Counselling for Depression

At Catalyst Counselling it is understood how utterly debilitating and frightening depression can be, having worked with so many clients who are either struggling to lift themselves out a depressive cycle or are terrified because they can feel themselves starting to ‘go down’ into the depths of depression again.

Some clients would describe their depression as a prison where they are unreachable and unworthy of the love, support and compassion available from others and themselves. Some can strongly relate to the ‘Black Dog’ Metaphor where it is always present in your life. In some ways depression is more complex than a physical illness because it is usually accompanied by a lack of understanding and acceptance by the sufferer and sometimes society.

If you have noticed the following symptoms happening the majority of the time over a two week period and they are affecting your ability to live your life, then you may want to consider counselling for depression:

• A drop in your self-esteem (or self-worth)
• Experiencing emotions such as pessimism, anger, irritability and guilt more frequently and strongly then before.
• Your sleep patterns have changed
• Changes in your appetite or weight
• Your motivation to do activities has decreased significantly and you feel less enjoyment and pleasure in life. Things seem worthless and meaningless.
• Less pain tolerance and you may have noticed several new ailments
• Reduced or non-existent sex drive
• Reduced levels of concentration and memory
• Lowered energy levels.

Catalyst Counselling provide an all encompassing approach to counselling for depression. The approach not only helps clients to climb out of the depths of a period of depression but also provides ongoing support to clients in changing their perception of depression and preventing a relapse occurring. Catalyst Counselling skilfully combine aspects of Transactional Analysis and Mindfulness to achieve this. Mindfulness is approved by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and is widely used in the NHS because it has been clinically proven to reduce the risk of depression relapse by 50%.

If you would like to know more about the Catalyst Counselling approach to counselling for depression then please don’t hesitate to contact Catalyst Counselling. I would be happy to provide further information and answer any questions via phone call or email or by arrangement of an initial session.