Eastern Approaches To Psychotherapy

If you have depression, anxiety, or some other mental illness that is causing you stress and making it difficult for you to live your life happily and healthfully, then you are probably undergoing treatment. You might try talk therapy or group therapy in order to help you learn to express your feelings and your needs and then get those needs met and your feelings validated. However, traditional western methods of treating depression and other mental disorders might not be effective for you. If you have been attempting western treatment for your mental illness and it doesn't seem to be as effective as you want, here are some eastern approaches to psychotherapy that might end up being more useful to you.

1. Eastern Cognitive Psychotherapy

One option is to find a psychotherapist that specifically integrates the beliefs and doctrines of eastern cognitive psychotherapy into his or her work. Eastern cognitive psychotherapy works in three main areas of a patient's life. First, the patient works to change his or her attitude about the situation that he or she is in. For example, if a person is working at a job that causes him or her a great deal of stress and triggers his or her anxiety, an eastern cognitive psychotherapist will work with the patient to put the job in perspective. The job might not be more important that maintaining ties with his or her family or having the free time that he or she needs to enjoy life. The patient will then be encouraged to start acting in accordance to this new belief by taking time off or leaving work on time to be with his or her family.

Once a patient has changed his or her attitudes, he or she then needs to accept that life is going to run its course regardless of what he or she does. Finally, eastern cognitive psychotherapists work to help their patients find peace and fulfillment in their lives.

2. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Another option for eastern psychotherapy is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT. This type of therapy is based off of the Buddhist principle that how you feel about a certain situation is real and true for you but does not need to keep you from choosing the best possible response. Once you have experienced your emotion and accepted it, you can then make a choice about how to actually respond to an event and commit to your choice.

For more information, talk to a psychotherapy center that specializes in eastern psychotherapy methods.


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