The suffering that you view as depression or anxiety may be legitimately considered to be “warning signals” that certain aspects of your life are calling out to you for attention, adjustment and balance. Perhaps, in various life contexts, you ultimately find yourself yearning for self-care, healthy renewal, personal restoration — you likely yearn for compassionate care to help you regain your balance!
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Hundreds of books have been written by psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists to try to help you attempt to put an end to emotional suffering, do away with depression or get rid of fear, sadness and anxiety.
Yet, what if you could actually make constructive use of these dismal and unwanted mental states? Perhaps the experience you call depression and anxiety might serve to awaken you to valued life adjustments? When viewed functionally, your sense of depression can help inform you of imbalance and help you change your way of living for the better!
Will Your Solution be Realistically Found in Psychiatric Medications?
- Once therapeutic perspective is gained about the true nature of your depression, we may effectively (wisely) understand such experiences as profoundly meaningful guideposts, stepping-stones or personally relevant warning signs.
- Depressive symptoms can be usefully viewed as very important “signals” or “beacons” that point us toward restorative action and constructive personal change.
- Frequently, we must regain our balance and take actions toward valued lifestyle change.
- In truth, your apparent “depression” (private internal distress or suffering) may have little or nothing to do with your brain chemistry!
- Naturally, we will explore the appropriateness of medications as a potential remedy for your depression or anxiety. If drugs are useful to you, naturally I’ll recommend that you include them as part of your comprehensive and holistic treatment plan.
Can Antidepressant Medications Alone Effectively Solve Your
Most Beguiling and Delicate Personal Life Challenges?
- In fact: medicating your depression or anxiety with psychotropic drugs may very well distract you from taking constructive actions and learning to cope and manage what is really going on in your internal psychological life. You must also be willing to make vital and valued lifestyle changes.
- Therapy ultimately helps you learn life long abilities to skillfully manage your own “inner-personal” psychology. Antidepressants and anxiety medicine remain an option and you best make use of them — as long they work!
- Are you ready, or at least willing to take a step forward and explore your options for depression therapy?
- Learn enduring personal coping skills and outgrow your anxiety and depression — once and for all.
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Step Forward | Effective Coping Skills for Valued Personal Change
Throughout the course of our living, most of us will encounter times when we will proclaim ourselves depressed. The complexities of living frequently find us inordinately stressed and inexplicably challenged — somehow entangled — in a private emotional tug-o-war. Struggling, yet reluctant and afraid to seek help. We sometimes come to live sadly narrow and constricted lives . . .
Doing nothing, and nothing changes!
Perhaps your are willing to make your first call?
If you have been trying to ignore or tolerate your suffering, or have attempted to simply avoid paying attention to persistent psychological problems, I’ll predict that you’ve experienced insignificant personal change. When it comes to mental health challenges like depression and anxiety, such avoidant tendencies (refusing to take action) predictably find your depressive situation progressively getting worse.
I’m honored to introduce you to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). This well researched form of counseling and psychotherapy offers a new, exceptionally powerful and “robust” set of resources to facilitate our work. Consider ACT an elegant and indispensable “owner’s manual” for the complexities of the human psyche!
The flexible structure of the ACT treatment model will provide the foundation for our work. Stepping out of the war with your depression and anxiety, we will produce a treatment plan that is sure to work for you.
Understand the “depressive state” in a completely new and novel way
- Recognize personal patterns of depressive cycl es that defeat you
- Use acceptance to “expand” and move through distressing situations
- Develop a balanced, skillful, wise and values-oriented lifestyle
- Commit to acting in ways that promote vitality, purpose, and meaning
In shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? … When did you stop being enchanted by stories?… When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression
The Mindfulness and Acceptance Approach to Depression will elegantly show you how to discover your specific depressive cycles, and will teach you, precisely, how to resolve them. Growing beyond depression and anxiety, our desired outcome involves a bit of “mastery” with the ACT approach. It is my outcome to assist you in masterfully learning elegant and lifelong personal coping skills.
You will become more personally effective and energized as you actively involve yourself in pleasurable and fulfilling activities. These activities will help you work through, rather than avoid, aspects of your life that are perpetuating your problems and likely serve to exacerbate and worsen your depressive experience.
With my compassionate and decisive clinical guidance, you will readily learn to make functional use of the techniques of Acceptance Commitment Therapy and similar psychological resources.
