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.

Breakdown and Fear of Breakdown: feeling on the brink of insanity.

Joanna Lumley and Melvyn Bragg’s personal experiences of  mental illness and breakdown.

In Saturday’s Telegraph (22nd October), both Joanna Lumley and Melvyn Bragg disclosed and discussed their personal experiences of mental illness. Lumley describes how, in her mid-20s, she felt on the brink of insanity. In a conversation with Lord Bragg, she describes being on stage and feeling anxious and paranoid ‘I began to see people levelling guns at me out of boxes’. She walked out of the play she was in but her condition became quite paralysing ‘I couldn’t cross the road… I had to concentrate on breathing in and out. It’s panic attacks and you are on the brink of utter insanity.’

Bragg has suffered two breakdowns. His first was when he was 13 at school and the second after the suicide of his first wife, Lisa Roche in 1971. When he was at school, he describes something leaving his head and drifting across the room. He felt terrified and unable to cope. The condition affected his school work drastically, he felt physically frightened and isolated. The isolation and aloneness Bragg describes is worryingly typical of mental illness – feeling alone, confused and ashamed. Bragg states that when he was at school ‘there was absolutely  nobody on Earth I could tell, I couldn’t even hint to anybody because I’m finding it hard enough to talk about now.’ Bragg states that the condition came back in his 20’s and 30’s for about a year and with a vengeance. And yet, Bragg feels it very important to tell people that for the last 40 years he hasn’t had a breakdown: ‘I got through it and that is really important to tell people. I’ve done a lot of work and made friends and brought up a family and done this, that and the other’. Bragg is the president of Mind, the mental health charity and wants other sufferers to take heart.

Mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks and dissociation can be greatly helped by psychotherapy and counselling. These conditions can be terrifying for the sufferer and yet, with the help of a trained therapist, we can begin to feel back in our bodies, feel back in our self and be able to start to process the terror and fear. The aim is to marry all parts of our self together – conscious and unconscious – and to be able to manage ourselves when we feel distressed so the fears, terrors and symptoms don’t spiral out of control.


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.

Depression and Suicide: does our achievement oriented society allow people space to admit weakness?

Depression and Psychotherapy.

In the Telegraph (September 28th), the tragic suicide of the German international goalkeeper, Robert Enke in 2009, was once again discussed due to a book just being released by Ronald Reng describing Enke’s long struggle with depression culminating in his suicide at the age of 32. It feels important to highlight the fact that depression, severe or mild, can and does affect all sorts of people for all sorts of reasons and that this includes professional sports people. This case sadly highlights the tendency in our achievement oriented society to see mental illness as a weakness. The article concludes saying ‘if we allow our sportsmen and women space to admit weakness, then a tragedy such as Enke’s could in future be avoided.’ This is true, although mental illness is perhaps less ‘weakness’ and more the human condition. Psychotherapy does provide a space for people, a place where we can integrate all parts of ourselves, where we can process and give meaning to our thoughts and behaviours with the help of a therapist. Seeking psychotherapy should not be seen as a weakness but in fact a strength. When we feel very down, confused, not in control or simply lost, it is a brave step to take to seek help and to try to forge a different future.

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 clinics where the 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.

Women, Depression & Psychotherapy: Numbers Double Since The 1970’s

A London Psychotherapists View On Global Depression

Scientists in Germany have just published results of a survey into mental health and have revealed that depression in women has doubled in the last forty years. According to the survey, one in seven women will suffer a depressive episode within their lifetimes – that’s double the rate of men.

The survey, published in European Neuropsychopharmacology, suggests that women in the main childbearing years of 16 – 42 are most prone to depression. This, the study leaders suggest, could be as the result of the enormous pressure women now face in juggling career, children and relationships,  with many feeling that they are failing in all areas of their lives.

Another study, undertaken at the University of Washington in the USA, has recently also concluded that women working hard at ‘having it all’ are prone to depression.

Women: Twice The Depression and Twice as Much as Men

The guilt of leaving kids in day care, or clocking off at 5pm, not devoting enough time to a partner, can be damaging and can lead to feelings of failure and, ultimately, to depression.

At The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, in Harley Street, Central London, the psychotherapists are experienced in working with women who are struggling to ‘have it all’.  Often a course of psychotherapy or counselling can help restore clarity and find healthier ways of finding good life balance.