Friday, 4 September 2020

Working with Depression in the Body & Somatic Psychotherapy

Part of being human is to experience difficult emotions such as sadness, depression, anxiety, frustration, disappointment etc. Depression, somatic therapy and treatments for depression

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What Is Stress, Stress Reduction, Understanding Stress Services By Sonera

Stress is an ubiquitous and multilayered phenomenon that is an entrenched reality of our daily postmodern lives. In effect, stress response has played a significant role in the evolution of our nervous system

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What is Psyche Therapy & Psychological Counseling Services


Psyche-Therapy is a particular orientation some practitioners of mental health & Counseling psychology focus on encouraging personal and interpersonal working.
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Mindfulness and Eating, Mindfulness & Conscious Eating

Sonera focuses on conscious eating and re-evaluating our responses to food. Mindfulness based therapy for eating disorder pays attention to the act of eating.

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Making Friends With Our Emotional Distress & Mental Health Disorder


By allowing difficult emotions to arise and by simultaneously training our capacity to tolerate distress, is the best way to deal with emotions.
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Depression and Persistent Depressive Disorder Therapy in Mumbai, India



Understanding the Dangers of Depression
Our lives are colored by numerous textures of feeling ranging from deep joy to being down in the dumps with many shades of grey in between. It is but natural to feel sad at the death of a loved one, or to be melancholic to be leaving a familiar place or to be upset when we have disagreements with people or get laid off from work.
In fact, there are many instances in life where we feel the blues and this is but natural. However, what is not psychologically healthy is to remain in a perpetual state of dysphoria, which could be described as a “profound state of dis-ease, unhappiness and dissatisfaction,” day in and day out.
According to the DSM V, the following symptoms would help you identify Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia) in yourself or a loved one:
  1. Depressed mood for most of the day, for more days than not, as indicated by either subjective or observation by others
  2. Poor appetite or overeating
  3. Insomnia or hypersomnia
  4. Low energy or fatigue
  5. Low self esteem
  6. Poor concentration or difficulty making decisions
  7. Feelings of hopelessness
If a person embodies having a “depressed mood for most of the day” day after day with two or more other symptoms one can be said to be clinically depressed. Being clinically depressed, in turn, will have negative consequences on one’s health, well being, relationships, work, productivity and bring down the overall quality of one’s life. Research has shown, that high levels of the stress hormone cortisol have been found in the blood stream of people who identified being depressed, this in turn reduces immune function and makes any pre-existing medical disorder worse or may perhaps even create new ones. What we can gauge from this is that depressed people are more likely to be easily stressed and in turn, people who have a low threshold to stress are more susceptible to becoming depressed.
If an individual is in an intimate relationship or has small children their having depression would impact their loved one’s in very harmful ways. There is a progressive diminishing of real interpersonal contact and closeness since the depressed person is no longer present to anything other than overwhelming feelings of sadness. Spouses of depressed individuals report very low relationship satisfaction as depressions gnaws away at the fabric of intimacy where emotional connection, sexuality and simply having fun together is greatly reduced or becomes non-existent. Studies have also shown that children of depressed people have a higher risk of being depressed themselves, as well as having a vulnerability to addictions and exhibit behavioral disorders.
It is extremely harmful to the self and to one’s loved ones to ignore constant negative ruminations and feelings about one’s life, as they could transition from being pathological to fatal, where individuals driven by disturbing thoughts and emotions could end up taking their life. Another alarming point regarding depression is that it has a propensity to recur once a person has suffered from it before. Depression, in essence, is a thinking dis-ease, which is premised on habitual negative thinking, perceiving and evaluating one’s self and the world. This tendency to think pessimistically, in turn, creates neural pathways in the brain, literally grooves in our psyche, which get easily activated when certain triggers are present. Over a period of time, even small mundane disappointments may set off disproportionate feelings of anguish and hopelessness.
Although, ironically, depression is extremely common, with 20 percent of the population suffering from it at any given time; literally,  one in every five people experiences depression, it remains, unfortunately, ignored, undetected and untreated. While awareness is increasing regarding the importance of mental health globally, in India, historically and perhaps even to some extent today, psychological issues have been ignorantly stigmatized. Individuals are made to feel ashamed of themselves for having life traumas and upheavals and are marginalized for seeking help. Contemporarily, this is a very unfortunate set of circumstances, as historically in ancient India, dukkha was greatly acknowledged by all philosophical traditions as a profound existential state. Especially, highlighted by the ultimate healer and therapist, Gautama Buddha, who stated that “Life is Suffering.”
If you or anyone close to you is depressed it is extremely important that you seek professional psychotherapeutic attention. While exercise, yoga, mantra,  meditation and good nutrition are useful adjuncts and supports, they do not go the whole way in dispelling depression, which is a deep rooted psychological pattern. What the depressed person really needs is a facilitation to cognitively and behaviourally  re-frame and dis-identify with negative thoughts and to  develop the ability to tolerate distress and work through disturbing affects felt in the body.  Depression does not automatically alleviate itself or diminish with family support nor disappear with self-affirmations to be happy, it needs to be confronted and worked through psychosomatically.

