Jenny Rees Davies - MBACP (Snr Accred), Post-Grad Dip Couns, UKRC

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Depression can present in many forms - from sad mood to self criticism, hopelessness, suicidal thoughts, concentration difficulties, insomnia, fatigue, guilt and overall negativity.   When symptoms are severe, chronic, or occur repeatedly, they may interfere with our personal relationships and/or our work.

Anti-depressants can be prescribed but medication is not a solution in itself.   Depending on the severity of the depression, a combination of counselling and medication has been found beneficial;  the medication reduces depressive feelings just enough for people to talk and think about the issues in their lives that are the cause of the depression.   Many of the feelings and thoughts associated with depression arise from early experiences, and exploring this is an important part of counselling or therapy.

Alongside looking at these experiences and patterns which we repeat from the past, some cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) strategies can be introduced into the work.   These can be helpful in recognising negative and self-blaming thoughts and expectations, encouraging activities, rating moods etc.    The counsellor’s task here is to reinforce the positive side which has brought the client to seek help and to encourage the active and resilient aspect of his/her personality which might be unavailable at the moment.  

Another important part of counselling would be to identify and explore immediate or automatic thoughts, learn how to recognise them as they occur and subsequently how to deal with them.  
This can be a useful tool in improving interpersonal relationships which can be significantly affected by depression.

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