I am Elizabeth Brokamp, a licensed professional counselor with over twenty years of professional experience. But more importantly, I understand what it is like not to recognize yourself because of the terrible toll of depression.
The first time I experienced depression I was in college. It hit me like a freight train — a sense that I was profoundly alone. I withdrew from people and had trouble saying “yes” to invitations to go out with friends. I had trouble eating and sleeping, and thought awful thoughts about myself. It wasn’t until I sought counseling that I began to understand the complicated mix of experiences, upbringing, and heredity that had gotten to me to that place. Even better, I got tools and strategies for how to make changes. Over time, it got better and the depression dissipated. Finally, I could move on with life, marry, have kids, and focus on how I could bring those tools to others who suffered just like I did.
Depression is, unfortunately, insidious. It always looks for another weak point or stressful time when it can move back in. I experienced a resurgence after the birth of one of my children, a happy event but a stressful time. Like most new parents, I wasn’t getting much sleep. We’d had trouble with breastfeeding, a risk factor for postpartum depression. These are just the conditions that depression needed to flare again. Only this time, because of my work and past experience, I knew what it was and could battle back more efficiently and effectively.
Through more years of training and experience, I learned what to do so that depression never gets a strong foothold again. These are also tips and strategies I will pass along to you. While I cannot do the work for you, I can certainly walk beside you, offering strength, insight, and clarity when you most need it. Through our collaboration, we can get you what you need most of all: relief.
My focus is to help individuals like you to heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. My guidance will be honest but gentle and respectful as we confront ways in which your thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors may be holding you back. I will also always follow your lead in terms of the pace you can handle. You don’t have to worry about getting a list of unwieldy “shoulds” or being made to feel bad about getting to this place. The therapy room is a safe, confidential space in which you can share and find acceptance and warmth and encouragement. We can work together to get you back on track and feeling like yourself again.
My goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
No problem. It is very common for people who suffer from depression to take a while to make the decision to seek treatment. While you are gathering information, there are a lot of helpful resources out there for you to learn about depression.
You also may continue to have questions about me, my background, and approach. If I can be of help to you, please reach out.
Whatever your path forward, I wish you the very best. I know from experience that this can get better.