Counselling for depression in groups can offer a unique means of support that includes a much-needed social support. Like anxiety, depression often leads to social withdrawal, and the social support gained from group work can have a therapeutic effect in itself, in addition to the process and techniques inherent in group counselling methods. Depressive symptoms often involve having a low mood, lack of motivation, and loss of interest or pleasure for a couple of weeks or longer.
Some of the other symptoms of depression can be difficulty concentrating, poor sleep, weight loss or gain, avoidance of social situations, and recurrent thoughts of suicide. Some people experience depression just in the winter months, which they may need to seek support for during this time too, which group counselling may be a viable option for those who work well or want to benefit from the group dynamic and social support.