Depression in Alexandria, VA

Mental Health Awareness Month at Life Enrichment Counseling Center

As May unfolds, we are reminded of the significance of Mental Health Awareness Month. At Life Enrichment Counseling Center (LECC), we understand the importance of prioritizing mental well-being and supporting one another on the journey towards emotional wellness. […]

Building Emotional Resilience: Strategies for Dealing with Depression in Adulthood

Depression is a real and serious mental health condition. Unfortunately, too many adults ignore or simply don’t recognize the signs of this very common disorder and suffer in silence instead of seeking help. But, if you’re struggling to cope with depression in adulthood, know that it’s okay – because help is available and there are steps you can take to build up your emotional resilience and thrive despite the circumstances. In this blog post, we’ll discuss strategies for identifying depression symptoms as well as some tips for overcoming difficult times on your own terms so you can live a more [...]

Setting Boundaries For Self

Setting Boundaries for Self-Care In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to lose sight of the importance of setting boundaries and prioritizing self-care. Yet, self-care is paramount for maintaining great physical and mental health. But very few people understand that setting boundaries is a form of self-care that can help reduce your stress levels, avoid burn out and improve your overall quality of life. If you’ve been putting yourself last, often sacrificing your well-being to please your peers or to avoid conflicts, you’re not alone. Hopefully, in this article, you’ll understand why setting boundaries is crucial and how it helps protect [...]

Techniques for Healing Trauma

Techniques for Healing Trauma Psychological or emotional trauma, if left unaddressed, ranks high on the list of major causes of mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety. However, whether it resulted from a rough childhood, physical violence, natural disasters, a medical condition, or other life-threatening situations, you can brave through the pain and achieve healing. Traumatic events in your life are unchangeable, and although you can't go back and undo your past bad experiences, it's possible to work through them and heal. If you're still struggling to get over the effects of trauma, here are some actions you can take [...]

How to Beat the Winter Blues: Counseling for Depression

Many of us start to experience a familiar feeling of sadness as the days get shorter and the temperature drops. Previously "low-lift" activities like social gatherings, workouts, and maintaining our multiple inboxes now cause inconvenience and dread. Our motivation and focus have decreased drastically, and we feel unusually tired and foggy. Because it's human nature to numb ourselves, before we know it, we've entered a destructive spiral of anxiety, avoidance, and humiliation. Recognized treatments for Seasonal Affective Disorder include psychotherapy, antidepressants and light therapy used in combination or individually (depending on your situation). SAD is a depressive episode that occurs [...]