Suite 10, The Old Monastery,
Windhill, Bishops Stortford,
Hertfordshire, CM23 2ND


HOURS: Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 9pm

HOURS: Saturday: 10am - 2pm
PHONE: 07999 340455

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~ Depression ~


You are not alone, at least one in six people become depressed  at some point in their lives.

Depression is a real illness, with real symptoms. It is not a sign of weakness or something you can 'snap out of' by 'pulling yourself together'.  It takes a lot of courage to embark on a course of counselling, its hard work and may involve facing  some very difficult and very painful events, issues and feelings.

If you are feeling depressed deciding to do something about is probably the most important step that you need to take. It is possible to overcome depression, and it is possible to prevent it from coming back.


What is depression?


In its mildest form, depression doesn’t stop you leading your normal life but day to day tasks become harder and may seem less worthwhile. At its most severe, day to day tasks become impossible and some people may feel suicidal. (please see our confidentiality policy)

Causes of depression

Often events or experiences can trigger depression, perhaps you have experienced a loss of some kind, a relationship has ended, or you may be recently bereaved. Perhaps you are in the midst of  major life changes, your children have left home, you are due to retire, or perhaps you are about to be made redundant.  You can also become depressed for no obvious reason.


Symptoms of depression


restless and agitated

sleep patterns disturbed; waking early, can't sleep, or sleeping more

tired, no energy

smoking,  drinking alcohol or using drugs excessively.

putting on weight, losing weight, not eating properly



physical aches and pains with no physical cause

feeling low most of the day, every day

irritable or impatient

joy has gone out of living

No interest in sex

Can't  concentrate, decisions are hard to make.

blaming yourself and feeling guilty about things

low self-confidence and low self-esteem

preoccupied with negative thoughts

feeling numb, empty and despairing

feeling helpless


Benefits of Depression Counselling?


The counselling process will enable you to explore the underlying causes of your depression. Together we will look at and process thoughts, feelings and behaviours that have contributed towards your depression.  Having gained an insight into the causes the counselling process will then enable you to identify ways in which you can cope with your depression, manage your depression and overcome your depression.