ONLINE MINDFULNESS THERAPY FOR ANXIETY VIA SKYPE
Please feel free to email me to find out more about Skype therapy sessions with me. During these sessions of Mindfulness Therapy I will teach you how to use mindfulness for facilitating recovery from all forms of anxiety disorders, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, chronic depression and other emotional problems using the well-tested methods of Mindfulness Therapy.
This approach is very effective and most people see noticeable improvements after the first 2-3 sessions with me.
Online Mindfulness-based Skype Psychotherapy is highly effective for overcoming anxiety and depression without relying on anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants. It is far better to treat the underlying cause of your emotional suffering rather than just suppressing symptoms.
The principle healing factors cultivated during mindfulness-based psychotherapy are Conscious Awareness, which is necessary for overcoming the unconscious psychological habits that cause emotional pain, and Inner Compassion, which is what allows healing and resolution of anxiety and depression.
“I unreservedly recommend engaging Peter’s services in, what has been for me, an extremely effective method of learning about my inner self in ways that I’ve never been able to achieve before.”
- Are you looking for an alternative to the usual “talk therapy” and counseling?
- Are you looking for an alternative to medications for treating your anxiety?
- Do you have an interest in mindfulness and how it can be applied for treating anxiety?
- Please contact me and ask any questions you may have.
- Tell me about yourself and how I can help you.
- Let’s schedule a trial Skype therapy session.
- Most of my clients/students see significant improvements after the first 3-4 sessions once you start applying the mindfulness methods that I teach.
Online Therapy for Anxiety and Depression – Talk to a Therapist Online via Skype
I am a professional psychotherapist specializing in Online Therapy and Counseling via Skype. Talk to a therapist online from the comfort of your own home. This online therapy service is available in the USA, Canada, UK and world-wide to all English-speaking people.
Today, more and more people are turning to the internet for help with anxiety and depression through an Online Counseling Therapy Service. People prefer the convenience of online counseling and find it much less intimidating. This service allows you to talk and see an online therapist face-to-face, but from the comfort of your own home via Skype.
ONLINE THERAPY FOR ANXIETY – Talk to an online therapist for effective treatment for anxiety. Anxiety is a major psychological cause of mental suffering in the US and results from habitual dysfunctional reactive thinking to stressful situations that present externally, as well as thoughts, beliefs and traumatic memories that arise internally.
The problem is in how we react. Mindfulness Therapy teaches you how to be less reactive and more responsive. This breaks the Anxiety Habit.
Online Mindfulness Psychotherapy for Anxiety Disorders
Welcome. My name is Peter Strong and I provide online therapy for the treatment of anxiety and depression, OCD and many other common emotional psychological problems. As an online therapist for anxiety I specialize in teaching mindfulness skills for managing the anxiety and the reactive thinking that supports the anxiety.
Mindfulness therapy is extremely effective for helping you break free from those automatic habitual patterns of reactive thinking that fuel anxiety and panic attacks and other anxiety disorders. When we learn how to apply mindfulness we actually learn to sit with our emotions, we learn to meditate on our emotions. So, I will teach you exactly how to do this, how to sit with your anxiety, how to meditate on your anxiety, without becoming overwhelmed by it and without becoming reactive. This is the essential training that’s needed to change the habits of reactive anxiety.
The real problem is that we simply are not conscious of this habit of becoming caught up in reactive thinking we get lost in patterns of worrying, of rumination and excessive thinking, which simply feeds the anxiety. But with mindfulness training you learn how to become an observer.
You learn how to sit with the emotions and with the thoughts without becoming lost in them, without becoming overwhelmed by them, without becoming essentially controlled by your emotions or your thoughts. This process it isn’t quite easy to learn if you get good guidance.
You have to learn how to meditate on your emotions. Common mindfulness meditation practices usually involve meditating on the breath and this is a good relaxation exercise, but it will not really help you with your anxiety.
You have to meditate on the cause of your anxiety, which is your relationship to your emotions and your thoughts. If that relationship is unconscious then your emotions and thoughts will govern you, you will be controlled by them. They’ll be little choice.
But once you start to develop more consciousness around the anxiety and the thoughts then you begin to break free from them. You begin to neutralize the effects of emotions and thoughts on you.
If you’d like to learn more about mindfulness therapy and you’d like to schedule a session with me as an Online Therapist for anxiety to help you, then please go to my website and send me an email, and we can schedule Skype therapy session at a time that works for you.
