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Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit

Rev. Alex Angioli a registered clinical counsellor

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I commend to you my good friend the Rev. Alex Angioli a registered clinical counsellor at http://www.alexangioli.com/

Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety refer to a wide variety of unpleasant experiences. Often they are closely connected in real life, and may emanate from the same cluster of negative thoughts or experiences. Talk therapy known as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy CBT is  effective in addressing the complex roots of depression or anxiety.

Depression is a set of experiences which include a loss of meaning, feeling hopeless, sleeplessness or sleeping too much, loss of appetite or overeating, inability to focus or to sustain purposeful activity. Clinical depression describes intense and sustained symptoms. Manic-depressive disorder or Bipolar disorder are conditions which share some characteristics with simple depression, but which are pervasive and persistent.

Anxiety is both an unpleasant experience which most people can recognize, and a way of talking about emotions for which people seek therapeutic help. It includes a sense of tightness in the chest or throat, fear about the future, specific fears of situations or people, physical discomfort including nausea and other transient symptoms. Anxiety is sometimes accompanied by depression, described above. Psychologically addressing the thoughts and behaviors underlying your anxious experience can change the entire pattern.

Family, Parenting and Children

Family relations can seem complicated, and people often want to understand how things got the way they are. Sometimes parents have difficulty with children or teenagers, and feel at the end of their rope. Nothing has worked, and things are not getting better. Perhaps there are difficulties with school or what appear to be learning disabilities. Others are caught in the stress of aging parents on one hand and needs of children on the other.

Depending on your needs, we will do family work with systems theory and therapy, or introduce you to the thinking of STEP, the systematic training for effective parenting that has improved the lives of millions in North America and beyond. As an Adlerian therapist, I will lead you step by step to a new view of parenting, and your role in the family such that the stress goes away, and peace begins to enter. Learn to replace punishment with consequences, the importance of courage and encouragement, and the nature of the four goals of misbehavior – and how to deal with them.

Whether the issue is family, parenting or children, there is a solution.

Cognitive and Behavioral

In Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, CBT, we believe that problems lie in mistaken thinking about self, others and life. The roots of CBT go back to the early 1900’s in the work of Alfred Adler, part of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society. The term CBT nowadays is often associated with the work of Aaron Beck and the Beck Institute.

The word Cognitive refers to thinking. So the therapist and the patient make an alliance to discover what mistaken thinking is taking place that leads to difficulties. Thinking is nearly always accompanied by behavior. So the CBT approach connects behavioral patterns to mistaken thinking.

For some people, greater emphasis needs to be put on behavior, and for others greater emphasis is needed on the cognitive aspect. A wide variety of therapeutic practices can be applied to bring about beneficial change in thinking and behavior, such that conditions ranging from anxiety and stress related difficulties to depression, learning difficulties, relational issues and many common diagnoses can be addressed.

 

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Author: edhird

I am the Rector of St. Simon's Church North Vancouver, B.C., having served there since 1987. Ordained in 1980, I have also served at St. Philip's Vancouver and St. Matthew's Abbotsford. My wife Janice and I have three sons James, Mark, and Andrew. I was the Past President and Chaplain for Alpha Canada. While serving as the National Chair for Anglican Renewal Ministries of Canada, I was one of three co-signers of the Montreal Declaration of Anglican Essentials http://www3.telus.net/st_simons/arm05.htm For the past 26 years, I have been privileged to write over 400 articles as a columnist on spiritual issues for local North Vancouver newspapers. In the last number of years, I have had the opportunity to lead conferences and retreats in Honduras, Rwanda, Washington State, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, and Toronto. My new sequel Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit, with a foreword by Dr JI Packer, is online with Amazon.com in both paperback http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/097820221X/ref=redir_mdp_mobile and ebook form http://tiny.cc/tanhmx . In Canada, Amazon.ca has it available in paperback http://tiny.cc/dknhmx and ebook http://tiny.cc/wmhmmx . It is also posted on Amazon UK (paperback and ebook ), Amazon France (paperback and ebook), and Amazon Germany (paperback and ebook). Restoring Health is also available online on Barnes and Noble in both paperback and Nook/ebook form. Nook gives a sample of the book to read online: http://tiny.cc/vj3bmx . Indigo also offers the Kobo ebook version: http://tiny.cc/kreonx . You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook: http://tiny.cc/1ukiox The book 'Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit' focuses on strengthening a new generation of healthy leaders. Drawing on examples from Titus' healthy leadership in the pirate island of Crete, it shows how North Americans can embrace a holistically healthy life. In order to obtain a copy of the prequel book 'Battle for the Soul of Canada', please send a $18.50 cheque to 'Ed Hird', #1008-555 West 28th Street, North Vancouver, BC V7N 2J7. For mailing the book to the USA, please send $20.00 USD. For more info, please click on www3.telus.net/st_simons/nsnews030.html

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