Depression Counselling in Newcastle upon Tyne

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Joseph Tyson-Adams - North East Therapy Network
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE6
I have specialist experience delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) & EMDR, working with people suffering depression, trauma & anxiety disorders including; panic, generalised anxiety (excess worry), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), health anxiety, social anxiety, phobias & stress.
Hi. My name is Joseph Tyson-Adams, I am a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and EMDR (trauma therapy) practitioner. I have worked in the NHS over the last 20 years, currently working as a Senior Psychotherapist. If you are suffering from past traumas, stress, depression or anxiety issues, I am here to help. I have worked with clients to improve their mental health & reclaim their lives. I would find it a huge privilege & pleasure to join you on your journey towards your goals. We offer a free telephone consultation to discuss issues affecting you & support we could offer.
I have specialist experience delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) & EMDR, working with people suffering depression, trauma & anxiety disorders including; panic, generalised anxiety (excess worry), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), health anxiety, social anxiety, phobias & stress.
Hi. My name is Joseph Tyson-Adams, I am a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and EMDR (trauma therapy) practitioner. I have worked in the NHS over the last 20 years, currently working as a Senior Psychotherapist. If you are suffering from past traumas, stress, depression or anxiety issues, I am here to help. I have worked with clients to improve their mental health & reclaim their lives. I would find it a huge privilege & pleasure to join you on your journey towards your goals. We offer a free telephone consultation to discuss issues affecting you & support we could offer.
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Dr Christine Price
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE3
With over 25 years of qualified experience as a Clinical Psychologist, I have treated a wide range of difficulties. Whether you're dealing with professional burn out or mental health issues, my career has been about helping people with all kinds of challenges. These include anxiety and panic; depression; health anxiety; intrusive thoughts, obsessive compulsive disorder; work stress/burn out; personal stress; adjustment to life transitions; coping with chronic illness; relationship issues; bereavement and loss; emotional regulation, self-esteem issues as well as others.
With over 25 years of qualified experience as a Clinical Psychologist, I have treated a wide range of difficulties. Whether you're dealing with professional burn out or mental health issues, my career has been about helping people with all kinds of challenges. These include anxiety and panic; depression; health anxiety; intrusive thoughts, obsessive compulsive disorder; work stress/burn out; personal stress; adjustment to life transitions; coping with chronic illness; relationship issues; bereavement and loss; emotional regulation, self-esteem issues as well as others.
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Genevieve Theresa Buée
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1
I work with a range of issues for example: Eating disorders, Self-harm, Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Loss, Post-traumatic stress, Trauma, Asperger syndrome, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Self esteem, Sexual identity, Spirituality, Women's issues, Infertility/Pregnancy, Narcissism and family dynamics, including estrangement.
Hello, I am an experienced therapist offering counselling sessions for adults and young people aged 14 and over. I provide professional insight and perspectives in approaching problems to enhance well being and create an overall positive change in understanding. This helps make meaning out of life in the "here and now" and also provides support with ongoing benefits in making life choices for the future. When situations or context do not have solutions, supporting the process of emotional healing is the focus of therapy.
I work with a range of issues for example: Eating disorders, Self-harm, Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Loss, Post-traumatic stress, Trauma, Asperger syndrome, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Self esteem, Sexual identity, Spirituality, Women's issues, Infertility/Pregnancy, Narcissism and family dynamics, including estrangement.
Hello, I am an experienced therapist offering counselling sessions for adults and young people aged 14 and over. I provide professional insight and perspectives in approaching problems to enhance well being and create an overall positive change in understanding. This helps make meaning out of life in the "here and now" and also provides support with ongoing benefits in making life choices for the future. When situations or context do not have solutions, supporting the process of emotional healing is the focus of therapy.
0191 917 9391 View 0191 917 9391
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Dr Alex Hull - Leazes Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1  (Online Only)
I will help you manage and take back control of your mental health. I specialise in working with anxiety and depression. I have many years experience working in the NHS and private practice. I use evidence-based techniques that really work. I have a warm and accessible style that will help you feel comfortable and understood. I work with young people and adults. I work with health insurance companies and offer some of the lowest session rates for the best quality clinical psychology support available. It's as simple as that.
