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Private treatment, counselling and therapy for depression in London at Schoen Clinic Chelsea

Everyone has days where they feel unhappy or low. However, for people with clinical depression, each day can be a challenge.

If you are having trouble completing basic tasks in your daily life and tend to withdraw from social interactions when you feel low, you might be experiencing clinical depression. Depressed individuals may also feel like they have lost their confidence and self-esteem.

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What is depression?

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.

Many people ask if there is a depression test and we always suggest a thorough medical review with one of our experts in the first instance, so we can gather important information about you and the symptoms of depression you may be experiencing.

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.

What are the common signs & symptoms of 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.

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.

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.

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Get in touch with our caring mental health clinic in London for specialist support for depression

If you're looking for depression support, our caring team of specialists in London is here to help. We have appointments available in as little as 24 hours so you can begin treatment with minimal wait.

To access private treatment as swiftly as possible, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire at any time to suit you.

How much does depression treatment cost?

The cost of different types of treatment, therapy or support will vary. See our full breakdown of our prices and funding options for more information or specific costs.

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.

Deciding whether you need counselling for 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 is the Schoen Clinic approach to depression therapy?

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.

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 with our caring team today.

What does counselling for depression 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 (CBT) for depression

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 for depression

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

Meet our multidisciplinary team of depression specialists in London

At Schoen Clinic Chelsea in London, our depression specialists are part of a multidisciplinary team including psychiatrists, counsellors and therapists. Many of our depression specialists are available in as little as 24 hours so you can get on the road to recovery quicker than you'd expect.

Through a variety of therapies, groups, one-to-one counselling, medication or a combination of the above, we're dedicated to supporting you in overcoming depression.

Contact our bookings team directly on 020 3146 2300 or email to find out more.

Learn more about the team below or get in touch to book your appointment today.

Dr James Woolley

Consultant Psychiatrist | ADHD Specialist

Dr James Woolley

Pilar Isla Rodriguez


Pilar Isla Rodriguez

Evangelia Mylona


Evangelia Mylona

Kristin McCarthy

Integrative Therapist

Kristin McCarthy

Dr Tara Tofiq

Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist

Dr Tara Tofiq

Dr Divina Pillay

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Divina Pillay

Dr Gil Myers

Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Gil Myers

Dr Daniel Masud

Consultant General & Addictions Psychiatrist | ADHD Specialist

Dr Daniel Masud

Dr Margherita Tanzarella

Consultant Psychiatrist | ADHD Specialist

Dr Margherita Tanzarella

Isabelle Nussbaum

Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Isabelle Nussbaum

Dr Edel McAndrew

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Edel McAndrew

Gabriele Malinauskaite

Lead Psychotherapist

Gabriele Malinauskaite
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