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Counselling for Depression

Medicare & PRIVATE HEALTH REBATES | FLEXIBLE hours & weekend appointments



What is Depression?

Depression isn’t just about ‘feeling down’. It presents with a number of other symptoms and interferes with daily life and relationships.

Some of these symptoms may be depressed mood, loss of interest in activities, changes in appetite and sleep patterns that results in negative impact on your daily life.

Therapy and medications such as antidepressants are often used teenage depression. Despite this, only 1 in 5 depressed teens receive help for a condition which is very treatable.

Teens and young adults often need friends, parents or teachers who see the signs of depression to advocate or intervene appropriately, as many are unable to seek the help they need because of the nature of the illness, feelings of shame or lack of resources.

Common causes of Depression

There is no single cause of depression.. It is caused by a variety of factors, many of which are unknown. Some of the contributing factors are:

Stressful life events such as

  • the loss of a job
  • long-term unemployment
  • physical health issues
  • family problems
  • the death of a loved one
  • the end of a close relationship

For other people, there is no obvious cause.

Experts no longer believe that depression is caused by a ‘chemical imbalance’, but that the risk for developing depression is more likely to be related to a combination of a person’s genes, biology, life experiences, stress and thinking style


For many people, genetics may play a part, with research suggesting around 30-40% of the risk for developing depression may be due to genetic factors.


Research has found some differences in areas of the brain, and brain activity in people with depression compared to people without. The areas of the brain that differ relate to emotional responses and emotion regulation, the interpretation of information (with a bias for negative information) and response to stress. Interestingly, many of these differences decrease with treatment

Stressful life events

Research suggests that the greater the number of stressful life events a person experiences, the greater their chances of developing depression. Early life stress and trauma can also increase the likelihood of developing depression later in life.

Thinking style

People who tend to dwell on negative events, worry excessively, or hold a more negative view of themselves, the world, or the future are more prone to depression.

How do I know if a loved one is depressed?

People suffering from depression will have symptoms including:

  • anxiety
  • depressed mood
  • weight gain or loss
  • hopelessness
  • mood swings and disinterest
  • sadness
  • restless sleeping or oversleeping
  • fatigue/lack of energy
  • lack of or increased appetite
  • negative thought patterns

When your partner, family member, or friend is suffering from depression, support and encouragement is important in their recovery.

At Thinking Families we help and assist your loved one to cope with symptoms, deal with negative thoughts, regain energy, and rediscover a positive outlook and enjoyment of life.

If someone you love and care about is depressed, you may find you experience a range of difficult emotions such as, helplessness, frustration, anger, fear, guilt, and sadness. All of these feelings are normal as it is not easy to handle a friend or family member’s depression and depressive episodes.

Thinking Families is here to provide the additional support you need to return you, or your loved one, to the life you deserve.

Why choose us?

Our, caring mental health professionals have years of experience and interest in working with child, adolescent and adult depression treatment. We take the time to listen to each client and provide support and strategies tailored to each unique situation.

Thinking Families have been working with adolescent and adult depression for a number of years and have scientifically backed approaches built on extensive knowledge and skill.

Depression can be managed. There is hope. It all starts with counselling.

How we can help you?

Depression can be managed with the support and skill of the Thinking Families team.

We use effective approaches, extensive knowledge, and highly-tuned skill in working with people suffering from depression.

Our commitment to Attachment based Family Therapy for Adolescent Depression and Self Harm can help return the joy to those who are struggling.

With a range of evidenced based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Family Therapy, the help you need is always there for you.

New to counselling?
What to expect.

On your first visit we’ll talk with you and ask questions to get a sense of your unique challenges.

Our counsellors will then assist you in creating strategies and getting you back on track.

Often in the first session of counselling, we’ll encourage you to share your story and get to know the causes.

All counselling sessions are private and confidential with all information gathered being used as part of the assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

The information is held in order to document each individual session to allow us to provide a relevant and informed service to you.


We are located at 87 Baroona Rd, Paddington QLD, 4064


Frequently Asked Questions

  • No. However if you do get a referral you can claim rebate through Medicare

  • Yes, but a 24 hour business notice or charges may apply.

  • The standard rate is $190 per session