Counselling for Depression – Edinburgh

Depression can feel isolating, overwhelming, numbing,and terrifying. I believe that we all need space and support to explore our own struggles and to spend time not having to pretend to be ok, when things feel very different.

As a Person-Centred Counsellor I believe that people have a natural tendency to grow and learn – so I support and challenge my clients to understand and accept themselves as they are; when clients are able to do this do things can begin to change.

When someone develops psychological difficulties they have often lost touch with this natural tendency, and counselling can benefit them by helping them to recover this trust in themselves. As a Counsellor I believe that two things make recovery more likely:

  • Developing a trusting relationship will support clients to rediscover how they really think and feel, without having to pretend. I aim to make sure that my client feel accepted and understood as they are.
  • Understand my client’s experience from their point of view and see my clients as a whole people, rather than focusing on symptoms.

Person-Centred Counselling prioritises the creation of a trusting and empathic therapeutic relationship. This is because Person-Centred Counsellors believe that the relationship between client and therapist is the foundation for lasting change. I believe that it will help if we are able to be honest with one another and if we are able to create a trusting. I will try my best to understand what it is to be you.

Some Symptoms of Depression

Usual symptoms are: loss of interest and enjoyment in things you used to enjoy; feeling tired most of the time, sleeping for longer than usual, or not being able to sleep; tearful and irritable; avoiding friends and social contact; wanting to shut the world out; loss of appetite; short term memory; wanting everything to stop, to go away; suicidal thoughts.

Help for Depression – Edinburgh

Sometimes self-help and support from friends and family will be enough. However if you feel anxious about talking to friends or family about personal issues or feel too low to motivate yourself to take the first steps to recovery: there are a number of resources in Edinburgh, that may be helpful.

Firstly, it is advisable discuss depression with your GP and if you are clinically depressed, he or she may suggest a course of treatment, and refer you other services, such as counselling. There are also charities and counsellors operating in Edinburgh can help people experiencing depression, for example:

  • Action on Depression (formally Depression Alliance Scotland) facilitate self-help groups and offer support and information.
  • Health in Mind is a charity promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in Scotland.
  • Counselling Services often help people who are experiencing feelings of depressionEdinburgh has a range of Counselling services, some are low cost, and may have a waiting list.
  • There are also a range of counsellors practising privately. A useful website to find qualified Counsellors is It’s Good to Talk, which is provided my the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists – which I am a member.

Further reading about depression

  • ‘Overcoming Depression: A Self Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques’ by Paul Gilbert Tyrell (2000)
  • ‘Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing How You Think’ by Dennis Greenberger & Christine Padesky (1998)
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