Depression Therapy in Newcastle

At Turning Tides Psychology, we offer a range of different types of therapy for depression. Everyone can feel down at times and this often occurs when you lose a loved one, experience the end of a significant relationship or receive some bad news. The term depression however is used when low mood is persistent and significantly impacts daily functioning. People with depression often find little pleasure in any activity even those which would have been previously enjoyed.

Signs and symptoms of Depression

  • Low mood
  • Feeling tearful
  • Hopelessness
  • Lack of energy
  • Loss of enjoyment in everyday activities
  • Loss of interest in things
  • Poor sleep
  • Feeling guilty
  • Wanting to isolate
  • Lack of motivation
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Feeling irritable
  • Low self esteem
  • Thoughts of harming yourself
  • Thoughts of suicide

Causes of Depression

Genetic factors

Depression has been found to run in families which would suggest a genetic component to it, however further research is required to confirm this. This is because it is possible that growing up in a household where a family member experiences depression may create a vulnerability to it as the person learns certain ways of behaving and thinking.

Brain chemicals

Some research has found that depression may be due to reduced activity between neurotransmitter systems in the brain. This leads to less communication between nerves in the areas of the brain, which regulate sleep, libido, appetite, and mood. There is some evidence to suggest that medication can address this chemical imbalance but the evidence supporting this theory is weak as it is unclear whether the imbalance is the cause of depression or a result of it.

Thinking patterns

Negative thinking patterns are related to depression. When a person’s thinking style is excessively negatively and rigid it impacts the way the person feels and then what they do. This can then lead to a viscous cycle.

Childhood experiences

Childhood experiences-Research has found that children who have grown up with emotional, sexual or physical abuse, have experienced the early loss of a primary caregiver at a young age, suffered neglect or experienced traumatic events can be at increased risk of depression. It is thought this is because the child has learnt less coping strategies as a result of their experiences so that when they are older they are more vulnerable to life’s challenges and hardships.

Life events

Life events-Research has also found that depression can be a reaction to a life event such as the loss of a job, death of a loved one, attack or assault, end of a relationship or physical illness. Experiencing such events does not mean you will become depressed but it can make you more vulnerable to it.

What type of therapy can help?

Therapy can help people to understand what may have contributed to their depression and what factors keep it going. Every person is unique but therapies which have been found to treat depression include:

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What can I do to help myself?

If you're struggling with depression, there are lots of things you can do to help yourself feel better. Here are some tips:

  • Take care of your physical health: Depression can cause you to neglect your physical health, but taking care of your body can help improve your mood. Make sure you're eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, getting regular exercise, and getting enough sleep.
  • Set small goals: It can feel overwhelming to think about all the things you need to do. Set small, achievable goals for yourself each day, like getting out of bed, taking a shower, or going for a short walk.
  • Connect with others: When you feel depressed often you want to isolate. Try to connect with others, even if it's just a phone call or text message.
  • Challenge negative thoughts: Depression can cause negative thinking patterns. Try to identify and challenge negative thoughts when they come up. Ask yourself if there's evidence to support the thought, and try to reframe it in a more positive way.
  • Do things you enjoy: Depression can make it hard to find joy in activities you used to enjoy. Try to do something you enjoy each day, even if you don't feel like it. This could be anything from going for a walk to reading a few pages of a book.

Why should I choose Turning Tides?

At Turning Tides, our team of Psychologists are highly trained and have many years of experience working with common mental health conditions such as depression. Our therapists are all fully qualified in using a range of different approaches that can be helpful in managing depression and they are able to integrate aspects of different approaches to ensure your sessions meet your individual needs. The aim of therapy is to provide you with the tools you need to be able to manage your mental health independently. Our psychologists can help you to understand your depression, exploring some of the different factors that have brought you to where you are today. Based on these individual factors, they will teach you strategies to effectively manage your mood and allow you to move forwards in your life.


We offer regular face to face appointments at our modern and comfortable clinic in Hoult's Yard, Newcastle or we can offer online therapy via Zoom if you live further afield or have a preference for online sessions.

Our fees

We have tried to keep our pricing as simple and straightforward as possible. We charge £120 for a 60 minute appointment, regardless of whether this is an assessment or therapy session. Our fees are the same for face-to-face appointments and online appointments as you will receive the same high standard of care from our psychologists, regardless of how it is delivered.

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