Depression Therapy Online
- 1 Depression Therapy Online
- 2 Online Therapy for Depression
- 3 Skype Therapy for Depression
- 4 Talk to a therapist online via Skype
- 5 Depression Therapy via Skype
- 6 Talk to a therapist online for help with your depression
- 7 CONTACT ME TO SCHEDULE ONLINE THERAPY SESSIONS FOR YOUR DEPRESSION
- 8 Skypotherapy
- 9 WebMD advice on managing depression
There are many approaches to successfully overcoming your depression. Medications may be a part of that treatment plan, but antidepressants do little to heal the underlying psychological process that creates the emotional state of depression. This is a subjective process that varies from person to person and at different times in your life independently of the specific factors that may trigger that inner psychological process. Loss of a job or friend may trigger depression, but that is not the cause of depression. During Online Mindfulness Therapy sessions we work on changing the inner underlying process that creates depression.
Welcome! My name is Peter Strong and I am a professional online therapist and I offer online help for depression, also online help for anxiety and other emotional problems that you may be experiencing.
Now, many people experience depression and anxiety and other forms of emotional stress as part of the challenges of dealing with life. There are certain periods of life where depression and anxiety may rise and cause particular problems. For example, immediately after giving birth. The Postnatal depression is quite common in many women in those first weeks and months, and often it’s a good idea to seek help for this kind of depression, especially if it’s persistent.
If it is, of course, clinical in nature then you should seek help from your doctor. But, for many people with depression and anxiety, really what they are mostly looking for is practical solutions; ways of working with their emotions that allow them to get onto of the emotions and not become overwhelmed by emotional reactivity. And this can be done very well through Skype and I provide online help for depression and many other forms of emotional problems.
It’s also, of course, very difficult for some people to leave home: They may have family commitments at home, young children, etc, and so the online therapy option is very convenient. Many people live in rural areas and don’t have access to a therapist, or they may simply want to be more discrete in finding someone to work with and the online option is certainly very good for that, and means that you can receive help for your depression or anxiety without anyone else knowing, unless you wish to tell them.
So, this system of online therapy via Skype is growing in popularity and is a very good choice for many people. So, please, if you would like to learn more about getting online help for your depression, please visit my website below, CounselingTherapyOnline.com and contact me using the contact form and I will be happy to talk to you and we can discuss scheduling a Skype Therapy session to help you with your depression, anxiety or other emotional problems. So, please visit my website and contact me today. Thank you!
TALK TO A THERAPIST ONLINE VIA SKYPE
PLEASE CONTACT ME TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ONLINE THERAPY FOR DEPRESSION
Skype Therapy for Depression
Online Therapy is becoming widely accepted as an excellent alternative for managing nonclinical anxiety and depression and other common emotional problems that could benefit from online help. Therapy via Skype offers the added advantage that both client and therapist can see each other and this is definitely a significant advance over telephone therapy or email therapy, which have been around for many, many years.
I offer Mindfulness Therapy via Skype, which is particularly effective for anxiety and depression.
Welcome! My name is Peter Strong, and I am a professional registered psychotherapist from Boulder, Colorado. Besides seeing clients in person, I also offer online counseling therapy through Skype. Skype Therapy, as it’s commonly called, is becoming increasingly popular. It’s so convenient for people. It means that you’re able to schedule your sessions during your work day without having to leave home or leave the office. It’s very convenient. With Skype, you’re able to see the person as well as talk to them. It’s really no different than being in an office, or in person. It’s the same quality of the one-on-one counseling that you could receive in an office, but with the added convenience, as I say.
Many people like this format because it is something that allows them to find the right kind of therapist to work with, someone that they feel comfortable with. That’s extremely important. Good therapy depends on having the right kind of relationship with your therapist. It has to feel good for you as the client. Also, I find that Skype Therapy works extremely well with the form of therapy that I specialize in, which is called Mindfulness Therapy; which I talk about in my book, ‘The Path of Mindfulness Meditation’.
Mindfulness Therapy has grown tremendously in popularity in the last 5 to 10 years now. Our understanding of what mindfulness is and how to use it to effectively work with emotions like anxiety, panic attacks, depression, stress, has grown tremendously. It’s really very, very well worth exploring in detail. What is mindfulness? Basically, it is a form of awareness that we can define as non-reactive awareness. That means that you’re able to sit, literally sit with your emotions without becoming overwhelmed by them, without becoming reactive. This is absolutely essential for healing to occur. The only way that your anxiety or panic attacks will eventually subside is if you can sit with those emotions without feeding them with your reactivity, particularly of course, reactive thinking, avoidance behaviors, or any other reactivity that becomes habitual. Mindfulness Therapy is an excellent choice for overcoming blind reactive habits.
