Counselling For Depression

Depression is more common than most people are aware of, according to Mind, the leading mental health research charity, it affects 1 in 4 people in the UK. We all encounter struggles and times of conflict throughout our lives but depression can have such a profound impact on our lives and change brain chemistry impacting our ability to continue with simple daily tasks.

Medical researchers, including Harvard Medical university, now claim that depression is caused by chemical reactions in the brain. We used to believe it was just one chemical that affectd your mood, but we now understand that depressive feelings can be caused by a ‘dynamic system’ of relays, chemicals events. It is important to remember that depression is rarely the fault of one specific event.

At the Leone Centre, we offer an integrative and collaborative approach to our counselling for depression services. Our counselling uses different approaches, including EFT, Matrix Re-Imprinting and CBT for depression; these are effective ways to develop strategies for dealing with the challenges of living with depression and manage it’s impact on your life. We aim to restore equilibrium to your mind and improve your long-term wellbeing by targeting intrinsic negative thinking and implementing positive change.

What Is Depression?

Recognising the symptoms of depression is the first step to overcoming the challenges that are interfering with your everyday life. Often, manifestations of depression can be physical as well as emotional and are frequently misdiagnosed. Most of what people experience when suffering from depression, include:

Behavioural Changes

  • Self-Harming
  • Avoiding social engagement and seeking solitude
  • No longer enjoying things the same as you once did, including hobbies and sports
  • Increased substance abuse or substance dependency
  • Conflict with loved ones

Physical Manifestations

  • Changes in appetite
  • Constipation
  • Loss of libido and unexplained fluctuations in menstrual cycles
  • Loss of energy, extreme lethargy

Mental and Emotional Signs

  • Extremely anxious
  • Self-deprecating, suicidal and physically harmful thoughts
  • Increased irritability
  • Feelings of guilt (sometimes without any known cause)
  • Feelings of hopelessness

Types Of Depression

It is key to recognise that there are different types of depression as well as different symptoms. Some individuals develop patterns of depressive feelings. These can be as a result of environmental change, such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which means your mood can fluctuate with shifting seasons. Alternatively, it can be a result of changes that directly impact your life, the loss of a loved one or the postnatal period, for example.

As a comprehensive counselling service, the Leone Centre can provide counselling for depression as well as specialised bereavement and grief counselling and will be able to curate a program specifically for you. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our qualified team members, who can provide psychotherapy or CBT for depression. Our expertise means we are also able to target repressed feelings that may be at the crux of these symptoms. We want to help you recognise the unique signs of depression and install the tools for you to move forwards.

Our team at the Leone Centre are fully registered and licensed and leading professionals. We stay abreast of psychological studies to ensure we are always delivering effective and dynamic support.

Recent studies are showing that too much time spent on social media, or excessive use of cannabis, can be linked to depressive symptoms. Our counselling services can help you understand these dependencies and how they might be impacting your mental health.

Depression Help London

There is no universal framework for dealing with depression, at the Leone Centre we will discuss the best route forwards for you. Counsellors at the Leone Centre are available for appointments every day of the week.

For counselling for depression in London or for an initial consultation, contact us here.