Counselling for depression

Depression is common. One in five people become depressed at some point in their lives.

The word depression is sometimes used to describe the normal feelings of low mood that affect us all from time to time. Feeling sad is a natural reaction to experiences that are upsetting; these feelings pass with time.

However, depression is a condition with intense feelings of persistent sadness and hopelessness, accompanied by physical effects such as poor sleep and low energy.

Sometimes people may not realise how depressed they are, especially if they have been feeling this way for a long time. Depression can last for weeks, months or years.

People with a family history of depression are more likely to experience depression themselves.

What is depression?

Depression is not something you can just snap out of. If you are experiencing depression, you may wonder what is happening to you. You may be concerned that the depressive feelings will never end. 

Common symptoms of depression include:

  • loss of energy
  • persistent sadness
  • loss of self-esteem
  • difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • being unable to enjoy things that are normally pleasurable or interesting
  • undue feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
  • sleeping too much or too little
  • distancing oneself from others
  • loss of appetite
  • self-harm
  • using more alcohol or drugs than usual
  • crying, sometimes inexplicably
  • losing interest in life or feeling unmotivated
  • not coping with things that used to be manageable
  • feeling restless, impatient or bored
  • being preoccupied with negative thoughts
  • losing interest in sex or intimacy
  • thinking about death or suicide.
Many of these symptoms are normal for everyone to experience from time to time. Depression involves experiencing a number of these symptoms persistently. 

Depression is diagnosed more often in women than men. Various reasons have been suggested for this difference. One thought is that men are less likely than women to report the symptoms of depression to their GPs. Another is that various social and biological factors predispose women to depression.

Men may be reluctant to acknowledge the difficult emotions associated with depression. They sometimes mask depressive feelings with alcohol/drug use, aggression or burying themselves in their work. There is likely a link between depression diagnoses being lower in men but suicide being higher.

The first step in fighting depression is to understand what it is, how it affects you and what may be causing it. Our experienced counsellors will help you understand and alleviate the symptoms you are facing.

Our clients have reported great results!

Mr K
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“I was attending sessions at One Therapy practice for about 1 1/2 years. I am very happy with the result, sessions there really helped me. I am really grateful to my therapist. Someone recommended him to me as a high professional and it proved right, thank you.”
Mrs M
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“I can only provide positive comments on my sessions with (my therapist). This was my first experience with a therapist, and she managed to make me feel comfortable. And I must say that the sessions were helpful and efficient.”
Mrs E
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“My therapist was extremely helpful, considerate and understanding. I felt she properly understood what the issues I had were, and their underlying causes, and I feel I benefited considerably from the sessions with her.”
Mrs N
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“I immediately felt completely at ease as they were very professional while showing genuine care and interest in helping me. I was able to confront many issues which I had so far chosen to ignore despite their negative effects on my personal relationships and happiness. I would have no hesitation in recommending (One Therapy) to anyone looking to improve their relationships and self-esteem.”
Mrs L
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“I learned a lot about myself and about the relationships I make with other people. I was able to see where I was going wrong and I now make better personal choices. Thank you, again.”
Mrs R
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“I can’t thank you enough for the help and support I got from my appointments. I would highly recommend therapy to anyone now. Therapy helped me in more ways than I could have imagined. Please tell (my therapist) how grateful I am for her help.”

Counselling for depression helps

If you are suffering from depression, talking with one of our experienced counsellors will make a big difference. Your therapist will listen and understand, without judging you. They will help you to make sense of what is going on and support you in taking practical steps to improve your mood. Therapy can improve your self-worth and confidence and help you to feel more hopeful about the future.

We understand that talking about depression can be very difficult. Many people with depression find it hard to commit their time and money to therapy because they don’t value themselves enough. Others fear their despair will be too much for the counsellor to bear. Our therapists are carefully chosen for their empathy, experience and ability to work with whatever clients bring.

Counselling for depression is available in our private rooms in Oxford Circus, Soho, Bloomsbury and Kensington. First appointments are usually available within one week. 

Put your well-being in  our experienced hands

You may be interested to read Our Guide to Depression: Understanding Low Mood.

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One Therapy London

Counselling, psychotherapy, couples counselling in London since 2006

Therapist James Eve
James Eve

James is a psychosexual and relationship therapist who has been in private practice for five years He works with individuals and couples on sexual and relationship difficulties, understanding that these can be significant causes of distress in one's life Prior to working in private practice, James worked for the psychosexual team at Croydon University Hospital He is a...

Oxford Circus

Therapist Roz Urquhart
Roz Urquhart

Roz is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, who offers both long- and short-term psychotherapy She works with a varied client group offering a welcoming, safe and confidential therapeutic space in which to help her clients explore and process the issues that are bringing them into therapy Roz supports her clients to focus on unconscious processes, inner conflicts and...

Oxford Circus

Therapist Natasha Maidment
Natasha Maidment

Natasha is a person–centred counsellor and psychotherapist who will provide you with a safe, empathetic and non-judgemental space to explore any thoughts or concerns you wish to bring She works with a range of issues including anxiety, stress, critical thoughts, trauma, relationship issues, identity, depression, loss and low self-esteem Natasha offers a...

Oxford Circus

Therapist Barbara Perini
Barbara Perini

Barbara is an accredited member of BACP, holding an MSc in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and adhering to the BACP ethical framework Her approach is open-ended, offering both short-term and long-term therapy Barbara has also trained in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT), a short-term (16 sessions), semi-structured individual therapy developed for mood...

Oxford Circus

Therapist Stamatia Lorentzou
Stamatia Lorentzou

Stamatia draws on a broad range of theories of psychotherapy She works collaboratively with her clients to understand the causes of their concern and find ways to move forward Stamatia offers both short-term and longer-term therapy She has worked in various organisational settings with individuals seeking to address relationship issues, low self esteem, separation,...


Therapist Yussef Ferguson
Yussef Ferguson

Yussef is a psychodynamic psychotherapist who offers both long and short term personal therapy to individuals He has experience of working with a diverse range of clients and can provide a warm, confidential space to explore and gain insight into any past or present personal difficulties and experiences Yussef works with issues such as anxiety, depression, loss,...

Oxford Circus

Therapist Amrita Athwal
Amrita Athwal

Amrita works with adults in an integrative way, drawing on various therapeutic approaches tailored to meet the needs of each client She provides a safe space to help clients better understand themselves She offers short term and long term therapy Amrita has experience of working with clients on issues such as trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, relationship...


Therapist Ben Brackenbury
Ben Brackenbury

Ben believes that at times we all struggle with the challenges life has to offer and therapy provides a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space to explore this Ben works with individuals to make sense of who they are and how they respond to the world today, and to explore new ways of being Ben is also sensitive to how difficult it might be for a client to talk to a...

Oxford Circus

Therapist Evan Bates
Evan Bates

Evan is a psychodynamic therapist, offering both long and short term therapy He creates a non-judgemental and reflective space to help clients explore their difficulties and concerns Working together to understand the connections between past and current relationships, Evan supports clients in developing a deeper awareness of their recurring emotional patterns and further...


Therapist Nicola Reeves
Nicola Reeves

Nicola is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapist Nicola believes in giving clients time and space to approach therapy in the way they need to approach it She finds this is the best way to develop a therapeutic relationship that allows feelings to be truly explored and evaluated As a psychodynamic...