What is Depression?

Introduction to Depression

Depression is a serious mental illness which causes overwhelming worries, fears or thoughts that take over your mind. It can affect every area of your life, and takes all the enjoyment from the things you love to do. Just getting out of bed seems daunting, and at its worst, it can lead to thoughts of, or attempts at suicide. The causes of your depression often began during childhood when we are particularly vulnerable, or maybe during stressful life events. For some people, there is no obvious cause.

It is not simply feeling a bit ‘fed up’ and is not a sign of weakness. It may last for weeks, months or even years, and clients often mention a sense of ‘doom’. Sadly, it is very common and can affect anyone; men, women, young or old.

Picture of a person in Norwich who is suffering from Depression.

What are the signs of depression?

If you are suffering from several of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from depression:

  • low depressed mood
  • irritable
  • feeling hopeless, worthless or guilt
  • sad and tearful
  • unable to concentrate or make decisions
  • low self-esteem or self-worth
  • lack of energy and motivation
  • no pleasure or enjoyment in things you used to love
  • no desire to be around people self harming
  • problems with sleeping changes in appetite
  • constant tiredness
  • lack of interest in sex
  • unexplained aches and pains


I started to see Linda when I was suffering from severe depression and had no idea how to pull myself out of it. When I called, she was so supportive and understanding, I knew this was the right move. Since then I have worked through many issues with Linda, I have still had my downs but mostly it has been ups. I am a completely different person to the girl that walked into the first session. With her help I feel much more confident and surer of myself and we have developed strategies to help me cope with the tough days. 2018 has been one of my worst years but I know it would have been a lot tougher without the sessions with Linda, so thank you for working your magic.

Client Testimonial

How can I help with depression?


With deeply rooted problems like depression, I find that talking therapies are a large part of the therapy process. I use various techniques and psychological approaches to help you, including evidence-based theories such as Person Centred counselling, the Human Givens, Transactional Analysis, NLP, Human Toolbox™, deep relaxation, hypnotherapy and thought field therapy. I prefer to use a solution-focused rather than problem-focused approach, which builds on positive feelings rather than reinforcing negative ones.

I understand how overwhelming talking therapies can be for my clients, and my aim is to make you feel at ease with me. I will gently encourage you to tell me your ‘story’, but only when you feel ready and will not make you share anything that you don’t want to. I like to think that my ‘superpower’ is making our sessions feel like we are just having a chat! 

I work in my peaceful garden therapy room, at my home in Norwich, Norfolk, where I hope you will feel safe and secure enough to be able to talk about the issues that are distressing you, and feel at ease sharing your problems with me.

You will find more information about me and the techniques I use on other pages of my website.

(Please be aware that some medical conditions have similar symptoms to depression, so I would suggest you see your GP initially.)


Depression is a disease of thoughts.
Matt Haig