Depression Counselling in Perth and Applecross

Depression, more than just feeling down.


“I’m feeling depressed” or “this is so depressing” are commonly used expressions for feeling down or being overwhelmed with sad feelings. Depression takes away your motivation, energy, optimism, and desire to do the things you enjoy like socialise. All the good aspects of your drive decrease and feelings of anxiety, despair, lost confidence, hopelessness and exhaustion take over.


You may notice that you start to think differently, things you don’t normally worry about start to bother you, small problems become huge and the future loses its appeal.


Take control of your health with effective depression counselling


Have you been wondering why you are down and feeling depressed? Depression can often be situational. There could be a range of factors related to your lifestyle, family, work, medication or thinking styles. Counselling can help you identify and overcome these challenges.

Counselling can help to:

    • Identify what you need to get out of life to feel ok
    • How to meet your physical, emotional needs and exhaustion
    • How to overcome your negative introspection
    • How to increase positive lifestyle factors that improve your mood
    • How to identify and overcome your unhelpful depressive thinking styles or internal dialogue


Counselling for depression can help


Depression can be worked on either with medication or psychotherapy or a combination of both. Your GP can prescribe anti-depressant medication but we can help you identify the underlying causes and help you make decisions about the best treatment.


The approach to overcome depression is different for every client. Some clients may begin by working on improving their lifestyle or sleep while others may look at improving their relationships and work life. Most clients begin therapy by looking at the situations that stress them and identify their potential unhealthy thought patterns or behaviours that are maintaining their depression.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and or Mindfulness helps you to make a connection between your thoughts and the feelings of anxiety. Learning to identify and counter negative or depressed thoughts improves mood and lifts depression.


This therapy sounds simple but is extremely powerful. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness has been well researched for anxiety and depression and has a high success rate.



  • Phones answered Monday to Friday, 7 am to 5 pm
  • After-hours appointments available weeknights to 7 pm, Saturdays 9am to 1.00pm
  • Medicare rebates can be processed at your session and Private Health Rebates May Apply

Perth and Applecross:

In Applecross we service South Perth, Canning Vale, Victoria Park, Booragoon, Myaree, Como, Brentwood, and more.


Our Experienced Depression Psychologists – Dr Terry Olesen


Terry brings over 16 years experience providing expertise to adolescents, individuals, families and couples in private practice and government settings.

Terry works with a range of issues including Relationship Counselling, Mood Disorders, Aging, Pain Management, Critical Incident, Interpersonal Conflict, Family Discord/Conflict, Personal Adjustment, Drug & Alcohol, Workplace Conflict, Gender Identity and Career Choice.


Terry has worked as psychologist leading groups in Anxiety, Anger Management and Depression for Anglicare WA.

  • Registered Psychologist in W.A. since 1999
  • Former School Psychologist
  • Training in systemic family therapy, ACT/CBT, and other modalities