Overcome Depression:

Effective Integrative Methods

Want to be empowered to make informed decisions about how to manage and overcome your depression? We help you reflect on the effectiveness and risks of using psychiatric medications. Most importantly, you will learn how to use evidence-based alternatives for overcoming depression that have proven to be effective and have no side effects. Explore the promising new psychedelic therapies on the horizon. You will then feel more confident in making decisions for yourself, your loved ones, and your clients–if you are a healthcare provider. 2 CEs available for healthcare professionals & MDs. Credit also for undergrads and grad students.

Course Fee

For Health Seekers and Healthcare Providers

Health Seekers: This short course will point you in the direction of nourishing lifestyle changes and more that you can do on your own to improve your wellbeing and overcome depression.  Your active participation in creating wellness is  the foundation for the deepest healing.  Typically, your MD, psychotherapist, or healthcare provider does not have the time to educate you about the full range of effective alternatives.  We do this.  All the information has been curated by experts so you don’t have to google or youtube to hunt for answers.  Please keep in mind: This course offers information.  It is educational.  It is not a replacement for consulting your trusted healthcare provider.

Healthcare Providers:  CEs and CMEs available.  Go to https://courses.imhu.org/courses/IMH-ce-credits to sign up for them.  Please also consider: If you suggest this course to your clients/patients it can save you time in educating them and empower them to make informed choices.  

Learning Objectives: You will become better able to--

  • Make informed decisions about choosing a path to overcome depression
  • Compare and define integrative methods of overcoming depression
  • Find appropriate, curated resources and practitioners to follow up on your interests and choices.


Senior Instructor

Emma is the Founder and Executive Director of Integrative Mental Health for You, IMHU.org. She is also in private practice--including offering Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy along with Dr. Benjamin Asher in central Vermont. Dr Bragdon earned her PhD in Transpersonal Psychology in 1987 and was licensed in California as a Marriage, Family, Child Therapist in 1988. She was a volunteer for the Spiritual Emergence Network for 7 years and has been immersed in supporting people in spiritual awakening/ spiritual emergence since 1985. Emma has a private, online zoom practice out of her office in Vermont. https://EmmaBragdon.com/services Emma has published 7 books and co-produced 2 documentary films. See https://imhu.org/store for more info.

Continuing Education Credit

for Healthcare Providers and Students Seeking Credits

Continuing Education Credits are available for this course for mental health professionals, nurses and MDs. Go to https://courses.imhu.org/courses/IMH-ce-credits to sign up for them. The fee is $50. for each course and we need you to fill out an application to specify some details for each course you take. On completion this course can award you with 2 hours Continuing Education credits or CMEs.

Our Guarantee to You

If you are not satisfied with what our course has to offer within 30 days of registration we will return your fee to you in full.



"This course is packed with really useful up-to-date information on a variety of topics related to the integral treatment of depression. Highly recommended!"-Mike Rush, UK

"Excellent course with well-researched and up to date information on overcoming depression. There are many links to more in-depth information, including movies and articles with the latest research. There are so many therapies now that offer promise for release for those suffering with depression."-Carol Noyes, Vermont, USA

"This is a very worthwhile course loaded with a lot of valuable information from many credible sources, plus wonderful relevant cartoons, images. I highly recommend it."--Dianne Seaman, Pennsylvania, USA

"Incredible course packed with great information on overcoming depression. It offers many options to figure out what what is the best way to diagnose what might be going on with you and also what is the best option to take for a healthy recovery. ~ Highly recommended"--Lauren Brownell, Vermont, USA

"This course was loaded with information that helps those experiencing depression and their caregivers consider hopeful alternatives to treatment of depression and understanding of possible causes. I will use it as a source of information to refer my clients to."--Linda Sherer, licensed psychotherapist, Minnesotta, USA

"This course is presented with such compassion and simplicity that even the depressed mind will find it easy enough to follow and appreciate the education, guidance, resources and actionable tools it offers. You’ll be left with empowering knowledge, courage and hope."--Colette St. Claire, California, USA

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • (11 min vid) Welcome

    • (1 min read) Disclaimer-Request -Acknowledgements

    • (2 min read) Our Agenda & Your Take Home

    • (5 min read/reflection) Take This Test to Determine if You are Depressed

    • (5 min read) Outcomes from Patients Who Used These Alternatives

    • (1 min read) This Info May be Inadequate IF...

