Online Mindfulness Therapy for Depression


Online Mindfulness Therapy via Skype for Depression


Online Mindfulness Therapy for Depression

This service is for people who are highly motivated to change, who want to take charge of their life, but do not want to indulge in years of “talk therapy” or depend on medications.

At the Center for Mindfulness Psychotherapy in Boulder, Colorado, its founder Peter Strong has developed a unique strategy for working with persistent emotional problems such as depression, anxiety and trauma-related anxiety called Mindfulness Meditation Therapy.

Please feel free to email me to find out more about Online Mindfulness Therapy with me. During these sessions I will teach you how to apply mindfulness, including mindfulness meditation for promoting recovery from all forms of anxiety disorders, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, depression and other forms of emotional suffering using the well-tested techniques of Mindfulness Therapy.

This approach is particularly effective and most clients notice noticeable reduction in the intensity of your anxiety or depression after the first few sessions with me.

Online Mindfulness-based Skype Psychotherapy is highly effective for controlling anxiety and depression without using drugs. Treat the cause of your emotional pain rather than just suppressing symptoms.

The principle healing factors developed during Mindfulness Meditation Therapy are Consciousness, which is vital for overcoming the reactive habits that cause anxiety and depression, and Inner Compassion, which is what accelerates healing and resolution of emotional suffering.

“I really don’t want to continue taking medications to treat my anxiety. I hate the side-effects. I feel that this online counseling has given me the tools I needed to stop my panic attacks. Mindfulness therapy has been very effective treatment for me – and enjoyable too!”

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Online Therapy for Depression via Skype

Welcome! My name is Peter Strong and I provide online therapy for treating depression and also anxiety and addiction and many other common psychological and emotional problems that benefit from the techniques of Mindfulness Therapy, which is what I specialize in and have been working on for the last 10 years or so and find to be extremely effective for working with anxiety and depression.

So if you’re interested in online therapy for depression, then please reach out to me by email and ask any questions you have about the Mindfulness Therapy approach for recovering from depression.

So online therapy is a very good option for many people because it’s very convenient. It offers fewer barriers to seeking help for your depression or anxiety and that’s really important. Depression can be extremely debilitating and very painful. It’s a very painful form of emotional suffering, but you do not have to remain a victim of depression, you can change.

Depression like any other emotional problem is fundamentally habitual in nature. Depression is a habit, as is anxiety and many other emotional problems. They are basically habits, and habits can be changed. The fundamental problem for most people is that they become addicted to these blind, emotional reactive habits that cause your suffering.

There’s no conscious relationship to their emotions, to the mind in general. We just become slaves to the habit that creates depression. So this is where mindfulness therapy comes in and that’s why it’s so powerful, because Mindfulness Therapy is a way of cultivating conscious awareness of your emotional suffering. It’s a way of changing the relationship you have to the mind. That means to your emotions and to your thoughts and beliefs so that you do not become blindly identified with them.

So this is extremely important to overcome any habit. When you can develop a conscious relationship with that habit, then you bring the element of choice and it becomes possible to start changing the thought patterns and the emotional pain underneath that is feeding the depression.

But without that conscious awareness, without the mindfulness, change is practically impossible. And the habit simply continues to operate automatically. So the primary focus in Mindfulness Therapy is to develop is very conscious but non-reactive relationship with your emotions and thoughts. We learn to see the thoughts and the emotions very directly and without becoming identified with them.

So as you know, rumination is one of the key factors that feed depression. The rumination does not cause depression, but depression leads to rumination, to obsession with thoughts that simply propagate themselves endlessly and ruminating thoughts have the effect of reinforcing the emotion underneath. That’s the important distinction to make here.

So if you would like to learn how to work with depression using Mindfulness Therapy, then to please contact me and schedule a Skype therapy session.

I do all my sessions via Skype. It’s just as good as meeting in person for the vast majority of people. It’s more convenient, less intimidating, and generally there is no difference at all. So if you would like to schedule a Skype therapy session for your depression, then do please contact me. Thank you.

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Online Therapist for Depression via Skype

Depression has many forms, and you should think of it as a spectrum of emotion ranging from mild mood changes on one end to clinical depression at the other end, which may require medical intervention. You should always consult a doctor if you are suffering from clinical depression.

However, most people suffer from milder forms of depression that represent the difficulty in adjusting to the many stresses and challenges of life in combination with emotional problems experienced during childhood. Problems arising from our relationship to our parents, potential emotional and physical abuse create the foundations for depression for many people. You do not necessarily have an illness if you are depressed, you may simply be having a hard time adjusting to trauma or difficult core emotions relating to self-image and poor self-esteem.

