Depression is one of the most common problems people come to me for help with. For some, it is a brief episode brought on by a specific life event or episode, for others, it is a long-term struggle with no obvious cause. Either way, it has a significant impact on people’s lives with many associated issues including alcohol dependency and relationship problems, to name just a couple.
There are many chemical treatments for depression but many of my clients prefer to try a more natural treatment first, or choose to combine the two in their treatment plan.
More and more studies are showing that hypnotherapy is an effective treatment for depression, outperforming other treatments options such as CBT.
How Does It Work?
As other conditions such as anxiety or post-traumatic stress often go hand in hand with depression, my treatments are able to address all aspects of a person’s needs for an all-round treatment, meaning you don’t have to worry about labelling or boxing your exact issues before you come.
Hypnosis helps reduce and often alleviate the anxious thoughts and feelings associated with depression. It also addresses the root causes of depression, developing reliable coping strategies and helping the mind dispel negative thoughts.
Rather than remain stuck in the vicious cycle of painful thoughts and feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and hopelessness, hypnosis can help you develop a more positive outlook by using powerful self-suggestion.
I typically employ a mixture of suggestion and imagery in sessions to bring about positive changes in your unconscious processes. This gives my clients a new sense of freedom, wellbeing and control over unwanted thought patterns.
Whilst you are in a state of deep relaxation (although with full control) you become more open to positive affirmations and suggestions and we can begin to ‘rewire’ the brain.
If your depression was initiated or worsened by a traumatic or painful event, hypnosis can develop new responses to painful triggers. It can also help you access distressful memories which may have been repressed.
Hypnosis can bring those into conscious awareness so you can let go of painful or sad emotions associated with the event. We replace these as much as possible with healthy and more positive associations which empower you to deal more effectively with any future issues.
Other ways in which hypnotherapy works to overcome depression include identifying ‘unfinished business’ or unresolved feelings, helping you process strong emotions, helping with avoidance and addictive behaviour, replacing traumatic memories with positivity as well as using hypnotic suggestion to create long-term coping strategies and improvement in mood.