Depression is an infectious disease. It is easy for psychological therapists (especially if relatively inexperienced) to become contaminated by patients' hopelessness. Therefore supervision should include a focus on the therapist's own thoughts and feelings. Therapists with a substantial proportion of depressed clients should also ensure that they leaven their day by planning life-enhancing and pleasurable experiences, and should be prepared to use cognitive-behavioural methods to address their own negative thoughts.

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