Counseling for Depression at Braden Counseling Center

Everyone experiences sadness. It is when that feeling of deep unhappiness stays with you night and day, and that there might be a problem. It is neither expected nor necessary to live with such feelings. The counselors at the Elgin branch of Braden Counseling Center can help you today.

Depression is a very prevalent emotion in today’s world. Perhaps because of the intensity with which many of us live, there are times that life simply overwhelms us. Losing a job, being arrested, drug abuse, losing a loved one, and grief are all examples of life changes that can be hard to pull away from, but that list continues to grow every day.

A Quick Assessment on Depression

Here is a quick checklist to help identify depression. You or the sufferer might:

  1. Feel sad or depressed all day long. In children or teens, this usually takes the forms of anger or irritability.
  2. Have no interest in things that normally make you happy. This can occur with people and activities.
  3. Have gained or lost a lot of weight.
  4. Have experienced significant changes in appetite. This might manifest as overeating or a complete loss of appetite.
  5. Have difficulty sleeping. You find yourself either sleeping too much or way too little.
  6. Have trouble putting your mind at rest because of the agitation you feel constantly. You may also feel as if your body movements have slowed way down.
  7. Feel tired most of the time. Even simple tasks can become monumental.
  8. Experience feelings of worthlessness. This could be due to a past trauma or event in your current life that needs further explanation.
  9. Feel guilt regarding events in your life and feel that life is spinning out of control.
  10. Find it difficult to stop negative thoughts.
  11. Feel aches and pains in your body that you cannot explain.
  12. Have thoughts of suicide or death. (If these are intense, seek immediate help through a local crisis center).

Notably, teenagers will seem more irritable, grouchy and angry. Also, men often find themselves unable to express feelings of hopelessness and sadness, because they perceive excessive emotions as a weakness and will ignore them. Male depression often takes the form of alcohol abuse, anger, substance abuse, and aggression.

Depression is a serious disease, and it manifests itself differently in different people. Gender and age can make a difference. This is why it is so important for you to consider counseling for depression and anxiety at our Elgin, IL center, so we can evaluate your needs right now.

Counseling for depression is a phone call away at our Elgin office. Do not let feelings of sadness or worthlessness continue to harass you day and night. There is help out there. There are resources to help you to recognize what you are going through, cope with it, and eradicate it from your life.

How Our Elgin, IL Depression Counselors Can Help You

Fortunately, if you are living in Elgin, IL, depression counseling is closer than you may realize. At our counseling center, it is our goal to teach you the skills you need to manage your life successfully every day. We can help you live your life to the fullest without drugs, without alcohol, and without reacting to life’s events in destructive ways.

We have helped many clients lead successful lives, and we can do the same for you. Our Elgin counseling center offers to you:

  • A Free Initial Consultation– Come see us and we will evaluate what we can do to ease the burdens in your life.
  • Flexible Scheduling That Includes Weeknights– It is difficult to fit in appointments when you have to be at work. We will work with you to see you at times that suit your schedule.
  • Verify Your Insurance Benefits– This is important so that our clients know how much they will be responsible for paying and ensure that it is manageable.
  • Cash and Credit Card Payments– Our payment options are designed to help you get the help you need.
  • Counseling and Medication Services– We offer numerous counseling services for a variety of reasons. The local counselors for depression at our Elgin, IL center are here to speak with you.
  • Same-Day DUI Evaluations– We help to capture your emotions right away when a DUI occurs.

You and your counselor will work together to determine whether counseling alone is the right solution for you, or if medication will be an effective treatment. For those with less severe symptoms, they are often astounded when counseling alone modifies or erases depression entirely.

Our staff is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT. Our team will use CBT to bring about changes in the way you think, feel, and act. This interrupts destructive cycles, freeing you from habits that may perpetuate depression and difficulties that contribute to depression.

Our counselors are trained to help you discover the roots of your depression. Once they make a determination, they will create a plan to help you change the way you feel about yourself. This is just the first step of many that will transform your life. Everyone deserves the chance to meet the day head-on with happiness and pleasant anticipation.

Once it is accurately assessed, our counselors for depression at the Elgin, IL center will provide therapy to individuals, families, and couples. When couples and families work together, the results are often surprising to everyone. We can help identify your strengths and vulnerabilities, and we can introduce new skills to take the place of unwanted behaviors.

Depression does not just affect one person; it hits everyone you know and love. Our depression counseling program at our Elgin center helps families increase communication and move towards more harmonious relationships for everyone. Overcoming challenges is part of what we do.

If you or someone you know appears to be depressed, the checklist above can help you confirm the possibility. Do not hesitate to contact us or share our details. The goal at Braden Counseling Center is to use our skills to help those with depression find their way out of the darkness, and we can help you or your loved one today.

What Our Clients are Saying.....

