’t shake, but help is available.

Here Are Some Specific Challenges I Can Help You With

As you struggle with depression, you may be experiencing:

  • An inability to control your impulses to indulge in unhealthy habits (poor food choices, binging on Netflix, drinking and eating to excess, etc.)
  • Lack of motivation to get up and face the day
  • A wish that life didn’t have to be so difficult
  • Anger that you have been given this pain to suffer through
  • A feeling of hopelessness and despair

If you are overwhelmed with feelings like these, therapy can help.

As Your Therapist, I Can Help You Find Your Way through Depression

I'm Sylvia, and as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I can help you find a way forward despite your feelings of hopelessness.

I have helped dozens of depressed people from all walks of life to reconnect with a sense of agency, meaning and vitality.  At my college counseling center in San Francisco and at Berkeley Mental Health, I met with depressed clients who had suffered from severe trauma and homelessness.  As a therapist working in the Oakland Public Schools, I worked with depressed teens who had been broken down by violent and chaotic home lives and were living in unsafe neighborhoods afflicted by community violence.

As both a support group facilitator and an individual therapist specializing in depression, I know how heavy the weight of hopelessness can be.  I am not afraid to walk with you on the path to healing.

Even if you’re feeling lost now, I can help guide you in making lasting, positive changes in your life.  In particular, I can help you:

  • Regain hope and a sense of agency
  • Find satisfaction from connection with others
  • Rediscover joy in the people and things you once loved
  • Find meaning and strength in your experiences, even the experience of depression
  • Have confidence in yourself

Depression can be devastating, but it's possible to feel better.  And I have the experience to help you.

Take the Next Step and Schedule Your First Session

If you’re depressed and need help, please contact me at (415) 341-4905 or [email protected] to schedule your first therapy session.  If you need immediate help in the meantime, please contact Crisis Support Services of Alameda County at 1-800-309-2131 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.