Schoen Clinic offers effective private depression counselling in London

We all experience unhappy or "down" days.

But for those who have clinical depression, each day is difficult. If you struggle with basic tasks of daily living and isolate yourself when you feel "down," you may be experiencing clinical depression.

Some depressed individuals say they've lost their confidence and self-esteem. They might also feel embarrassed and worry that they will be seen as weak. Our specialised depression treatment at Schoen Clinic Chelsea is designed to assist you in improving your sense of worth and reestablishing connections with people, yourself, and your community.

Depression treatment in London

In addition to individual counselling for depression, we offer patients who require a higher level of care and support specialised treatment programmes for mental health.

Our outpatient clinic for depression in Chelsea is widely regarded as one of London’s best private mental health clinics for young people and adults, due to our multidisciplinary team approach and leading treatments based on clinical outcome excellence.

Our world-class experts are ready to help you get back on the road to recovery.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you.

Our approach to diagnosing depression at our clinic in Chelsea

Everyone has occasional feelings of low mood, but they often only last a few days and disappear on their own.

Depression is different. If you suffer from depression, these moods interfere with your regular activities, making it tougher to engage in the activities that you like. A depressive episode lasts at least two weeks and is characterised by a depressed mood (sad, irritated or empty feelings) or a lack of enjoyment or interest in activities for most of each day.

At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, we specialise in providing targeted, outcome-focused care for individuals struggling with depression. Our approach to depression diagnosis is based on a thorough evaluation of your unique symptoms, medical history, and personal circumstances, all with the goal of creating an individualised treatment plan that meets your specific needs.

When you come to our depression clinic in London, you can expect a comprehensive evaluation from one of our team of experienced clinical psychologists or psychiatrists. Our clinicians will conduct a thorough assessment of your symptoms, including any physical and cognitive symptoms that may be contributing to your depression. They will also discuss your medical history and any relevant family history of mental health conditions.

Following this assessment, our team will use their comprehensive understanding of your personal circumstances and needs to develop a personalised treatment plan that addresses the root causes of your depression. We are committed to working with you every step of the way, providing ongoing support and care as you navigate the challenges of your condition.

As a patient at Schoen Clinic Chelsea, you can expect a compassionate, non-judgmental approach to care that puts your needs first. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve lasting success in your treatment journey, and we are here to help you every step of the way.

If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, don't hesitate to give us a call today. With our comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment, we are confident in our ability to help you achieve lasting recovery from depression.

You might not feel all of the various signs of depression as they differ in terms of duration and severity from person to person. In order to receive effective therapy for depression, our team need to carry out a thorough assessment.

They'll consider a variety of physical, behavioural and emotional symptoms when making a diagnosis:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of overwhelming guilt or low self-worth
  • A lack of hope for the future
  • Suicidal or death thoughts
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Changes in food
  • Feeling particularly exhausted or low on energy

Once we have a thorough understanding of how depression is affecting your day-to-day life, our depression therapists can develop your bespoke depression therapy plan.

Our team of experts specialise in major depressive disorder treatments and depression counselling − so there's no better place to begin your recovery.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you.

Getting a professional diagnosis for depression in London

At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, we understand that depression can be stressful and draining. You do not need to suffer silently.

Depression is a serious mental health condition, and self-diagnosing can be risky and lead to inappropriate or inadequate treatment.

We have a team of mental health specialists in London who are skilled and experienced in diagnosing and treating depression. Our team of consultants and depression therapists work together to give you the best possible care and support. We also have access to the latest treatments, therapies and research to help you achieve the best possible outcome from treatment.

With private depression treatment at Schoen Clinic Chelsea, you have access to our specialist multidisciplinary team of consultants and therapists when you need them. We aim to ensure that our patients receive timely appointments and personalised medical attention throughout their journey.

How do we decide if you need therapy for your depression?

After you’ve provided an unprompted account of your symptoms, we’ll clarify whether you have depression − and what type − using validated assessment tools. The type of depression therapy that best suits you may not suit someone with another type of depression, so it's essential you receive an accurate diagnosis before a treatment plan is put in place.

The most common depression types that we treat are:

  • Severe depression
  • Mild to moderate depression
  • Bipolar depression
  • Recurrent Depressive disorder

We are also able to offer specialist depression therapies and counselling for more specific types of depression such as:

  • Postpartum depression (PPD)
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

How does getting counselling for depression work?

Depression counselling is a valuable resource for those struggling with depression. Whether you are experiencing a new onset of symptoms or have been struggling with depression for some time, counselling for depression can help you to better understand your symptoms and develop effective coping strategies.