Types of Anxiety Disorder that respond well to Mindfulness Therapy:
- Online Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Online Therapy for Panic Attacks
- Online Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder
- Online Therapy for Agoraphobia
- Online Mindfulness Therapy for Phobias
- Online Therapy for Driving Anxiety & Driving Phobias
- Online Therapy for OCD
- Online Therapy for Insomnia
- Online Therapy for Performance Anxiety
Mindfulness Therapy Online for Anxiety & Depression
My specialty is Mindfulness Therapy, which works extremely well online via Skype. The focus of Mindfulness Therapy is to help you change the way you relate to your emotions so that you stop becoming a victim of the reactivity that creates so much suffering. We have to learn how to “sit” with our emotions without becoming reactive or consumed by them. It is only then, when you have a non-reactive relationship with the emotion that it can begin to change. This powerful mindfulness practice is one of the best approaches available for overcoming anxiety and depression. It is all about stopping the cycle of reactivity that feeds anxiety, depression and other forms of emotional stress.
Mindfulness Counseling Therapy Online – the modern approach for controlling anxiety, stopping panic attacks, overcoming depression and for effective stress management. Talk to a therapist online today!
Do you feel stuck and unable to get beyond anxiety, depression and traumatic memories? Do you feel a victim of your emotions?
Intense emotions resulting from childhood trauma, personal loss or a recent traumatic experience have a tendency to become stuck in the deep recesses of the mind where they continue to ferment and generate recurring anxiety and patterns of negative thinking. These core emotions can have a severe impact on the quality of our lives and our relationships. Core complexes contain emotional energy that has become trapped and frozen in place, unable to change and resolve, internal generators of suffering.
We may be plagued by guilt or regret or a feeling of great hurt and inner wounding that just won’t go away. We become victims of our inner emotions and prisoners of our conditioned habitual reactivity. These patterns of inner suffering become established as habitual patterns of reactivity that affect our thinking, our inner beliefs and perceptions of the world. The world is seen as a hostile place and we feel overwhelmed, fatigued, negative and empty.
So, how do we go about changing this less than satisfactory state of existence? How do we break free from being a victim of our patterns of habitual emotional reactivity? How can we restore balance and heal the wounds that cut so deep?
The Power of Mindfulness for Overcoming Anxiety
Watch this interview that I did in which we talk about mindfulness and how to apply it to overcome anxiety:
I believe, as a practitioner of mindfulness-based psychotherapy, that all successful forms psychotherapy and spiritual practice are based on one fundamental principle, and this is the principle of engaged-presence. We must begin our journey of inner transformation by establishing a profound level of relationship with the inner suffering, hurt and wounded parts of our psyche, and this relationship should be based on genuine care, openness, and non-reactivity.
All our activities must be channelled into this one end, to be able to sit down with our pain and care for it with the same level of attention and love that a mother gives to her baby. This is what we mean by engaged-presence, or mindfulness.
Mindfulness is an ancient practice, and central to all the teachings of the Buddha, in which we let go of doing and reacting, thinking and trying to fix things, and simply sit with each of our emotions with a mind that is open, caring and genuinely interested in the subtleties of an emotional complex.
It is a central tenet in Mindfulness Psychotherapy that what keeps emotional suffering and anxiety alive is our inattention or un-mindfulness, also simply called ignorance. We suffer from our pain day in day out, but never really take the time to simply be with our pain, observing it, gently massaging it with the love of pure undivided attention.
There is a growing awareness of the prime importance of this quality of mindful-attention. Its not about analyzing the problem, not about trying to change negative beliefs, not about fixing things, but about creating a safe space around the suffering that gives it a chance to move, unfold and change in its own unique way, free from the interference of the ego-directed thinking mind.
Trying to fix things externally can only be partially successful if done in isolation. We need to heal at the core, and this means allowing changes to arise from the intuitive level, a much more sensitive level than provided by the ego and thinking mind. After all, the problems of inner conflict and disharmony are largely a product of the ego trying to control emotional suffering through the ego-reactions of repression, diversion and avoidance.
It is a far better practice to first establish a foundation of stillness and inner listening at a deeper and intuitive level, a foundation in the fertile ground of mindfulness and allow action, new beliefs and insights to arise from this solid foundation.
Everyone knows the importance of facing our emotions directly and getting in touch with our feelings. But what does this mean in practice, and how do we do it?
