What’s happening when a client suffering from symptoms of depression is willing to follow the therapist’s voice with eyes closed?
According to Zindel Segal—expert on mood disorders—that simple act is a commitment to choicefulness and a first step towards shifting the perceptions that make depression so hard to shake.
Here's how it works:
As you see, guiding clients from wide focus to narrow focus and back to wide, begins a process that helps clients move, by small steps, towards a new repertoire of more adaptive ways of responding to the stressing experiences that feed depression.This is just one example of the many mindfulness practices, adapted and simplified,that are proving highly effective with clients who suffer from depression.
Zindel Segal is head of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Clinic of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.
Want to Know More?Anxiety and depression are the two most common problems clients bring to psychotherapy today, but they remain some of the most challenging conditions to accurately and effectively assess and treat. What’s hard to find is sound, practical advice to help you integrate today's most effective perspectives and methods into your current clinical approach to improve your client outcomes. Below are some other Psychotherapy Networker resources you might find useful.
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