ANXIETY COUNSELING ONLINE
Learn How to Overcome Anxiety through Mindfulness
Whatever the style of psychotherapy that you are attracted to, you need to work with the underlying structure of the anxiety itself. Standard Talk Therapy can be helpful, but often it does not alter the underlying structure, the underlying process that creates your anxiety every day, and the same can be said for medications as well - drug may relieve symptoms for awhile, but it doesn't change the underlying cause of the anxiety or depression. So, it's very important to seek what we can call a process-centered therapy to try and change the underlying process that creates the anxiety. CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, is an example of a process-oriented therapy. Mindfulness Therapy, which is a system of work that I developed in the 1980's, and incorporates CBT and cognitive therapy along with mindfulness is another, quite popular process-oriented therapy.
So, what is the underlying structure of your anxiety? What keeps that anxiety re-occurring? Well, there are two levels that we must address. The first is to do with what is called Habitual Reactive Thinking: the racing mind, intrusive thoughts, thoughts that repeat over and over again, thoughts that catastrophize, the 'what if?' thoughts, that tend to feed the anxiety. So, that's one extremely important part of anxiety therapy that we look at during the online sessions of Mindfulness Therapy. We learn how to transform our relationship to these negative thoughts. It's not the thoughts themselves that is the problem, it's our relationship to these negative thoughts. The way that we tend to identify with the thoughts and simply become lost in the thoughts - we actually lose conscious awareness, in effect, and become prisoners of these recurring negative thoughts. Mindfulness Therapy is one of the best methods available for learning how to change this habit, how to break free from that prison of reactive thinking that causes anxiety. That's one level of Mindfulness Therapy - working with negative thinking.
The second level of Mindfulness Therapy is transforming the core emotions underneath that fuel that habitual thinking. So, you can think of anxiety as having a core, rather like a volcano has a magma chamber, and that magma is always looking for an outlet to the surface, and so it is with core emotions - they are always seeking an outlet, seeking to take on form, in the form of thoughts.
So, during Mindfulness Therapy we also work on developing a very positive and friendly relationship with these core emotions themselves. We create the best inner conditions that allow that core reservoir of anxiety energy to change, to transform, to heal and to eventually go away. So, this is a very important part of Mindfulness Therapy - learning to accept your emotions. Our habit, of course, is the opposite: it is to run away from our emotions, it is to avoid them, it is to fight them, it is to create aversion toward our anxiety emotions, but this only makes them more powerful! Avoidance and resistance simply reinforces the core emotion and stops it from healing. So, during Mindfulness Therapy we learn how to create a very friendly, compassionate relationship with our core emotions that actually allows them to heal.
The other part of the healing process for this core emotion is to investigate its structure. What is the structure of an emotion? This is interesting because the structure of emotion is not thought, it is imagery. Imagery is the natural language of emotion. This is why we might say, "I am feeling overwhelmed" or "I'm feeling in a very dark place right now" or "I'm feeling trapped." These are all visual terms. It's actually how we see the emotion internally in the mind that creates that emotion and keeps it in place. So, behind every emotion there is imagery - how we see it internally. During Mindfulness Therapy we investigate this imagery, we look at it in great detail and we look to see the primary characteristics of that imagery that keeps the emotion alive.
For example, if the imagery is too close and too big, that is a primary component that creates the anxiety, or the panic. So, a simple step that you can try is to simply take the emotion and to move it further away. Often, a simple technique like this can make immense reduction in the intensity of the emotion that you experience, simply learning to move it further away.
Other things to investigate are things like the color of the emotion that you see inside. Often, intense emotions have intense colors. So, when we change the color to black and white or to a muted color, that can directly affect the intensity of the emotion.
So, it's by looking closely at the structure of an emotion that you can find out how it works and with this information you can make significant changes in the emotion.
So, this is a brief introduction to the Mindfulness Therapy that I teach during online sessions, and if you would like to learn more about online therapy for anxiety using Mindfulness Therapy, please visit my website, CounselingTherapyOnline.com, and email me and then we can schedule an online therapy session over Skype to treat your anxiety. So, please go to my website and email me now. Thank you.