Counselling and Therapy for Depression
Depression is common and affects approximately 1 in 10 of us at some point during our lives. Everybody experiences low mood at times, however a persistent low mood that doesn't go away can be a sign of depression.
Clinical Depression This is when an individual persistently feels depressed with little respite over time.
Reactive Depression This is when an individual experiences depression in response to a difficult life event ie; bereavement or the loss of a job or relationship.
Post Natal Some women develop depression after having a baby, usually within the first several months.
Bipolar Disorder Formerly known as manic depression, this is characterised by episodes of excessively high mood (mania) and bouts of depression.
Seasonal Affective Disorder also known as winter depression, this has a seasonal pattern usually related to winter months.
Symptoms of depression may include;
Loss of interest and/or pleasure in life and activities
Unintentional weight loss or gain
Sleep disturbance and/or insomnia
Tiredness and lacking in energy and motivation
Feelings of worthlessness and excessive guilt
Difficulty in concentrating and making decisions
Feeling tearful and sadness
Low frustration tolerance and irritability
Thoughts of suicide or hurting oneself
Withdrawal from social activities, family and friends
How can Therapy Help
Sometimes when we are depressed it can be difficult to see beyond the current situation. Talking to a trained professional in a safe and confidential environment can help to identify the causes of depression, explore unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving which may contribute to perpetuating the low mood, explore alternative ways of relating to self and others and through an increased awareness learn how to manage potential triggers and relapses in the future.
If you feel it would be helpful to speak with a therapist, please contact me
"I have suffered on and off with depression for years, through therapy I have learnt the reasons why and how to change these. I am now in a much better place and enjoying life again".
Alan 27 yrs
"Talking through my low mood and how I felt really helped me in finding ways to change it".
Kerry 38 yrs