Depression Counselling in East London, London

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Leann Lavery
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MUKCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East London, London E1  (Online Only)
Hello and thank you for visiting my page. You are likely here because you are going through things that you need support with, and you might be considering if counselling can help, or if I am the right therapist for you. I have a warm and down to earth approach and as an integrative practitioner, I support people with various issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, bereavement, and those searching for meaning, to name a few. I will work collaboratively with you to understand your unique needs, and how you can be supported with your goals for therapy.
Hello and thank you for visiting my page. You are likely here because you are going through things that you need support with, and you might be considering if counselling can help, or if I am the right therapist for you. I have a warm and down to earth approach and as an integrative practitioner, I support people with various issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, bereavement, and those searching for meaning, to name a few. I will work collaboratively with you to understand your unique needs, and how you can be supported with your goals for therapy.
020 3974 1538 View 020 3974 1538
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Sophie Singh
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, BACP
Verified Verified
East London, London E18
I work with a variety of issues including self-esteem, anxiety, depression, marital/relationship problems, stress, work related issues, addictions, teen problems and many more.
We all need help from time to time, and you shouldn't be embarrassed for asking for it. I am a down to earth and compassionate person, who understands what it is like to need a boost. In my years I have truly heard it all, and my biggest goal is to empower rather than judge my clients. One of my favourite quotes comes from Marisa Peer who explains that “to be happy you have to make peace with your past, love the present and feel so excited about the future”. No problem is too big to solve and I have witnessed counselling change the lives of so many people and I know I can help change yours too.
I work with a variety of issues including self-esteem, anxiety, depression, marital/relationship problems, stress, work related issues, addictions, teen problems and many more.
We all need help from time to time, and you shouldn't be embarrassed for asking for it. I am a down to earth and compassionate person, who understands what it is like to need a boost. In my years I have truly heard it all, and my biggest goal is to empower rather than judge my clients. One of my favourite quotes comes from Marisa Peer who explains that “to be happy you have to make peace with your past, love the present and feel so excited about the future”. No problem is too big to solve and I have witnessed counselling change the lives of so many people and I know I can help change yours too.
020 4538 2847 View 020 4538 2847
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Kate Pryce
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
East London, London E1
I am a clinical psychologist with over 10 years' experience of working in the NHS. As a clinical psychologist I am trained to provide a range of psychological therapies for many different problems. In my private practice I focus on using a form of psychological therapy called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Research evidence indicates that CBT can help with many difficulties which include: · Anxiety based problems including: · panic attacks · post-traumatic stress disorder · obsessive compulsive disorder · social anxiety · health anxiety · phobias · Depression and low mood · Sleep difficulties · Low self esteem · Problematic perfectionism · Eating disorders · Sleep difficulties · Anger
I am a clinical psychologist with over 10 years' experience of working in the NHS. As a clinical psychologist I am trained to provide a range of psychological therapies for many different problems. In my private practice I focus on using a form of psychological therapy called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Research evidence indicates that CBT can help with many difficulties which include: · Anxiety based problems including: · panic attacks · post-traumatic stress disorder · obsessive compulsive disorder · social anxiety · health anxiety · phobias · Depression and low mood · Sleep difficulties · Low self esteem · Problematic perfectionism · Eating disorders · Sleep difficulties · Anger
020 3870 3852 View 020 3870 3852
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Mohaia Amin
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East London, London E18
I am a fully qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy training. I have also trained in Compassion Focused Therapy and ACT. My extensive work using CBT has been with clients with major psychological problems and I have until recently been working at The Priory. I have worked in outpatient and inpatient settings and have worked with clients from varied cultures and backgrounds. As a therapist I have worked with clients struggling with anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), health anxiety, anger management, generalised anxiety, depression and bereavement and have supported
I am a fully qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy training. I have also trained in Compassion Focused Therapy and ACT. My extensive work using CBT has been with clients with major psychological problems and I have until recently been working at The Priory. I have worked in outpatient and inpatient settings and have worked with clients from varied cultures and backgrounds. As a therapist I have worked with clients struggling with anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), health anxiety, anger management, generalised anxiety, depression and bereavement and have supported
020 8103 9071 View 020 8103 9071
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Bisan Wehbi
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
East London, London E17
I have extensive experience of working with children and young people in the education and charity sector, although my professional projects include work with refugees, people with SEN, cancer patients, single parents, people who suffer with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, personality disorders and many other areas.
