Counseling for Depression in Naperville, Wheaton and Lisle

Counseling for Depression, Sadness and Loss of interest in Naperville, IL

What is Depression?

Depression can be a common mood disorder for some people but if persistent, could possibly become severe. Also called major depressive disorder (MDD), depression can affect how a person thinks, feels (discouragement or distress), or become an interference in daily activities such as eating, sleeping, or hobbies (e.g. swimming, reading). A person may have difficulty functioning at home, work, or school and may have feelings of hopelessness.


It is very common for depression to affect anyone at any age. The reasons behind a person’s depression is sometimes unknown and is still a topic that many researchers are continuing to evaluate. However, there are many different causes of depression, and this hopelessness is sometimes unavoidable. Some risk factors for depression include:

  • Genetics – studies have shown that twin, adoption, and family backgrounds have been linked to depression, though many researchers are still unsure of the genetic component for the disorder. However, researchers have discovered a person having a parent/grandparent with depression can possibly double the risk for the disorder.
  • Brain chemistry – an imbalance in the neurotransmitters play a role in mood regulation for an individual
  • Poor nutrition – consuming foods that are high in sugar have been associated with depression and a variety of vitamin and mineral deficiencies are also known to cause symptoms
  • Stress – the inability to cope with overwhelming stress in a person’s life, can lead to the cause of sadness and despair
  • Substance use – having a history of substance use/misuse can possibly increase the likelihood
  • Is health-related – having side effects from medication, stress from a surgical procedure or extended healing of recovery; experiencing physical health problems can also trigger a depressive episode
  • Grief/loss –grieving the loss of a loved one could potentially cause depression and can include trouble with sleeping, poor appetite or losing interest in regular hobbies and activities


  • Feelings sadness, emptiness, or anxiousness
  • Feelings of shame or worthlessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness or despair
  • Trouble with sleeping, whether falling or staying asleep
  • Change in eating patterns
  • Change in weight (losing/gaining)
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Suicidal thoughts/attempts or thoughts of death
  • Difficulty concentrating on certain tasks (memory or decision-making)
  • Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy; fatigued

Types of Depression

  • Bipolar Depression – (sometimes called manic depression) a person with this disorder typically experiences mood episodes that range from high (extreme, upbeat) moods to low (depressive) periods. Medication can help assist with changes in mood.
  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) – characterized by having a persistent feeling of unhappiness or having a loss of interest in activities that occurs most of time and continues throughout a week’s period and/or more. Other symptoms for this disorder may include trouble with sleeping, restlessness, trouble concentrating, a change in appetite, or feelings of despair or grief. Talk therapy can possibly help with treatment for this disorder.
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder – previously known as dysthymia, (persistent mild, depression) persistent depressive disorder is typically when the depression lasts for 2 years or longer. Symptoms typically have included low self-esteem, hopelessness, lack of energy/fatigue, change in appetite, or difficulty concentrating. Talk therapy, medication, or combination of both can possibly be used to help towards treatment.
  • Postpartum Depression Disorder – a type of sadness that is often attributed to hormonal changes following childbirth. Women who experience this often struggle with despair and discouragement, and if these symptoms continue for several or more weeks, they may have postpartum depression. Symptoms can be ongoing and can severely affect a woman’s daily functioning if not treated.
  • Psychotic Depression – people with psychotic depression typically have symptoms of major depression, along with having psychotic symptoms. Those with this disorder are at a higher risk of self-harm. These symptoms can possibly include hallucinations (seeing and hearing incidents that are not really there), delusions (having false beliefs about events), and/or paranoia (mistakenly thinking that others are trying to hurt you). Medication can possibly help treat this disorder.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder – period that typically occurs during the winter months, also when there is less sunlight but usually goes away during the spring and summer seasons. Medication can possibly help with treatment and light therapy.

Depression in Children and Teens

Common signs and symptoms of sadness and despair in children and teenagers are mostly similar to adults, though differences occur as well such as:

  • Symptoms of discouragement for children – irritable mood, worrying, muscle tension, refusal of attending school or a change in weight
  • Symptoms of discouragement in teenagers – irritable mood, feelings of worthlessness, anger and agitation, often sleeping more, a decline in school performance, self-harm, use of drugs and/or alcohol, change in eating habits, avoiding social gatherings, and losing interest in hobbies or activities

When to Seek Help

If feelings of discouragement and despair are consistent and unmanageable, please seek help from a doctor or a clinical/mental health professional as soon as possible. If there is hesitance on seeking professional assistance, please speak with a trusted friend or loved one or a local health care provider.

If there is suicidal thoughts/feelings or behaviors, seek emergency assistance immediately.


In most cases, depression can be treated even when severe and is recommended to begin treating for the disorder as soon as signs and symptoms are discoverable. Depression is most commonly treated with different medications, the use of talk therapy, or a mixture of both.

*Be advised all mental, emotional and behavioral services are currently offered via online counseling and virtual therapy. Unfortunately, we are not offering in-person office hours until further notice. All of our mental and behavioral health services are available through our HIPAA compliant online counseling portal where we conduct virtual sessions through a safe and secure outlet.*
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Naperville, IL 60563

Christine Barker LCPC, Co-owner

Christine Barker is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), and have been in private practice since 2010. She earned her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Lewis University. Christine specializes in working with individuals (teens and adults), couples, and families on a variety of concerns ranging from relationship issues, depression and anxiety, to personality disorders. She is also trained and experienced with Divorce Mediation Services.

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Brittany Roback LCPC, CADC, Co-owner

Brittany Roback earned her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Lewis University. Although she specializes in working with children and adolescents, she enjoys working with individuals of all ages. Brittany has worked with a variety of issues, ranging from family issues such as divorce or parent-child disputes, to personal issues of anxiety, substance use, and behavioral concerns.

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Chelsea Bogda, LPC

Child and adult psychotherapy As Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” We all have a story, and in today’s society, it can sometimes feel that no one understands or truly hears what we are trying to say. I believe therapy can offer a nonjudgmental and empathic environment for these stories to unfold.

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Erin Burns, M.A.

Adult and adolescent therapy, trauma therapy, identity work In a world where mental health is often stigmatized, society can leave us feeling judged and misunderstood. Reaching out for help during a difficult time requires significant strength and courage. My passion as a therapist is to facilitate growth in clients, assisting them in accessing the strength they already possess within, while supporting them as they work towards personal growth in an empathic, nonjudgmental, and welcoming environment.

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Heather Anderson, LPC

Carl Rogers, the father of person-centered therapy, said, “When I look at the world I’m pessimistic, but when I look at people I am optimistic.” The world can be scary, and life can be difficult, but no one should have to go through it alone. Together, we can work towards a better tomorrow.

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