Therapy for Depression
From time to time, everyone feels sad or low in mood. However, if you are suffering with depression you experience intense emotions such as sadness, hopelessness, numbness, despondency, low self-esteem and anxiety for long periods of time.
Depression is a common condition that can affect anyone. Some may experience depression due to a particular situation or event, but for others depression may develop gradually over time, or an episode may seem to occur out of the blue and for no reason.
Do I need help with my low mood?
Depression can affect different people differently, and it can feel difficult to distinguish experiencing depression from the normal highs and lows of life. However, the more you identify with the list below and the stronger the feelings, the higher the likelihood that you’re suffering from depression rather than a more fleeting sense of ‘feeling low’.
Common symptoms of depression:
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness/helplessness
- Feelings of hopelessness/pessimism
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
- Irritability, restlessness
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
- Overeating or appetite loss
- Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
- Suicidal thoughts and fantasies
If you are experiencing a number of the above symptoms it is important that you visit your GP or seek psychological help.
It is not uncommon to have thoughts of harming yourself and these can be quite frightening. It is important to talk about how you feel with someone you trust. If you need some support right now or if you are having thoughts of suicide or have even started to plan how you might do so – please call 999 or go to your local A&E department.
Alternatively, the Samaritans can be contacted on:
116 123. They always offer a safe space to talk and can be contacted from both landlines and mobiles
Pscyhotherapy for depression in London
When you are depressed everything can feel like an effort and it can be difficult to imagine how anything will ever improve. Depression doesn’t have to be forever, even though recovery can often take time.
There are some practical lifestyle changes you can make that should help improve your mood. However, even simple steps like doing more exercise can be very hard to initiate and sustain when depressed and so support and help is essential.
Psychotherapy can help you to understand how your past experiences are affecting how you feel and act in your daily life now by exploring your feelings with a trained therapist. In this way, you can find new ways of understanding your emotions and overcoming your symptoms.
Anti-depressants may be prescribed by your GP or psychiatrist depending on your symptoms, sometimes in addition to therapy.
Get in touch
Some helpful information about dealing with depression
Considering starting therapy can be a difficult step to take but finding someone who is able to understand can feel like a relief.
I offer a confidential, safe and highly professional relationship in a caring and containing environment where you can discuss whatever may be troubling you and clarify areas of difficulty without fear of judgment.
Get in touch
It’s important that you feel comfortable with the therapist so please call or email me to arrange an initial brief telephone conversation. We will then meet for a consultation during which we will explore how we may work together before making a longer term commitment to ongoing therapy.
Chiswick and West London
Oxford House, 24 Oxford Road North, London, W4 4DH
Holborn & West End London
City Therapy Rooms, 33 Furnival Street
London EC4A 1JQ
Bloomsbury and Central London
CFP, 60 Bloomsbury St, London WC1B 3QU