Depression is a mental health condition which effects a person’s thinking, energy, feelings and behaviour. Depression can range from mild to severe, and can prove disabling in some cases. It is normal to feel down or sad at times during your life. But for some people, sometimes these feelings can continue over a long period for no real reason. This persistent low mood is a characteristic of depression.
The main symptoms of depression include:
• Feeling sad, anxious or bored
• Low energy, feeling tired or fatigued
• Under- or over-sleeping, or waking frequently during the night
• Poor concentration, thinking slowed down
• Loss of interest in hobbies, family or social life
• Low self-esteem and feelings of guilt
• Aches and pains with no physical basis, e.g. chest/head/tummy pain associated with anxiety or stress
• Loss of interest in living, thinking about death, suicidal thoughts
Depression is an extremely common condition which affects more than one in ten people at any one time. Any of us can be affected at any stage of our life, irrespective of age, gender or background. Sometimes it is in response to a particular traumatic event and sometimes it occurs for no apparent reason.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
CBT is a particularly effective therapy for addressing and resolving depression. Therapist and client work together to identify and break negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and find other, more positive ways to respond to life events. At Sandyford Wellness Centre all of our Counsellors and Psychotherapists are fully qualified and experienced in their areas of expertise.
Dip. CBT (MAPCP, MBACP)
Chris is a fully trained, qualified and accredited psychotherapist. He has over ten years experience working with people to overcome problems, such as depression, anxiety and addictions.
Chris has also extensively trained in and utilises mindfulness based CBT therapies, including, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
Ann Bracken MIACP, MBACP, Reg.UKRCP
Post Graduate Dip. Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
Prof. Cert. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Advanced EMDR Therapy (for Distressing memories, Trauma & Anxiety, incl. Performance Anxiety)
As an experienced and fully qualified & accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and Integrative Counselling Psychotherapist including EMDR Therapy, Ann Bracken provides client focused therapy within a supportive and caring environment with an emphasis on confidentiality.
Ann has many years experience working as a CBT Psychotherapist in private practice and also within national health settings (NHS, UK) and as a therapist for various healthcare centres e.g. Manchester Centre for CBT. Ann is a published author and successful feature writer on emotional & psychological health. As a psychotherapeutic trainer, she teaches on an OU & Royal College of Nursing accredited Diploma in Counselling Psychotherapy, held at Leeds, Trinity and Manchester Universities.
Ann also integrates Mindfulness based stress reduction techniques with clients to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety and low mood.
To make an appointment with one of our counsellors simply email us via our Contact Form or call us on 01-2063860.
Your first session establishes the exact nature of your problem and explains the process and commitments. If you need help other than anxiety counselling we will refer you to an appropriate agency/counsellor either within or associated with our centre