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Depression Counselling

Our psychologist in Canberra offers treatment to relieve depression in order to regain motivation, vitality, purpose and the joy of living.

  •     Are you feeling down, sad, despondent, gloomy?
  •     Do you suffer insomnia?
  •     Do you feel unable to cope?
  •     Do you find it hard to motivate yourself?
  •     Do you get irritable or angry?
  •     Are you excessively critical of yourself?
  •     Do you feel hopeless, worthless?
  •     Do you sometimes think that life is not worth living?
  •     Have you experienced recently a difficult life event or a severe loss?


If the answer is yes to some of the above, you may be suffering from depression. You are not alone! 10% of the population is suffering from depression at any one time. It can affect anybody. No one is completely safe from depression. You don't have to keep struggling on your own, there are effective psychological treatments to help you to manage the depression and prevent relapses.

What is depression?

We all have low days; feeling disappointed, sad, frustrated and unmotivated. But, if you have more and more of those days, where the low mood last from one day to the other, becoming more intense and increasingly difficult to snap out of it, you may suffer from mild depression. However, if you find yourself having low energy, procrastinating, withdrawing, eating not enough or too much, feeling miserable over a period of weeks as well as waking up early morning feeling down, then the chances are that you could have clinical depression.

The common symptoms of depression are:

  •     Ongoing sadness, unhappiness, tearfulness
  •     Lack interest and enjoyment in usually enjoyable activities
  •     Poor memory
  •     Low self esteem
  •     Loneliness and isolation
  •     Fatigue, low energy
  •     Sleep problem and waking up early in the morning feeling gloomy
  •     Pain such as headaches or backaches
  •     Poor concentration, inability to make decisions
  •     Irritability
  •     Lost interest in sex
  •     Feeling inadequate, unable to cope, overwhelmed
  •     Less active and less motivated
  •     Withdrawal from family and friends,
  •     Increased alcohol consumption, or drug intake
  •     Decreased or increased eating
  •     Anxiety, worrying, fears
  •     Ideas of self-harm or suicide

 If you are suffering from depression we advise that you visit your GP for an assessment and referral

The depression could have develop gradually over many months but other times the depression could have happened more suddenly in response to changes of life situation. For some, the depression continue for long periods of time even though, there may no longer be a good reason for feeling down. If you are suffering from ongoing feeling of unhappiness and it is difficult to snap out of it, it is important that you seek help.  We recommend that you see your GP for an assessment of your condition for a possible Mental Health Care Plan so you can claim the Medicare rebate. Your GP may also prescribe anti-depressant medication as well as psychological services.

If you have or know of someone with suicidal thoughts and plans, urgent attention is required as this is a dangerous stage. You should contact immediately ACT Crisis and Assessment Team on 1800 629 354 or ring Lifeline on 131114.

How we can help you to alleviate depression

Feeling depressed is not something to feel ashamed or guilty about. The good news is that there are many well researched and proven effective medical and psychological treatment for depression that can alleviate the physiological and psychological factors which cause and maintain the depression.
Medication for depression

The current research indicates that psychological intervention, such as Mindfulness in combination with Self-Compassion, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy(MBCT) and Compassion-Focused Therapy(CFT) can reduce depression as effectively as medication, with the progress maintained in the long term and preventing further relapses.  A combination of medication and psychological treatments is often the best way to treat clinical depression for stable, long-term gain.
How we can help you to ease depression

We offer a Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, Compassion-Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy all of which are evidence-based approaches to reduce depression.

We will listen to you, provide you with an assessment and then present strategies to meet your specific needs and circumstances. Together, we will explore practical and effective ways to resolve your challenges and to reach your goals. The aim is to help you to build emotional resources to enable you to gain greater resilience, calm and well-being.

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Our Psychologist offers counselling in Canberra and over Skype Australia wide.

For an appointment or for more information call us

0427795721

14 Greenway St
Turner, Canberra, ACT