Depression Counselling in Leeds

Head Agenda are award-winning professional providers of Depression Counselling in Leeds. Our licensed therapists are University trained, highly experienced and BACP registered, so they are fully qualified to listen, understand and offer effective expert depression therapy. Head Agenda is the largest independent therapy provider in Leeds and has won “Psychotherapy Service of the Year” in the Prestige Awards, three years running.

What you really need is qualified help, treatment, understanding and support – from a professional therapy provider such as Head Agenda. We help hundreds of clients including business’ employees each month cope with depression – and our licensed counsellors are on hand to help you.

Take the first step and enquire today

If you’ve ever wondered “where can I get help for depression?”, that’s one less thing to worry about as Head Agenda provides professional depression counselling in Leeds face-to-face and also online.

The first step is to make an enquiry. Simply fill in your contact details. We’ll then offer you a provisional appointment with a therapist specially selected for you based on your requirements.

About our Depression counselling services

The expert licensed therapists at Head Agenda have extensive knowledge and experience of working with depression. We know that many clients struggle day to day with depression, for some it comes in waves, for others it’s a constant low. We work with you to assist your specific symptoms of depression and find ways to help you function whilst experiencing it.

Depression covers a wide range of conditions and here are three of the most common types, Head Agenda licensed counsellors are qualified to deal with:

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Dysthymia (persistent depressive disorder or chronic depression)
  • Pre-natal & Post-natal Depression (PND).

All of the above types of depression can be helped with either Head Agenda therapeutic support or by visiting your GP.

A holistic approach to treating depression can bring about effective change. For some people this may include speaking with a qualified medical professional who can discuss medication options with you if that is appropriate.

What do the therapy sessions involve?

A qualified psychotherapist will work with you to understand your individual needs and give you the space to explore your thoughts and behaviours surrounding the depression.

They will use a range of psychology models to make sense of where the depression has come from and give a person the tools to manage the difficult times and better prepare you for the obstacles that come up through life.

Together, we will explore your story, relationships, patterns of behaviour and what might lie at the root of any low self-esteem, self-sabotage, and unhelpful habits.

We’ll then help you form new habits, strategies and a growing optimism and self-belief, all of which combined will help to make recovery a possibility.

Benefits of Depression therapy?

Change is possible. Depression is an awful struggle that, with expert help, will pass. Then you can begin to feel better and more hopeful.It will enable you to challenge yourself and find positive building experiences that you didn’t feel possible before.

To be perfectly honest, there is no magic wand and the therapeutic work does take time and patience. But it is worth it, you know that it will pass, it has before. Focus on the times it has passed to help you feel more hopeful for the future.

Talking to an experienced licensed therapist who will listen with empathy and without judgment, such as a Head Agenda depression counsellor in Leeds, can provide strong foundations for the work of growing self-awareness and acceptance.

 

How do I know Depression therapy is right for me?

You will start to feel more positive and hopeful about the future. You will work with your therapist to help you through the dark days, using your experience as a guide. You will begin to trust yourself more.

We will give you tools to improve your bad days and make the most of the good.

Depression: FAQ

Stay in touch with your friends and family. Try not to withdraw from those who care about you.
Be active, go out for a walk, eat well and adopt habits that help you to sleep well. Try not to drink alcohol and have routines that support all these healthy habits.

Depression can have an impact our physical and mental wellbeing, there are many signs to look our for and may include:

Physical:
Changes in appetite or sleep patterns, difficulty concentrating, unable to carry out or complete daily tasks.

Mental:
Sadness or irritability, not wanting to join in with activities in the usual way, withdrawing from others, taking risks, self harm or suicidal thoughts.

If you are worried about any of these signs speak to someone and start today to work through your feelings and build robust and positive strategies to cope.

Depression usually comes in waves and then it passes. Focus on the times when the black cloud has passed. What did you do? Focus on your good points. Write a journal or a letter to yourself when you’re in a better place for you to read when you’re not feeling good. Think what you’d tell yourself?

