One of the most common problems people have today is some form of depression. It isn't always severe and obvious; sometimes it's mild or moderate; but it's still like trying to swim with an anchor tied around your leg, always pulling you down and holding you back. Sometimes, people don't even recognize that they are depressed. They may feel chronically frustrated, or they may just feel dead inside, or they may no longer enjoy the things they used to enjoy.
There are times when life feels like it's just too much work. Today's world is complex, fast-paced, competitive, full of daunting challenges, and even frightening possibilities. Listening to the news doesn't help! Sometimes it gets overwhelming, and you can feel the light going out of your eyes, the joy going out of your spirit, and your will to go on at an all-time low. There's no energy to do even the things you want to do. Maybe there's an obstacle in your life that just won't budge. Or maybe you've felt this way for as long as you can remember.
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." Maya Angelou
Let's spend some time together and talk it through. I'm Erik Edler, a therapist/counselor located in San Luis Obispo (SLO). I provide counseling and psychotherapy for depression, for the communities of the Central Coast and the Five Cities area, including San Luis Obispo (SLO), Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Shell Beach, Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Oceano, and Santa Maria. Together, we can get to the bottom of things, and find a path out of the dark woods. You can have hope, and know what it means to have your energy back, ready to enjoy all the good things that life has to offer. Please don't put it off any longer; start the healing process here and now.
Many people believe they can deal with their depression simply by doing health-based and behavioral interventions, and there is a wide array of practitioners who take this one-dimensional approach. It may have some value, but it always leaves the client in a perpetual state of simply "managing" their depression, and giving up hope of ever being truly free of it. I think it's so important for clients to be able to get to the root of their depression and finally deal with whatever lies at the core, and then become truly free. I am a therapist who addresses causes and not just symptoms. Treat the fire, not just the smoke!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions; I would be happy to help.
My Areas of Expertise
- Individual Therapy
- Couples Counseling
- Depression Counseling
- Anxiety & Trauma Counseling
- Midlife Crisis Counseling
- Life Coaching
- Gay & Lesbian Therapy
- Faith & Spirituality