About the project

Overcoming the abyss

Overcoming the abyss is a project that was initially focused on treating depression and its related disorders in a scientific way based on cognitive behavioral psychology and evidence-based therapies.

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About the project

Its name refers to the feeling (unfortunately very well known by myself) that one has in the depressive stages: the feeling that your body, your emotions and your thoughts are in an abyss from which it is impossible to escape. However, despite what you may think, that abyss can be bridged and, through this project, I want people to understand it and know how to do it.

For this reason it is that at this time it is not only about depression but also about phobias, generalized anxiety and social anxiety since in my clinical praxis I have recognized these disorders as the most common within the population that I help. Population that has improved thanks to cognitive behavioral psychology that has proven to be the most effective way to work not only with these specific disorders but also eating disorders, personality disorders, autism spectrum disorders, among many others.

As has already been understood, one of the bases of the project is cognitive and behavioral psychology; the other two are: psycho-education and cognitive training. Through these three pillars, it is possible to transform individuals ignorant of themselves into strong, functional and, as far as possible, happy individuals.

All through free content (blog entries, books) and paid content (e-books, video courses); and the cognitive behavioral training given during virtual and face-to-face psychotherapies.

Superando el abismo

Cognitive behavioral psychologist

Professional card: 200615

My name is Alexis Castaño, I am 30 years old and I am a psychologist graduated from the University of Antioquia (Medellín, Colombia). For three years now I have dedicated myself to using clinical cognitive-behavioral psychology as a practical and scientifically validated method to treat problems such as:

When I started my studies in psychology in 2011, I had high expectations about what I could do to help others through my career. Of course at that time I did not know the situation of psychology within Colombia; I did not know that there were so many psychologists or that we would continue to grow almost disproportionately in a country where mental health is increasingly needed but psychologists and psychiatrists are less appreciated. I did not know that the psychotherapy service within the  public health service was so scarce and so limited.

The drawback with all this was not only that the psychotherapeutic sessions were shorter than adequate, but that the sessions could only be provided at least one month apart if one was lucky. Imagine how much could happen in a month. In a month without accompaniment, a person can make the decision to commit suicide, they could fall into a deep depression or lose motivation to continue a treatment that would make them feel better in the long term …

what kind of process is that? Considering all this, I understand  the displeasure that our profession produces in some persons; since these limitations can also turn certain psychology professionals into less empathetic and uninterested people. Bearing in mind, of course, that this lack of interest can occur in any job or profession.

All those limitations I had suffered myself as a patient (some years ago). A depressed patient who thought about death every day. I think you can understand the frustration that i had when I found myself on multiple occasions with the impossibility of feeling that my emotional and personal situation could improve. Luckily I had the opportunity to be treated at the University of Antioquia by a very good psychologist who restored my faith in the career that i had chosen and helped me a lot with my situation; getting back to wanting to help others

By becoming a professional and having the possibility to practice; my view of the problem changed. Now I see a serious difficulty not only in the system but in the way of practicing clinical psychology. Three problems caught my attention powerfully since it is because of these failures that people do not “believe” in psychologists.

The patient (a word that I don’t like) did not improve because he was not followed up and a process could not be established, since the time between sessions was too long.
The consultant did not know why the activities were neccesary or what their treatment consisted of.
Sometimes, at the end of treatment, individuals were still ignorant about what aflicted them.

To solve this, at least in my professional practice, I decided to create overcoming the abyss. The first part of a macro project that seeks to reduce people’s ignorance of themselves, improve accessibility to psychotherapeutic services and, most importantly, treat those who request psychotherapy, no longer as patients (and its implicit meaning of passivity) but as customers. That is, perfectly capable people, who seek the psychologist in the same way that they would seek any other professional in situations in which they do not know how to solve something.

The psychotherapy provided by me always seeks to be a service that is guided by an empathic and scientific perspective; and, for me the most important thing, that it focuses on fast, visible and permanent results.

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