Coping with Depression

Fed up of always feeling low? Recognise your symptoms coming back again. Crying lots? Can’t concentrate on your work? Don’t want to go out? Irritable with others or yourself? Hate yourself right now? Can’t tell anyone how you feel? Feeling trapped or silly about this? Feel you need professional support? Counselling can help alleviate depression. Take action sooner than later.

You may have been given a diagnosis of depression by your doctor and want to take action to support yourself rather than simply waiting for the medication to take hold. You may have been referred to NHS counselling by your doctor but do not want to wait on the waiting list. The discomfort of depression may be too much for you and you need some hope more quickly. You may be worried or frightened by suicidal ideas and would like to discuss it in private with someone who will understand and not judge you. You may be frightened that your partner has had enough of your low mood and behaviour and not know how to change these. These are all reasons why you might be considering private counselling or therapy for depression.

There are various types of depression. You will need to be able to sit for between 30 to 55 minutes with your counsellor on a regular basis. You do not have to say much, but if you can talk about what’s going on for you then that helps. You will be accepted for who you are and how you are feeling. The process of counselling helps you to help yourself. Your counsellor will not attempt to administer a cure. The process of counselling is therapeutic in itself. Receiving counselling together with being on medication are considered to be effective in managing depression. Many decide to manage their depression simply with therapy.

To begin with you will obviously be feeling very low but gradually throughout the process your mood should lift. Some people respond quite quickly and begin to look forward to sessions. However, it may not always a straight road to recovery. Sometimes there are setbacks – three steps forward, two steps back. It may not be easy for you but if you are commited then it will be very helpful especially if you have a good working relationship with your counsellor.

I suggest three sessions initially to start you on your way, then a review of how things are going for you. If you wish to continue from that point and we both agree to proceed, then we carry on and you can decide when you want to stop.

If you think that counselling for depression may help you, please feel free to enquire by phone or email (without commitment) about an appointment, where we would meet for 50 minutes.  I would facilitate our conversation and explain how I work.  Then you could see how you feel about the counselling experience. Consider when is best for you to attend and what time of day suits best for you and suggest a few options. You could say a bit about why you are considering counselling. Remember to take into account the location and how you would get there.