depression

Depression is one of the most diagnosed illnesses of our time. Often it is not easy to be properly diagnosed. For many people with depression, symptoms usually are severe enough to cause noticeable problems in day-to-day activities, such as work, school, social activities or relationships with others. Some people may feel generally miserable or unhappy without really knowing why. This causes a lot of frustration also because depression is not something that you can simply “snap out” of.

In our society, the depressed is commonly considered as an outsider, a marginalised person unable to be in line with the standards and rhythms of the fast and competitive time we live in. So the social stigma against people who suffer from mood disorders is a very powerful factor that negatively affects the healing of the patient. For this reason, a cornerstone of depression rehabilitation is bringing the patient out from his or her isolation.

effective therapy for depression
Body Oriented Therapy

What are symptoms of depression?

Depression does not manifest only as never-ending negative thinking. Most of the symptoms, depending on the severity and the type of depression, affect the body directly. 

Some examples are

  • Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain
  • Anxiety, agitation or restlessness
  • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
  • Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort

Methods based on dance movement therapy and body awareness, which include listening to spontaneous movements, are reliable rehabilitation tools. 

These methods can serve to express emotions trapped in the body and to open up to the world while overcoming the fear of being judged and the social stigma about depression.

What will happen during your session?

In our sessions we will focus on the following areas  

  • Exercises and activities aiming to increase self-awareness and psychomotor activity levels or movement engagement factors. Example: You will move and name what you feel or don’t feel. 
  • Techniques that are intended to revitalise and to process negative/aggressive impulses and to enhance effective mood modulation, encourage bodily resources and support self-regulation. Example: Using movement to distract you from constant rumination in thoughts. 
  • Interventions that focus on strengths and capabilities to address negative self-evaluation, self demarcation and somatic depersonalisation. Example: Challenging warm-up/ movement routines to build up every week to use as a resource of self-reflection. 
  • Body-based work that focuses specifically on individual stories, unmet needs and traumas to reconsider self-destructive tendencies and enable a more constructive attitude.Example: We will tell your personal stories while moving together, make them tangible and real again, we relive an experience that might be still causing pain. 

Encourage bodily resources and support self regulation

Expat Somatic Therapy

Results of somatic therapy in case of depression

depression

Results

  • Create more body awareness

  • Refine your sensory perceptions

  • Make more meaningful connection with yourself and others

  • Awaken and explore your inner child

  • Release physical and emotional tensions

  • (Re) discover and inspire yourself

  • Incorporate more playfulness in your life

  • Finding routines

  • Achieving personal designed goals

  • Finding your own rhythm

My credentials

I am a member of the NVDAT (Vakvereniging Danstherapie), therefore I am committed to their code of conduct regarding privacy and behavior.

You will be in great hands

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