Help with Depression and Unhappiness in London

Depression is common – one in five people become depressed at some point in their lives. There are many types of depression and many reasons people feel depressed.

The word ‘depression’ is sometimes used to describe feelings of low mood which affect us all from time to time. Feeling sad is a normal reaction to experiences that are upsetting, stressful or difficult; these feelings will usually pass.

However, depression is an illness with intense feelings of persistent sadness, helplessness and hopelessness that are accompanied by physical effects such as sleeplessness, loss of energy and other symptoms (see below).

These feelings can last for an extended period of time and negatively affect a person’s quality of life. Sometimes people may not realise how depressed they are, especially if they have been feeling this way for a long time. Low moods associated with depression can be mild, moderate or severe and last for weeks or months, rather than days.

People with a family history of depression are more likely to experience depression themselves. Depression is an illness with real consequences to well-being and is not a form of weakness or failure. Many famous leaders have suffered from depression including Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi.

How can depression counselling help?

Depression is not something you can ‘snap out of.’ Anyone can experience these persistent low feelings and if you’ve been diagnosed with depression, you may wonder what is happening to you. You may be concerned that the depressive feelings will never end. You may notice that depression has affected many different areas of your life – family relationships, your performance at work, your physical health and how you view yourself and the world.

The first step in fighting depression is to understand what it is, how it affects you and what may be causing it. There are several approaches and techniques our experienced depression counsellors can use to help you understand and alleviate the symptoms you are facing.

There are many symptoms of depression and these are different for different people. Common symptoms include:

  • Loss of energy
  • Persistent sadness
  • Loss of self-confidence or 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 problems – too much sleep or too little
  • Avoiding people / distancing oneself from others
  • Loss of appetite
  • Self harm
  • Using more alcohol or drugs than usual
  • Crying, sometimes inexplicably
  • Losing interest in life / feeling unmotivated
  • Not coping with things that used to be manageable
  • Feeling restless or impatient / a general sense of boredom
  • Being preoccupied with negative thoughts
  • Having a bleak, pessimistic view of the future / a feeling of pointlessness
  • Losing interest in sex or intimacy
  • Thinking about death or suicide

Depression appears more often in women than men. About 1 in 4 women will suffer from depression compared to 1 in 10 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 belief is that various social and biological factors predispose women to depression.

Men are often less likely than women to acknowledge difficult emotions associated with depression. Men sometimes turn to alcohol, over-working or aggression to mask depressive feelings. Though depression in men is less common than in women, suicide in men is several times greater than that in women. British men are three times more likely than British women to die by suicide and suicide remains the most common cause of death in men under the age of 35.

Talk to us about therapy for depression and unhappiness

For those suffering from depression or persistent feelings of unhappiness, talking with an experienced counsellor who will listen and understand can have a significant impact on how you are feeling and how you cope with the ups and downs of everyday life.

Counselling for depression is available in our private rooms in Oxford Circus, Soho, Fitzrovia and Kensington. First appointments last about an hour and are usually available within one week. We understand that talking about depression can be, for some people, very difficult.

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David Pena-Charlon is a couples therapist and a psychosexual therapist in central London.
David Peña-Charlon

David believes in the ability of individuals to heal and better their lives, transforming difficulties, trauma, and anxiety into personal insight He offers integrative psychosexual and relationship therapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment David sees individuals and couples with a wide range of issues that include concerns around sex and intimacy, communication and relationship difficulties,...

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A couples and relationship therapist, Jennifer works in central London.
Jennifyr Yap

Jennifyr is a qualified practitioner in integrative psychosexual and relationship therapy and sees adult individuals and couples (including family relationships ie mother and daughter) Jennifyr’s training is integrative which means she will draw on different models of psychotherapy and ways of working with human behaviour  Jennifyr explores the dynamics of mind, body, brain and emotions, individually and in depth...

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One of our newest counsellors is 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 stranger about personal issues, so creating an...

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NIkki Palmer is a counsellor seeing clients with bereavement and other issues.
Nikki Palmer

Nikki is an empathic, approachable therapist who is not afraid to challenge her clients At the heart of her work is the capacity to offer a warm, respectful, supportive, non-judgmental space where clients are welcome to bring the scared and vulnerable parts of themselves for careful reflection Nikki’s therapeutic approach is integrative, drawing on various theoretical models to work with each client in a way that is...

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Genny Hawken is a trained counsellor seeing clients with anxiety, stress, family problems, bereavement and other mental health issues.
Genny Hawken

Genny is an integrative psychotherapist with a background of many years working with individuals for the NHS as a speech and language therapist  She has an MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and  works with adults presenting with a wide range of difficulties concerning their mental wellbeing She draws from the psychodynamic and humanistic approaches to psychotherapy and consider the therapeutic...

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Shelley Kleim is a counsellor in central London.
Shelley Klein

Shelley is a psychodynamically-trained therapist and counsellor working with adult patients from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds She believes psychotherapy is a useful means of talking about aspects of your life that you are finding painful, upsetting or difficult to cope with, in a non-judgmental, confidential and trusted setting Shelley offers both long and short-term therapy and has a particular...

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Working in Oxford Circus, London is Tom Deitch, a psychodynamic therapist.
Tom Deitch

Tom is a psychodynamic therapist with a compassionate, empathic and understanding approach to his clients He offers a safe and confidential space where clients will be listened to without judgement Tom has experience in helping people address a range of personal difficulties including depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood trauma, low self-esteem, addiction and many other...

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Dwayne Jackson

Jackson sees individuals with a range of personal, emotional and behavioural issues including relationship and intimacy issues, problems resulting form childhood trauma, issues arising from physical, emotional or sexual abuse, sex and sexuality issues, fear and phobias, transgender and gender identity issues, issues around cancer and cancer treatment, chronic illness, infertility issues and concerns around the purpose...

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Ben Marks has been with One Therapy for several years, seeing clients with a range or personal and emotional problems.
Ben Marks

Ben is an experienced psychotherapist who has helped many people through difficult times in their lives He works with clients with a wide range of personal issues around depression, anxiety, bereavement, trauma, abuse, loneliness, stresses within the workplace, low self esteem, relationship and sexual problems including performance anxiety, erectile dysfunction and struggles with intimacy Ben has also worked with...

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Veri Hiles is a private practice counsellor in Soho.
Ceri Hiles

Ceri works with adult clients wanting to explore a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship and family problems, issues arising from physical, emotional or psychological abuse and confidence and self-esteem issues He has particular experience of working with bereavement and loss Ceri’s training in psychodynamic and person-centred approaches to therapy has given him an understanding of each...

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