Most people go through periods of sadness or experience emptiness when facing the stresses and difficulties that life throws your way - the loss of a loved one, an unexpected event or outcome, or a period of social isolation and loneliness. However, it’s important to differentiate between sadness and depression - depression is more than sad.

Depression is more than ‘sad’

Depression is a very common mental illness that can affect anyone during any stage of life. It is characterised by feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness, that last longer than usual and may involve sleep difficulties, poor concentration, weight loss, fatigue, poor concentration, restlessness and feelings of worthlessness. It is perhaps appropriately described as a ‘thick fog’ that shrouds your thoughts and feelings, and disrupts your perception and experience of the world, others and yourself. When someone is suffering from depression their work-life and relationships also suffer, leading to cycles of low mood and isolation. At times it emerges from predictable issues or experiences, but sometimes there may be no obvious catalyst/trigger. At its worst it can lead to suicidal thoughts and self-harm. 

But there is good news! There are well-researched and effective ways to manage and combat your depression. The Stress and Trauma Centre psychologists use a range of therapies including cognitive behavioural therapy (and TF-CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy, schema therapy, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing). 

We can help you

  • Beat the blues
  • Build hope for the future
  • Overcome negative thinking patterns 
  • Eliminate suicidal thinking
  • Rebuild self-confidence to help yourself

Marsden Clinical Psychology Stress & Trauma Clinic can help adults to overcome depressed moods and build and foster hope for the future and an improved sense of self worth.   

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What to expect

Making your first appointment

Once you’ve decided to try therapy, call our kind and caring admin team on (02) 9139 0126 to discuss what you are having difficulty with and book your first appointment.

Attending the initial consultation

In the initial consultation, your therapist is looking to build a picture of how you’ve come to where you are today and what you are looking to get out of therapy. Your therapist will do their best to address any questions or concerns you may have about the process.

Creating a treatment plan together

Over the first three sessions, your therapist will work collaboratively with you to establish goals for therapy. They are designed to be specific, realistic, and tailored to your needs.

Undergoing therapy

As your therapy goes on, you will continue the process of building a trusting relationship with your therapist. You will work with them to find alternative ways of thinking and behaving, build resilience and learn new skills that will help to see yourself and the world differently, and promote helpful actions in life.

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Ready to see a psychologist?

There can be lots of questions that come up when you’re trying to make a decision about whether to see a psychologist. If you have a question that we haven’t answered in our FAQ, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on (02) 9139 0126  or email . Our friendly support team will get back to you within one business day.