GET YOUR LIFE BACK!
Enjoy life again?
To feel good?
Stop doubting yourself all the time?
Your energy back?
Being able to focus?
Meeting up with friends and pursuing your hobbies?
Depression can be so life-defining that it feels like it has always been a part of your life and will always be. It is all the more important to accept help in order to live the life you want.
I KNOW THE FEELING, LET ME HELP!
As a compassionate and experienced therapist, I can help you learn to cope with your symptoms. In the course of our sessions, you will develop various coping strategies on how to deal with negative thoughts and find your way back to an active and happy life. Together we define your goal(s) and your expectations of the therapy. With a systemic, solution-oriented approach, I focus on supporting you to look forward, to move away from ruminating about problems and toward focusing on solutions.
My private experience with depression and burnout
At the age of 30 I had a stroke. I was lucky, really lucky. And had the best helpers you can imagine. My former students. And yet, in the months after the stroke, I learned painfully what it means when the rug is literally pulled out from under your feet. As an extremely energetic and happy person, these were completely new feelings for me. This experience shaped me and played a major role in my decision to work as a psychotherapist.
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HELP WITH DEPRESSION
IT DOES NOT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE MEDICATIONS!
Don't hesitate to seek professional help. You don't have to wait until it becomes unbearable. Treating a depressive episode early can save you and those around you many difficult, dark days.
Depression can usually be treated successfully with professional psychotherapy. Exercise and learning to listen to your body complement the treatment. Antidepressants can be used, but are not a must, at least not for mild and moderate depression.
I learned to listen to myself, to pay attention what does me good and what doesn't. Ms. Locher encouraged me in her humorous way, to finish my apprenticeship and I MADE IT!
Patient (f), 21
I felt completely exhausted and worn out. A resignation - letter finished me off. I thought that I would end up at social services and my life would be over. Thank you for the support and motivating words!
Patient (f), 58
Without you I would not have this great woman by my side now, changed my job and turned my life upside down. Thank you!
Patient (m), 55
Everything is not always rosy. But I have learned what helps me when I feel worthless and would rather not get out of bed. I compensate less with food and if it doesn't work at all, I'm glad that I can send Ms. Locher a quick email.
Patient (f), 35
SCENARIOS IN DIFFERENT STAGES OF LIFE
There are conflicts at school, being bullied by your classmates depresses you. Your performance is declining, you often feel physically unwell and skip your classes. You spend all the more time on social media. How do you get out of there?
TEACHING AND STUDY TIME
Studying or starting your apprenticeship for your first job demands a lot. You've already tried several directions, changed and abandoned it again - nothing really worked. Those around you expect you to graduate and get your life together. You feel pressured and afraid you won't make it.
You have just become parents and adapting to the new role is more difficult than expected. Can I ever sleep again? Where has my partnership gone? How about sex? Am I doing justice to my baby? Am I a good enough mother/father? Sometimes it feels like being in a golden cage, constrained and torn between anger, sadness and self-blame. Too tired, too exhausted and overwhelmed with the situation. Early treatment of postpartum depression is important for the development of the whole family. Not only for mothers!
PARTNER SEARCH/ LONELINESS
You want a relationship, maybe family planning was on the table. But the right partner is nowhere in sight. You often feel lonely, all alone and wonder how this should continue in the future. The dissatisfaction with yourself, with your own body, increases. Your self-confidence decreases.
You are dissatisfied in your professional life. Everyday work takes up almost all of your time, but gives you relatively little in return. You notice how you lose joy in your work and get easily irritated. Stress increases and you feel this might end up in you burning out.
You are reaching retirement age and a void is spreading. There is a lack of daily structure and active social environment. This is not how you imagined retirement. Your body is no longer as resilient as it used to be. You miss the social contacts of the work environment and the question of how you would like to make this part of your life pleasant is omnipresent.
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GOING THROUGH LIFE WITH JOY AND VITALITY?
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