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Depression & Unhappiness

There’s no one way of experiencing depression. Some people become intensely depressed for a relatively short period; others may be mildly depressed for a long time, even years. Depression can feel like it’s wearing down the very core of you. It can be easy to lose hope that things will ever feel better again.

Depression is almost as common as it is debilitating — one in five people will experience it in their lifetime and it is the leading cause of disability in the world. How does it develop, how does it differ from ‘feeling low’ and what therapies can help to alleviate it?

CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression
Article

Evidence suggests that CBT cognitive behavioural therapy is at least as effective as medication for depression, and leads to lower relapse rates. This is because it gets to the heart of the 'vicious cycle' of negative thoughts, feelings and actions that depression can trap us in.

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Depression: Out of the blue
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Depression is almost as common as it is debilitating: one in five people will experience it in their lifetime and it is the leading cause of disability in the world. How does it develop, how does it differ from 'feeling low' and what therapies can help to alleviate it?

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The evolutionary origins of depression
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Depression is widespread across the globe, affecting people from all cultural and social backgrounds—though it may often be conceived of and named differently in non-western cultures. It has long been reckoned that there must be good biological reasons for depression's global ubiquity.

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Stephen Fry talks about his depression
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A thoughtful piece as always from Stephen Fry, discussing his experience of depression. Fry was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 1995 after suffering a nervous breakdown.

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DEPRESSION THERAPISTS AT THE HOUSE PARTNERSHIP

Dr Mariam Tarik
Counselling Psychologist

Mariam is a Counselling Psychologist, having trained at City University of London. She works in the corporate sector (Tech and Legal) and has worked in the NHS for over 10 years, specialising in complex trauma, personality disorder and relationship difficulties.

Available for: Face to face sessions at Snow Hill.

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Dr Filipa Alves-Costa
Chartered Psychologist

Filipa is a dedicated and compassionate Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society with over 10 years’ experience across the NHS, private settings, and academia. She provides trauma-focused and relational therapy for adult mental health, including trauma/PTSD, anxiety & attachment difficulties, depression, anger, psychosis, substance misuse, relationship issues, as well as supports individuals in high-pressure and competitive industries.

As well as the mentioned therapies, Filipa also practices Trauma and schema-informed approaches and can help with unprocessed trauma, loss, and grief.

Available for: Virtual Sessions.

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John Hanna
Chartered Clinical Psychologist

John has practiced as a clinical psychologist since qualifying in 1998, primarily in the NHS working with adults, children and young people, both as community clients and as inpatients in acute crisis. For many years he worked as an inpatient consultant/service lead and during that time he served in elected positions as Chair of the Psychosis and Complex Mental Health Faculty and as Policy Director (England) for the Division of Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society.

Available for: Face to face sessions at Snow Hill and Virtual sessions

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Dr Aimee McCarthy
Chartered Counselling Psychologist

Aimee, a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, completed her doctorate at Roehamption University. She works in the corporate environment (Banking, Finance, Legal, Insurance and Tech) specialising in depression, anxiety, work related issues including stress and burnout, as well as relationship difficulties.

Available for: Face to face sessions at Snow Hill

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Dr Leah Bull
Chartered Psychologist

Currently on sabbatical leave.

Leah is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. She has worked within the NHS for a number of years including in a world leading hospital and has a particular specialism in working with young people, people with Autism and ADHD, and people with rare conditions. Leah also has completed and published several research projects.

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Dr Sara Bixby
Clinical Psychologist

Sara is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who completed her doctoral training at Salomons Centre, part of Canterbury Christ Church University in 2003. Since qualifying, she has worked for the NHS with adults presenting with complex difficulties and for 6 years was part of a psychosis service. She is currently part of a small team providing psychological support to staff in physical healthcare settings.

Available for: Virtual Sessions.

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Dr Anna Marshall
Chartered Counselling Psychologist

Anna is a counselling psychologist who completed her clinical training in 2011 at the University of Surrey. Anna has gained extensive experience working in the NHS and she has particular expertise in woman’s health.

Available for: Face to face sessions at Wimpole Street

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Dr Aisling Buckley-Hovell
Chartered Psychologist

Currently on sabbatical leave.

Aisling is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who specialises in treating anxiety, depression and trauma. She completed her Doctoral Degree at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has worked in the NHS for a number of years across different clinical specialties including sexual dysfunction, survivors of abuse and personality disorder.

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Sara Boulter
Chartered Psychologist

Sara is a consultant clinical psychologist who completed her clinical training in 1995 at the University of Western Cape in South Africa before building a successful private practice in Cape Town. Since coming to London, Sara has gained extensive experience working in the NHS and she has particular expertise in substance misuse and secure services.

Available for: Virtual Sessions.

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Dr Stephen Higgins
Chartered Psychologist

Steve completed his doctoral training at the University of East London. He is a chartered psychologist with wide NHS experience working across mental and physical health services. He has particular expertise in providing support for people who present with anxiety disorders, depression, relationship difficulties, chronic fatigue and trauma.



Available for: Virtual Sessions.

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Gill Deane
Chartered Psychologist

Gill qualified as a psychologist in South Africa and underwent further training in Gestalt Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute. Since chartership in 2001, she has held senior positions in the public, private and charity sectors. Gill works across all presentations of depressive and anxiety conditions, and has particular expertise in eating disorders and sports’ psychology.

Available for: Virtual Sessions.

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Dr Erin Miller
Chartered Psychologist

Erin completed her professional doctorate at City University London, later to be invited back as a lecturer and supervisor on the same course. Now concentrating on private practice, Erin has considerable experience in the public sector, as an NHS psychologist and within a number of national charities.

Available for: Virtual Sessions.

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Dr David Gracey
Chartered Psychologist

Alongside his private work, David has worked in the NHS for over 10 years, with various groups including families and older adults. As a researcher he has published in numerous academic journals. He is a chartered psychologist who completed his doctorate at the Institute of Psychiatry.

Available for: Virtual Sessions.

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Hayley Melin
Chartered Psychologist

Alongside her private work, Hayley manages The House Partnership. She also has considerable experience as a psychologist in two NHS trusts. Together with her work in general adult mental health, she has a particular specialism in eating disorders.

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Dr Lou Monaco
Chartered Psychologist

Lou is a chartered psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society who trained and worked in the US before moving to London in 2009. He was appointed Adjunct Professor at City University, New York, and has continued teaching in the UK as a visiting lecturer at London Metropolitan University.

Available for: Virtual Sessions.

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Silvia Miranda CPsychol
Chartered Psychologist

Silvia completed her training at the Institute of Psychiatry and City University. She is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist who alongside her private practice work, has extensive experience of working in private and public settings including NHS primary care, IAPT, Eating Disorders and specialist Trauma Services. Her particular expertise and specialism is in treating Trauma/PTSD, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, stress, work and relationships issues. 

Available for: Virtual Sessions.

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Dr Simon Whalley
Chartered Psychologist

Simon completed his doctoral research at Regent's College in London where he currently lectures. He has worked in adult mental health within the NHS and a number of community organisations. He has particular expertise with social anxiety, and panic.

Available for: Virtual Sessions.

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