Depression Support Groups in Westfield, NJ

See all support groups in Westfield
Photo of Caren Weingart, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Westfield, NJ
Cohesive Health and Wellness
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
"Cohesive Health and Wellness is a private mental health practice that offers an open, compassionate, understanding and practical approach to mental health. We welcome children, adolescents, adults, and couples to our practice. We advocate for ending the stigma surrounding mental ..."
(908) 308-4500 
View
Group meets in:
Westfield, NJ 07090
Photo of Ashley Blake Strongwater, Physician Assistant in Westfield, NJ
Cohesive Health and Wellness
Physician Assistant, MPAS, PA-C
Verified
"To learn about the practice and services we offer please feel free to visit our site and do not hesitate to call our office. We warmly offer comprehensive, thorough psychiatric care to children, adolescences, and adults suffering from a wide ..."
(908) 308-4500 
View
Group meets in:
Westfield, NJ 07090

See more therapy options for Westfield

Depression Support Groups
Depressive disorders are characterized by persistent feelings of sadness and worthlessness and a lack of desire to engage in formerly pleasurable activities. Depression is not a passing blue mood, which almost everyone experiences from time to time, but a complex mind/body illness that interferes with everyday functioning. It not only darkens one's outlook, it is commonly marked by sleep problems and changes in energy levels and appetite. It alters the structure and function of nerve cells so that it disrupts the way the brain processes information and interprets experience.

Despite feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, depression is a treatable condition. It can be treated with psychotherapy by depression support groups in Westfield. As with many illnesses, the earlier treatment begins, the more effective it can be and the greater the likelihood that recurrence can be prevented.

Psychotherapy addresses the thinking patterns that precipitate depression, and studies show that it prevents recurrence. Drug therapy is often helpful in relieving symptoms, such as severe anxiety, so that people can engage in meaningful psychotherapy.

What is the difference between Group Therapy and a Support Group?
Westfield Support Groups and Group Therapy both offer a safe place to explore important issues. It is important, however, to understand the difference between the two.

Group therapy in Westfield is led by a therapist, group psychotherapist, or group counselor, and is generally structured around an issue. The therapist guides the group through a program as the group works together to better understand thoughts and feelings. Experienced therapists lead psychotherapy groups for various ages, such as adults, and specific issues including anger management, anxiety, and coping skills.

Support groups in Westfield are usually facilitated by a therapist or counselor, but can also be led by members with lived experiences. Generally, a support group is less structured than a therapy group. Support groups bring together members to provide support and strength to each other, often around a common challenge such as addiction or grief.

Most therapy groups will meet for a fixed length of time with a consistent group of members, while many support groups meet for an indefinite period of time with members coming and going.