Depression Counselling in South East London, London

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Rory Howlett
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
South East London, London SE20  (Online Only)
Searching online for a therapist can be a daunting prospect. If you have made it this far you have taken a huge step, in acknowledging to yourself that you may need support. I can help you now in taking the next steps towards feeling ‘un-stuck’ and able to move forward with your life. You might be here because something is bothering you or you have experienced a major life event. Maybe a relationship in your life has ended or changed. There are also times when life seems to be going well, but you are still feeling low, depressed or not yourself.
Searching online for a therapist can be a daunting prospect. If you have made it this far you have taken a huge step, in acknowledging to yourself that you may need support. I can help you now in taking the next steps towards feeling ‘un-stuck’ and able to move forward with your life. You might be here because something is bothering you or you have experienced a major life event. Maybe a relationship in your life has ended or changed. There are also times when life seems to be going well, but you are still feeling low, depressed or not yourself.
020 3838 0691 View 020 3838 0691
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Dr Joe Kibble
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
South East London, London SE5
Waitlist for new clients
The types of issues I now specialise in include depression, stress, social anxiety, panic, and OCD.
Struggling with mental health is surprisingly common, yet we can often feel isolated or stuck with our problems. I support people to get a clearer perspective of why they are feeling the way they are and what steps can be taken to manage their difficulties. We can then work together to help move towards a more fulfilling and purposeful life. As a fully accredited Clinical Psychologist, I aim to do this by offering a compassionate and supportive space to talk, whilst also pulling upon the most recent research and therapeutic methods for making effective change.
The types of issues I now specialise in include depression, stress, social anxiety, panic, and OCD.
Struggling with mental health is surprisingly common, yet we can often feel isolated or stuck with our problems. I support people to get a clearer perspective of why they are feeling the way they are and what steps can be taken to manage their difficulties. We can then work together to help move towards a more fulfilling and purposeful life. As a fully accredited Clinical Psychologist, I aim to do this by offering a compassionate and supportive space to talk, whilst also pulling upon the most recent research and therapeutic methods for making effective change.
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Mewstone Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
South East London, London SE13
Seeking help is not an indication of weakness. Unfortunately, challenges such as anxiety, bereavement, relationship issues, and depression can make life seem overwhelming. If you are reading this profile, you are probably in search of the right counsellor, which can be an intimidating task. . As an accredited member of the BACP, I offer a therapeutic approach tailored to your individual needs and personality, and am happy to discuss your current situation and your expectations from counselling with sensitivity and compassion.
Seeking help is not an indication of weakness. Unfortunately, challenges such as anxiety, bereavement, relationship issues, and depression can make life seem overwhelming. If you are reading this profile, you are probably in search of the right counsellor, which can be an intimidating task. . As an accredited member of the BACP, I offer a therapeutic approach tailored to your individual needs and personality, and am happy to discuss your current situation and your expectations from counselling with sensitivity and compassion.
020 3835 2457 View 020 3835 2457
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Maya Starling
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
South East London, London SE1
I provide an open, warm and confidential space which enables clients to explore issues, which may have been difficult to deal with alone. I view therapy as an individual process and a journey of self discovery that create an opportunity to become aware of inner conflicts and unhelpful patterns of behaviour. I recognise that there is not one approach to therapy that will suit everyone. Hence, I incorporate integrative approach that means I can adapt therapy to each client and their individual needs. I can offer help and have worked with people struggling with a range of conditions including depression, anxiety or adjustment.
I provide an open, warm and confidential space which enables clients to explore issues, which may have been difficult to deal with alone. I view therapy as an individual process and a journey of self discovery that create an opportunity to become aware of inner conflicts and unhelpful patterns of behaviour. I recognise that there is not one approach to therapy that will suit everyone. Hence, I incorporate integrative approach that means I can adapt therapy to each client and their individual needs. I can offer help and have worked with people struggling with a range of conditions including depression, anxiety or adjustment.
020 8059 9937 View 020 8059 9937
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Therapeutic Nurture Ltd
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
South East London, London SE1
My specialist area is working with trauma; domestic abuse, sexual abuse, anxiety and depression.
Counselling is a therapeutic space that can offer you the opportunity to explore the dynamics of your life, privately and confidentially. Below are some questions that my resonate with you. Do you feel numb, detached, or overwhelmed with emotions; such as anger, sadness or loneliness? Have you ever felt as if those around you don't understand what you're going through? Do you feel stuck, not knowing who to turn to or what direction to take in life? Are those that are close to you the cause of or contributing to your distress?
