Alongside significant clinical experience, I have a specialist qualification in working with mild to moderate depression, completed with Metanoia Institute, London.
'Person-Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression' (PCE-CfD) is an effective, evidence-based modality that is recommended by NICE for the treatment of mild to moderate depression.
It is licenced for provision within the NHS mental health services.
*NICE – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
There is no shame in feeling depressed as anyone can experience depression.
We all feel sad and low at times, but depression leads us to feel this way for weeks or months at a time.
As with everything we go through, we will have an experience that is unique to us, but there are common themes, including experiencing anxiety alongside.
Causes of Depression
Many different things can lead us to experience depression.
We may feel depressed leading up to, or after a distressing life event such as a relationship breakdown, redundancy, conflict at work or a bereavement.
Post-natal depression can occur at any time during the first year after having a baby.
SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) relates to changes in seasons, so tends to impact us at about the same time every year.
Continually dismissing our own needs can also lead to depression. We may be unaware of them, but there will be reasons why we do this that counselling can help you explore and address.
Childhood experiences can lead to depression in adulthood.
Physical illness, long term health conditions and chronic pain.
Ultimately, what our experiences mean to us affects how we feel and behave.
Talking about these with an appropriately qualified counsellor can help us to gain clarity, new resources, and improve our quality of life.
If you experience symptoms of depression throughout each day for more than 2 weeks, do consult your GP. The sooner you seek support, the better.
Medication may be prescribed to help alleviate symptoms, and counselling for depression is recommended in combination with this so that root causes can be addressed and further episodes of depression may be prevented or better managed.
Family and Friends
Counselling can be effective not only for people who are directly experiencing depression, but also for those who are living with, or close to someone who is experiencing depression.
To make an enquiry or to book an initial consultation with myself, please use the contact form on the this website.