August 12, 2018

Why Am I Still So Depressed?

Posted in cognitive behavioral therapy, Mindfulness, Self Image, Well-being tagged , , , , , , at 2:55 pm by kellyfdennis

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Major Depressive disorder has been identified by the World Health Organization as the most debilitating illness worldwide. There are many therapies, medicines, treatments and it still remains the most debilitating illness. One reason for this is that it seems that depression is subjectively experienced differently by each person it affects. One form of treatment that touches on most of the aspects of depression is Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT).
MBCT:
•Combines cognitive behavioral techniques with mindfulness strategies in order to help individuals better understand and manage their thoughts and emotions in order to achieve relief from feelings of distress.
•Helps clients learn how to recognize their sense of being and see themselves as separate from their thoughts (inner critic) and moods. This disconnect can allow people to become liberated from thought patterns in which the same negative messages may be replayed over and over.
•During MBCT, I help the person acknowledge that even though these thoughts feel like “truths” in those  moments of feeling low, in fact they are just the symptoms of depression.
•Becoming aware, through mindfulness, that the thoughts are “just the depression voice talking” allows them to step back from the thoughts and decide how seriously they need to take them.
•Perhaps, learning to just notice them, acknowledge them, and let them go.
Schedule an appointment today to talk about using this therapy to help you to feel better!

August 1, 2018

Courage, It Takes Courage

Posted in cognitive behavioral therapy, Well-being tagged , , at 9:18 am by kellyfdennis

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Change is hard. As human beings we really have trouble with adjustment. Sure, some people will tell me they “like change”. What they really like is excitement and novelty, but even they seek familiarity.

Today think about one place you feel stuck in your life. Then take a moment to visualize what it would be like to make the change you’d like to make. Really imagine how your life would be different.

Change is inevitable…spring turns into summer without any input from us. Children go through developmental stages, our bodies age and mature. Might as well learn to embrace it! Sign up on my website for a free 15 minute phone consultation to see if you’re ready to make a change!

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