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.

There are different types 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;

How therapy can 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

Testimonials from previous clients:

"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

Self Help

Making some lifestyle changes can help in managing depression. These include;

Regular exercise – A 10 minute walk around the block each day can help us to feel better. Exercise promotes the release of natural feel good endorphins, helps distract us from worrying or depressive thoughts and allows to connect with people we see when out.

Drink alcohol within recommended limits – Sometimes people with depression may drink more because they think it helps them to cope with their problems or makes their emotions more manageable. Relying on alcohol is this way doesn't allow us to learn more healthy ways of coping. It is a common misconception that alcohol helps us to relax, it is actually a depressant ie: to which means it can intensify depressive feelings.

Healthy and regular eating – When we feel depressed it is normal to have changes in our appetites such as over or under eating. However, to support ourselves in recovery it is important to provide the body and mind with all the nutrients they require to stay healthy. Try to have a balanced diet and eat regularly throughout the day.

Sleep hygiene – Sleep disturbance is sometimes a feature of depression. It is important that we allow the body and mind enough rest time to recover from the day and be ready for the next. Having a regular bedtime routine can sometimes help people to wind down and prepare for sleep. Routines can include; keeping regular sleeping hours, having a warm bath, writing a ‘to do' list so it helps quieten the mind, using relaxation exercises and cd's, read a booking and listen to calming soothing music.

Keep in contact with others – When someone feels depressed it is natural to want to withdraw and the idea of socialising may seem difficult due to feeling lethargic and lacking in energy. However, keeping in regular contact with other people even if it is only by phone or email can be an important source of support. Being with others also allows us time to talk about and focus on other aspects of our life aside from our own issues. In fact, listening to others issues can sometimes help put our own in perspective.

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