Counselling assumes that people have a core or natural ‘self’ and that people have a natural tendency to want to be in harmony with their ‘self’. When someone develops psychological difficulties, counselling assumes that they have lost touch with this natural self in some way.
Counselling for depression follows the NICE guidelines and has been developed to help people suffering from depression, specifically. The type of depression counselling we offer typically suits those who present mild to moderate depression.
The aim of counselling for depression is to help patients access underlying feelings, make sense of them, and draw on the new meanings which emerge to make positive changes in their lives. Typically, people will receive six-10 sessions, once a week, for 50-60 minutes.
How does it work?
This form of therapy tends to view depression primarily as an emotional problem along with interpersonal processes (such as excessive self-criticism). Through the provision of a safe, confidential environment, counselling for depression helps people explore and understand the feelings underlying their depression; how to express these feelings; and then empowers them to develop new ways of looking at themselves and the world around them.
Is it effective?
It has been reported that counselling has a significant impact on depression and anxiety; and has also been found to be equally as effective as cognitive behavioural therapy. Counsellors have reported that they see noticeable changes in their patient’s perceptions of themselves and of their relationships.