Allenmore Psychological Associates remains OPEN. During this period of concern and anxiety having access to quality behavioral health care is important and our staff is dedicated to ensuring your behavioral health care needs are met. In the unlikely event that the WA Department of Health directs us to close we will notify patients via telephone on the day of their appointment (similar to our Snow Day policy). If you are an existing patient who is demonstrating symptoms associated with the coronavirus or impacted by related closures (e.g. cannot find day care due to a school closure) and need to cancel we ask that you inform our staff as soon as possible, APA will not charge you for a late cancellation.


Nearly everyone has experienced times when they feel sad, blue, less motivated, or pessimistic about aspects of their future. In fact, these periods are often normal and even expected responses to loss or difficult life transitions. For some, bouts of sadness may be prolonged to the point that they experience depression that they cannot seem to shake on their own.

Depression that rises to this level is quite common. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that nearly 10% of American adults meet the diagnostic criteria for some type of depressive disorder. It may be triggered by a difficult or unexpected life event, such as the end of a relationship, loss of a job or financial pressures. In many instances a number of life stresses mount up and lead to the feeling of being overwhelmed and unable to manage life. For some individuals there may be a family history of depression that predisposes them to depressive symptoms. In the Tacoma area and the great Puget Sound region, depression may be brought on or intensified by the lack of natural light available to our bodies during the winter months. Regardless of the contributing factors, depression is a common mental health concern that impacts tens of millions of Americans every day.

Although depression is one of the most common mental health disorders, those who suffer from it frequently are misunderstood by their family and friends and feel alone in their battle against depression. In addition to low or sad mood, other common symptoms include diminished interest in daily activities, significant weight loss or gain, impaired or excessive sleeping, feeling fatigued or lethargic, excessive guilt, poor motivation, indecision and thoughts of suicide. These symptoms may typically impair an individual’s ability to function at home, work, school or in other important life areas.

How Can We Help People With Depression?

Although those who are suffering from depression may experience hopelessness, there is actually reason for great optimism about recovery for those who receive the proper type of treatment for depression. Research on depression spanning several decades has shown that mental health treatment, which may include medication management and counseling, can be quite effective in reducing and eliminating depressive symptoms. The first step toward overcoming depression often takes the form of opening up to someone about this struggle. By so doing, people begin to recognize that depression is a common condition which can be effectively treated. Those who go to counseling can receive compassion and competency from a provider with specialized training to help effectively treat depressive symptoms.

During the initial visit, a thorough history information is taken and an accurate diagnosis is made. Often the type of depressive symptoms and severity of depression is measured by administering psychological tests or a depression screening inventory. Such assessment is very helpful in establishing a baseline against which future progress in treatment can be compared. This initial evaluation is followed by creating treatment goals and discussing various different options available to create a truly individualized treatment plan for the client. Several counseling approaches have been shown to be particularly effective in the treatment of depressive disorders. These include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. These approaches emphasize helping the individual understand depression and empowering them to overcome its debilitating effects. These treatment approaches help the client learn new skills and emphasize the manner in which clients can become actively involved in recovering from depression (for more information on treatment at Allenmore Psychological Associates, please see our pages on Medication Management services and Individual Counseling). For those who receive effective counseling, hope begins to break down the oppressive despair and supports the client in making changes in their beliefs and behaviors, which are the effective ingredients in the recovery process.

Contact Allenmore For Help With Depression

At APA, we have been helping people regain hope and happiness for over 30 years. The counselors at Allenmore have experience providing individualized depression therapy for Tacoma, WA and surrounding area residents suffering from depression. When you contact APA, your call will be answered by a real person who will help you find the right counselor to address your depression. All of our counselors and psychologists have completed intensive training and are specialists in treating depression and other mental health concerns. As such, we are an ideal place for persons in the Puget Sound area to obtain relief from their struggles. Please contact us at (253) 752-7320 to see how we can help you or your loved one break free from depression.

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