If you’re interested in Skype Therapy, please send me an email. Tell me about yourself and your interests. Let’s explore how I can help you through Mindfulness Therapy online via Skype. Thank you.
You might also like to watch this introductory video about Online Therapy for Anxiety and Depression: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFN08RVkqzE.
PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EXPLORE ONLINE THERAPY VIA SKYPE
Depression Therapy via Skype
Talk to a therapist online for help with your depression
Many people are attracted to this Online Counseling Service to learn better ways of coping with and healing depression, anxiety and stress. Talking to an Online Therapist provides an excellent choice for the treatment of depression, providing that depression is non-clinical, which is the case for the vast majority of people.
Mindfulness Therapy is a particularly effective approach to the treatment of depression and other emotional disorders. It teaches us how to establish a stable and non-reactive relationship with our emotions. This is absolutely essential first step to healing depression or for the recovery from other deep emotional pain. We must learn to make friends with our emotions as described in this video.
Depression Therapy Online via Skype
Welcome to the fascinating world of Mindfulness Therapy. Mindfulness Therapy is one of the more modern forms of Cognitive Therapy, or CBT. The main focus in Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness Therapy is to change the underlying patterns of habitual reactive thinking and reactive emotions that create our anxiety, depression and stress.
A very large part of mindfulness work is learning to recognize these patterns, to seeing how they work, and in becoming aware of them, we begin to break free of them quite naturally through that awareness. This is called the Recognition Function of Mindfulness.
But, mindfulness offers much more than this. It is also about cultivating a positive relationship with our emotional suffering, with our anxiety, with those places inside which hurt. Research has shown over and over again that if you resist or avoid your emotional suffering it will simply feed and get stronger. But, if you create an environment around that emotion based on acceptance, friendliness and compassion, then that provides the right conditions in which those emotions will begin to change and heal. This is a very large focus in Mindfulness Therapy, establishing the right kind of relationship with your emotions that allows them to heal.
So, that’s a little bit about Mindfulness Therapy. Now, what about the online component of the service that I offer? Well, Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness Therapy are very much based on teaching and on practical work that you do as a client, because this is your process of learning to work with your emotions.
The function of the therapist is simply to guide you in that objective, and this works very well through the online format of Skype, and actually there are studies that show that it actually enhances the process because it’s much less intimidating than seeing the therapist in his or her office. So, if you are interested in scheduling a session of Online Mindfulness Therapy, or, indeed, visiting me in my office in Louisville, Colorado, then please send me an email and we will discuss how Mindfulness Therapy can help you with your specific anxiety, depression or stress. Thank you! I look forward to hearing from you.
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Mindfulness Therapy Online – Talk to a therapist via Skype for help with depression
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Here is an interesting article to read about Skype Therapy.
Depressed patients turn to the internet for ‘Skypotherapy’
The therapist’s couch has long been a staple of books and movies, a place where unpleasant truths are revealed and neuroses untangled. But, almost unnoticed, the delivery of psychological support is being transformed – by the internet.
If you need NHS help for common problems such as anxiety or mild depression, you won’t necessarily meet your therapist face-to-face. You could be at home or even by the pool, typing your emotional secrets into a dedicated instant messaging service. You might be following a computer program that takes you step by step through a CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) programme, or having a digital face-to-face on Skype.
“The benefits of online therapy are considerable,” says Joanna Bawa, a CBT practitioner with the NHS in Hereford. “Going into the cloud abolishes geography. You can be at home in Brighton and your therapist can be in Bradford.” Timing can be much more flexible, too, she adds. “No more having to miss work, or pay a babysitter, or spend half an hour traveling each way.”
The anonymity is particularly attractive to men, who, says Bawa, “are more likely to go for therapy if they can confess to feelings of weakness and inadequacy without being recognised”.
But does internet therapy – or “Skypotherapy”, as it has been termed – work? Surely there is something special about the intimacy of the consulting room? “That’s what many of the more traditional therapists thought,” says Nadine Field, a qualified therapist who set up PsychologyOnline.co.uk several years ago. The company, which now has more than 100 accredited CBT therapists on its books, many of whom work for the NHS, uses an instant messaging system which can be accessed 24 hours a day.
“We find people become disinhibited much more quickly,” she says. “Messaging is like writing in a diary just for you. The therapist’s comments pop up but you needn’t worry about what they think of you. And patients get a print-out of their conversation which helps them remember and learn from the insights.”
