Whether you are feeling sad, anxious, depressed, confused, frustrated or somehow "stuck" in some aspect of your life, it's never too late (or too early) to get some help...
Belinda offers face to face appointments in Williamstown, Melbourne, Victoria and also telephone and online counselling and coaching consultations.
For a confidential obligation-free chat with Belinda, please call 0419 331 457 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your telephone contact details and a good time for her to call you. You can also click on the "Contact" button which will take you to a simple form to complete so that she can then contact you.
According to World Health organisation (WHO) depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. In Australia, it's estimated that 45% of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety.
While depression and anxiety are often diagnosed separately, it's not uncommon for them to occur at the same time and more than 50% of people who experience depression also experience symptoms of anxiety.
The above brief overview means that it is hardly surprising that the terms "depression" and "anxiety" have become such well-used words in our vocabulary
In most cases, regardless of whether medication has been prescribed or not, some kind of "talk therapy" (usually counselling and/or cognitive behavioural therapy) is recommended with the aim of helping you to understand and overcome your depressive and/or anxious feelings.
Generally speaking, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) focuses on how to help you make positive changes in your thoughts and behaviours with the aim of giving you tools to correct depressive or anxious thinking.
Counselling tends to be broader-based and will often include CBT concepts as well as other methods such as:
The Human Givens approach is often described as the first truly "bio-psycho-social" approach to therapy and counselling as it acknowledges and encompasses the complexity of the human experience in terms of three sets of interwoven needs:
This bio-psycho-social view of mental and emotional health underpins the Human Givens approach to depression and anxiety. It is a brief therapy (often only 4-6 sessions) and solution focused and does not require deep analysis of all your life experiences.
To learn more about this solution-focused approach to therapy based on working with "needs" and "resources", please visit Human Givens Australia. You can also click here for a brief introduction and then also watch the short video clips in the side bar of this page. You may well find that watching these videos alone will go some way towards helping you to understand why you are feeling depressed and/or anxious even if you then still need professional help to "join some dots" to start to feel better and that's OK - we all need a little help sometimes...
If you or someone you know is feeling so depressed that you believe you/they may be at risk of self harm, please contact the 24 hour service at Lifeline on 13 11 14.