Psychotherapy for Depression and Anxiety, Phobia
The most common complaints brought into private outpatient therapy practices at the current time appear to be mostly grouped under a type of anxiety or depressive disorder. Often, there are secondary factors such as obsessonal states, phobias, post traumatic sequelae, attentional deficits, hyperactivity, learning problems, etc. While some problems have been given the status of serving as a syndrome as well as a sign or symptom (such as ADHD), it is very often the case that the difficulty is part of a larger complex of symptoms connected with anxieties and depressions. A good psychotherapy that addresses all the various symptoms and the developmental growth of the individual as a whole will customarily involve sessions of once to twice weekly and from 45-60 minutes a session. During the sessions, an individual says what occurs to them and through this mechanism, the therapist and patient together listen and understand what drives the current troubles. Usually, action oriented solutions are held in abeyance while the individual gradually finds his or her own mind and will, independent of past ties and internal forces which have dictated how he/she will decide to act. The therapeutic effect of this approach has been shown to be of much benefit in cases of long standing patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving and tends to have a greater long term value than other approaches emphasizing the dispensing of good advice and strategies emphasizing action. Since mental and emotional struggles giving rise to depression and anxiety are internal, an approach which respects that internality is highly desirable even though, at first, it may seem as if removing the stressor in the outer world is the solution. Understandably, our feelings of helplessness in the face of our own emotions, will encourage us toward "control" of forces that appear to be causative. But conscious conrol is usually best achieved through an enhanced undersanding of what is not completely conscious.