Psychotherapist, Depression therapy, Health Psychology in Mumbai, India

 Sonera writes on diverse issues in her blog that ranges from cognitive behaviour therapy, meditation therapy, marital counseling, depression to Stress Coaching and various other topics

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Psychotherapist, Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist in Mumbai, India


Sonera has a private practice in South Mumbai working with individuals, couples and groups. She also offers Skype sessions and gives lectures and workshops locally and globally.
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Mindfulness Meditation, Cognitive Behaviour & Somatic Therapy in Mumbai


What is Integral?

Integral theory, as conceptualized by Ken Wilber, is an all-inclusive framework that seeks to bring into deeper dialogue all the wisdom traditions from across the world through all phases of time and history, spanning the pre-modern, modern and post-modern.
Integral theory harmonizes disparate, separate and sometimes anti-thetical paradigms and assimilates them in ways that are mutually supporting and enriching, yet not reducing any one discipline in light of another. It is based on holistically engaging the four dimensions of one’s existence namely the subjective (mind), inter-subjective (relationships), objective (body) and inter-objective (environmental, societal).

What is Transpersonal Psychotherapy?

The Transpersonal has been described as experiences in which individuals extend beyond the personal realm of ego consciousness to a cosmic consciousness that can be described as a feeling of oneness with the universe.
The Transpersonal approach describes and accommodates spiritual experience within modern psychological theory. It is concerned with esoteric mental experience, mysticism and altered states of consciousness beyond the usual limits of ego and personality.

What is Mindfulness Meditation?

Mindfulness Meditation derives from ancient Buddhist and Yogic  awareness practices where one is paying attention moment to moment in a nonjudgemental way.
The core of  Integral Psyche-Therapy and Integral Coaching is based on learning and maintaining mindfulness, which allows one to become fully conscious of one’s experience in the here and now. Being present to the moment,  in turn, facilitates therapeutic work towards self-transformation.

What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga Therapy  weaves in traditional yogic concepts and techniques, such as mudra ( hand gesture), asana (posture), pranayama  (breath control)  and dhyana (concentration) to facilitate psychological processing.
Yoga Therapy does not necessarily involve mat work and could be done sitting in a chair. Clients need not have a pre-existing practice of yoga to reap the benefits of Yoga Therapy.

What is Psychodynamic Therapy?

Psychodynamic Therapy is synonymous with depth psychology and has its roots in the work of Sigmund Freud. Its primary focus is to make conscious the unconscious content within the psyche in order to make sense of symptoms and behaviors which obstruct the optimum functioning of the individual.
Post Freud, there have been a number of approaches such as Jungian, Post Jungian, Object Relations, Bionian and Lacanian that address the dialectic of the conscious and unconscious.

What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is based on the premise that our thoughts play a fundamental role in influencing our behaviour. Through this course of treatment, an individual is likely to learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behaviour.
The aim of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is to teach individuals that even though they can’t control situations themselves, it is possible to take control of how they interpret and react to them.

What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy?

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy combines standard cognitive-behavioural techniques for emotional regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance and mindful awareness, largely derived from Buddhist meditative practices.
This approach works towards helping individuals increase their emotional and cognitive regulation by becoming aware of triggers that lead to reactive states. It also helps assess which coping skills are best applied in the sequence of events, thoughts or feelings that lead to the undesired behaviour.

What is Hakomi?

The Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychotherapy was first created in the late 1970′s by the internationally renowned therapist and author, Ron Kurtz.
At its most basic level, Hakomi is the therapeutic expression of a specific set of principles: mindfulness, non-violence, unity and mind-body integration. Hakomi helps people change “core material.” Core material is composed of memories, images, beliefs, neural patterns and deeply held emotional dispositions. It shapes the habits and behaviours that define us as individuals.

What is Somatic Experiencing?

Somatic Experiencing is a method created by Dr Peter Levine to assess, work with and release traumatic shock and early childhood and developmental attachment trauma. The method is an integration of Dr Levine’s multidisciplinary studies on neurobiology, psychology, indigenous healing practices and biophysics.
Somatic Experiencing allows one to release post-traumatic stress that remains stuck in the trauma survivors nervous system inhibiting his or her capacity to live a fulfilling life. Once the trauma has been released the person can reclaim parts of his or her life, which were implicitly informed by the traumatic experience.

