I believe change happens when we fully accept all of who we are, our strengths as well as our vulnerabilities. That is the work of therapy.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Bellingham, WA
Besides learning how to be with my own grief and loss, I find the issues of grief and loss to be especially important because our culture is uncomfortable and seemingly unable to allow us the space and time to grieve our many losses.
I believe depression is a multifaceted emotion and experience. It can be seen as repressed anger, sadness over a loss, deep discouragement about life or a hormonal imbalance. Allowing people permission to be depressed and explore it's meaning to them may be a helpful process.
Given my own anxiety over the years and my attempts to accept it, be curious and learn from it, and lessen it, has allowed me to be especially sensitive and helpful with the many aspects of anxiety.
Having struggled with my own anxiety for many years, I have gained understanding, compassion and acceptance of my own anxiety. Allowing it to be, not fighting against it, accepting it, and listening for it's messages, all help to lessen it's impact in our lives and live fully.
I have found Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a gentle mind-body energy , to be extremely effective in lessening anxiety, anger, and other strong emotions. It works with the body's meridian system to soothe out energy blockages in the body and has been found to reduce cortisol the body's anxiety hormone. It is also very useful in challenging limiting beliefs and patterns that continue to hold us back.
I find the focus of mindfulness to be very helpful. By this I mean encouraging a client to pay attention to their thoughts and feelings as a way to be with them fully. When a person stops fighting against their thoughts and feelings, they have the space to begin to understand them, accept them, and let them go.