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Depression Therapy Online

Struggling with Depression? Lack energy and enthusiasm?

Would You like Help to Learn How to Overcome Your Depression through Mindfulness Therapy?

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Online Treatment for Depression via Skype

Online Therapy for Depression via Skype

 

Depression affects most of us at some time in our life, but for many, the depression is chronic and reoccurs in waves. Sometimes there are medical conditions that underlies the depression, but for most people who come to me for help it is very clear that what they most need is new strategies for reprocessing their emotions. You can learn how to break free from those habitual patterns of negative emotional thinking. Mindfulness Therapy is a holistic and more spiritual approach to the treatment of depression that helps you change at a core level rather than just treating the symptoms.

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Treating Depression through Online Mindfulness Therapy

The key to the successful treatment for non-clinical depression, which affects most of us to some degree, is to learn how to “sit” with your depression without becoming overwhelmed or reactive. This is one of the core teachings of Mindfulness Therapy, which is now available online via individual Skype sessions with online therapist, teacher and author, Dr. Peter Strong. Online Therapy for Depression is becoming the first choice for a growing number of people who want to take charge of their recovery, rather than relying solely on medications.

“Depression is a condition in which the mind contracts and becomes unable to process unresolved emotions. Mindfulness opens the mind up and allows anxiety and depression to transform and heal.” – The Path of Mindfulness Meditation, by Dr Peter Strong.

The best way to treat depression (after ruling out any medical causes) is to work on changing the underlying negative thoughts, beliefs and emotional reactions that together create the emotional state of depression. This is exactly what we work on during sessions of Mindfulness Therapy for Depression as offered online via Skype.

Online Therapy for Depression

Now it is possible to get very effective therapy for depression online via live Skype Sessions with a professional online therapist. Many people prefer this approach because it feels more empowering. It feels like we are taking charge of our own healing process, and the importance of this cannot be over-emphasized. Good quality online therapy can be extraordinarily effective if you can find a therapist who really understands how to support you in your process of healing and self-growth. When you are looking for Online Therapy for Depression, make sure that you correspond or talk to the therapist first to make sure that he or she is the right person for you.

The other reason why people seek online therapy for depression, anxiety, marital problems or other emotional problems is that it is very much more convenient for many people to be able to work with a therapist online rather than take the time to drive to a therapist’s office. Convenience is important because it means that those who choose online therapy for their depression are much more likely to stick with the program and reap the benefits of therapy.

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Symptoms of Depression

There are many ways of describing depression, but I tend to think of it as the mind’s reaction to persistent emotional pain or stress. The conscious mind simply becomes overloaded and is unable to cope with constant over-stimulation, and responds by shutting down, withdrawing and contracting. This is why most of the symptoms we experience during depression can be summarized as extreme fatigue.

  • persistent tiredness that does not improve with sleep
  • Insomnia and poor quality sleep
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of interest, even in things that used to be of great interest
  • Apathy
  • Poor attention and concentration
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Poor memory
  • Irritability and poor stress-tolerance
  • Strong feelings of emptiness, sadness and anxiety

These psychological symptoms can have a significant impact of the body as well:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Binge eating or drinking
  • Unusual weight loss or weight gain
  • persistent aches and pains in the neck, stomach or back
  • Headaches
  • Digestive problems

Clinical Depression

Most of us do not suffer from clinical depression. However, if you do, then you should consult your doctor because clinical depression is very serious and will require a full diagnosis and appropriate prescribed medications. Typically, depression becomes “clinical” when depression symptoms persist continuously for 2 or more weeks. Only a trained medical professional can advise you on whether you have clinical or “normal” depression. Clinical depression can arise from underlying physical causes, major changes in hormone levels, organ malfunctioning and other disease processes that your doctor is trained to recognize and test for. For non-clinical depression you might consider Online Treatment for Depression such as the service I provide through Skype. The mindfulness-based techniques that I have developed over the years have proved very successful for many people. Let me explain why in a little more detail…

 

Endogenous and Reactive Depression: “Normal Depression”

Endogenous depression refers to an innate predisposition to fall into that “black mood” of depression without any particular external triggers or “reasons” to become depressed. Even when things are going well and everything looks positive it is possible to sink into depression.