I will help you manage and take back control of your mental health. I specialise in working with anxiety and depression. I have many years experience working in the NHS and private practice. I use evidence-based techniques that really work. I have a warm and accessible style that will help you feel comfortable and understood. I work with young people and adults. I work with health insurance companies and offer some of the lowest session rates for the best quality clinical psychology support available. It's as simple as that.
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Psychology Newcastle - Dr Mariam Majid
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE3
Thank you for visiting my profile. My name is Mariam and I am a registered Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with adults with mental health problems. I am also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) both of which are evidence based psychological approaches to treat a wide range of emotional, behavioural and psychological difficulties including anxiety, depression, complex trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), adjustment difficulties, self esteem etc. I also work with couples.
Thank you for visiting my profile. My name is Mariam and I am a registered Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with adults with mental health problems. I am also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) both of which are evidence based psychological approaches to treat a wide range of emotional, behavioural and psychological difficulties including anxiety, depression, complex trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), adjustment difficulties, self esteem etc. I also work with couples.
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Time to Talk Therapy
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newcastle upon Tyne NE3
I have specialist experience working with people with Depression, Anxiety disorders including; Panic, Generalised anxiety (Excessive worry|), Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD), Panic, PTSD, Health Anxiety, Phobia's, Social anxiety, Stress, Sleep difficulties, and Low self esteem issues.
If you are suffering from anxiety, stress or low mood then I am here to help. I offer a free telephone consultation to help you decide what you need. I am a qualified nurse, fully accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT), EMDR (Trauma Therapy) and Couples Counsellor with over 13 years experience working in the NHS and health services. I believe in offering the most effective and efficient treatment with a warm and compassionate approach tailored to meet your needs. My aim is to provide a safe and confidential space for you to be able to get the most out of your sessions and work towards a happier healthier you.
I have specialist experience working with people with Depression, Anxiety disorders including; Panic, Generalised anxiety (Excessive worry|), Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD), Panic, PTSD, Health Anxiety, Phobia's, Social anxiety, Stress, Sleep difficulties, and Low self esteem issues.
If you are suffering from anxiety, stress or low mood then I am here to help. I offer a free telephone consultation to help you decide what you need. I am a qualified nurse, fully accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT), EMDR (Trauma Therapy) and Couples Counsellor with over 13 years experience working in the NHS and health services. I believe in offering the most effective and efficient treatment with a warm and compassionate approach tailored to meet your needs. My aim is to provide a safe and confidential space for you to be able to get the most out of your sessions and work towards a happier healthier you.
0191 743 0181 View 0191 743 0181
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Next Step Psychotherapy & Wellbeing
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE3
Stop! No need to scroll further. Book Online Today! We are created for connection, you are not meant to do this alone. Whether you’re struggling with relationships, addiction, trauma, anxiety and depression to name a few, our team of friendly therapists are fully qualified & experienced and are at hand to help. We want to make you feel at at ease and make sure you feel comfortable in a safe and confidential environment, all of which is our top priority.
Stop! No need to scroll further. Book Online Today! We are created for connection, you are not meant to do this alone. Whether you’re struggling with relationships, addiction, trauma, anxiety and depression to name a few, our team of friendly therapists are fully qualified & experienced and are at hand to help. We want to make you feel at at ease and make sure you feel comfortable in a safe and confidential environment, all of which is our top priority.
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Hayley Tyson-Adams
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE6
My main areas of expertise are depression, trauma/PTSD and anxiety disorders (including worry, OCD, panic attacks, phobias, illness anxiety and social anxiety).
Hi, I'm Hayley. I'm passionate about helping my clients to lead happier, more fulfilled lives. I am an experienced, BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and EMDR (trauma/PTSD) practitioner offering treatment for depression, trauma and anxiety disorders. Alongside private practice, I work in the NHS and have over 10 years experience helping others work towards their personal and life goals. Recent client feedback: "Therapist was excellent, approachable and had a caring manner, and helped me to have a better understanding of my issues. I feel I have come a long way since starting this process."
