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I provide Online Mindfulness Therapy for depression using mindfulness-based methods to teach you how to work with your depression in a positive and effective way. The key to the mindfulness approach is to train ourselves how to be present with painful emotions without becoming reactive. Reactivity always makes the problem worse and increases suffering. Mindfulness is the exact opposite, it is non-reactive awareness, and this reduces suffering and promotes the transformation and healing of depression. This is why Mindfulness Therapy is recognized as one of the most effective strategies for breaking the reactive cycle that sustains depression and for preventing relapse.

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As a professional online therapist, the most frequent question I am asked is, “How can I overcome my depression and anxiety?” “How can I fight this depression and fearful anxiety that controls my life?

“I want my life back, but I don’t know how to fight off these powerful emotions and moods.”

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” I have tried medications and antidepressants. They help for a while, but I hate the side-effects. I know I have to do something more. I have to change the way I think and break out of this negative cycle.”

“I drink more than I should. I don’t like that, but it gives me some escape from the pain for a while.”

“What is wrong with me?”

 

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“I feel this huge weight pressing down on me. I can’t breathe. It feels empty and dead inside.”

“I wake up dreading the day ahead of me. I have no energy, no appetite. I can’t sleep, even though I feel so, so tired all the time.”

 

“Talking helps a little, but I know that I need to change something deeper in me.”

 

Depression and anxiety hurt, and it is alarming how many of us are affected by the struggle with these powerful emotional states. What do we do about it? How can we change? Is it even possible to change?

If you are suffering from depression, you may gain a little comfort when you realize that you are 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 for Depression.

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. Other people simply 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.

Online Counseling Therapy. There are, of course, many schools of psychotherapy to choose from, some more effective than others for depression. Today, there is a great deal of evidence supporting Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Depression. This approach works on changing the underlying, and usually unquestioned, negative beliefs and patterns of reactive thinking that lie at the heart of depression. The approach that I use takes many of the principles of CBT and adds the awareness skill called mindfulness. Mindfulness Therapy, or Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a state of the art treatment for depression and highly recommended.

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. It is important to feel comfortable during counseling sessions and the Online Counseling route is a good alternative to the more clinical settings of traditional in-person therapy sessions. There are also numerous studies showing equivalent effectiveness. For example, a study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry in 2009 showed significant benefits from email-based online therapy for people suffering from depression.

In the Mindfulness-based Online Counseling program for Depression 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.

The reason for the effectiveness of Mindfulness Therapy is that it works directly on changing the underlying emotions that fuel our depression. Mindfulness is an extraordinarily powerful tool when properly understood and practiced and has amazing transformational effects on many kinds of emotional suffering, including depression, anxiety disorders and general emotional stress.

Healing Your Core Emotions

Now, of course, if you are suffering from severe and persistent depression and anxiety then you should consult with your doctor. However, most of us are not suffering from clinical depression or other pathology, we are simply struggling with deep and painful emotions that don’t heal. These core emotions are like wounds that won’t heal properly. Often, these painful core emotions begin in childhood and remain, festering, below the surface, waiting to be activated when the conditions are right.

What can we do? From years of experience, working with clients who, like you, are struggling with painful emotions, I have found that the most essential first step on the path toward healing is to change the way you relate to your core emotions. This is one of the core teachings in Mindfulness Therapy, as I teach it online through Skype sessions with clients. This powerful step that facilitates the healing and transformation of anxiety and depression as well as other forms of emotional suffering, like guilt, anger, traumatic memories, etc, is called the MINDFULNESS RESPONSE.

What is the Mindfulness Response? It describes the way that we relate to our emotions, and that relationship is critical. It is learning to RESPOND rather than REACT to our anxiety or depression or other emotions. We learn to respond to the painful emotion with OPENNESS OF MIND, OPENNESS OF HEART; with an attitude characterized by FRIENDLINESS rather than hostility, which is our habitual reaction to emotional pain. When you develop the Mindfulness Response you are effectively creating the right inner conditions that allow the emotion to change, to heal and to transform itself. This discovery goes back to the time of the Buddha, who spent his whole life teaching about mindfulness and its applications for resolving suffering and cultivating real freedom of the mind and heart, which is the necessary condition for true happiness in life.

Online Mindfulness Therapy teaches us how to “sit” with our depression

During my work with clients suffering from depression either through Online Mindfulness Therapy Skype sessions or in the office, I find that one of the central problems most people have is that they do not know how to focus inwardly and create a quiet, safe space in which they can engage with their inner emotional suffering. We develop a plethora of secondary reactions of avoidance, resistance or plain resignation. We busy ourselves in activities, anything to avoid facing the inner reality of our anxiety or depression. We talk about our problems, analyze them, and try to fix things through will power and positive thinking, which are all fine in themselves, but only if they come out of a foundation of stillness and inner listening.

