While external circumstances affect our moods, a strong, persistent low mood or recurring anxieties often have roots in our underlying schemas or basic emotional beliefs about the world and our place in the world. Deeper than questions of what we and others do in the world lie questions of trust and worth in the world and in ourselves. For some of us the combination of our own temperments and circumstances have instilled in us a sense that the world surrounding us is warm and essentially dependable, that we have an assumed and important place in it, that our connection to our world and others is stable, that we are not alone. For others of us the world feels colder, less supporting and our belief in our selves and the world is correspondingly less positive. I believe that both depression and anxiety require that these deeper feelings about oneself and the world be addressed from both cognitive and emotional directions.
Such different directions involve a holistic approach that includes:
– working with thoughts that are leading to negative narratives
– nurturance, self-soothing and somatic techniques (NURTURANCE)
– looking into how one arrived in the present state and forgiving that process
– changing daily habits
– integrating what feels meaningful into one’s daily life
– paying attention to one’s physical state of health and exercise
I use various psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness techniques, depending on the needs of the each person. Another technique I have available is Synaesthetic Surround, a method I researched and developed that integrates verbal therapy with light and sound technologies to influence brainwaves and foster receptive states of consciousness for deep and effective perceptual-emotional change and growth. This method uses technologies that through research have been shown to be effective with both depression and anxiety. To learn more about this method see LIGHT|SOUND.