Psychodynamic Therapy Study / Effective – Mad in America

An article recently published in the Journal of Affective Disorders finds that mounting research evidence demonstrates the effectiveness of Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (STPP) in the treatment of depression.

Using meta-analytic methods – or the analysis of results of multiple previous studies – European psychiatrists led by Ivano Castelli found STPP to be more effective in reducing depressive symptoms than unstructured treatment and supportive therapy. In addition, the researchers found Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and STPP to be similarly effective and did not see increased improvement in patients who combined STPP with antidepressants. The authors write:

“The findings could provide significant data for updating APA guidelines for treating depression. In fact, STPP can be a useful ground for the treatment of patients with mild depression or who do not assume pharmacological therapy or in case of no benefits from cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy.”

Psychodynamic Therapy Effective for Depressive Symptoms, Study Finds

The Healing Journey

Being raised in drama, trauma and dysfunction can leave us, as adults, continuing the patterns of pain.

We often don’t know who we are.

We don’t know what we like or what we want for ourselves.

We may feel like a chameleon…always changing to our circumstances and surroundings.

Eager to jump into situations where we are focused on keeping others happy without knowing what might make US happy.

We know we don’t feel right but don’t know how to feel better.

Staying safe and sacrificing “me” to stay safe was how we survived but now we want to do more than survive…we want to learn how to live.

We can begin by recognizing this dynamic of the dysfunction and start taking ownership of how we feel, what we think and what we do.

We are no longer slaves to the past as we begin to consider our future.

We may only have a sense of knowing that we don’t like how we are being treated.

So we begin by asking “what do I like?”

“I know I don’t like feeling like this so what might I like instead?”

We can make a list of things we find pleasure in and purposing to invite more of that into our days.

As we find our sense of self that is separate from those around us we may notice that we start to feel better about ourselves.

Oftentimes this improvement helps us to see that staying with those who continue to berate us is no longer serving us.

This empowers us to continue to ask those questions…

What do I like?

What do I not like?

What do I want?

We begin to see that we no longer have the need to sacrifice ourselves to stay safe.

We begin to dream about what could be as we let go of what was.

We begin to shape ourselves into the person we needed all along.

We begin to smile more.

We laugh more.

We begin to feel freedom from the pain and invite the pleasures that come with knowing who we are and that this is more than who they told us we were.

We begin to hope and trust that we do indeed know what’s best for ”me” as we let go of survival and learn how to live.



Full Moon – Energetic until August

“Full Moon in Leo” By Samantha Orthlieb

(Senses of the Soul)

Intense and powerful transformation continues in your lower chakras before, during and after this Full Moon Gateway! The Ascension coding of this gateway starts on February 5 and closes during the Full Moon on August 16, 2023.

The power of this gateway shapes your sense of deservingness (1st chakra), your sovereignty (2nd) and the essence of your authentic power. You are being guided by these energies to ask for what you need to have a balanced lifestyle, thus knowing that you deserve abundance in all its forms to lead a joyful and prosperous fulfilled life.

No more sense of drudgery, needing to overwork, perfectionism, control, or lack of faith is necessary (or allowed) to prove your worth in the New Earth paradigm of living! That is an old wounded masculine value system that is dissolving in the collective.

You are allowed to release the past and moving into a whole new way of being. This new sense of yourself is building creative energy inside of you in preparation for a new stage of your Ascension process – one that is filled with freedom and choice. So know that you are capable of creating what you desire, and that the help you need to do so will be there.

You are now attracting better, healthy relationships and bountiful circumstances into your life as your power center, your manifestation skills and your creative juices are coming into ripe alignment!

Infinite potential and possibilities are in the ethers coming to you, miracles are becoming normalcies! So stay committed to what it is you want to create for yourself and others.

This increase in internal vital force may be showing itself as more intense emotions (anger, frustration, crabbiness, fatigue, depression, lethargy), tension and soreness in the muscles, digestive disturbance, sore solar plexus, shoulder blade pain, skin issues such as rashes and hives, poor quality sleep, intense dreams and anxiety.

As you pass through this Moon portal, you will take a deeper dive to release that which is no longer needed. So keep flowing, be committed to transmuting your emotions, to caring for your health, finding more balance and shifting your mindset to release patterns that keep you in a lesser version of yourself.

There is powerful magic in the air, so bravely continue onward and know you are heading in the right direction.

And so it is!

David Seay -Being My Best

In order to be my best,
I cannot let everything I see slide.

I also have to choose my battles,
As every situation is unique,
And deeply more complex than the eye can see;
But I have come to understand how difficult it can be to make better choices for ourselves.

Sometimes it is not as easy as just a choice.

As one of my first examples growing up;
The “food” me and my family ate as a kid was the first thing that affected me in later years,
And as I become aware and made more conscious choices around the food I was eating,
The more I tried to make my family aware.

This kicked up a lot of dirt in our relationships,
And as they clung to their lifestyle,
I further branched off into a different path.

After many years of battling this,
It eventually became clear that,
Even though it affects their health,
They won’t be able to make a change until their lives are at an even greater risk with their health.

That was and is easier/better for them,
Until it’s not anymore.

I love them to death and don’t treat them any differently than anyone else,
and we now have a great relationship once I found a balance within myself,
And stopped trying to change everyone.

Living as an example is truly more power than trying to convince anyone of anything.
Though words have their moments to shine.

It’s because of this pattern though,
that I used to think that people just didn’t care about their health
But it’s far deeper than that,
And much more difficult to address,
Without addressing deeper societal roots.