I am a HCPC and BAAT registered Art Psychotherapist. Art Psychotherapy integrates speaking psychotherapy with expression through the art materials. This allows to communicate unconscious information and gives space for whatever might feel difficult to be communicated verbally, to resurface. I use a psychodynamic approach, which focuses on building a trusting client-therapist relationship to process difficult experiences. I facilitate a safe space, where we seek the root of unexplained behaviours and patterns.
I have extensive experience of working with children and young people in the education and charity sector, although my professional projects include work with refugees, people with SEN, cancer patients, single parents, people who suffer with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, personality disorders and many other areas.
I am a HCPC and BAAT registered Art Psychotherapist. Art Psychotherapy integrates speaking psychotherapy with expression through the art materials. This allows to communicate unconscious information and gives space for whatever might feel difficult to be communicated verbally, to resurface. I use a psychodynamic approach, which focuses on building a trusting client-therapist relationship to process difficult experiences. I facilitate a safe space, where we seek the root of unexplained behaviours and patterns.
020 4538 7524 View 020 4538 7524
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Anthony Mack Therapy
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East London, London E18
DEPRESSION ,SEXUAL ISSUES , TRAUMA ,HABITS AND DISORDERS ADDICTION, STRESS DISORDERS ,COUPLES THERAPY ,SYSTEMIC FAMILY THERAPY.
I am an integrative psychotherapist With qualifications in psychodynamic psychoanalytic counselling. C.B.T EMDR and also a senior qualified accredited hypnotherapist . MY practice is easily reached only a few minutes from south woodford station ( central line ) i offer evening and afternoon appointments i also offer a full range of remote online appointments
DEPRESSION ,SEXUAL ISSUES , TRAUMA ,HABITS AND DISORDERS ADDICTION, STRESS DISORDERS ,COUPLES THERAPY ,SYSTEMIC FAMILY THERAPY.
I am an integrative psychotherapist With qualifications in psychodynamic psychoanalytic counselling. C.B.T EMDR and also a senior qualified accredited hypnotherapist . MY practice is easily reached only a few minutes from south woodford station ( central line ) i offer evening and afternoon appointments i also offer a full range of remote online appointments
020 3879 4781 View 020 3879 4781
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Antonio Andalcio
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
East London, London E8
We all have the capacity for growth, given the right conditions. Part of what therapy can be is the creation of a space where those conditions are met. During our 50 minute sessions, we will work toward a common goal. My role is to try to understand your lived experiences, in a confidential, non-discriminatory environment. Not to judge you. But most importantly therapy is about what you want to use the time and space for. People think of counselling as a last resort. We often keep our problems to ourselves, we compound all that feeling and pain and it emerges in our day to day lives in different ways, depression, stress, anxiety.
We all have the capacity for growth, given the right conditions. Part of what therapy can be is the creation of a space where those conditions are met. During our 50 minute sessions, we will work toward a common goal. My role is to try to understand your lived experiences, in a confidential, non-discriminatory environment. Not to judge you. But most importantly therapy is about what you want to use the time and space for. People think of counselling as a last resort. We often keep our problems to ourselves, we compound all that feeling and pain and it emerges in our day to day lives in different ways, depression, stress, anxiety.
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One -&- One
Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East London, London E18
Clinically expert in a range of talking therapies and modalities for conditions such as stress, anxiety depression, mental health, loss, trauma.
‘We all need someone to talk to some of the time’ and across the multi-dimensional layers of personality and global connectedness, to be human means we will be faced with situations and events during our lifetime that we believe a hundred percent, we will have little or no chance of sorting out or finding solutions to. The truism is there are always solutions, some more easily achievable and likeable, others less so. Nonetheless these too are solutions and place ALL at the doorway of all possibility. The wisdom then is to stand in the doorway to commence the healing transformations of finding answers and pathways towards resolution.
Clinically expert in a range of talking therapies and modalities for conditions such as stress, anxiety depression, mental health, loss, trauma.
‘We all need someone to talk to some of the time’ and across the multi-dimensional layers of personality and global connectedness, to be human means we will be faced with situations and events during our lifetime that we believe a hundred percent, we will have little or no chance of sorting out or finding solutions to. The truism is there are always solutions, some more easily achievable and likeable, others less so. Nonetheless these too are solutions and place ALL at the doorway of all possibility. The wisdom then is to stand in the doorway to commence the healing transformations of finding answers and pathways towards resolution.