What is Biofeedback?

Biofeedback is a technique that involves gaining control of involuntary body functions. This therapeutic repertoire demonstrates that the mind and body are interconnected and that people can be taught to harness the power of this connection to change physical activity, thereby improving overall health and wellbeing.
Sonera may use biofeedback to help individuals control their response to stress.

What is Ecotherapy?

Ecotherapy seeks to address conscious and unconscious human alienation and destruction of the natural world, while simultaneously facilitating and nurturing the inherent bond human beings have with the biosphere.
Ecotherapy also encompasses exposure to the wilderness and various other natural environments by asserting that the environment we inhabit has a direct impact on the psyche.

What is Dreamwork?

Dreams provide a wealth of information to help gain a nuanced view of our unconscious thoughts. Sigmund Freud saw dreams as the royal road to the unconscious.
In Dreamwork, dreams are approached as embodied images reflecting our most hidden and deepest desires and fears. Integral Dream-work excavates the subtler recesses of the dream for self-knowledge.

What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy integrates psychotherapeutic techniques with the creative process in order to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of an individual.
Art Therapy is based on the belief that self created images and symbols reflect emotional states. It harnesses the creative process involved in artistic expression to facilitate individuals resolve conflict, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, release emotions, increase self-esteem and self-awareness and achieve insight.

What is Existential Psychotherapy?

Existential Psychotherapy  is concerned with the totality of the human predicament and the embodied experience of the individual in time and space and in relation to others.
Existential psychotherapy has its roots in the philosophies of diverse thinkers such as Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Heideg Website ger and Sartre. Special attention is given to themes of personal responsibility, authenticity and freedom.

Dreamwork, Mindful Eating & Stress Management in MumbaI, India


Sonera offers a variety of workshops, some of which are listed below. Feel free to get in touch for more details.
Mindful Eating
One’s relationship to food is a cornerstone to one’s overall health and well-being. In this workshop, we will focus on understanding the relationship to food as a relationship to the Self, where the process of eating is transformed into a sacred act of self nurturance . Mindful eating means being aware of one’s hunger and working with the different types of hunger we feel and identify with. We will learn to distinguish emotional from physical hunger and in turn let go of unhealthy eating habits. This workshop is for you if you are suffering from diabetes, cholesterol, obesity, binge eating and/ or simply want to eat more consciously.
Stress Management
Extreme stress affects our emotional, cognitive and physical health. Stress can overtake our lives where our relationships, work performance, cognitive ability, and overall well being can be negatively affected. This workshop provides us with the tools to understand and locate stress in our body and stimulate the relaxation response. We will learn how to identify conscious and unconscious stress patterns held in the bodymind that hinder our day to day functioning, while simultaneously learning to de-stress and resource oneself in the face of internal and external challenges.
Executive Coaching / Team Building
The Executive Coaching/ Team Building workshop is designed specifically for individuals who work in corporations and institutions. The aim of the workshop is to facilitate professional and personal development and to increase interpersonal harmony in the work place to optimize both individual and group performance. Participants will learn attention focusing and relaxation skills which in turn catalyze an enhanced ability to regulate stress, make effective decisions, increase productivity, improve time management and consciously communicate with one’s colleagues.
Dreamwork enables us to appreciate dreams as embodied images or symbols created by the self which have a deep significance and provide rich information regarding one’s inner life. This worskshop facilitates an exploration of one’s dreams through a subjective (mind), inter-subjective (relationships), objective (body) and inter-objective (environmental, societal) lens. At the end, participants will have more self knowledge about their subliminal desires and fears and learn new ways in which to interpret and better understand the pluralistic meanings dreams hold. Moreover, they will be informed by ways in which to take the meaning of their dreams into their waking life.
Self Sabotage
This workshop helps us become aware of self-sabotaging behaviors and how these prevent us from reaching our daily health goals whether its eating healthily, smoking or drinking less or excercising regularly. The focus will be to unravel cognitive dissonance in one’s life, where there is a disjunction between indulging in harmful behaviors while simultaneously knowing how harmful and unhealthy they are. This workshop imparts us with a skill set to pay attention to our moment to moment embodied experience in order to garner deeper information about the self destructive contradictions we enact and perform unconsciously.

Thursday, 3 September 2020

Psychotherapy, Online Depression Counselling, Stress, Self Care, Mind Body & Ayurvedic Practitioner in Mumbai, India

 People persue coaching & therapy for a variety of reasons like stress reduction, anger management & depression therapy in mumbai, India

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