• jennagosta m.d.

Depression ...

Depression - can be tough, heavy sad.

The good news is that there are perspectives that make depression make more sense, and there are ways of helping to lift it.

First let's just acknowledge that there are two sorts of depression.

One is often called “situational,” and is where the depression is tied to a recent and deeply stressful life event. Major loss, like the death of a parent or spouse, and major life changes, such as the last child leaving home, or divorce, can affect us like this.

The other kind of depression is not tied to current life events; it is just ongoing, and though it may have its ups and downs, it often seems heavy, relentless, and never-ending.

We may have been told we “inherited” this; it may seem to run in the family. Certainly it can be associated with family context and adverse childhood experience. The possible tie-in with adverse childhood experience suggests that there is actually a real “cause” for some depression, even though if we have not recognized that cause ourselves.

My favorite view of depression, though, is one that sees depression as “a call inward,” coming from the emotional self, or deeper self.

This is a request (from layers beneath every-day awareness) to come inside and handle what the subconscious may no longer be able to manage without our full presence.

In situational depression, the call may be telling us that we need more time to accommodate the change, more time to grieve, for example.

In ongoing depression, we may need to address experience that may have come long before the depression. There may be family dysfunction, trauma, or a series of circumstances that we never had a chance to fully deal with. Perhaps we did not have the time, or the skills, to fully handle those events when they occurred.

From this perspective, again, we can see depression as an indicator that there are “inside concerns” that the emotional brain or the deeper self is requesting help with.

VoiceGuided VisionWork approaches depression by allowing the emotional brain a chance to find, respond to, and complete any experiences that have been left unfinished and are the true root of the depression.

I like to begin this work with an initial intake session that is a general discussion about when, how, and maybe why, the depression began. We might also look at what other feelings, events, and circumstances seem associated. We may discover a “core belief” about ourselves that is feeding the depression.

Then, in the VoiceGuided session itself, I bring my client through a series of guided imagery brain exercises that allow the emotional brain to complete, close, and refile whatever makes up the beginning kernel of the depression.

Once the deep experience that has generated the depression is reformulated and the events are refiled, the emotional brain no longer holds the same content in the same way. The brain begins to run a bit differently, and brain chemistry has the opportunity to shift.

From this point of view, depression can be an opportunity to close an experience that the emotional brain has been holding open and unresolved. It is the guided imagery exercises that allow the emotional brain to resolve and close those experiences, leaving the mind clearer and more free.

Clients find that as the emotional brain clears and fog lifts, the mind quiets, and they have more vitality, more brightness, more focus.

Welcome to VoiceGuided VisionWork.

Please feel free to contact me with questions or to set up a session.

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