Anxiety & Depressive Disorders

Depression, anxiety, panic disorder & phobias

Depression and anxiety are two different disorders, but people with depression often experience symptoms similar to an anxiety disorder, such as nervousness, irritability, sleep and concentration problems. However, each disorder has its own causes as well as emotional and behavioral symptoms.


Situations such as the loss of a loved one, being fired, divorce or other difficult situations can make a person feel sad, lonely and lost. These feelings are normal reactions to difficult situations in our lives. However, the emotional response to these situations are different from depression, which is a psychiatric disorder whose manifestations are much more severe and tends to persist. Clinical depression more commonly manifests in women than in men.


Everyone experiences episodes of anxiety, before passing exams, in the event of a health problem or accident, or when faced with a major challenge in our lives. Anxiety becomes pathological and harmful when the anxious feeling begins to hinder our daily activities, prevents us from making decisions and taking action. Negative mental ruminations become permanent and painful and alter our personal, family, or professional lives.

Anxiety disorder is characterized by excessive nervousness, fears, apprehension and uncontrollable worry and includes panic attacks, phobias, as well as obsessive-compulsive disorders.

EFFECTIVENESS OF THE CAP PROCESS for Anxiety & Depressive Disorders

CAP offers services to facilitate change in children, teens, adults and seniors who are struggling with depression or anxiety.


Men have difficulty recognizing that they are depressed and tend not to seek help.

  • CAP will allow them to the first step toward working on the emotions of anger and irritability - common expressions of depression in men. They will regain energy to address the repressed emotional areas that cause their depression.


For women, depression is more likely to be manifested by sadness, feelings of worthlessness and guilt.

  • CAP will help them use images to express their emotions and to build a better self-confidence in their potentialities.


In young children, depression will manifest itself in refusal to go to school, separation anxiety or fear of seeing their parents die.

  • CAP will help them use images to express their emotions and to build a better self-confidence in their potentialities.


Depressed teenagers tend to be irritable, sulky and have problems in school. They also often suffer from anxiety with associated pathologies such as eating disorders, addiction, or social phobias.

  • CAP will allow them to express their deepest desires, aspirations and dreams while providing the space for them to gradually acquire the autonomy to which they aspire.


With the elderly, depression can manifest itself more subtly, as they tend not to admit their feelings of sadness or grief. Physical illnesses and isolation from community, common in this population, also contribute to or cause depression.

  • CAP will allow them to overcome a feeling of insecurity, to symbolically express their concerns and worries and to regain hope and even build a new life project.

35-year-old Lucienne

See how Lucienne finds liberation from old traumas

that caused depression

Lucienne is hospitalized for depressive syndrome with adynamia (very intense fatigue with general exhaustion of the body). She has suffered many traumas since childhood (physical and verbal abuse) which she has never really sought treatment for and is entering a phase of her life where she questions everything.


CAP allowed her to gently explore the painful areas of her past that resulted in a profound renewal for life and a resolution from her depressive state. She regained her energy and a new life purpose after she was discharged from the hospital.

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“I was able to express myself outside of words, outside of others, to yell, to scream, to be happy and to feel all of that. I was able to speak to myself in total security (even if it was painful).”

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“Life is an open book that man writes.

My life is an open book about the future... a lot of blank pages to fill, other than with black ink. I want to live! in color!”

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62-year-old Marjory

How Marjory at age 62 freed herself from a 40-year phobia

Marjory is a very lively woman with a full social life. She appears to be an extrovert, but since childhood she has struggled with strong unresolved internal conflict that she has been unable to talk about. She suffers from insomnia with nighttime anxiety and has a worm, maggot and other insect phobia. This phobia sometimes triggers a panic attack.


She has seen several psychotherapists that were helpful, but their therapy did not offer a lasting change. When she began CAP, she felt that the program was specifically designed for her. She expressed that it is only when she began therapy with CAP that she developed a feeling of resolution.

Without consciously realized it, her panic attacks have decreased significantly as well as her recurring nightmares. She has discovered a new inner strength that has helped her to make healthier choices in her life.


Marjory not only realized that she solved her phobia problem, but she started to experience many dreams and insights that prompt her to begin a deeper exploration of her inner life and to define her real purpose.

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Our process makes it safe to go back and get into your backlog, or whatever emotions you've been repressing.

This is a gentle and unintrusive method to provide you with an ongoing process to release emotional blocks,

unproductive behaviors, and cultivate a deeper inner awareness of your patterns.




Chantal Desmoulins

11150 W Olympic Blvd Ste# 915

90064 Los Angeles • USA

When therapists choose to use the CAP methodology that combines drawing under musical induction, writing and verbalization, they provide their clients with a very efficient tool to become active participants in their own treatment and thus facilitate self-discovery, change, and restoration.

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Disclaimer: This program is not a replacement for psychological counseling nor medical diagnosis or treatment. It is intended for self exploration, and is not suited as a therapeutic intervention for mental health issues. Artistic abilities are not required, only a willingness to express yourself through the medium of drawing, while listening to music.