Understanding Depression

Depression, Feeling Depressed, Feeling unable to express yourself, Loss of meaning and direction, Isolation, Self-esteem & self-confidence, Feeling unable to communicate with family and friends, Hopelessness.

How do you know if you are depressed? How depressed do you need to feel before seeking support? Is there a ‘depressed enough’ point you reach before looking for help?

This page will help you to decide if seeking the support of a counsellor is what you need right now.


Everyone who experiences depression and feeling depressed does so in a unique way.  It feels deeply personal. Often it is experienced with a sense of weakness, shame or failure, which can cause feelings of isolation and hopelessness. Before you read any further it is important to know that Depression is an illness.

How I Can Help

Integrative psychotherapy and counselling for Depression will provide the support and environment where you can explore the origins of the challenges you are experiencing. Counselling and psychotherapy actively promote self-awareness and self-reliance. Additionally with the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, which have also proven effective in Depression Counselling, you will begin to understand and recognise your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in the present moment.

Depression is not a consequence of weakness or failure. Depression has symptoms and causes. Health professionals diagnose it and health professionals treat it.

Everyone who experiences depression and feeling depressed does so in a unique way. It feels deeply personal.

Often it is experienced with a sense of shame, weakness or failure, which can cause feelings of isolation and hopelessness.

The HSE tell us that, “Counselling is the consistent treatment recommended for all types of depression.

Depression the facts

Symptoms of depression include being unable to express yourself. Loss of meaning and direction. Self-isolation, issues with self confidence and self-esteem. Feeling like your stuck in a rut and being unable to communicate with family and friends, feeling hopeless.

  • Depression is common
  • Affects men, women and children
  • Affects people of any age
  • From all backgrounds
  • Experiencing depression can happen once or repeatedly in a person’s lifetime
  • Depression may occur in response to something specific happening, like a death or loss of employment.
  • Counselling will provide the support and the environment where you can safely explore the origins of the depression you are experiencing.

How Depression Affects You

Types of Depression

  • Mild Depression
  • Moderate & Severe Depression
  • Post-natal Depression
  • Bi-Polar Depression
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Depression can manifest physically, psychologically and socially.
  • Depression can happen once, periodically or repeatedly over a person’s lifetime.

Consider the Ask Yourself questions on this page- the answers will help you to decide if you feel you need the support and the treatment counselling & psychotherapy can offer.

Counselling for Depression will help you to recognize and cope with the triggers and symptoms, which cause you to feel depressed.

Outcomes & Benefits: Depression Counselling

Counselling & Psychotherapy for Depression is a supportive, safe and explorative process.

  1. Understand why you experience depression & what it means to you.
  2. Receive the support you need while you are experiencing a depressive episode.
  3. Find new & meaningful ways to cope.
  4. Understand the origins of your depression & explore any underlying causes.
  5. Create safeguards and signposts to steer you away from depressive episodes.
  6. Experience a safe, confidential & non-judgmental service

Move towards a more hopeful state of mind and well-being.

Call: 087461462 or Email me.

Causes of Depression

  • Depression may be a reaction to a combination of mental health issues.
  • Unexpected challenges and life changes can cause depression.
  • Psychological challenges and personality traits e.g. prolonged low self-esteem can cause depression.
  • Hereditary and run in the family.
  • Linked to substance misuse, social isolation, illness, & Some women are vulnerable to post-natal depression caused by hormonal and physical changes experienced during and after pregnancy.

Physical Symptoms – Ask Yourself

• How is your energy level?

• Any unexplained aches & pains?

• How is your appetite – has it changed?

• Has your sleeping changed?

• Your speech/movement is lethargic

• Notice any changes to your menstrual cycle?

Psychological – Ask Yourself

• Are you anxious, worried a lot?

• Do you feel irritable, intolerant of others?

• How is your motivation?

• Are you feeling suicidal?

• Do you think of harming yourself?

• What is your general mood? Low/sad?

Social Symptoms – Ask Yourself

• Are you coping/stressed in work?

• Feeling less social? Avoiding friends

• Loss interest in

• Cancelling social arrangements?

• Is it difficult to follow conversations? Hold eye contact?

• Do you feel isolated in a crowd?

• Are you fumbling with words

Mild and moderate depression interventions may also include recommendations to exercise, to eat healthy foods to boost the immune system, to self-care and be active in your recovery.

Severe depression may also require prescribed medication from your GP as well as attending counselling.

Unable to express yourself, Loss of meaning & direction, Isolation, Self-esteem & self-confidence, Stuck in a rut, Unable to communicate with family and friends,

Hopelessness – Contact me today by calling 0872461462 or complete the Online Booking Form

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