My main areas of expertise are depression, trauma/PTSD and anxiety disorders (including worry, OCD, panic attacks, phobias, illness anxiety and social anxiety).
Hi, I'm Hayley. I'm passionate about helping my clients to lead happier, more fulfilled lives. I am an experienced, BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and EMDR (trauma/PTSD) practitioner offering treatment for depression, trauma and anxiety disorders. Alongside private practice, I work in the NHS and have over 10 years experience helping others work towards their personal and life goals. Recent client feedback: "Therapist was excellent, approachable and had a caring manner, and helped me to have a better understanding of my issues. I feel I have come a long way since starting this process."
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Dr Carolyn Law
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE20
Most importantly, I work with people, not diagnoses or labels. I specialise in working with those with a history of trauma, whether that’s one off events such as a car crash, sexual assault or attack, or layers of trauma in the form of childhood neglect/abuse, a military/medical career or an abusive relationship. I try to help my patients overcome their ongoing reactions to this trauma, such as nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive memories, high levels of anxiety and poor sleep. I also work with people experiencing moral injury and survivors guilt. Additionally, those experiencing depression, anxiety, OCD and relationship issues.
Most importantly, I work with people, not diagnoses or labels. I specialise in working with those with a history of trauma, whether that’s one off events such as a car crash, sexual assault or attack, or layers of trauma in the form of childhood neglect/abuse, a military/medical career or an abusive relationship. I try to help my patients overcome their ongoing reactions to this trauma, such as nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive memories, high levels of anxiety and poor sleep. I also work with people experiencing moral injury and survivors guilt. Additionally, those experiencing depression, anxiety, OCD and relationship issues.
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Holly Lynn
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE3
I am a fully qualified psychotherapist with experience of working with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and trauma. My work has taken place in primary care, the charity sector and private practice. I specialise in working with individuals and couples offering psychosexual therapy to help overcome sexual difficulties. I am currently undertaking a diploma in this subject.
I am a fully qualified psychotherapist with experience of working with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and trauma. My work has taken place in primary care, the charity sector and private practice. I specialise in working with individuals and couples offering psychosexual therapy to help overcome sexual difficulties. I am currently undertaking a diploma in this subject.
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Relief Counselling
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE6
Hello, My name is Billy Signey, MBACP, BA honours. I work in an integrative way offering a safe, confidential environment for my clients, enabling them to understand their feelings and emotions in this ever-changing and demanding world. I have worked with problems such as PTSD, Depression, Abuse, Sexual and Physical, Historical/Childhood issues, Neglect, Anxiety, Panic attacks, Suicidal ideation, Phobias, avoidance, etc. Please text me for a free 10-minute no-obligation chat and I will do my best to find the best way forward for you. I have an extensive list of client testimonials that can be viewed on request.
Hello, My name is Billy Signey, MBACP, BA honours. I work in an integrative way offering a safe, confidential environment for my clients, enabling them to understand their feelings and emotions in this ever-changing and demanding world. I have worked with problems such as PTSD, Depression, Abuse, Sexual and Physical, Historical/Childhood issues, Neglect, Anxiety, Panic attacks, Suicidal ideation, Phobias, avoidance, etc. Please text me for a free 10-minute no-obligation chat and I will do my best to find the best way forward for you. I have an extensive list of client testimonials that can be viewed on request.
0191 743 0523 View 0191 743 0523
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Claire Austin
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE3
Problems i have worked with are anxiety, depression, childhood abuse, domestic abuse, sexual violence, low self esteem, low mood, eating distress, anger, loss, identity issues, family issues, self harm and suicidal ideation.
I am an experienced Adult Counsellor, who has worked in various sectors over my career, my experience is working with women. I have a depth of experiencing in offering therapeutic space to explore issues arising and work in an integrative, compassion focused way to develop the therapeutic relationship. I work creatively with individual need allowing a range of therapeutic processes to be used. EMDR is a huge part of my practice using creative means to explore 'stuck memories'. Working in a EMDR process helps move memories quickly and focuses on primary target memories.