Most people are addicted to the societal lifestyle that we were born into,
even though we may have leaned to a different extreme within that in our later years.

We are deeply apart of what is killing us,
And we think it it is okay on some level.

It is easy to feel that way,
But the deeper I look,
The more I realize,
Something has to give.

I am not talking about just one area of life,
But all areas that can be improved.
(And all areas CAN be improved).
In fact for anything to improve fully,
All areas have to change.

To care is to change everything,
And the truth is,
Once you start pulling roots;
There is no going back.
So most stay right where they are,
In the comfort zone.

It hurts so much to see people I love doing harm to themselves without a willingness to even look at it,
And after years of being laughed at (even by my own family) because I wanted to do better,
And being in conflict with myself for years over the way my life has had to go for me to gain proper perspective in my ability to create lasting change;
I can now stand in the testimony that my desire for that change has created in my life and others.

I can say with confidence that I have helped prevent a significant number of suicides,
and can directly see how affective we can be when we believe in ourselves and our influence in the world.

It is easier to stay in the same old rut,
Than it is to start to see and become different;
And until we catch a spark of inspiration from somewhere to shift the tides of our lives;
We can easily and unknowingly remain in that rut.

I say all of this,
Not because I am better than anyone out there making any kind of choices,
or that I need any type of credibility;
But because it hurts to see my people causing harm to themselves and each other.
It is difficult to stand by to witness, feel, and bear the pain of our ignorance.

I look into the dark tunnel and see why it is this way,
I have no question as to why we are like this.
Which is why I can’t set integrity aside,
So that we can continue down the same path.

I am not here to save the world,
But while I am alive and affecting it,
I am going to leave the biggest imprint I can.

I have to.

I was created for it.

My choices are my own,
And I am doing my best;
Watching every pattern I can get my eyes on,
And still make enough mistakes that it worries me even more that some people don’t even try.

Though therein lies the mystery,
That even the person we would judge as the absolutely most asleep person,
Can be far more than we see,
And can turn around to change everything.

I have seen it happen.

SO! If you see something so clearly that can make this world even an ounce better than it is,
and it is calling you to pursue it;
answer that call despite how difficult the odds look.

It is easy to fall back into complacency,
And most will support you in it;
That is all too clear.

Talking to myself when I say;
Put down the phone,
Turn off the T.V.
And address the deeper layers of yourself,
And the world we live in.

I forgive myself,
And get on with it. 

Sing a song while you rebuild,
And have some fun.

Our time here is truly significant,
and whether we realize it or not,
It doesn’t matter if we are killing each other,
or helping each other;
we are still doing it together.

Breaking trauma cycles

Breaking the Cycle: How I Overcame Intergenerational Trauma to Become a Peer Advocate

By Angela Colón-Rentas

You may wonder: How did that young Puerto Rican girl who very much disliked seeing a therapist when locked up in the juvenile system end up working in the mental health field as an adult? Simple answer: I wanted to help youth in crisis. And it was meant to be.

Ceremony; I believe in this

When girls become women, there is an elaborate ceremony and all the women who are in the girls life are invited to attend. Making this day special for both the girl and her mother are important whether you are a Native person or not. The boys recognition in becoming a man is a ceremony that is quite different but also needs to be acknowledged. Indigenous people have been doing these ceremonies for hundreds of years – everyone should learn from this ❤

(Art by David Joaquin)


“Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,

Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.”

Kahlil Gibran – The Prophet, 1923.

Charles William Bartlett – Mother and Child, 1900.

I owe myself

I owe myself an apology

For all of the times

I tore myself apart

When I neglected my own needs

Lowered my standards

Berated myself

And put myself down.

For the self-sabotage

I continually inflicted upon myself

And the times when I apologised

For being who I was

And expressing myself authentically.

And I owe myself

The permission to start anew.

To forgive myself

For the battles I fought

That weren’t mine to fight

For all of the love

That I failed to give myself

And for the times when I failed to realise

That rather than being broken

I was worthy of value, respect

And beautiful, brilliant things in life

And that how I treated myself

Dictated how others would view me

And in turn, behave towards me

So by showering myself

With love, kindness, forgiveness and respect

In turn, I could pave the way

For others to do the same.

Follow Us 𝗢𝗹𝗶𝗩𝗶𝗿𝗮𝗹

Words by ©Tahlia Hunter

Lots going on in Feb for a short month

February is the month of Forward Movement! It is a Retrograde-Free month, which is a rare energetic Portal, that will last through April 20th. This is a boost of cosmic energy, that supports significant changes and growth in the external, physical reality, as New Choices,

New Opportunities, New Beginnings.

We will have Fiery Full Moon in Leo on Feb 5th, which will Square Uranus – expect the unexpected! We will also move through Magical Venus-Neptune Conjunction right around Valentine’s Day -Major Higher Heart Energies, as well as 222 Gateway of Ascension, which will be loaded with Powerful Activations.

The energies of February very much feel like energies of the Destined Events, and is a preparation for

the Epic Energetic Events of March.

February 2nd – 2-2-2023 Energy Portal

February 5th – Full Moon in Leo

February 15th – Venus-Neptune Conjunction in Pisces February 16th – Sun-Saturn Conjunction in Aquarius

February 19th – New Moon in Pisces

February 22nd – 2-22-2023 Gateway of Higher Ascension. ~divineenergyworks

©Mégane Claire