Paul Mousley East Kent CBT
Paul Mousley
BABCP Accredited

EAST KENT CBT

Depression

Find out what depression is, how it may affect you, and how to treat it.

Who does it affect?

Depression is one of the most prevalent mental illnesses in our society affecting 1 in 6 adults in the UK. It is also associated with other mental health problems such as stress, anxiety, bereavement, and loneliness. Research has shown that women are twice as likely to become unwell with depression than men.

What does depression feel like?

Depression has a number of features and symptoms (though not all altogether) listed below.

The above can sometimes cause us to experience thoughts about death or suicide.

The treatment for this is antidepressant medication and talking therapies

Cognitive Behavioural therapy “CBT” is considered to be one of the best therapy approaches available to help reduce symptoms and features of depression. It works on the concept that your feelings, thoughts, physical sensations, and actions are linked and can cause negative thoughts that trap you in cycles causing distress, reduction in confidence and low self-esteem. CBT works collaboratively using your expert-felt experience with the therapist’s knowledge of evidence-based strategies which are then tailored to you.
CBT often only requires 10 to 20 sessions of 1 to 1 therapy (although this could be longer depending on the length and complexity of the illness). During the sessions, the therapist will investigate situations with you in your day-to-day life alongside previous contributing factors to identify patterns of thinking sometimes described as “distorted thinking patterns” that led to depression. The therapist will work on agreed goals developing coping mechanisms with you to try out in between the sessions.
CBT looks to deal with your problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller chunks and then looks for practical ways to improve negative patterns that have developed and become overwhelming. It helps you feel better about yourself and gives you better ways of coping.

References

  • National Institute of Clinical Excellence (N.I.C.E)
  • British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Therapies (B.A.B.C.P.)

Do you have a question?

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact me by completing the form, by email, or by telephone. If you are sharing personal details, please email me directly: We can then arrange an assessment appointment in my clinic where I can hear more about your concerns and give you some options for treatment. (All emails sent are encrypted/ sent confidentially).

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Each 1 hour session in my therapy rooms is charged at £75. Payment is by BACS following the session. I can also take BACS payment for online therapy which is also charged at £75 per session. The first initial phone call is always free. Please send me a message using this form – I will get back to you as soon as possible.