Older Adult Counseling

 

Depression is not a normal part of aging.

Sense of loss is common among the elderly.  As adults move from middle age to the older years, they often experience many losses, whether it’s a lifelong career, independence, health decline, decline in physical mobility or the loss of someone you love.  Grieving over these lossesis important, butlosing all hope and falling into depression can be detrimental to an individual’s life.

MPK older adult counseling coaching Seattle WA

Symptoms of depression and anxiety in older adults are often overlooked and untreated because they are so commonly associated with the life changes that occur in the later years of life.  This assumption often leads to untreated depression.  Untreated depression in the elderly can potentially be contributing to overall decline in physical and cognitive functioning.

Life changes that come with the later years of life require new ways of going about daily living. Therapy can help older adults, who are experiencing the challenges of aging, manage their emotions, find new sources of enjoyment and meaning, and learn new copingstrategies.  In my counseling and work with the elderly, I rely on a wide range of techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Supportive Therapy, Problem Solving Therapy, Validation, Mindfulness and Reminiscence Therapy.

I offer home based counseling, in certain geographic location for seniors who are home bound.