It can be worrying knowing that a loved one is struggling and there are ways to provide support:
o Let them know that you are there for them, find ways to keep communication going so that they know they can open up when they are ready.
o Keep inviting them to activities and events. Ask what you can do to help them access these times or anything which might make it easier for them. Eg, Transport, a quiet space, a time limit, etc
o Find out from trusted people close to them how they are doing, this may be friends or for a child it could be school teacher. They may help build a picture of what is happening and also be part of a support network.
o Help them find support, this may be encouraging them to go to or reminding them about a gp or therapist appointment. It could be finding information about who they can speak to or groups they can take part in.
o Be there, gently ask open questions and listen when they are ready to share.
o Look after yourself too, set boundaries and continue self care habits to ensure your needs are met too. Living with or looking out for a person experiencing depression can be emotionally tiring.

Browse our other services

Our award-winning therapy and counselling services can help you deal with your depression holistically, however you might be interested in learning about how we help overcome specific types of mental health illnesses, including:

Anger Management Therapy

Our therapy and counselling services are designed to help deal with anger issues. Learn how our expert therapists can help to diagnose, understand, and provide support in coping with anger issues.

Couples Therapy

At Head Agenda, our couples therapy and counselling services help work through subjective personal issues within your relationships. Learn how our highly trained therapists can help you and your partner resolve your relationship issues.

CBT Therapy

Our CBT therapy and counselling services here at Head Agenda offer support and guidance – enabling you to challenge your negative thoughts and behaviour patterns to better cope with mental health illnesses from phobias to OCD to PTSD.

Trauma Therapy

Browse our Trauma therapy services, which can help identify historic and recent instances of trauma – and put real-life practices in place to help you live happier and more stress-free each day.

Anxiety Therapy

Our anxiety therapy and counselling services can help you deal and cope with the symptoms of your anxiety and find the root cause of it. Learn how our licensed friendly therapists can help you overcome your anxiety.

Single Session Therapy

If you think a one-off therapy session is exactly what you need to tackle a pressing issue or figure out whether a more long-term mental health support programme is needed, learn how we can help.

Have any other questions?

If you have any questions about depression therapy that we haven’t answered from the above, don’t hesitate to contact us here. We’ll try to answer your question as quickly as possible.

If you’re ready to book an appointment and want to make an enquiry for depression therapy, please click the appropriate button below.

What do our clients think about us?

Great service, really easy to find a therapist to match your needs - spoke to Amanda who was super friendly and made the whole process really painless - thank you!

Sally Hurst

I honestly can't recommend Head Agenda enough. When I first enquired by email the response was prompt, professional and clear. I was very quickly assigned to Jane Hickson, who agreed to work with me flexibly around my work schedule. Although I didn't have many sessions, i can honestly say that attending counselling with Jane has changed my life considerably. She really helped me work things out. She was professional, yet kind the whole time. Also, the rooms and surroundings are very comfortable and calming.

Sophie Threlfall

I was lucky enough to be helped by Mark. I can't find any fault with him. He made me feel comfortable from the get-go. Professional but personable, paid more attention to what I was saying than I did! He seems very intelligent but not at all condescending. If you have any issues you would like to talk through, I would recommend Mark 100%.

Joe Craig

Head Agenda were great, and really helped me with my issues. The space was great quiet and private it did not feel intimidating. My therapist Jonathan, took the time to understand my problems and was really helpful and easy to approach. Would recommend.

Robert Rowe

I went to Head Agenda to try to tackle my severe anxiety. My therapist Jonathan was really helpful and kind and I now feel more equipped to manage my mental health. The space is calming and welcoming. I would recommend Head Agenda to anyone who is suffering and who needs professional support.

Lauren Piper

Debra was very kind and understanding, she gave considerate and constructive advice, we cannot thank her enough for all that she did to help!

Anne-Louise Wells

Such a fantastic place. Super friendly and understanding team. Got an appointment really quickly. Such a calm and relaxing space. Thank you!

Megan Barnes

Liz was great, can't recommend Head Agenda enough! I went for 12 weeks in total and I feel like it has really got me back on track from the place that I was. Thank you!

