Moira has significant experience treating clients who are depressed. Depression is debilitating and one can feel as though they are alone in their experience of this condition. Depression affects different people in different ways, but most of them experience some combination of the following symptoms: prolonged sadness or feelings of emptiness, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, anger and irritability, fatigue and changes in sleep patterns, appetite changes, loss of interest in activities. withdrawal from friends and family and/or thoughts of death or suicide.
Depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, psychological, social and environmental factors. People who have a family history of depression, and people with serious chronic diseases such as heart disease or cancer, are at an increased risk of depression. Major life changes, trauma and stress can also bring about an episode of depression, although some episodes of depression begin without any obvious external cause.
Moira is very quick to remind her clients that depression isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s not something you can just “snap out of.” It’s an illness that requires professional treatment and so please reach out to Moira if you feel as though you or someone you care for might be suffering from depression.
Moira uses cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to help people to manage their symptoms and to improve their quality of life.