Problems i have worked with are anxiety, depression, childhood abuse, domestic abuse, sexual violence, low self esteem, low mood, eating distress, anger, loss, identity issues, family issues, self harm and suicidal ideation.
I am an experienced Adult Counsellor, who has worked in various sectors over my career, my experience is working with women. I have a depth of experiencing in offering therapeutic space to explore issues arising and work in an integrative, compassion focused way to develop the therapeutic relationship. I work creatively with individual need allowing a range of therapeutic processes to be used. EMDR is a huge part of my practice using creative means to explore 'stuck memories'. Working in a EMDR process helps move memories quickly and focuses on primary target memories.
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Dr Stuart Sadler
Psychologist, PsychD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE3
I specialise in helping people overcome problems such as depression, anxiety (whether due to worry, obsessive-compulsive disorder, health anxiety, or intrusive thoughts), and sleep disorders (such as insomnia, nightmares and early waking) so they can feel better and function better in day to day life again.
I specialise in helping people overcome problems such as depression, anxiety (whether due to worry, obsessive-compulsive disorder, health anxiety, or intrusive thoughts), and sleep disorders (such as insomnia, nightmares and early waking) so they can feel better and function better in day to day life again.
019467 60715 View 019467 60715
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Dr Sarah Woods
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newcastle upon Tyne NE3
Are you looking for CBT, EMDR or acceptance and commitment therapy? Do you struggle with depression, anxiety, symptoms of trauma (PTSD) or adjustment to physical health problems? Or perhaps you feel stuck and feel life has lost some meaning for you. I can help you understand why you feel this way and help you learn new coping skills to move forwards. Over the years, I have helped many people reach their goals, heal from trauma and overcome their difficulties. Making changes can be hard but improving our well being and truly connecting with the important things in life can make us feel fulfilled and increase satisfaction.
Are you looking for CBT, EMDR or acceptance and commitment therapy? Do you struggle with depression, anxiety, symptoms of trauma (PTSD) or adjustment to physical health problems? Or perhaps you feel stuck and feel life has lost some meaning for you. I can help you understand why you feel this way and help you learn new coping skills to move forwards. Over the years, I have helped many people reach their goals, heal from trauma and overcome their difficulties. Making changes can be hard but improving our well being and truly connecting with the important things in life can make us feel fulfilled and increase satisfaction.
07476 563250 View 07476 563250
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IAS Ltd
Psychotherapist, BACP
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE2
I have over 25 years of experience working with adults and young people who are experiencing, anxiety, depression along with other emotional and psychological distress. Counselling can be a liberating and uplifting experience, making the first step to call a counsellor is the biggest step you can make. ( see further down the page for more information about counselling ) I also see couples who are experiencing relationship issues and difficulties or just need to talk through issues together, in a professional, safe place. I qualified as a Person Centred Counsellor and Cognitive (CBT) Therapist [ University of Newcastle Upon T
I have over 25 years of experience working with adults and young people who are experiencing, anxiety, depression along with other emotional and psychological distress. Counselling can be a liberating and uplifting experience, making the first step to call a counsellor is the biggest step you can make. ( see further down the page for more information about counselling ) I also see couples who are experiencing relationship issues and difficulties or just need to talk through issues together, in a professional, safe place. I qualified as a Person Centred Counsellor and Cognitive (CBT) Therapist [ University of Newcastle Upon T
07506 747122 View 07506 747122
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Sangeeta Murkunde
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1
I am highly qualified & experienced psychotherapist who has an ability to provide relaxed & safe environment for a client to explore their issues. Being an integrative psychotherapist I use different therapeutic models e.g TA, CBT etc according to the needs of my clients. I have an extensive experience in helping with a wide range of areas including anxiety, depression, work related issue, trauma, bereavement etc. I can help you to be more self aware so that you can have more clarity about your needs, how to fulfil them and move on with your life. I offer evening, weekend appointments & also provide video counselling.
