Depression is an illness characterised by a continuous low mood and/or a loss of interest and enjoyment in life. Living with depression can be incredibly difficult for both those suffering and those around them. Depression counseling is effective to alleviate the symptoms of depression and help you to regain your passion life.
Although most of us have experienced periods of feeling “down” or “sad”, these feelings are usually fleeting and not as severe or chronic as the negative feelings that characterise depression.
Depression can be helped with drugs; however this only alleviates the symptoms. Depression counseling helps to overcome depression from the source, thereby working to alleviate the illness for good.
If you have emotional issues such as depression you are likely to have developed a specific way of thinking. This way of thinking is likely to perpetuate the problematic emotion. For example, you may view the world in a more pessimistic way, often feeling hopeless to improve things. Your brain wants to prove its negative thinking to be correct, and therefore it focuses in on the negatives of life while ignoring the positive incidences. Depression counseling works to undo this negative way of thinking and create healthier cognitive patterns.
One of the goals of depression counseling is to determine if you can find your way forward with new coping skills and new strengths, which are yet to be discovered. This can include gaining new perspectives on fractured belief systems, family of origin related obstacles and unhealthy lifestyle patterns; all of which impacts you.
Depression counseling can include cognitive therapy, which has a great deal of research evidence illustrating its effectiveness for lifting and preventing relapses of depression. Cognitive therapy works on the premise that emotions derive from thoughts, therefore in this therapeutic setting the therapist focuses on thoughts. The therapist will help you to identify common negative thinking patterns and challenge them until they are removed from the mind, consequently allowing healthy thought patterns to be developed.
In addition to cognitive therapy, EMDR and Mindfulness based-techniques, including practices such as yoga, have been found to be effective at alleviating depressive symptoms and can be provided by our therapists alongside cognitive behavioural therapy.
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