Age 25 – 35 Resistant Depression, Low Confidence, Anxiety

I was looking for a therapist online and Leona’s website drew my attention. I was really impressed by the reviews and called to book an appointment and Leona arranged for me session immediately. I was suffering from depression for almost one year and have been also taking antidepressants for almost one year before I came to see her.  I was hoping to get some professional help because I felt totally helpless and desperate and stressed.  Through talking with Leona, she helped me to find the so...
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Age 45 – 55 Domestic Violence, Support with Separation and Divorce

I am delighted to add my review on Westminster Psychotherapy.  I had a bad experience during my marriage due to domestic violence and I had lost my confidence, I had stress and anxiety and I did not know what direction to take. I decided to see a psychologist as my health started to be affected and I self-referred to Leona. I found Leona to be extremely supportive and she understood me, she was transparent and she helped me overcome all of my difficulties during my divorce, she is profession...
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Age 10 – 20 School Bullying, Depression, Suicidal Thoughts, Self-harming, Anxiety,Loss of Confidence

My mother found Leona’s website when she noticed my strange behaviour. I almost tried to commit suicide before I came to see Leona, I did not tell anyone because I felt like no one would understand. My GP sent me to publicly funded youth therapist and it did not work because they asked me questions without giving any advice. I suffered from anxiety and depression, I had no one and thankfully my mom found Leona and I am glad because she understands and is very helpful. My first impression of ...
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CBT THERAPY DEPRESSION HISTORY AND POLITICS

TO BOOK CALL: 07 505 124 933 CBT therapy for depression was developed by Aaron Beck (1967). Beck was classically psychoanalytically trained as most of his contemporaries in the early 20th century. However, Beck noticed that his depressed patients improved faster when he focused on the clients' negative thoughts rather than the psychosexual stages of development of the psychoanalytical model and this is how he developed the cognitive behavioural therapy model (CBT). Beck provided the efficacy o...
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CBT RESISTANT DEPRESSION

TO BOOK CALL: 07 505 124 933 Contrary to many assumptions that a resistant depression is difficult to treat when depressed clients come to see me for CBT depression therapy, I find depression to be the least complicated condition to treat and I am confident that many CBT professionals would agree with me. My preferred method of work is to utilise the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach that was developed by Aaron Beck in the US. The Cognitive Behavioural therapy focuses on client's negati...
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CBT DEPRESSION THERAPY

Depression is one of the most prevalent drivers of disability worldwide in 20 – 29-years-old (Mental Health Foundation Report, 2015) and CBT of depression has been found to be one of the most effective form of treatment. In the UK, depression is one of the most important causes of sickness absence and accompanied with anxiety it affects approximately 9% of people (NICE, 2011), and between 4 – 10% of people will suffer from depression in their lifetime in England (Jenkins et al, 2009). In 2013,...
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DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS

The aim of this section is to describe the symptoms that a person suffering from a depression might experience. Depression is essentially a disorder of your mood and classified in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual under 'Mood Disorders', written by the American Psychiatric Association (APA, 2000). The APA states that for a person to be diagnosed with a depression the depressive symptoms should be present for at least two weeks and it will result in a change that will be different compared to the...
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ARE SUICIDAL THOUGHTS SOLUTION TO OUR ISSUES IN THE UK?

Introduction The Office for National Statistics released on December 2, 2016, report on suicides in the UK in 2015 and it also included other factors that are relevant to suicidal thoughts. The report provided information about sex, age, area of residence and method by which the person committed a suicide. This article briefly describes the tragic information from the report as well as my views formed from clinical and personal experience about suicide and suicidal thoughts. 'I almos...
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THEY TELL YOU CHRISTMAS IS NOT THE TIME OF LONELINESS AND DEPRESSION

They tell you that Christmas is not the time of loneliness and depression.  All you can hear constantly from the radio and television are advertisements about joy, the family time, lots of presents and lots of great food. In conjunction with the media Christmas advertising as you walk through London to fetch your lunch, you are being bombarded again with upbeat Christmas songs. Boxes of presents are shoved in your face as soon as you enter your local supermarket store. You are being cons...
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WHY QUITTING ALCOHOL COULD BE THE BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT?

Christmas is coming, it is the time of the year when we take stock of our lives and review what worked and what needs improving in the new year for our families and us and if you have been experiencing issues with alcohol abuse then quitting could be the best Christmas present for you. Long-term and ongoing alcohol consumption, lack of control, cravings and a need for increased amounts of alcohol, withdrawal symptoms following cessation during a 12-month period have been associated with substan...
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