M.Sc. B.A. Relate Cert C.C.
Registered Counsellor BACP & UKRC
Coast Road, Rhyl, LL18 3PL
07551 529 386
Depression is a very common condition which means you feel down and despairing. It encompasses a range of symptoms and its sometimes only when people read the symptoms they realise what they have been feeling is depressed.
1 in 4 people will have a mental health problem in a given year. (MIND)
The word depression can mean different things to different people and while you might not know what's wrong but might have been feeling some of its symptoms for a while (more than a couple of weeks).
Depression affects one in 10 people so if you're feeling depressed you're not alone.
Typical signs of depression are:
Depression can be a response to an event like a loss or bereavement.
Depression can range in severity from mild to severe.
Depression tends to slow your system down and make you feel sluggish and low in energy.
Your thoughts may be occupied by looking backwards and mulling over things which you can't change. These can leave you feeling even more down and self critical.
Sometimes you will give yourself a hard time in your own mind- your mind can become a foe rather than a friend to you. Whether it's your mind or others telling you to "pull yourself together" this doesn't really motivate or energise you and can leave you feeling powerless to change.
Challenging and changing your thoughts in counselling aims to help you feel differently and will help you to try out new ideas which can help you have more energy. In this way you can reverse the downward spiral.
Counselling can help with mild to moderate depression by helping you understand the problem, challenge negative thinking, devise ways of increasing your activity levels, identifying and utilising support systems and becoming more assertive. Counselling will help you think differently and aim to work with you to change the loop of negative thinking.
Severe depression may leave you feeling at risk or suicidal and is best helped by your GP / local Mental Health Team and perhaps medication prescribed by your Doctor/Psychiatrist.
Counselling can help you build new ways of thinking and develop patterns of behaving which can help you feel better about yourself instead of worse.
Counselling can help you challenge beliefs that have been causing problems- These are known as "irrational beliefs like: "I must be liked by everyone" or "I must be successful at everything I do". Perfectionist ideas can give you permission to beat yourself up in your own mind, which can leave you feeling stuck.
Counselling for depression will suggest home works or tasks to do in between sessions to challenge and destroy those beliefs which keep you depressed and to prove that these are only tricky thoughts not absolute truths.
Counselling will aim to help you learn to look after yourself and become more compassionate to yourself. As depression affects your life and also the lives of those around you-like a ripple effect it will impact on your relationships with partner family friends and work colleagues. Working to change feeling depressed can help improve your relationships as well as how you feel.
The Mental Health Handbook: A Cognitive Behavioural Approach
Therapy to Go Clare Rosoman