I love my therapist at Braden, I always feel listened to and I look forward to my visits. All of the staff I've interacted with has been super friendly and helpful, and the environment is very calming. Best therapy center I have been to.
Devon Buza
Devon Buza
15:25 25 Jun 21
Very professional and they were extremely nice, I'm happy with my choice of going threw Braden counseling center for my classes!
gage butts
gage butts
19:43 07 Feb 21
Amazing place
Ralph Burton
Ralph Burton
16:30 30 Jan 21
Braden Counseling’s staff is outstanding! The counselor conducted herself in a very friendly, courteous, and professional manner. I was treated with dignity and respect. I was put at ease and the evaluation went smoothly, and efficiently. I would definitely recommend Braden Counseling for all of your personal needs.😊
Gregory Link
Gregory Link
17:16 21 Jan 21
Excellent first visit with Dr. Braden.
Gary Duffett
Gary Duffett
21:18 19 Dec 20
My son liked his first visit and is open to going back again.
Veris Nicole
Veris Nicole
22:36 12 Oct 20
Very friendly and welcoming staff. Highly recommend
Jennifer Rosales
Jennifer Rosales
21:50 29 Jul 20
I could not be more satisfied with braden counseling with thier help. Very patient with clients in crisis and need of thier help.
randall nuckles
randall nuckles
15:12 09 Jul 20
I truly got the help I needed here and I appreciate all the staff member for making it a comfortable environment to feel free to talk about what's on your mind and making sure you get the proper help you need.
Majah’s Mayhem
Majah’s Mayhem
19:30 20 May 20
Love the staff .. came here for help and they definitely made a point to take care of all my paper work I needed .. would highly recommend them mostly Nikki shes a great help with anything .. always so cheerfull here 🙂
miguel tovar
miguel tovar
00:58 17 Dec 19
All staff very nice, respectful, caring, patientWould definitely recommend
Zack Newby
Zack Newby
01:23 18 Nov 19
One word....AMAZING !Very Comprehensive and Professional service. I would Highly Recommend to any one in need.
Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry
16:58 10 Jul 19
Dr. Jane Braden was absolutely wonderful and help me though my whole dui process, made it easy and help me understand.thank you some much DR. Branden for everything, your the best !!!😜
Sean Battersby
Sean Battersby
18:46 12 Mar 19
Shout out to Nikki and Nicole. These special women are compassionate professionals and have earned my utmost respect. Braden Counseling is lucky to have them on staff. Also, Cindy at the front desk is amazing!
Angie Johnson
Angie Johnson
21:34 08 Oct 18
Friendly staff, very professional and results driven
Jeffrey Kerner
Jeffrey Kerner
13:53 01 Aug 17
Braden Counseling really cares about their clients! They offer discounts to military veterans which I believe shows their true caring nature! Its nice to have a local place for people to go for help!
Travis Velazquez
Travis Velazquez
22:27 12 Jan 17
Caring staff. Dr Braden was extremely compassionate and supportive during a difficult time. Recommend to anyone!
T Anderson
T Anderson
21:54 06 Apr 16
Braden Counseling center has the finest professionals around. I'd highly recommend their services should a need arise.
Ndisox
Ndisox
03:03 29 Mar 16
Braden Counseling is amazing! Very kind, very friendly staff. Treated me as though I'd been family. I'd recommend them to anyone!
Jessica jorgensen
Jessica jorgensen
22:34 24 Mar 16
They have amazing staff. They listen and help out so much I would recommend them to anyone .
Brad Jorgensen
Brad Jorgensen
22:33 24 Mar 16
The staff is very welcoming and friendly and professional when you walk through the door!! I had been dealing with some anxiety for some time.... I am so glad I went to Braden counseling my first visit there I felt a sense of being welcomed and actually listened to!! Needless to say when I walked out the door I felt a weight off my shoulders I haven't felt in sometime!! So thank you to your wonderful staff!! I would highly recommend Braden counseling to anyone who is looking for a great counselor to talk with and help with your mental health!!
Deborah Mccoy
Deborah Mccoy
19:00 24 Mar 16
I was an emotional wreck when I first went. I was nervous and probably not making a lot of sense. The staff seemed to understand and immediately put me at ease. By the time I left, life just didn’t seem so bad. Thank you Braden Center for being there.
Pam Pascolini
Pam Pascolini
15:57 24 Mar 16
The staff is friendly and courteous. I was amazed at how helpful they were. These people are top notch and very professional. I would highly recommend this office.
Tricia Hernandez
Tricia Hernandez
15:45 24 Mar 16
Braden Counseling Center has always been wonderful. Their front staff is very kind and helpful and Dr. Braden is nothing but professional during all encounters I have had with her. Their facility and staff care about providing quality services to their clients. I highly recommend them.
Amanda Poturalski
Amanda Poturalski
13:56 24 Mar 16
Would give this place more then 5 stars if I could. I Highly recommend them. Staff is amazing there and so helpful .
Master Shake
Master Shake
21:57 23 Mar 16
I highly recommend Braden Counseling. All the staff there is amazing and very sweet 🙂
Melissa Stathis
Melissa Stathis
21:48 23 Mar 16
Highly recommend this place. Very helpful and always courteous. Ms. Rogers is the best and has excellent skills with people to help them through a multitude of problems.
Sarah Schuyler
Sarah Schuyler
20:37 23 Mar 16
Amazing place! The counselors have helped me through some of my lowest points & the girl at the front desk, Cindy, is always super helpful, kind & courteous. Highly recommend!!!
Jennifer Alexander
Jennifer Alexander
19:54 23 Mar 16
I highly recommend Braden Counseling Center for all of you mental health needs! The staff is courteous, respectful and kind. Dr. Braden is one of the best clinical psychologists I have had the pleasure working with.
Wendy Hardesty
Wendy Hardesty
15:58 22 Aug 12