This is a guest post by Kip’s Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Anja Schmitz
We make breakthroughs in therapy when we can discover patterns between what we are doing, thinking, and feeling. We uncover patterns by tracking data: the thoughts, feelings, and actions that we experience every day.
When you feel depressed or anxious, it can be hard to pinpoint exactly why you feel this way. Some people think that they shouldn’t feel depressed because they can’t find a ‘real’ reason. Some people feel like upsetting events or crises have a much larger and longer impact on their mood and energy than seems reasonable. Other people have felt anxious throughout their lives and identify with ‘just being an anxious person.’
You might notice that these kinds of feelings – when excessive – have a huge impact on your life. They can prevent you from doing activities that are meaningful to you and help you reach your goals. It’s also difficult to figure out how to exit the downward spiral of depression or the vicious, repetitive cycle of anxiety.
One way to approach these problems is through therapy. Continue reading “Why the secret to great therapy is data: Explaining the Kip Experience”