My specialist area is working with trauma; domestic abuse, sexual abuse, anxiety and depression.
Counselling is a therapeutic space that can offer you the opportunity to explore the dynamics of your life, privately and confidentially. Below are some questions that my resonate with you. Do you feel numb, detached, or overwhelmed with emotions; such as anger, sadness or loneliness? Have you ever felt as if those around you don't understand what you're going through? Do you feel stuck, not knowing who to turn to or what direction to take in life? Are those that are close to you the cause of or contributing to your distress?
020 3962 1252 View 020 3962 1252
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Katarzyna Akhtar
Psychotherapist, MSc, BPC
Verified Verified
South East London, London SE13  (Online Only)
I am an experienced psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a clinical supervisor. I trained at the Tavistock Clinic and the Society of Analytic Psychology. Alongside my private practice I am a co-director of the United in Crisis Associação based in Lisbon. I have over twenty years of experience of working therapeutically with individuals and groups in a variety of mental health settings including South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. I provide psychotherapy on a short and long-term basis. I specialise in the treatment of a range of clinical issues, including depression, anxiety, personality difficulties and relationship issues.
I am an experienced psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a clinical supervisor. I trained at the Tavistock Clinic and the Society of Analytic Psychology. Alongside my private practice I am a co-director of the United in Crisis Associação based in Lisbon. I have over twenty years of experience of working therapeutically with individuals and groups in a variety of mental health settings including South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. I provide psychotherapy on a short and long-term basis. I specialise in the treatment of a range of clinical issues, including depression, anxiety, personality difficulties and relationship issues.
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Francesca Gizzi
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
South East London, London SE27  (Online Only)
I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with experience working in the NHS supporting people with depression and anxiety, either individually, in groups or through couples therapy.
It can be hard to know what to do and where to go when you are struggling, however you have taken the first step to search for a therapist, so let me guide you through the rest. Beginning this journey can be difficult but I will create a safe, supportive environment for us to work on this together. People seek therapy for many reasons, sometimes with a goal in mind and other times not knowing where to start. Whatever it is, you are searching for some kind of change and I would like to help you work this out. We can start this process with a free consultation call to see how you feel working with me.
I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with experience working in the NHS supporting people with depression and anxiety, either individually, in groups or through couples therapy.
It can be hard to know what to do and where to go when you are struggling, however you have taken the first step to search for a therapist, so let me guide you through the rest. Beginning this journey can be difficult but I will create a safe, supportive environment for us to work on this together. People seek therapy for many reasons, sometimes with a goal in mind and other times not knowing where to start. Whatever it is, you are searching for some kind of change and I would like to help you work this out. We can start this process with a free consultation call to see how you feel working with me.
020 3907 3754 View 020 3907 3754
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Dr Daniel O'Toole - Citadel Psychology
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
South East London, London SE5
I have worked with patients experiencing a wide variety of emotional and psychological difficulties including complex trauma, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), substance use, psychosis, addiction, stopping smoking, suicidality, loss and bereavement, long-term health conditions, relationship problems and weight issues.
My name is Dr Daniel O’Toole (Danny) and I am the Principal Clinical Psychologist at Citadel Psychology. I have over 15 years experience working in the NHS and have also worked in the private and voluntary sectors. ​ As a clinical psychologist, I have worked with patients experiencing a wide variety of emotional and psychological difficulties. I take a compassionate and person-centred approach to my therapeutic work and draw on a range of evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
I have worked with patients experiencing a wide variety of emotional and psychological difficulties including complex trauma, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), substance use, psychosis, addiction, stopping smoking, suicidality, loss and bereavement, long-term health conditions, relationship problems and weight issues.
My name is Dr Daniel O’Toole (Danny) and I am the Principal Clinical Psychologist at Citadel Psychology. I have over 15 years experience working in the NHS and have also worked in the private and voluntary sectors. ​ As a clinical psychologist, I have worked with patients experiencing a wide variety of emotional and psychological difficulties. I take a compassionate and person-centred approach to my therapeutic work and draw on a range of evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
020 3856 8683 View 020 3856 8683
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Alun Jones
Counsellor
Verified Verified
South East London, London SE3
I work with people who feel stressed, depressed, anxious, or perhaps a little bit lost and need some help to relax, feel more self confident and balanced, and more able to cope and enjoy their life more happily. We can all feel down, depressed, and lost at times, but with gentleness, patience, and support it can be changed. Some of my clients just need some help getting clear on their aims and goals and taking actions to get there. Some clients need more ongoing support to help them cope with day-to-day stresses, and also with building their self confidence and self esteem.
