Do you feel like you have fallen into a dark well of despair? Do your senses seem dulled; food tastes bland and uninteresting, music doesn’t seem to affect you, you don’t bother smelling flowers anymore?
Although each person will have unique symptoms, The Public Health Agency of Canada lists the most common symptoms of depression as:
- Depressed mood
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness or hopelessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in usually-enjoyed activities
- Change in weight or appetite
Hypnotherapy is now recognised as an effective, side-effect free and safe treatment for people with depression. It has been shown to be clinically effective on it’s own, as well as a useful complementary treatment for enhancing the effectiveness of other therapies.
A neurochemical study of Hypnotic control of pain found clinically and statistically significant decreases in depression, anxiety and pain, and increases in beta endorphin-like substances following Hypnotherapy.
Domangue, B.B., Margolis, C.G., Lieberman, D. & Kaji, H. (1985). “Biochemical Correlates of Hypnoanalgesia in Arthritic Pain Patients.” Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 46, 235-238.
- Sleep disturbances
- Decreased energy or fatigue (without significant physical exertion)
- Thoughts of death
- Poor concentration of difficulty making decisions
Hypnotherapy helps people with depression by giving them back control of their lives.
“The good news is that … both formal and indirect hypnotic suggestion can alleviate depressive symptoms and reverse its too-often chronic course”
Gafner & Benson, 2003
What is the process?
1. Your critical (conscious) mind is so overloaded with negative information. Consequently it’s like you are in constant trauma. Dehypnotization allows your critical mind to rest and unload, and as a result is able to take in positive suggestions. Dehypnotizing gives you back the control. Specifically, you decide what information can get into your subconscious mind.
2. The subsequent sessions are interactive therapies. While you are in a restful hypnotic state, the clinical hypnotherapist speaks to your subconscious mind and has a conversation with various parts of your subconscious and maybe even a younger you. For this purpose various tools are used to reframe and heal you from traumatic experiences and unyielding beliefs.
How long will treatment take?
6 or more sessions depending on the severity of your symptoms. You will most likely need 2-3 dehypnotization sessions as close together as possible/practical for you. In these first 2-3 sessions your body will learn to relax. In addition, you’ll go home with a recording to listen to each day in between sessions.
The additional 3 sessions include interactive sessions as well as direct suggestion to your subconscious mind. You may choose to attend more thann the 6 sessions. You’ll know when you feel better. Some people do intensive sessions, then come back every few months or so for a “top up”.
Note: We will only commence a hypnotherapy treatment for depression if you are under the care of a medical practitioner for your depression. In addition, do not discontinue any medication without consent from your medical practitioner.
Our services do not constitute medical care, psychotherapy or psychological advice. The results described on this site, including testimonials, represent the ideal outcome and might not be achieved by every client. Your results will depend on your motivation to change, responsiveness to hypnosis, past history and other factors.