Depression Counselling in Central London, London

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Carole Simpkins
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Central London, London EC2V
You may be feeling anxious, depressed, angry, confused, struggling in relationships or with bereavement, or simply be curious about yourself.
You may be feeling anxious, depressed, angry, confused, struggling in relationships or with bereavement, or simply be curious about yourself.
020 3870 2672 View 020 3870 2672
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Dr Neena Ramful
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Central London, London WC1X  (Online Only)
I work with children and adults who experience a range of mild to severe difficulties including: Anxiety | Panic attacks | Generalised Anxiety disorder | Social anxiety | Phobias | Obsessive compulsive disorder | Depression | Low self-esteem | Tics | Pain Management | Headaches | Stress | Adjustment to health diagnosis |
I work with children and adults who experience a range of mild to severe difficulties including: Anxiety | Panic attacks | Generalised Anxiety disorder | Social anxiety | Phobias | Obsessive compulsive disorder | Depression | Low self-esteem | Tics | Pain Management | Headaches | Stress | Adjustment to health diagnosis |
020 3984 8324 View 020 3984 8324
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Dr Kelly Dickson
Counsellor, PhD, MBACP
Verified Verified
Central London, London WC1A
I have experience working with people struggling with a range of issues, including relationships difficulties, career concerns, stress, anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief, narcissism, trauma, chronic pain and LGBTQ issues.
The evidence suggests that finding a therapist you feel able to talk to and understood by is key to a successful therapeutic experience. I am a down-to-earth, intelligent and non-judgmental integrative psychotherapist working with a range of issues. Ideally, therapy is a collaborative partnership and my style is active and empowering. I see you as the 'expert' in your life and myself as the 'expert' on therapeutic interventions. Together we focus on utilising your strengths and fostering insight and awareness in a safe and confidential environment. I love my work and look forward to helping you improve your mental health and wellbeing
I have experience working with people struggling with a range of issues, including relationships difficulties, career concerns, stress, anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief, narcissism, trauma, chronic pain and LGBTQ issues.
The evidence suggests that finding a therapist you feel able to talk to and understood by is key to a successful therapeutic experience. I am a down-to-earth, intelligent and non-judgmental integrative psychotherapist working with a range of issues. Ideally, therapy is a collaborative partnership and my style is active and empowering. I see you as the 'expert' in your life and myself as the 'expert' on therapeutic interventions. Together we focus on utilising your strengths and fostering insight and awareness in a safe and confidential environment. I love my work and look forward to helping you improve your mental health and wellbeing
020 3962 0347 View 020 3962 0347
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Ana Maria Santos Castro
Counsellor, MSc, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Central London, London EC3V
I specialize on self-esteem, depression and anxiety, yet I also work with a range of different issues.
Hello & Welcome! If you are looking for support with mental health issues or feelings of increased stress and frustration, I am here to help. Taking the step to seek professional help can be a big step to take, as it requires you to make some changes. By reaching out beyond your immediate circle, you have already shown great courage. It's important to find a qualified, skilled, experienced, and accredited practitioner. Equally important is finding someone you can connect with, who listens with genuine understanding and empathy. Based on my experience, these are the catalysts for change that I offer my clients.
I specialize on self-esteem, depression and anxiety, yet I also work with a range of different issues.
Hello & Welcome! If you are looking for support with mental health issues or feelings of increased stress and frustration, I am here to help. Taking the step to seek professional help can be a big step to take, as it requires you to make some changes. By reaching out beyond your immediate circle, you have already shown great courage. It's important to find a qualified, skilled, experienced, and accredited practitioner. Equally important is finding someone you can connect with, who listens with genuine understanding and empathy. Based on my experience, these are the catalysts for change that I offer my clients.
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Shamiso Mazaiwana
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Central London, London EC1Y  (Online Only)
I can support clients experiencing abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Women's issues, Work related issues.
***I currently have 4 low cost spaces available from January for students. Please contact me directly for more information.*** I provide counselling and support people who experience mental challenges both face to face and through telephone counselling. I have worked with and supported clients experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement and loss, relationship issues, pregnancy issues/complications, hoarding disorder, and OCD. I provide CBT, Humanistic, Integrative, Person-centered, Psychodynamic, Relational.
I can support clients experiencing abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Women's issues, Work related issues.
***I currently have 4 low cost spaces available from January for students. Please contact me directly for more information.*** I provide counselling and support people who experience mental challenges both face to face and through telephone counselling. I have worked with and supported clients experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement and loss, relationship issues, pregnancy issues/complications, hoarding disorder, and OCD. I provide CBT, Humanistic, Integrative, Person-centered, Psychodynamic, Relational.
020 4538 7954 View 020 4538 7954