The problem is that we do not take the time to cultivate this inner relationship, and that’s like trying to fix a problem without knowing all the facts, and that is never a good strategy. We need to learn the art of being still and completely present with the anxiety, depression, traumatic memory or other upset; in short we need to learn the art of listening within. Everyone knows the importance of listening – to a friend or child needing our attention and support. Well, this very same attitude is needed within, if we want to bring about healing. This is the primary work of Mindfulness Therapy: learning to form a relationship based on listening, openness and being completely present with your emotions, and in therapy-teaching sessions, you will be taught how to do this in great detail.

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Mindfulness Meditation teaches us how to remain free from reactive thoughts

Therapy begins the moment a client establishes a mindfulness-based relationship with his or her emotional reactions, and in fact therapy can almost be defined as the process of cultivating the art of inner listening until it becomes the natural response to suffering. Why is this so important? The attitude of listening and being totally present for our experience has many extraordinary effects, and all of them bring benefit. At the most fundamental level, listening is the process in which we stop reacting and start experiencing. This is what is described as the development of “presence,” and this is one of the chief characteristics of mindfulness: being fully present for whatever you are experiencing, without the interference of thinking or further reacting to what you are experiencing. In fact mindfulness can be described as “engaged-presence.” It is that quality of acute listening and openness to experience coupled by a willingness to engage and face our experience, including the painful and disagreeable thoughts and emotions.

As an online therapist, my primary mission is to help my client establish this engaged-presence of mindfulness with his or her suffering. Mindfulness teaches us how to tune in to our core emotions, and as we do that, we create a space around the pain that I call the “therapeutic space of mindfulness.” Reactivity tends to close and contract the mind making it fearful and angry, neither of which helps the healing process. Mindfulness tends to open and expand conscious awareness, and literally makes room in which tight and contracted emotional states can begin to move, unfold and differentiate. In summary: Reactivity inhibits change; mindfulness facilitates change, and this is one of the basic principles of mindfulness psychology.

Mindfulness of our emotions is not the same as acting out the emotion and it is not wallowing in feeling bad. It is the process of literally “sitting” with the emotion: nothing to do, nowhere to go, nothing to fix, just being 100% present with the emotion as an object to observe and investigate with care. This shift in relationship from subjective reactivity, in which we are continually hijacked by our emotions, to an objective relationship, in which we can be with our emotions in a state of inner silence, has an immensely powerful healing effect. It literally creates a space in which the emotion can change from within. So, if you feel overwhelmed by anxiety, fear, worry, guilt or depression, then Mindfulness Meditation Therapy will be of great value to you.

Mindfulness Therapy provides one of the most effective methods available for overcoming depression and healing the underlying cause of depression.

 

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Mindfulness Therapy is as Effective as antidepressants

People who suffer from chronic depression may have a new method for dealing with their condition that doesn’t involve popping another pill. A new study has found that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may be just as effective as antidepressants in controlling long-term issues with depression.
 
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a group-based therapy that teaches people how to become more aware of the thoughts and feelings that they have — particularly those that trigger depression — and how to deal more constructively with those feelings before they lead to a depressive episode.
 
For the study, researchers recruited 424 adults around the age of 50 who had been diagnosed with chronic depression and were taking antidepressants. About half of the participants were allowed to keep taking their medication while the other half were asked to wean off the antidepressants and begin participating in MBCT sessions. These sessions involved a two-hour class weekly for eight weeks and periodic refresher classes for the next year.
 
At the end of the two-year study period, researchers found that participants taking antidepressants and those using MBCT had an equal number of depression-free days. They also noted that 44 percent of the MBCT group, vs. 47 percent of the antidepressant group, had a relapse. Both groups described similar feelings about their overall quality of life.
 
“Currently, maintenance antidepressant medication is the key treatment for preventing relapse, reducing the likelihood of relapse or recurrence by up to two-thirds when taken correctly,” said Richard Byng, co-author of the study and professor at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry in the United Kingdom. “However, there are many people who, for a number of different reasons, are unable to keep on a course of medication for depression. Moreover, many people do not wish to remain on medication for indefinite periods, or cannot tolerate its side effects.”
 
For these people — those who don’t do well or don’t want to deal with long-term medication — MBCT might be a viable option for controlling chronic depression. But the study’s authors warn that patients should not ditch their medications cold turkey. Talk to your doctor about creating a plan for weaning off of antidepressants while you enroll in an MBCT program. With professional help and some luck, you could be drug-free and depression-free in no time.

