Struggling with low mood? Possibilities ‘Enhanced’ Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Depression can help you move things forward
Are you feeling pulled down by the blackness, like things are falling apart, unravelling, deprived of hope, feeling lost and stuck? Prolonged periods of sadness, emptiness and persistent low mood may mean that you’re experiencing a form of what is called ‘depression’. Irritability, tearfulness, concentration problems, negative thinking, reduced interest in things you’d normally enjoy, indecisiveness, sleeping too much or too little, lack of energy and secluding yourself from others are additional signs.
Let us know what you’re going through and we’ll help you get your life back on track. Our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) counselling for depression is ‘enhanced’ with the latest developments in depression psychology research and psychotherapy methods.
Possibilities ‘Enhanced’ CBT for Depression
“The Chinese believe that before you can conquer a beast you first must make it beautiful.” Kay Redfield Jamison, Clinical Psychologist.
‘Depression’ is such a flat, soulless word and a very limited, constraining way of describing what’s happening to you. A single word cannot define who you are because you’re a human-being with many facets and qualities. It might be hard to recognise this when you’re feeling down with low mood.
“The past invades the present.” Mary Main, Professor of Psychology.
Since everyone is different, depressions are different too with many sub-types of depression and co-occurring problems, such as anxiety, stress and trauma. Also, underneath the depressive symptoms there is often a complex interplay of different contributing factors individual to you. These relate to your history, life experiences, relationship with yourself and others, your self-worth, coping styles and other issues that can complicate depression, interfere with your recovery and the effectiveness of any treatment. We appreciate that your particular circumstances are unique to you, which is why our therapy is based on what will work for you.
“It is not our fault but it is our responsibility.” Paul Gilbert, Professor of Psychology.
Our ‘Enhanced’ CBT for Depression integrates a number of approaches, carefully considers your version of ‘depression’ plus the underlying factors and tailors therapy to better address your needs. This fits much better with contemporary research.
Simplistic ideas about depression being some kind of unitary ‘disease-like’ entity causing a ‘chemical imbalance’ in your brain belong in the 1970’s and are out-dated and unhelpful. Also, what is called ‘depression’ rarely comes alone. It is often accompanied by other issues. These require attention too.
Research clearly demonstrates that after courses of antidepressants and of standard Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or the two combined, treatment drop-outs and relapse rates are still very high. On average, post-antidepressant treatment, 50% of people relapse after 6 months and 85% within 10 years (Baldessarini, 2013). The relapse rates after standard CBT are lower but still unacceptably high.
“Everyone talks about rock these days; the problem is they forget about the roll.” Keith Richards, Rolling Stones.
“We live to reason with an unreasonable world and it often leads to a conflicted life.” Albert Camus, Philosopher.
To address these limitations and complexities, our ‘Enhanced CBT for Depression’ offers a sophisticated combination of CBT with contemporary neuroscience and other effective psychotherapies designed to obtain maximum beneficial impact for you.
We are constantly scanning the research plus updating and integrating effective new perspectives and methods into our approaches.
Possibilities ‘Enhanced CBT’ approach to depression helps you achieve and maintain the changes you need to make. We explore what is maintaining your depression, how to make adjustments in your life and then we help you build a pathway out of your version of depression into a life worth living.
If you’re experiencing a particularly severe episode of depression and are thinking of harming yourself, we urge you to contact your GP as soon as possible. Please remember that depression isn’t a life sentence, it is very treatable and, with some support, you can find a way back into your life again.
Allow us to reassure you that professional help is at hand. We offer services that aim to reduce the fear and uncertainty about getting help. Arrange an initial consultation ‘taster’ session to discuss your needs, in privacy and comfort, to obtain a sense of how we help and for if this is the right direction for you.
And the day came when the risk (it took) to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
What our previous clients have said
I experienced severe trauma and developed a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder which meant I wasn’t coping well with day to day life. With CBT Therapy at Possibilities, I’ve made a number of positive changes. It was a struggle at times but my psychotherapist helped me feel safe and capable as we worked through things. I’m now back at work and my confidence is growing. I have a life again. I’m so glad I took that scary first step and called. If you’re feeling unsure, I highly recommend you call them too.
– JT, Aberdeenshire: Trauma Counselling Aberdeen.
I thought my life wasn’t worth living. My depression convinced me I was worthless and useless and my situation was hopeless. If you’re feeling something similar, go to Possibilities. They made an enormous difference to my life and they can do the same for you.
– AD, Aberdeen: Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy for Depression.
My relationship with my partner has vastly improved. We’re more able to communicate and we’re spending more time together and having fun! I can’t believe we were on the verge of separating when we contacted Possibilities as a last resort. I can’t thank them enough.
– SMcM, Aberdeenshire: Couples Counselling Aberdeen.
Possibilities was outstanding. I’ve overcome my anxiety and have the tools to keep it at bay should I need them in the future.
– MK, Aberdeen: CBT Therapy for Anxiety.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.