Counselling and Psychotherapy for Depression and Low Mood...
We all have bad days or feel sad, agitated, or low
sometimes. Experiencing these emotions is a part of the human condition and for
many people they pass within a short period of time.
But the experience of depression is different. The sadness, numbness,
or agitation continues, sometimes unabated, and the person who is feeling this
way may feel powerless to change their situation. Recovering from a period of
depression is not as simple as ‘snapping out of it’ or just ‘cheering up’, and
this, in itself, can be very frustrating for the person experiencing
depression. Other common symptoms of depression may include changes in appetite
and sleep patterns, and/or a general lack of motivation, lethargy or fatigue.
Feelings of guilt are often present also, and for some people, there may be
thoughts of death or suicide. Self-reproach, or a strong inner critic, is often
very present and finding some space from the inner critical voice can be
The symptoms of depression, such as a lack of motivation or
fatigue, can prevent a person from engaging in activities that may be helpful,
for example, regular exercise and eating well. Likewise, it can feel tempting
to withdraw from others, which may exacerbate the problem further. This is the
catch 22 of depression, and so making changes can feel like monumental effort.
It is important to find ways to support yourself through a period of depression,
but a counsellor will recognise that this takes time.
In counselling and psychotherapy you are offered support
during depression and a non-judgemental space in which you can be as you are.
You are given the time to express and reflect on what is happening for you and
offered the safety to explore your emotions as they are. Counselling offers a
space in which you can be open about what you are genuinely feeling, for as
long as you feel this way. Ways of managing an episode can be explored and
strategies for self-care built upon. With
time, counselling and psychotherapy may help you to deepen your understanding
of the underlying issues and support you in developing greater self-acceptance
and ease with your emotions.