For many, depression is more of a dysfunctional habit; the product of negative habitual patterns of thinking, negative beliefs and destructive patterns of behavior, including addictions. The good news is that habits can be changed, and Mindfulness Therapy is one of the most effective ways of working with the underlying core emotions that cause your depression.

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Specific Types of Depression that respond well to Mindfulness Therapy

Welcome. My name is Peter Strong and I’m a professional online therapist for depression and also for anxiety and any other emotional problems that you may be experiencing that are due to psychological causes. The primary cause of depression of course is rumination or reactive habitual thinking. The way that we get caught in these patterns of recurring intrusive thoughts that feed our depression is one of the chief factors that feeds the emotion of depression.

During online therapy I will teach you mindfulness-based methods to overcome these patterns of habitual reactive thinking, to neutralize that rumination that feeds the depression. When you learn how to do this then you stop feeding that depression and the depression begins its process of resolution.

This approach is one in which we actually learn to meditate on our emotions. We bring those emotions into the mind and we learn to sit with those emotions without reacting. If we do react, then we learn to see those reactions and again through mindfulness we learn to break free from those reactions and so we stop feeding them as well.

So in this process of meditating on your depression you are actually learning to free yourself from the reactive process that feeds that depression. And in this way you create the right conditions whereby the depression heals itself and learns to extinguish itself.

So if you’d like to learn more about online mindfulness therapy for depression and you like to talk to an online therapist for depression, do please go to my website, learn more about mindfulness therapy for depression and also for anxiety and then email me and we can schedule a Skype Therapy session in which I will teach you these ways of working with depression that have proven to be so effective over the years.

Most of the clients I’ve worked with over the last 10 to 20 years now, report that they see significant changes in the intensity of their depression and the frequency of depressive episodes once they start applying these mindfulness techniques that neutralize the rumination and habitual reactive thinking and the changes can occur quite quickly.

Usually people see significant changes after three to four sessions with me. So, if you’d like to learn more about this approach do please send me an email. Thank you.

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Online Psychotherapy for Depression via Skype

People like online therapy because it is more comfortable and far less intimidating, which is important when you are struggling with the painful emotions associated with depression. Skype therapy allows you to see each other which makes it far superior to text-based online therapy and just as effective as meeting in-person.

What is depression?

Depression describes a complex emotional state that is best described as a constellation of other emotions such as grief, loss, sadness, shame, a feeling of helplessness and vulnerability, deep inner pain, emotional trauma and fear.

The feeling of being overwhelmed is very prominent and often leads to a state of torpor, lethargy and lack of motivation; hallmarks of depression.

How do I break free from depression?

The main approach that we need to undertake is to change the way that we relate to our emotional pain. Avoidance and aversion are the main problem with depression. We have to change this relationship to to one of consciously embracing our emotions, which is the focus of Mindfulness Therapy, but we have to do this through directly cultivating conscious presence with our emotions, not just talking about them or trying to understand them. This is the focus of mindfulness meditation, where we meditate on our depression, exploring its structure and learning how to be present without becoming identified with the emotions and thoughts that make up that structure.

I will teach you how to work with your depression more effectively using the techniques and methods of Mindfulness Therapy as I have developed it over the years and found to be best suited for healing depression and anxiety.

Online therapy over Skype for anxiety and depression
Online therapy over Skype for anxiety and depression

Welcome! My name is Peter Strong. I’m a professional psychotherapist based in Colorado and I provide online therapy via Skype and I specialize in Mindfulness Therapy for the treatment of anxiety and depression. So if you’re looking for online psychotherapy for your depression, then please go to my website and learn more about the online approach that I use.

All my therapy sessions are done via Skype. This is not only very convenient for most people, but also it makes us a lot less intimidating. It’s much more comfortable for you as the client being able to have your therapy sessions at home rather than traveling to see a therapist in their office.

Do not avoid your depression

So depression is a very important emotion to work on and not avoid. So many people try to just get through their days really ignoring their depression but suffering immensely from its effects. So one of the principal features of mindfulness therapy is that we do not avoid our emotions. The avoidance is a form of reactivity that simply feeds depression and does not help. So we must overcome the habit of avoidance. We must instead directly face our depression and work with it, and that’s one of the primary focuses of Mindfulness Therapy.

