Over one million people in Australia are experiencing depression right now. One in seven Australians will have a depressive episode at least once in their lifetime.
According to clinical psychologist Ellen Hendriksen, up to 50% of people experiencing depression may also be managing symptoms of anxiety. Yet many people feel apprehensive talking about depression – especially if there’s no particular reason for them to be feeling depressed.
Depression is common, and it is treatable. Symptoms may vary from person to person, but all types of depression – from mild to severe – can be effectively treated with mood management strategies. Depression is particularly responsive
to counselling treatment.
Counselling targets the underlying causes of depression. You’ll learn strategies to help regulate your mood, and ways to manage stress effectively.
Effective counselling is also the key to long-term recovery and the
prevention of relapse.
Decades of clinical research suggest that for relief from depression, counselling is a more effective treatment than taking medication. Those same studies also report that a course of therapy is just as effective as medication combined with counselling.
Even if you feel unsure that what you’re experiencing is depression, speaking to a qualified counsellor about your concerns can clarify what’s happening, give you some effective tools to manage your mood, and help you to expand your sense of purpose, joy and connectedness to life again.