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Feeling low and hopeless? Counselling can help break the vicious cycle of depression

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Updated Apr 4, 2022 by Dr. Sheri Jacobson Dr Sheri Jacobson

Depression Counselling in London

Feeling low often?

Life can be challenging. From time to time we can all be left feeling sad and fed up. And sometimes we can experience low moods for no reason we can understand. If  our sadness continues, and comes with physical symptoms like low energy, it can add up to signs of depression. 

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) estimates that one in five people in the United Kingdom recently experienced depression. [1]

Symptoms of depression 

Sadness and emotional shock can bring similar symptoms. But with depression, your symptoms will continue for a month or far longer, interfering with your relationships, career, and health. 

Signs of depression include:

  • negative, dark thoughts about yourself and the world
  • mood swings and irritability
  • feelings of hopelessness 
  • lack of motivation and pleasure
  • foggy thinking and lack of focus 
  • avoiding loved ones and spending too much time alone
  • changes to eating and sleeping habits 
  • an increase in addictive habits like drinking and smoking
  • physical symptoms like fatigue, headaches, and pains.

But can seeing a counsellor really help?

When we are really depressed we can feel so hopeless we are convinced we are beyond help. Talk therapy for depression can help you challenge such thoughts, replacing them with more balanced thinking that is less likely to send your moods spiralling.

Your depression counsellor creates a safe space for you to let go of upsetting memories, and helps you learn tools to cope more effectively.

The benefits of therapy for low moods

  • feel less alone and different
  • no longer be controlled by your thoughts or your past
  • like yourself more and have higher confidence 
  • find hope for the future and learn tools to make it one you want
  • communicate better with those around you 
  • handle stressful experiences in new, productive ways
  • have happier, more fulfilling relationships. 

What therapy works best?

Cognitive behavioural therapy is currently popular as a practical, present-focused, and short-term depression treatment, helping you troubleshoot your thoughts and behaviours. 

But all forms of psychotherapy and counselling are designed to help. The best therapy for you can depend on the cause of your depression, and your personal preferences for ways of working. 

Depression treatment - The Harley Therapy™ approach

At  Harley Therapy™ we have a wide roster of depression therapists to choose from. This includes CBT therapists and also integrative therapists, trained in several schools of therapeutic thought and able to tailor your sessions to suit you.

If it is decided that you could benefit from a pharmacological intervention as well as counselling, we also have an in-house psychiatrist you can be referred to.

Do you offer depression counselling near me?

Along with our flagship location on Harley Street, we have offices in London Bridge and the City. Can’t get to London, or even overseas? We now offer online therapy, which research shows is often just as effective [2]. 

Time to stop feeling sad and alone?

At Harley Therapy you are in good hands. All our counselling psychologists, psychotherapists, and psychiatrists are fully registered, trained at top institutions, and have years of experience. And most importantly, they are passionate about their work with clients and happy to help. 

Ready to put an end to feeling low and hopeless? Call us now to discuss the best treatment for you. Or complete our online booking form to make your first appointment with a depression specialist. 

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Further reading on depression and how to recover from it

[1] Depression in the UK Jan-March 2021, the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
[2] A comparison of electronically-delivered and face to face cognitive behavioural therapies in depressive disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis Luo, Candice et al.. EClinicalMedicine, Volume 24, 100442. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eclinm.2020.100442


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