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Millions of Americans suffer from depression, many in silence. Unfortunately, there has been a stigma around depression, that somehow people who suffer from it are weaker, or seeking attention. People seem to think that depression is just when you’re sad, but anyone who has suffered from it knows that it is much more than just sadness, it is a chemical imbalance in your brain that may affect nearly all of your daily activities. No one wants to admit that they’re depressed, but it can’t get better if you don’t seek help, which is why it is so crucial to do so before it is too late.

My Story

For me, things got really rough after my mom passed away and before I knew it I was at rock bottom. Most days I barely got out of bed, it was the lowest I had ever felt. I thought it was just part of the natural grieving process, but in reality, I had plunged off the deep end. Months passed and I was at the end of my rope, I knew something had to change. I knew it was finally time to get help, but I did not know where to even start.

I felt too embarrassed to ask any family or friends for help. Although in retrospect, I’m sure they knew I needed it because my brother gave me the number to Kairos Counseling, a counseling service operating out of Planos, and it ended up being exactly what I needed.

I had never been to see a counselor before and was pretty nervous, but I knew I had to do it. Before I went, I went online and scheduled a free 15-minute phone discovery. During the phone discovery, I was able to get a feel for my therapy options and what Brittany, the counselor, recommended for me. I then scheduled my first appointment for the following week.

The First Appointment

I was really nervous as I walked in for my first appointment. I don’t know why, but the thought of telling a stranger all my secrets and dark thoughts really intimidated me. I thought “there is no way this lady could help me because she doesn’t know what I am going through.” I won’t say all my nerves melted away as soon as I walked in, but I could definitely feel them lessen. Brittany creates such a welcoming environment that it is hard not to feel at least a little calmer when you walk in.

The first appointment was my least favorite appointment I’ve had, just because it’s really all about her getting to know you and what you’re coming in for. It took a few sessions to really go in deeper into my problems, but the first session is necessary to be able to get there. The first appointment is a little longer than regular appointments, and cost a little bit more, but it’s only a one-time thing. Regular appointments are 45 minutes, whereas your first appointment is 90 minutes.

My Overall Experience

I have been going to see Brittany for a little over a year now and she has helped me with more than just the depression. She has been able to help me through extremely stressful situations and has always been a great source of information and advice. I would highly recommend her to anyone in the surrounding cities of Plano who is struggling with mental health issues. She specializes not only in depression and grieving, but also substance abuse, spiritual issues, anxiety, divorce, alcohol addiction, and more.