Depression Counselling

Depression counselling aims to help individuals to explore and understand their difficulties and to find a way to overcome depression. Depression typically affect your thinking processes, emotions, and physiological aspects of the mind-body connection. In depression counselling we strive to challenge your negative thinking about the self, the world and others and help you find more realistic solutions to solve stressful problems and challenging circumstances in your life. Changing the way you think and perceive life, you changing the whole mind-body connection, essentially overcoming many physiological symptoms of depression.

In depression counselling, we work together to normalize your thoughts, learn better way to balance your mood, challenge irrational thoughts and unhelpful thinking styles, develop and experiment with alternative perspectives, and learn new skills and techniques to deal with daily life and stressful moments.

What is Depression?

Depression is a common problem in many people and it's characterized by overwhelming feelings of deep sadness and low mood. Depression often can be confused, depending on each person's perspectives of life, and normal reactions to life's challenges, conflicts, and setbacks. Typical signs of depression are often recognized by experiencing depressive symptoms for a minimum of 2-weeks period. These symptoms include:
  • Somber, overwhelming feelings
  • Difficulties with experiencing joy, even when you find something funny
  • Sleeping difficulties: either unable falling asleep or getting a full night’s sleep or sleeping too much
  • Worrying
  • Isolation: from friends, family, and others
  • Inactivity: unmotivated to do daily activities including house and work activities, self-care, and joyful activities
  • Crying fits: more frequent than normal
  • Disturbed eating patterns: you either hardly eat at all anymore, or you eat way too much
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feelings of guilt: you feel guilty easily and think that many things are your fault

Living with depression can be difficult, not only for you, but also for those living with you. Despite this, many will wait a long time before seeking help. This is especially true if you fear it will make you feel rejected, ridiculed or deprived of a sense of control. One obstacle stopping you from seeking help is understanding whether or not you are actually depressed. Regardless how many symptoms you have, it's important to point out that if you are struggling with your emotions and feel unable to cope - you may benefit from seeking support. You are worthy of help, no matter how trivial you may perceive your problems to be. 

Depression Counselling Service at ISF Counselling

Services offered by Iwona Florianowicz include an integrative approach derived from evidence-based interventions proven to be effective to treat depression. These include the following therapeutic interventions: 

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT):

CBT therapy is widely recommended for treating depression. It is based on the premise that the way we behave and think affects the way we feel. Individuals suffering with depression tend to have self-defeating thoughts that can lead to negative behavior, therefore CBT aims to help them identify and address these negative thoughts.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT):

This type of therapy is specifically designed to help those who suffer from recurring depression. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy combines elements of cognitive therapy and mindfulness techniques (breathing exercises and meditation) to help break negative thought patterns.

Interpersonal therapy (IPT):

Interpersonal therapy focuses on how our mental health affects our relationships and how our relationships affect us. The philosophy is that psychological symptoms, such as depression, are typically a response to a difficulty in our communication with others. The symptoms gained from this can also cause the communication to deteriorate, thus causing a cycle. IPT works best with those who have identifiable problems.

Psychodynamic therapy:

Psychodynamic therapy aims to find out how a person’s unconscious thoughts affect their behavior. This type of therapy can help individuals understand and unravel their deep-rooted feelings and experiences.

Person Centered therapy (PCT):

The PCT aims to move the client towards self awareness, helping the client to experience previously denied feelings. This type of therapy teaches the client to trust in themselves and to use this trust to find their direction in life. The philosophy is that the client possesses hidden awareness of their problems and with guidance they can find means of resolving them.  The PC counsellor motivate the client in experiencing and expressing feelings, and believes that good mental health is a balance between the ideal self and real self. This is where the problem lies, the result of difference between what we are and what we wish to be causes maladjusted behavior. The therapist and client must have faith that the client can and will find self-direction. The therapist focus on the here and how.