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Depression is very different from just being unhappy. When we are unhappy we can acknowledge the sadness about something in our lives, or in the lives of people close to us, but gradually the feeling affects us less, and we are able to be comforted and live normally in spite of a heavy heart.

In depression this is not so. The sufferer is unable to adjust to painful feelings, so he switches them off and becomes emotionally dead. Unfortunately the good feelings which balance his mood are also turned off, so it is difficult or impossible to comfort him.

It is sad and many people go through years of only being half alive, not realising they are suffering from a treatable illness. If your finger became numb and you could not use it you would be rushing off to the doctor to find the cause of the trouble. Why put up with numb feelings? Depression is often so sneaky; it creeps up on you, anaesthetising your feelings little by little until your lack of emotions hardly registers and accept your grey world as normal.

Being depressed is like being in a room that needs decorating- you don’t know it needs decorating so you can’t do anything about it. All you know is a sense of dull misery and bewilderment that you have to stay in such a room.

When she realised she was suffering from depression, she said it was like being able to see the cracks on the wall. She felt the insight was optimistic, and she knew she was in a grey room, but it also brought its problems; how could she make it a better room to live in.? It can be even more painful at first when the feelings start to wake up and, inevitably, anxious rear their heads-how will I plaster the walls, will I ever find the right pain? Etc.

But though scary, it can also be exciting because the good feelings are going to come through too. This is the start of recovery. A young man described it like this:

“It was as though I had undergone surgery and been an anaesthetic for years-as I started to come out of the depression, my wound started to throb, but at least I was now awake enough to believe people when they were saying the throbbing would eventually go and I would be myself again.”

To make  a appointment for counselling for depression, either call now Tel: 020 8366 8077 or fill the form below, and someone will contact you very soon.


The overall aim of counselling is to provide an opportunity for the client to work towards living life in a way he or she experiences as more satisfying and resourceful. Counselling may be concerned with developmental issues, addressing and resolving specific problems, making decisions, coping with crisis, developing personal insight and knowledge, working through feelings, inner conflict, or improving relationship with others.

At Harley Street Counselling we provide help and management with the following issues:

  • Body and physical acceptance
  • Eating disorders
  • Fears, phobias
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Work related stress
  • Sexual Health Issues
  • Relationship problems
  • Separation/Divorce
  • Difficulties making decision(s)
  • Addictions
  • Abuse
  • Bereavement
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Panic -Attacks
  • Depression
  • Suicide and suicidal thoughts
  • Low self esteem/Confidence

Sessions at Harley Street Counselling are strictly confidential and complete discretion is assured.

What to Expect

After an initial appointment in Harley Street, there is no obligation to continue if you do not wish to. You and I may use the time to examine the life difficulties for which you are considering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Counselling, Humanistic Therapy, Integrative Therapy or Psychotherapy. I will address any questions you may have. You can see how you feel working with me. You and I will then be able to decide if my mental health practice is right for you.

The Integrative Counselling approaches I use:


Counselling centres on listening to you, and assisting you. You determine what issue concerning your childhood and/or adulthood you discuss. An objective of Counselling is to help you to talk about a difficulty and discover a solution that is appropriate for you.

Integrative Therapy

Integrative Therapy combines therapeutic approaches to fit your needs and the issues you experience. It considers your subjective experience and choices. The aim of Integrative Therapy is to help you develop your self-understanding.

Humanistic Therapy

Humanistic Therapy focuses on valuing you. It sees you as a whole human being and prioritises your personal growth. Humanistic Therapy aims to help you recognise your autonomy.


Psychotherapy focuses on you, and you obtaining insight into the problems you face. It explores your thoughts, feelings and significant moments in your life. Psychotherapy intends to help you develop or find appropriate methods of coping.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy concentrates on how your thoughts (cognitions) influence your feelings and behaviour. It recognises and addresses unhelpful thoughts that perpetuate the problems you experience. The aim of CBT is for you to experience healthier thoughts and feelings.

Chris Stavri, Counsellor and Supervisor at Harley Street Counselling.

To arrange an appointment, please either call Tel: 020 8366 8077 or fill the form below, and someone will contact you very soon.

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