As all of us grow and mature and burden of responsibilities fall more and more on our shoulders, we appreciate the value of the cliche ‘life is not a bed of roses’. Some of us have defence mechanisms built inside in our minds through our genetic history or upbringing that can cope with the stresses of life pretty well. However a lot us feel quite helpless in face of growing tensions and stresses that unfolds everyday in our lives. In fact depression and anxiety are common debilitating experience in life of 45% of population in Australia. Every year 1 million Australians experience depression and another 2 million experience anxiety.
The foremost causes of depression and anxiety are relationship issues, pregnancy, traumatic experience in childhood, bad self image due to body weight etc., and of course financial issues. The problem with depression and anxiety is that they drag us down and prevents us from doing worthwhile activity. The total outlook to the world becomes negative leading sometimes even to suicide. So it is of utmost importance that we get out of these debilitating thought processes or to cope with these as soon as possible.
Counsellor Jade in Bondi Junction, NSW provides help to people afflicted with worry and depression. She provides counselling in English and French and deals with men and women of all age groups including parents, couples and adolescents. She has Bachelor’s degree in Science (psychology) from London university and Masters degree in Forensic Psychology from University of NSW and has 13 years experience as a counsellor in the field of mental health and women’s health.
The techniques used during therapy are CBT or cognitive behaviour therapy, ACT or acceptance or commitment therapy, psychodynamic therapy. CBT focuses on finding out unhelpful and negative thought patterns and try to balance them out. It also tries to inculcate helpful and positive thought patterns through action thereby alleviating unpleasant feelings. ACT is another method of therapy where instead of fighting negative thought patterns one accepts them and takes steps to improve one’s circumstances. Psychodynamic therapy focuses on the unconscious methods as they’re manifested in an individual’s present behaviour. Goals of this therapy are a client’s self-awareness & understanding of influence of past on the present behaviour.
There are many success stories where patients suffering from anxiety related disorders and depression found real relief. Josie is one of them. She was suffering from depression for a long time. She was a single woman and had a very poor self esteem & body image. It was because of these that she isolated herself from the society and this actually lead to the feelings of depression and loneliness. According to Jade, “Identifying the negative thoughts and feelings, expressing them and feeling understood and supported empowered Josie to challenge her unhelpful thinking about herself, and encouraged her to slowly face her fears of being socially rejected. Josie made efforts to go to dance classes and to ask friends to go out in the evenings – even when she did not feel like it or felt scared of being rejected, which led her to build on each ‘achievement’ and feel stronger and more confident. Six months later, she was more outgoing socially, felt less lonely, took care of her body and her appearance and felt much better about herself. She now has a boyfriend.”