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Out of the Patterns of Depression

The Importance of Future-Oriented Therapy

Unless you have a compelling vision of the future, life is just a series of nows. And when now is not so good, depression is nearly inevitable. Now that you have found THE ROAD™ you can be free of depression.

The key point is that you want things to be different, now. You want to know that your future holds positive possibilities, and that is not going to be more of what is and has been painful. But unless you develop the skills to think about the future realistically, and have a specific plan for actively creating the means to change possibilities to realities, you can get stuck in the "one-day-at-a-time" philosophy.

Depressed clients who come to THE ROAD™ for counselling and psychotherapy often seem to have little or no sense of purpose or meaning. Consequently, they have no future that compels them, no goals that pull them along. Their day-to-day routine is their whole life, rather than just a part of it.

Since a cornerstone of depression is the inability to develop a more positive future by focusing excessively on the negative past, it is inadvisable, perhaps even harmful, for anyone to immerse you in even more of the past.

Therapists who say, "Let's continue to talk about your childhood" session after session are doing you a disservice. An over emphasis on the past limits, and may even prevent, the development of a positive orientation towards the future. When you're depressed, you already know how to focus on the hurts of now or of your past.

How to build a future that is more satisfying and beneficial is the more relevant task at hand. Thus, at THE ROAD™ we move away from the conventional wisdom that suggests that therapy must invariably focus upon your past.

It is not coincidental that the psychotherapies, like Time Line Therapy®, which have proven themselves to be the most powerful and consistent in the treatment of depression not only de-emphasize the past, but actively encourage setting realistic goals - establishing a future orientation - and expending consistent effort in the direction of reaching those goals.