Depression and anxiety are often first cousins. They have much in common.
The role of the therapist in dealing with these very common problems is to help people identify the ways in which depression and anxiety diminish their lives and how they can fight back to gain or re-gain control. Self-defeating thoughts, distorted thinking patterns, unrealistic expectations of themselves or others, conflicting belief systems, and a fear of expressing feelings are the recipe ingredients of depression and anxiety.
The goal of therapy is to create a new recipe of empowerment, self-advocacy, freedom to express thoughts and feelings, and permission to behave with liberation, joy and spontaneity.