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I have a black dog called depression

The current uncertain circumstances may be causing you to ask yourself questions such as:

“Am I depressed?”

“What does depression feel like?”; or

“How depressed am I?”

The reactions to the current climate can be both scary and destabilising. Seeking help at the right time is essential.

There are many different types of depression. When experiencing the loss and uncertainty created by going through the process of divorce, situational or reactive depression can become evident and this could be compounded by the current world crisis.

Winston Churchill described his own depression as ‘the black dog’. This animation by Matthew Johnstone was developed by the World Health Organisation and Mind. It provides an interesting insight into depression and how to start to take steps to look after yourself.

The black dog is ‘an equal opportunities mongrel’. Depression can become part of anyone’s life, no one is immune. The important thing to do is to access the right support and begin to make decisions to help yourself feel better.

Ask one of our solicitors about our in-house counselling service if you feel you could benefit from understanding your ‘black dog days’, or you can contact me direct  to arrange a time to talk.

Alternatively, here are some emergency contacts for you, or those around you, who may be in crisis and need some support:



Domestic Violence Helpline


Age UK

Calm (for men)

Kooth (young people age 11 +)

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How Counselling Can Help With Divorce Related Stress

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Decision Making

Is Therapy For Me?

Counsellor / Psychotherapist
at Counselling Development

Emma Chamberlain is a respected and highly-qualified Counsellor / Psychotherapist based in Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes. Emma is experienced with successfully working with clients experiencing a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, stress, panic attacks, emotional distress, low self-esteem, relationship problems, work-related problems, grief, bereavement and loss, fear, anger, trauma, self-harm, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, bullying, suicidal thoughts and those struggling with life’s transitional times.

Emma has a strong academic background including a BA (Hons) in Psychology and an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy. Emma worked extensively as a Counsellor for MIND – the UK’s leading mental health charity. Emma is an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and works to their ethical framework.

Emma works from a humanistic relational perspective following the Clarkson 5 Relationship Model. This offers a flexible relationship based approach to counselling / psychotherapy and can include CBT/ DBT and a range of other approaches. Emma’s current research interests include exploring how counsellors and clients work together when the client has Asperger Syndrome and she is experienced in working with adults on the Autistic Spectrum.

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