Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Targeting the seven basic patterns associated with depression: 3. It's time to do something different

This is the third in a series of seven blog posts to be published over the coming weeks in which I will explain briefly how the symptoms of depression are dealt with using hypnotic suggestion and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). I will post links to the other articles as they become available. The session structures are based on the work of the American psychologist Dr Michael Yapko and the co-founder of the "Human Givens" psychological system, Dr Joe Griffin. This approach provides a gradual lifting of depression symptoms over the seven week programme. It works by targeting the unconscious thought processes that the depressed state is built upon.

1. Dealing with sleep disturbance
2. Looking forward to the future optimistically
(follow the links to my earlier posts)


3. It's time to do something different


Depressed people often describe themselves as being stuck, maybe in a rut or in a loop, or as being helpless (or even hopeless) in the face of their troubles. Typically whatever it is they are doing is not helping them, but they are unable to think of an alternative to their familiar strategy.

We all have ways of coping with life's experiences that have served us well over the years. We come to rely on these strategies and for the most part, and for most people they work. Sometimes, however, something happens that is outside our experience and that seems to demand a new pattern; a new way of thinking. A depression sufferer seems unable to create a new pattern of thinking, and becomes trapped in the loop of constantly reviewing the same thoughts and ideas. As these are the very same thoughts and ideas that have so far consistently failed to solve the problem, the feelings of hopelessness magnify and the depression gets worse. It is, indeed, a very vicious circle.

It is in the third session of the depression therapy programme that we really begin to tackle this self-defeating thought process, and the client is encouraged in the trance process to develop a more flexible approach and to move away from worry and towards problem solving. Hypnosis is vital here. Every depressed person knows consciously and logically that they need to do something different. Hypnosis is the key to unlocking the door to the unconscious (or subconscious) part of the mind which is after all where the problem actually is. Depression is not a conscious choice - no one would choose to be depressed; it is an unconscious choice, so it is in the unconscious mind where the most important work is done. That is why this approach is so much faster than CBT or traditional counselling in achieving relief. Hypnosis accesses the problem area directly.

By the next session, the client is typically beginning to see some changes, and we will move on to discuss a feeling that most sufferers have - that of not being in control of their life. That will be the subject of the next blog post in this series.


Links to the seven stages will be posted here as they become available:
  1. Dealing with sleep disturbance
  2. Looking to the future optimistically
  3. It’s time to do something different
  4. The complex issue of control
  5. Drawing the line
  6. Guilty or not guilty?
  7. Prevention
If you are a depression sufferer and would like a more detailed and specific explanation of how this approach could work for you, please feel free to contact me to organise a free introductory consultation.



021 487 6072

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Talk to me!

I always speak personally to new clients before they start therapy or coaching. Not all therapists do this, but I believe it is essential that every potential client has a good understanding of what to expect from their time with me. This is the reason I do not use online booking agencies. I want to be sure that my customer knows what they are buying, that their expectations are realistic, and that I am the right person to help them achieve those expectations.

In some cases, a telephone chat is all that is needed to answer any questions and to explain how the process is likely to work. Typically people looking for coaching, or to remove a habit or a phobia would fall into this category. These are problems that are normally dealt with in a single session.

If treatment is likely to be longer, the potential client really deserves a face to face meeting to explain exactly into what they are investing their time, money and emotions. This is why I offer a free introductory consultation to persons interested in therapy for anxiety conditions, panic attacks, depression and weight loss. It gives you a chance to meet me and decide if you are comfortable working with me. It gives me a chance to explain the process, what it might feel like, and to answer any questions regarding it.

So if you wish to talk to me, just pick up the phone....

021 487 6072
www.riversidehypnotherapy.com

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Targeting the seven basic patterns associated with depression: 2. Looking forward to the future optimistically

This is the second in a series of seven blog posts to be published over the coming weeks in which I will explain briefly how the symptoms of depression are dealt with using hypnotic suggestion and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). I will post links to the other articles as they become available. The session structures are based on the work of the American psychologist Dr Michael Yapko and the co-founder of the "Human Givens" psychological system, Dr Joe Griffin. This approach provides a gradual lifting of depression symptoms over the seven week programme. It works by targeting the unconscious thought processes that the depressed state is built upon.

1. Dealing with sleep disturbance (follow the link to my earlier post)

2. Looking forward to the future optimistically

One of the foundation stones upon which the depressed state is built is that of the sufferer's negative expectations. It is typical for depressed persons to believe that the future is only going to bring them exactly the same kind of painful experiences that the present is giving them or that they have experienced in the past. It is very difficult for them to see a positive future, Even though they may understand at a logical, conscious level that the outlook is not totally bleak, the unconscious mind remains firmly unconvinced!

The second session of the programme is usually when I begin to address these thought patterns in earnest, although some preliminary work has already been done in session one. The aim is to build a positivity about the therapeutic process and about the client's future life. Hypnosis is used to produce a deeply relaxed state, during which the unconscious mind is provided with suggestion that the person's future experience is, in fact, actually changeable and not rigidly fixed. The client begins to understand at a very deep level that change is inevitable, and that it is going to happen at different levels of experience - not just the conscious level; and is going to start straight away. Hypnotic suggestion is intrinsic to the way the process works. The client begins to change his or her thought patterns without consciously realising they are doing it, because hypnosis allows us to access the unconscious mind directly; and it is of course, in the unconscious mind, not the logical conscious mind, where the problem lives.

As with all the sessions in this programme, the hypnotic session is recorded for the client's use at home. This enables repeated exposure to positive suggestion, and therefore more rapid change. The recorded session is also designed to start to align the client's thought process towards their own involvement in the therapy; a realisation that they need to start to do something different in order to get a different outcome, and a different set of feelings too. That concept will form the main theme of the next session.....

Links to the seven stages will be posted here as they become available:
  1. Dealing with sleep disturbance
  2. Looking to the future optimistically
  3. It’s time to do something different
  4. The complex issue of control
  5. Drawing the line
  6. Guilty or not guilty?
  7. Prevention
If you are a depression sufferer and would like a more detailed and specific explanation of how this approach could work for you, please feel free to contact me to organise a free introductory consultation.


021 487 6072