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Depression Therapist in San Diego

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Treating Depression With Therapy

Depression can steal so much of your life. You feel weighed down, lost, and like a burden to the people around you. You feel so disconnected and people just don’t understand how hard it is to just get out of bed. Regular activities feel like a chore and tasks seem almost impossible.  You just don’t see the point sometimes, working to exist.  You wonder if you deserve to be happy like your friends.  Is it possible to feel anything other than nothing or numb inside?

Depression therapist in San Diego and compassionate listener Shay DuBois works to understand what you’re going through and has the tools and the training to help you. Trained in several different therapy models, including Compassionate Inquiry, EMDR, and Interpersonal Neurobiology, Shay can bring you understanding and help you reawaken your life.

About Depression



Treatable with therapy?


Therapy Models:

Interpersonal Neurobiology, Compassionate Inquiry, EMDR

Related Conditions:

Anxiety, Trauma

Signs & Symptoms

Consistent low mood

Feeling hopeless

Low self-esteem

Feeling guilt-ridden

Lack of motivation

Feeling irritable

Lack of interest in daily life

Difficulty making decisions

Recommended Treatments


Interpersonal Neurobiology

Interpersonal Neurobiology is the theory that the mind, brain, and body are all intimately connected. Depression therapy informed by this theory is more holistic and helps clients connect their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

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Compassionate Inquiry

Compassionate Inquiry is a depression therapy model that focuses on guiding the conversation through careful, sincere, leading questions. Your therapist, Shay, will gently usher you through your experiences to help you understand and interpret your experiences in a calm, secure setting.

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EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It’s a powerful technique that allows clients to reprocess traumatic or distressing memories from their past while practicing specific eye movements. The goal is to help clients heal the wounds caused by these memories.

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What to Expect

The Depression Therapy Process


Step One

Your depression therapist in San Diego, Shay, will start off your treatment with a short, one-on-one consultation where she can start to get to know you. Shay encourages you to only share what you are comfortable with during this initial session and will work to evaluate how she can help you.


Step Two

Depending on which therapy model Shay recommends to you, together you will plan out your series of sessions. Shay may even combine models and techniques to tailor your sessions to your needs.


Step Three

Depression therapy most often involved continued sessions over a period of months or years. The timeline will vary from client to client depending on your unique needs and therapy model.

Meet Shay

Hi, I’m Shay 👋 I work with the mind, body, and brain, bringing a variety of skills that allow you to work with trauma in the way you need. Whether it is EMDR, Compassionate Inquiry, IPNB, somatic therapy, neurofeedback, IFS, or other trauma-informed practices, we will work so you can find relief without it feeling scary or too hard.

When therapy is working, you will notice you start to feel more present and begin shifting how you see yourself. With regular practice, you may even feel relief from the burden of the past. You don’t have to feel like you’re stuck sleepwalking. Together, let’s move your life forward.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What causes depression?

The causes of depression are tricky in that they can be biological, genetic, or environmental. Most often it is a combination of biological regulation and stressful or traumatic life events that can send someone into a depression.

Depression can also be influenced by things like your sleep habits, diet, and how often you exercise.

Are there different kinds of depression?

Depression can look different in everyone. Rather than different kinds, most depression therapists refer to 3 different levels: mild, moderate, and severe.

What is a depressive episode?

A depressive episode is defined as a period of two weeks or more where a person continuously experiences the symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).

Much like depression can look different in every client, it can onset at a different pace.

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Find Your Way Back to Yourself

If you’re battling trauma or anxiety, you deserve compassionate support from someone who truly sees you. Book your 15-minute consultation with Shay today.

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