Counselling for Depression & Low Mood

Counselling for Depression & Low Mood

Depression is one of the most common mental health problems; by 2020 depression will be the second most disabling condition in the World after heart disease. A significant number of sufferers will go undiagnosed and therefore untreated.

Who Can Depression Counselling Help?

Do you feel sad for much of the time and can’t seem to snap out of it? Do you feel you have nothing to look forward to? Do you look back on your life and see a lot of failures? Do you no longer get real satisfaction from anything? Do you feel guilty a lot of the time? Do you feel disappointed in yourself? Do you feel irritated much of the time? Do you struggle to make decisions? Do you have to push yourself really hard to get anything done? Do you struggle to get to sleep and then wake after only a few hours? Do you feel tired easily? Is your appetite not as good as it used to be? Are you less interested in sex than you used to be?

Depression and low mood therapy

If you find yourself answering yes to one or more of the above you may be suffering from depression and may benefit from our counselling services to help you to improve your mood and get your life back on track.

How Common is Depression?

According to the Office for National Statistics 10% of the population in Britain suffer from depression. However, as this figure can only be based on those people who seek help the real figure is likely to be significantly higher.

What Treatment is Available for Depression?

The most common types of treatment for Depression are medication and psychological or ‘talking’ therapy (the most effective of these being Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [CBT]). The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), the government body responsible for offering guidance on best practice procedure in healthcare recommends the following treatment for depression:

  • For Mild Depression – a course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • For Moderate to Severe Depression – a combination of medication and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or Interpersonal Therapy (IPT). Medication will often be used in conjunction with CBT if the individual’s symptoms are such that they are preventing them from engaging in the therapy.
“I just wanted to write a quick note and say thank you again for the counselling sessions we did this time last year. I have to say that whilst I was very positive about the result we achieved last year I was nervous about getting to the Autumn time in 2020. I did wonder if I would dip back into the well worn cycle of pain and negative thought patterns. HOWEVER I am pleased to report I have not and this autumn has been one of the most positive I can remember. It seems almost miraculously in some ways, and an incredible testament to the power of CBT as a method of treatment. Thanks again”.

SUE, Fulham

What Does Treatment Involve?

FAQs 1

STEP 1
In your first couple of sessions your Therapist will ask you questions to enable them to understand why your symptoms have developed and what approach will bring you the quickest and most enduring relief.

FAQs 2

STEP 2
Treatment will then typically consist of two phases, each tailored to your specific needs. The first will focus on bringing you relief from your symptoms so that you are able to function better on a day to day basis. This may involve learning a set of techniques both practical and psychological that you will need to practice outside of sessions to increase thoughts and behaviours that will counteract feelings of depression.

FAQs 3

STEP 3
Once you are feeling better and able to do what you need to do each day without feeling overwhelmed, the focus of your sessions will shift to ensuring that the changes you have made continue and that feelings of depression will not return. Typically this will involve determining what made you vulnerable to depression in the first place and helping you to develop ways of protecting yourself against this in the future.

FAQs 4

STEP 4
Finally there will be a period of time where the focus of your treatment will be on you consolidating what you have learnt, building your confidence in your ability to manage your mood independently and with your Therapists help, tweaking your approach to this were necessary until you feel ready to manage on your own.

Counselling Fees

Prices can be found on our Fees Page. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to call 0800 002 9068 or fill out our contact form.

Therapists

All of our Therapists offer Depression counselling.

Counselling Services

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