Antidepressant Prescriptions Soar, While Talking Therapy Maybe a More Effective Treatment

Psychotherapy and/or Prescription Medicines..?

The number of antidepressant prescriptions in the UK has risen to an incredible 50 million per year. The rise in prescribing medication for depression can be seen as a strong indicator that people are now recognising -without stigma –  the need for help with their depression. It’s also becoming evident that people see that medication for depression works. For GP’s,  medication is a relatively cheap way of offering help to a patient struggling with depression or anxiety.

While undoubtedly antidepressants work and serve a good purpose for many people, it is questionable whether they are always the best form of treatment for depression. Antidepressants are very good at quickly alleviating overwhelming feelings, but the medication does  not tackle the underlying causes of the psychological difficulty. It is, perhaps, easy for people to become reliant on medication for depression and stay medicated for years, with out ever really tackling the underlying causes of the depression.  Dependence on antidepressants is now commonplace – where the fear of reducing the dose and stopping the medication all together, becomes problematic.

At the Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, we believe that medication can be very useful when treating patients for depression – particularly when function is severely impaired -so when a patient struggles to get out of bed, or becomes very isolated or has suicidal thoughts – but we recommend that patients on antidepressants are also in weekly psychotherapy or counselling.  Psychotherapy and counselling helps people,  suffering with depression, understand and resolve the underlying causes of the difficulty. Greater awareness and understanding of the causes of depression help the individual move through the difficulty.  At the Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice it is our aim to support patients through their depression and help them to become self reliant and free from the need to medicate their depression.


Post Natal Depression – Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice Offers Specialist Help

Post natal depression once again hit the headlines this week  with the tragic story of  a young mother,  so depressed and sleep deprived,  that she killed her five week old baby.

The woman  had visited her GP and had been offered anti-depressants but no talking therapy, it was reported in a serious case review last week.   The woman was left completely unsupported and took only one of the anti-depressants because she felt ashamed of her depression. The case highlights the need for more open discussion about Post Natal Depression – it’s a condition that effects 10 per cent of all new mothers and yet remains stigmatized and shrouded in shame.

New mothers often feel alone with their depression. The pressure to be a perfect mother – happy and fully functioning – can be overwhelming when the reality, for many women,  is that new motherhood is difficult and clouded by depression. It is vital that new mothers, suffering with depression, are listened to and supported. At the Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice we offer private counselling and psychotherapy for post natal depression. Getting support on the NHS seems to becoming increasingly difficult but it’s important that women do explore what might be available to them. Health visitors, midwives and GP’s should be the first to be contacted – they should have information and options to help support new mothers suffering with depression.

Symptoms of PND include:







Ways of coping:

Call GP

Share your feelings with a friend or your partner

Take small steps – try to get out of the house once a day

Speak to your health visitor

Think about joining Mum’s groups and finding other new mothers who may be feeling the way you do.

Remember  you are not alone in suffering with PND – 70,000 women per year are diagnosed.

The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice offers weekly, individual  psychotherapy and counselling for new mothers. The therapists at the Cavendish practice are all highly experienced in working with Post Natal Depression.  Sharing your experiences and sadness with a trained psychotherapist can reduce your depression and help you find the clarity to move forward into healthy motherhood.






Social Networking – A good way of making friends or a new addiction?

Social networking – twitter, facebook, blogs etc. are a phenomenon that allow people to connect, relatively anonymously, to friends and strangers. While this new way of communicating can be valuable in remaining in contact with friends, and building new relationships, it can also lead to a state of ‘immersion’ and addiction. The individual, comfortable in the relative anonymity of the social networking arena, can get lost in it. Addicted to the highs of making new contacts and  finding  a new ‘confidence’ in expressing feelings or thoughts, in the safety of a ‘virtual’ relationship, the individual may avoid real intimacy and meaning with those who are closest to them.  The individual might become immersed in social networking because it offers an audience who can affirm and make him or her feel acknowledged and valued. Social networking sites allow people to invent new identities for themselves. Someone who is shy can hide their lack of confidence behind a new more confident persona.  The individual can become dependent on the highs that the affirmation social networks offer and moods may rise and fall in accordance to what’s going on on Facebook or Twitter. Overuse or immersion in the social networking world can lead to a sense of alienation, emptiness and shallowness and a loss of connection to the real relationships with family and friends. When the individual is distracted by the ‘twitter feed’ or facebook status, he or she is not fully present for him or herself, or those around them. Tweeting or updating a social networking site is often a compulsion – something funny happens in the street and rather than enjoy that moment, be present in that moment, the pre-occupation is to Tweet that moment. This puts a distance between the individual and the event and stops the individual from connecting to the event and experiencing it – this is what leads to a loss of connection to the self. Losing connection to your own reality can lead to real difficulty, including depression and anxiety.

If you are struggling with social networking addiction or a lack of connection to those closest to you, psychotherapy and counselling can help. By talking your difficulties through with a psychotherapist or counsellor, you will experience relief, clarity and find a healthy way forward. The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice offers psychotherapy and counselling in Central London. The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice is at 121 Harley Street, Central London.

