Depression Specialist

Robert Jaffe, Ph.D, LMFT -  - Psychotherapist

Robert Jaffe, Ph.D, LMFT

Psychotherapist located in Encino, CA

Millions of people in the United States struggle with depression. This serious mood disorder affects how you feel and function. Depression isn’t something you can just “get over.” When you have persistent feelings of sadness and despair, it’s time to schedule a consultation with Robert Jaffe, Ph.D, LMFT, in Encino, California. The experienced psychotherapist takes a holistic approach to therapy and uses many innovative techniques to help ease your depression symptoms. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Depression Q&A

What is depression?

Depression is a mental health condition that affects how you feel, think, and manage day-to-day activities. The severe mood changes that occur with depression may affect your ability to sleep, work, or interact with friends and family.

Depression affects people of all ages and may occur for many reasons, including abnormalities in brain chemistry, a significant life change, or struggles related to a chronic health condition. 

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression affects your emotional, psychological, and physical well-being. Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Ongoing feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or despair
  • Persistent low mood
  • Low energy
  • Irritability
  • Disinterest in activities
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Eating more or less than usual
  • Anxiety
  • Physical aches and pains
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

To be diagnosed with clinical depression, you must feel some or all of these symptoms most of the day, almost every day for two or more weeks.

When should I seek help for depression?

If you or someone you love struggles with symptoms of depression, you should seek help. Depression is more than feeling sad; it’s a medical condition that requires medical care. Getting the proper treatment for depression, especially during the early stages, may improve overall outcomes, so you feel better sooner. 

Even if you don’t have the ongoing signs and symptoms for a clinical depression diagnosis, if you struggle with a low mood, Dr. Jaffe can help. 

What can I expect during therapy for depression?

You can expect honest care and concern from Dr. Jaffe for depression therapy. During your first visit, he listens intently to your story, asking pertinent questions to help him better understand your feelings. 

Dr. Jaffe offers feedback and makes recommendations on the areas he’d like to focus on during your depression therapy. Then, together, you decide on the frequency of your therapy sessions. 

At your follow-up visits, Dr. Jaffe individualizes care to help you get relief from your depression symptoms, using the appropriate therapeutic techniques, such as:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Objects relations therapy
  • Neuro-linguistic programming

He continues therapy for your depression for as long as necessary. 

To get help for your depression from a caring and compassionate therapist, call the office of Robert Jaffe, Ph.D, LMFT, or schedule an appointment online today.