Depression is very common, and research shows that one in five people experiences depression at least once in their lifetime. Triggers can vary from day-to-day stresses, loss, or experiences of traumatic events in life. Many people experience such events; however, not everyone will experience persistent depressive symptoms. Depression persists because we become stuck in the things that maintain it, such as unprocessed emotions, unhelpful ways of thinking and unhelpful behavioural responses. Depression is often perceived as extreme sadness, whilst depression can be better described as the absence of healthy emotional experiences.
Through psychological therapy we explore how our automatic reactions maintain emotional distress. The focus of therapy is on to maximise the individual's strengths and utilize them to break unhelpful patterns.
Through trauma informed approaches and trauma-focused therapy we can access those past experiences that drive the unhelpful patterns and create new adaptive ways of relating to self and others.