Depression is a conglomerate of other emotions

Depression is typically formed as a constellation of other emotions like anxiety, fear, a sense of helplessness, a sense of not having any control, a sense of guilt or shame or low self-esteem or emotional trauma. There are lots and lots of emotions embedded in this conglomerate that we call depression. Depression is not one thing. It’s an accumulation of lots of different habitual emotional reactions. The avoidance simply causes these emotional reactions to get stronger and stronger until the depression becomes overwhelming.

So we must instead start to focus mindfulness on our depression. We must learn how to meditate on it in order to us to see the individual component emotions, because to heal depression, you have to heal the underlying fear or sadness or guilt or shame or emotional trauma. These individually need to heal. When they heal the depression heals.

Lear how to meditate on your depression

So that’s very important and that’s why we learn how to meditate on our depression. We must make it central so that we can uncover the underlying emotions and help each one heal in turn.

The biggest problem that avoidance produces is that it tends to cause these emotions to become isolated, to become abandoned, essentially, and when they remain on the fringe and not seen clearly then they start to gain greater strength. So bringing the emotions into conscious awareness is central. So that’s one aspect of Mindfulness Therapy. It is learning how to bring in our emotions from the outside so that we can develop a compassionate and very conscious relationship with them.

But in so doing, we have to learn to form a conscious relationship with them rather than simply becoming consumed by them. So that’s part of training in mindfulness, how to stay present with your emotional pain without becoming reactive, without becoming consumed by it, without becoming identified with these emotions. Developing this objective consciousness is an essential part of healing.

Another very important part of the mindfulness approach is to develop a conscious and non-reactive relationship with all of those patterns of reactive, habitual thinking or rumination that feeds the underlying emotions. And that is something we train with as well by looking at the emotions directly and then looking at the thoughts that get activated in reaction to the emotions. We have to work with those thoughts in the same way: to see them clearly, but not to become overwhelmed by them and not to become identified with them.

And another part of this outer layer of reactive thoughts that we have to look at is reactive beliefs about who we think we are. These beliefs also have the effect of reinforcing the depression if we become identified with them. If we do not become identified with beliefs about our self, then those beliefs do not have any effect on our well-being. It’s only when we become blindly identified with our beliefs that the problem starts. So seeing these beliefs very clearly in an objective way is central.

Another really important component in overcoming depression is to look for reactive behaviors that feed our depression in the same way. All reactivity, whether it’s in the form of emotional reactivity, cognitive reactivity or behavioral reactivity, has the same effect, which is to reinforce the underlying depression.

So we have to look for behaviors that basically feed the depression. This can include addiction and avoidance behavior. It can include distraction, trying to take your mind away from painful emotions. That is a form of behavior that will simply reinforce the underlying depression.

There are many different forms of reactive behaviors that simply contribute to the problem; addiction is certainly one of the main ones that come across. So if there’s reactive behavior. Same thing. We need to meditate on that behavior to find the underlying emotions that are triggering that behavior, for example, that a triggering addiction.

It’s only when we develop a conscious, mindfulness-based relationship with our emotional pain that we can ever expect that emotional pain to heal. That’s a central principle in Mindfulness Therapy. So developing this internal conscious, mindful relationship is essential.

Then we have to develop that relationship further to be one that is based on compassion. We have to learn how to be compassionate towards our emotions and towards our thoughts and towards our behaviors. This compassionate relationship is what then starts to change the mindful a relationship into being a healing relationship. So we learn to work with our emotions, with compassion. We learn to make friends with our emotional pain. That is an absolute requirement for healing. If you cannot relate in a loving, compassionate way with your emotional pain, then it will not heal. So this is very important, to establish in a compassion and friendliness or love. This is bringing the higher part of your being we call the True Self into relationship with the part that is suffering, which is the Little Self.

In our sessions together, I will teach you these mindfulness-based methods of how to work with depression. We will explore in great detail all of the different reactive formations, whether their thoughts, beliefs, emotions or trauma, whatever it might be. We will learn to work with those using mindfulness to promote healing. And healing is our primary objective.

Mindfulness is more than just seeing things and it’s more than just accepting things. It’s about healing that internal suffering and that is the central focus of Mindfulness Therapy.

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Online Therapy is very convenient and effective! Skype therapy service for anxiety and depression.

If you would like to learn more about how to work with your depression using mindfulness-based psychotherapy, then please do contact me so we can schedule some online therapy sessions together.

This very direct approach to working with your emotions is very effective and most people see substantial improvements within a few sessions. The real issue for most people is that they do not establish a mindful relationship internally with their emotions. They try to escape them, they to try to push them away, and that will not work.

