Wednesday, 09 Jul 2014
CBT or Psychodynamic Therapy for Depression. Which is right for me.
By Private Therapy Clinic
By Jem Joel – Psychotherapy Writer.
Depression may be seen as such an overused term nowadays that people do not see the real threat of it. Depression is not failing an exam or feeling fed up for a few days, it is much worse than that. When a person is feeling depressed, they may have lasting feelings of sadness and hopelessness. These feelings of sadness can also be accompanied by irritability as well as crying and a lack of motivation. All of this can lead to the person losing interest in things that they may have previously enjoyed, as well as decreasing their sex drive and noticing a change of increase or decrease in their diet.
There are two types of therapy which is an effective way of treating depression, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic therapy.
CBT for Depression
The goal of CBT is to help a person to recognise their negative patterns of thought and replace them with more positive ways of thinking. By breaking down the problems into smaller parts, it makes it easier for the person to see how the problems are connected and how it can affect them.
Dr Becky Spelman describes CBT as a very “here and now” therapy in comparison to other types of therapy. “Instead of getting the person to look back into their past or their childhood, it looks at the here and now and provides them with solid techniques” she explains. “It’s all about practising certain strategies and really pushing the person to do things differently”. CBT also has a very set structure: set the agenda, learn a new technique in the session and then get their homework to take away and do for the following session. Other therapies do not place so much emphasis on homework and completing writing tasks, which is what makes CBT unique.
CBT – when used to help people who are suffering from depression – can be highly beneficial. With the different techniques used in each session, the sufferer will gradually begin to see the positive effects of the therapy.
Psychodynamic therapy for depression
Dr Spelman also goes on to describe how evidenced based Psychodynamic Therapy helps with depressions “ Your depression may be a deeper issue which stems from childhood, your relationships with your parents, how your parents personalities influenced your self-esteem resulting in how you feel about yourself in the present and how you relate to others. Some people need a deep form of therapy and CBT may not necessarily get to the deep route of the problem”
What about medication?
All hope is not lost if you are depressed. You may worry that if you go and speak to your GP about depression that they will put you straight onto tablets and medication definitely has a part to play in very severe depression. However nowadays it is far more likely that your doctor will recommend seeing a therapist in the first instance.
But how do I know which therapy is right for me?
Dr Spelman explains “The approach that is right for you is based both on your preferences, i.e. would you like to stay more focused on the hear and now or would you like a deeper type of therapy that really places great weight on your early history/early relationships and how this is relevant to your difficulties now. However if you are not sure which approach is right for you a chat with a good therapist can help you decide”
Therapy can help you to overcome your depression and have a brighter outlook on life, as well as improving your wellbeing.
If you would like help decided which of the two approaches in this article would be right for you give Dr Becky Spelman a call on 0208 1507563