We all face times when we feel sad. However, the sadness we experience after loss, death, or trauma is normal, and as we move through the stages, we begin to heal, and the sadness ends. We may still miss someone who has passed on or feel down about a failed dream or opportunity, but we move on, often toward something better. Depression, on the other hand, is a pervasive sadness. It can feel never-ending. But help is available at Agoura Christian Counseling in California.

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Depression involves a sadness that refuses to leave.

The following are common depression symptoms:

  • Sadness
  • Anxiety
  • Feelings of guilt or shame
  • Irritability or mood swings
  • Unable to focus or concentrate on tasks
  • Lack of interest in things that brought you joy
  • Isolation
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Insomnia or sleep disturbances
  • Appetite changes
  • Rapid weight gain or loss
  • Fatigue or tiredness
  • Self-harm or suicidal thoughts

Depression can leave us feeling hopeless. It robs us of moments with friends and family and works hard to steal our joy. It can cause us to look the other way from our purpose on this earth.

Although depression is real, it can be overcome with the help of a professional Christian counselor in Agoura Hills. You can find your joy and happiness again.

There are several causes of depression, including loss, grief, abuse, trauma, major life events, chronic illness, family history, and brain chemistry.

If you have recently given up on a dream, lost a business, or failed at something you invested much time and effort into, you could be at a higher risk for depression.

Whether expected or sudden, the death of a loved one changes how we view ourselves, others, and life in general. It may feel impossible to go on without this person.

Abuse and toxic relationships can also bring about depression. The abuse could have been in the past and included neglect or abandonment, or it could be current and ongoing. Depression is only a symptom of a much larger problem.

Trauma received from an accident or assault can result in depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Trauma can hang on and suddenly manifest as nightmares or panic attacks. A counselor can help you manage depression and other issues resulting from trauma.

Although promising, major life events like marriage, a new baby, a new job, and relocation to a new city can cause upheavals in everyday life. If you are the type of person who feels secure with a structured schedule and daily routine, these new normals can cause you to spiral downward into depression as you miss your old life and routine and feel guilty for feeling that way.

Chronic illness, terminal illness, and certain medications can worsen depression. Counseling can help you manage symptoms while maintaining a positive and hopeful outlook.

Although you cannot change family history, you can learn the strategies for recognizing the onset of depression and lessening the impact of its symptoms. If your depression is due to an imbalance of brain chemicals, your counselor and primary care physician can work as a team to help find you the proper medication while teaching you proven techniques for managing the condition.

We offer in-person and virtual sessions for depression. You can choose the format that feels right to you. Your counselor may recommend a combination of both. For example, you may meet face-to-face with your counselor once a month and virtually once weekly.

At Agoura Christian Counseling, we believe that healing comes from all areas of a person’s health: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. When any of these is out of sync, you are not performing at your best, and the others can suffer. We want to help you in these areas, particularly emphasizing your mental health and your relationship with Jesus Christ.

We offer depression counseling in individual, family, couples, marriage, and group sessions. Depending on your needs, you may opt for a combination of individual and group sessions. You also have the choice between in-person and virtual therapy sessions.

If you struggle with depression, reach out for help today. Depression closes our eyes to the reality that life is good and God sees and loves us. If you are ready to speak to a counselor, complete the contact form or call our office in Agoura Hills. We will connect you with a counselor and schedule an assessment session.

During this session, your counselor will get to know you and assess your depression and overall mental health. Together, you will create a mental health care strategy to help get you back to feeling like yourself with a stronger foundation in your Christian faith and armed with results-based psychology techniques.

Contact our office today to get started.

Get connected with a Christian Counselor
Please contact our reception team at
(949) 386-7182