Depression can colour how we see the world, ourselves and other people. Activities that used to be fun are not fun, and we might lose our sense of meaning, purpose and motivation. We want you to know there is hope, even if you cannot fully feel it. We can work together to support you in developing skills to improve your mood while simultaneously addressing the roots of your depression.

HOW CAN roya counselling SUPPORT YOU WITH depression?

  • We have years of experience in treating depression and only use evidence-based approaches to treat depression
  • We use a holistic approach which addresses the emotional, physical, behavioral and relational aspects of your depression
  • We will explore the roots of your depression together to heal it deeply
  • We will work collaboratively to help you set meaningful goals and achieve them

Different forms of depression:

Major depressive disorder:

Major depressive disorder is the most common form of depression and is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable. Symptoms may include changes in appetite, sleep disturbances, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating.

Persistent depressive disorder:

Persistent depressive disorder, also known as dysthymia, is a form of depression that lasts for two years or longer. Symptoms are similar to major depressive disorder but are less severe.

Postpartum depression:

Postpartum depression is a form of depression that can occur after giving birth. Symptoms may include sadness, difficulty bonding with the baby, changes in appetite and sleep, and feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness.

Seasonal affective disorder:

Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that occurs in the winter months when there is less sunlight. Symptoms may include low energy, increased appetite, weight gain, and difficulty sleeping.

Psychotic depression:

Psychotic depression is a form of depression that is characterized by hallucinations or delusions.

Bipolar disorder:

Bipolar disorder is a mental health disorder characterized by extreme mood swings between manic episodes (periods of high energy, euphoria, and impulsivity) and depressive episodes.

Situational depression:

Situational depression is a form of depression that occurs in response to a specific event or situation, such as the death of a loved one, job loss, or a breakup.
It’s important to note that everyone experiences depression differently, and treatment for depression should be individualized to meet each person’s unique needs. Treatment may include therapy, medication, lifestyle changes, and support from loved ones.

Reach out IF YOU HAVE THESE depressive SYMPTOMS

  • Emotional: Feeling sad, “low”, empty ,numb, disconnected or irritated
  • Cognitive: lack of concentration, “foggy brain”, lack of motivation, memory impairment, difficulty making decisions, lower attention span
  • Physical: Heaviness, low energy levels, sleeping too little or too much, overeating or undereating, oversleeping or insomnia
  • Behavioral: withdrawing from social activities and hobbies, difficulty maintaining personal hygiene, chronic procrastination, difficulty starting and completing chores

Common questions about depression:

What causes depression?

Depression is a complex mental health issue and often results from a combination of life events, a person`s biology and the larger societal issues. It is vey important to understand the complexity of depression as therapist to deliver the best care for clients. My experience working with hundreds of depressed individuals has taught me about the complexities of dealing and treating depression.

Does therapy help depression?

Therapy has shown to be very effective in the treatment of depression and in some cases has been as effective as antidepressant medications. It is important to remember that therapy for depression works best when it is done consistently.

Should I start therapy, or should I just take medications for depression?

You don`t have to choose one over the other. Therapy can boost the benefits of antidepressants by giving you coping strategies and behavioral tools. In fact, research shows that a combination of medication and therapy is very effective in long lasting relief from depression.

What is treatment-resistant depression?

Treatment-resistant depression is a depression that does not respond to conventional treatments such as antidepressants or traditional talk therapy. Sometimes trying a different therapeutic approach in counselling might provide relief. Other options such as Ketamine-assisted therapy might help in more severe cases.

What happens if I don`t receive treatment for depression?

Untreated depression usually worsens over time. Untreated depression can also increase the risk of unhealthy habits such as drug and alcohol addiction and take a toll on your relationships and work.

Could health conditions lead to depression?

Some conditions such as thyroid issues, severe iron deficiency, heart disease or cancer can lead to depression or worsen the symptoms of depression.
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About Roya Counselling

At Roya Counselling, we are committed to providing professional, ethical, and evidence-based counselling services that prioritize your well-being. We understand that seeking therapy can be a difficult and brave decision, and we honor the trust you place in us. We have personally experienced the transformative power of therapy, and we will never take your desire for healing lightly. 


We believe in the inherent resilience of our clients, and our stance towards our clients is non-judgmental, compassionate and curious.
We feel very privileged to hear about our clients' hopes, goals and pains and witness them slowly recovering their peace, happiness and livelihood.

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