You must build a conscious and compassionate relationship with your emotional pain in order for it to heal. When you do that in a very detailed way, then your depression will heal quite quickly. And it does not require medications. In fact, medications may provide a short-term relief, but of course the medications do not help you heal the underlying emotions.

So if you would like to learn more, please contact me by email so we have some sessions. Thank you.

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Overcome Depression without Drugs through Online Mindfulness Therapy

It is important to check that there are no underlying medical conditions that might be causing your depression, but for most people depression is best described as a psychological habit that is caused when we become overwhelmed by habitual reactive thinking called rumination. During online mindfulness therapy sessions we learn how to transform this habit and resolve the depression.

So the best way to fight depression without drugs and without the use of prescription medications is to work on changing the underlying psychological habits that creates your depression.

Perhaps the most common underlying psychological habit is that of rumination. This describes patterns of habitual reactive thinking that tend to proliferate in the minds and that feeds the underlying depression. So thoughts do not cause depression but they do feed that depression. One of the best ways to control rumination is by learning some form of mindfulness meditation practice, particularly where we practice on meditating on the mind itself.

Meditating on breathing is a common mindfulness practice that is a very good relaxation exercise, but what really makes the difference is when you start meditating on the mind. This allows you to start developing more conscious awareness of these patterns of habitual reactive thinking that feed your depression. When you become more aware of them you can begin to break free from the rumination.

We practice many different mindfulness techniques to help you with this during the online therapy sessions that I teach for managing depression and also anxiety. One of the most effective approaches is called the “Placement Technique” and this is where you learn to greet your thoughts consciously and also in a friendly manner and then move those thoughts to a lower level such as placing them on the floor. This is an interesting exercise to try. Most people have never thought to do this but the position of your thoughts in the mind, the way you see them, is a very important factor in creating the depression.

Usually the thoughts are too close and too high. That’s how we see them, and it’s that closeness that becomes menacing, if you like, like a swarm of bees. If you space those thoughts out and create more space around them by moving them, that takes away that menacing quality, the crowding effect of too little space, and that can have a dramatic effect on decreasing the intensity of emotional stress produced by those ruminating thoughts. So you might try practicing this yourself.

If you’d like to learn more in more detail how to apply this technique, the placement technique, and other mindfulness methods for managing rumination then simply go to my website and email me and let’s set up a trial Skype therapy session to help you overcome your depression.

It’s not always necessary to take medications, and in fact medications generally can only relieve symptoms, unless there is an underlying medical condition. But for most people that’s not the case. It’s simply that they have developed habitual patterns of rumination that feeds the depression.

So go learn more about us mindfulness therapy for depression and anxiety, and if you’d like to schedule a session simply e-mail me and we can arrange a time that works for you and for me. Thank you.

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Online Treatment for Depression

Welcome! My name is Peter Strong, and I am a professional online therapist. I provide online therapy for depression, anxiety, stress, addictions and other emotional problems.

Now, online treatment for depression is a very good choice, especially if you live in a rural area where you might find it difficult to find a local therapist to work with. For most people, the online depression treatment option is a good choice and especially if you are suffering from the more conventional forms of depression that we face in society. Of course, if you are suffering from a clinical form of depression then you should consult your doctor for appropriate treatment.

But, for most people, what constitutes good treatment for depression is to learn better strategies for working with the underlying causes of that depression: Things like reactive thinking and unresolved emotional issues that fuel the depression. And for this, there are many successful forms of psychotherapies that will help you.

The style of therapy that I offer for the treatment of depression is called Mindfulness Therapy, and this is a very good way of resolving those underlying core emotions as well as neutralizing those habitual patterns of reactive thinking that sustain and feed depression.

So, if you are interested in online treatment for your depression, please contact me through my website. Let’s discuss whether this a good option for you. The we can schedule a Skype session of depression treatment online. So, please visit my website and contact me.
Thank you!

Talk to an Online Therapist to Overcome Anxiety & Depression
Talk to an Online Therapist to Overcome Anxiety & Depression

During my work with clients 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 without, 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 prime work of Mindfulness Meditation 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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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 a 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.

One woman described how she saw herself as being a victim of incessant worrying and anxiety. She had tried several forms of talking therapy, but the anxiety persisted. When I asked her what color the anxiety-emotion was, she seemed puzzled. Apparently, in all her previous therapy sessions no one had asked her to look inside and see what was actually there.

