Depression Therapy in West Sussex
Are you struggling with Depression?
Do things feel empty & hopeless?
Have you decided enough is enough?
I can help you
✓ Life beginning to feel more positive & meaningful
✓ Being able to focus more clearly
✓ Gaining increasing levels of motivation & self esteem
Imagine no more…
✗Constant feelings of emptiness & despair
✗Struggling to focus on the here and now
✗Tiredness & lack of energy
It’s time to beat depression
“He listened to my depression issues that had been making life increasingly difficult to cope with. Our work together has changed my life for the better and given me back control again..” – Claire, client.
The key to overcoming depression is to learn how to control two main areas of your thinking.
Firstly, learning to regain control of your imagination, rather than letting your imagination get ahead of you.
I’m sure you’ve experienced far too often thoughts of what is the point? Why bother? Is this all there is? What if I feel better, but then it gets worse again? What will happen if that happens? All those thoughts running through your mind are hard to compete with – let’s get them under control.
Secondly, we will develop skills to help you learn how to manage expectations. Most people with depression are either experiencing the problem right now, or experiencing a brief respite, yet expecting it to rear it’s head at some point soon – there is very often a “fear of the fear” which comes along with the peaks and troughs depression creates.
We’ll neutralise that line of thinking, and give you a solid foundation to adopt more positive thinking instead.
Why struggle quietly?
If you are struggling with depression, I genuinely believe CBT Therapy is a useful way to help you overcome your concerns. CBT isn’t about digging up the past and endlessly analysing it and looking intrusively for hidden meaning.
Whilst CBT will acknowledge root causes and what may be driving a problem, the work I do is focused on teaching you how to change right now.
The best approach for you
My approach is as unique as the person I work with, so I’ll find the right way to work with you. Perhaps you would like to begin slowly? Just want to talk on a general level about your concerns and experiences around depression and get things off your chest – no problem.
Or perhaps you would prefer to really get stuck in straight away and learn to master some self mind control and coping techniques – no problem.
Or perhaps a mixture of the two? We’ll work out exactly how you will best respond to learning to change, and keep on working at it – I won’t give up on you.
Life can be different
Depression can be overcome. Whilst learning to change isn’t always simple and straightforward, it certainly can be done with time, effort and determination. Time and time again my clients report back that in retrospect, the hardest part of beating depression is getting started.
It can be a big step to admit that there is a problem beyond your control, and seeing someone for help may seem intimidating.
I would suggest that if you’ve made it to this webpage then you’ve probably made a decision on some level that enough is enough, and that it’s time to take action.
“I finished therapy feeling authentic, relaxed and more positive about the future than I have in over 25 years.” – Andy, client.
What do I do next?
Take action, you’ve struggled long enough. Don’t spend any more time hoping that depression will just go away all by itself – it probably won’t.
The sooner you seek help, the sooner you will learn how to lift depression, and future proof your results.
You can pay as you go each session, or pay a single fixed fee and secure my services for 12 months worth of support for your concerns as and when they arise, regardless of the number of sessions. Check out my appointments page for more details.
Complete the contact form below, call me or send me an e-mail and we can discuss your requirements and arrange your first appointment.
A person who suffers from clinical must either have a depressed mood or a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities consistently for at least a 2 week period. This depressed mood must represent a significant change from the person’s previous baseline mood profile.
Depression is characterized by the presence of 5 or more of the below symptoms:
Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, as indicated by either subjective report (e.g., feeling sad, blue, “down in the dumps,” or empty) or observations made by others (e.g., appears tearful or about to cry). (In children and adolescents, this may present as an irritable or “cranky”, rather than sad, mood).
Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities every day, such as no interest in hobbies, sports, or other things the person used to enjoy doing.
Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain (e.g., a change of more than 5 percent of body weight in a month), or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day.
Insomnia (inability to get to sleep or difficulty staying asleep) or hypersomnia (sleeping too much) nearly every day
Psychomotor agitation (e.g., restlessness, inability to sit still, pacing, pulling at clothes) or retardation (e.g., slowed speech, movements, quiet talking) nearly every day.
Fatigue, tiredness, or loss of energy nearly every day (e.g., even the smallest tasks, like dressing or washing, seem difficult to do and take longer than usual).
Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt nearly every day (e.g., ruminating over minor past failings)
Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day (e.g., appears easily distracted, complains of memory difficulties).
Recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), recurrent suicidal ideas without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide.