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Leaves Shadows



Per the American Psychological Association (APA), depression is the most common mental health disorder. It can impact our health physically, emotionally, and cognitively. Biochemistry, personality, genetics, and environment all serve as risk factors for depression. Fortunately, evidence-based treatment is available.

Common symptoms of depression include: persistent feelings of sadness, anhedonia/loss of interest in activities, frequent anger/irritability, changes in sleep patterns/appetite, fatigue, crying/tearfulness, feelings of guilt/worthlessness, difficulty concentrating, and thoughts of death/suicide.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a first-line treatment for depression. In plainer terms, clinical studies have indicated its efficacy. CBT involves gaining a better understanding of how your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors affect you. While some environmental stressors and situations lead to a given amount of stress, treatment will focus on your specific interpretations (i.e., worldview) and how they impact your depressive symptoms.


As you begin to make changes in your belief system and dysfunctional thought patterns, you will begin to notice changes in your behaviors and emotional state. More detailed information is available in the FAQ.

Treatment Duration

The recommended course of CBT for depression typically runs 12-20 sessions. Collaborative treatment planning with Dr. Schlairet will account for your specific needs, availability, and goals. As a result, it may be determined that you may be in need of fewer (or more) sessions.


Ultimately, the aim of treatment is to reduce impairment and make progress on your goals as quickly as possible; progress is typically measured via objective assessment instruments. As treatment progresses, your needs will change. Consequently, the treatment plan is regularly undergoing reconstruction in order to ensure therapy meets your needs.


Are you interested in taking the next step in improving your mental health? Please provide your information below and Dr. Schlairet will follow up with you.

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