We all experience being sad or unhappy or down in the dumps from time to time. However, depression is different from the temporary down spells that most of us sometimes feel.

Depression occurs when these moods persist for most of the day, nearly every day, for several weeks.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Feelings of being sad, empty, hopeless, helpless, tearful, down in the dumps (and can show as irritable moods in children and adolescents)
  • Decreased interest or pleasure in nearly all activities
  • Significant loss or gain of weight; or of appetite
  • Excessive sleep or not enough sleep
  • Slowing down or speeding up of activity
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Unrealistic feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Trouble making decisions, thinking or concentrating
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide

Symptoms of depression cause significant distress or impair work, social, or personal functioning.

Psychological Treatments

Psychological treatments are proven to help people with depression by helping them to develop better coping skills and change negative patterns of thinking so that they can deal better with life’s conflicts and stresses. Psychological therapies can help a person to recover and can also prevent depression from reoccurring

There are several psychological treatments that can help people with depression:

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a psychological treatment that recognises the way that a person thinks and the way that a person behaves affects the way that person feels. CBT is very effective for treating depression. It is useful for adults, older people, adolescents and children.

In CBT, the psychologist helps the client identify the patterns of thoughts and behaviours that are likely to make them depressed.

CBT focusses on changing thoughts and behaviours so that they can think more rationally about their difficulties. CBT helps people to change their irrational thoughts and behaviour into a more positive approach.

Inter-Personal Therapy (IPT)

IPT is a psychological therapy structured to focus on personal relationship problems and the skills required to deal with interpersonal difficulties that are thought to maintain or cause depression.

IPT is based on the concept that relationship issues can have a major impact on a person who is experiencing depression

Behaviour Therapy

Behaviour therapy focuses on increasing a person’s level of activity and pleasure experienced in their life.

Behaviour therapy encourages people to take on pleasant and rewarding activities so that they experience a sense of satisfaction

Behaviour therapy is used to reverse the patterns of avoidance, withdrawal and inactivity that make depression worse.


Hypnosis is an enjoyable deeply relaxed and focused state of consciousness that can be utilized to create major changes in the individual’s life experiences and mind set.

Hypnosis is an effective and natural psychological treatment for dealing with problem issues. Hypnosis provides an individually tailored permanent and fast solution for depression and other health issues. Hypnosis can be a very effective treatment for involuntary and compulsive behaviours.


Medicare rebates are available to those who are eligible. Rebates can be paid directly into your bank account when sessions are paid for using cash, cheque or EFTPOS.

How to Get Help

To find out more about depression counselling or to make an appointment with our psychologists for clients in Brighton, Bayside suburbs or all over Melbourne, please feel free to contact us on 03 9133 0996

Commonly Asked Questions

What is Counselling?2018-10-12T09:56:40+00:00

Counselling is what you call the process of obtaining insight on various issues by expressing your feelings and thoughts to a trained counsellor or psychologist. Counselling sessions aim to help you comprehend and hopefully resolve issues that cause you distress.

It’s perfectly normal for individuals, families, couples and individuals to seek counselling in order to assess and solve various problems and issues they encounter everyday. Expressing becomes easier for clients because the counsellor is not part of their personal life. Not to mention, since everything said in sessions is confidential, clients have the freedom to express themselves openly.

It is important to understand, however, that a counsellor does not tell you what you should do. They instead try to assist your growth and help you make a move that you are willing to commit to.

Similar to how weight lifters in the gym will gain more progress with the help of a personal trainer, those who try counselling may find themselves moving forward in their lives much more comfortably with guidance. With the help of counsellors, we can gain a better understanding of the various relationships and situations that we experience and encounter throughout our lives.

What is a psychologist?2018-10-12T09:57:33+00:00

Psychologists are by training those who research and study the science involving human behavior. Psychologists need six (6) years of training in order to properly understand human relationships, mental processes, and human behavior. They require four (4) years of basic university training, and two more years in internships and specialisations. As such, psychologists are trained in a wide variety of psychological therapies. They are capable of collaborating with psychiatrists and doctors as needed, given their clients know and consent to these methods.

Do your psychologists write psychological reports?2018-10-12T09:58:19+00:00

Should it be required, we can write psychological reports for instances such as TACs, Work Cover, and court proceedings. These reports are charged separately, and in addition to our psychological consultations.

Is Counselling Confidential?2018-10-12T09:58:59+00:00

Absolutely! Everything you say and express will be confidential and private. The only exceptions to this situation is if you may be at risk of harming others and yourself, or when the law subpoenas your file.

What can I expect from my first counselling session?2018-10-12T09:59:43+00:00

There’s nothing to prepare for if you’re on your way to your first session. Psychologists work by conversing with you, which means much of your first session will be about you trying to describe the problem you’re facing and why it led you to seek psychological counselling. Should you feel lost, psychologists are there to ask questions and help you on your way – with questions regarding when the problem started, what you hope to gain from the session, and what motivated you to seek help.

How many counselling sessions will I need?2018-10-12T10:00:28+00:00

Everyone has different problems, and as such everyone will have different ranges of counselling sessions. These depend on the circumstances surrounding your reason for counselling in the first place. Sometimes, some people come for just a few sessions while others come regularly. You are in fact free to stop attending these sessions just as you are free to resume them at any point in the future. This is an option people may take when problems appear given counselling is an easy way for them to access mentors. It’s much easier when you tackle your problems with the same counsellor as this is someone who knows you very well.

What are your opening hours?2018-10-12T10:01:13+00:00

Our opening hours are 9AM to 9PM, Monday to Friday, and 9AM to 5PM on Saturdays.

How much will it cost?2018-10-12T10:01:55+00:00

Our rates fall in the middle ground when compared with the rates of a full range of psychological practices. For details on our pricing, phone us at People Psychology Brighton on 03 9133 0996.

Can I get a Medicare or Private Health Insurance rebate?2019-02-20T01:43:02+00:00

Yes. People Psychology provides Medicare Rebates and Private Health Insurance Rebates. To find out more, please contact us.

How do I get my rebate?2018-10-12T10:03:28+00:00

We can process relevant cards on our Hicaps machine at the end of your session. This will send your rebate to your savings account.

What type of counselling and therapy do you use?2018-10-12T10:04:12+00:00

Similar to many psychologists, we select counselling and therapy from a wide range of approaches and techniques. These all depend on what approach seems to best serve the needs of our clients.

These may include: Psychological Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Hypnosis, Emotion Focused, Narrative, Psychodynamic, Systemic, Schema Therapy, Solutions-Focused, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing.

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