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Depression Counselling in Vaughan ON

Depression is real and can be debilitating. We’re here to help.

Heres’s how we 
help you

You Don’t Have to Suffer from Anxiety or Depression in Silence
– Let Us Help

More than 40% of Canadians report suffering from anxiety or depression at some point in their lives, with women reporting higher incidences than men.

With the right counselling, you can tame your anxiety and live the full life you deserve.

If you are experiencing:

This is what we can
achieve together

Online & In-Person
Therapy

Offering mental health support through virtual and in-person sessions across Ontario and in Vaughan. Online therapy for flexibility; in-person sessions in Vaughan for a traditional touch, catering to diverse preferences for mental well-being.

Flexible
Appointments

We have appointments that fit your schedule, with evenings and weekends available to ensure flexibility. Our goal is to provide convenient options for your mental health needs, accommodating diverse schedules and making support accessible on your terms.

Experienced
Therapists

Comprehensive care: Our offerings include Narcissistic Abuse Therapy, DBT, EFT, and Mindfulness care. Tailored treatment options for your holistic well-being and personalized growth.

Dealing with
Depression

Depression can occur to any of us at any time, when we are experiencing sadness, discouragement, hopeless and/or anxiousness. Watching a sad movie, hearing a story about something tragic or hearing that war has broken out in the middle east. These are all reasons to feel depressed. But these feelings often pass within a day or two.

Clinical depression on the other hand, is a very serious state that interferes with someone’s life. For example, eating, working, sleeping and other day to day activities that once brought you enjoyment or satisfaction. With clinical depression, life is just not enjoyable.

The causes are specifically unknown, but likely a combination of:

  • Genetic factors
  • Biological factors
  • Environmental factors
  • Psychological factors

 

Depression is complicated but factors that can also support people who experience depression include having strong social network of family and friends.

Therapy along with medication, where longer episodes of depression occur, can be effective duo in improving your mood.

Book a consult with me and let’s help you become stable and feel happier!

Understanding the causes of depression
  • There are three significant neurotransmitters that effect our sleep, appetite, thinking, mood and attention.  These are serotoninnorepinephrine and dopamine.  These are the three that effect how many neurotransmitters are released by a neuron, that function as anti-depressants that effect mood, appetite and so on.  If one of these neurotransmitters is low, this will affect the symptoms of depression that present.

    When wondering if you are depressed, review this list and determine if 5/9 of these symptoms exist:

    1. Depressed mood
    2. Decreased interest or pleasure in activities
    3. Significant weight loss or gain
    4. Inability to sleep or oversleep
    5. Psycho-motor agitation (pacing or wringing of one’s hands) or psycho-impairment like slowing of one’s thoughts and movements
    6. Fatigue
    7. Feelings of worthlessness/guilt
    8. Lowered ability to think and concentrate
    9. Recurrent thoughts of death or suicidality (including thoughts, with or without specific plan as well as suicide attempts

    Also consider whether you have experienced:

    • Significant distress to daily life
    • The depressive episode (that can’t be due to a substance or other medical conditions)
    • The symptoms can’t be better explained by another mental disorder like schizoaffective disorder
    • Can’t have had a manic or hypomanic episode at any point
Three different types of depression

Depression can be divided into three categories:

  1. Post-Partum depression
    • after giving birth but in many cases the onset of depression occurred prior to childbirth
    • the onset happens during pregnancy, or four weeks following delivery.
  2. Atypical depression
    • improved mood when exposed to pleasurable or positive events, called mood reactivity.
    • Other symptoms include weight gain, increased appetite, oversleeping, heavy feeling limbs and feeling anxiety at the slightest evidence of rejection
  3. Dysthymia or Persistent depressive disorder
    • milder symptoms of depression that occur over a longer period of time (2 or more years), with two or more of these symptoms:
      • Change in appetite
      • Change in sleep
      • Fatigue or low energy
      • Reduced self esteem
      • Decreased concentration or difficulty making decisions
      • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
Treatments of depression

Treatments for depression can come in many forms:

  1. Medication – for those who have more severe depression or milder depression for a long period of time than antidepressants are prescribed.
  2. No medication – studies have shown that things like:
    • Physical activity – increases the release of neurotransmitters, increases the release of endorphins and endocannabinoids and also raising the body temperature and relaxing tense muscles. Research has shown that exercising 20 minutes, three times a week can help alleviate depression symptoms.
    • Diet – more fruits and vegetables
    • Psychotherapy – talk therapy like CBT and interpersonal therapy

Process

How does therapy work?

Ready for change

Being ready for change means embracing uncertainty and growth. It requires courage, commitment, and openness to new possibilities. Embrace the journey and trust in your ability to navigate through challenges, knowing that each step forward brings you closer to personal transformation and fulfillment.

Goal setting

In order to work out your current situation, we help you set goals and an action plan to achieve those goals. We help you challenge yourself, leave your comfort zone and achieve the goals you set, devising strategies & helping develop the skills you need as you go.

 

Accountability

We help keep you accountable to the goals you set. Self-improvement journeys ​typically involve a lot of hard work, emotional discussions and sometimes tough ​decisions. We’ll support you every step the way. We’re gentle, but we’re also ​honest.

 

Continuous improvement

The work doesn’t stop once you achieve your goals. Your relationship with ​yourself & others, your life situation, job and other factors will continually ​evolve. We’ll help you develop the mindset, awareness and skillset to avoid or, if ​necessary, deal with future challenges.

 

Our Team

Meet our
Clinic Team

Sonya Gandhi

Anita Morar

Mun Yee Lee

Start Changing Your Season Today

Our mission is to help move you through these phases of life, just like the seasons, to a place of calm and acceptance.

If you are ready to discover, explore & move forward, we are ready to help.