Reactive depression describes a mood disorder that arises in reaction to traumatic or painful external events. PTSD frequently leads to reactive depression. Sometimes the emotion of guilt associated with the death of a close comrade can be so intense that it leads to severe depression. There are, of course, many other painful experiences of a less dramatic form that we experience as part of life: Loss of a friend, loss of a partner, divorce, loss of a job or loss of anything that was particularly important to you. Failure at work or in your relationships can shake our confidence and undermine self-esteem.

 

The Problem of Reactive Identification

The mind tends to create cognitive-emotional reactions to situations and experiences and then uses these reactions as a default response when the particular stimulus is re-encountered. In Mindfulness Therapy, we call this the Conditioned Mind or Conditioned Consciousness. This is quite normal and a necessary part of mental processing. The problem arises when we become overly identified or fixated on the reaction. Then we lose perspective and create the conditions that lead to stress, anxiety and depression. In fact, depression can be looked at as the result of extreme identification with thoughts, beliefs and behaviors. In the case of the guilt-based depression of the PTSD sufferer, as an example, it is the extreme identification with the belief, “He shouldn’t have died, and I could have prevented him dying” that creates the intense suffering that leads to his depression. We all have strong beliefs that we tend to identify with and blindly take as true and immutable. When we become identified in this way we become prisoners of the belief.

 

Emotional Abuse and Depression

Perhaps one of the most common causes of depression is emotional abuse experienced as a child. The child is, of course, very vulnerable and does not have the maturity and life experience needed to process emotional trauma. Emotional or sexual abuse leaves deep scars that remain for years and provide the core that can lead to a wide range of anxiety disorders as well as depression. Most, if not all of my clients are struggling with healing these emotional wounds.

Abuse leads to a range of negative self-beliefs resulting in very poor self-esteem and even self-hatred, which is so often at the center of depression. Healing the underlying core emotions is central to good psychotherapy and a main focus in mindfulness-based online therapy sessions.

 

Changing Negative Beliefs

One essential step to overcoming depression is to look for those inner beliefs about yourself, others and your world and determine for yourself: Am I overly identified and fixated on these beliefs about “not being good enough” or “life has no meaning any more”, etc. There is a big difference between holding a belief objectively and being completely obsessed and identified with the belief as if it were real and true. That’s when the problems start because reality rarely conforms to our beliefs; the beliefs are too superficial and can never match the complexity of real life – externally or internally.

This same principle of Reactive Identification applies to emotions. When an angry emotion arises we tend to immediately and blindly identify with it as true, and we become the emotion, we become angry. There is no choice or freedom in this way of reactive thinking; we simply become lost in the emotion, controlled by it and compelled to act based on the emotion.

When we become the prisoner of our emotions, depression will almost always follow. An important part of Online Counseling is learning how to break free from our identification with core negative beliefs.

 

Connecting with our True Self

Mindfulness Therapy and practice teaches us how to “wake up” to our identifications with the beliefs, stories and thoughts about our self and our world, and in so doing we can begin to free our true Self from the grip of emotions, thoughts, beliefs, memories and any other content that arises in the mind.

We learn to stop feeding our reactive thoughts and negative patterns; not be fighting them, but simply through the process of awakening to them. When we see the reaction that arises in our consciousness, in that same moment we have disidentified with it. This is based on the very simple yet profoundly important principle that you cannot be identified with a thought and see the thought at the same time. You cannot be mindful and reactive at the same time. If you cultivate mindfulness you automatically reduce the grip of reactivity; they are mutually exclusive.

That awareness that we bring to the depression that I feel in the moment is not the depression. This is what we call Unconditioned Mind, Unconditioned Consciousness, and this is our True Self.

We are NOT the content of our mind; we are the conscious awareness that sees, knows, experiences that content.

As we practice mindfulness of our depression, we begin to realize our True Self and we begin to develop a conscious relationship with our depression. This is what allows the depression to change, transform and heal; what is termed Resolution in the Mindfulness Practice that I teach.

The healthy state of mind is where our main source of self-identity is as the True Self, the unconditioned awareness itself, and NOT as the contents of mind, which are seen more as visitors.

In short, the less reactive we become, the more that our depression will heal itself and the more we become free to develop new and more positive ways of being.

