Depression Counselling Wolverhampton
Psychological Therapy for Depression and Depressive Moods
Anybody can suffer from feeling a bit “down” following a sad event or when things just haven’t gone to plan, however, when you suffer from Depression you are likely to experience feelings of sadness for much longer, maybe for weeks, months or even longer.
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Despite the widely held view that Depression is some sort of ‘chemical imbalance’ in the brain, the actual scientific evidence that supports this ‘hypothesis’ is very thin on the ground with many scientists questioning how this model has become so prevalent in today’s society. This does not detract from the impact that feeling depressed might have on a persons life, but the suggestion that it is some sort of ‘brain disease’ is highly contentious and may contribute to the belief that it can only be overcome through the use of pharmaceutical interventions.
Because of this, Depression should be regarded as a real condition that can have a very serious impact on one’s life – sometimes the most serious of impacts, but also that it can be helped by learning how to manage unhelpful thinking styles.
The mind is MORE than capable of creating a wide range of REAL physical symptoms as well as being able to influence the neural make-up of the brain, both positively and negatively!
However, all in NOT lost.
The symptoms of Depression can often be effectively treated using skilfully applied Psychology & Psychotherapy principles.
If you experience some of these symptoms for most of the day, every day for more than a couple of weeks then you should seek help from your GP in the first instance.
- A continuous low mood or sadness
- Feeling hopeless or helpless
- Low self-esteem
- Irritability & Intolerance
- Lack of motivation
- Difficulty making a decision
The majority of sufferers CAN make a complete and lasting recovery when they obtain the right kind of help.
How do I know if I’m Depressed?
Depression can affect people in a wide variety of ways and produce a large number of different symptoms (see above) from feelings of sadness or hopelessness and a loss of interest in things you used to enjoy (including a loss of interest in sex) through to much more significant problems such as total withdrawal from society.
It can lead to physical symptoms too, for example persistent tiredness, lack of ability to sleep and various feelings of aches and pains.
At worst (although this is actually rarer than most people believe) this problem can lead to such feelings of helplessness that suicide can seem like a viable option.
Take the Depression Test on our Psychology Tests page.
IF YOU HAVE SERIOUSLY THOUGHT ABOUT ENDING YOUR OWN LIFE THEN WE WOULD URGE YOU TO IMMEDIATELY TALK TO YOUR GP PRIOR TO CONSULTING US FOR HELP.
As with most psychological problems, specific causes can often be difficult to isolate. Evidence suggests that family histories of depression may lead to a higher chance of developing depressive moods later in life. Some suggest that there may be a genetic pre-disposition to depression, although the evidence is rather tenuous.
People who have experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse in their lives are often found to suffer from depression, but this is by no means always the case and many people suffering these kinds of trauma go on to lead perfectly normal and trouble free lives. This ability to ‘cope’ with trauma is known as ‘resilience’.
Transform Your Thinking & Overcome Depression
If you’re committed to overcoming your depression then we highly recommend following either our Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course with Paul, or the Changing Limiting Beliefs (CLB) Programme with Joan.
Both the CBT course and Changing Limiting Beliefs approach are highly successful & pragmatic psychological training programmes, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.
Our CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental healt practitioners around the World.
FREE Initial Consultations for Depression
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your Depression. During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At TranceForm we believe that therapy & coaching should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help. Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
For most mental health issues we recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT Programme (an advanced version of conventional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems.
CBT is a proven form of therapy for developing a fundamental level of understanding into the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.