Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

A quick summary:

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that people experience during particular seasons or times of the year, usually over the winter months when the sun's hiding away.

Symptoms of SAD can include:

  • Lack of energy
  • Insomnia
  • Low mood
  • Change in appetite

Talking therapy has been recognised as an effective strategy to help with symptoms of SAD.

At Heka, we have a variety of counsellors, life coaches, and mental health specialists who can help support you through mental health problems such as SAD.

We recognise that this winter’s going to be even tougher that ever due to C19, so here are our top providers who specialise in this area:


Feeling low, struggling to sleep, or unable to switch off? These are all signs that you could do with some support. Our provider InsideOut is made up of a team of highly experienced therapists who provide on-demand mental health support.

They’re offering Heka users a free 30 minute no strings attached session . This a chance for you to experience a consultation with a non-judgemental, confidential, and friendly consultant.

The InsideOut app will use the information provided in a short wellness survey to match you with the most suitable specialist therapists to deliver your session based on their expertise and experience. You will then be given the option to choose from up to 3 of the carefully selected therapists.

Book in for your free session here.

Life coach Jana Krychtalkova

Jana will help you to clarify your goals, identify the obstacles holding you back, and offer practical advice for overcoming each obstacle.

Your coaching session will start with a short guided meditation, which will help you to relax and let go of any mind chatter. Jana's is passionate about helping her clients reconnect to their natural wellbeing and innate worthiness, to help create a positive mindset.

Jana offers a free 20 min session here, to allow you to see if her approach resonates with you.

Binta Patel Online Coaching

Trained life coach Binta uses coaching tools combined with yoga philosophy to unlock greater personal and professional happiness and success for her clients.

Her focus is not just on actions, goals or dreams, but on you as a person. Who you are, who you want to be and who you have the potential to become. Binta will hold a safe space for you to process and grow, creating the potential for you to write the chapters of your life as you want them to be written.

Book in for a with Binta here.


BeMeta offers on-demand 1:1 mental wellbeing sessions to proactively support your mental health and personal development.

Could you benefit from more clarity of focus, emotional stability, or mental resilience? Would you like to be able to set and achieve personal or professional goals and have someone by your side to support you as you achieve them?

Book in for a 30-min discovery call here with a BeMeta coach to explore the idea of personal development and improved mental health.

Plumm (formerly Healing Clouds)

Plumm is an online platform that aims to make mental health therapy affordable and accessible for all, by connecting you to a global pool of therapists to provide therapy sessions of 60 to 90 minutes each, available to you 24/7 anytime, anywhere.

Once a client signs up for a session, they’re sent a short questionnaire allowing the team at HealingClouds to match them with the most relevant therapist to assist with their mental wellbeing needs.

Book in for your first therapy session here.

We understand that your wellbeing is personal. Your specific booking history on Heka is completely confidential, so you don’t need to worry about anyone in the team knowing what experiences you book.

Additional advice on this topic is available on the NHS website here.