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ONLINE THERAPY FOR DEPRESSION VIA SKYPE

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The Need for Online Treatment and Therapy for Depression

If you are suffering from depression or severe anxiety, you are definitely not alone. Every year it is estimated that 17 million Americans experience the most severe form of depression – clinical depression. The number of people suffering from the more common non-clinical depression is far greater. The truth is that most people who are suffering from depression do not seek help or do not recognize that there are options for treating your depression. However, the options for managing and recovering from depression are quite positive and you are encouraged to seek effective treatment. Online Therapy is one very effective option available for you to consider.

You might start by talking with your doctor, who may prescribe an appropriate medication to manage the symptoms of depression. There are plenty of options to try. However, antidepressants only treat the symptoms, so it is very sensible to seek help from a psychotherapist or counselor to work on resolving the underlying psychological causes of your depression. That is the purpose of this Online Counseling Service.

Many people prefer to stay away from medications because of the side-effects and the potential risks for women trying to have a baby or during pregnancy. Others just prefer an alternative to the medical route, and indeed, many people do not have clinical depression and are just looking for some practical help and tools for overcoming their depression and regaining some balance and happiness again. Similarly, many people prefer an alternative to traditional psychotherapists and the older styles of “talk therapies” which are not always very effective.

The Online Therapy option is becoming increasingly popular these days. It is a very convenient way of getting the help you need and is generally far less intimidating than the more clinical setting of a therapist’s office.

In the Mindfulness-based Online Therapy program that I developed some years ago, I prefer to use Skype. I find that Skype Therapy is much more effective than phone therapy or email therapy because you can have a face-to-face session. It just makes communication so much more efficient. People who use this Skype-based program usually see dramatic improvements after 4-6 sessions, even for severe depression.

 

Online Therapy provides a more convenient option for getting help for overcoming depression

Seeking online help from an online therapist is a very attractive option for many people. It is certainly more convenient than office visits, and this can be a decisive factor for mothers with small children, busy executives or people who travel or are stationed abroad. Many of the people who I see through my Skype Therapy service either live abroad or live in rural locations where there is no access to a local psychotherapist.

It is important that you feel comfortable during therapy sessions. Being able to have sessions at home is certainly more comfortable, and for many this option is much less intimidating, and this will improve the quality of your therapy experience. 

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Helping You Overcome Your Depression

Antidepressant medications treat the symptoms of depression, but not the underlying psychological cause of your depression. For this you will need some form of psychotherapy. But, you should not look at psychotherapy as a medical treatment for an illness but rather as a way of getting effective help for your depression. What most people need is help and guidance on how to work with the unresolved negative emotions at the core of depression. In my experience, one of the best approaches for overcoming depression is Mindfulness Therapy, a modern form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

The process of Mindfulness Therapy teaches you how to work positively with your core emotions without becoming overwhelmed by them. It is most important that you learn how to observe your depression without becoming reactive and without becoming lost in the internal dialogue of negative thinking. This is what you will learn early on in our online therapy sessions.

When people stop fighting their depression and stop the process of being overwhelmed by their depression, it is surprising how fast things can change. Mindfulness Therapy teaches you how to be present with your emotions so that you can actually help them heal themselves.

Most people really enjoy this approach and prefer it to traditional “talking therapies.” Typically, you can expect to see significant improvements after 4-6 sessions.

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Mindfulness Therapy for Depression

Excessive worrying and panic, or emotions like depression and stress, depend on ruminative negative believing and negative core beliefs. The problem, obviously, is how do we do this? It is insufficient to stop having negative thoughts or to just tell yourself to stop worrying. If it was that simple then you’d have corrected the problem long ago. If we want to create a favorable change, we must take a deeper look in the mechanics of melancholy and negative beliefs.
Fundamentally, beliefs that are affiliated and negative thinking are a type of habitual mental reactivity which has become established and that works unconsciously, without our choice or input. An event occurs and emotional reaction or a notion arises in consciousness and then we automatically believe and identify with the reaction. We then become the anger or distress or disappointment. This really is the essence of reactivity that is habitual: There’s a cause, which can be an objective occurrence; there’s a subjective reaction to that occurrence; and then there’s identification with all the subjective emotional or cognitive reaction by becoming the emotional reaction, followed. This entire reactive sequence from cause to becoming depends on two factors: identity that is blind, and Ignorance, or unawareness, or connection with your subjective reactions.

