Future Directed Therapy
Depression and Anxiety have a new treatment option that is based on well-established psychological principles and cutting edge cognitive science. Future Directed Therapy™ (FDT) is the first psychological intervention developed based on the understanding that the brain operates in a primarily future-oriented anticipatory way. The majority of the actions we take and the emotions we feel are a result of what we expect will occur, and as a result your life is determined by how you think about the future.
Depression can result when we don’t expect enough positive things in the future and Anxiety can occur when we expect too many negative things. Most people have very little understanding of how their expectations create the future and are operating in a default mode often recreating past experiences without even realizing it. The emphasis in Future Directed Therapy is not to train people to think positively but rather to teach people how to think effectively about what they are trying to achieve in life and as a result create more positive experiences.
Future Directed Therapy educates people about:
- The basic psychological process by which humans create their future with their thoughts and behaviors
- Teaches an advanced set of skills to take charge of your future and create more of the life you want to live
Your past does not have to define who you are or where you are going. We all have the ability to learn new ways of thinking and to choose who we want to be.
Come see our presentation at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America in Chicago March, 2014."Treating Major Depressive Disorder by Focusing on the Future" –March 2014
New research shows FDT is more effective at improving quality of life for patients with depression than standard CBT group therapy. Click here to check out the cover story of the March edition of Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience –March 2013
Future Directed Therapy is moving to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Emory University School of Medicine. –Fall 2013