Find a psychotherapist using Skype
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Welcome. My name is Peter Strong. I’m a professional psychotherapist and I offer
online therapy via Skype. So if you’re looking for a psychotherapist
who uses Skype them, do please go to my website and learn more about the online therapy service
that I provide. Skype is a very good choice because it’s very
secure, it’s encrypted, and it allows you to see each other, which is a very important
part of effective communication. So it’s a very good choice if you are considering
online therapy. You really do need to see each other. So I work almost exclusively now via Skype
simply because people enjoy the convenience of Skype therapy. And people really find it more comfortable
to have their sessions from home than having to go into a therapist’s office. Being comfortable is really important, that
greatly increases the effectiveness of the psychotherapy process. You need to feel in control. You need to feel free to ask questions and
really explore the methods that I’ll be teaching you. This is really important. This is your process. It’s quite different than simply going to
a doctor for a prescription medication. What I teach is a set of well-tested methods
that you can apply yourself for overcoming chronic anxiety and depression and also for
working with the underlying emotional cause of addiction. Whatever the form of emotional suffering that
is affecting you, you can overcome that emotional suffering when you have the tools to do it
effectively. So that’s the focus that I take in my therapy
sessions. I will be teaching you how to apply mindfulness
for overcoming anxiety and depression and other forms of emotional suffering. It’s better, in my opinion, to think of anxiety
and depression, as well, as being a set of emotional and psychological habits. This is much more useful than labeling anxiety
or depression as an illness or a mental problem. They’re not. They are learned habits. We learn how to become anxious and afraid. We learn how to become depressed. This learning happens unconsciously as we
build more and more habits, unconscious reactive habits. Typically, these habits involve four kinds
of reactivity. There is cognitive reactivity. This is reactive thinking that becomes habitual:
Rumination, chronic worrying and other forms of negative thinking that reinforce the underlying
emotion. There is emotional reactivity where we react
to our emotions with other emotions. So this could include self-hatred or self-criticism. The inner critic is a big problem that fuels
anxiety and depression particularly, and that’s a form of emotional reactivity. There’s also behavioral reactivity, where
we seek to avoid the emotion by distraction or for engaging in some activity that takes
us away from the underlying emotional pain, and addiction falls into that category of
behavioral reactivity. As you know, addiction does not heal the underlying
anxiety or depression or trauma that is feeding that addiction. The addiction is simply a reaction to that
pain and attempt to escape the pain, which is of course, completely ineffective. And the fourth kind of reactivity that we
encounter is somatic reactivity. This is how the body reacts to anxiety and
depression. So the fight-or-flight type reactions are
a form of somatic reactivity. The changes in facial expression and posture
that you would expect for depression, for example, is a form of somatic reactivity. So all of these forms of reactivity have the
same effect. They reinforce the underlying emotional trauma
that hasn’t healed. Emotional trauma simply refers to any intense
emotion that has not been processed properly and completely and continues to cause anxiety
or depression. So in mindfulness therapy, we learn how to
work with the underlying emotions. We learn how to work with these patterns of
reactivity that feed those underlying emotions. And the approach is very, very effective indeed. This is quite different than conventional
counselling or or talk therapy. We’re not trying to understand our anxiety
or depression. We’re trying to promote healing of our anxiety
and depression as it manifests itself in the present. This is where healing happens. Understanding can be useful, but it is rarely
enough to heal anxiety or depression. People usually have some level of understanding
already about when their anxiety or depression got started and how they fall into patterns
of reactivity that feed that suffering, but they don’t know how to stop the process. They don’t know the practical things they
can do in the present. And that’s what I’ll be teaching you through
the techniques of mindfulness therapy. We can learn how to overcome the patterns
of reactivity and the underlying emotions themselves. The effect is very, very profound, long-lasting
and it provides a path for growing in well-being and happiness, as well as just healing the
underlying suffering. So if you’d like to learn more about mindfulness
therapy and you’re looking for a therapist to work with via Skype, then do please contact
me and let’s schedule a Skype therapy session. I see people worldwide. All you need is a good Internet connection
and then we can arrange for a Skype therapy session. Typically, people see big changes have to
the first three or four sessions with me once you learn how to apply these practical methods
for working with anxiety and depression and other forms of emotional suffering. Thank you.

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