Are you a foreigner living in Hamburg and are you experiencing persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness or helplessness? If you are suffering from depression, cognitive therapy can help:
Cognitive therapy provides a mental tool kit for depression:
If your thoughts are currently dragging you down, you will need to find an easy and fast way to defuse those thoughts. Cognitive therapy provides a mental tool kit which will enable you to change the way you see the world and through this, immediately change the way you feel. Studies have shown that cognitive therapy can work as well as antidepressants for clients with moderate depression.
Start thinking and feeling better with cognitive therapy:
The underlying principle of cognitive therapy is 'thoughts create moods': Depression is often fuelled by thinking the same negative thoughts over and over again, until these thoughts become a habitual, automatic negative thought pattern, which can be extremely difficult to overcome once it is established. Cognitive therapy provides techniques for recognising and correcting these negative automatic thoughts. Often negative thought patterns are created by deep false beliefs (e.g. 'I'm not good enough') which can also be discovered and corrected with the tools of cognitive therapy.
Problems become manageable:
With cognitive therapy, you will learn to identify the way you interpret problems, situations and other people's behaviour as well as your own actions and feelings regarding situations, other people and yourself. It's how we perceive, interpret and attribute meaning in our daily lives that leads us to chose certain emotional reactions, such as frustration or disappointment. Once you understand that you can always chose the way you feel by choosing how you interpret a situation, life becomes much easier and problems that seemed overwhelming suddenly seem manageable. This helps depressed people not only to improve their mood, but also to reduce symptoms such as fatigue and poor self-esteem.
Is cognitive therapy equivalent to positive thinking?
The answer is: No. Cognitive therapy encourages clients to think realistically, not positively. Although it may seem as if cognitive therapy encourages positive thinking, it's actually the realistic thinking that makes clients immediately feel better. Thoughts are like habits, and depending on how you have conditioned yourself over a lifetime, your thoughts can either help you or hurt you. Persistent negative thoughts always begin with a single negative thought, which is then repeated over time. This repetition creates strong pathways in the brain. Cognitive therapy helps to overcome these pathways by teaching you to think in a different way. New thoughts create new pathways, but these new thoughts must be practised many times, in order to establish new, realistic and beneficial thinking patterns. This is why cognitive therapy includes homework between the sessions. Over time, these small changes will lead to a lasting improvement of your mood and your outlook. You can, however, already expect a positive effect on your mood after the very session, as this type of psychotherapy is focused on providing a quick and effective reduction of depression symptoms.
Are you suffering from depression and looking for Treatment in hamburg?
I'm Natalie Marby, a licensed therapist, offering psychotherapy and counselling in English in Hamburg. I specialise in the treatment of moderate depression, anxiety, lack of self-esteem and stress management. I also treat typical expatriate mental health issues, such as life transitions and change, culture shock and communication issues. You will find more information about me and my work here:
How to contact me:
You can send me an email or call me on +494046090233. I usually respond within a few hours. We will then have a first phone call to see if I am the right therapist for you and to answer the questions you may have. Thanks for contacting me and I'm looking forward to hearing from you!