Depression Counselling & Treatment
Depression treatment usually consists of a combination of depression counselling and therapy, relaxation techniques and lifestyle changes.
Depression counselling and therapy can often help you to learn how to process your thoughts and change your behaviours so you feel better and prevent relapses. It can teach you ways to handle to stressors and triggers you face in your life that are causing your physical and mental exhaustion while helping you to understand why you feel this way.
Relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation can help to relieve your stress, improve your well-being and reduce your depression symptoms. Together, we will learn deep relaxation techniques.
You may also need to adopt certain lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, building stronger relationships or joining a new social network, having a balanced diet, getting enough sleep and reducing the amount of stress you are experiencing. Exercise can increase dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain which elevates your mood, while stronger relationships and a new social network can reduce social isolation.
A healthy diet and sufficient sleep also have an impact on your mood and mental health, while reducing the impact of the most stressful parts of your life can help you in your depression treatment.
There are different types of depression counselling available including cognitive behavioural therapy, interpersonal counselling and family counselling.
In cognitive behavioural therapy, we will work on the behaviour and thoughts that are contributing to your depression. You learn to process your thoughts and react to situations differently while challenging some of the assumptions and preconceived notions that you have. In interpersonal therapy, we explore your relationships. You gain an awareness of unhealthy behaviours in your interpersonal relationships that contribute to your depression and learn to change them.
One-on-one counselling sessions with me can help you identify the triggers for your depression and work through these issues while you learn to adopt healthy habits and positive relationships with your loved ones. In some situations, we may need to bring your family in for counselling. Your family can sometimes also be affected by your depression and worsen the situation even if they had good intentions.
Through family counselling your family members can learn more about depression while I facilitate a discussion about the stresses of depression and what you can do together as a family.
Long-term counselling sessions can result in a significant improvement in depression symptoms and improved life satisfaction. You may also have a lower risk of relapse while you learn more about thought or behavioural patterns that can trigger depression.
Signs & Symptoms
Are you asking yourself “Do I have Depression?” Or Googling to find treatment options?
Are you laying in bed, unable to sleep, with so many thoughts about your situation, sick and tired of life, and feeling helpless or worthless? If so, you maybe depressed.
Have you been constantly feeling down, hopeless, angry, easily irritable and weepy? That is what depression does to your thinking. It makes you feel certain that you can never feel happy again.
Are you struggling with seemingly simple daily activities? Find it an enormous task to get out of bed? Or feel unmotivated to start your day? When you suffer from depression, it feels like nothing can ever help, and nothing will ever change.
Have you been waking up, still feeling tired, and unable to concentrate on anything throughout the day, even simple stuff like Netflix? Or feel numb to the going-ons around you? Depression drains the pleasure from things you used to enjoy, makes you see everything through grey-tinted glasses and eradicates hope and energy.
Are you wondering if this dark cloud will consume you? And hoping that you will no-longer have to deal with this awful feeling of dread? Are you thinking “if I could just ‘be strong’, ‘deal with it’, this depression will go away?
Counselling & Treatment
Living in our heads can be exhausting, isolating, and frightening. It’s hard to know where to turn to when you are depressed.
Depression counselling can help you understand why you are feeling this way and navigate your way out. When you know how depression works; what it needs to sustain it, then you start to gain power over it, and hope starts to sprout again!
Over the past decade,I have been treating depression that focuses on getting you feeling better quickly. The very first thing we will do in our session together is to ensure you understand why you are feeling this way. It has a lot to do with the levels of stress you are currently experiencing, which leads to physical as well as mental exhaustion.
Then I will work quickly to help you feel better by using deep relaxation with you. This is to prepare your brain to learn, because as you’ve probably noticed, depression makes it almost impossible to pay attention and retain information.
When you leave my clinic after that first session, I would expect you to feel better than you have in a long time.
But of course, depression doesn’t shift overnight.
In the following sessions, we will work together to:
- Reduce the amount of worrying and introspection you are doing.
- Resolve any practical problems that are causing you stress.
- Work on any relationship difficulties you may be having.
- Help you balance your thinking, so you are not plagued by negative thoughts.
- As you feel better, gradually introduce elements to your life that will protect you from becoming depressed again.
Causes Of Depression
Depression is a serious, but common, condition. It often causes people to feel sad or empty for long periods of time. It can also affect one’s thinking patterns and physical health. Everyday tasks and interactions can seem difficult, both mentally and physically, often meaning that we avoid doing things we would normally do.
Did you know that Singapore has one of the highest rate of depression in Asia? I often wish that depression will go away on its own, so the estimated 7% of us who are depressed will not have to suffer. Sadly, depression does not. When depression strikes, it has a strong grip on you. Symptoms of depression can worsen over time, and some people may start to have suicidal thoughts.
Depression can be caused by your body or your circumstances, or a mixture of both. At times, Depression is triggered by a specific event, other times it seems like there’s no rhyme or reason behind your feelings, thoughts and symptoms.
Most mental health experts agree brain chemistry plays a major role in depression. The brain has chemicals called dopamine and serotonin. These chemicals affect our ability to feel pleasure and well-being. If the brain does not make enough of these chemicals, or if it doesn’t process them right, depression can result. But does the chicken or egg come first? Just as brain chemistry can affect life, life too can cause changes in the brain.
Any stressful or traumatic event can contribute to depression. Common triggers include:
- Financial instability
- Retrenchment, Business fallout etc.
- Chronic illness
- Long term caregiving
- Social isolation
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
Depression is not the same as the typical grief or mourning process. Grief after loss is normal and fades away. The sadness or guilt is limited to thoughts of the deceased. But depression symptoms tend to be persistent, and usually not tied to any specific thought.
Wonder if counselling for your depression will really help? Studies have shown that Counselling/Psychotherapy or Coaching is proven to help with depression.
Hello, I’m Cassandra, a Master Solution Focused Practitioner, and a registered Counsellor with the Singapore Association of Counselling. But you can also call me a Thought Mediator, or Motivation (Re)Builder!
Head to my About page to get to know me as a therapist.
Here’s what a client I helped with Depression over 3 sessions had to say:
“Sessions with Cassandra have provided a safe environment and framework to understand the deeper issues and triggers behind my depression. These have been invaluable in my personal growth, reframing perspectives and developing a more positive way of handling situations.”
Worried that you will be spending weeks on end talking about the painful past with your therapist? Fret not, my aim is to get you off depression counselling with the least number of sessions. This way, you’ll be confident to recommend me to your friends. Win, win, all round.
Here’s what another client I worked with for depression had to say about her experience working with me:
“Cassandra is very professional and skilled. More than just listening and advising, she purposefully steers every session into techniques and options I could use in the healing process. Cassandra always involved me in working out solutions or ways of coping. My personal involvement in these decision-making modalities made a real difference in my recovery. One must work hard to change or at least adapt. I didn’t quite believe Cassandra when we talked on the phone to make my first appointment that I would feel much better and see significant results within 3-4 sessions, but it really happened. I am deeply grateful to her.”
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Concerned that the cost of depression therapy is too expensive? How often do we save up for a holiday or to buy the latest gadget, only to remain miserable on the trip or found that we lost interest/joy in the new toy after a few days? I promise, a Cause of Depression counselling is going to cost less than the latest iPhone.
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Ready to start feeling better from your depression? Schedule a counselling session today!