I am highly qualified & experienced psychotherapist who has an ability to provide relaxed & safe environment for a client to explore their issues. Being an integrative psychotherapist I use different therapeutic models e.g TA, CBT etc according to the needs of my clients. I have an extensive experience in helping with a wide range of areas including anxiety, depression, work related issue, trauma, bereavement etc. I can help you to be more self aware so that you can have more clarity about your needs, how to fulfil them and move on with your life. I offer evening, weekend appointments & also provide video counselling.
01670 337895 View 01670 337895
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Jane Spowart
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1
I am an Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor, with experience of working with clients with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, age-related issues, anger and those struggling with a work/life balance.
Do you believe that ‘you just have to get on with it’, but you’re finding it hard? Are you struggling with an issue at the moment or troubled by a situation in your past? Feeling sad, anxious, overwhelmed, defeated or 'stuck'? If you need someone to listen to you empathically and without judgement so that you can make sense of what is happening in your life, I can provide a safe place to support you to feel empowered to make positive changes in your life.
I am an Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor, with experience of working with clients with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, age-related issues, anger and those struggling with a work/life balance.
Do you believe that ‘you just have to get on with it’, but you’re finding it hard? Are you struggling with an issue at the moment or troubled by a situation in your past? Feeling sad, anxious, overwhelmed, defeated or 'stuck'? If you need someone to listen to you empathically and without judgement so that you can make sense of what is happening in your life, I can provide a safe place to support you to feel empowered to make positive changes in your life.
01670 332490 View 01670 332490
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Mariette van Lieshout
MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1  (Online Only)
If you feel stuck or at a loss with your life, perhaps due to past or present experiences (for example relationship difficulties, illness, work problems, losses); or if thoughts and emotions are difficult to bear (maybe resulting in feelings of anxiety, depression, loneliness or emptiness), you might benefit from talking – sharing with somebody who is there just for you, unbiased and non-judgemental. We would work at building a therapeutic relationship based on mutual trust and respect so that a safe and protected space can be created.
If you feel stuck or at a loss with your life, perhaps due to past or present experiences (for example relationship difficulties, illness, work problems, losses); or if thoughts and emotions are difficult to bear (maybe resulting in feelings of anxiety, depression, loneliness or emptiness), you might benefit from talking – sharing with somebody who is there just for you, unbiased and non-judgemental. We would work at building a therapeutic relationship based on mutual trust and respect so that a safe and protected space can be created.
013873 40698 View 013873 40698
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Amy Caffrey Mbacp
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1
I also have experience of running depression, stress management and anxiety groups.
Are you looking for some support but not sure where to turn? I believe talking is a really powerful thing. I am really passionate about empowering you to become your own therapist by helping you find coping strategies that work for you and you can use in any situation life brings. Talking to a therapist can be quite daunting. However, I truly believe talking through a problem can really help. I can help you to identify and understand issues you are struggling with and together we can come up with a plan on how to help you overcome these.
I also have experience of running depression, stress management and anxiety groups.
Are you looking for some support but not sure where to turn? I believe talking is a really powerful thing. I am really passionate about empowering you to become your own therapist by helping you find coping strategies that work for you and you can use in any situation life brings. Talking to a therapist can be quite daunting. However, I truly believe talking through a problem can really help. I can help you to identify and understand issues you are struggling with and together we can come up with a plan on how to help you overcome these.
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Caroline Harvey
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE6
I am a BPC registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Darlington, providing Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy to adults in the North East of England. I have helped many people, both in private practice and the NHS, overcome problems including those related to anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, relationships, stress, low self-esteem, loss, life transitions, or medically unexplained symptoms. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy can also be effective when you are experiencing a more general sense of dissatisfaction in life, helping you work towards greater fulfilment.
I am a BPC registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Darlington, providing Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy to adults in the North East of England. I have helped many people, both in private practice and the NHS, overcome problems including those related to anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, relationships, stress, low self-esteem, loss, life transitions, or medically unexplained symptoms. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy can also be effective when you are experiencing a more general sense of dissatisfaction in life, helping you work towards greater fulfilment.
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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.