Covers by Tom

I found Head Agenda through another website which recommended therapists. I have used Head Agenda for roughly 6 months and it has been a transformative experience. My therapist was professional, kind, understanding and helpful with making changes and seeing things in a new way. I can't recommend the experience enough.

Tabitha Connolly

Head Agenda has been brilliant for me whilst going through a turbulent time in my life. Mark has been amazing. Calm, kind, professional, a complete expert who helps you work through anything whilst providing you with a range of tools you can use. He increases your self awareness and does it with such a positive reassuring presence that lets you feel relaxed and confident to talk to him. Can't recommend Mark and Head Agenda highly enough.

Simon P.

Have had wonderful, sensitive support from Debra, who has helped me learn to take time to sit with my own grief rather than be present 100% of time for others. She made the sessions relaxed, and I will be getting in touch if there are more bumps in my road further down the line. Thank you.

Kate Riley

I've been seeing Mandy for a year now and she has transformed my life. I can't thank her enough. Having seen numerous therapists over the years I've never found anyone so effective. Mandy has a wealth of knowledge and I've found her very easy to open up to. Cannot recommend highly enough.

Siobhan Thew

I could not recommend Caroline at Head Agenda enough. I was very hesitant when it came to therapy but Caroline had provided me with the confidence to speak about my issues, no matter how big or small. She has constantly treated me with grace and respect, I am very grateful for her.

Emily X

First ever experience with counselling for myself, and it has helped my tenfold. Would recommend to anyone.

Liam Back

Debra has been absolutely wonderful in helping me understand my mental health. She’s made me feel so calm and relaxed in sessions. Couldn’t recommend her enough!

Grace Maddox

Can't rate Head Agenda, or my therapist, highly enough. I had my first appointment within two weeks of enquiring and began CAT therapy with Jonathan. His kind, caring and friendly approach instantly helped me to feel relaxed, leading to several breakthroughs during our sessions. My therapy with Jonathan has been genuinely life changing; this is by far the best money I've ever spent. I now feel calmer and more content, and have the tools needed to enjoy better mental health.
If you're ready to put in the work, I'd definitely recommend Head Agenda.

Alannah Graham

I've just finished my last session with my therapist - Debbie, and I can't thank her enough for helping me through a difficult time in my life and seeing the light. I was very apprehensive at first, I've never had counselling before and I was in denial about my problem. But speaking to Debbie is one of the best things I've done, she is friendly, caring and it felt natural talking to her, and she gave me the tools I need to help get better. Very easy booking through Head Agenda, would highly recommend.

Cat I

This was my first experience with counselling. I was always reluctant to seek help for whatever reason. With recent health issues I felt that it was the 'icing on the cake' and I needed help. Then I met the wonderful Debbie at Head Agenda. She has guided me more than I ever thought possible. She has helped me see what's truly important and helped me breakdown understand what once felt like big mess in my head! She has taught me so much and I can finally say, today, that I am ready to use her kind words and advice and see how I get on alone. I know she is always there though if I need her one day. I now feel I am strong enough, all thanks to Debbie.

Thank you so much, Deb! You've been an angel x

Jo-Dee Brice

Highly recommended! One of the best investments of my life. A very friendly, kind and professional team. The atmosphere of the place is also great: very calm and relaxing. I went to try CBT and after a few sessions, it worked! I am happier and know myself much better now. I will always be grateful! Thank you, Mandy.

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Counselling will start this week but my initial contact with Head Agenda has been great. Lovely friendly reply to my initial email enquiry, followed by a phone call from Amanda who was very easy to talk and was very reassuring and helpful with all my questions and concerns.

Pen C.

About 4 months ago I decided to try therapy and was recommended Head Agenda by my girlfriend. After getting in contact with them I was assigned to Darren and over that period of time I found him very helpful, I would definitely recommend him and say it was a really positive experience

Barnsley Jack

After years of been in and out of therapy I was sceptical about trying it again, I went in expecting to be disappointed. I couldn't have been more wrong.

The knowledge, empathy and approach Mandy took to with me was something i'd never experienced before. I actually feel excited to start a new chapter of my life and I wouldn't be in this position if it wasn't for Head Agenda.

