The most effective counseling and psychotherapy almost always involves intimate, safe and meaningful conversation. It's a great privilege between therapist and client to experience the insight, relief and joy that comes from a deep and profoundly significant conversation that has never before taken place with anyone else.
What can a person do between therapy sessions to make the most meaningful improvement possible toward his or her goals? Although the answer is somewhat different for every person, simple "homework assignments" are very effective ways to maximize progress for people who want to most effectively utilize therapy to improve their life.
While the traditional approach to therapy is to talk extensively about personal issues, two newer techniques are capable of bringing about deep and rapid emotional healing for a wide variety of problems: “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing” (known as “EMDR”) and a variant called “Brainspotting”. These techniques can be very effective in achieving emotional growth and healing for people who are coping with life difficulties in unproductive or inefficient ways.
There are fundamentally two types of challenges that cause us to struggle in life: those that circumstance throws our way and those we essentially create for ourselves. The most effective counseling approaches address both aspects in order to insure the best outcomes possible.
Depression in men is often unrecognized and misinterpreted as irritability, withdrawal from true emotional intimacy and excessive alcohol use, sexual intrigue or overwork. This article encourages both men and the women who love them to recognize the signs of covert male depression.