“Depression is your body saying, ‘I don’t want to be this character anymore. I don’t want to hold up this avatar that you’ve created in the world. It’s too much for me,’”
– Jim Carrey
What is Counselling for Depression?
Counselling for Depression is a Person-Centered treatment, for clients with a longstanding history of mild to moderate depression. This treatment is non-directive with the aim of helping clients change through self-actualization. Often this approach is used when previous forms of therapy for depression have been unsuccessful.
Counselling for Depression is specifically designed to address depression, with an aim of helping individuals access underlying feelings, make sense of them and make positive changes for the future.
Drawing on Humanistic approaches, Counselling for Depression works towards identifying inconsistencies between; how a person feels they are and how they feel they ‘should be’, which can often result in internal conflicts and self-criticism.
It is an approach that focuses on feelings “in the here and now”, as opposed to being goal orientated or solution focused. You will need to be willing to work on understanding your feelings.
To access and be suitable for this approach, you will need to commit to attending regular weekly sessions for 12 to 20 weeks.
If you would like to know more about this approach, please discuss this at your initial assessment, or with your therapist.