I work with people who feel stressed, depressed, anxious, or perhaps a little bit lost and need some help to relax, feel more self confident and balanced, and more able to cope and enjoy their life more happily. We can all feel down, depressed, and lost at times, but with gentleness, patience, and support it can be changed. Some of my clients just need some help getting clear on their aims and goals and taking actions to get there. Some clients need more ongoing support to help them cope with day-to-day stresses, and also with building their self confidence and self esteem.
020 8103 5606 View 020 8103 5606
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Blue Ocean
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
South East London, London SE5
Hi, my name is kadija Taha, I am an integrative counsellor and I am also specialised in bereavement counselling. I am very successful as a counsellor, because of my ability to help others overcome problems, such as depression, anxiety, phobia, relationship, grieving and so on. As a counsellor, I use the core conditions to help my clients, this means that, I use the unconditional positive regard to work fairly and genuinely to every client. I also use my empathic understanding to be in my clients world. I work with various age ranges, starting from children as young as 7 years old to the elderly aged 85 and upwards.
Hi, my name is kadija Taha, I am an integrative counsellor and I am also specialised in bereavement counselling. I am very successful as a counsellor, because of my ability to help others overcome problems, such as depression, anxiety, phobia, relationship, grieving and so on. As a counsellor, I use the core conditions to help my clients, this means that, I use the unconditional positive regard to work fairly and genuinely to every client. I also use my empathic understanding to be in my clients world. I work with various age ranges, starting from children as young as 7 years old to the elderly aged 85 and upwards.
020 3947 8955 View 020 3947 8955
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Laurentiu Trandafir
Psychotherapist, BACP
Verified Verified
South East London, London SE2
Do you want to talk to someone impartial about your difficulties? If you feel stuck in your life, psychoanalytic psychotherapy will help you to bring about change. I believe everyone should be listened to especially when experiencing emotional distress. I have experience working with people dealing with depression, anxiety, various forms of trauma, as well as broader questions around identity, sexuality and relationship issues. I am interested in a reflective approach to the meaning of life in addition to questions around human suffering, drawing on many years of studying philosophy and psychoanalysis.
Do you want to talk to someone impartial about your difficulties? If you feel stuck in your life, psychoanalytic psychotherapy will help you to bring about change. I believe everyone should be listened to especially when experiencing emotional distress. I have experience working with people dealing with depression, anxiety, various forms of trauma, as well as broader questions around identity, sexuality and relationship issues. I am interested in a reflective approach to the meaning of life in addition to questions around human suffering, drawing on many years of studying philosophy and psychoanalysis.
020 4538 7067 View 020 4538 7067
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Jodun Du Puy
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South East London, London SE16
I have a lot of experience working with depression, anxiety, early trauma and attachment disorders.
Are you, or someone you love, struggling with low self esteem, low mood or anxiety possibly caused by a painful life event, relationship breakdown or issues you feel might be related back to your childhood? Do you feel upsetting thoughts, feelings and behaviours are holding you back from living your life to the full? Do you want to experience someone really being there for you, hearing you, understanding your experience and giving you space to breathe, grieve and process? And then being able to discover new ways to think, feel and be?
I have a lot of experience working with depression, anxiety, early trauma and attachment disorders.
Are you, or someone you love, struggling with low self esteem, low mood or anxiety possibly caused by a painful life event, relationship breakdown or issues you feel might be related back to your childhood? Do you feel upsetting thoughts, feelings and behaviours are holding you back from living your life to the full? Do you want to experience someone really being there for you, hearing you, understanding your experience and giving you space to breathe, grieve and process? And then being able to discover new ways to think, feel and be?
020 3947 4018 View 020 3947 4018
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Jane Eldridge
Psychotherapist, PhD, MUKCP
Verified Verified
South East London, London SE26
I've worked with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bereavement, trauma, abuse, problems at school, college or university, family and relationship difficulties, and issues around gender, sexuality and identity.
Sometimes people come to counselling or therapy with a particular symptom, after a significant life event or with work-related difficulties. Other times it's more about not quite feeling fulfilled in life, career or relationships. I believe the many ways we come to understand and make sense of who we are, including how we relate to others and the world around us, are central to our mental health and physical wellbeing. Unforseen life events, separations, losses and disappointments can all profoundly affect our sense of who we are.
I've worked with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bereavement, trauma, abuse, problems at school, college or university, family and relationship difficulties, and issues around gender, sexuality and identity.
