Sidcup and South East Counselling Counselling and Therapy in South East London & Kent
Joanna Strong MBACP, MBPsS, MSc Psych, BA Hons Couns, EMDR

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Sidcup and South East London Counselling Service

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Coping with Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Stress, Anxiety and Depression. Stressed teenager

Stress is well known to be a trigger for depression. While we all need some stress in our lives to keep us motivated, too much can be mentally, and physically damaging.

Different people react in different ways to stress. For some, it results in loss of control, anger and defensiveness and anxiety. For others, a slippery slope of depression looms, adding to our original stress and deepening the problem.

Counselling has been shown to be highly effective at dealing with these symptoms. Indeed, counselling is the preferred treatment, and has shown to be more effective, in the short and long term, than pharmacological interventions such as anti-depressants.

Symptoms of Stress and Anxiety include

  • Irritability
  • Over sensitivity to criticism
  • Sleeplessness and poor sleep patterns
  • Over drinking and smoking
  • Indigestion, loss of appetite and related symptoms
  • Loss of concentration
  • Panic attacks
  • Feeling out of control
  • Feeling faint

Depression (including Postnatal Depression)

Depression is deeper and lasts longer than the normal short periods of unhappiness that we have all experienced periodically. It affects 20% of people at some time in their lives, making it much more common than we realise.

The reasons for depression may not be obvious. It may seem obvious - a failed relationship, bereavement or even the birth of a child - but often the reasons for a depression is just not that clear. And depression can creep up without us really noticing.

Thankfully, help is at hand. Counselling is a powerful way of exploring what's going on.

Stress, Anxiety and Depression. Depressed teenager

Are you depressed? Symptoms of depression include

  • Feeling low at times of assumed happiness (e.g. after the birth of a baby)
  • Unexplained mood swings
  • Angry and aggressive behaviour
  • Harsh self-criticism
  • Thoughts going round and round
  • Unable to sleep
  • Unable to get out of bed and carry out usual activities
  • Withdrawal
  • Conflict at work or with family
  • Not understanding feelings
  • Lack of understanding and support from others
  • Fear of taking medication or relying on them alone


Sidcup and South East London Counselling Service is a private counselling and therapy practice based in Sidcup. It is within easy reach of Bexley, Greenwich, Bromley, Dartford, New Eltham, Welling, Plumstead, Bexleyheath and Eltham in South East London and Kent. Located on the B13, 286 and 51 bus route and with easy access to the A2 and A20. The nearest train stations are New Eltham and Sidcup.

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