Depression Counseling in El Cajon, CA.

Leading therapy for major depression, bipolar, postpartum depression, SAD and mood disorders in El Cajon, California.


Depression Counselor

Kevin Fleming Ph.D.

Coach/Change Agent/Consultant

Within driving distance of El Cajon

Grey Matters International, Inc. and the work of Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D. handles depression and other emotional disorders in a very unique way. Most of therapy or counseling processes utilize validation, unconditional positive regard, and reframing as common techniques to get someone to heal from their depression. Though this can be helpful, it rarely fixes the core problem behind it and for tough cases we then refer them usually to a psychiatrist for medication which can have tons of side effects. Instead, why not try a natural and arguably more effective way to not just change your mind, but change the brain--where the depression is rooted. Contact us at kevin@kevinflemingphd.com.

Depression Counselor

Aleksandra Drecun, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Within driving distance of El Cajon

Experiencing the symptoms of depression can be debilitating. Individuals do not have to suffer in silence with depression. Effective treatment is available to alleviate symptoms of depression. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a research-validated treatment approach to eradicating depression. Freeing oneself from depression will allow the individual to reclaim their life, improve their mood and return to a previous level of functioning. Living free of depression is essential to attaining a high quality of life and a meaningful existence.

Depression Counselor

Peter Lambrou, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Within driving distance of El Cajon

Depression and anxiety often occur together and treatment is similar from a cognitive view. However, treating depression requires some special approaches to stop the cycle of negative thinking, loss of energy, and feelings of hopelessness and guilt. My approach is to first explore if there are events or situations that might explain the depression. When there are no apparent reasons for depression, then it is likely that there is a biological or genetic underpinning. Most important is for the person suffering from depression to recognize that treatments can and do work to break the depressive cycle.

Depression Counselor

Scott Wood, M.A.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of El Cajon

Every life has times of sadness. When that sadness becomes depression, it is important to get support from a therapist. You can’t “just snap out of it,” and the effects can be devastating. Signs that you might be suffering from depression include a depressed mood most of the day, a loss of interest or pleasure in activities you previously enjoyed, poor or excessive, loss of energy, significant increase or decrease in appetite, thoughts of death. If you are experiencing these types of symptoms, don’t wait to get the support you need. Help is available. I provide a compassionate and supportive environment to assess your situation and work together toward relief. Contact me today.

Depression Counselor

Tami Chelew, MA, CSAT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - LMFT #79759

Within driving distance of El Cajon

I am an Emotionally Focused therapist (EFT). Research shows that those who suffer from depression actually benefit quite well from EFT therapy. Depression can be very isolating. The pain of isolation is inherently traumatizing. We are meant to be in relationship with others. I work with indiviudals and couples who struggle with depression by strengthening their relationship so that there is a deeper felt sense that the person who is suffering from depression can experience that they do matter, that they are important, that they are cared for and loved by another. This helps create a more secure attachment to self and others which is therapeutic and needed for healing.

Depression Counselor

Jill Silverman, LCSW

Licensed Psychotherapist

Within driving distance of El Cajon

Have you had more "down" days recently, felt like not engaging in your usual activities, or had difficulty with sleep, eating, concentrating? Depression ranges from just feeling stuck in life to greater suicidal thoughts and gestures, There are many degrees of depression and not all symptoms apply to everyone. Many times there are specific instances which have lead to depression, and other times it is in conjunction with a chemical, clinical depressed state of mind. I can help you sort out how to feel better and understand what is contributing to your depression and what to do about it.

Depression Counselor

Jonathan Kramer, PhD

Psychologist

Within driving distance of El Cajon

Depression comes from many causes, including: bio (genes, hormones..); psychological (blocked anger, wounded esteem..); social (loss of person/place/thing, loneliness..), mental (pessimism, self-criticism..); economic/career (loss of job, finances..). There are also a variety of ways to manage and lift depression, including: bio (meds, exercise..); psychological (boost esteem, harness energy/emotions..); social (develop better relationships and social skills..); mental (greater optimism/hope..); economic/career (new ways to increase success and finances). Successful counseling changes patterns and leads to greater happiness. Get started. Email or Call - Act today for a happier tomorrow!

