79. Deep Healing for Depression: Part One

My name is Bill Day. I am Pat’s brother and have a private practice called Deep Healing Psychotherapy. Sometimes I refer to my practice as a type of inner healing or healing of memories. The basic therapeutic concept is the following: Each of us thinks many conscious thoughts during the day, mostly practical thoughts that enable us to complete our daily tasks; however, there is another stream of thoughts that can creep into our consciousness in any given moment, and they come from our past-experiences.

Because of advances in brain science, and especially through the process of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), we now know that the brain stores

emotions, sensations, and interpretations of all our life-experiences. When an unresolved past experience (e.g., repeated parental physical and verbal abuse in childhood) is triggered by a current situation (a boss speaking disdainfully to an employee), strong feelings of pain, fear, and anger can come flooding into the person’s conscious mind from this experiential knowledge-base. The interpretation of the childhood incidents also comes forward into consciousness with thoughts such as “something is wrong with me, that’s why I get treated badly,” or, worse, “I’m not loveable.” Such a reservoir of negative thoughts and feelings can shut a person down and result in symptoms of depression.

Sometimes a depressed person has one or more such unresolved incidents in his or her life. By “unresolved” I mean that there are still painful emotions and beliefs deep inside, but they are like hidden sediment in a river bed. They rise into consciousness only when some event in the present stirs up the feelings and thoughts/beliefs. Deep healing psychotherapy specializes in getting into these painful memories to exchange out negative thoughts for positive ones. It means going to the source, the point of entry of the negative beliefs. Dispose of the sediment.

Putting wholesome thoughts into my present, conscious mind is good to do, but if I have a deeply buried belief that “I am a loser,” telling myself daily that I’m a winner, or even reading inspirational literature, may not affect that life-long negative belief. Experience-based beliefs can be very strong; they must be challenged where they have formed and taken up residence.

I think of negative beliefs, or misbeliefs, as embedded soul-slivers. Deep healing psychotherapy is a process of soul-surgery to extract these slivers, replacing them with a healing balm of positive thoughts that spring from the truth about a person. The truth will set us free.

It helps if a patient has a belief-system which contains the truth that a human being is a child of God and that He intends for His children to be winners not losers. Tapping into this truth, and connecting personally with the God Who makes us winners, produces very powerful, effective healing. It’s why I specialize in this type of therapy. Often it is ministry as well.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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1 Response to 79. Deep Healing for Depression: Part One

  1. Depression Healing insights says:

    Congratulations on your healing! I know from personal experience it takes a lot of effort!

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