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Depression Therapy 


Are you feeling sad (or perhaps irritable) all the time? Is it often hard to feel motivated or even get out of bed? Are you lacking enjoyment in the things you used to love?
Maybe you are unaware that you are struggling with depression, and thus, you might tell yourself that you are incompetent and need to "just snap out of it." But, depression symptoms can differ greatly from person to person.

You likely know some of the more common signs of depression, such as:

  • Low mood and feelings of sadness

  • Fatigue or low energy

  • Loss of interest in people, places, or activities

  • Sleeping too little or too much

  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

In some cases, even suicidal ideation can be part of the struggles of a depressed individual.


On the other hand, perhaps you have never considered that weight gain or loss (especially unrelated to your diet) or difficulty concentrating and making decisions can also hint at a depressive disorder.


Whether you’re diagnosed with a mood disorder or simply experiencing low mood due to stressors, we are here to help. Depression therapy can help you identify and understand your symptoms and provide you with the support you need to make worthwhile changes.

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We all experience sadness and hopelessness from time to time, especially if our expectations are not met or we have to deal with the loss of something dear to us.


However, if depressive symptoms persist and become more extreme to the point where they are interfering with the activities of daily life, it may signal something much more significant.


The fact is that millions of people across North America suffer from depression. Statistics show that 1 in 6 people will experience depression at some point in their life and 1 in 4 Canadians experience depression to a degree where they need to seek treatment.

Depression can have its roots in a multitude of causes

As a result of it being one of the most common mental health disorders in Canada, there are many reasons why depression can develop. Some common causes include:

  • Past trauma, such as being neglected as a child

  • A family history or depressive disorders

  • Physical health problems

  • Past trauma, such as being neglected as a child

  • A family history or depressive disorders

Fortunately, with the support of counselling, depression is one of the most treatable mental health disorders. Research has found that 75% of people who go to therapy report benefits.

Whether it is psychotherapy alone or in conjunction with other treatments, seeking professional help for your depression can offer you great emotional support and play an important role in your treatment success.

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We are here to provide you with support, guidance, and strategies. Our goal is to help you cope with the symptoms you are experiencing in a safe, compassionate, and collaborative space, ensuring that we move at your pace.


At Stark Wellness Clinic, our therapists have expertise in the many different forms that depression may manifest and approach each session in an inviting and inclusive manner. Whether your issues stem from past or current problems, we aim to understand the degree to which they may be affecting your life and will prioritise improving your well-being.

Our clinic offers a wide range of options and methods to help you set realistic goals for the future and learn how to prevent future depressive episodes by identifying what is contributing to those situations.

What you can expect during sessions

During the free consultation call, a counsellor will explain what sessions will look like. You will have the chance to ask any questions you may have about the process of depression therapy.


In the initial session(s), you and your therapist will have the chance to get a sense of each other by discussing your motives for seeking counselling and how depression is affecting you, your relationship, work, and life. You will also explore the reasons behind your depressive symptoms and gain a deeper understanding of what you are going through right now. This will build the base to figure out your therapeutic goals and strategies for ongoing sessions.

Therapy for depression can offer you effective strategies designed to help you identify and deal with negative thoughts, feelings, or behaviours.

In particular, depression counselling can help you with:

  • Identifying distorted thought processes that make you feel hopeless

  • Developing coping skills for depression symptoms and managing stress

  • Improving relationships with family and friends

  • Setting realistic goals for the future

Ongoing therapy sessions can also provide you with tips and exercises to use outside of sessions such as behavioural activation to reframe your way of thinking.

Modalities for a comprehensive approach to depression treatment

At Stark Wellness Clinic, all of our therapists are highly trained in different evidence-based therapies and interventions used for depression. While there are many options available for treating depressive disorders, how well the treatment works is dependent on the type of depression and its severity.


Therefore, our therapists will work closely with you to create a tailored treatment plan to address your concerns. Our clinic aims to help you understand why you feel the way you do and learn ways to better cope with stress and manage your symptoms.


The leading approaches used to treat depression at our clinic are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), behavioural activation, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and trauma-focused therapy.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an empirically validated treatment that helps you identify and manage negative thoughts and behaviour patterns that can contribute to your depression.

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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a form of CBT used in psychotherapy to help treat depression. It uses techniques including mindfulness and distress tolerance to improve one's emotional regulation skills. This will help you better recognize and understand how to deal with your emotional reactions and change your maladaptive thought patterns.

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Trauma-Focused Therapy is a specific approach that is built on the understanding of how traumatic experiences impact an individual's well-being. The purpose of trauma-focused therapy is to offer skills and strategies to assist clients in better understanding and coping with the emotions and memories tied to traumatic experiences. This leads to an improvement and healing from the effects of trauma as well as refocusing on the present over the past.

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Behavioural Activation is a treatment for depression that focuses on using behaviours to influence your emotional state for the better.

With the support of our skilled therapists, we are confident that counselling for depression can help you gain the skills needed to manage your negative thoughts and move forward.

Questions and concerns you may still have about depression therapy

Will I get judged or shamed by my therapist?

Our clinic prides itself on being an inclusive, non-judgemental space. It's normal to feel nervous opening up about depression and we understand the courage it takes to seek counselling. Our therapists specialise in working with self-shame and judgement, and

they know how to cultivate a warm and safe environment. We are here for you and are fully supportive of your experiences.

What is nothing changes with depression therapy?

For many, therapy can help them make positive, impactful changes in their life. It may be hard to see the progress you are making at the beginning of the process but it is important to keep in mind that change looks different for everyone and happens at different speeds. Therapy takes time as well as dedication to explore your emotions and work through painful thoughts.

I don't know where or how to begin talking about my struggles with depression.

This process is not all on your shoulders. It is the responsibility of our therapists who have experience in this space to guide you and support you through your healing journey. Sessions typically begin with you getting to know your counsellor and addressing your goals and worries in order to explore the best strategies for your depression.


If you are experiencing persistent loss of interest in activities and low mood, therapy at Stark Wellness Clinic in downtown Toronto can improve your depression symptoms and help you live a full life.


We invite you to book a free, 15-minute consultation to acquire more information on our services. You can also email us at


Our services are offered both in-person and virtually as our top priority is to offer a safe and non-judgmental space for our clients.

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