To determine your needs and treatment objectives, a thorough evaluation is conducted at our renowned mental health and depression clinic in London. We will listen to your story and ascertain how your low mood started.

A depressive episode frequently begins with a trigger, such as trauma, bereavement, the end of a relationship, or a major change in one's life. However, there are several reasons why you can be predisposed to depression and associated anxiety.

Our counselling for depression is based on evidence-based therapies, including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy (IPT). These approaches have been shown to be effective in helping individuals with depression improve their mood and overall quality of life.

During your depression counselling sessions, you will work with a qualified therapist who will help you identify negative thought patterns and behaviours that may be contributing to your depression. Through targeted interventions and exercises, you will learn how to shift these patterns and develop healthier coping strategies.

Our therapists are trained to listen with empathy and without judgment, providing you with a safe and supportive environment to explore your feelings and experiences. We believe that a collaborative approach to depression therapy is the key to success, and we will work with you to develop a tailored treatment plan that fits your unique needs and goals.

Does depression therapy work?

The effectiveness of psychological depression therapy depends on a number of variables, including the severity of your symptoms, your connection with your therapist, and your particular set of circumstances.

A person can recover from depression and avoid relapsing into it with the use of psychological therapy. During therapy sessions, techniques are taught to assist patients in better dealing with troubling thoughts or processing traumatic experiences. Regular therapy sessions can help identify the depression's underlying causes and offer important emotional support.

At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, we offer one-on-one depression counselling with our therapists, although group therapy or a mix of individual and group sessions is also available.

What are the risks and expected outcomes around depression counselling?

If you're considering depression counselling, our depression therapists can help you weigh the potential risks and benefits and determine if it's the right choice for you.

One risk is that talking about your experiences and emotions may be difficult or triggering for you. This can be especially true if you are dealing with trauma or other issues in addition to depression. We'll work with you to gauge your comfort level and help you feel safe and supported.

It's important to keep in mind that counselling is just one tool in the toolbox for managing depression and that there are many other options available if you find that it is not helping you.

The expected outcomes of depression counselling are largely positive and can include:

  • Greater insight into your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours
  • Improved communication and relationships with others
  • Enhanced coping skills and resilience
  • Reduced symptoms of depression, such as sadness, irritability, and hopelessness
  • Increased self-awareness and self-esteem

It's important to note that the specific outcomes you achieve may depend on factors such as the duration and severity of your depression, the specific type of counselling you receive, and your own willingness to engage in the process.

What does depression counselling look like?

Depression is a serious mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Fortunately, there are various approaches to treating depression that can help individuals relieve symptoms, improve their quality of life, and get back on track. One of the most effective approaches that we offer at Schoen Clinic Chelsea is depression counselling, which involves talking to one of our highly experienced mental health professionals.

There are different types of therapy that we use at our private outpatient clinic in London to help individuals manage depression, some of which include medication, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and psychotherapeutic group therapies. Depression counselling may include one or more of these approaches, depending on your needs and preferences.

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based therapeutic approach that helps individuals change negative thought patterns and behaviours that contribute to depression. CBT is focused on helping individuals develop healthier thinking habits and coping strategies by identifying and challenging negative automatic thoughts.

During CBT sessions, our therapists work with you to identify negative thoughts and beliefs that may be contributing to your depression. They will challenge these thoughts by examining evidence and developing alternative, more balanced thoughts.

Psychotherapeutic Group Therapies

Psychotherapeutic group therapies involve attending regular sessions with a group of other people who share similar experiences and struggles.

We offer a variety of popular groups that are led by a trained facilitator and tend to have a more supportive, communal atmosphere compared to individual sessions. These therapeutic groups can help individuals feel less alone and gain new perspectives on their experiences.

What to expect in depression counselling?

When starting depression counselling, one of the first things to expect is a consultation with our depression therapist. This consultation usually takes the form of an initial assessment, where your therapist will ask about your symptoms, medical history, and life events that may have contributed to your depression. This information helps the therapist develop an individualised treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.

Once treatment begins, our patients typically attend regular sessions with their therapist. The frequency of sessions may vary depending on the severity of the depression and the treatment approach used. In general, patients attend weekly sessions, which last around 50 minutes each.

During these sessions, they may use a variety of therapeutic techniques depending on your needs, including talk therapy, behaviour modification techniques, and mindfulness exercises.

Concerns patients may have

One of the most common concerns patients have when starting depression counselling is the stigma surrounding mental health treatment. Some individuals may worry that seeking therapy means they are “weak” or “crazy.” It's important for us that we address these concerns and help our patients understand that depression is a treatable condition.

