Do you have depression or bipolar disorder?
I believe we are not our illness, that letting it “happen” is not an option. I believe that depression can be viewed as an opportunity to figure out what is causing our imbalance and to take steps to manage it. Together lets work through a comprehensive well-being plan to support your own healing.
To prevent relapse, once you are no longer depressed, we offer
Mindfulness for Emotional Wellbeing Groups (MBCT, MBSR) regularly.
This 8-week course is suitable for individuals who experience anxiety, depression, stress and other emotional problems. It introduces participants to the philosophy of mindful meditation and its application to emotional disorders through experiential learning. Participants are encouraged to observe and engage in all elements of life without reactivity or adopting habitual unhelpful or ruminative thinking patterns. The group is facilitated by me, a psychologist and mindfulness instructor. I have over twenty years of personal meditation experience. The group is based on a combination of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR), interventions known to be effective in treating anxiety, stress and depression and relapse prevention. The program has also been found to have positive benefits for the immune system and pain management. Participants who are under a mental health care plan or psychiatrists’ referral will be eligible to claim a Medicare rebate for this course.
Please send us an email to find out when the next 8 week course starts.
“That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end.”
― Elizabeth Wurtzel,
“I can’t eat and I can’t sleep. I’m not doing well in terms of being a functional human, you know?”
― Ned Vizzini,
“When you’re surrounded by all these people, it can be lonelier than when you’re by yourself. You can be in a huge crowd, but if you don’t feel like you can trust anyone or talk to anybody, you feel like you’re really alone.”
― Fiona Apple
“I don’t want to see anyone. I lie in the bedroom with the curtains drawn and nothingness washing over me like a sluggish wave. Whatever is happening to me is my own fault. I have done something wrong, something so huge I can’t even see it, something that’s drowning me. I am inadequate and stupid, without worth. I might as well be dead.”
― Margaret Atwood,
“Others imply that they know what it is like to be depressed because they have gone through a divorce, lost a job, or broken up with someone. But these experiences carry with them feelings. Depression, instead, is flat, hollow, and unendurable. It is also tiresome. People cannot abide being around you when you are depressed. They might think that they ought to, and they might even try, but you know and they know that you are tedious beyond belief: you are irritable and paranoid and humorless and lifeless and critical and demanding and no reassurance is ever enough. You’re frightened, and you’re frightening, and you’re “not at all like yourself but will be soon,” but you know you won’t.”
― Kay Redfield Jamison,
“Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced. . . . It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad. Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.”
― J.K. Rowling
“I just want to sleep. A coma would be nice. Or amnesia. Anything, just to get rid of this, these thoughts, whispers in my mind. Did he rape my head, too?”
― Laurie Halse Anderson,