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Karin Pappenheim
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, BPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Central London, London EC4R
People come to therapy for lots of different reasons. You might be feeling anxious, depressed, stressed or unhappy, stuck or lost in life or in your relationships. Under pressure at work, not sure where your life is going? Maybe you feel as if the same patterns seem to keep repeating and causing hurt in your personal life and relationships, or you may have a crisis or specific problem you need to resolve or traumatic past experiences, such as abuse, bullying or bereavement. Everyone is different so whatever your own personal reasons for seeking therapy, I offer a safe and confidential place to talk and to achieve positive changes.
People come to therapy for lots of different reasons. You might be feeling anxious, depressed, stressed or unhappy, stuck or lost in life or in your relationships. Under pressure at work, not sure where your life is going? Maybe you feel as if the same patterns seem to keep repeating and causing hurt in your personal life and relationships, or you may have a crisis or specific problem you need to resolve or traumatic past experiences, such as abuse, bullying or bereavement. Everyone is different so whatever your own personal reasons for seeking therapy, I offer a safe and confidential place to talk and to achieve positive changes.
020 3319 6349 View 020 3319 6349
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Daniel Goldie
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Central London, London WC1H
I've worked with people having facing many challenges; histories of abuse, anxiety, bereavement and loss, depression, trauma, stress at home or in work, sex & relationship issues, questions around sexuality and gender, family difficulties, alcohol or substance misuse, existential issues and more.
I see therapy as an opportunity to explore, to challenge, and to develop new ways of being and relating. I engage with my clients in a real, authentic way, and invite them to do the same with me. I'm an experienced UKCP accredited Psychotherapist with over 14 years experience working in a range of mental health services. I've supported many people in leading richer and more rewarding lives. ​I work in a way that is open, honest, supportive and allows for lightness and challenge. Take a look at my website for more information about how I work.
I've worked with people having facing many challenges; histories of abuse, anxiety, bereavement and loss, depression, trauma, stress at home or in work, sex & relationship issues, questions around sexuality and gender, family difficulties, alcohol or substance misuse, existential issues and more.
I see therapy as an opportunity to explore, to challenge, and to develop new ways of being and relating. I engage with my clients in a real, authentic way, and invite them to do the same with me. I'm an experienced UKCP accredited Psychotherapist with over 14 years experience working in a range of mental health services. I've supported many people in leading richer and more rewarding lives. ​I work in a way that is open, honest, supportive and allows for lightness and challenge. Take a look at my website for more information about how I work.
020 3958 4013 View 020 3958 4013
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Samantha Dewhurst
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Central London, London EC2A
People experiencing difficulties such as: depression; OCD; relationship difficulties; stress resulting from work and other pressures; bereavement; low self-esteem; and anxiety problems, including panic, health anxiety, social anxiety and PTSD.
I am a Counselling Psychologist with more than 10 years of experience both within the NHS and private sectors working to the highest level with a wide range of psychological challenges and client demographics. My integrative approach to therapy ensures that I am able to offer bespoke treatment plans based on an individual's requirements rather than offer a 'one-size fits all' approach. I draw on humanistic cognitive behavioural and psychodynamic psychotherapeutic perspectives depending on the needs and wishes of clients. I provide an open, sensitive and confidential space where you will be met with warmth, respect and acceptance.
People experiencing difficulties such as: depression; OCD; relationship difficulties; stress resulting from work and other pressures; bereavement; low self-esteem; and anxiety problems, including panic, health anxiety, social anxiety and PTSD.
I am a Counselling Psychologist with more than 10 years of experience both within the NHS and private sectors working to the highest level with a wide range of psychological challenges and client demographics. My integrative approach to therapy ensures that I am able to offer bespoke treatment plans based on an individual's requirements rather than offer a 'one-size fits all' approach. I draw on humanistic cognitive behavioural and psychodynamic psychotherapeutic perspectives depending on the needs and wishes of clients. I provide an open, sensitive and confidential space where you will be met with warmth, respect and acceptance.
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Roddy McDowall
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Central London, London WC1H
You come to therapy because you are struggling with your thoughts and/or feelings. You might be depressed, anxious, sad, angry, disgusted, suicidal, in physical pain or experiencing mental anguish. You are looking for relief of your current symptoms and also hoping to bring about change in your life.
You come to therapy because you are struggling with your thoughts and/or feelings. You might be depressed, anxious, sad, angry, disgusted, suicidal, in physical pain or experiencing mental anguish. You are looking for relief of your current symptoms and also hoping to bring about change in your life.