Step one in Mindfulness Meditation Therapy (MMT) will be to create an obvious and deep understanding that you may not have to become your reactions, and which you do not have to be victimized by your mental reactions. There is no law that condemns you stressed, because a worrying thought appeared; or to feel depressed because a depressing notion appeared in your thoughts; or furious, because an angry idea arose. It’s only due to our blind habitual identification with one of these mental objects that we become their victims. That is the initial function of mindfulness training: learning understand a reaction and to become alert before it has the possibility to proliferate right into a complete blown cognitive and emotional reaction, and quit there. Catch the reactions at their initial stage, when they are little more than an impulse. Learn how stop and to understand the fury instinct at that flash of recognition and ahead of the whim has an opportunity to manifest as a corporeal reaction with upset talking accompanying angry thinking and mad activities. It is a skill which needs to be developed, and success depends on catching the reaction early enough. But with practice, you will become more and more knowledgeable about the subtle undercurrents and hints of an impending emotional reaction.
Depression feeds on negative thoughts that generate anxiety along with a sense of helplessness or loneliness or emptiness. Don’t be a victim of these mental items, but take the initiative to learn to cultivate mindfulness of these mental reactions and catch them before they take hold. The same with panic reactions, worry reactions, stress reactions; reactions of loss, disappointment, grief, regret; rage, envy and jealousy; dislike, hatred, disapproval; or insatiable yearning and wanting things to be a certain way. Rather than being a victim of your thoughts and emotions, learn to become an expert in understanding what appears in the mind.

The next part of MMT will be to learn how to respond to all these mental reactions after you have learned to recognize them when they arise. After Acknowledgement comes Answer and after Answer comes Relationship.
The result period of mindfulness starts by understanding that thoughts, emotions, beliefs, memories, perceptions, and, in fact, any contents that appear in the mind are merely that: contents, mental objects, things that take on a specific form depending on past conditioning. Ultimately, you are not your ideas or emotions or every other of the bewildering variety of mental objects that appear in the mind through conditioning. Learning how to determine your emotions similar to this, as things, rather than as you, introduces a critical shift in perception which is deeply liberating. Abruptly, you start to get the feeling that you’re really much, much bigger than your melancholy, anxiety, anger or other of the items that form the contents of the mind. The reality of your being is more like sky or the ocean, neither of which is often equated to birds that arise inside it or the fish. The ocean isn’t its contents; it’s the space that’s able to feature things, and also the range of things that it may include is boundless; you’re not finite. Obviously, acquiring an expression of the new outlook about your true identity may have profound consequences on your own general state of well-being. So much of our unhappiness and mental suffering comes from an extremely contracted sense of individuality by which we cling to our habitual reactions, considering that we are our nervousness, fear, fury and depression.
Therefore, the initial portion of the response period of mindfulness is always to see contents as things to which we hold, examine, investigate and could connect in our comprehension. The next section of the reaction of mindfulness describes the quality of this response. Above all, the aware-result does not involve further reactions of thinking or emotions; it is a result on non-reactivity. The aware-result is a procedure for opening to our experience, opening to our pain and suffering, or the items and depression our anxiety as arising in consciousness that people have recognized. We learn to greet these items as visitors, as guests that have something to teach us. Exactly like the ocean or sky, there is a lot of room for all.
The result of mindfulness is described by the expression metta, loving-kindness and friendliness. That is not a fuzzy idealistic sort of love, but a clear understanding that you just can never overwhelm suffering with aggression and aversion. Pain will not go away through will and resistance power. We all understand the importance of doing this, but seldom learn how exactly to take action. The mindfulness reply gives us a really direct method to get in touch with all other mental items that make up our depression or anxiety or feelings of emptiness and helplessness and the feelings.

