Hypnotherapy for Depression
Hypnotherapy has proved very useful in helping with depression but first let’s look at what depression is. It is NOT just feeling a bit down or having a low mood. Clinical depression takes all of the joy and enjoyment out of life, it makes it very difficult to be proactive about seeking help and indeed, at its worst, makes even getting out of bed difficult. If you are suffering with depression you are probably feeling that there is no hope that you will ever feel better and/or have no idea how to even start - the familiar feelings of hopelessness and helplessness.
Hypnotherapy is now being recognised as a potentially effective treatment for many depression sufferers and some recent studies have shown that it is more effective than cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which is the most common therapy approach in treating clinical depression. So it is definitely worth considering hypnotherapy if depression is seriously affecting your life.
Hypnosis for depression can help address the underlying cause as well as help you find much more effective coping strategies. It can also help you achieve a happier mood and decrease or dispel the pessimistic and negative thoughts that generally accompany depression. People who undergo hypnosis for this disorder will often experience a new sense of freedom and a greater sense of control over their thoughts, their mood, and their life in general.
What Happens During a Hypnotherapy Session
In the first session, I spend some time finding out what is going on with my new client and what they want to achieve via hypnotherapy. I will then explain hypnosis and the therapies that I use with hypnosis. Put very simply, hypnosis is a state of focused relaxation, which provides an ideal environment for working on the changes my client wants to make.
Hypnosis is, in fact, a totally natural and we all go in and out of a similar state several times a day. I am sure there are times during driving a familiar journey, watching TV or reading a book when you become aware that your attention has drifted from what you were doing and you have been focused inside yourself. The key point is that you are fully in control when in hypnosis. Generally, I will be offering suggestions and you will respond to them in the way that is right for you. You will hear everything I say and can remember it afterwards if you want to.
I will end the first session by giving my client an experience of hypnotherapy and in their next session I generally teach them self hypnosis, which is a learnable skill and therefore needs them to practice at home. In subsequent sessions we will continue to work on the client’s issue, checking progress as we go. As well as hypnotherapy, I will also do coaching or use other techniques where appropriate as I have a range of “tools in my therapeutic toolkit”
In fact, I am just adding a new tool, which is called the Hypno AntiDepressant and is designed for those suffering from mild to moderate levels of depression. I am currently working with a case study client in order to complete my certification and will then be ready to work with suitable clients. It is a very upbeat, solution focused set of hypnotherapy and motivational coaching techniques from which I can create a tailored program for each individual client and I am very excited to be adding it to my “toolkit”.
The most important part of dealing with your depression is to take that first step and admit you need help and go and find the best therapy approach for you. For someone suffering from depression this can seem like a huge step and it easiest to do when you first notice that it is having an effect on your life. So, if you or someone close to you, is suffering from depression then please message me or call me on 07881620586 for an informal chat to see what help I can offer you or them.