A controlled trial of 300 depressed patients published in The Lancet in 2009 found that CBT via instant messaging helped more of them get better than standard GP care; while a small study from Zurich, published last year, showed the benefits of online treatment for depressed patients may last longer than face-to-face time.
The delivery system closest to traditional therapy is Skype, which offers internet flexibility and the added visual element. The main provider of one-to-one consultations over the internet is mootu.com, with 160 therapists, who according to the website, all belong to professional organisations such as BACP (the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). It’s a bit like a dating site, in that you can watch a short video of each therapist describing their approach before you commit. As John Witney, the site’s founder, says: “This gives you the best chance of finding one that feels right for you.”
If you’re considering private e-therapy, it’s important to check a site’s credentials and also to ensure your privacy is protected.
Researchers at the University of Berne reported that a comparison of seven therapies, including psychodynamic therapy (which focuses on unconscious thought processes) and social skills training were found to be equally effective whether delivered via the internet or face-to-face.
When it comes to therapy, it seems, the medium isn’t the message.
WebMD advice on managing depression
Here is a useful article published on WebMD.com on some useful lifestyle changes you can make in addition to some form of psychotherapy.
10 Natural Depression Treatments
Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD
Being depressed can make you feel helpless. You’re not. Along with therapy and sometimes medication, there’s a lot you can do on your own to fight back. Changing your behavior — your physical activity, lifestyle, and even your way of thinking — are all natural depression treatments.
These tips can help you feel better — starting right now.
1. Get in a routine. If you’re depressed, you need a routine, says Ian Cook, MD. He’s a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA.
Depression can strip away the structure from your life. One day melts into the next. Setting a gentle daily schedule can help you get back on track.
2. Set goals. When you’re depressed, you may feel like you can’t accomplish anything. That makes you feel worse about yourself. To push back, set daily goals for yourself.
“Start very small,” Cook says. “Make your goal something that you can succeed at, like doing the dishes every other day.”
As you start to feel better, you can add more challenging daily goals.
3. Exercise. It temporarily boosts feel-good chemicals called endorphins. It may also have long-term benefits for people with depression. Regular exercise seems to encourage the brain to rewire itself in positive ways, Cook says.
Although nothing is definitive, Cook says there’s evidence that foods with omega-3 fatty acids (such as salmon and tuna) and folic acid (such as spinach and avocado) could help ease depression.
5. Get enough sleep. Depression can make it hard to get enough shut-eye, and too little sleep can make depression worse.
What can you do? Start by making some changes to your lifestyle. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Try not to nap. Take all the distractions out of your bedroom — no computer and no TV. In time, you may find your sleep improves.
6. Take on responsibilities. When you’re depressed, you may want to pull back from life and give up your responsibilities at home and at work. Don’t. Staying involved and having daily responsibilities can work as a natural depression treatment. They ground you and give you a sense of accomplishment.
If you’re not up to full-time school or work, that’s fine. Think about part-time. If that seems like too much, consider volunteer work.
7. Challenge negative thoughts. In your fight against depression, a lot of the work is mental — changing how you think. When you’re depressed, you leap to the worst possible conclusions.
The next time you’re feeling terrible about yourself, use logic as a natural depression treatment. You might feel like no one likes you, but is there real evidence for that? You might feel like the most worthless person on the planet, but is that really likely? It takes practice, but in time you can beat back those negative thoughts before they get out of control.
8. Check with your doctor before using supplements. “There’s promising evidence for certain supplements for depression,” Cook says. Those include fish oil, folic acid, and SAMe. But more research needs to be done before we’ll know for sure. Always check with your doctor before starting any supplement, especially if you’re already taking medications.
9. Do something new. When you’re depressed, you’re in a rut. Push yourself to do something different. Go to a museum. Pick up a used book and read it on a park bench. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Take a language class.
“When we challenge ourselves to do something different, there are chemical changes in the brain,” Cook says. “Trying something new alters the levels of [the brain chemical] dopamine, which is associated with pleasure, enjoyment, and learning.”
10. Try to have fun. If you’re depressed, make time for things you enjoy. What if nothing seems fun anymore? “That’s just a symptom of depression,” Cook says. You have to keep trying anyway.
As strange as it might sound, you have to work at having fun. Plan things you used to enjoy, even if they feel like a chore. Keep going to the movies. Keep going out with friends for dinner.
When you’re depressed, you can lose the knack for enjoying life, Cook says. You have to relearn how to do it. In time, fun things really will feel fun again.