We will make strategic use of the ACT model so that you can effectively learn to interpret and manage your own “depressive state of affairs.”
Rest assured in advance that as we conduct our “therapy” we will open-up to laughter and really have some fun along our way!
I will help you create an effective and enduring personalized treatment plan to assure that you resolve your depression and anxiety. It is also important to assure that we bridge our work forward to prevent relapse to similar psychological challenges. You’ll enrich your total experience of living by skillfully organizing your energy — not on fighting depression — but on taking strategic actions that support you in vitally living the life you want to live.
If you elect to work with me to resolve your personal struggles, I am likely to prescribe to you various actions and exercises that involve intensive exposure to activities and lifestyle changes similar to those summarized and illustrated in the above workbook. Such prescriptions will augment our work during your time spent outside of our psychotherapy sessions.
It is important that you are willing to engage in various prescribed actions (behavior activation) in your daily routine — outside the consult room. I will ask you to “trade in your inertia and avoidance” and instead, engage in vital actions that will serve to effectively resolve your depressive/anxious experience and will enhance your sense of interpersonal effectiveness and well-being.
Once you understand your depressive and anxious experience for what it is, rather than what this seems to be, you will be in an excellent position to begin to effectively do something about it! What depression and anxiety seem to be is a set of mental, emotional, and physical symptoms that can be extremely complex overwhelming. In reality, depression involves an array of experiences that can serve to inform us that something is functionally out of balance in our approach to living.
Depression is never an accident of nature; functionally it is designed to tell you something important [routinely something is radically imbalanced] about how your life is being lived. Rather than rejecting your depression as a blight, you can learn to realistically accept where you are and view depression as a natural consequence [an implicitly human trap] of living in a very complicated age. (Stroshal & Robinson, 2008, p. 24).
As we engage in our psychotherapeutic work, I will steadfastly encourage you to hold yourself in gentle compassion — moving decisively forward, in a behavioral sense, strategically toward the life you value most — while treating yourself with the utmost compassion and self-respect.
We will work earnestly to redirect your actions and your energy toward solving the dilemmas that keep you stuck in cycles that sustain your depressive and anxious experience.
Making use of the tenants of Clinical Behavior Analysis and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, we will proceed decisively — and courageously — toward active engagement in cognitive and behavioral solutions that will serve to turn your depressive/anxious warning signals into actions that support life-vitality and balance.
ACT Psychotherapy | Empirical Research Wisdom Reveals
- The “triggering” events for depression and anxiety are as numerous and varied as the people who experience them. What works must be tailored especially for you.
- Paradoxically, trying to forcefully exert control over your mood by getting rid of or avoiding unwanted emotions has the unintended effect of distracting you from engaging in constructive action over the way you endeavor to live.
- The two “siren songs” that create depressive symptoms are emotional avoidance and cognitive fusion with unworkable rules about controlling unwanted internal experiences. Again, a paradox!
- The pathways out of depression require “psychological flexibility” in the areas of accepting unwanted internal events, developing a mindful and intentional approach to daily living, and engaging in actions designed to solve problems rather than to avoid them.
The ACT Informed Doctors Say:
“If you decide to turn around and face difficult personal and interpersonal problems in your life, you can quickly regain your sense of health and vitality. You have what it takes to get back on the horse that threw you. Let’s get on with it and reverse the downward spiral of depression!” (Stroshal & Robinson, 2008, p. 42)
If it’s high time for you to find your solution.
– just give me a call! 206-547-HELP
If you choose to work with me, I’ll help you make an accurate assessment of the major contexts of your depression-inducing behaviors. We’ll accurately identify what you’ve done to try to control your depression, and earnestly evaluate how these strategies have worked over time (or discover if these strategies routinely backfired for you). We will seek perspective and come to understand just how your depression might be trying to protect you, with abysmally depressing results — and in accomplishing this, you’ll come to view your depressive state in a refreshing and illuminating light, a promising light that reveals the imbalances that block you from living your most vital and cherished life.
Patrick J. Hart Psy.D. ~ Psychotherapist
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist Seattle
Treatment matching and therapy referrals to Seattle psychologists, psychotherapists, naturopathic physicians and psychiatrists.
The ABCs of ACT — Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
By Claudia Dewane, LCSW, DEd
Social Work Today
Vol. 8 No. 5 P. 34
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