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Are you experiencing intense negative emotions such as sadness, worthlessness or hopelessness? Do you experience difficulties with sleep or your appetite? Have you been living with negative thoughts that have caused you to withdraw or isolate from others? Our therapists are experts in using evidence based therapies to improve your mood.  

What is Depression & Low Mood?

Depression and low mood are extremely common. In fact, it’s estimated that one in every four people will experience some form of depression at some point in their lives.

Depression is more than just feeling down or blue for a few days. It’s a persistent feeling of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in activities that you used to enjoy. It can interfere with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and enjoy life.


 

What are the signs of Depression?

Depression is a mental illness that can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms of depression can vary from person to person, but there are some common signs and symptoms to look out for. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the following symptoms, it could be an indication of depression:

⦿ Feeling sad or down most of the time
⦿ Losing interest in activities that used to bring joy
⦿ Withdrawing from friends and family
⦿ Sleeping too much or too little
⦿ Changes in appetite or weight
⦿ Feeling anxious or irritable
⦿ Experiencing physical aches and pains
⦿ Feeling hopeless or helpless
⦿ Having thoughts of suicide or self-harm

About the author of this service

Mr. Michael Swift
Senior Integrative Psychotherapist

Michael holds qualifications in Psychotherapy & Health Psychology.

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What does therapy involve?

If you’re struggling with depression, therapy can be a powerful tool to help you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. In therapy, you’ll work with a mental health professional to identify the causes of your depression and develop coping strategies to deal with them.

I feel confident to say that I was a person with severe depression. Before working with Mike, I was embarrassed and didn’t even tell my family. After around 9 weeks of working together, I feel like a different person. I was a bit worried about online sessions, but they actually didn’t feel much different. -Verified Client Review

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that focuses on changing negative thoughts and behaviours that contribute to depression. CBT can be very effective in treating depression, and it has been shown to reduce symptoms in as little as 12 weeks.

There are a variety of CBT techniques that can be used to treat depression. Some common techniques include:

⦿ Identifying negative thoughts and beliefs: This involves learning to identify negative and distorted thinking patterns. Once these patterns are identified, you can start to challenge and change them.

⦿ Changing negative thinking patterns: This involves learning to reframe negative thoughts in a more positive light. For example, instead of thinking “I’m such a failure,” you might think “I’m doing the best I can.”

⦿ Behavioural activation: This involves increasing your level of activity and engagement in pleasurable activities. Doing things that make you happy can help to reduce depression symptoms.

⦿ Problem-solving: This involves learning how to effectively solve problems that are causing distress. This can help to reduce feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.

CBT techniques can be used alone or in combination with other treatments, such as medication or lifestyle changes.

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