Counselling for Depression (PCE-CfD)
Person-Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression is a manualised form of psychological therapy as recommended by NICE for the treatment of depression. It is particularly appropriate for people with persistent sub-threshold depressive symptoms or mild to moderate depression where 6 – 10 sessions are recommended over a period of 8 – 12 weeks.
This modality targets the emotional problems underlying depression along with the intrapersonal processes, such as low self-esteem and excessive self-criticism, which often maintain depressed mood. The therapy aims to help patients contact underlying feelings, make sense of them and reflect on the new meanings which emerge. This, in turn, provides a basis for psychological and behavioural change.