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Depression Clinic


Depression is a condition that affects approximately 20% of people over the course of their life span. The depression clinic of Sydney Clinical Psychologist Centre uses up to date and scientifically validated approaches to treat depression. Our programs follow Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) treatments that have been demonstrated to be successful in treating and managing depression. Cognitive Behavioural Therapies have three underlying principles on “cognition.” It adheres to the ideas that thought affects behaviour, thought can be monitored and measured and altered, and that behaviour can be changed by changing thought. Such changes in thought and behaviour reduce the effects of depression, and mood can improve as a consequence. The three types of CBT practiced at Sydney Clinical Psychologist Centre include traditional CBT and Rational Emotive Therapy as established by Beck (1967) and Ellis (1970), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Harris, 2007), and Schema Therapy (Young & Klosko, 1994).

Diagnosing Depression

When you attend our depression clinic we will initially make a thorough diagnosis. This includes an interview and some questionnaires in which the history of your life will be discussed and your current experience of mood and behaviour will be ascertained. This is a very important process to determine the type of depression you are experiencing. We will also be able to determine your readiness for psychological treatment and the type of CBT which will be of greatest benefit for you. If necessary, we will communicate and work with your doctor or psychiatrist to integrate psychological and medical treatment.

Depression usually involves changes in mood including feeling sad and down for no reason or disproportionately for the situations at hand, sleeping too much or too little, loss or increased appetite, loss of energy and fatigue or feeling agitated, loss of interest or pleasure, withdrawing from friends and family. Usually these changes interfere with enjoyment and capacity for work, social life, leisure activities and relationships. Sometimes it is the case that episodes of depression are interspersed with episodes of irritability, heightened energy levels and grandiose ideas. This bi-polar type of depression requires both medical and psychological management. Sometimes, like the tip of an iceberg, it is the case that the depression that motivates someone to come to treatment is an indicator of deeper underlying issues which warrant more intensive psychological treatment. The intake assessment at our depression clinic is aimed at identifying the type of depression and the best treatment.

Treating Depression

Both traditional CBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are aimed at assisting people with depression to change the content and processes of thinking that are playing maintaining role in the depression. The practitioners at our depression clinic are trained, accredited, and recipients of ongoing supervision and professional development in the use of CBT and ACT.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Traditional CBT involves the monitoring, evaluation, and changing of unhelpful thought processes and behaviours, and learning effective alternative thought processes and setting goals around behaviour change. Typically in a CBT therapy session we discuss different patterns of thought and behaviour, identifying what may be faulty with these thoughts or behaviours, and generate alternative thoughts and behaviours. Between CBT sessions tasks are usually set to monitor and change thoughts and behaviours in a structured way.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Typically, ACT sessions involve experiential exercises aimed at discovering the basic modes of experiencing ourselves and the world around us. Between therapy sessions, tasks are set to practice the skills of accepting these modes of experiencing and shifting between them in a way that helps to improve the experience of life. The aims of these cognitive behavioural therapies is to provide treatment in a time limited way with a course of therapy usually lasting between 6- and 15-sessions.

Schema Therapy

When it is the case that depression represents a signifier of deeper underlying issues, a course of schema therapy may be initiated. At Sydney Clinical Psychologist Centre depression clinic are trained and receiving ongoing supervision in the administration of Schema therapy. Schema therapy is a sophisticated and advance cognitive behavioural therapy. It involves a detailed analysis of experiences from early life including before and during the development of language. It will also include intensive experiential exercises in session aimed at changing faulty early learning that is causing the recurrent problems in life. Usually, schema therapy requires a longer course of treatment of at least 12-sessions.

The Sydney Clinical Psychologist Centre depression clinic aims to provide first class cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and schema therapy to treat depressive disorders.

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