Talking about emotions is never as effective as actually looking at them directly. After a couple of sessions of Mindfulness Therapy she established an inner mindfulness-based relationship with the anxiety-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 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 worry-thoughts through mindfulness training.

Mindfulness meditation is like “mental massage” in which we bring warmth and healing energy to those hard, reactive places within, and with each gentle touch, suffering begins to respond by healing itself from within.

During Online Mindfulness Therapy sessions, I will teach you 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 issues, but almost always in the way that we react to these events.

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.

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Online Therapy for Depression via Skype

Chronic depression is a very debilitating condition that needs treatment. Please do not avoid seeking treatment from a qualified psychotherapist. Medications may be a part of a treatment plan but you really need to uncover and heal the underlying unresolved reactive emotions that form your depression. Depression is not one thing but a complex of several other reactive emotions, often including chronic anxiety, emotional trauma, a feeling of helplessness and other forms of emotional pain.

One of the most important components of depression that you need to work on is rumination, the uncontrolled proliferation of negative thinking and beliefs that is so much a feature of depression. Rumination does not cause depression but feeds it, rather like throwing wood onto a fire feeds the fire. Mindfulness Therapy is extremely effective for neutralizing rumination and, in effect, taking the fuel source away from the depression. This is an essential part of recovering from depression.

Welcome! My name is Peter Strong and I provide online therapy for treating depression and also anxiety and addiction and many other common psychological and emotional problems that benefit from the techniques of Mindfulness Therapy, which is what I specialize in and have been working on for the last 10 years or so and find to be extremely effective for working with anxiety and depression.

So if you’re interested in online therapy for depression, then please reach out to me by email and ask any questions you have about the Mindfulness Therapy approach for recovering from depression.

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Speak to a therapist online for anxiety and depression

So online therapy is a very good option for many people because it’s very convenient. It offers fewer barriers to seeking help for your depression or anxiety and that’s really important. Depression can be extremely debilitating and very painful. It’s a very painful form of emotional suffering, but you do not have to remain a victim of depression, you can change.

Depression like any other emotional problem is fundamentally habitual in nature. Depression is a habit, as is anxiety and many other emotional problems. They are basically habits, and habits can be changed. The fundamental problem for most people is that they become addicted to these blind, emotional reactive habits that causes suffering.

There’s no conscious relationship to their emotions, to the mind in general. We just become slaves to the habit that creates depression. So this is where mindfulness therapy comes in and that’s why it’s so powerful, because Mindfulness Therapy is a way of cultivating conscious awareness of your emotional suffering. It’s a way of changing the relationship you have to the mind. That means to your emotions and to your thoughts and beliefs so that you do not become blindly identified with them.

So this is extremely important to overcome any habit. When you can develop a conscious relationship with that habit, then you bring the element of choice and it becomes possible to start changing the thought patterns and the emotional pain underneath that is feeding the depression.

But without that conscious awareness, without the mindfulness, change is practically impossible. And the habit simply continues to operate automatically. So the primary focus in Mindfulness Therapy is to develop is very conscious but non-reactive relationship with your emotions and thoughts. We learn to see the thoughts and the emotions very directly and without becoming identified with them.

Overcoming rumination is key

So as you know, rumination is one of the key factors that feed depression. The rumination does not cause depression, but depression leads to rumination, to obsession with thoughts that simply propagate themselves endlessly and ruminating thoughts have the effect of reinforcing the emotion underneath. That’s the important distinction to make here.

So rumination does not cause depression, but it does feed the depression very much in the same way that putting wood on a bonfire feeds the fire, and it prevents the fire from doing what the fire really wants to do, which is to burn itself out. That’s its direction, its natural direction of change. It’s very much the same with depression. The natural direction is for healing. The depression is trying to heal itself like any other construct in the mind or in the body, it always tries to heal and return to a state of balance and equilibrium. But the reactivity, the rumination, prevents that natural healing process from taking place. It simply inhibits healing.

So how do we go about changing these patterns of reactive thinking? How do we break free from rumination? Well, the most important thing to understand here, is that you must not try to avoid those intrusive thoughts and the emotions underneath the thoughts. Trying to distract yourself, trying to do positive thinking is going to be completely useless for healing depression. Any form of avoidance simply takes consciousness away from the habit, and that will reinforce the habit even more.

So we have to bring those thoughts into consciousness and develop a different relationship with them in which we are not identified with those ruminating thoughts. We learn to see the thoughts as objects in the mind instead of becoming lost in those thoughts.