Sometimes people come to counselling or therapy with a particular symptom, after a significant life event or with work-related difficulties. Other times it's more about not quite feeling fulfilled in life, career or relationships. I believe the many ways we come to understand and make sense of who we are, including how we relate to others and the world around us, are central to our mental health and physical wellbeing. Unforseen life events, separations, losses and disappointments can all profoundly affect our sense of who we are.
020 8106 8860 View 020 8106 8860
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Tanya Therapies London
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
South East London, London SE1  (Online Only)
Whether you're struggling with Identity issues, Sexuality, Self-worth, Heartbreak, Spirituality, Bereavement, Feeling lost, Depression, Anxiety, Self-esteem and confidence, Interpersonal relationship issues or individual or generational trauma.
I'm Tanya Therapies London, and I'm here to offer you compassionate and empathetic therapeutic support on your path to personal growth and emotional well-being. I specialise in helping people undergo transitional period in their lives so they can lead the life they desire. Through a collaborative and nonjudgmental therapeutic relationship, I empower my clients to explore their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, gaining insight into underlying patterns and discovering new ways of coping and thriving.
Whether you're struggling with Identity issues, Sexuality, Self-worth, Heartbreak, Spirituality, Bereavement, Feeling lost, Depression, Anxiety, Self-esteem and confidence, Interpersonal relationship issues or individual or generational trauma.
I'm Tanya Therapies London, and I'm here to offer you compassionate and empathetic therapeutic support on your path to personal growth and emotional well-being. I specialise in helping people undergo transitional period in their lives so they can lead the life they desire. Through a collaborative and nonjudgmental therapeutic relationship, I empower my clients to explore their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, gaining insight into underlying patterns and discovering new ways of coping and thriving.
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Sophia Tait
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
South East London, London SE1  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I provide psychotherapeutic counselling and I would like to help you to feel better- whatever that means to you. Perhaps you want to relieve depression or anxiety? Heal from trauma? Work through difficulties in relationships or at work? Maybe you just want to feel more vitality, more connected to yourself & to live life more fully. I’m an experienced therapist and I’m passionate about providing professional & effective therapy. I offer a non-judgmental & supportive space where you can be yourself as we explore what is causing you suffering or holding you back. We will work as a team to help you to access your inner resources.
I provide psychotherapeutic counselling and I would like to help you to feel better- whatever that means to you. Perhaps you want to relieve depression or anxiety? Heal from trauma? Work through difficulties in relationships or at work? Maybe you just want to feel more vitality, more connected to yourself & to live life more fully. I’m an experienced therapist and I’m passionate about providing professional & effective therapy. I offer a non-judgmental & supportive space where you can be yourself as we explore what is causing you suffering or holding you back. We will work as a team to help you to access your inner resources.
020 3872 2492 View 020 3872 2492
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Shane Mackay
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
South East London, London SE1
I have worked with a diverse variety of people that have experienced C-PTSD, depression, grief, anxiety, bipolar disorder, various personality disorders, identity-related issues (race, gender and sexuality), obsessive & intrusive states, hearing voices, paranoia, suicidality and many other attachment-based wounding and relational issues.
After qualifying thirteen years ago I worked for City & Hackney Mind (Mental Health Charity) for seven years as the Clinical Services Manager of the Psychological Therapies Team as well as the Clinical Supervisor for a large team of trainee/qualified counsellors/psychotherapists. My approach mainly draws on Psychoanalysis, Somatic & Neurobiological approaches along with Philosophy & Critical Theory. My approach is GSRD (Gender, Sexuality, Relationship Diversity) affirmative meaning i have a passion for and extensive experience supporting Queer & LGBTQI+ as well as other non-heteronormative ways of living/being.
I have worked with a diverse variety of people that have experienced C-PTSD, depression, grief, anxiety, bipolar disorder, various personality disorders, identity-related issues (race, gender and sexuality), obsessive & intrusive states, hearing voices, paranoia, suicidality and many other attachment-based wounding and relational issues.
After qualifying thirteen years ago I worked for City & Hackney Mind (Mental Health Charity) for seven years as the Clinical Services Manager of the Psychological Therapies Team as well as the Clinical Supervisor for a large team of trainee/qualified counsellors/psychotherapists. My approach mainly draws on Psychoanalysis, Somatic & Neurobiological approaches along with Philosophy & Critical Theory. My approach is GSRD (Gender, Sexuality, Relationship Diversity) affirmative meaning i have a passion for and extensive experience supporting Queer & LGBTQI+ as well as other non-heteronormative ways of living/being.
