One in seven Australians will experience depression in their lifetime (1). The good news, however, is that this mental health condition is treatable, with therapy being one of the most effective ways to manage and overcome it. Our psychologists at the Centre for Clinical Psychology are skilled in assessing and treating depression. They can also help you develop a better understanding of what might be contributing to your depression and provide practical tools you can use to manage symptoms in your everyday life.
If you are looking for an experienced depression counsellor in Melbourne, contact our team today on 03 9077 0122.
What is depression?
Depression is associated with feelings of intense and persistent sadness; yet depression and sadness are not the same thing. Sadness is a normal part of life and typically fluctuates and ultimately subsides with time. Depression, on the other hand, does not necessarily remit without treatment. It is a serious condition which has both emotional and physical health components. While depression can be caused by issues such as perinatal mental illness or trauma, it’s also possible for there to be no obvious cause’ for the condition.
Symptoms of depression include:
- Persistently low mood.
- Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, guilt and pessimism.
- Struggling to find joy in activities or hobbies you once loved.
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Loss of appetite.
Often times, depression can be present alongside other mental illnesses such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
How can depression counselling help?
Therapy can help you interrupt the stream of negative thoughts that are so common in depression. In particular, a depression psychologist can also assist you to understand and change patterns of behaviour that effect your mood, as well as find ways to restore motivation and look forward to the future with pleasure.
Clinical psychologists at the Centre for Clinical Psychology are skilled in the use of a range of evidence-based therapies which are effective in treating depression (2). Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) aims to challenge the negative conclusions which people are inclined to make automatically when depressed. We also focus upon building problem solving skills and engagement in activities to lift your mood.
In addition to CBT, Psychodynamic-psychotherapy also has evidence to support the effective treatment of depression (3). This therapy involves an exploration of difficult feelings and relationships, whilst seeking to understand the origin of the symptoms and finding ways to mobilise resources for coping.
If you are unable to attend in-person appointments at our Melbourne clinic, we also offer Medicare supported Telehealth counselling via video link.
Book your counselling session today
If you identify with any of the feelings or experiences mentioned above, we encourage you to reach out to our team of depression counsellors for help. Contact us on 03 9077 0122 to book your first session or for more information on how we can help you.
1 ABS National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007 (2008), p 27 (https://www.beyondblue.org.au/media/statistics)
2 http://resources.beyondblue.org.au/prism/file?token=BL/0556 pg 11 accessed 7/05/2017 p 17