Tackling anxiety and depression

Anxiety and depression are very common psychological problems. More often than not, one half of a couple will be suffering from one condition – or both. I am able to treat such issues effectively in the course of couples therapy should you choose to.


Anxiety is prevalent in today’s society, and often goes hand in hand with depression.

Feeling anxious, with all its troubling associated physiological symptoms, can make life really miserable. It can span a mixture of emotions, from feeling nervous or frightened to experiencing panic or even terror.

People experiencing overwhelming anxiety can tend to avoid whatever appears to be triggering their symptoms, but this usually makes matters worse. Once you’re in this vicious cycle, it can seem impossible to get out of it. Fortunately, anxiety can be effectively managed with CBT, and in the course of your couples therapy.

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Depression differs from person to person, it is often a debilitating illness effecting not only the person but others around them.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Symptoms of depression can include: 

  • Anger and irritability
  • Changes in appetite and weight
  • Crying
  • Difficulties concentrating, remembering things and making decisions
  • Feeling helpless and hopeless
  • Lack of enthusiasm and pleasure in doing things
  • Lack of motivation
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Pessimism
  • Reckless behaviour
  • Rumination
  • Self-harm and self-loathing
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Social withdrawal
  • Suicidal thoughts

Why does depression develop?

The onset of depression can happen for many different reasons such as:

  • Relationship problems
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Financial strain
  • Health problems/chronic pain
  • Loneliness
  • Loss
  • Low self-esteem
  • Perinatal/postnatal depression
  • Other mental ill-health (OCD, PTSD etc)
  • Redundancy

And there are many more.

Why is it important to address depression?

It’s not just the impact that it has on you, although that’s bad enough. Depression will also often have knock-on effects on the people around you, in both personal and professional relationships.

Through counselling and therapy, I can help you to explore and understand the root causes of your low mood or depression. I will help you deal with the underlying issues and develop strategies to counter these difficult and unhelpful thoughts and feelings.

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