Through mindfulness we’ve learned the best way to comprehend our melancholy-causing reactions and how to react to them as items to be known completely and held in the safe spaciousness of metta. Next comes growing and the growth of this receptive and compassionate relationship with suffering. Now we only maintain and sustain this quality of engaged-presence with all the emotion. This really is why we call the process Mindfulness Meditation Therapy, because we make the mental item the very focus of our meditation for investigation and contemplation. We embark on the deep work of listening, depending on metta, mindfulness and stillness. The mindful-relationship isn’t about doing or attempting to analyze or repair things, but about listening with an open heart and thoughts. Its about allowing our inner emotions to unfold and express themselves in the way in which they need to modify, rather than according to any plan that people might have for them. You do not immediately react by giving them guidance, when you listen to some buddy who is in pain. It’s always preferable to listen first and develop a safe space in which the person has the capability to express himself. Produce a safe space for them and they’ll honor you by loosening their hold on you. Give them liberty plus they’ll give you liberty. Often this simple action of non-doing, but rather by being completely present, reacting is sufficient to defuse the emotion. It eventually works out by itself, and unwinds and loses its energy that is compulsive. It’s not what we do that matters as much as the standard of exactly how we connect to our core emotions, whether we respond with mindfulness and full awareness or react out of ignorance and unawareness.
In practice, I instruct clients respond with mindfulness and then to understand their emotional reactions and also to try to do this throughout the day in miniature meditation sessions of 2-5 minutes. Simply take outside a few minutes to sit together with your emotions as you would for a kid or for the friend and be totally there for them. Learn how to resisting them or cradle your emotions and reactions with love and focus, instead of ignoring them, that is our normal reaction. Do this many times throughout the day and find on your own the difference it makes.
It all begins by understanding that you are not your ideas and then carries on to a caring relationship by which you take some time to create a relationship with your inner visitors as welcome guests to be adopted and attended to with love and attention and react to your ideas and emotions with mindfulness. You do have to be entirely present together, although you do not have to change them. The suffering will cure by itself when form is taken by this relationship, or if it by chance doesn’t cure promptly, then you will have created a therapeutic relationship that may facilitate curing in a single manner or another.

How Does Mindfulness Therapy Work for Depression?

Mindfulness is a remarkable quality of awareness that we all have, and with a little cultivation, this quality of awareness, which I like to define as non-reactive and compassionate awareness or engaged-presence, can TOTALLY TRANSFORM complex emotions such as depression and anxiety. During online Skype sessions I teach clients what mindfulness is and how to apply it for healing in great detail, but one of the most easy to understand mechanisms of action for mindfulness is sometimes called metacognition, the ability to be aware of an emotion as an object of mind rather than a state of being.

Mindfulness is ALL about developing a conscious RELATIONSHIP with our emotions, thoughts and memories and other content that arises in of our mind. Most of us have very little relationship with our emotions, we simply act them out and become overwhelmed and consumed by them. This is described as the problem of Identification, a central theme in Mindfulness Therapy for Depression. When we become identified with depression, then the emotion has control over us; it literally ‘owns’ us. We become reactive and all our actions become dominated and corrupted by the emotion of depression.

When we practice mindfulness, we are cultivating the exact opposite – non-reactive awareness – which counteracts the pull of identification. With practice, we learn how to ‘sit’ with our depression without becoming reactive and when we do this we stop feeding the emotion. When we stop feeding it, the emotion is now forced to change; it begins to lose its intensity and solidity; it breaks apart and begins to dissolve. This process is called mindfulness-based resolution in Mindfulness Psychology.

We now begin to become an active part in the resolution process because we are free to relate to the emotion, instead of being compelled to react and live-out the emotion. This transfers power back to our True Self – it becomes stronger as the emotion becomes weaker. The mindful relationship that we establish with our depression actually allows us to become a friend to the depression and we can take an active part in helping the depression heal and transform itself. This resolution process frequently involves lots of imagery, as described on many of the other pages on this website.

Another very powerful principle of Mindfulness Therapy is that this friendliness quality of mindfulness (which is what differentiates mindfulness from simple awareness) is a very powerful agent for healing, as taught by the Buddha 2600 years ago. It is still as true today as then – Love heals…

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Online Therapy via Skype for Depression is very effective

 

Mindfulness Therapy is very effective for Depression

You can learn more about how mindfulness therapy works on many of the other pages on this site, but there is one core principle that underlies all mindfulness-based approaches: Learning how to cultivate a relationship with your depression and the core emotions underneath that is not reactive, positive and friendly. You may think that this is impossible. How can I be positive toward my dark feelings and negative thoughts? Be ‘friends’ with my depression? That’s just impossible!

Actually, it’s not!

Mindfulness Therapy teaches you how to be present with your emotions in much the same way that you would be present with a friend in need. You already know how to do that! It’s just learning how to apply your own natural compassion and friendliness, the positive aspects of your mind, to your depression, and what could possibly need it more that those painful emotions? They need you to be friendly and open, aware and caring in your attitude.

The Truth is that love heals; hatred divides.