So this is developing the quality of mindfulness we call objective consciousness, the ability to be the observer that sees the mind. That is the crucial step towards healing, because when you stop identifying with the thoughts, then you inactivate those thoughts, you neutralize them and they are no longer able to feed the depression.

So the way we deactivate and neutralize reactive thoughts is by deliberately bringing them into the mind so that we can work on changing our relationship to them from one of blind reactive identification to one being the observer that does not react and does not identify with those thoughts.

So this is one of the central themes in the Mindfulness Therapy approach that I have developed over the years and as I find to be so effective. The basic training that I will teach you during our sessions together is how to meditate on your depression. Most people think that meditation is a way of escaping depression or anxiety or suffering. Far from that.

The purpose of meditation is to bring conscious awareness or mindfulness to those parts of the mind that are trying to heal. It’s a response of compassion. This is essential for healing. So we do that in a very deliberate way. We meditate on those ruminating thoughts, but we learn to change our relationship to them so that they no longer affect us and could feed the depression.

Thoughts in themselves are not the problem. And this is another very important thing to understand. Thoughts are not the problem. Ruminating thoughts are not the problem. The problem is the blind reactive identification with those thoughts in which we lose our perspective as the observer, which is our True Self.

So when you learn how to do this, you will you will start to take away the fuel cells form from the depression and this can produce dramatic changes.

Mindfulness meditation for healing anxiety & depression

So during our sessions, I will teach you exactly how to do this. We will practice learning how to meditate on our depression. I will guide you in this meditation, and you’ll start to experience the changes yourself during the sessions. And then, of course, you can practice meditating on your depression between sessions. And that’s very important. When you turn this into a regular daily practice, that training will greatly increase the rate of healing.

Most people see quite incredible results when they start applying mindfulness therapy to heal their depression, and you should expect to see significant and noticeable changes within the first three to four weeks of practice. Often people can completely break the habit of depression altogether.

I will guide you in this in detail and help you. That’s my job to help you learn how to apply mindfulness to work with your emotions more effectively.

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Talk to a therapist via Skype – Online Mindfulness-based Skype Counseling Therapy

So if you would like to learn how to work with depression using Mindfulness Therapy, then to please contact me and schedule a Skype therapy session.

I do all my sessions via Skype. It’s just as good as meeting in person for the vast majority of people. It’s more convenient, less intimidating, and generally there is no difference at all.

So if you would like to schedule a Skype therapy session for your depression, then do please contact me. Thank you.

Recovery from chronic Anxiety & Depression through Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy

Depression is best seen as being a habit, a conglomerate of blind habitual emotional and cognitive reactions that operate subconsciously. The important understanding here is that any and all habits can be changed through systematic training in conscious awareness. Consciousness is often described as the destroyer of habits. During mindfulness therapy we learn to develop a conscious relationship with our mind. This is the definition of Mindfulness Meditation as I teach it.

It’s essential that you just learn to, essentially, meditate on your anxiety and depression. You’ve got to from a conscious and friendly relationship with your emotions if you want them to heal. This quality of non-reactive conscious awareness that can embrace emotions and thoughts is called “mindfulness.”

The majority of us, obviously, react negatively to our anxiety, depression or other disagreeable emotions with avoidance or some type of hatred to those negative emotions. We do not want these painful feelings and thoughts and we strive to get rid of them. This is actually the worst thing you could possibly do, because this kind of reactivity makes the emotional suffering grow and become more intense. Any form of reactivity has the negative effect of reinforcing emotional suffering.

What I’ve found, and numerous others in the field of Mindfulness Therapy have discovered, is that what really accelerates emotional healing is when we are able to keep the unpleasant emotion in our conscious awareness without negatively reacting to the emotions with fear and aversion.

When you do that you are learning how you can effectively be with the emotion without becoming reactive and without becoming overwhelmed by it. This teaches the mind a completely different manner of processing that the anxiety, which allows the emotion to change, to resolve also to transform itself.

What makes this approach so powerful is focused training. Mindfulness therapy promotes freedom. You are, in effect training your painful emotions how to resolve themselves.

Online Mindfulness Therapy provides a very effective way to overcome the rumination that feeds depression.

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Does this interest you? Send me an email now. Tell me about yourself and how I can help you. Schedule a trial session via Skype now.

Peter Strong, PhD is a professional online psychotherapist, teacher and author based in Boulder, Colorado, who specializes in the study of mindfulness and its application in Mindfulness-based Online Psychotherapy for healing the root causes of anxiety, depression and stress.

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