Millions more offered pills by GP’s to fight depression, as NHS waiting lists for psychotherapy or counselling for depression can exceed a year

Anti-depressants and sleeping pill prescriptions have surged in the past three years with millions now relying on medication to keep stress and depression under control. More than 43 million prescriptions for drugs to control depression were dispensed in England in the year to the end of March, according to figures published today.  While medication is certainly helpful for depression,  pills do not tackle the underlying causes of depression, leaving millions dependent on their prescriptions. Psychotherapy and counselling for depression can be enormously beneficial and the NHS is encouraging doctors to consider other treatments for patients before prescribing pills. Waiting lists for NHS talking therapies, however, are long – some having to wait up to a year before seeing a counsellor or therapist for treatment for depression.

The rise in the number of people seeking help for depression maybe in part due to the recession and economic uncertainty. It may also be about people’s ability to identify their difficulties – people today may have a greater understanding of their mental health and have a desire to talk about their struggle and look for help.

At the Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, the psychotherapists and counsellors work with people who suffer with depression and related symptoms such as stress, insomnia, anxiety and helplessness. Counselling and psychotherapy for depression can get to the root cause of the issues underlying the condition. Talking to a psychotherapist or counsellor can help relieve symptoms, gain clarity and find a healthy way forward. At The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice the psychotherapist/counsellors work closely with GP’s within their practice, and believe that medication, in combination with psychotherapy or counselling, can often be very helpful.

The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice is at 121 Harley Street, Central London. Call 02073713940 for an appointment or email

Alpha Male Depression and Suicide

The Alpha male affected by depression will often hide his symptoms, fearing that they will appear ‘weak’ by their colleagues, families and friends. The need to remain at the top of the pile is so ingrained in the Alpha male, that to look for help is shaming. The recent suicide of Gary Speed, hugely successful player turned manager, came as an enormous shock to his family, friends and football fans. Only the evening before his death, he appeared on national television, apparently relaxed, focused and in control. Hours later he hanged himself. If we are to learn anything from this tragic suicide, it is that men have an enormous capacity not to express, or share, their vulnerabilities but instead are often  able to hide overwhelming feelings behind a veneer of joviality and success.

Sadness and low mood are not the only indicators of depression and, to the untrained eye, depression is not always easy to spot, especially among men. Classic symptoms of male depression include anger, irritability and excessive risk taking with sex, alcohol, drugs, work or dangerous sports. At worst, depression can lead to suicidal thoughts and feelings – 80% of suicides are related to depression. Suicidal thoughts and feelings should be an indicator that help is needed, immediately. Psychotherapy and counselling can be a helpful deterrent to suicide, often in combination with medication.

Entering  counselling or psychotherapy can help the depressed man discover the roots of his depression and offer an outlet for expressing the feelings that are so hard to share with others. In psychotherapy and counselling at The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, no one is judged. The individual will be heard with empathy, intelligence and discretion. At The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, the counsellors/psychotherapists work closely with Harley Street General Practitioners and Psychiatrists so can refer, within the same day, for medication, where appropriate.

Getting help for your depression through psychotherapy and counselling can make a huge difference in your life.

Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice Stress Clinic mentioned in Sunday Times

The stress clinic at the Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice was mentioned in the Sunday Times ( this week in an article about stress rates soaring in young City workers. The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice has seen a rise in City workers seeking counselling and psychotherapy in the last twelve months. The global credit crunch and eurozone crisis mean that City workers are having to work extremely hard in an ever tougher climate. The threat of redundancy, slashed bonuses and intense speculation about the future of the markets are causing city workers high anxiety and increased stress levels. Symptoms of high stress include sleeplessness, anger, panic attacks, pro-longed crying, sex addiction, drug and alcohol dependency and relationship breakdown. Such symptoms, left untreated, can cause burn out and long term depression.

The stress clinic at the Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice has seen an increase in the number of younger city workers seeking treatment for stress and anxiety. “We are seeing a lot of younger patients struggling with intolerable levels of stress”  Rebecca Barrie from the Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice told The Sunday Times.

Psychotherapy and counselling can help the individual work through the difficult, or overwhelming, feelings of stress, find the root cause of the problem and find a healthier way forward. Talking to a professional therapist who is non judgmental, discreet and understanding will enable the individual to gain clarity, perspective and relief.

The stress clinic at The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, in London’s Harley Street, offers a programme of six focused counselling/therapy sessions where the individual is encouraged to talk about the feelings and symptoms of stress experienced. The therapist will help enable the individual make sense of the difficult feelings and behaviours and help build strategies towards finding a healthier way of living.

Counselling and Therapy for Postnatal Depression: Thousands of Women are Missing out.

Psychotherapy for Postnatal Depression

As many as 35,000 women a year are missing out on psychotherapy and counselling for post natal depression.  New research has found that a tenth of mothers suffer post natal depression but only half seek help. The charity 4Children, who carried out the research wants health care professionals to look for signs of Post Natal Depression in new mothers and ensure better treatment.

Guidelines from the the National Institue for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recomeens that “talking therapies” should be offered for mothers with  mild or moderate PND. The research. however, found that 70 % of those seeking help were prescribed antidepressants and no talking therapies.