It is an absolute fact that when you can begin to cultivate this quality of caring, compassionate, friendly presence toward your depression, IT WILL CHANGE…

Mindfulness is often compared to sunlight. When you shine that natural warmth onto a block of ice, the ice melts; it cannot resist. When you bathe depression, or any other painful emotion, in the light of mindfulness, non-reactive compassionate awareness you create the right inner conditions that allow the depression to melt and resolve.

 

How do I Start Depression Treatment Online?

ONLINE THERAPY FOR DEPRESSION VIA SKYPE

If you would like to schedule a Skype session of Online Therapy for your depression, please email me and ask any questions you may have. Most people see major improvements after 4-8 sessions. You will know after the first session if Online Counseling Therapy is going to help you with your depression and most people see  dramatic changes within the first two weeks of online mindfulness therapy.

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Depression Therapy – Overcoming Reactive Thinking

When you really look closely at anxiety, depression, fear, anger or stress, you will almost always find recurring patterns of negative thoughts, traumatic memories and habitual emotional reactions. They are our tormentors. They ambush our consciousness, pull us down and cause stress and emotional suffering. They come uninvited, cause havoc, and we wish that they would go away. If only we could control them, we would certainly have a better chance of controlling our mental state. So how do we do this? The process of mindfulness therapy online can provide a very positive path forward. The key is to change your relationship to habitual negative thinking – to stop becoming a victim of your negative thoughts. Surprisingly, this is not achieved by suppressing the negative thoughts or by trying to replace them with positive thoughts, but by becoming independent of them so that we do not feel compelled to react further.
A good website where you can learn more about the symptoms, causes and treatment of depression is provided by the National Institute of Mental Health.

The first step of mindfulness practice, and one that can make all the difference, is to fully and completely understand that YOU ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS. Thoughts, emotions, in fact any mental content that arises are simply products of conditioning; YOU are much more than this. It is like the ocean and the fish that swim in the ocean. The ocean is not the same as the fish that live in it, and cannot be equated with the contents. The essence of the ocean is as the space that contains these things, not its contents. The same applies to the mind. The essence of the mind is as a container of experience, the ground in which mental objects, thoughts, emotions, beliefs, perceptions and memories can exist. When you realize this, that you are so much more than your thoughts and emotions, then you are well on the way to gaining your freedom and independence from the pesky flies that cause so much stress and suffering. At the end of the day you have a simple choice to make: Do you want to be the ocean in all its vastness and glory, or do you want to be a fish, flapping around in a state of agitation and fear? Learning to be the ocean is a wise choice, and this is something that can be achieved through the practice of mindfulness.

The trick is to learn to see mental objects as just that, objects, not you, that arise, do their dance and then pass away. Anxiety arises, and what is our usual response? We are ambushed by the emotion and we become the emotion. We become an anxiety-fish! Fear arises and we are seduced into becoming afraid, a fear-fish. Anger arises and we become angry-fish. No choice, no freedom, lots of suffering.

With the practice of mindfulness, we begin to get wise, and become more engaged with what is going on in our minds. Mindfulness helps us tune in to this cycle of habitual emotional reactivity. Instead of blindly accepting our impulses to become anxious, to become afraid, to become fish, we learn to actively engage with these reactions. When anxiety thoughts arise, we respond with, “I see you, anxious thought. I welcome you, I will make a space for you to do your dance, I will listen to you with care and attention…but I will NOT become you.” You can learn to mindfully greet each emotion, each negative thought, as a visitor who has come to stay for a while, just like visitors in your home. Invite them in, offer them tea and sit with them for a while. You may not like your visitors, but you know the importance of being kind, courteous and hospitable.

You cannot get rid of your negative emotions, your depression and fear by force, which is our usual reaction. We don’t want to feel our anger or fear; we want to fix them so they won’t bother us. But, here’s the thing. You can’t. Why not? Because you created them. It’s like asking a wolf to guard the farmer’s chickens. A system that is broken cannot fix itself.

What is needed is something altogether more creative, and this is the second step of the practice of mindfulness: Actively turn towards your suffering and work on creating a safe relationship with your fish. When you are mindful, you are by definition not being reactive. The effect of this is to create a space around the emotion. The more mindful you are, the greater the space. The more space there is, the more freedom. Freedom from what? Freedom from the grip of the negative emotion, thought or belief. There is a Zen proverb: What is the best way to control a mad bull? Answer: Place it in a very large field. If there is plenty of space, then the mad bull, or your anxiety, hurt, trauma or depression cannot harm you. Also, what is equally important is that the mad bull can’t hurt itself. This is very important, because both of you need the space in which to heal.

