Counselling for Depression is an approach which is recommended and offered through the NHS for those people experiencing mild to moderate depression. It is based on a model where the client is offered up to 20 sessions ,with the emphasis on exploring the feelings that are underlying their depression. More sessions may be negotiated if it is helpful.
This approach is based on the philosophy that emotions / feelings are essential in guiding us in addressing our needs. As humans, our feelings alert us to what we need in order to function well and thrive. If our human needs of being loved, accepted, valued, respected, safe etc are denied or ignored, we can become low in mood and depressed. This way of being in the world can then become our default mode and a hard pattern to break.
In working within this model, I support clients to develop a better relationship with their emotions, re-learning how to be aware of their feelings, understand what their emotions are telling them about their needs and find appropriate and relevant ways to address them.
This process helps them to ‘free up’ the pattern of their depression, manage their low moods better and discover a new enjoyment in life.