Chantal Kayem is a kind, caring and compassionate psychologist who has been practicing for 15 years. Chantal believes that everyone has the ability to free themselves of stress and worry, to change their thoughts and feelings, to change their life and to be all that they can be. Seeing a psychologist like Chantal can help you to understand and overcome you and/or your loved one’s difficulties and to lead you towards a more fulfilling and happy life.

Chantal’s focus in treatment is not only to provide a caring, non-judgemental listening ear but also to teach clients strategies that will create positive changes in their lives and make their lives more enjoyable and rewarding. It can make a world of difference to talk to someone who will understand you or your loved one’s experience and help you to create meaningful changes in your or your loved one’s life.

 

Depression

Depression is a condition that affects many Australians throughout their life spans, in varying severities. Depression occurs when one experiences a low mood for an extended period of time. Feeling flat, sad, irritable and pessimistic are common. Depression can often feel as though one may never be able to enjoy life again.

Depression can and often does seriously affect the quality of people's lives. It is important to recognise that when our emotions are so overwhelming that they are affecting the quality of our lives, it is time to get help.

Depression can present itself in a variety of different ways including:

  • a lack of motivation and energy
  • persistent feelings of sadness or emptiness
  • diminished pleasure in activities
  • changes in appetite or eating habits
  • changes in sleeping patterns
  • fatigue
  • feeling overwhelmed, guilty, hopeless and/or worthless
  • difficulty concentrating or making decisions and/or
  • feeling unable to cope with daily responsibilities
  • withdrawal from social circles
  • suicidal thoughts

Everyone experiences some of these feelings or behaviours at times; however, when many of these symptoms are present and do not go away, then it is time to seek help.

Can counselling help?

Yes, studies have shown that therapy with a psychologist trained in treating depression does help. Chantal uses a therapy focussed on resolving what's at the root of the depression such as negative thought patterns and/or self-talk, stress, self-esteem issues, relationship problems, financial or other problems. Clients also learn effective ways to stop, disengage from and/or change the negative thoughts that often take over one's mind when one feels depressed.

More than a million Australians suffer from depression each year. If you are feeling depressed, you are far from being alone. Don't let depression rob you of your joy, motivation and interest. Chantal is experienced at helping clients with depression. With her help, you can begin your road to recovery and to live a more content life.

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