Welcome to the Boards TekZombie.
Around here we try to avoid generalizations. Your counselor may have been as you described, and he or she may not have helped you. But to say that all counselors are that way is unfair and untrue. You are free to offer reasonable suggestions based on your personal experience, just don't assume that your experience was universal.
That said, sitting down and thinking about all the good stuff in your life can help battle depression. Better yet, write it down.
When I went through a patch of depression a few years ago, I found out it was related to allergies. As it turned out, I was allergic to yeast. My birth control pills were causing yeast infections, and the yeast buildup in my body was causing depression. Yuck! My sister had mood swings caused by a dairy allergy. While this may or may not be your problem, hives can definitely be an allergic reaction. You might try keeping a "food and mood" diary for a month or so. Record what you eat every meal and how you feel every day, and see if you find any relationships.
And yes, seeing a counselor or doctor is a good idea. While I got my depression under control by controlling my allergies, my sister turned out to have non-allergy depression as well, so for the past few years she's been on mild medication and does much better.
[This message has been edited by Lady Moonlight (edited 12-08-2001).]