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Here is another publication about the effectiveness on mindfulness-based methods for the treatment of depression:

 

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Many people are looking for effective methods to control their depression without the use of prescription medications. Medicines may provide temporary relief from the painful symptoms of depression, but medications do not change the underlying cause of depression. At the end of the day, the best way to control depression is to work on changing the underlying beliefs and negative thoughts that fuel the depression reaction.There are many forms of psychotherapy available today for treating depression, including CBT and the Cognitive Therapy and a modern form of therapy called Mindfulness Therapy, which is a really good choice for helping control depression. Mindfulness Therapy is now available through this Online Counseling Service.

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ONLINE MINDFULNESS THERAPY FOR DEPRESSION – Take Control of Your EMOTIONS

Perhaps the most important starting point for taking control of your depression is to change the way you relate to your depression. Most of the time, we tend to blindly identify with our depression, anxiety or other emotions, and we become lost in the underlying negative beliefs and repetitive thought patterns that form the inner structure of depression. We need to learn how to stop this habitual reactive thinking, because it is this reactive thinking that fuels depression.

We tend to take on a victim role, seeing ourselves as the helpless victim of our depression. We need to change this. One of the most important teaching of Mindfulness Therapy (now available online via Skype) is to recognize that we are not our thoughts.

“You are not your thoughts. You are not your beliefs. You are not your memories. You are not your emotions. The truth is that the True You is that space of unconditioned consciousness that contain these mental objects. You are the Sky; not the clouds that come and go.”  The Path of Mindfulness Meditation by Peter Strong, PhD

During Online Mindfulness Therapy for Depression, we will develop this concept until it becomes completely natural for you. This process is called Reframing, and is one of the most important factors needed for controlling depression effectively.

The truth is that you are not the contents of your mind. The real Self, as taught by the Buddha 2600 years ago, can never be described by the contents of your mind; the True Self is the space, the consciousness, in which those objects arise. The analogy that I often use for teaching, is that you are the ocean, not the fish that live in the ocean. Your True Self is like the ocean. Don’t become a fish! That is what causes us to suffer.

With guidance, you will begin to look at your depression, or any other emotion from a totally different perspective – seeing the emotions as “visitors” that have come to stay for a while – and these visitors are not you.

Preventing yourself from blindly identifying with your emotions allows you to develop some space in which you can hold the emotion without becoming lost in the story, the catastrophic thinking and the negative beliefs that accompany the emotion. Now, you can begin to cultivate a relationship with your depression in much the same way as you would cultivate a relationship with a real-life visitor. You sit down together and communicate, which means lots of listening with an open mind and open heart.

Forming a relationship with your emotions is absolutely essential if they are to change. Avoiding them does not help and fighting them certainly will not help. But, developing a relationship based on openness and compassion – collectively called mindfulness – creates the best possible inner conditions for healing and transformation. This is the best available method for learning how to control depression, and a more empowering choice than medications or, worse, self-medication through alcohol abuse and other addictions.

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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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Online Mindfulness Therapy for Chronic Depression

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Mindfulness-based Online Therapy provides a very effective way for changing the underlying patterns of react thinking that feeds depression. Medications don’t do this and traditional talk therapy and counseling do little to change the underlying process that creates depression.

Here is one of my videos that may be of interest:

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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!

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Mindfulness Therapy provides an extremely effective way to manage depression as described in this article.

Mindfulness “Potent” in Preventing Relapses in Chronic Depression

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Two psychologists writing for Scientific American Mind review some of the evidence base for the impacts of mindfulness meditation on problematic psychological states. They conclude that the ancient techniques “hold promise as remedies for depression and possibly anxiety” and are actually “potent” in preventing relapses in the chronically depressed.

“Mindfulness seems to be particularly potent as a preventive in patients who have relapsed three or more times,” they write. “In a pioneering study of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression recurrence, published in 2000, psychologist John Teasdale, then at the Medical Research Council (MRC) in Cambridge, England, and his colleagues compared individuals receiving treatment as usual, such as visits to family doctors, psychiatrists and therapists, with those who also received mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Subjects were followed for more than a year. Among those who had experienced three or more episodes of depression, mindfulness therapy significantly reduced relapse rates compared with the usual treatment. No difference between the groups emerged, however, for people who had experienced two or fewer depressive episodes. These surprising results have been replicated in several studies.”

Is Mindfulness Good Medicine? (Scientific American, August 14, 2014)

 

My Comments

Once depression becomes established, the mind starts to create habitual patterns of Secondary Reactivity, which include Cognitive Reactivity, Emotional Reactivity, Behavioral Reactivity, and Somatic Reactivity. Secondary reactivity has the effect of reinforcing and feeding the underlying emotional formations that cause the depression, rather like feeding a fire with fuel.

One of the mechanisms of action for mindfulness is in counteracting this secondary reactivity, particularly the cognitive reactivity, which takes the form of rumination, catastrophic thinking and excessive uncontrollable worrying. When you take away the fuel, the fire cannot sustain itself.

 

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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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