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Nav Therapy LGBTQ+ and BAME Psychotherapist
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Central London, London WC1X
Hi, My name is Nav and I am a therapist who works with people who are anxious, depressed and often struggling with identity and self esteem. Grief and loss are themes that often emerge, as I help you examine the shame you may have felt your whole life. My clients are predominantly from the LGBTQ+ community and are often BAME also. I have over time developed a specialism for helping those with layered intersectionality and the challenges this brings when navigating the world, which can be a lonely and difficult place. We can work together and help you to establish better relationships and a clearer sense of self.
Hi, My name is Nav and I am a therapist who works with people who are anxious, depressed and often struggling with identity and self esteem. Grief and loss are themes that often emerge, as I help you examine the shame you may have felt your whole life. My clients are predominantly from the LGBTQ+ community and are often BAME also. I have over time developed a specialism for helping those with layered intersectionality and the challenges this brings when navigating the world, which can be a lonely and difficult place. We can work together and help you to establish better relationships and a clearer sense of self.
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Maggie Tambala
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Central London, London EC2A  (Online Only)
I work with clients presenting a wide range of issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, phobias, bereavement, loss, relationships, mental health. As an integrative counsellor I use a variety of different therapeutic methods designed to meet your personal needs whilst allowing me to gain an understanding of the world from your unique perspective. Together we are able to build a confidential relationship in which you can feel safe, heard and understood, where you can share your problems, see them more clearly and develop better ways of coping with them.
I work with clients presenting a wide range of issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, phobias, bereavement, loss, relationships, mental health. As an integrative counsellor I use a variety of different therapeutic methods designed to meet your personal needs whilst allowing me to gain an understanding of the world from your unique perspective. Together we are able to build a confidential relationship in which you can feel safe, heard and understood, where you can share your problems, see them more clearly and develop better ways of coping with them.
020 4538 4918 View 020 4538 4918
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Luke Bannister
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Central London, London WC1A  (Online Only)
I am experienced in working with anxiety, depression, OCD, low self-esteem, trauma, relationship difficulties, family strain & shame.
I'm a Counselling Psychologist with experience working in the NHS, third sector services and private practice. I will work collaboratively with you to explore your current difficulties and help you understand why you might be struggling. We will explore your past & flesh out how they may contribute to what you are currently experiencing. We will also work to understand the many different aspects of your being including what goes on in your thoughts, mind, emotions and physical body. I will work with you to develop deep insight about yourself as well as speak pragmatically on what needs to change and how to go about doing that.
I am experienced in working with anxiety, depression, OCD, low self-esteem, trauma, relationship difficulties, family strain & shame.
I'm a Counselling Psychologist with experience working in the NHS, third sector services and private practice. I will work collaboratively with you to explore your current difficulties and help you understand why you might be struggling. We will explore your past & flesh out how they may contribute to what you are currently experiencing. We will also work to understand the many different aspects of your being including what goes on in your thoughts, mind, emotions and physical body. I will work with you to develop deep insight about yourself as well as speak pragmatically on what needs to change and how to go about doing that.
020 3835 4805 View 020 3835 4805
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Gill Landsberg
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Central London, London EC2M  (Online Only)
After several years in the NHS, I work in private practice with an extensive range of problems including anxiety, depression, bereavement, low self-esteem, sexuality and relationships.
Whether you are seeking therapy for a crisis situation, feel stuck or overwhelmed by a problem in your life – or simply find that life seems rather meaningless – I offer you a safe, objective and supportive space where you can express yourself without being judged. Through a relational and collaborative exploration of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours – and how you feel about the direction of your life – I can help you make sense of what is causing you distress and help you to develop more creative solutions and responses to living day-to-day.
After several years in the NHS, I work in private practice with an extensive range of problems including anxiety, depression, bereavement, low self-esteem, sexuality and relationships.
Whether you are seeking therapy for a crisis situation, feel stuck or overwhelmed by a problem in your life – or simply find that life seems rather meaningless – I offer you a safe, objective and supportive space where you can express yourself without being judged. Through a relational and collaborative exploration of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours – and how you feel about the direction of your life – I can help you make sense of what is causing you distress and help you to develop more creative solutions and responses to living day-to-day.
