OH! Magazine - Australian Version September 2016 - Page 21

( Emotional Fitness ) HEIDI DI SANTO ANXIETY: A NEW THERAPY THAT MAY HELP Heidi Di Santo discusses a new method for anxiety management. ccording to Beyond Blue, anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, one in four people will experience anxiety at some stage in their life with the prevalence higher in women than men. It's is a growing problem. A As a therapist, I specialise in helping people with their unwanted emotions and the vast majority of people I see experience anxiety. Many people manage their condition by avoiding the situations that trigger it. Things like flying, driving and being social. Sadly, they scale back on life in order to cope. Others have tried medication, but don't like relying on a pill long term, nor do they like the 'numbed out' often weight promoting side effects. While many people benefit from traditional therapies, for some (like myself) it just wasn't enough. Many years ago I found myself in a dark hole emotionally and tried mainstream therapy. It certainly helped me to a certain extent, however I found that anxiety did eventually rule my life. Disillusioned, I went on a persistent and relentless search to find a better way to live life. I wanted the old me back – a me who could laugh and smile (without pretense), and feel at peace without medication. Thankfully, I stumbled across a revolutionary new form of therapy called Resource Therapy; and it really worked for me. Resource Therapy has been created by psychologist Dr Gordon Emmerson, and I now use this method as another tool to help others who feel ruled by anxiety. I've also been personally trained by Dr Emmerson as a Resource Therapy Trainer, and so teach this life-changing therapy to other professionals. Whenever someone experiences emotions that don't match the present day situation, it's a signal to me that something has gone on in the past that needs to be healed. There's typically a 'part' within, which needs help as it's carrying 'unwanted past stuff' that it needs to let go of, in order to be free. Anxiety is often these parts coming up for healing. Resource Therapists help people to process the feelings that keep interrupting the present day, such as with anxiety and depression. In layman terms, it's not a talking-based therapy, but moreso a feelingbased method. They are highly trained and very skilled at finding and working with the part that has the problem so it can find peace. There are already a few pioneering psychologists and counsellors who have incorporated Resource Therapy into their work. I know this trend will continue as people experience the benefits of this new therapy first-hand. The great thing about Resource Therapy is that it is yet another strategy we can use in a bid to help alleviate the anxiety that so many of us experience on a day-to-day basis. If you're struggling with anxiety, sign up for my FREE anxiety training here. Or if you're a therapist and want to learn Resource Therapy click here. If you want to know more about me and my work, visit www.heidi.com.au YOU CAN CONTACT HEIDI VIA: Web: heidi.com.au Facebook: Heidi-Di-Santo-EmotionalFitness-Specialist-299600633422574/ OH! MAGAZINE (SEPTEMBER 2016) 21