Depression is not something a counsellor can diagnose, but once diagnosed by a GP or Psychiatrist, people have found that a talking therapy can be helpful, sometimes alongside prescribed medication. Depression is different from the common experience we all have from time to time, feeling miserable and fed-up for a few days.
Some symptoms experienced when depressed can include extreme sadness and hopelessness, low mood, exhaustion, severe lack of motivation and sometimes physical and emotional withdrawal from relationships. These and other feelings can interfere with your daily life, and can be prolonged.
Depression can interfere with:-
Talking with a professional therapist might feel like a relief, someone who is non-judgmental and empathic.
In your counselling you may choose to:-
Safely explore underlying causes or events that might have contributed to your feeling depressed, to gain greater understanding and empowerment.
Focus on strategies to manage your current or any future periods of depression, empower yourself with new techniques and skills.
Tell your story – how your depression has impacted on your life. Be heard and understood, within a non-judgmental unconditional relationship. Very often people tell me they feel alone and isolated, or shameful about being depressed, or fearful of being judged. Sometimes they do not talk to those close because they fear worrying them or hurting them – counselling can provide a safe place to talk, and sometimes a stepping stone towards talking with close ones in the future.
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