Counseling was a really big part of my journey towards mental health. It was incredibly freeing to walk into a meeting once or twice a week and be fully honest. I remember telling my counselor, "I find a lot of comfort in knowing that whatever I tell you, you won't be freaked out." I shared with her my ugliest, darkest thoughts and she never once was surprised. I loved that. She also was able to gently guide me and instruct me in ways that others just weren't equipped to do. I highly recommend finding a counselor if you are battling with depression and anxiety.
Here are a few resources to help you find someone qualified to chat with:
Find detailed professional listings for Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Therapists, Counselors, Support Groups and Treatment Centers in the United States and Canada.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 160 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices.
Your Local Church
The local church is a wonderful resource for counseling connections. That is how I was connected with my therapist. If you know of a church that you can trust, contact them and ask for a list of counseling resources in your area.