How to Become a Depression LPCDepression counselors are mental health counselors who specialize in the various dimensions of depression. Depression counselors conduct assessments to diagnose each patient. One of the more common assessments is the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale. While conducting each assessment depression counselors have to determine the patient’s risk of suicide. Depression counselors will monitor patients closely during their assessments to make sure that they are safe throughout the process.
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Depression counselors may also treat an accompanying disorder such as anxiety. One very important facet to this type of counseling is being able to determine clinical depression apart from ordinary daily life event episodes of sadness and from normal experiences of grief. We all go through tough times; we don’t all suffer from depression. Depression counselors may implement various treatment options such as cognitive behavioral therapy. Behavior therapy emerged from cognitive theories of depression. Advocates of the cognitive theory of depression have theorized that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected. Depression is believed to be maintained by distorted and biased cognitions that affect the individual’s view of himself, his future, and his environment. When depression brings on extreme thinking patterns, cognitive therapy can help bring the patient’s thinking into perspective. The therapist can help the patient mold more constructive thought processes and keep them reinforced. The counselor may choose to implement a psychodynamic approach. There are other types of therapy, as well, that can be utilized. The therapist is able to employ a combination of techniques, as well.