Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic practice that has been around for hundreds of years, and has most notably been used to successfully help people recover from conditions such as depression and anxiety. The therapy involves putting a patient into a light, meditative state that allows them to open-up about feelings and emotions that might be more difficult to address in a normal situation. Hypnotherapy is carried out by a qualified practitioner who will assess your circumstances, understand how you would like to move forward and explain the science behind the mind and any factors that might have got you there.
There is never any reason to be apprehensive. It’s usually a very enjoyable experience for most, and the revelations and progress that can be made through hypnotherapy can be quite profound if you give yourself the opportunity to really relax throughout. Hypnotherapy and depression have been linked for many years, and hypnotherapy is even a suggested therapy by doctors for its benefits in treating the root cause.
Depression is a common mental health condition in the UK, with one in four people experiencing it at least once a year according to research. Depression is much more than feeling sad, fed up and unmotivated; it’s usually identified once feelings that affect your mood last for more than a few weeks, causing a lack of enjoyment for everyday life.
It’s common to feel alone with depression, but it’s important to remember that you’re not. If you feel isolated and lonely, make sure that you reach out to friends and family for support. They can offer initial support and may help you to make the next steps towards overcoming your depression. Despite how difficult it may be for you to talk about your feelings and admit that you’re struggling, depression is becoming more openly discussed nowadays and people will be there to support you. You might even encourage someone else to open-up about their own experience, which in turn could help you too.
Hypnotherapy and depression has a high success rate compared to that of anti-depressant use. With help from a qualified practitioner, you can overcome depression and find your inner strength again.
Could you be depressed?
If you suffer from any of the following symptoms and find that they affect your daily life, then it’s likely that you are suffering from depression.
- Feeling constantly pessimistic, with negative thoughts
- Feeling sad, anxious or lost
- Feeling hopeless or worthless
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Lack of interest in doing anything
- Avoiding seeing family and friends
- Having low self-esteem
- Feeling unmotivated and unfulfilled
If you can relate to one or more of the symptoms above, it’s probably time to consider seeing your GP or turning to a therapy like hypnotherapy to help you change your thoughts and get your life back on track.
Hypnotherapy and depression
Hypnotherapy is one of the most popular and successful therapies for anyone suffering from depression. If you suffer from depression yourself, you might recognise that you find it difficult to change your feelings, thoughts and emotions on your own. Here at the Coach Approach, we understand exactly how the mind works and what kind of triggers cause you to think certain thoughts that can lead you into a spiral of depression. We are also aware of what can be done to release the negative emotions that are holding you back from living your best life, and will help you to get your inner strength back.
Hypnotherapy and depression target and treat the root cause of the issue. Hypnotherapy considers all the different factors in your life that might be contributing to your negative feelings. Depressed people often feel as though they want to bury their hand and forget about what they’re going through, but this can lead to deeper negative feelings and behaviours that can make your depression much worse.
Throughout the course of your hypnotherapy and depression sessions you will be given full confidentiality, so anything you discuss that might be of a sensitive nature will not leave the room. You may need a few sessions, or you may need several, depending on the severity of your depression. Even if you feel as though you are in a place where you don’t think you can move forward, remember that hypnotherapists are very used to dealing with all conditions and will work with you for as long as it takes. Here at the Coach Approach, we are passionate about working with you as a person, understanding both past and present factors to help you overcome your depression and reach your full potential.
Ways in which hypnotherapy can help depression
There are a number of ways hypnotherapy can help treat depression:
- It’s a natural treatment that doesn’t involve any medication
- It has a lower rate of relapse than anti-depressant treatment
- It relaxes your mind and encourages you to address deep feelings
- It helps you to understand how you can become in control of your own mind
- It reduces feelings of anxiety, stress and sadness
- It treats negative behaviours that could be contributing to your depression
- It improves your overall sense of wellbeing and happiness
What does it feel like to be in hypnotherapy?
Most people find hypnotherapy very relaxing and going into a trance is definitely not as scary as it sounds. The hypnotherapist will talk to you and use relaxation techniques to relax your whole body and mind until you reach a meditative state, allowing them to work with you at a point where you feel more comfortable.
You will still be completely conscious and in control of what you’re saying, but you will be in a much calmer state than if you were just sat face-to-face with someone (such as a counsellor). This state of mind will help you to be more open about your feelings and the therapist will work with you on this deeper level to address the necessary areas and find your inner strength.
How can I expect to feel after hypnotherapy?
The way you’ll feel after hypnotherapy depends on your individual experience. Most people leave therapy feeling extremely relaxed and lifted, as if their mood has improved. As each session goes by, you should start to feel even better. Your hypnotherapist may also give you some techniques and exercises to practice at home so that you can continue working on your improvement.
In some cases, it’s possible to experience side effects related to anxiety at the beginning, or to feel a bit dizzy or have a headache. These feelings are usually short-lived and should fade quite quickly.
If you are interested in the practice of hypnotherapy and depression, then please have a look at what the Coach Apprach can offer. John Shallcroft specialises in Solution-Focused Clinical Hypnotherapy, and is very adept at treating people who suffer with depression. He works with individuals to understand their circumstances, targets the root cause and is passionate about helping them overcome the obstacles that are stopping them from living their most fulfilled life.
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