Counselling for depression helps and supports people who are suffering from feelings of unhappiness, sadness and distress. These negative feelings may come and go, they may be constant and they may become serious.
Depression is an illness. It may be triggered by a personal trauma such as change, relationship breakdown or bereavement. Depression can undermine confidence, motivation and the quality of life. Depression can be persistent and be a re-occurring illness. Some people may be vulnerable to depression, or even susceptible to depression.
Severe depression may lead to thoughts of self-harm or even suicide. Whilst depression counselling will help, some people may be under a GP for medication as well as seeing a counsellor or psychotherapist. Some people with depression may be referred to a counsellor or a psychotherapist by a psychiatrist or vice versa.
Our approach to depression therapy
At Pinnacle, have a large amount of experience in depression therapy. We recognise that every individual is truly unique, and this makes our methods of practice evermore important in treating something like depression.
The first part of our approach is thoroughly understanding you; our client. We come to a joint decision as to what should be achieved through the therapy.
It is crucial to us that we take a holistic approach when treating depression. This means that it can be common practice for us to blend and use various therapies. Also known as ‘integrative counselling’, it ensures that you receive unique and tailored treatments to satisfy your needs.
If you would like to find out if we could help you, we invite you to contact us.
Depression therapy case study
A male client was very negative and depressed. He was in his early forties and said he had always felt this way. He felt there was more to life and wanted to experience happiness.
We worked with him on defining exactly what, for him, constituted happiness. He defined it as feeling heard by others more in everyday situations and feeling “lighter inside”. Using CBT techniques, we began to practice assertiveness strategies both in the therapy room and in ‘real life’ scenarios, using the feedback to inform our next steps.
He began to describe feeling more joyful on waking in the morning and, as this feeling was reinforced, it grew in frequency and became almost an everyday experience. He began to be more aware of his feelings, learning to express them in constructive ways, and developed the habit of looking more positively at his everyday life.
I’ve been suffering with severe depression and anxiety for over 10 years; taking medication and have seen several therapists. My GP recommended Pinnacle Therapy, so I made an appointment based on her advice. After the first session I noticed something had changed, but wasn’t sure what! I’ve had 5 sessions and now my Doctor has reduced my medication and we have set a goal to be tablet free in 2 months time. I’m very grateful for the support Pinnacle Therapy has given me, thank you.