Feeling useless, guilty or flat? Experiencing thoughts about harming yourself? Feeling excessively tired or having trouble sleeping?

Symptoms of depression can leave you feeling empty, hopeless, and lacking in motivation or exhausted for long periods, interfering with your relationships, career and health.

You are not alone. In fact, depression affects one in six of us at some point. Talking therapy is one of the most effective treatments for depression. Counselling can help you to overcome your symptoms and improve your mood long term.

We all feel sad and low at some points in life. But if your symptoms have persisted for several weeks, appear to be getting worse, or are interfering with your relationships, career and daily life, you may be suffering from depression. Read more about the signs and symptoms of depression here.

Therapy for depression can help you to explore and understand the causes and triggers of your depression. Therapists offer a safe, private, non-judgmental space for you to find the best way forward.

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What is therapy for depression like?

Your therapist will often use a specific approach to help you tackle your depression, or they may combine several types of therapy to best suit you.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a common therapeutic approach used to treat depression. CBT can help you to identify any thought patterns causing your symptoms and help you to learn new techniques to cope with stressful situations.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is another popular choice for overcoming depression. Psychodynamic therapy can help you to understand the underlying root causes of your feelings and behaviour so that you are freer to live life on your own terms.

Evidence-based research has found that a number of talking therapies including cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and mindfulness-based therapies can help individuals with depression.

A qualified, professional therapist will work with you to examine your thoughts and behaviours and improve how you feel. You will build a relationship based on trust, giving you the confidence to share your feelings and emotions with them. Your counsellor will listen to all that you have to share with empathy and openness.

An experienced therapist or counsellor like those listed on the Harley Therapy platform can help you to manage your symptoms and find your own way forward.

Filter our qualified, professional and vetted therapists by cost, location, availability and approach so you can find and book the best therapist or counsellor for you here. Or find a therapist to help with depression below.

Unfortunately, there are currently long waitlists for talking therapy in the NHS, however, you can refer yourself for talking therapy using the Improving Access to Psychological Therapy NHS initiative if you are a UK resident. See our page on psychotherapy here for other routes to receiving talking therapy free or at a low cost.

Helpful telephone numbers

Samaritans telephone number - 116 123

NHS telephone number - 111

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