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Depression can cast a shadow over every aspect of life, making even the simplest tasks feel like insurmountable obstacles. It’s a complex condition that affects not just your mood, but also your thoughts, behaviours, and relationships. If you’re overwhelmed by persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, reaching out for support can be a great start. We understand the profound impact depression can have, and we offer a safe and empathetic space where you can explore your experiences and find helpful ways to move forward.

Recognising the signs

Recognising the signs of depression is the first step towards healing. Here are some symptoms and feelings you might experience:

  • Overwhelming sadness or a sense of emptiness.
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed.
  • Changes in appetite or weight.
  • Sleep disturbances, either insomnia or oversleeping.
  • Fatigue or loss of energy.
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt.
  • Difficulty concentrating, making decisions, or remembering things.
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.

Overcoming depression involves understanding your unique experience and finding strategies that work for you. Below are just a few approaches your psychologist might explore with you:

Overview of therapies

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Helps you identify and challenge unhelpful thought patterns, replacing them with more positive ones.
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT): Focusses on improving your relationships and communication skills to alleviate depressive symptoms.
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT): Combines mindfulness techniques with cognitive therapy to help you break free from negative thought patterns and prevent relapse.
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): Encourages acceptance of difficult emotions while committing to actions that align with your values, helping you live a more meaningful life.

During our initial consultations, we take the time to truly understand your experience and tailor our approach to your needs. We believe in collaboration, valuing your input as we work together to develop a treatment plan that supports your overall wellbeing, personal values and goals. If you’re ready to get started, why not give us a call now and talk about your path to recovery.