Many women are suffering in silence, too embarrassed often, to look for help. The pressure on being the perfect mother, with the perfect baby, is felt by many new mother’s as they struggle to make sense of their situation.  It’s important for mother’s to understand that a there is no perfect mother and no perfect baby. As mother’s we can be ‘good enough’. Getting caught in the trap of thinking that we’re not good enough can escalate into feelings of worthlessness and depression. Depression in the mother can affect the baby, as the mother withdraws emotionally and becomes unresponsive to the baby, the baby is left without a framework from which the world can filter through. This can affect the baby’s emotional development.

Psychotherapy and counselling for post natal depression can offer a new mother an opportunity to express and explore difficult feelings in a safe and non-judgemental environment.  At The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice in Harley Street, Central London, the psychotherapists are experienced at working with mother’s suffering with Post Natal Depression. The therapists at the practice also offer counselling for women who are pregnant and depressed, helping them through their depression to ensure better mental health once the baby is born, with the aim of avoiding post natal depression.

Psychotherapy and Counselling for Post Natal Depression: The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice. 020 7371 3940.

Stress in The City: London Psychotherapy Clinic The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice Sees Numbers of City Workers Seeking Therapy Rise

Psychotherapy Can Help with Work Stress

The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice on Harley Street, Central London, has seen a marked increase in the numbers of city workers coming to therapy. “More than ever we’re seeing clients whose stress levels are becoming intolerable. When stress becomes intolerable, individuals are likely to seek escape – into drugs, alcohol or sex, in turn this can escalate into addiction” says Rebecca Barrie, Psychotherapist at The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice.

Finance workers who scraped through the credit crunch of a few years ago are hitting another malestrom with the Eurozone crisis, provoking a second round of panic and potential redundancies. It maybe true that the volatility of the markets attracts a volatile workforce; those happy to take high risks both professionally and personally. It is when this risk taking goes wrong or becomes out of hand that finance workers seem to seek out help.

Psychotherapy and counselling for stress can be of enormous benefit to city workers. Talking through difficult feelings and problems with a non-judgemental psychotherapist or counsellor can help alleviate stress, get to the root cause of the difficulties and find a clearer and healthier way forward.

The therapists/counsellors at the Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice are highly qualified, experienced and discreet. The practice works with the individual to understand difficult feelings and behaviours, including use of drugs, alcohol and sex. Last year the Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice set up a Stress Counselling Clinic, offering individuals a series of six sessions to target stress and stress related issues. The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice is on Harley Street. email: or call: 0207 371.3940

Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, Central London, quoted in October edition of Psychologies Magazine.

Psychotherapy in Psychologies…

The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, based in Harley Street, Central London was, this month, quoted in Psychologies Magazine.  The best selling international magazine featured an article about ageing and how, with each new decade we can chose to embrace the future, and new opportunities, rather than focus on the loss involved in ageing.

Rebecca Barrie, psychotherapist at The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice…

… told the magazine that the concerns of women approaching their forties tend to polarise “I see those who have consolidated all the hard work they put in during their twenties and reaped the rewards of career, relationship, home and family but are having doubts, or feeling overwhelmed with juggling all these things. At the other end of the scale are those who have not achieved what they – or society – had in mind as they approach 40, and whose perceived failure is leading to insecurity and even depression. The thirties are also the decade when the first physical signs of ageing appear. At this stage women tend to view this as a loss of their fertile, attractive years, rather than as a sign of impending mortality. Most 30 something women are acutely aware that their fertility declines sharply after this decade, whether they already are parents or would like to be. Even resolutely child-free women can’t ignore their body clock, often because of outside comments.”

The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice…

… works with women of all ages and with a wide variety of emotional and psychological difficulties. The Central London psychotherapy practice is on Harley Street.

See Psychologies on-line.

Psychotherapy and Counselling Needed for Women, Post Termination .

Post Abortion Counselling and Psychotherapy

For many women, making the decision to have an termination is just the beginning of a long and complex psychological pathway. The government have recently talked about the need for women to have pre-termination counselling, and the need for this work to be carried out by counsellors who are independent from the clincis where teh terminations are carried out. While pre-termination counselling is helpful in making a decision, women are often left after their termination with little psychological support.

A recent survey carried out by the University of Oslo found that 27% of women who had had terminations were still suffering with difficult feelings about the procedure six months later and up to 20% five years later. This suggests that the psychological effects of a termination are considerable for many women. Counselling and psychotherapy is not easily available for women who have had a termination, many are left to cope alone with sometimes overwhelming feelings of sadness, guilt anxiety and loss.

At The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, the psychotherapist/cousellors are experienced at working with women who are struggling with difficult feelings after an abortion.

Rebecca Barrie at the Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice comments…

“It is quite usual for women to have a psychological reaction to a termination. Feelings of loss, guilt and anxiety are common and can be quite long lasting. There is still shame attached to termination so it’s often quite hard for women to feel they deserve support through these difficult feelings and, sometimes harder still, to find the support they need.”

At The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice on Harley Street, Central London, the psychotherapists/counsellors offer discreet, intelligent and non judgmental psychotherapy and counselling.