Depression Counselor

Gretchen J. Penner, ASW

Pre-licensed Therapist

Within driving distance of El Cajon

All our feelings begin with thoughts, just like depression. I provide a safe non-judgmental place to therapeutically process life experiences and negative thoughts that lead us to feel depressed, unloved and unworthy. We used to think that increasing a strong self-esteem fights depression. Studies now show that self-esteem can be harmful. Instead, we are now learning that self-compassion creates a strong foundation where one can learn to become content in whatever situation they find themselves in. Through therapeutic mindfulness you can learn to let go of those things that are holding you back, and find your inner joy and contentment.

Depression Counselor

Mary Obata, M.A., LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Within driving distance of El Cajon

Symptoms of depression can sometimes be devastating and cause an inability to function and at other times can be mild but chronic. Depression counseling with me involves talk therapy along with mind/body therapy that helps release whatever stuck patterns and negative beliefs that may be contributing to the low self-esteem, lack of motivation and energy, hopelessness, isolation, sleeping and eating problems. Using a holistic approach, it can be important to look at biological, psychological and social/external factors that may be causing the depression and make sure that each area is addressed. Depression may also be accompanied by anxiety and I have extensive experience treating both issues.

Depression Counselor

Donna Scott, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of El Cajon

Depression is accompanied by sadness or despair. It can be extremely difficult to endure, especially since Christians are taught to "count it all joy." In some cases, there may be a chemical imbalance which will require medical intervention. However, having someone walk this painful journey with you as a guide and provide a safe place to share the pain has proven helpful.

Depression Counselor

Roxanne Strauss, M.A., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of El Cajon

Understanding that there are different types of depression, different levels of severity, and various causes, I work with each individual to assess what kind of depression they are experiencing and possible causes. Often anxiety and depression occur together. Along with providing a safe, non-judgmental place and therapeutic relationship for people to talk about their depressive feelings/emotions and experience, I also utilize research-based therapies that have proven effective for treating depression and anxiety.

Depression Counselor

Philip Kolba, MA

Psychotherapist

Within driving distance of El Cajon

Research shows that the most effective treatment for depression is psychotherapy. Depression can range from feeling down to major symptoms such as having trouble even getting out of bed or contemplating suicide (if you have suicidal thoughts or plans, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255). Online counseling is effective for depression because it is easy to access: you can start treatment without even leaving the house.

Depression Counselor

Sue Cates, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of El Cajon

Are you sad? Having trouble functioning? Has life lost it's meaning? Are you outwardly successful yet wondering "Is that all there is?" Although many of us feel down from time to time, depression can sometimes feel debilitating. Depression has many causes. My approach includes work on various levels: emotional, relational, cognitive, and spiritual. Therapy can help you be mindful of your experiences, your emotions and your thought patterns, have compassion with yourself, develop resilience and hopefulness and get you back to living the life you desire.



You Have Found The Best Therapists for Depression and Mood Issues in El Cajon, CA.

Are you ready to experience new freedom? Thank you for visiting our California search of licensed therapists in El Cajon who specialize in helping people overcome sadness, treat major depression and mood disorders such as bipolar, postpartum depression, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Feeling down, lonely, and depressed can affect us at any station in life. Sometimes the cause may be physiological (such as hormonal or due to medication), it may be emotional, environmental, psychological or any combination of the above. Counseling for recovery and restoration from depression by a top rated therapist in El Cajon will help you climb back up and start living your dreams again.

El Cajon is located in San Diego County, California. It has a land area of 14.48 square miles and a water area of 0.00 square miles.  The population of El Cajon is 103,679 people with 32,564 households and a median annual income of $45,925. .


Therapy Affordability Meter for El Cajon, CA

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While counseling can certainly be an expense for individuals and families in El Cajon, with proper budgeting, it is entirely do-able and the risk/reward is worth it. For some families, it may be difficult to sustain a commitment to therapy without proper insurance coverage. If this is you, ask your therapist about low cost options as practitoners in and around El Cajon may have flexibility or sliding scales