Exeter Practice Location: Near Science Park
Sowton Village Anxiety/Depression Counselling Service in Exeter Devon
When considering counselling/therapy for depression or anxiety it can be helpful to understand just how much our mood affects us. The sheets below are used routinely by the NHS to gauge anxiety and depression levels. The sheets are good for anyone who is experiencing low mood or bouts of anxiety.
PATIENT HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE (PHQ-9)
Below is a questionnaire to help with understanding the severity of depression. It can be helpful to measure depression at the start of therapy and review it later on.
GENERAL ANXIETY DISORDER (GAD-7)
Tips for dealing with depression from the NHS.
You can talk it through with your GP first if you prefer. Your GP can also tell you about antidepressants.
If you start to feel that your life isn’t worth living or about harming yourself, get help straight away.
- contact Samaritans on 116 123 for 24-hour confidential, non-judgemental emotional support
- call your GP and ask for an emergency appointment
- call 111 out of hours – they will help you find the support and help you need
You can find mental health apps and tools in the NHS apps library.
If you are feeling suicidal please seek help immediately and consider this very useful NHS app called distACT
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Directions Fernbank Sowton Village Renee Norris Counselling
Address: Fernbank, Sowton Lane, Exeter EX5 2AG
Direction: Village is South East of the M5/A30 junction (Junction 29).
|Turn opposite the Black Horse pub|
Turn Right at this house
and go 2/10 of a mile
|Take this turn in and follow it to the top through the gates|
Depression and anxiety often go hand-in-hand. Treating depression and anxiety is a complex task because there are many causes. Some of the more widely recognised reasons are:
- Health conditions
- Trauma and grief
- Changes and stressful events
- Drugs (prescription and non-prescription) and alcohol use
The NHS have a great tool called Mood Self-assessment Quiz.
Click here to self-refer for counselling. Fees and cancellation information can be found here.
Ending Therapy – Celebration of a Healthy Relationship
The experience of a healthy relationship is vitally important for our well-being. The counselling relationship can play a huge part in the well-being of clients. Clients usually engage in therapy because something is not quite right in their life, and they are seeking guidance and support from someone independent and impartial. Counsellors are trained in walking this journey with clients, however, they cannot walk the journey alone or for the client.
So exactly what is happening while in a healthy relationship, and what makes a good ending to therapy so valuable? Counsellors are trained to listen, be present, understand without judgement, and offer clients acceptance for who they are. Possibly for the first time in a client’s life, they can experience a healthy relationship in which they can be themselves without fear, judgement, or shame. They can feel safe enough to risk being authentic.
Once the therapeutic relationship is present, a client may face difficult situations with more confidence, because they are no longer alone in their struggle. They are now being attended to. Therapia in Latin means to “attend to”. To be attended to while on a journey of self-discovery and change can be highly comforting and reassuring. When we are young, we might have looked back at a parent for reassurance before taking our first steps, riding our bike without stabilisers, going off to school for the first time, or walking down the aisle. Therapy can provide that element of reassurance, without authority, pressure, or judgement.
Often, client’s unhappiness with the world around them is really unhappiness about themselves in the world. Unrealised dreams and missed opportunities can often lead to feelings of dissatisfaction and even resentment towards others for how we have become. Therapy is an excellent way of getting back on track.
A healthy counsellor/client relationship can bring about what is needed for healing to take place. Clients may experience being well, in the presence of another, i.e. the therapist.
When a client experiences the restorative healing benefits of a healthy relationship, they begin to realise they are ok in the world. This now means they no longer need the guidance or support of the therapist, and the relationship comes to a natural end.
We know how to end unhealthy or unwanted relationships. We generally lack experience in ending good and healthy relationships. Ending therapy can be avoided by some. Sometimes people move, jobs end, or a loved one passes away, thus giving an unwanted or unwelcomed end to a good relationship. This can be experienced as loss or grief, which can be painful, so it is no wonder that we don’t linger too long in this experience.
Clients often become keenly aware of how important the relationship between therapist and client has been to them. This acknowledgement, or at least awareness, can be profound. By ending the therapeutic relationship, the client is now saying ‘I am now accepting responsibility for my presence in the world and my well-being’.
Avoid sending a text when you are ready to end therapy, when possible. Plan your ending, take charge of how it looks, have a cup of tea and a cake. It is worth the effort, and so are you.
To experience the closure of a good ending to a healthy relationship brings healing. Get in touch to begin that journey.
Also published at Counselling Directory
Sheepish Production Presents Communicate, a play about one couple’s journey through bereavement, love, grief, pregnancy, superheroes and enforced pen maintenance. From award nominated Sheepish Productions, this is an intimate and gripping story about life and death, developed in association with Cruse Bereavement Care.
“I should have mentioned it before, my Mum, she, last year, she passed”.
James is suffocated by his past. Heather is focusing on the nursery. It deals with the importance of talking about how you feel and not letting your past determine your future.
“…brilliant show. Moving, real, funny, thought-provoking and intriguing. Best of all it dealt with a “difficult issue” but with characters you cared about.” – Tom Bailey, Organiser of Love Arts Leeds
“Bloody lovely, heart-breaking and funny” – Jo West (playwright)
“So powerful and moving” – Audience Member (Theatre Deli, Sheffield)
Sheepish Productions first play, Shadow On Their Wall, received a Best New Writing Nomination and ★★★★ reviews from Fringe Guru and York Mix Mag. Their second play, a black comedy called The Last Motel, received ★★★★ reviews.
Age guide: recommended 12+
11 October 2019: Barnfield Theatre, Exeter: With a post-show panel discussion with
- Renee Norris (Counsellor),
- Sue Reevy (Counsellor), Cruse Bereavement Care (Devon) and
- Marcus J Bazely (Director)