Depression Counselling for Basingstoke, Fleet & Hook

Depression Counselling Basingstoke

Feelings of Depression

  • Feeling an emptiess or despair that won't go away may well be a sign of depression.
  • Previously enjoyed activities such as hobbies or being with friends and family may hold little appeal. 
  • Being depressed is very different to having an 'off-day' or feeling a sadness in response to normal life experiences. 
  • Depression can be difficult to recognise for one's self and it may be a family member or friend who alerts a person to their concerns.

Do I Really have Depression?

This is a question many people ask themselves and it can be a block to seeking help. If you are struggling with your emotions and feel unable to cope - you may well benefit from seeking support.

Speaking to a professional, whether that's your GP or a counsellor, can help you understand what steps could help in your situation. This can range from self-help tips and breathing exercises, to a course of psychotherapy and medication. Everyone is different and will need differing levels of support.

How Counselling can Help

Counselling or 'talking' therapy can be a very helpful contribution to overcoming depression. I can introduce tools and techniques that help overcome feelings of depression. I can also help a client gain an understanding of what led to these feelings.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one of the therapies recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for treating depression and is one of the approaches I can use to help with this situation.

CBT is based on the idea that the way we behave and think affects the way we feel. People with depression may well experience negative thoughts that can lead to behaviours that prove unhelpful to their own situation e.g.
  • disengage from hobbies and interests
  • reduce contact with friends and family
  • avoid social activities
  • find it harder to be as productive as normal at work
CBT aims to help identify and overcome unhelpful thought patterns and behaviours.

Client Feedback

"I was very depressed and lost in a tangle of confusion and darkness... with John's help I have progressed to feeling calmer, happier, more confident and more resilient" - Client Feedback