020 3974 2367 View 020 3974 2367
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Krysia Zalewska
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Central London, London WC2A
Hello, I am a qualified and fully registered psychodynamic psychotherapist in private practice, with experience working in the NHS and the charitable sector, I have worked and continue to work with diverse group of clients. I provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space to explore what might be troubling you or preventing you in experiencing your life fully. People seek therapy many reasons including anxiety, bereavement, depression, low self-esteem, self-development, stress, relationship or work issues and trauma.
Hello, I am a qualified and fully registered psychodynamic psychotherapist in private practice, with experience working in the NHS and the charitable sector, I have worked and continue to work with diverse group of clients. I provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space to explore what might be troubling you or preventing you in experiencing your life fully. People seek therapy many reasons including anxiety, bereavement, depression, low self-esteem, self-development, stress, relationship or work issues and trauma.
020 3856 8832 View 020 3856 8832
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Dr Jeanette Hennigan
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Central London, London EC1N
Are you, or someone you love, finding life difficult? Are anxiety, depression or other psychological, behavioural or relationship issues getting in the way of living life to the full? Are you a parent looking for a qualified and experienced mental health professional to help your teen confidentially, perhaps without necessarily having to take time out of your working week to take them to see someone? Or to avoid them being seen accessing help at in their educational environment - if the thought of doing so is difficult for them?
Are you, or someone you love, finding life difficult? Are anxiety, depression or other psychological, behavioural or relationship issues getting in the way of living life to the full? Are you a parent looking for a qualified and experienced mental health professional to help your teen confidentially, perhaps without necessarily having to take time out of your working week to take them to see someone? Or to avoid them being seen accessing help at in their educational environment - if the thought of doing so is difficult for them?
020 3985 8936 View 020 3985 8936
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The London Practice
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Central London, London WC2H
We have experience with a wide variety of issues, including: Relationship, Family issues, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, HIV, Sexuality, Life threatening illness, Addiction, Bereavement, Loss of meaning and purpose, Identity issues, Low self-esteem, Relationship issues, Sexual abuse, Suicidal thoughts and Employment issues.
We believe that everyone is unique and therefore is dealt with in a way that best caters to his or her individual needs. We work with you by exploring your world to see how you engage with your life and the people around you. Along the journey, we will explore your past, look at your present and see how you perceive the future. We will help you become more aware of your values, beliefs and limitations and help you connect and improve your relationship with yourself. This process may be challenging, yet extremely rewarding as we access the changes you want to make towards living the life that you want to live.
We have experience with a wide variety of issues, including: Relationship, Family issues, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, HIV, Sexuality, Life threatening illness, Addiction, Bereavement, Loss of meaning and purpose, Identity issues, Low self-esteem, Relationship issues, Sexual abuse, Suicidal thoughts and Employment issues.
We believe that everyone is unique and therefore is dealt with in a way that best caters to his or her individual needs. We work with you by exploring your world to see how you engage with your life and the people around you. Along the journey, we will explore your past, look at your present and see how you perceive the future. We will help you become more aware of your values, beliefs and limitations and help you connect and improve your relationship with yourself. This process may be challenging, yet extremely rewarding as we access the changes you want to make towards living the life that you want to live.
020 3962 0673 View 020 3962 0673
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Natasha Alexander
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Central London, London EC2R
I am experienced in working in many areas such as depression, OCD, social anxiety, PTSD, complex and multiple traumas, childhood traumas.
It may be a life event such as a relationship ending, bereavement or life transitions that has bought you to seek help, a lifelong difficulty, such as panic attacks, social anxiety or OCD. For some, an emotion that is harder to pinpoint or stuck in a rut or just feeling not yourself. Whatever it is, we can explore and make sense of it all helping you to find a way out, We will aim to gain an insight into your experiences to understand, work through and find a better way of managing them. I have extensive experience with helping people through their difficulties including working within the NHS as a therapist and supervisor.
I am experienced in working in many areas such as depression, OCD, social anxiety, PTSD, complex and multiple traumas, childhood traumas.
It may be a life event such as a relationship ending, bereavement or life transitions that has bought you to seek help, a lifelong difficulty, such as panic attacks, social anxiety or OCD. For some, an emotion that is harder to pinpoint or stuck in a rut or just feeling not yourself. Whatever it is, we can explore and make sense of it all helping you to find a way out, We will aim to gain an insight into your experiences to understand, work through and find a better way of managing them. I have extensive experience with helping people through their difficulties including working within the NHS as a therapist and supervisor.
