Depression therapy

What is depression?

Depression is more than just feeling sad, it’s also not being able to enjoy things that normally excite you, and sometimes it can feel like a struggle to feel anything at all.

We understand and we can help.

By using evidence based therapies like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), we can give you the tools you need to cope with depression and allow you to live a more fulfilling life. With depression impacting 1 million Australians every year, you’re not alone and help is available.

Facts about depression

Talk therapy works

Psychological therapies such as CBT are highly effective in the treatment of depression and are found to have longer-lasting effects than medication.

Exercise helps

30 minutes of moderate cardiovascular exercise 5 times per week has been found to reduce depressive symptoms.

Connection is vital

People who are more socially connected to family and friends are happier and physically healthier with fewer mental health problems.

Mindful vs full mind

Mindfulness allows us to be aware of how we respond to the world around us – reducing the symptoms of depression.

Common signs of depression include:

  • Anxiety
  • Sleeping less or sleeping more
  • Increased or decreased appetite
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of interest in activities you usually enjoy
  • Frequent or unprompted crying
  • Fixation on the past or regrets
  • Feeling empty, worthless, and suicidal
  • Excessive feelings of guilt and shame
  • Desire to self-isolate
  • Decreased self-esteem or self-image

It’s common for depression to be experienced with additional concerns such as:

Trauma / Anxiety / Physical health conditions / Chronic stress /
Life transitions / Substance use / Relationship changes

Tips to help with depression

01

Practice self-care

 Prioritise self-care activities that you enjoy and schedule these into your week. Remind yourself that doing these activities are a top priority and avoid cancelling them.

02

Action precedes motivation

Remember that if you wait until you feel motivated, you likely won’t do things that are good for you. Start creating change with small actionable steps that once completed, help you develop motivation.

03

Movement

Make an achievable goal to move your body each day. This can be walking, yoga, swimming, or doing push-ups, anything that helps you move.

04

Connect with others

Spend time with family, friends, or those you feel comfortable with.

05

Challenge negative thoughts

Try to notice thoughts that are overly negative, in all or nothing terms, or very critical. Reframing these thoughts to be more balanced or factual can help us stay grounded. 

06

Seek professional help

Connect with a therapist to develop a personalised therapy plan that meets your needs.

Resources for depression

One part of therapy is examining how our thoughts influence our feelings and behaviour. Here is a resource you can use today to help you improve your ability to recognise ways of thinking that may negatively impact your mental health.

Get in touch

Identifying these symptoms is the first step in creating positive life changes. Depression is treatable, and we are here to help you. Reach out to us today to start your journey.