Depression Specialist

A Place To Turn, Inc

Mental Health Practice located in Westlake Village, CA

Depression is a leading cause of disability around the world. If you struggle to overcome persistent feelings of sadness or guilt, the team at A Place to Turn, Inc. can help. Cheri McDonald, PhD, LMFT, offers comprehensive depression screenings in-office and customizes a treatment plan to help you feel more like yourself. Dr.Cheri uses available depression treatments like psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and life coaching, so you can get back to a healthy, happy life. Call the office in Westlake Village, California, to schedule a depression evaluation today, or book an appointment online.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a serious mental disorder that negatively affects how you think, feel, and act. When you have depression, you may feel a persistent sadness and a loss of interest in life and the activities you usually enjoy.

The underlying cause of depression isn’t well understood. Several factors may increase your risk for developing depression, including your:

  • Genetics
  • Environment
  • Personality
  • Brain chemistry
  • Family history
  • Substance abuse issues

Symptoms of depression aren’t something you can just “get over.” Without treatment, depression can worsen and increase your risk for reckless behaviors and suicidal thoughts or actions.

When should I seek help for depression?

You should schedule a depression evaluation at A Place to Turn, Inc. if you experience persistent sadness that lasts for two weeks or longer and interferes with your responsibilities.

Dr. Cheri and the team also recommend booking a consultation if you have other symptoms of depression, such as:

  • Loss of energy
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Changes in appetite
  • Difficulties sleeping
  • Difficulties concentrating

If you have persistent thoughts of suicide, it’s important that you seek immediate medical attention by calling 911 or by visiting the nearest hospital.

How is depression treated?

A highly effective treatment for depression is psychotherapy. This type of talk therapy helps you understand your feelings, so you can learn to better cope with them.

Dr. Cheri and the team also offer cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a therapeutic treatment that helps you identify problems in your life that contribute to depression, so you can make the appropriate changes.

You may also benefit from the other holistic services available at A Place to Turn, Inc. to treat depression, such as:

  • Hypnotherapy
  • Energy healing
  • Life coaching
  • Meditation

A Place to Turn, Inc. also offers the revolutionary Apex laser. This nonsurgical ultra red light therapy can address damage in your brain at a cellular level to relieve depression symptoms and improve your overall quality of life. 

In some cases, you may need antidepressant medications in addition to psychotherapy or CBT to relieve moderate to severe depression. Marriage and family counseling services are also available to help you and your loved ones understand the impact depression has on your relationships and family dynamic.

You don’t have to manage depression on your own. Call A Place to Turn, Inc. today to schedule a depression evaluation, or book an appointment online.