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What is depression?

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Elena Touroni, a private psychologist based in Chelsea, provides a definition of depression, the forms that it can typically take, and how different severities may affect people’s behaviour. https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy

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Depression is typically characterised by very low mood. And that can take different forms and can have different severities. So usually, when somebody feels depressed, they just feel like withdrawing from the world. They want to stay in bed. They don’t want to do anything. Even things that give them pleasure normally don’t give them pleasure anymore. They might have loss of appetite, or they might not be sleeping. They might be sleeping too much, or they might be eating too much. So there’s some form of significant change to one’s kind of normal routine and way of being in the world. Usually, when somebody is depressed, they are not interested in anything. Even if they have, say, the most wonderful child in the world, they might feel like they can’t engage with that child because they feel it’s almost beyond them to be able to engage with anything. People might, I guess when they have very severe depression, end up in bed all day, staring at the wall, feeling like they can’t interact with anyone or do anything. But of course, apart from depression, there’s also a kind of lesser severity. So somebody might be suffering from low mood that has quite a lot of similarities to depression but just might not be quite at the same level of severity. So somebody might still be able to function, but they might be feeling really sad quite a lot of the time.

Dr Elena Touroni

Dr Elena Touroni

19 June 2022

"Dr. Elena Touroni is a skilled and experienced Consultant Psychologist with a track record of delivering high-quality services for individuals with all common emotional difficulties and those with a diagnosis of personality disorder. She is experienced in service design and delivery, the management of multi-disciplinary teams, organisational consultancy, and development and delivery of both national and bespoke training to providers in the statutory and non-statutory sector."

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Dr Elena Touroni

Dr. Elena Touroni is a skilled and experienced Consultant Psychologist with a track record of delivering high-quality services for individuals with all common emotional difficulties and those with a diagnosis of personality disorder. She is experienced in service design and delivery, the management of multi-disciplinary teams, organisational consultancy, and development and delivery of both national and bespoke training to providers in the statutory and non-statutory sector.


Having obtained a first degree in Psychology (BSc) at the American College of Greece, she completed her doctoral training at the University of Surrey. Dr. Touroni is highly experienced in the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, substance misuse, personality disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, adjustment disorder and relationship difficulties. She works with both individuals and couples and can offer therapy in English and Greek.


Dr. Touroni has held a variety of clinical and managerial positions including as Head of Service in the NHS. Further she has held academic positions for the University of Surrey and the Institute of Mental Health lecturing on specialist postgraduate Masters and Doctorate programmes.


She is trained in several specialist therapeutic approaches such as schema therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based approaches and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). As well as holding a variety of NHS positions, Dr. Touroni is the co-founder of a private practice in Central London that has been a provider of psychological therapy for all common emotional difficulties including personality disorder since 2002. She is the founder and one of two directors of The Chelsea Psychology Clinic.