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Depression Group Counselling

Depression Counselling Group in March & Wisbech

Depression, let’s start talking about it.

We all will experience low mood within our lifetime which can be caused by a life event or it can be due to living with Depression. Depression affects an estimated 350 million people around the world and is the most common mental health disorder in Britain, with 9% of people meeting criteria for diagnosis and fewer than half of those affected receiving treatment.

Depression can affect people in different ways and for me the most significant way is how isolated and alone it makes people. Friends who once were there are now moving on with their lives. The popping out for coffee together slowly stops, the invites are now few and far between and out of nowhere you are on your own and in the dark. I have worked with many people who shared with me how depression can keep them in bed or in their home for days and even weeks at a time. It can be hard to keep up with friendships and relationships with Depression hanging around your head. The thoughts and feelings can be so difficult at times that suicide has also become a thought and even an option to many.

Morgan Walker Counselling has created a Depression Counselling Group for men and women who experience low mood and Depression. Members attend to share with others their experiences and life with Depression. The group takes the same structure and format as a counselling session, with each group member being able to share their experience, to help them make sense and have a better understanding of themselves. The group process will help members gain an understanding and identify behaviours which might not be helpful for their personal grow. The group environment is to help and support each other with emotional difficulties by offering feedback to each other. This feedback could be support from myself or practical tips from others in the group who have experienced a similar problem themselves. The aim is to help members learn their own coping methods so they can manage difficulties as and when they arise. The group is also about being able to reach out and to help other group members, which will make group members feel less isolated and have a feeling of achievement when they help one another.

The counselling group is confidential, with an initial assessment being completed with all new group members. The group consists of a maximum of 6 members and myself. The group will take place every fortnight on the same day and at the same time for two hours.

The Counselling Group will take place in March & Wisbech. If you would like further information or would like to attend please contact me here.

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Postnatal Depression Counselling Group in March & Wisbech

Baby Blues or something more?

When having a baby we hear about the “Baby Blues” and come to believe that every mum will experience this for the first few weeks or so after the birth. But what if we are not able to move away from the blues? Postnatal Depression affects up to 15 per cent of new mothers, according to official figures, but health campaigners fear the figure may be twice that because of the reluctance of many women to admit their difficulties. This is due to many reasons, but mainly the symptoms in which a woman experiences and the guilt that she feels that she is not a good mother. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Feeling anxious and worried
  • Feeling low in mood
  • Irritable and not able to settle
  • Tired and low energy levels
  • Unable to enjoy things including sex
  • Negative or guilty thoughts
  • Thoughts of suicide or intrusive thoughts of harm to self or the baby

Some of the thoughts which a mum can experiences can be scary and distressing. She may not wish to share her experiences of motherhood due to dread of judgement and fear of her baby being taking away. Many mums suffer in silence with 49% not seeking out professional help or treatment and around 35,000 not telling anyone about their matter.

Morgan Walker Counselling is offering a Counselling Group for mums who are experiencing Postnatal Depression and for women who are pregnant and worried from past experiences of Postnatal Depression. My hope is to create a space away from the home environment for mums with Postnatal Depression to explore what they are feeling and to support them in being able to manage their low mood and other symptoms of Postnatal Depression. To offer them a non-judgemental setting around other mums with a similar story and support them in feeling okay to explore their own journey of motherhood. The group will offer support to each other and you won’t feel like the only one who is experiencing this “dark place” alone. Together, we will shine a light to help you work with these difficult feelings and look at ways to better manage low mood and intrusive thoughts.

The group itself will consist of a maximum of 6 mum’s and myself. The group will take place every fortnight on the same day and at the same time for two hours. The group will be run much like a counselling session, with clients bringing to the group what they wish to understand, explore and share with the group. If you chose to listen and not to share one week that is also fine. The group is about you and what you wish to experience and take away. The counselling group will be confidential, with an initial assessment being completed with all new group members.

The Counselling Group will take place in March & Wisbech. If you would like further information or would like to attend please contact me here.

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