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Addressing Depression: Comprehensive Screenings and Customized Treatment at A Place to Turn, Inc.


  • Depression is a prevalent global issue and a leading cause of disability. If you find yourself struggling with persistent feelings of sadness, guilt, or loss of interest, the dedicated team at A Place to Turn, Inc. is here to support you. Led by Cheri McDonald, PhD, LMFT, we offer comprehensive depression screenings to assess your condition and create a personalized treatment plan to help you regain your sense of self. Utilizing evidence-based depression treatments such as psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Holistic Integral Therapy (HIT), Ketamine- Psychedelic Assisted Therapy, Neurofeedback and life coaching, Dr. Cheri is committed to guiding you towards a healthier and happier life.


  • Recognizing the importance of early intervention and tailored approaches, we provide in-office depression evaluations. Our experienced team is dedicated to understanding your unique needs and challenges, ensuring that your treatment plan is customized to address your specific situation.


  • Don't let depression hold you back from living a fulfilling life. Take the first step toward healing by scheduling a depression evaluation at our Westlake Village, California office today. You can easily book an appointment online or call our office to embark on your journey towards renewed well-being.


Depression Q & A: Understanding and Treating Depression at A Place to Turn, Inc.


What is depression? Depression is a significant mental disorder that profoundly affects your thoughts, emotions, and behavior. It is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness and a loss of interest in activities that once brought you joy.


The causes of depression are not fully understood but can be influenced by various factors, including genetics, environment, brain chemistry, personality, family history, and substance abuse issues. Without proper treatment, depression can worsen and increase the risk of harmful behaviors and suicidal thoughts.


When should I seek help for depression? If you experience persistent sadness lasting two weeks or more, accompanied by interference in your daily responsibilities, it is recommended to schedule a depression evaluation at A Place to Turn, Inc. Additionally, if you notice other symptoms of depression such as loss of energy, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, changes in appetite, sleep disturbances, or difficulties concentrating, seeking professional help is advised.


If you have persistent thoughts of suicide, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention by calling 911 or visiting the nearest hospital.


How is depression treated? A highly effective treatment for depression is psychotherapy, which helps you gain insight into your emotions and develop coping strategies. At A Place to Turn, Inc., Dr. Cheri and her team offer cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a therapeutic approach that identifies and addresses underlying issues contributing to depression, enabling positive changes in your life.


In addition to psychotherapy and CBT, you may benefit from holistic services available at A Place to Turn, Inc., including HIT, Neurofeedback (NFB), hypnotherapy, energy healing, life coaching, and meditation. The revolutionary Apex laser, a non-surgical ultra-red light therapy, is also offered to target brain damage at a cellular level, alleviating depression symptoms and improving overall quality of life.


In some cases, antidepressant medications may be recommended alongside psychotherapy or CBT for moderate to severe depression. A Place to Turn, Inc. also provides marriage and family counseling services to address the impact of depression on relationships and family dynamics.


You don't have to face depression alone. Contact A Place to Turn, Inc. today to schedule a depression evaluation or conveniently book an appointment online. Let us support you on your journey to recovery.

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