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Depression counselling in London
Everyone experiences sadness or low mood. However, depression is different from these feelings in that it lasts longer and is characterised by a pessimistic outlook, helplessness and lack of motivation. It also includes some or all of the following symptoms:
- persistent sadness or low mood
- loss of interest or pleasure
- tiredness or loss of energy
- disturbed sleep
- poor concentration and attention or indecisiveness
- reduced self-confidence and self-esteem
- decreased or increased appetite
- thoughts or acts about self-harm or suicide
- agitation or slowing of movements
- guilt or self-blame
- loss of sex drive
- bleak and pessimistic views of the future
- physical aches and pains.
According to the Depression Alliance depression affects 1 in 5 people in the UK at some time in their life. In my experience many people are unaware that they have depression as they have become so used to the symptoms if they have experienced them for a long time.
Numerous research studies using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to treat depression have demonstrated:
it is at least as effective as antidepressant medication
- around 75% of people experience a significant decrease in their symptoms within 20 sessions
- around 85% success rate when combined with medication
- unlike with anti-depressants the benefits of CBT are maintained at one and two years after the end of therapy.
CBT helps people overcome depression by identifying and changing the behaviours and thinking patterns that cause and maintain depression. This approach primarily focuses on the here-and-now. Client and therapist work together to help identify what the problem is, what causes it and how to change it.
The typical number of sessions using CBT for depression is between 6 and 20.
Robin Altwarg BSc (Hons) MSc MBACP MBPsS
My expertise lies in the areas of: anxiety, depression, anger, relationship difficulties, stress and low self-esteem.