“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.”
Anxiety tends to result in recurring and cycling worries and concerns about the future, while depression arises from an inability to stop ruminating on difficult moments in our recent and distant past.
In our current world, particularly if you’re remotely sensitive, there is, perhaps, every reason to feel anxious and depressed, on macro and micro levels. How then are we able to live with this knowledge in ways that aren’t detrimental to ourselves and our loved ones? How are we able to walk the streets and be open to the pain around us and inside of us and still feel a sense of hope or wonder – still able to appreciate the beauty around us.
This is not easily answered, but it’s a question that arises regularly when clients walk through my door.
In working with anxiety and depression I collaborate with my clients in working out a course of therapy. This may involve some form of creativity. For some clients this type of exploration can be initially scary, particularly for those who feel that they are not creative. I believe everyone has innate creative ability, but that impulse may have been squashed at a very young age.
I also work with my clients to try to live with the inevitable contradictions of life.
I generally work psychodynamically. What this means is that I’m interested in your history – stories and narratives from your past that may be affecting how you are in the present; and I’m also interested in steps we can take in the present to better your situation. Sometimes small steps can actually be the most effective and most meaningful. If this sounds like it might be your cup of tea, please reach out and contact me.