Rechian Therapy for Anxiety & Depression
The Root Cause of Anxiety and Depression
Most of our deepest wounds happen in our relationships with others.
The good news is: healing also often happens within our relationships.
Although therapists have known how psychological wounds occur for a long time, the field of neuroscience now confirms this understanding. This new ‘brain science’ shows how wounds that occurred during childhood wire our brains and how therapy can help heal or “re-wire” them.
Unfortunately, even when one has had loving parents, childhood can leave wounds that can cause problems in later life.
Behaviors, emotions and thoughts that are the result of difficult early experiences serve to protect us when we are children. However, in later life these ways of coping often work against us.
To heal anxiety and depression, often we need to heal our early experiences. Once these wounds are healed, most anxiety and depression symptoms are resolved.
This doesn’t necessarily mean we have to re-hash the past or even talk much about it.
It just means that the work you do with me in therapy aims to heal the root cause of your problems. This way we can work towards lasting change, instead of simply managing your symptoms.
Anxiety and Depression are Often the Result of How We Learned to ‘Block’ Our Emotions Early in Life as a Method of Coping
In counselling, we will work to help you connect with the emotions and experiences underlying anxiety and depression. We can work with how you hold these emotions in your body and help you to become more relaxed and freer to express your true self.
How Reichian Therapy Helps You Heal
Reichian therapy is a profound healing modality that helps you heal from depression, anxiety, and relationship problems. It is a body-mind approach that includes working with your body, thoughts, feelings and actions.
Working with your body and emotions can enhance the gains you make in therapy. Sometimes you can understand your situation and know what you want to change, but still get stuck and have difficulty making the changes.
This can happen because patterns of feeling, thinking and acting are “held” within your body. When we work with your body, breath and emotions in therapy, it allows us to get at the experience underlying your anxiety and depression, and brings you deeper relief.
Overall, Reichian therapy teaches you how to regulate your nervous system so that you feel better.
My therapy approach is customized to your unique needs and goals.
There are a variety of ways I may work with you within the Reichian framework. It depends on who you are and how you are struggling right now. Sometimes we may simply talk. At other times, we may work more with body sensations and breathing.
Other Therapies I May Use
There are several other therapies I may use in our counselling work together.
These types of therapy include: Bioenergetic therapy, Interpersonal, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Relational Somatic Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, or The Gottman Method of Couples therapy (when working with couples or addressing relationship issues).
You don’t have to know what all these methods are. You should just know that they have all been shown to be highly effective treatments for anxiety and depression.
What You Can Expect from Therapy
As your therapist, I provide a safe place for you to share your problems.
You begin by telling me your story and describing what you want from therapy. I will ask you some questions about the history of the problems you are experiencing.
I will listen to both your words and what your body seems to be saying (e.g. how you are moving and breathing as you speak). This way I can come to fully understand you and know how to guide our work together.
Your role is to be as open and honest as you can about your feelings, thoughts, and behaviours. If this feels difficult at first, it will become easier as our relationship grows. You only have to reveal what you feel comfortable revealing.
Being open about yourself may be part of the challenge you are facing in your life, and if so, we will work on making it more comfortable for you.
My Counselling Style is Collaborative, Empathic and Patient
The quality of the relationship between therapist and client has been shown to be the most important factor in healing. I will, therefore, do my best to ensure you are satisfied with our therapeutic relationship.
I will tailor therapy to fit you and your needs. This means that sometimes I will take a gentle role, and other times, a more directive role. I will ask for your feedback about what is helpful for you.
We’ll explore how our relationship reflects your relationship with others in the world.
For example, if you feel insecure in some of your relationships, we may explore if, and how, these feelings exist in your relationship with me. Dealing with them in the “here and now” makes them much easier to work with and resolve.
I help you increase your confidence and capacity to manage feelings or experiences that are uncomfortable for you.
It may seem hard to believe, but sometimes you can “shift” your experience by simply “being with” the difficult emotions and experiences as fully as possible. When it comes to anxiety and depression, often what thwarts your ability to change is that you run into discomfort. We can pace your therapy to deal with discomfort and find comfort with what used to be uncomfortable.
Sometimes results happen very quickly in therapy. At other times, one must be patient while making continuous progress.
Regardless of how long it takes to alleviate your suffering, I assure you that I will be patient and committed. Together, we will look at whatever it takes to help you feel better.
If you resonate with how I work and want to find out more about how I can help, book a free 30-minute consultation with me in my therapy office in Vancouver, or by phone.