10000% recommend!

Megan Barrett

I came to see Mandy in autumn 2019 for some CBT to deal with my anxiety which at times spiralled out of control for weeks/months at a time. Mandy was great, in the end doing a combination of both therapy and CBT to explore where the anxiety had come from, as well as how to put it back in its box. She was great at challenging me, which is just what I needed. An immediate affect was feeling significantly less nervous about flying. I now find myself in week 5 of the UK COVID lockdown, a time that is causing anxiety for so many people, and able to cope. Yes, I have felt anxious (who hasn’t!!), but it has been for a maximum of an hour or two, and not endless. I can highly recommend Head Agenda. Thank you.

Natasha Barlow

Daniel was kind and helpful to my family member . Gave strategies to help with stress and anxiety that can use . Liked the practical exercises and has kept the list he made at his final sessions to remind him of all the positive things they talked about

Fran Bostyn

I am glad I went to Head Agenda, great staff and Mark was really helpful and friendly. If you are unsure about going to see anyone then maybe just book an appointment and discuss it with them. Even if you think you are mentally strong there is always room for improvement. I feel like Mark has helped me find the right path to go forward in my life. I would recommend this company :)

The Anunnaki

Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Debbie here at Head Agenda! She has been absolutely amazing in getting me through what felt like a million and one problems when I first went in. I truly came to think of her as a friend and felt her genuine care and want to help me. I always came away from every session feeling lighter and much more positive and she's always been so friendly, sensitive and incredibly relatable. She has guided me through an extremely difficult time in my life and got me through and out of that dark tunnel.

The rooms were always comfortable and inviting and always made me feel at ease to talk

Thank you so much again, Debbie you're an absolute star!

Becky Gill

I couldn't recommend Juliet enough. She is a warm, kind and caring therapist who pulled me through a challenging, dark time. I am forever thankful for all her support, wealth of experience and tools she provided. Thank you Juliet x

Holly Dixon

I have had a few sessions with Debra. When I arrived for my first session she made me feel very comfortable and the session just flew by. Debbie really took the time to understand what I was saying and made me feel like she really wanted to help me through my problems. She has gone over and above expectations, supporting me through a very big decision. The rooms are very relaxing and comfortable and there is barely any noise from outside. I would fully recommend having sessions with Debra. She has really opened up my eyes to the reasons of why I feel the way I do and ways to try and reduce those feelings.

Anna Curry

I can't begin to describe how incredible Darren has been in helping me with my mental health. He enabled me to respect and love myself for the first time in a very long time. I have come a long way since starting my sessions and I will be forever grateful to Darren for facilitating my process of healing. I highly recommend Darren and Head Agenda!

Himani Jayasinghe

Excellent service. Really useful. Helped a lot. Thanks

Lyndon Ogden

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Debbie who I had many sessions with earlier this year. At first I was very hesitant but was by far was the best decision I have made and I am now in a place I could have only dreamt to be in a year ago. I could not recommend Debbie highly enough and genuinely want to thank her from the bottom of my heart.

Bradley Hood

My experience with Head Agenda has been liberating for me! I would recommend anyone that’s thinking of getting help to look no further.

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Michael Greenwood

Jonathan at Head Agenda was absolutely fantastic. I felt very comfortable throughout. Really positive experience.

Sacha Ghionis

Interesting, insightful and has been no end of help for my self improvement. Can't thank these lot enough. I feel much more confident and optimistic going forward and it’s down to Mark and the Head Agenda team.

Rob Griffiths

I've been seeing June for a while now. I have tried a number of therapies and therapists over the years, but have never really felt heard or understood. I am able to be my authentic self with June, without any fear of judgement or embarrassment. She has an amazing way of challenging my thoughts, in a gentle way, but enough so to allow me to start to reconsider my own thoughts and feelings. She has already had a big impact on my life, and I cannot recommend her highly enough!

The office is lovely and calming, the other staff are always helpful and polite.
100% recommend Head Agenda!

Charlotte Steele

Fantastic service and help through some tough times. Natalie has been wonderful over these last few months.

Miguel Garrido-Letelier