Every emotion can be seen as a mental object, something that arises in the mind and has a certain life of its own. We get a sense of the anxiety or depression or fear as being a part of our mind: an inner child, a judgmental parent, or simply as an object with a certain shape and color. Frequently these inner mental objects can be felt to reside in a particular part of the body – the heart, neck or stomach. Most seem to occur in a specific position in your inner visual screen, perhaps to the left or right, or in front of you.
Take the time to focus your mindfulness inwardly and see if you can get a sense of your emotional objects, whether anxiety, anger or guilt. Every inner part, every emotion has a certain aura, a felt-sense that surrounds it. Mindfulness helps us detect this, as well as detecting our habitual tendencies to react to the emotion or traumatic memory.
Another essential tenet of Mindfulness Meditation, and this is what you are doing when you focus mindfulness on an emotion, is to learn how to respond to these reactions, the fear of the emotion, the tendency to get lost in thinking, in self-judgement and inner dialogue. The critical point to understand is that these reactions can also be seen as mental objects, to be related to in exactly the same way – with mindfulness.
One of the things that makes mindfulness special, and different from general attention or awareness, is that nothing is excluded when we are cultivating a relationship based on mindfulness. We make room for our emotional object as well as our reactions to that emotion; there’s plenty of space for all.
The consequence of establishing a mindfulness-based relationship with your inner emotional suffering is that it stops the cycle of reactivity and opens up a space, a therapeutic space, and it is in this space that emotional suffering begins to unfold and change. It’s rather like massaging the sore parts of the mind with mindfulness.
Every time you touch suffering with mindfulness, it responds by healing. The more you massage it with mindfulness, the more it will heal.
Practice focusing on your pain and saying, “I see you. Welcome. I promise you that I am going to be with you and give you 100% of my attention.” Each moment of mindful-contact heals. It breathes warmth into those parts that are frozen. It softens those parts that have become contracted and contorted into tortured forms. It envelops suffering in the healing space of inner freedom and care that is the expression of genuine love.
Practice this way of relating to your anxiety, depression, grief or trauma a hundred times a day and see for yourself if this doesn’t have a beneficial healing effect. Quite different to our usual mechanical reactivity in which we run away from our pain, or the pain of others. Quite different to becoming lost in thinking.
The purpose of mindfulness meditation on emotions is not to re-experience the emotion or traumatic memory, but learn how to experience them differently, as parts of yourself that require your attention and love. Love that you give through being there for your emotions, being present, being engaged with your suffering. That quality of being present is a movement in stillness, not words and thinking, but listening fully with a mind that cares and is open to every tiny movement. You learn to hold your emotion in the cradle of mindfulness.
If you tune in to your emotions in this way and listen, they will respond by releasing their iron-grip on you. If you learn to love your pain in this way, your pain will reward you by releasing trapped emotional energy, and make it free to re-assimilate back into the psyche where it can do good and breath life and vitality back into your being. It may seem strange, but in essence, if you give your emotional suffering space, it will respond by transforming and resolving in direct proportion. If you allow it to heal, it will heal.
The only thing that stops our suffering from healing is our reactivity, our un-mindfulness and ignorance. This habit can be undone right now by learning to greet each emotion, each reaction, each thought and memory as an object to which we can relate with mindfulness, with full engaged-presence. Give it a try. Give your emotions a massage – the massage of mindfulness.
You are not alone!
Fear, Anxiety and Panic Disorder affects so many people. It can be very crippling and profoundly reduce the quality of life and have a very adverse effect on your relationships and family, work life and social life too. Probably 75% of my clients and students come to me for help with anxiety.
My passion, after struggling with anxiety myself in the past, is to make available to you the mindfulness methods that I have developed and found to work so well. I want to give you the tools that will allow you to not just learn how to manage your anxiety, but to heal the underlying psychological processes that cause your anxiety.
Mindfulness Therapy is immensely effective for healing anxiety, largely due to the focus on practical mindfulness-based methods that enable and empower you. Treatment-based approaches and medications have their place, but most of my clients come to me because they have not gotten satisfactory results with these approaches. You have to address the underlying fear directly; something medications will never do.
If you would like to speak with an online therapist, then visit my website to discover more about online therapy over Skype for eliminating chronic anxiety and excessive worrying, panic attacks, and chronic depression, help for recovery from an addiction, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Emotional Trauma and other varieties of emotional suffering not requiring medical treatment.
