Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center provides care for women and girls who are struggling with depression. Timberline Knolls delivers compassionate, comprehensive treatment featuring the best therapies to treat depression.
Our Approach to Depression Treatment
Evidence-based therapies to treat depression
Depression is a mental health condition that results in feelings of deep hopelessness and low mood. Depending on the type of depressive disorder you have, your low mood may fluctuate intermittently or persist for long periods of time. Depression also causes a host of somatic concerns, such as chronic fatigue, digestive issues, and physical aches and pains. But perhaps the most damaging aspects of depression are the loss of motivation and feelings of isolation that accompany this disease. Individuals who suffer from depression often stop showing an interest in activities that they used to enjoy, and as their symptoms worsen, they typically withdraw from relationships with family and friends.
If you are struggling with depression, know that a better life is possible and that you can learn to manage your symptoms with the right help. While each girl and woman will have her own unique experience with depression, with comprehensive support at a quality treatment center, recovery from depression is possible.
At Timberline Knolls, our depression treatment program will reflect your unique strengths, challenges, and goals for recovery. Our thorough assessment process ensures that we gain a clear understanding of your presenting concerns prior to beginning treatment, and this information will help us shape a plan of care just for you. The best therapies for treating depression will vary from person to person, and your treatment experience at Timberline Knolls will consist of the treatment modalities that will help you find success in lifelong recovery from depression.
Individual therapy features one-on-one support to help you overcome depression
Throughout their stay at Timberline Knolls, each resident participates in individual therapy sessions with a primary therapist. These meetings provide a safe, confidential setting where you can work to uncover the underlying issues that may be contributing to your depression.
Together with your counselor, you’ll set goals for your treatment experience, practice new coping tools, and process your successes and setbacks. Your counselor will provide you with important feedback and act as a source of unconditional support. As you set and meet your goals, your counselor will also assist you in planning for aftercare so that you can continue to build on the strong foundation you build during your time at Timberline Knolls.
Group therapy helps you connect others who are in treatment for depression
When you struggle with depression, you may find yourself feeling isolated and alone, and you may have a difficult time sharing your experience with loved ones. But by engaging in group therapy at Timberline Knolls, you’ll connect with other girls or women who have walked a similar path.
With guidance from a trained counselor, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the healing that comes from sharing your experience with others. In turn, you’ll also be able to offer heartfelt support to your peers as they share their stories. Through group therapies, you can feel strengthened by the encouragement and wisdom of the girls and women who are healing alongside you at Timberline Knolls. Additionally, you can practice healthy communication strategies and coping tools with others who understand what you are going through.
Family therapy addresses how depression has impacted loved ones
Like other forms of mental illness, depression can impact everyone within the family unit. Sometimes, depression can cause you to behave in ways that damage your relationships with the people you care about. But by engaging in family therapy at Timberline Knolls, you can incorporate your loved ones into your journey towards recovery from depression.
Family therapy can help educate your loved ones about the disease of depression so that they can gain a better understanding of how your symptoms have affected your life. With help from a therapist, you can work to improve your relationships with family members, and they will then be able to offer much-needed support once your time at Timberline Knolls comes to a close.
Experiential therapies are dynamic methods for treating depression
Depression is a mental illness, but it also impacts your physical and emotional well-being. By engaging in science-backed expressive therapies, you can foster healing on a deeper level as you find healthy ways to express your emotions.
During your stay at Timberline Knolls, you’ll have opportunities to participate in art therapy in a historical art studio that supports painting, sculpture, and other media. You can also engage in dance/movement therapy, an empowerment group (experiential trauma recovery), yoga and meditation, and outdoor recreation such as volleyball, basketball, soccer, badminton, or gardening on our 43-acre campus.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT is an effective therapy for depression
When a girl or woman experiences trauma, it increases the likelihood that she may experience the onset of depressive symptoms. The effect of trauma on the mind and body is significant, and if trauma is impacting your well-being, addressing it in treatment will be critical for your recovery.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is one of several treatment modalities that the skilled professionals at Timberline Knolls use to address trauma in treating depression. This form of therapy is effective in identifying and repairing thinking patterns that might be negatively impacting your mood. By replacing negative thoughts that are shaped by past trauma with more positive thoughts, you can ground yourself in the present as you progress in your recovery journey.
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR therapy can help when depression is accompanied by the effects of trauma or PTSD
EMDR therapy is another effective tool for healing the impact of trauma-related depression on the brain. Part talk therapy, part experience in bilateral stimulation, EMDR works by repairing the neuropathways in the brain that have been damaged as a result of trauma.
This treatment modality is an excellent complement to more traditional forms of therapy. In freeing yourself from the thinking patterns that have resulted from traumatic events, you can learn new ways of responding to triggers and healthy tools for managing your depression symptoms
Medications to help overcome disorders that co-occur with depression
While pharmacologic intervention isn’t necessary for each resident who heals at Timberline Knolls, it can be a vital support for those who are suffering from depression. Our psychiatric staff will assist you in monitoring the dosage and effectiveness of any medications that are deemed an appropriate part of your treatment plan, and we’ll always seek your input in this process.