Many people who suffer from depression may also experience feelings of anxiety, anger, guilt, sadness, helplessness or a mixture of feelings that are hard to identify.

Constantly arguing with friends, loved ones or work colleagues may be masking the deeper issue of depression.

The feelings that, “no one ever listens to me or no one would ever notice if I wasn’t there”, may be early signs of depression being covered by other feelings.

Along with anti-depressants and regular aerobic exercise, depression counselling/psychotherapy can assist the person who is suffering from long term depression.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the most common therapy used in the treatment of depression and anxiety. CBT therapy suggests that thoughts create emotions, and “cognitive distortions” crates unhealthy emotions or unhealthy perceptions of self. Psychodynamic psychotherapy has also been shown to be very affective in the treatment of depression and anxiety. 

As a therapist working in depression counselling in Wellington I believe that being proactive in changing thoughts and behaviour is important in the long term treatment of depression and anxiety. Obtaining a deeper understanding of where cognitive distortions originates is very important. Understanding the defence strategies that may have developed to reinforce these thoughts and behaviours is also critical in developing a healthy life.

I offer a safe non-judgemental environment to express your issues and feelings. My aim is to make depression and anxiety counselling clients feel supported and comfortable enough to begin moving forward and making changes. Changes that may need to occur are not only cognitive but also behavioural. Behavioural changes may include, beginning regular exercise, reduction of alcohol and/or drugs, goal setting etc. 

It allows for the safe discussion of issues that may be affecting your relationships, career, mental health or well-being.

In therapy I assist the client to identify and change unhelpful thought patterns, to trace where these thoughts may have come from, and offer practical strategies to manage the depression.

Christopher Swane - Depression and Anxiety Psychotherapy - Wellington New Zealand