Frances Gaik PsyD is a licensed clinical professional counselor in private practice in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. She holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, and an undergraduate degree in Philosophy with a concentration on ethics. Dr. Gaik is Board Certified in Professional Counseling and is a long-term meditator and Qigong practitioner who utilizes alternative energy therapies as well as hypnosis in her therapeutic approach. She has also worked in the health insurance industry for over 25 years.
Managing Depression with Qigongby Fran Gaik
Many people will suffer from depression at some time in their lives. New research shows that Qigong, a traditional Chinese practice, can be an effective treatment for depression and can provide a good alternative or supplement to medication in some cases. Frances Gaik explains the basics of what Qigong is and why it is effective for depression, and shows the reader
Many people will suffer from depression at some time in their lives. New research shows that Qigong, a traditional Chinese practice, can be an effective treatment for depression and can provide a good alternative or supplement to medication in some cases. Frances Gaik explains the basics of what Qigong is and why it is effective for depression, and shows the reader how to make use of Qigong to rise from the darkness of depression and regain strength and motivation in life.
Based on the same principles as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qigong works by promoting the movement of health-giving energy along the meridians of the body. The author shows how the practical application of Qigong can radically improve health and wellbeing, and provides a treatment plan, including Qigong exercises. Encouraging the reader to identify their problems and take action, Dr. Frances Gaik gives practical advice that will help anyone with depression to improve their mental health.
Managing Depression with Qigong provides a guide to an effective and increasingly recognised form of treatment that will be invaluable to people with depression and their families.
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Frances Gaik's 2009 MANAGING DEPRESSION WITH QIGONG is a pleasant, chatty, largely convincing essay on Eastern medicine pitched to the general, moderately well educated reader. Specialists in either Qi Kong (aka Chi Kung), martial arts, depression,neurology, Western medicine, Eastern medicine, psychiatry, anatomy or counseling are either advanced far beyond this simple overview or very likely strongly opposed to its admittedly weak, preliminary experimental basis. *** I enjoyed MANAGING DEPRESSION for the biographic cameos of its author and her milieu and for the modest case it made that deep breathing combined with targeted (intentionally healing) meditation and gentle Spring Forest Qi Gong exercises can supplement other approaches to healthy living. Here are some things we learn from the book: *** (I) Biography: Frances Gaik is married and has at least one daughter. Her husband is in construction. She uses interactions with him to make a couple of memorable points, including how women are harder wired than men to take in details with their eyes. *** Frances Gaik has decades of experience in insurance, including health insurance. Ditto counseling. A Chicagoan, in the early 2000s she took a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Chicago's Adler School of Professional Psychology. As regards health Dr Gaik's personal western mindset is Adlerian, that is, holistic; and democratic as regards working with ordinary people (Ch. I, p. 75). Adlerian-trained Westerners who also meditate and regularly do certain Chinese or Indian exercises make ideal cross-cultural assimilators of Eastern health and healing techniques. *** Frances Gaik drew on long time experience in counseling, mediation, meditation and exercise to design a simple, doable but innovative dissertation project. She sketches the research methodology and positive results in her book. Dr Gaik notes that lack of funding severely limited the face-time that her 39 subjects suffering major depression enjoyed with a Qigong master. Her dissertation project was a modest, original start, no more. Wisely, she describes her pioneering work as crying out for follow-on. *** (II) Depression. Dr Gaik sketches depression, how to recognize and treat it both with Western and Eastern medicine. *** (III) Holistic medicine. Dr Gaik says that a typical American wants his Western doctor simply to numb his pain and send him back to work. But the East has long known that deep breathing, meditation forms that target health coupled with regular exercise such as yoga, tai chi and Qi Gong can not only supplement the medications prescribed by M.D.s but also promote healthy life styles which makes Western medicine less routinely necessary. *** The author explicitly adopts a conversational "voice," presenting facts and theory as if the reader were sitting before her in her office. The technique works. After reading the book you will likely still have many questions, but also want to learn even more about managing depression through Qi Gong and other exercises such as tai chi and yoga. -OOO-