Depression therapy can help you name the actual emotions so you can do the work of dealing with them.
Like anxiety, depression can be crippling. At least when we’re feeling anxious, there’s the energy behind it to do things. We may not be doing things in our best interest, but when we feel anxious we are usually capable of doing something. Then, when we feel depressed there’s a different kind of energy behind it. Perhaps a sloth or “underwater” type of feeling. And, depression is a valid feeling. So, when I talk to my clients about depression, I am not afraid to use the word depressed or depression. This is important to describe feeling worse than “sad” and feeling hopeless.
ACT Therapy and Psychological Flexibility
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ACT Therapy for Anxiety in New Jersey
Acceptance and commitment therapy cultivates psychological flexibility in a number of ways. First, we take a look at our thoughts, and instead of judging them as good, right, or wrong, we simply observe them. This is one significant way ACT is different from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). In CBT, we may be looking at the thoughts and analyzing whether they are true or not. In ACT therapy, we don’t analyze the content of thoughts. We simply take a look at whether the thought we’re having is useful to us or not useful to us.
If we notice our thinking and determine it is useful to us, then we can make a decision. We can then decide if there is an appropriate next action we can take toward the life that we want. That might include trying to think about other things that are useful for us to think about, or to take action. Psychological flexibility in this example is the ability to think of other things. And, to do other things, while still experiencing the feelings.