Most people have periods of feeling depressed. Life is filled with ups and downs. But, depression can become problematic or even serious when the down periods persist. When depression starts to take over your life and prevents you from being productive and from having healthy relationships, it may be helpful to seek depression counselling. We may be able to provide you with the tools that’ll help you manage depression in your life.

The trained psychotherapists at Bayside Psychotherapy endeavour to help you manage your depression with their training and knowledge; they may help you cope better with it and reduce the overwhelming feeling of sadness in your life.

Self-hypnosis may also be a valuable tool and you can download recommended hypnosis recordings here.

Don’t let depression rule your life and steal your happiness!

Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to enquire. Let’s work together to see if we may be able to help you combat your depression.

You can also book an appointment by using our online booking form for online appointments. Or, if you prefer, you can book an in-clinic session.

Depression is a very common psychological disorder, with 30-40% of Australian adults experiencing symptoms in their lifetime. Depression is a complex health issue with a number of possible contributing factors including:

  • Genetics (i.e., having a family history of depression)
  • Life stress (such as divorce, housing and financial stress
  • Troubled interpersonal relationships
  • Having a pessimistic outlook on life.
  • Lowered self-esteem
  • Grief and loss
  • A history of childhood abuse or neglect
  • Medical conditions and disabilities

Some symptoms that may indicate depression:

  • Feeling ‘Heavy’
  • A loss of interest or “can’t be bothered” mentality
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • A change in appetite, weight or sleep patterns.
  • Thoughts, plans or actions of self-harm or suicide
  • A change in activity levels
  • Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty making decisions

Our unique combination of Mindfulness therapy, counselling and hypnotherapy may help you get on top of your depression.

You can make an appointment for online counselling via Skype, or you can come into our Highett clinic for face-to-face counselling. Please call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our online form to find out if we can help you manage depression.

You can also download our recommended Depression Self Hypnosis recording that may compliment your sessions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many factors can cause depression, but some of the most common causes are significant life changes, childhood trauma, and ongoing challenges such as problems with your family, financial stress, illness, and disability.  

There is also usually no single cause of depression. Your genes and environment and your thinking patterns and behaviours can all contribute to the way you feel. That's why so many people say that depression isn't just a reaction to life's ups and downs but rather a physical illness as real as diabetes or asthma.

Once you understand what contributes to the way you feel, you have the ability to learn what to do to start feeling better.

That is between you and your doctor or psychiatrist. If you need help overcoming withdrawal from antidepressants, our psychotherapists may help with that as well. If you are thinking about medication for depression, make sure your doctor takes a balanced, objective perspective on the matter, and doesn’t bias a biological perspective over psychological factors. You can show your doctor this article titled The Depressing News About Antidepressants.

As every person is different, it’s hard to say exactly how long treatment will take. Some people may begin to feel relief from the symptoms of depression only after a few sessions, while others may benefit from regular, ongoing sessions. The act of taking control of your situation (instead of continuing to let it control you) is empowering enough to make some difference on its own. Treatment types and timelines will vary based on the individual.

Several treatment options are available to you at Bayside Psychotherapy. Rather than using a uniform approach to patients, we tailor our approach to your unique situation. Our psychotherapists have training in counselling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, NLP and Buddhist psychotherapy, which means we have a wide range of tools available. We may use a combination of treatments to, potentially, help you through your depression.

You can make an appointment for online counselling via Skype, or you can come into our Highett clinic for face-to-face counselling. Please call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to find out if we can help you manage depression.

You can also download a recommended Depression Self Hypnosis recording that may compliment your sessions.  

Note: This information is informative only and is not to be used for diagnosis or substitution of appropriate assessment and/or treatment by a registered practitioner. Information on this page and our entire site should not be construed as implying that our therapists are specialists in treating any condition whatsoever. While some of our therapists may have experience working with people suffering from a specific condition, not all of our therapists do. We do not guarantee any particular level of performance, cure or management of symptoms. Each case is unique and responds differently with collaboration between client and therapist being crucial. Always seek an appropriate assessment from a qualified professional such as a GP, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist or social worker especially if you are acutely distressed. If you are in immediate crisis, please call lifeline on 13 11 14, or contact emergency by calling 000 within Australia.

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Therapists who do online

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  • Lawrence Akers
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Therapists who do in-clinic

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