    • (2 min read) Mainstream Convention: Definitions and Treatment

    • (1 min read) 8 Causes of Depression

    • (3 min vid) Medicating Normal: Trailer of a New Film

    • (1 min read) Why "Integrative" Methodologies

    • (1 min read/laugh) Living with a Depressed Person

    • Quizlet #1

  • 2

    Most Important & Often Overlooked

    • (3 min vid/1 min read) Exercise

    • (2 min read) Nutrition and Micronutrients

    • (2 min read) Prebiotics and Probiotics

    • (5 min read) Getting Adequate Sleep

    • (10 min vid/1 min read) Relaxation Techniques

    • (1 min read) Test for Allergies to Food, Mold, and Environmental Pollutants

    • (1 min read) Connection and Community

    • (1 min read) Volunteering

    • (2 min read) Psychotherapy

    • Quizlet 2

  • 3

    Other Approaches to Add

    • (2 min read) Light Therapy

    • (2 min read) Modest Electro-stimulation, Earthing, and PEMFs

    • (2 min read) Energy Work

    • (10 min song/ 2 min read) Sound Therapy

    • (2 min read) Biofeedback and Neurofeedback

    • (3 min vid/ 3 min read) Eliminating Effects of Trauma: EMDR & TRE

    • ( 5 min read) Meditation

    • (1 min read) Regression Therapy

  • 4

    Effective Therapies On the Horizon

    • (1 min read) Introducing Psychedelic Therapies

    • (1 min read) Ketamine-Assisted Therapy (KAT)

    • (2 min vid/2 min read) Microdosing LSD or Psilocybin

    • ( 9 min vid/ 2 min read) MDMA/aka Ecstasy: Mindful of Set and Setting

    • (1 min vid/ 5 min read) Sacred Plants Used in Ceremony

    • (3 min read) Resources for Further Reading

    • (5 min song/1 min read) Final Message

    • Quizlet 3

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You'll enjoy unique videos, movie trailers, articles, self-tests, quizzes, self-reflection, cartoons and resources for further study.

How Much Time Does It Take?

About 2 hours. Depends on how much you want to follow up on links given and extra materials.  

 The 4 Part Plan 

Part One:  Take a test to see if you are depressed, reflect on what mainstream medicine would prescribe, reflect on successful stories of individuals who use the therapies we suggest in this course, and begin to chart your course for healing.  Of interest: reflect on what is helpful to you if you are living with a depressed person.

Part Two: You will learn more about the foundation of health regarding sleep, nutrition, micronutrients, exercise and destressing.  We cover some details on dosage as well as risks (if any) and outcomes.  Added to this foundation is the value of volunteer service and maintaining supportive relationships, ideally in a community of meaning.

Part Three:  You will be introduced to a number of effective therapies that have proven very effective in overcoming depression.  These work with light, sound, electromagnetic frequencies, energy work, bodywork, bio and neurofeedback as well as cathartic therapies and meditation.

Part Four: We look at the horizon, i.e. therapies now being studied that have shown great promise but are not yet fully endorsed by the FDA and are on the cusp of being legalized.  These include micro-dosing with LSD or psilocybin and, under trained guidance in a therapeutic setting, using MDMA aka Ecstasy, Ketamine, or Ayahuasca.

If You are Financially Challenged

IMHU can offer some partial scholarships. Click HERE for application.  We ask you to answer some questions and send us an email.  Keep in mind we are a not for profit, charitable organization here to be in service–but we also have bills to pay as we have overhead.  We have no sponsors and remain independent of special interests; therefore we rely on course registrations to keep going.