Standard counseling can be beneficial, but often common talk therapy does not alter the underlying psychological process that is the real cause of your depression or anxiety.
This also applies to the use of medications – the antidepressant may provide a temporary relief from symptoms for a while, but medications are not going to change the underlying process that produces the emotional pain.
The type of psychotherapy that I teach online is known as Mindfulness Therapy, which can be quite powerful for overcoming anxiety as well as for treating chronic depression or other emotional problems resulting from conditioned negative thinking. Most people see significant reduction in the level of anxiety and depression after the first couple of sessions of Mindfulness Therapy.
The Structure of Anxiety
Anxiety and depression affect most of us at some time in our lives. For many, and estimates vary from 10-50%, these powerful emotions can take hold and reduce our happiness and vitality, leaving us feeling fatigued and fearful. We become the victims of these emotions.
All emotions are created around a complex network of negative beliefs and negative patterns of thinking that we acquire over the years that become the prison bars that keep us penned up and suffering. The first part of making a change for the better is learning to recognize these negative patterns of habitual reactivity. Most of the time we aren’t aware of these reactions when they arise – we just react out of habit. We tend to blindly accept the reactions as inevitable, the way things are. This provides our first challenge, right here.
We have to break out of this delusion and understand that we are not the thoughts and emotions that arise in the mind; they are simply mind objects that arise due to conditions. Therefore, the first step in developing the art of recognizing our reactivity is to look at the reactions, emotions, worries and other negative thoughts as objects. We need to learn to look at these internal mental objects the same way that we might look at a table, a chair, a picture, or any other external object around us.
In fact, this is the first step in cultivating mindfulness meditation that we can practice right now. Settle into your chair, take a moment to relax your body and mind and start observing the objects around you. Pick an object and examine its details. Note how you can observe the object as it is: it exists in its space, and you exist as the observer, observing that object. You don’t have to react to the object, and the object has no power over you. In other words you have a very spacious and open relationship with the object, without any overlay of reactivity.
This is the nature of mindfulness and with careful practice you can develop this same kind of mindful relationship with your thoughts and emotions.
This is where mindfulness becomes an invaluable tool for both the client and the therapist. Mindfulness is defined as the non-reactive present-centered awareness of an experience. It is the art of sensitive listening, being fully present and receptive to whatever is being experienced.
During Mindfulness Meditation Therapy, mindfulness is applied directly to the felt-sense of the emotion to cultivate this quality of presence. We choose to make the emotion the primary object of our meditation and our task is to develop a relationship with the emotion, with the anger or fear in which we can observe the emotion and allow the emotion to unfold.
The purpose of cultivating the mindfulness-based relationship is so that we can move from the superficial surface structure of the emotion to the deep internal structure and reveal the subtle internal structure.
As we all know, it is what we don’t see that has the greatest power over us, and this is exactly what happens with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress and anxiety. Through the mindfulness-based relationship that we cultivate with our inner emotional pain, we effectively allow it to change and witnessing this change is the essential part of the transformational process.
How to overcome anxiety attacks without medication
The most effective way to overcome anxiety and depression is to break free from the underlying habitual reactive thinking that fuels your anxiety or depression. This is precisely what we focus on during online therapy sessions. It is very effective and most people see significant improvements after 2-3 sessions.
Medications only provide temporary relief from the symptoms, but do not change the underlying cause; Mindfulness Therapy does change the underlying process that causes anxiety and depression and that is why it is so effective for producing lasting changes.
Medications may relieve symptoms of anxiety or panic attacks, but the results are only temporary. Prescription medications do nothing to change the underlying psychological habits that cause your anxiety or panic attacks. The only way to change your emotional habits is to work on them directly, which is the focus of mindfulness therapy, which is what I teach during these online therapy sessions.
Contact me if you are looking for a more effective and permanent solution to managing and eliminating your anxiety or panic attacks. Mindfulness therapy is immensely effective and you should expect to see BIG IMPROVEMENTS after the first few sessions.
Peter Strong, PhD is a professional psychotherapist, teacher and author based in Boulder, Colorado, who specializes in the study of mindfulness and its application in Mindfulness Psychotherapy for healing the root causes of anxiety, depression and traumatic stress (PTSD).
Besides face-to-face therapy sessions, Dr Strong offers Online Counseling Therapy via Skype so we can talk with each other without you having to leave home, which is an important consideration when you are struggling with anxiety.