What is the Schoen Clinic approach to therapy for depression?

At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, we understand that depression treatment can take many different forms. That's why we aim to offer a range of depression recovery options, conveniently located in the heart of Chelsea, West London.

As well as psychotherapy, some of our group therapies for depression include:

  • Mindfulness therapy: Sometimes, people with depression also experience worry and anxiety. Mindfulness not only helps you to focus on the now and reminds you of the simpler more natural things in life, but it also assists you in refocusing away from negative and intrusive thoughts.
  • Schema therapy: Schema therapy helps you to understand the underlying emotional patterns that keep you stuck in a current or repeated depression. It empowers you to break your patterns of thinking and replace them with healthier ones.

Our aim is to make the recovery process as streamlined for our patients as possible, so we tailor our depression treatments to each individual and offer a range of options to aid recovery.

Self-funding patients can also access our specialised group therapies for depression without the need to wait. Once booked, patients can usually begin therapy within a matter of days.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you.

Receiving counselling for depression in conjunction with medication

For moderate and severe depression, supportive medicinal treatment with antidepressants is often helpful.

At our depression clinic, our specialist Consultant Psychiatrist will review your medication and monitor the efficiency of your treatment. Antidepressant medication can provide you with help for your physical symptoms and mood. Medication can take some time to take effect but, in most cases, our patients find that it is important for their depression recovery.

To find out more about our clinical depression treatments, get in touch by calling our caring team direct on +44 20 4571 6312 or email us today.

Our Chelsea clinic offers world-leading depression counselling facilities

At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, we provide modern amenities and specialised care for individuals who are experiencing depression.

We understand that depression therapy is a deeply personal and collaborative process, and our facilities are designed to facilitate that process in every way possible. We provide a variety of treatment rooms for patients in need of depression counselling or therapy that are created to give them a restful and therapeutic environment.

Our day rooms are created to offer a relaxing and safe setting where patients can engage in therapeutic activities. We also have an art room specifically for patients who want to participate in our creative arts groups for depression therapy, complete with tools, paints, materials, and equipment for artistic expression.

Schoen Clinic helps you undertake caring and convenient depression counselling in London

Schoen Clinic Chelsea is part of an award-winning international hospital group, with an enviable reputation for providing exceptional treatments for adults with mental health conditions.

Nestled in a discreet location in the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, our highly specialised outpatient clinic for adults with depression has long provided assistance to people from all across London and the surrounding areas.

Along with our private depression clinic in London, Schoen Clinic also has a highly specialised hospital for children and young people in Birmingham and a specialised eating disorders hospital for adults in York.

How to get to our Chelsea clinic

Schoen Clinic Chelsea is located in West London just off King's Road with excellent transport links. The nearest Tube station is Sloane Square which is served by the Circle and District lines.

Our depression clinic is also near South Kensington Tube Station, which is served by Circle, District and Picadilly lines on the London Underground.

If travelling by car there are several multistorey car parks nearby. If you need assistance in finding us please don't hesitate to contact our team.

Why choose Schoen Clinic Chelsea for your private depression therapy?

Schoen Clinic Chelsea is one of the leading mental health clinics in London. Part of an international hospital group treating 300,000 patients each year, we've been helping people to recover from mental health problems like depression for over 37 years.

Our leading London depression therapists work with you to identify how depression affects you so that we can find the best depression treatment options for you. Whether that's in a group or on a one-to-one depression counselling basis, we have award-winning specialists on hand to help.

We provide depression counselling & therapy in London and beyond

Our specialist depression clinic is based in Chelsea, West London, but with excellent transport links and a convenient location, we regularly treat patients with depression from all over London and the surrounding areas. We follow evidence-based practices and NICE guidelines, while offering cutting-edge treatment. When you come to visit us, we will always endeavour to find out whether you feel safe and understand whether there are associated risks which require us to develop a safety plan with you.

At Schoen Clinic Chelsea we offer a comprehensive and holistic range of interventions and support. This means that we can provide the necessary support and mechanisms for your recovery.

Get in touch with the team today.

Our leading London private depression recovery specialists

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Dr Daniel Masud

Consultant General Psychiatrist & Addictions Psychiatrist

Mental Health | ADHD Specialist
(Adults 18+)

Dr Rashmi Verma

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Mental Health | ADHD Specialist
(Children 6-18 years)

Get in touch to discuss your counselling for depression options

Our caring team of depression specialists in London are on hand to help adults access the treatment they need.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you.