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.


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