020 3984 9227 View 020 3984 9227
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Alessia Vignali
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
East London, London E8
Anxiety, Depression and Stress might be impacting your wellbeing and happiness and you would like to feel able to better manage your emotions. You might be experiencing low self-esteem, low self-worth or going through a difficult time like divorce, job-loss, bereavement, illness or a combination. Substance misuse could have ensued as a way of coping with stress or past traumatic experiences. Relationships might be impaired resulting in trust issues, conflict, infidelity. You might be experiencing sexuality issues like low sexual desire, E.D. or you might want to explore sexuality, kink, polyamorous and open relationships.
Anxiety, Depression and Stress might be impacting your wellbeing and happiness and you would like to feel able to better manage your emotions. You might be experiencing low self-esteem, low self-worth or going through a difficult time like divorce, job-loss, bereavement, illness or a combination. Substance misuse could have ensued as a way of coping with stress or past traumatic experiences. Relationships might be impaired resulting in trust issues, conflict, infidelity. You might be experiencing sexuality issues like low sexual desire, E.D. or you might want to explore sexuality, kink, polyamorous and open relationships.
020 8103 6833 View 020 8103 6833
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Zakera Pirbhai
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
East London, London E17  (Online Only)
I have helped clients adults and children with anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, grief counselling, feelings of depression, parent child conflict.
I understand that reaching out for support can evoke much anxiety. I am here to work at your pace and with your agenda in a non judgemental space. I have learned that our reaction to challenges in our adult lives can often be related to our childhood experiences. Within our partnership we will be able to work through childhood trauma, attachment and how they may impact on your current mental health. I offer a holistic approach which allows clients to bring every aspect of themselves, creating a heart to heart connection. With children and Adolescence I work to support and understand their experiences and stages of development.
I have helped clients adults and children with anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, grief counselling, feelings of depression, parent child conflict.
I understand that reaching out for support can evoke much anxiety. I am here to work at your pace and with your agenda in a non judgemental space. I have learned that our reaction to challenges in our adult lives can often be related to our childhood experiences. Within our partnership we will be able to work through childhood trauma, attachment and how they may impact on your current mental health. I offer a holistic approach which allows clients to bring every aspect of themselves, creating a heart to heart connection. With children and Adolescence I work to support and understand their experiences and stages of development.
020 3835 4703 View 020 3835 4703
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Lee Millward
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East London, London E1
It’s not unusual to have feelings that weigh us down and reach a stage of great distress and hopelessness. Whether you feel you are in crisis or just want to get to grips with thoughts and feelings that may be disturbing you, I can help. You might feel anxiety, depression, anger or shame. You might be having relationship problems or going through big changes in your life like the loss of a loved one or a job that have a big impact on you and you need help to cope with. Or there may be something inside you that you have lived with for some time and that gets in the way and prevents you from leading a fuller and happier life.
It’s not unusual to have feelings that weigh us down and reach a stage of great distress and hopelessness. Whether you feel you are in crisis or just want to get to grips with thoughts and feelings that may be disturbing you, I can help. You might feel anxiety, depression, anger or shame. You might be having relationship problems or going through big changes in your life like the loss of a loved one or a job that have a big impact on you and you need help to cope with. Or there may be something inside you that you have lived with for some time and that gets in the way and prevents you from leading a fuller and happier life.
020 3984 7552 View 020 3984 7552
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Veena Ugargol
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East London, London E1
Do you find yourself struggling to manage anxiety or depression related difficulties? Perhaps you are aware that you need to make changes but are unsure of where to start? We all get stressed from time to time - in fact research shows that in England, in any given week, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem such as anxiety or depression. Many people report that they worry constantly or much of the time, leading to sleepless nights and unhealthy coping habits. Sometimes feelings of anxiety and low mood may be related to traumatic, distressing experiences from the past.
Do you find yourself struggling to manage anxiety or depression related difficulties? Perhaps you are aware that you need to make changes but are unsure of where to start? We all get stressed from time to time - in fact research shows that in England, in any given week, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem such as anxiety or depression. Many people report that they worry constantly or much of the time, leading to sleepless nights and unhealthy coping habits. Sometimes feelings of anxiety and low mood may be related to traumatic, distressing experiences from the past.
