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  • I had a black dog called Depression | World Health Organization (WHO)
    • At its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression. Many of these individuals and their families are afraid to talk about their struggles, and don’t know where to turn for help. However, depression is largely preventable and treatable. Recognizing depression and seeking help is the first and most critical towards recovery.
  • TED Talk: How mindfulness changes the emotional life of our brains | Richard J. Davidson (2019)
    • Dr Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder and Director of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr Davidson is also the Founder of Healthy Minds Innovations, which translates science into tools to cultivate and measure well-being. In this eye-opening talk, Richard Davidson discusses how mindfulness can improve well-being and outlines strategies to boost four components of a healthy mind: awareness, connection, insight, and purpose.


  • Man’s search for meaning | Victor Frankl (1946)
    • Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. At the heart of his theory, known as logotherapy, is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful.
  • Undoing Depression: What therapy doesn’t teach you and medication can’t give you | Richard O’Connor (1997)
    • A guide to reversing depression explains how to replace negative patterns of thinking and behaving by employing holistic therapeutic methods.
  • The Frog Who Longed for the Moon to Smile: A Story for Children Who Yearn for Someone They Love | Margot Sunderland (2000)
    • The Frog Who Longed for the Moon to Smile is a story for children who yearn for someone they love by Margot Sunderland.

Research Articles

  • The Relationship Between Burnout, Depression, and Anxiety: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis | Panagiota Koutsimani, Anthony Montgomery & Katerina Georganta (2019)
    • Burnout is a psychological syndrome characterized by emotional exhaustion, feelings of cynicism and reduced personal accomplishment. In the past years there has been disagreement on whether burnout and depression are the same or different constructs, as they appear to share some common features. The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to examine the relationship between burnout and depression. Additionally, given that burnout is the result of chronic stress and that working environments can often trigger anxious reactions, it also investigated the relationship between burnout and anxiety. Results: Our results showed a significant association between burnout and depression and burnout and anxiety.

Therapists specialising in Depression

Zvetlana Cassar


Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Yasmin Muscat Monsigneur


Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Shirley Buttigieg


Gestalt Psychotherapist
Sharon Grima


Counsellor, Social Worker & EMDR Trainee Practitioner
Noelle Camilleri


Art Psychotherapist
Michael Said


Trainee Gestalt Psychotherapist
Melissa Mifsud


Systemic Family Psychotherapist & Clinical Supervisor
Mel McElhatton


Gestalt Psychotherapist & Social Worker
Maria Mifsud


Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Maria Darmanin


Health Psychology Practitioner & Gestalt Psychotherapist

Resources about Depression

What you should know about loneliness

Written by Danjela Falzon
Due to the recent media interest in the subject of loneliness, we are now gaining more knowledge about what loneliness really is and just how prevalent it is within society. The word ‘loneliness’ often conjures up the image of an old person sitting at home alone. However, recent figures collected in the UK by 13 different charities revealed that over nine million people in the UK say they’r…

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We know you’re tired

Written by Charlene Camilleri Duca
Covid-19 has impacted our lives in so many different ways. Ten months in and we’re still ploughing on, many people struggling with feelings of anxiety, low mood and frustration. We know this isn’t easy. We also know that one day at a time, with the support of one another, you will get through this. And when you do, you’ll emerge stronger, more resilient and more equipped to deal with life’…

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The Power of Pets

Written by Maria Mifsud
Greetings everyone. Let me introduce you to my two adopted stray cats named Ghost and Gingy. Both were street-roaming kittens, but they are now living in a loving home. They provide me and my family with a lot of comfort, security and love. Public concern for mental health issues might be increasing due to the imposed confinement as a result of the current Coronavirus pandemic. The state o…

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The importance of being idle – How boredom can help us flourish

Written by Giulia Bertone
During this pandemic-induced period of indefinite self-quarantine, most of us are lying on the edges of the spectrum marked by chronic boredom on one end and compulsive engagement on the other. We cannot go to work, all establishments are closed and having a social life outside of your doorstop is basically prohibited by law. It’s just you, your cave, too much free time on your hands and no idea w…

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The Downside of Perfectionism

Written by Danjela Falzon
As I sit in front of clients who are relentlessly self-critical, pushing themselves to achieve one goal after another and suffering from anxiety, burnout and other mental health issues, I feel compelled to support them to understand where their perfectionism is stemming from and how it’s impacting their lives. I feel particularly passionate about this subject because of my own experiences of per…

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Stepping off the social comparison wheel

Written by Danjela Falzon
Comparison is the thief of joyTheodore Roosevelt Social comparison isn’t a new phenomenon. Comparing ourselves to classmates, neighbours and family members has always been something we’ve engaged in as human beings. The difference between 15 years ago and now, however, is that social media use has proliferated to such an extent that the average person’s 10-20 person social circle has …

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Reflections during a crisis

Written by Danjela Falzon
I believe that all painful experiences bring about some kind of personal change or growth, helping us give meaning to challenging periods in our lives. From the stories shared with me by clients, friends and family members I’ve noticed some common themes which have emerged in relation to the current global crisis. These are themes related to enhanced awareness, a re-evaluation of values and prio…

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Psychotherapy for Cancer Patients

Written by Adrianna Borowiec
When diagnosed with cancer, patients are faced not only with challenges to their physical health but a range of distressing and difficult emotions related to loss, sense of self, death, relationships, and so on. In this article, Adrianna Borowiec, Psychology intern from Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland, explains the role and importance of psychotherapy for patients diagnosed with cancer….

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