What is Depression?

Depression is a common mental disorder the impact’s one’s ability to concentrate and function in everyday life. More than 300 million people are impacted by depression globally, and troubling, less than half of those will receive treatment.   A recent study found that in Canada, 11% of Canadians aged 15 to 24 experienced depression at some point in their lives.


While it is normal to experience emotional responses like sadness, depression is prolonged and persistent feelings of hopelessness and loss.  There is evidence depression is often accompanied by anxiety. Depression can have several potential symptoms and can take many different forms, including major depression, dysthymia and seasonal affective disorder.  In addition to the mental anguish depression causes, it can impact one’s physical health including the ability to sleep, lower the immune system, and causes higher rates of diabetes and osteoporosis.  Depression can cause suicidal thoughts and, if left untreated, can lead to suicide.

Embracing Empowerment Counselling Services

If you or a loved one is suffering depression, it is critical to seek help.  Parul Shah is an experienced registered social worker, a psychotherapist and private counsellor through her practice Embracing Empowerment Counselling Services.  She is empathetic to the pain and challenges caused by depression, and knowledgeable in the complexity of this common mental disorder.

She guides clients to embrace their challenges and difficulties, so they are empowered to grow. Her therapeutic approaches are tailored to her clients’ needs and she is qualified in:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness Based Therapy or Self-Regulation Techniques
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Talk Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy

Clinical Mental Health Consultation

We Offer 60 Minute Clinical Mental Health Consultations.