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EMDR-Adelaide-Billows-Psychology

Therapy for Depression

It is normal to feel sad and low sometimes, especially when sad things are happening in your life. If you are feeling down and low for long periods of time, with little to no feelings of happiness or contentedness, you may be suffering from depression.

Interestingly, some episodes of depression can be triggered by traumatic events; research has even shown that people who have found other therapies unsuccessful in treating their depression may find trauma therapy and Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) effective.

Examples of traumatic events that can trigger depression can include:

  • Relationship breakup

  • Relationship betrayal

  • Public humiliation/shaming

  • Making a mistake with significant consequences

How We Can Help

Your therapist will complete a thorough assessment with you to determine a best-fit hypothesis for what has caused your depression. If it's determined that your depression was likely triggered by a traumatic event, your therapist will use trauma therapy, likely Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) if this is a good fit for your needs. A helpful way of determining whether a traumatic event has triggered a depressive episode can be to think back to when the symptoms of depression started. If it was after the event, it's possible your symptoms have a trauma origin. 

If a thorough assessment determines that your depression is not likely to have been caused by trauma, your therapist will utilise evidence-based therapies for depression including:

  • Mindfulness

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Compassion-Focussed Therapy (CFT)

  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectical-Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

If this information resonates with you or you would like to know more, contact us now. 

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