020 3893 3189 View 020 3893 3189
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Sara Koczwara
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East London, London E8  (Online Only)
I worked with a wide variety of clients and have experience in helping people with a range of emotional and psychological difficulties including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues, abuse, addictions, eating disorders, mood disorders, trauma, gender and identity issues, and sexual problems.
My name is Sara and I am a Humanistic Integrative Therapist. I strongly believe that with the right support and guidance people are able to overcome any difficulties in their life and live in a healthier and more fulfilling way. One of my core values is trust and I see it as a vital part of the therapeutic process and any relationship.
I worked with a wide variety of clients and have experience in helping people with a range of emotional and psychological difficulties including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues, abuse, addictions, eating disorders, mood disorders, trauma, gender and identity issues, and sexual problems.
My name is Sara and I am a Humanistic Integrative Therapist. I strongly believe that with the right support and guidance people are able to overcome any difficulties in their life and live in a healthier and more fulfilling way. One of my core values is trust and I see it as a vital part of the therapeutic process and any relationship.
020 4538 2975 View 020 4538 2975
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Emma Thatcher
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
East London, London E17
People start therapy for many different reasons. You may feel dissatisfied, worried or sad, want to explore the past, process difficult events, or achieve goals. By also using art-making, it is possible to explore emotional issues in a different, sometimes deeper way, one that words alone may not allow. You do not need to be an artist to benefit from this, just drawn to the idea of expressing yourself creatively. I have experience of helping with a range of issues, from common life problems, through depression, anxiety, panic attacks, trauma, and experiences of unstable mood.
People start therapy for many different reasons. You may feel dissatisfied, worried or sad, want to explore the past, process difficult events, or achieve goals. By also using art-making, it is possible to explore emotional issues in a different, sometimes deeper way, one that words alone may not allow. You do not need to be an artist to benefit from this, just drawn to the idea of expressing yourself creatively. I have experience of helping with a range of issues, from common life problems, through depression, anxiety, panic attacks, trauma, and experiences of unstable mood.
020 3826 8051 View 020 3826 8051
James Douglas Clague
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
East London, London E1
I can help with issues ranging from anxiety and depression to addiction and Relationship issues .
My name is Douglas Clague and I have been a practising psychotherapist in Pimlico for the past 5 years. I am committed to providing counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. Having worked in Private practice, the NHS and institutions such as UCL I have a wide and varied experience and have worked with person of all ages with a large array of presenting problems. I work with individuals on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.
I can help with issues ranging from anxiety and depression to addiction and Relationship issues .
My name is Douglas Clague and I have been a practising psychotherapist in Pimlico for the past 5 years. I am committed to providing counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. Having worked in Private practice, the NHS and institutions such as UCL I have a wide and varied experience and have worked with person of all ages with a large array of presenting problems. I work with individuals on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.
020 3962 1836 View 020 3962 1836
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Esther Slattery
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
East London, London E8
The constant nagging of “what if”, “why?” or “if only”; knots in your stomach, breath catching in the throat, unable to focus, unable to sleep, feeling like something bad is going to happen any time? Anxiety and depression limit and impact every aspect of your life, leaving you constantly scared and tired. Even when you know that there is nothing to fear, or that the trauma is in the past, this knowledge does not help. This is because our brains have evolved for survival, not for happiness. This means that our brain does not discriminate between real and imaginary dangers; habitually overreacting and overwhelming, stealing hope.
The constant nagging of “what if”, “why?” or “if only”; knots in your stomach, breath catching in the throat, unable to focus, unable to sleep, feeling like something bad is going to happen any time? Anxiety and depression limit and impact every aspect of your life, leaving you constantly scared and tired. Even when you know that there is nothing to fear, or that the trauma is in the past, this knowledge does not help. This is because our brains have evolved for survival, not for happiness. This means that our brain does not discriminate between real and imaginary dangers; habitually overreacting and overwhelming, stealing hope.
020 3835 5509 View 020 3835 5509
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Sara Anne Pearson
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
East London, London E18
I currently work in private practice where I help people with a range of difficulties including : anxiety, depression, low self esteem, sexual abuse, identity issues, relationship difficulties, work difficulties, childhood trauma.
