Depression Counselling & Treatment

Depression treatment usually consists of a combination of depression counselling and therapy, relaxation techniques, and lifestyle changes. Counselling services and therapy for depression can often help you learn how to process your thoughts and change your behaviours so you feel better and possible relapses are prevented. It can also teach you ways to handle stressors and triggers that are causing you physical and mental exhaustion all while helping you understand why you are feeling that way.

Relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation can help relieve your stress, address your issues on weight loss and loss of interest, improve your well-being, and reduce your symptoms of depression. Together, we will learn deep relaxation techniques that will help in curing and managing major depressive disorder.

Maintaining a healthy diet and sufficient sleep leave an impact on your overall mood and mental health. Controlling the most stressful parts of your day-to-day life can also help a lot in managing depression symptoms and implementing correct treatment. Certain lifestyle changes should be adopted as well such as doing regular exercises for weight loss, building stronger relationships or joining a new social network, having a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and reducing the number of stressors that are lurking around. Exercise can increase dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain which elevate your mood, while stronger relationships and a new social network can reduce social isolation.

Depression Counselling in Singapore

The types of depression counselling Singapore therapists offer include 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 will 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 will explore your relationships. You will gain an awareness of the unhealthy behaviours in your interpersonal relationships that contribute to your depression so you can learn to change them.

One-on-one counselling sessions with me can help you identify the triggers of 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 so they might worsen the situation even if the intentions that they have are good.

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.

Engaging in professional help like long-term counselling sessions can result in a significant improvement in depression symptoms and overall 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

Major depressive disorder is also known as clinical depression. A person with this disorder should seek professional help from a therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist. Setting an appointment with counsellors could help prevent suicide. If you feel like you are experiencing symptoms, there are counselling treatments in Singapore that you can avail of. Check out the signs and symptoms of depression below:

You have a lot of unanswered questions

Do you often ask the question “Do I have depression?”, or do you find yourself Googling about depression treatment in Singapore? A person with depression is most likely to have a lot of questions out of confusion and fear.

You always overthink

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 may be experiencing anxiety, overthinking, and loss of interest caused by depression.

You feel a lot of things—all at the same time

Have you been constantly feeling down, hopeless, angry, easily irritable and weepy? That is what depression does to your thinking. It makes you feel like you can never be happy again.

You feel sluggish

Are you struggling with seemingly simple daily activities? Find it an enormous task to get out of bed? Or maybe feel unmotivated to start your day? When you suffer from depression, it feels like nothing can ever help, and nothing will ever change.

You lose focus and concentration

Have you been waking up feeling tired and unable to concentrate about anything throughout the day, even on simple stuff like watching Netflix? Or maybe you always feel numb about everything that has been going on around you? Minutes can feel like hours because this mental disorder causes extreme sadness and changes mood.

You lose interest in things that you are once passionate about

Depression results in loss of interest in a lot of things and it drains the pleasure  that you used to feel whenever you are doing things that you used to enjoy. It makes you see everything through grey-tinted glasses and it eradicates your hope and energy.

You feel guilty, worried, and anxious

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 maybe thinking, “if I could just ‘be strong’, ‘deal with it’, will this depression go away?”? Anxiety makes a person feel constantly worried; those with depression are usually not aware of the severity of the situation so oftentimes, they don’t seek help either from a psychologist or even a helpline.

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 help you navigate your way out. When you know how depression works and what sustains it, then you can start to gain power over it and hope will start 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 ensure that 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 and mental exhaustion. The next step would be me working 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. I want depression treatment in Singapore to be accessible by anyone in need.  But of course, depression doesn’t shift overnight.

What to Expect

In the following sessions, we will work together to:

  • Reduce the amount of worrying and introspection you are experiencing.
  • Resolve any practical problems that are causing you stress.
  • Work on any relationship difficulties you may be having.
  • Help you balance your thinking, so that 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 in Singapore, depression rate is very high? In fact, the country has one of the highest rates 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 those who do not seek help may start to have suicidal thoughts.

Physical Causes

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. Support from a professional is important because we know how to properly deal with symptoms like anxiety, extreme sadness, anger, and other inexplicable feelings. Depression can affect all types of people: children, men and women, and even senior citizens. 

Most mental health experts agree that brain chemistry plays a major role in depression. The brain has chemicals called dopamine and serotonin. These chemicals affect our well-being and our ability to feel pleasure so if the brain doesn’t make enough of these, clinical depression can be felt. But what really comes first, is it the chicken or the egg? Just as brain chemistry can affect life, life too can cause changes in the brain. Any stressful or traumatic event can greatly contribute to depression.

Common Triggers of Depression

  • Breakups
  • Divorce
  • Financial instability
  • Retrenchment, Business fallout etc.
  • Chronic illness
  • Long term caregiving
  • Social isolation
  • Bullying
  • 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 with depression, symptoms tend to be persistent, and usually not tied to any specific thought.

Common Concerns

Do you wonder if counselling for your depression will really help? Studies have shown that counselling, psychotherapy, and coaching are proven to help with depression. Suicide is a serious matter so we as counsellors or psychologists are always available for a talk. Medication, if needed, should be prescribed by a professional therapist.

Hello, I’m Cassandra, a Master Solution-Focused Practitioner and a registered Counsellor with the Singapore Association of Counselling. You can also call me a Thought Mediator or Motivation (Re)builder!

Depression counselling in Singapore is just a few taps away. Head to my About page to get to know more about me as a therapist! You can easily set an appointment for a session with me anytime.

Testimonial

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.”

To check out more testimonials like these, head here.

Further Questions

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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Check out my FAQ page for more questions about the counselling process. Or contact me with any concerns you may have.

Ready to start feeling better from your depression? Schedule a counselling session today!