020 3835 5641 View 020 3835 5641
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Dr. Jason Chan
Psychologist, PsychD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Central London, London EC2M
Depression breeds inactivity, rumination, hopelessness, self-loathing, loneliness and addiction; anxiety problems compel us to run reactively for safety, only our escapes often further entrench our fear, worries and cause panic.
A Principal Clinical Psychologist with 16 years of experience of working in and leading NHS Psychology Services, and an expert in CBT, Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Emotion-focused therapy, EMDR, Acceptance-commitment Therapy and Mindfulness approaches. I offer incisive, experiential, and highly effective treatments designed to help you overcome your distress and effect lasting changes. Seeking help is a major life step. I commit to providing a safe, professional and personalized treatment experience to sensitively support and empower you, deepen your self-understanding and create positive changes for a life that you can truly value.
Depression breeds inactivity, rumination, hopelessness, self-loathing, loneliness and addiction; anxiety problems compel us to run reactively for safety, only our escapes often further entrench our fear, worries and cause panic.
A Principal Clinical Psychologist with 16 years of experience of working in and leading NHS Psychology Services, and an expert in CBT, Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Emotion-focused therapy, EMDR, Acceptance-commitment Therapy and Mindfulness approaches. I offer incisive, experiential, and highly effective treatments designed to help you overcome your distress and effect lasting changes. Seeking help is a major life step. I commit to providing a safe, professional and personalized treatment experience to sensitively support and empower you, deepen your self-understanding and create positive changes for a life that you can truly value.
020 3962 0919 View 020 3962 0919
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Angelica Attard
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Central London, London EC1A  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience working with people who experience self-criticism, stress, burnout, loss of meaning, disconnection from themselves, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and self-confidence, perfectionism, loss, and traumatic memories.
Life can feel hard and complicated for many of us as we struggle with painful emotions, stress, physical pain, worries, and unhelpful behaviours. I am here to help you make sense of your difficulties and understand your body and mind, so that you can meet your unmet needs. Together we uncover your values and the resources that you have within you already. We develop skills to support you to cope more effectively, manage your thoughts and emotions, regulate your body, and change unhelpful habits, so that you can live with greater wisdom, ease and satisfaction, even as you continue to navigate through the challenges in your life.
I have extensive experience working with people who experience self-criticism, stress, burnout, loss of meaning, disconnection from themselves, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and self-confidence, perfectionism, loss, and traumatic memories.
Life can feel hard and complicated for many of us as we struggle with painful emotions, stress, physical pain, worries, and unhelpful behaviours. I am here to help you make sense of your difficulties and understand your body and mind, so that you can meet your unmet needs. Together we uncover your values and the resources that you have within you already. We develop skills to support you to cope more effectively, manage your thoughts and emotions, regulate your body, and change unhelpful habits, so that you can live with greater wisdom, ease and satisfaction, even as you continue to navigate through the challenges in your life.
07481 342504 View 07481 342504
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Lina Kaoud
Psychotherapist, BPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Central London, London EC2M
In my experience, psychotherapy can be exceptionally valuable for helping people with underlying feelings of depression or anxiety, low self-esteem, inability to form satisfactory, intimate relationships as well as helping us to understand ourselves and why we act and feel the way we do.
I am a psychodynamic psychotherapist and counsellor, with over fifteen years of experience working within the NHS, voluntary and private sectors. I trained at the Tavistock Centre and I am a member of Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists as well as a member of British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I am accredited by the British Psychoanalytical Council. My experience includes working at the Counselling and Psychotherapy Department at Kings College Hospital, the Adults Complex Needs Service at the Tavistock and Portman NHS, The Centre for Better Health Counselling Service and Islington Bereavement Service.
In my experience, psychotherapy can be exceptionally valuable for helping people with underlying feelings of depression or anxiety, low self-esteem, inability to form satisfactory, intimate relationships as well as helping us to understand ourselves and why we act and feel the way we do.
I am a psychodynamic psychotherapist and counsellor, with over fifteen years of experience working within the NHS, voluntary and private sectors. I trained at the Tavistock Centre and I am a member of Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists as well as a member of British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I am accredited by the British Psychoanalytical Council. My experience includes working at the Counselling and Psychotherapy Department at Kings College Hospital, the Adults Complex Needs Service at the Tavistock and Portman NHS, The Centre for Better Health Counselling Service and Islington Bereavement Service.
020 3856 3631 View 020 3856 3631

