No two people are affected by depression in the same way; their symptoms will be different, as will their personality, personal circumstances, life experiences and their physical condition. All of these factors play their part when considering a treatment approach to help you with your journey through depression. On your first visit to me I will assess you and discuss with you a plan of treatment. Future sessions will comprise of a combination of Counselling, CBT, Mindfulness based Therapy, lifestyle review, stress reduction and psycho-education (see below) which together form a consistent approach that clients find helpful in the short term as well as long term. Session are tailored to your individual needs, the pace and the content always take into consideration the challenges of concentration and low energy levels you might be experiencing.
Counselling: We engage in a discussion during which I seek to help you make sense of your life in any way that has previously not felt possible.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): A therapy that enable you to help yourself by recognise and managing any thoughts, feelings and behaviour that are getting in the way of your recovery from depression.
Mindfulness Based Therapy (MBT): A self-help therapy using practices, techniques, attitudes and principles found in meditation and meditative lifestyles.
Lifestyle Review: We look at your lifestyle and establish if and how your diet, level of activity/exercise, social contact, relationships and other aspects of your day-to-day life are affecting your depression.
Stress Reduction: We look for areas of stress in your life that are aggravating your depression and using the CBT, and MBT help you make any necessary changes either psychologically or to your behaviour.
Psycho-Education: I will explain to you the rationale behind the methods and techniques I introduce, and teach you simple exercises, helping you to understand whilst putting theory into practice. I will also provide you with handouts so that you can refer to, or study what we cover during the sessions if you wish (this is optional).
IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT DEPRESSION
Depression is not a sign of emotional weakness anymore than Diabetes is a sign of emotional weakness.
Depression is not a permanent condition, it can be recurring but is not permanent.
Nobody brings depression on themselves, neither is it anybody else’s fault.
Nobody is immune to depression.
You don’t need to have problems or worries in your life to become depressed.
Depression is extremely common.
Depression is very treatable; nobody is condemned to a life of misery because of depression.
Even people with severe depression can look and act as if there is nothing wrong with them outwardly.
People do not necessarily realise they are depressed especially if they have never been so before.
Suicidal thoughts are a symptom of depression not a sign of weakness.
Depression and anxiety frequently occur together.
Sometimes Anti Depressant medication is necessary to help treat depression.
Anti Depressant medication combined with counselling is a recognised approach to treatment.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is recommended by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a psychological treatment for depression.
Lifestyle changes are an important part of recovery from depression.
Recovery from depression is faster when the client is pro-active within the treatment.
Alcohol or drug use will increase depression and anxiety despite any short term relief it may appear to provide.
A very low mood is only one symptom of depression, other symptoms include:
Recovery from depression will take patience. It responds well to Counselling/Therapy but is a partnership and works best with client-therapist collaboration. A passive approach to your recovery will be a waiting game and depression is not the most comfortable place from which to wait. So whilst recovery requires patience, think of therapy as taking a steady paced walk rather than just hoping that the bus will turn up sooner rather that later.
If you would like me to help you with your depression or discuss how we might work together, please feel free to phone me or email me via the contact page.