Depression is common and can affect as many as 1 in 3 of us in our lifetime. There is no shame in having depression, it is not something you can simply snap out of. Lots of people struggle with the impact that living with depression has on their daily lives and many partners, friends and parents feel unsure about how to help the person they love.
Recognising the symptoms and getting support is often the first step to recovery. Some of the most common symptoms include:
Feeling helpless, sad or tearful
Feeling exhausted and low
An inability to sleep
Feeling withdrawn and irritable
Loss of appetite or over eating
Persistent negative thoughts
Although depression is common you are an individual and your experience of depression will be individual as well.
Depression can occur after life-events like the death of someone, moving house, changing jobs or a relationship break down. Sometimes it can seem as if there is no reason for it and in this case it is often something in your past which will have helped to trigger it in the present.
Learning to cope with depression begins when you start to understand your individual triggers, responses and history. Counselling can help you to find different ways to approach , manage and understand both your symptoms and your feelings.
I am an experienced UKCP registered psychotherapist. I have 15 years experience in training, education and management. I have worked at Bath Spa University, Wiltshire County Council, Wiltshire College and in the inner city areas of London, Bristol and Birmingham.
In addition I have particular experience working with loss of confidence and self esteem difficulties, the impact of bullying at home, school and the workplace and chronic, cumulative and subtle childhood trauma.
I am an experienced Counsellor and Registered and Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I have been counselling individuals since 2001 in a wide range of settings including Bath University, Bath City College, a GP surgery, an Employee Assistance Programme and in Private Practice. I was also a Trustee of the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling.