We all experience periods of feeling slightly low in mood, but when low mood continues for more than a few weeks, it is likely that depression is involved. The experience of depression can be a very lonely one. It can lead people to feel very isolated and hopeless, and many will withdraw from others and reduce usual activity. There will be distinct changes in an individual’s thinking when they are depressed, leading to negative thoughts about the self (e.g. “I’m no good”, “I’m a failure”), others (e.g. “no one likes me”; “people always let me down”), and the future (e.g. “things will never get better”; “there’s nothing to look forward to”).

People suffering from depression will generally experience a loss in various areas of their life: a loss of motivation and interest in activities that have previously been enjoyable, a loss of feeling towards friends and loved ones, a loss of appetite and a loss of energy. Understandably these changes lead to changes in behaviour (e.g. a reduction in activity, withdrawal from others), which in turn is likely to contribute to certain thoughts and feelings. Put simply, our behaviour, thoughts, feelings and physical symptoms interact and maintain the depression.

The Psychology Clinic has a high success rate in the treatment of depression. Depression is measured closely throughout treatment, helping to inform treatment where appropriate, and track an individual’s progress. The various areas contributing to and maintaining depression will be addressed. Cognitive restructuring will help to identify and challenge the negative thoughts which are contributing to low mood, and behavioural activation will help to modify behaviours that are maintaining the low mood.

If you would like to arrange an appointment you can call the clinic on 01252 734 670 between 9.00am and 5.30pm Monday to Saturday. Alternatively, if you would like to speak to someone prior to booking an appointment please call Irenie Phillips, Practice Secretary, on 07561 371 053 or e-mail Irenie on info@thepsychologyclinic.org.uk

“Dr Anna Collins delivered an excellent session on managing automatic responses to situations and also covered sleep (amongst other things). During the session she reinforced earlier sessions to consolidate previous learning.

I felt the whole group was fully engaged throughout, both with Dr Collins and the other group attendees and it is exactly what you strive to achieve, developing peer support through the group session process. It was very evident that the clients were gaining a lot from the sessions, by their responses throughout the afternoon.

I found Dr Collins extremely professional, flexible and warm, and felt she had created a positive environment for all attendees to maximise their session and post session objectives.”
S. Bowe Feedback from an Ofsted assessment of the group work for the Government’s Condition Management Programme.