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Healing Depression within – The Heart of Depression Therapy Online

Mindfulness creates a therapeutic space in which emotional knots can move, unwind, unfold, soften and become workable. And, what is most remarkable, if you create lots of space around your suffering, the suffering has a chance to transform and heal itself. It’s not what you do that matters so much as creating a transforming therapeutic space and allowing emotions to change themselves from the inside out.

In my work as an online psychotherapist, I never cease to be amazed at how effective mindfulness can be when used correctly. The moment when a client stops running away and turns towards his or her suffering with kindness, full attention and engaged presence, things start to change in a beneficial direction. The healing comes from the quality of the relationship that we have with our pain. It’s not about trying to fix things, trying to replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts – it’s all about presence. With this quality of listening, based on genuine openness and gentleness, the relationship of mindfulness, solutions appear quite naturally.

Mindfulness Therapy – Effective Online Therapy for Depression

One woman described how she saw herself as being a victim of incessant worrying anxiety and depression. She had tried several forms of talking therapy, but the depression persisted. When I asked her what color the depression was, she seemed puzzled. Apparently, in all her previous therapy sessions no one had asked her to look inside to look at the emotion itself and see what was actually there. Talking about emotions can be useful, but it is never as effective as actually looking at them directly to look into their structure. You can talk forever about why your car doesn’t start – or you can lift up the hood and take a look! The latter is much more likely to produce results, and the same principle applies for healing our depression – you MUST look into it and see what is actually there. That is essential for transforming and healing depression or anxiety or trauma.

After a couple of sessions of Mindfulness Therapy Online, she established an inner mindfulness-based relationship with the depression-emotion and immediately noticed that it had a black color and had a hard, tight form. Now, for the first time, she had something tangible to work with, and after several more sessions of simply creating a therapeutic mindfulness space around the black object, it spontaneously began to soften and loosen up, eventually taking on a new color and changing in many other ways.

The constricted emotional energy of her depression was being released during this process of direct inner experiencing and this led to profound transformation at the core. Out of this change at the core feeling level, her beliefs and thinking also changed and she no longer felt a victim of compulsive worrying. She readily found new solutions and more positive perspectives on things, and all this arose as a consequence of first learning to be present with her depression through Mindfulness Therapy.

 

How Online Mindfulness Therapy Helps Heal Depression

Mindfulness practice teaches us how to be more Responsive and less Reactive. Depression depends on reactivity; as we stop our mental reactivity we become less depressed.

Online Therapy for Depression via Skype

Mindfulness Therapy is like a “mental massage” in which we bring warmth and healing energy to those hard, reactive places within the mind, and with each gentle touch, suffering begins to respond by healing itself from within. During Online Mindfulness Therapy, I teach clients how to do this “mindfulness massage” so that they can practice the art of inner healing at the core level and learn a totally different way of being with the many challenges of their lives.

The problem is seldom in the challenges, disappointments and external issues themselves, but almost always in the way that we react to these events. The problem is in our RELATIONSHIP to pain and stress, rather than in the pain and stress itself. Mindfulness teaches us how to maintain balance and to avoid becoming reactive. We learn to replace reactivity with responsiveness, based on mindfulness rather than blind compulsion. That is the path that heals suffering in our heart and in our relationships. In fact, many of my clients use the mindfulness skills that they learn to heal the compulsive patterns of reactivity and arguing that destroys personal relationships. It all begins by learning the art of true listening based on mindfulness and engaged-presence – an essential skill for successful depression therapy.

 

Talk to a Psychotherapist Online for Depression

If you are suffering from clinical depression or are at risk of self harm then you are well advised to seek help from a medical professional. Clinical depression is a serious condition that requires medical treatment. However, medications may not always the best option or only option, and of course, medication only relieves symptoms. In order to fully recover from depression you need to work on changing the underlying psychological processes that cause the depression. Working with a therapist can be very beneficial for helping you identify the underlying patterns of negative thinking and the negative core beliefs that lie at the root of depression.

Today, many people choose to work with a therapist online. It is clearly more convenient and often more cost-effective because you do not have to waste time commuting to and from the therapist’s office. Online Therapy for depression is becoming a very well-respected option and many studies have been done showing that online treatment is equally effective to conventional treatment, especially when the online treatment is based on Cognitive Therapies like CBT or Mindfulness Therapy.

