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Welcome! My name is Peter Strong, and I am a professional online therapist. I specialize in Mindfulness Therapy for the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression and help with addictions.
Now, online therapy for anxiety is becoming extremely popular for many reasons, greater convenience is certainly one of those reasons, but another very important reason is, of course, because of the condition itself - anxiety. People experiencing anxiety often find it very difficult to visit a therapist in his or her office, in-person. So the online therapist option is a very attractive alternative for the treatment of anxiety and also for other anxiety disorders such as agoraphobia and social anxiety.
Whatever the style of therapy that you prefer, you need to work with the underlying structure of the anxiety itself. Conventional Talk therapy can be useful, 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 - the medication 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 might 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, extremely 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 Automatic 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 very important part of online anxiety therapy that we look at during the online sessions of Mindfulness Therapy. We learn how to change our relationship to these habitual thoughts. It's not the thoughts themselves that provides the problem, it's our relationship to those intrusive thoughts. The way that we tend to identify with those thoughts and simply become lost in those 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 creates anxiety. That's one level of Mindfulness Therapy - working with compulsive thinking.
The second part of Mindfulness Therapy is working with 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 seeking 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 internal 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 resist them, it is to create hatred toward our anxiety emotions, but this only makes them stronger! Avoidance and aversion simply reinforces the core emotion and stops it from healing. So, during Mindfulness Therapy we learn to create a very friendly, compassionate relationship with these core emotions that actually allows them to resolve.
The other part of the healing process for this core emotion is to look into 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 image-based expressions. 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 the emotion 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 for yourself is to simply take the emotion and to move it further away. Often, a simple method like this can produce significant reduction in the level of the emotion that you experience, simply learning to move it further away.
Other things to investigate are the color of the emotion that you see internally. Often, intense emotions have intense colors. So, when we deliberately 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 knowledge you can make significant changes in the emotion.
So, this is a brief introduction to the Mindfulness Therapy that I provide during online sessions, and if you would like to learn more about anxiety counseling online using Mindfulness Therapy, please go to my website, CounselingTherapyOnline.com, and contact me so that we can schedule an online therapy session over Skype to treat your anxiety. So, please go to my website and contact me now. Thank you.
Visit my website http://www.counselingtherapyonline.com to learn more about ONLINE THERAPY with online therapist, Peter Strong, PhD, specializing in Mindfulness Therapy for the treatment of anxiety and depression. Learn more about this this Online Counseling Therapy Service by visiting my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/pdmstrong.
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