020 3870 4138 View 020 3870 4138
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Mou Cameron - Gold Thread Therapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
South East London, London SE27
A registered BACP integrative psychotherapist. Working integratively means I utilise an extensive number of approaches to support you. I work with a wide range of client struggles. My particular areas of experience are with clients who suffer from Anxiety and Stress, Addictions, ADHD, Bereavement, Body Image, Behaviour Change, Childhood Impact, Cancer, Chronic Health Conditions, Crossroads in life, Depression, Family Conflict, Loneliness, Low Mood, Low Self Esteem, Negative Thought Patterns, Suicidal thoughts, Systems Of Oppression, Relationships and Traumatic Events. I have worked in the NHS, University, and Private Practice
A registered BACP integrative psychotherapist. Working integratively means I utilise an extensive number of approaches to support you. I work with a wide range of client struggles. My particular areas of experience are with clients who suffer from Anxiety and Stress, Addictions, ADHD, Bereavement, Body Image, Behaviour Change, Childhood Impact, Cancer, Chronic Health Conditions, Crossroads in life, Depression, Family Conflict, Loneliness, Low Mood, Low Self Esteem, Negative Thought Patterns, Suicidal thoughts, Systems Of Oppression, Relationships and Traumatic Events. I have worked in the NHS, University, and Private Practice
01689 664480 View 01689 664480
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Fathiya Farah
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
South East London, London SE1  (Online Only)
I am aware of the difficulty in making the decision to seek counselling and how overwhelming the process of finding the right counsellor can be. It can be a lonely journey when you are feeling overwhelmed, Counselling provides clients with the opportunity of having someone to explore and help to make sense of their emotions and thoughts. When we struggle with low self concept and shame, we may become stuck due to fear of being exposed (vulnerability). If this is not explored and understood its roots then it could manifest into other emotional issues such as anxiety and depression. Therapy can teach you helpful/healthy coping tools.
I am aware of the difficulty in making the decision to seek counselling and how overwhelming the process of finding the right counsellor can be. It can be a lonely journey when you are feeling overwhelmed, Counselling provides clients with the opportunity of having someone to explore and help to make sense of their emotions and thoughts. When we struggle with low self concept and shame, we may become stuck due to fear of being exposed (vulnerability). If this is not explored and understood its roots then it could manifest into other emotional issues such as anxiety and depression. Therapy can teach you helpful/healthy coping tools.
07429 128375 View 07429 128375
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ACT CBT online Clinical Psychologist Dr Phil Lurie
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
South East London, London SE1  (Online Only)
My expertise includes: work and general life issues, panic attacks, social anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, low self-esteem, moral OCD, OCD, feeling sad / depression, anger, tinnitus, misophonia, PTSD / trauma, sexual health (eg erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation) & relationship problems.
Therapy can be a daunting but enriching experience, and I hope that I can help you improve your well-being! I pride myself on making sessions affordable, informative, practical, reflective, challenging, and life-affirming. I will also give you ideas and exercises for in-between sessions, which is where a lot of the change happens. I am integral and compassionate and only offer strategies and new ways of thinking that I would welcome for myself. And I will also include more 'existential' questions about your values, purpose, joy, creativity and connections in your life. Please contact me to organise an initial assessment session.
My expertise includes: work and general life issues, panic attacks, social anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, low self-esteem, moral OCD, OCD, feeling sad / depression, anger, tinnitus, misophonia, PTSD / trauma, sexual health (eg erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation) & relationship problems.
Therapy can be a daunting but enriching experience, and I hope that I can help you improve your well-being! I pride myself on making sessions affordable, informative, practical, reflective, challenging, and life-affirming. I will also give you ideas and exercises for in-between sessions, which is where a lot of the change happens. I am integral and compassionate and only offer strategies and new ways of thinking that I would welcome for myself. And I will also include more 'existential' questions about your values, purpose, joy, creativity and connections in your life. Please contact me to organise an initial assessment session.
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Mehboob Dada
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
South East London, London SE11
I provide counselling in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment, enabling an exploration of personal issues. I have worked on issues related to relationships, depression, harm reduction, trauma and bereavement. Skilled in empowering individuals addressing self-esteem and acceptance. Working with cultural, religious or sexual minorities is central to my practice.
I provide counselling in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment, enabling an exploration of personal issues. I have worked on issues related to relationships, depression, harm reduction, trauma and bereavement. Skilled in empowering individuals addressing self-esteem and acceptance. Working with cultural, religious or sexual minorities is central to my practice.
020 3962 1127 View 020 3962 1127
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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.