The term depression describes more than everyday sadness. It refers to a feeling of extreme sadness that does not seem to pass; it is present most of the time and may stop you from getting any enjoyment or pleasure from activities you would usually enjoy. You may experience feelings of emptiness or numbness. Depression may also affect your energy levels, your appetite and your ability to concentrate. You may be able to get on with your day-to-day activities, or you may struggle just to get out of bed. You may feel hopeless or worthless, and as though you will feel this way forever. You may think that you have nothing to look forward to.
At Approach Psychology, we work with clients who are experiencing depression to help bring the meaning back into their lives; ultimately to reclaim their lives and lessen the burden that depression can create. Combining Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) strategies, we investigate the particular ways that clients’ thoughts and behaviours may be affecting, or even worsening, their feelings of depression. We work with clients to identify their core values and take gradual steps towards building skills which will help them overcome depression and re-engage in life.