In its simplest form, depression could be thought of as simply learned helplessness – although it often shows up in our lives in a number of different ways.
Depression is one of the most pervasive and challenging mental health issues we face, since depression itself, can often prevent us from getting help for depression.
At least that’s how it can feel.
And so, finding the inner resources, just to reach out for help for depression – can be considered a victory.
In some cases, the imbalances in neurotransmitters that go hand-in-hand with depression, mean it is appropriate to seek medical help, as well as emotional help, to stem the effects of depression in your life.
It should be made quite clear at this point that **counselling is not a substitute for medical help** from your GP or qualified healthcare provider.
As with all health issues, your doctor should of course be your first point of contact for diagnosis and help for depression.
Indeed, in some cases, your GP may decide to refer you to a local mental health team or onwards, for further assessment by a mental health professional such as Psychologist or Psychiatrist.
This is not what we provide.
Conversely, counselling can help make sense of your circumstances, environment, and triggers in your life, that may be contributing to your depression, i.e. the emotional work required.
Depression symptoms vary between individuals, but perhaps you suffer from:
Most often the best way to approach depression through counselling, is to be heard and understood, in a non-judgemental manner, your interpretation of the events around you and their meaning, with an impartial third party, trained to assist.
Counselling for depression will usually help identify the cause of the depressive thought patterns, and how they become triggered in daily life.
Understanding your depression is the first step in overcoming it, and with the right help, it’s possible to join the dots between the events in your life, and the thoughts or conclusions they led to, eventually expressing themselves as depression.
Sometimes depression occurs as a result of an obvious trauma or upset in life; other times it’s a slower accumulation of many smaller issues, less readily identifiable, that become overwhelming over time.
No matter what the specifics, being heard in a non-judgemental space, having your thoughts and feelings validated, and understanding how to view things slightly differently, can bring relief.
Counselling for depression can take an individualised approach, utilising different approaches, depending on your particular needs, experience, and preferences.
We could use a person-centered approach, dialectical therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or other forms of help, on a case-by-case basis.
Depression counselling is not a quick-fix or overnight solution, but rather a means for you to understand, process and review your issues around depression, and feel better, at a comfortable pace.
Depression can trick us into believing that it doesn’t exist, or is not as impactful in our lives as we experience.
It can convince you it’s not there, or that it’s helping you in some way.
Suffering from depression, doesn’t mean you don’t deserve help.
Your depression matters, and you are as worthy of help as anyone.
Our counsellors adhere to the BACP code of ethics and practice.