Depression

Depression Counsellor

Sometimes, the question `How are you?’ can feel impossible to answer. We just say `fine’, even though we’re really not. With a depression counsellor, you are given time and space to speak freely. You will be safe and protected, heard and understood, not judged. 

Anyone can become depressed. You are not alone, and our counsellor can help you find a path to the other side. By listening, acknowledging and gently supporting you, the aim is to help you to make sense of your feelings, allowing you to think clearly and start living the life you want.  

Are you ready to get in touch? You can do so here.

What Causes Depression?

Depression is a hugely complex condition. Medical researchers have begun to understand its biology but even now, they struggle to identify its causes because they are so numerous and varied.

For some, it could be a hormonal or chemical imbalance. For others, depression can be triggered by a stressful life event, relationship problems, bereavement and loss, or a traumatic life change.

No matter its cause, depression is not a choice. We cannot `snap out of it’ or make a conscious decision to stop feeling depressed.

Simply by seeking help, you have made a step forward.

Some Common Symptoms of Depression

We all experience sadness from time to time. For some of us, it goes away but for others, that feeling lingers. We wake with a feeling of hopelessness which makes even the smallest task seem impossible. Depression affects us in a variety of ways. Each person will have their own way to describe it, but do any of the following sound familiar?

I no longer feel pleasure. It’s as though I’ve been robbed of the things which once brought joy.
It’s hard to think clearly, I can’t focus or concentrate on anything.
There’s no way out. I feel hopeless.
I feel isolated but at the same time, I want to hide away from everyone.
I can’t sleep at night, and I’m unable to get out of bed in the morning.
I’m exhausted, as though there’s a weight on my chest.
I feel angry and tearful most of the time.

Depression can feel numbing, overwhelming and terrifying. Our bereavement counsellor will be there for you every step of the way, helping you feel accepted and understood. 

You don’t have to pretend to be OK. When you’re with our counsellor, you can just be. Gradually, you can rediscover trust in yourself.

When you’re ready to get in touch, please do so here.

Depression FAQs

How long will it take before I feel better?

Everyone’s recovery is their own, but with help, it’s possible that you’ll see improvement faster than expected.

Counselling usually lasts for between 12 and 18 sessions, but that’s just a rough guide. Your therapy and recovery will be unique to you. Keep in mind that during the sessions, new issues can come up – angles that you weren’t aware of and want to explore.

There may be challenges – times when everything feels too difficult. When it gets tough, your therapist will be there for you, gently guiding you through the rough patches and out the other side.

What happens in a counselling session?

Each session lasts 50 minutes, and you will be encouraged to talk freely about anything.

Our therapist is highly trained in listening and reflecting skills. This is a protected place to reveal thoughts, emotions and issues that can’t be aired elsewhere.

Find out more about how counselling works. 

Are counselling sessions confidential?

Yes, the sessions at Crysalis Therapy Clinic are confidential. Nothing you say will be revealed to anyone else.

Is the therapist qualified?

Yes. Our therapist has a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and has had 5 years of training in Transactional Analysis (TA) counselling. 

She is a registered member of the following:

  • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA)
  • European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA)
How much does counselling cost?

It costs £50 for a 50-minute session. 

Are all sessions face-to-face? Can I have counselling on video or phone?

Yes. You can attend the sessions in any way that suits you. It could be face-to-face, on video or on the phone.

Perhaps surprisingly, phone and video counselling create no barriers. In fact, some people find it easier to open up when they’re in their own space at home.

It’s all about the relationship between me and the therapist. How can I be sure that we’ll get on?

At Crysalis Therapy Clinic, you’ll have an initial session to help you decide whether counselling is right for you. If it doesn’t feel right, there will be no obligation to continue.

If you like, you can book your initial session here.

Can anyone benefit from counselling?

Yes. Everyone deserves to be heard, accepted and understood. It’s a chance to develop a deep understanding of why we behave as we do, and who we really are.  

With friends and loved ones, it’s hard to admit how we’re feeling. We want to avoid upsetting them, so we pretend to be OK, even though we’re not. 

The therapist has no preconceptions and makes no assumptions. She is unbiased, non-judgemental and trained to help.   

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