Depression and Anxiety
Depression and anxiety can be seen as two opposite ends of the spectrum: depression as a rather static position with low energy, while at the other extreme, anxiety is a state of heightened alert and high nervous energy. At the Grove, our team of specialised therapists are trained in helping you work through the following issues:
If you’re experiencing regular patterns of highs and lows, sometimes referred to as manic depression or bi-polar disorder, come in and chat to us. Depression can affect anyone at any age, and can be terribly lonely. We’re here to support you in working your way through these issues. Read more about depression counselling now.
Some people experience a heightened sense of anxiety and this can greatly affect your everyday life. If you’re suffering from bouts of intense anxiety, it is worth you talking through your experiences with one of our team to work on a way toward helping you manage your symptoms. Find out more about anxiety counselling now.
Some people experience periodic bouts of anxiety, described as panic attacks, where they feel out of control, fearful and unable to function. Panic attacks can be characterised also by unpleasant physical attributes such as increased breathing and heart rate, sweaty palms, reddening of the face, a desire to get out of enclosed spaces, inability to move or speak. Just the thought of having a panic attack can restrict what the person feels able to tackle. Learn more about anxiety counselling for panic attacks now.
To find out more about setting up an initial session or for some confidential advice about how we can help, please feel free to contact us.
How depression counselling can be beneficial to you:
We’ve found that sometimes, an approach such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can be supportive in these circumstances, to help you manage your symptoms. At The Grove, we’re experienced in working with you with a range of issues to support you in managing your symptoms as well as exploring some of the underlying issues which can take courage to acknowledge. Sometimes it can be useful to have an exploratory discussion, considering the possibility of depression being a way of:
- Internalising conflict or other people’s expectations
- Avoiding change or responsibility
- Suppressing difficult emotions such as anger or resentment
- Seeking attention or care that is otherwise lacking
Medication and depression counselling
Medication, such as anti-depressants, can be very useful to help manage your symptoms and enable you to function more normally. However, there can come a point where long-term use can lead to reliance on medication or where the underlying causes of the depression are left unaddressed. Where medication is involved or may be helpful, we can support you in working with your GP or medical professionals to check that the prescription and dosage are appropriate to your needs and are being reviewed regularly. We also have links to GPs and psychiatrists that we can recommend, in case you’d like another medical opinion or support. Review our fees and funding structure.