In my experience, from working with many depressed clients, I would argue that online counseling via Skype is even more effective than the email-based approaches that have been used in the past. It definitely helps when client and therapist can see each other, because the quality of communication and feedback is very important for good therapy. I have also noticed, repeatedly, that the Skype format may actually improve therapeutic outcomes, because the client feels more in charge and more comfortable calling from home. It is definitely a good choice to select an online therapist for depression.

Find the Right Online Therapist to Help You with Your Depression

Another advantage of choosing an online therapist for depression is that you have more choice in selecting the right kind of therapist that matches your specific needs and philosophy. Not all therapists are the same and some approaches may work considerably better than others for you. Luckily, today there are many online therapists to choose from and you can take your time to find the right person for your needs.

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Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy for Depression

Mindfulness Therapy is a particularly effective approach for working with depression and that works extremely well online. You can read much more about this form of psychotherapy on many of the other pages of this website, but the advantage of this approach is that it works very directly on helping you change the reactive thinking and beliefs that create and sustain depression. It is very much more focused than traditional “talking therapy” and generally, clients notice major changes in their depression or anxiety after only 4-6 90 min sessions. The whole purpose of this Online Counseling Service is to teach you practical skills that you can use by yourself at home between sessions. This is always much more effective than a traditional “treatment approach” in which the therapist uses a technique to try to change you.

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Online Psychotherapist for Depression

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ONLINE THERAPY FOR DEPRESSION VIA SKYPE

I welcome inquiries from people who are seriously interested in breaking out of the prison of depression – and it is a prison in a very real sense. It is easy to start online therapy: Simply email me via the Contact Form and we will discuss how working with an online therapist can help you overcome your depression.

PDMSTRONG@MAC.COM
 

Treatment options for depression

If you are suffering from clinical depression or are at risk of self harm then you are well advised to seek help from a medical professional. Clinical depression is a serious condition that requires medical treatment. However, medications may not always the best option or only option, and of course, medication only relieves symptoms. In order to fully recover from depression you need to work on changing the underlying psychological processes that cause the depression. Working with a therapist can be very beneficial for helping you identify the underlying patterns of negative thinking and the negative core beliefs that lie at the root of depression.

Today, many people choose to work with a therapist online. It is clearly more convenient and often more cost-effective because you do not have to waste time commuting to and from the therapist’s office. Online Therapy for depression is becoming a very well-respected option and many studies have been done showing that online treatment is equally effective to conventional treatment, especially when the online treatment is based on Cognitive Therapies like CBT or Mindfulness Therapy.

In my experience, from working with many depressed clients, I would argue that online counseling via Skype is even more effective than the email-based approaches that have been used in the past. It definitely helps when client and therapist can see each other, because the quality of communication and feedback is very important for good therapy. I have also noticed, repeatedly, that the Skype format may actually improve therapeutic outcomes, because the client feels more in charge and more comfortable calling from home. It is definitely a good choice to select an online therapist for depression.

Find the Right Online Therapist to Help You with Your Depression

Another advantage of choosing an online therapist for depression is that you have more choice in selecting the right kind of therapist that matches your specific needs and philosophy. Not all therapists are the same and some approaches may work considerably better than others for you. Luckily, today there are many online therapists to choose from and you can take your time to find the right person for your needs.

Schedule Your Online Therapy Sessions for Depression via Skype

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CONTACT ME TODAY!

If you would like help with your depression then please email me Today. I will be very happy to answer your questions about online therapy for depression or anxiety or any other form of emotional suffering that is affecting the quality of your life.

You can schedule a Skype therapy session and get a taste for this unique and powerful approach. I always offer a satisfaction guarantee, which means that you pay the fee after a session and only if you are satisfied – which you most certainly will be.

PDMSTRONG@MAC.COM
 
 

Peter Strong, PhD is a Professional Psychotherapist, Online Therapist, Spiritual Teacher and Author, based in Boulder, Colorado. Peter developed a system of psychotherapy called Mindfulness Therapy for healing the root cause of Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression, Traumatic Stress and Emotional Suffering.

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8 Responses to ONLINE THERAPY FOR DEPRESSION

    • Yes. Mindfulness Therapy is extremely effective for depression and anxiety because it teaches you how to free yourself from the underlying process of reactive thinking that fuels emotional suffering.

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