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Depression Counsellors

What is the goal of therapy for depression?

Therapy for depression has several major goals. One is to relieve the mental pain of depression, which distorts feeling and thinking so that sufferers cannot see beyond their current state of mind or envision feeling better. Another is to give people the mental tools to recognise and correct the kinds of distorted thinking that turn a problem into a catastrophe and lead to despair. Therapy also teaches people how to process negative emotions in constructive ways, so they have more control over their own emotional reactivity. And it helps people regain the ability to see themselves positively, the motivation to do things, and the capacity for pleasure.

What happens in therapy for depression?

Perhaps most important, no matter the type of therapy, patients form an alliance with the therapist; that connection is therapeutic in itself, plus it becomes an instrument of change. Patients learn to identify and to challenge their own erroneous beliefs and thoughts that amplify the effects of negative experiences. They learn to identify situations in which they are especially vulnerable. And they learn new patterns of thinking and behaving. They may be given “homework” assignments in which they practice their developing skills. In addition, good therapists regularly monitor patients to assess whether and how much the condition is improving.

What therapy types help with depression?

Several types of short-term therapy have been found effective, each targeting one or more areas of dysfunction. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helps clients challenge their negative thoughts and beliefs, learn new behavioral strategies, and curb reactivity to distressing situations. Behavioural activation (BA) is a form of therapy often used in conjunction with CBT; it focuses on engagement in rewarding activity as a pathway to changing negative feelings and disturbed mood. Another widely used approach is interpersonal therapy (IPT), which targets the social difficulties that both give rise to and get exacerbated by depression. Therapists may combine approaches as needed.

Can therapy for depression be done online?

Studies have found that online therapy can be highly effective for treating depression, although it may be more challenging to build a good therapist-patient alliance on screen than in person—at least at first. However, online therapy can offer considerable advantages. Accessibility and convenience are tops among them. Some people actually find it easier to talk about problems online than in person. While online therapy typically limits visibility of facial expression and body gestures that give important nonverbal cues to a patient’s state of mind, it can give therapists a glimpse into a patient’s world and life, providing information that can be highly useful in guiding therapy.

How effective is therapy for depression?

Many studies show that therapy is highly effective provided that patients complete the prescribed course of therapy, commonly 16 to 20 sessions. Over the long term, it is more effective than medication and the effects are more enduring. As a result, psychotherapy has the power not just to relieve current suffering but to prevent future episodes of the disorder. Therapy reverses the dysfunction in neural circuitry that disposes individuals to a negative view of themselves, the world, and their future and they acquire coping techniques, problem-solving skills, and understanding of their own vulnerabilities that are useful over the course of a lifetime.