Psychotherapy for Depression

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We help and support those who may or may not know whether they are suffering from depression at both our centres in Hertfordshire and London. If you would like to know more information or book a consultation please contact us here.

Everybody has depressive feelings from time to time and they are a normal part of life. Life is experienced in ups and downs. An up might be a promotion at work and a down might be losing a job. Losing one’s job might result in depressive feelings on a temporary basis. It is when depressive feelings are experienced in the longer term that a person might require professional therapeutic treatment for a depressive disorder.

Depression Symptoms

Depression symptoms are characterised by a depressed mood which lasts longer than two weeks. You might feel more irritable than normal or have difficulty sleeping, fatigue or loss of energy. You might have difficulty functioning in social, educational or occupational settings.

For a more comprehensive description of depression symptoms please see our article called: Do I have depression?

How does depression therapy work?

Our depression therapy uses a number of approaches including:

  • Transpersonal psychotherapy
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Behavioural activation therapy

We use these approaches in an integrative way depending on the circumstances of each individual. Approaches are underpinned by psychotherapy and behavioural therapy principles. Psychotherapy enables you to process difficulties of loss and anger and understand the root cause of the depression you feel. It also helps you to develop the qualities needed to move out of the depression. Behavioural therapy gives a specific approach to moving out of the depression and engaging with a meaningful life.

Depression therapy would last as long as is needed for you to feel good again. We anticipate your sessions lasting for a minimum of twelve weeks depending on the progress you make.

Our Depression Therapy Benefits

  • Understand the root cause of depression
  • Develop the qualities needed to make long lasting changes
  • Develop a clearly defined strategy for moving out of the depression
  • Reconnects with a positive and meaningful life
  • Learn how to maintain a new-found freedom from depression
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Psychotherapy for Depression

Available in Hertfordshire & London

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Do I Have Depression?

Depression Therapy Benefits

Reduce depression symptoms

Depression is caused by a number of different difficulties. Most of these are treatable from a psychotherapeutic perspective. Psychotherapy for depression will help you to reduce depression symptoms.

Understand what caused your depression

You may or may not know what has caused your depression. If you don't it is likely that you missed the trigger. Gaining insight into what, why and how you ended up with depression is helpful in unpicking depression symptoms to get you back on the road to depression recovery.

Undo unhelpful coping behaviours

Most difficulties which cause depression result in depression symptoms which are temporary. If you are still experiencing depression weeks or months later you need to change the way you are coping to stop the depression. We help you do this.

Feel happy again

Expanding your life experience and broadening your horizons can help to transform depression. Being stuck in a depression is a difficult space to be in. Psychotherapy for depression can help free you from depression and bring happiness back into your life.

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Depression Psychotherapist


Matthew Alderton

BSc, MA, Dip, Dip Psych

Hello my name is Matthew Alderton. I trained for 7 years at The Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in Paddington London to become a Counsellor and psychotherapist. I am a Psychotherapist accredited by The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). This is the leading evidence based treatment for PTSD.I specialise in the treatment of PTSD, trauma, trauma associated tinnitus and associated conditions.

I work in a holistic way using an integrated psychotherapeutic approach. This includes Psychotherapy, Body Psychotherapy, and Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

I like to see people make progress in therapy and in their lives. I am down to earth and friendly enabling you to feel safe to process your difficulties. I’m pleased to offer a range of PTSD treatments in London & Hertfordshire.

Therapies I Use For Depression


Psychotherapy can help with depression. It helps you to voice the difficulties you have and re-evaluate your position in relation to what caused the depression. It can help you to understand why you are depressed and what you can do to lift yourself out of the depression.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based psychotherapy, grounded in the behavioural and cognitive behavioural traditions. ACT helps to alter the normal impact of human cognition in order to increase the capacity for behaviour change.

Behavioural Activation (BA)

We use Behavioural activation to help you in the development of activity scheduling which is a component of cognitive therapy. It has two primary focuses: the use of avoided activities as a guide for activity scheduling and functional analysis of cognitive processes that involve avoidance.

Eye Movement Desensitisation Therapy (EMDR)

Depression might be caused by a number of different issues including suppressed anger, trauma or loss. We use EMDR to help you process traumatic or painful memories from the past, look at present behaviour and how to prepare for a more positive future.

What My Clients Have Said Following Depression Therapy


"I am more aware of how my current behaviour maintains my depression symptoms. This helped me to get some control back over my depression symptoms"

"I had the chance to process the difficulties i experienced many years ago which has helped to transform my depression"

"I found therapy challenging at first but as my depression symptoms started to fade i became interested in who i was as a person"

"I am now happy again most of the time and feel like I have regained some balance in my life and feel ready for the next chapter"


Depression Therapy FAQ's

How Long Does Depression Therapy Last?

Depression therapy lasts as long as is needed for you to start living a life free from depression symptoms. This amount of time is dependent on depression causes, your willingness to take a risk in therapy, having weekly appointments and making changes in your life. Everybody's circumstances are different as is the amount of time each person stays on therapy.

What Happened In A Depression Therapy Session?

I offer psychotherapy and behavioural therapy for depression. A session might be client led where I follow your lead in terms of difficulties you might be having. A session could also be therapist led when I take you through specific exercises to help alleviate depression symptoms.

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