I work as an integrative therapist, adapting the way I work to met the particular and unique needs of each of my clients. I seek to build strong and trusting bonds with my clients so that they feel secure and supported in exploring the difficult thoughts and feelings that are impacting on their wellbeing and happiness. I offer both short and long term counselling for my clients depending on the needs of my client . Short term work can support people who are looking for a solution focused approach to a difficulty they may be struggling with, whereas longer term can support people seeking to understand more about the pain they carry,
I currently work in private practice where I help people with a range of difficulties including : anxiety, depression, low self esteem, sexual abuse, identity issues, relationship difficulties, work difficulties, childhood trauma.
I work as an integrative therapist, adapting the way I work to met the particular and unique needs of each of my clients. I seek to build strong and trusting bonds with my clients so that they feel secure and supported in exploring the difficult thoughts and feelings that are impacting on their wellbeing and happiness. I offer both short and long term counselling for my clients depending on the needs of my client . Short term work can support people who are looking for a solution focused approach to a difficulty they may be struggling with, whereas longer term can support people seeking to understand more about the pain they carry,
020 4538 9549 View 020 4538 9549
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BG Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
East London, London E4
Hello, all are welcome. Anxiety, stress, depression and anger can creep up on us or appear quite suddenly. Sometimes life just gets too hard and we cannot cope. You may not even know why you feel the way you do, even so, talking with someone impartial can really help. I believe that mental health is no different to physical health in that systems can become unbalanced and give us problems. Support from a Counsellor can help to rebalance your mind. You may feel unsure but I encourage you to come and meet me, then see how you feel.
Hello, all are welcome. Anxiety, stress, depression and anger can creep up on us or appear quite suddenly. Sometimes life just gets too hard and we cannot cope. You may not even know why you feel the way you do, even so, talking with someone impartial can really help. I believe that mental health is no different to physical health in that systems can become unbalanced and give us problems. Support from a Counsellor can help to rebalance your mind. You may feel unsure but I encourage you to come and meet me, then see how you feel.
07723 491485 View 07723 491485
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Malgosia Fijak-Koch
Psychologist, CPsychol
Verified Verified
East London, London E2
My clients have presented with difficulties such as anxiety and depression, severe trauma, abuse, phobias, personality disorders, psychosis, relationship difficulties, attachment, bereavement and identity issues.
I am an integrative practitioner which means that my practice is influenced by more than one approach. In my work I focus on adapting the best-suited approach to your individual needs. This might entail helping you find coping strategies to address specific symptoms or assisting you to increase understanding of yourself and your relationships with others. I am also using DIT model (Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy) which is a 16 sessions time limited therapy aiming to identify and change unhelpful patterns affecting your important relationships and professional achievements.
My clients have presented with difficulties such as anxiety and depression, severe trauma, abuse, phobias, personality disorders, psychosis, relationship difficulties, attachment, bereavement and identity issues.
I am an integrative practitioner which means that my practice is influenced by more than one approach. In my work I focus on adapting the best-suited approach to your individual needs. This might entail helping you find coping strategies to address specific symptoms or assisting you to increase understanding of yourself and your relationships with others. I am also using DIT model (Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy) which is a 16 sessions time limited therapy aiming to identify and change unhelpful patterns affecting your important relationships and professional achievements.
020 3962 2073 x079699 View 020 3962 2073 x079699
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Dr Madeleine Mason Roantree
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East London, London E2  (Online Only)
Something's not right and you want answers, a strategy; to heal, to overcome, process or grow. Maybe it feels embarrassing and you don’t want to make a big deal out of it, or you feel stuck and unsure of what to do. It's ok. You have come to the right place. I'm a psychologist, in a part-time NHS complex mental health service. I'm also a dating and relationship specialist helping people work through all aspects of romance and intimacy, including friendships and family dynamics. Relationship, dating, psychosexual issues, life crisis, depression, anxiety, panic, stress, overwhelm, trauma, OCD, PTSD, low self esteem, not sure? It's ok.
Something's not right and you want answers, a strategy; to heal, to overcome, process or grow. Maybe it feels embarrassing and you don’t want to make a big deal out of it, or you feel stuck and unsure of what to do. It's ok. You have come to the right place. I'm a psychologist, in a part-time NHS complex mental health service. I'm also a dating and relationship specialist helping people work through all aspects of romance and intimacy, including friendships and family dynamics. Relationship, dating, psychosexual issues, life crisis, depression, anxiety, panic, stress, overwhelm, trauma, OCD, PTSD, low self esteem, not sure? It's ok.
020 4524 5472 View 020 4524 5472

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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.