Depression Counselling in Bromley 2018-01-06T00:52:54+00:00

What is Depression?

Everyone has times when they’re feeling down but the signs of Depression are feeling sad for weeks or months on end. It’s not a trivial conditional like some people think and you certainly can’t ‘snap out of it’. Depression is a real issue with real symptoms; it’s not a sign of weakness or something get out of by “pulling yourself together”.

Depression affects people in different ways and can cause a wide variety of feelings and behaviours as well as physical symptoms. How Depression affects people can differ between men and women, young and old. Lasting feelings of sadness and hopelessness, losing interest in the things you used to enjoy or feeling very tearful are very common. Many people with Depression also have symptoms of anxiety and it’s very common to fall into an endless spiral of depression and anxiety.

Depression CounsellingAt its mildest most people simply feel persistently low in spirit or a low mood while at its most severe Depression can cause suicidal thoughts.

Other common types of Depression include Postnatal Depression, Bipolar Disorder or ‘Manic Depression’ and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Grief can also be confused with Depression except that grief is a very natural response to a loss or bereavement where the feelings normally come and go.

Depression affects about 10% of us at some point!

What causes Depression?

There can be a trigger for Depression such as a life-changing event such as bereavement, losing your job, divorce, money worries, illness, retirement or having a baby. People with a family history of Depression are also more likely to experience it themselves but some people can also become Depressed for no obvious reason. It’s very common to have combined triggers such as having a baby followed by money worries or divorce followed by money worries followed by illness. The ‘downward spiral’ is often referred to and normally emotionally strong minds can sink into Depression given enough triggers.

Some of the most common triggers for Depression are:

  • Bereavement
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Prolonged divorce
  • Longstanding or life-threatening illness
  • Giving birth
  • Losing your job
  • Money worries
  • Moving home / leaving home
  • Becoming cut off from social interactions

In addition to a trigger, or a series of events, some people are simply more likely to become Depressed based on their personalities, their self-esteem, or family history and early life experiences. Some people also turn to drinking and drugs to help but really alcohol is a strong depressant and Cannabis can be a cause of Depression – these things just make it worse.

Am I Depressed?

Signs of Depression are that you feel sad, hopeless and lose interest in things you used to enjoy and these feelings last for two weeks or more. The important thing is that if the feelings are bad enough to interfere with your work, social life and family life.

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If you have low self esteem, feel tearful, guilt-ridden, anxious or irritable, or if you lack motivation or interest, find it difficult to make a decisions and you’re not getting enjoyment out of life AND this has lasted for two or more weeks, then you’re probably depressed and it’s time to take action. You can take a test too but you’re likely to be the best judge of you!

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Other Signs of Depression

There are other more signs of depression too, for example men are likely to become more immersed in their work, daily routines such as dog walking or going to the gym or other ‘must do’ activities. Again there are physical signs such as weight loss, aches and pains, losing interest in sex or not sleeping well. Think back as well as Depression can come on gradually, were you always like this, has it always been this bad, is it really getting better?

When these feelings start to have an impact on work, social life or family life then you’re probably depressed and it’s time to get help.

You’re not alone! Depression affects about 10% of us at some point so that’s over 6 million people in the UK. It affects men and women, young and old, even children. Studies have shown that about 4% of children aged five to 16 in the UK are anxious or depressed.

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Pretty soon you’ll wish you’d started sooner!

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What can I do about It?

Sometimes, when people are Depressed they find it hard to imagine that anyone can actually help. But the sooner you seek Counselling, the sooner your depression will lift.

Counselling can help you manage your Depression and allow you to live without the constant detrimental impact it can have. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), a type of Counselling, is one of the most effective treatments for Depression and studies have found that the benefits of Counselling may last longer than those of medication.

Counselling helps you to understand how your problems, thoughts, feelings and behaviour affect each other. It can also help you to question your thoughts leading you to making your own decisions on escaping the downward spiral.

Counselling involves meeting with a specially trained and accredited Counsellor for a 50 minute session every week for about three to four months, or longer if you wish. Your Counsellor will help you in a standardised way according to a various modes of Counselling, and your Counsellor receives regular supervision to support them in providing the most effective support possible. Your Counsellor will take the time to understand you and your feelings and can use many different types or modes of therapy depending on your needs.

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Not quite sure?

Many people are nervous when they start to think about counselling and this is perfectly normal. Let’s face it, of the one in five people in the UK who have had counselling it’s likely that most of them were unsure at the beginning. Following millions of people into counselling means you’re not alone in getting some help; more often it’s the first positive step to feeling better.

If you’re starting to feel like you need some help, you’re experiencing signs of depression, you need someone helpful to talk to, someone who wont judge and is trained in supporting and helping; then counselling is certainly worth considering.

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Two of the most common reactions to counselling are:
“I wish i’d started sooner!” or “it felt like a weight had been lifted”. If you think you might want to feel like this then why not give it a go. At Novo Counselling we have a ‘First Session Guarantee’ so you’ve really nothing to lose!

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Why come to Novo Counselling?

When thinking about counselling you need a Counsellor you can trust from a reputable organisation. At Novo Counselling we’re here to help! We’re not a charity or run by the NHS and we like to think we’re a little different. We’re professional, ethical and efficient but we never lose sight that it’s your life and your choice. We offer you comfort and security whilst supporting you through what can be a very emotional and challenging time.

There are plenty of reasons to choose Novo Counselling and here are just some:

  • Number One Private Counselling Practice in South East London.
  • We hand pick our Counsellors based on their qualifications, skills and experience and promote continuous professional development.
  • Our clinical supervision ensures our clients always get the best support possible.
  • We offer a tiered service offering affordability and excellence.
  • We have specialist Counsellors supporting a broad range of therapeutic needs.

With Novo Counselling being a private Counselling practice, you get the benefit of easy access to support, regular repeating appointments, a commitment to you and your emotional well being, no waiting lists and confidence in our ethical practice.

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