Sanctuary Counseling, LLC.
Douglassville: 610.385.3155 Audubon: 610.850.8009

What is therapy?

Warm Therapy Space – colorful and vibrant

In past blog entries, we’ve discussed how to find the right therapist as well as the top 5 questions to ask a potential therapist, but what exactly does “therapy” entail? Depending on the therapist you ultimately decide to work with, it could mean many different things. Therapists (or counselors, the term will be used interchangeably here) have various ways of working with clients and everyone has his or her own style. Some counselors are passive and will listen to your experiences without a lot of interjection. Others will engage you as you share your story and ask questions to help you explore your current circumstances. Still others may assign homework and give you specific tasks to work on outside of session meant to help you meet your individual goals.

At Sanctuary, we all share a passion for helping others but have distinct methods of working with our clients – and different areas of specialization. Depending on the client’s needs, we can tailor our practice to suit his or her goals and individual life circumstances. In the new home we have built for our Sanctuary community, we’re installing an art studio that will allow us to utilize art therapy with our clients. We also have a dedicated group room where we’re planning programs for LGBTQ, College Preparation, and Couples groups, among others. Many clients choose to utilize individual therapy as well as group programs to further support their individual needs. Read More…

Depression Is A Liar

Depression can leave you feeling numb, foggy, exhausted, and disoriented, not just, "sad."

Depression can leave you feeling numb, foggy, exhausted, and disoriented, not just, “sad.”

We all know Depression is a horrible, stinking liar. I envision Depression as the mean girl who wouldn’t let anyone with the “wrong” shoes sit at her cafeteria table. She spreads rumors about you that are mean, but somehow just believable enough that people don’t dare question her. She’s so good at deflecting attention and building herself up by disparaging others that no one realizes what she’s doing, and slowly, everyone believes her that you’re not good enough, nice enough, cool enough, smart enough, pretty enough, or simply… enough… even you. Just like that girl we all (maybe not so secretly) disliked in high school, Depression is a mean, despicable liar. The trick is knowing how to spot “her.”

1. Depression hides: Depression is sneaky. It hides, and when you’re depressed, you might hide too. Often, this means you hide your depression from others, putting on a brave or happy face when you’re out and about, at work or school, or engaging with family. But when you allow depression to hide by giving her a secret place — those alone moments, the quiet times — she gains a foothold and starts to take over in other areas. So ask yourself: Am I depressed when I’m alone? If you are, consider talking to someone you love and trust about your feelings before they worsen. Sometimes, just knowing that someone else is aware of your feelings and is keeping an eye out for you, and is there to support you, is enough to help you feel a bit better. This won’t alleviate serious depression, of course, but it helps not being alone, and it’s a good first step.

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