It is normal for us to feel sad or depressed at times for example, when experiencing a loss or disappointment of some kind, feeling fearful, hurt or criticised, being alone or lonely or struggling with a major life change.
This only becomes a problem when it intensifies and impacts on life in a negative way preventing us from experiencing other emotions, such as joy or enabling us to function and socialise in a ‘normal’ way.
People experience depression in different ways for different time periods however generally these may include feeling lost, empty and hopeless, fatigued, having a loss of concentration and interest in activities and pleasure once enjoyed, experiencing a change in eating habits, feelings of self- loathing and irritability, performing acts of self-harm or suicide or experiencing suicidal idealisations.
These individuals may benefit from medical support, changing their lifestyles to be less stressful with more rest and relaxation and by improving their diet.
In addition to this counselling helps. I support individuals in exploring the root of their issue, to challenge their thinking and to find strategies to help manage their feelings. By working together we can aim towards creating positive change and recovery.
Common counselling issues presenting as depression include such concerns as, health concerns and illness, work and college stress, redundancy or fear of redundancy, retirement, child birth, infertility and miscarriage, adoption, bereavement, sexual, physical or emotional abuse, gender confusion, bullying, rejection and betrayal, ageing challenges and issues with caring for others.
I appreciate that many people have no experience of counselling and may feel anxious of what to expect or unsure if they are ready to take that step. I am happy to speak with you to answer any questions you may have to help ease your concerns and to arrange a counselling assessment appointment.