Updated: Nov 19, 2018
Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Therapy can be a very powerful combination. Cognitive Therapy is the go-to for anyone with low mood or depression. The basic principle is that 'what you think' influences the 'how you feel'. By bringing awareness to your thinking and taking control of your thinking patterns you can change your feelings. When you think differently you feel differently. 'Feel good' chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine are released and it becomes a self-perpetuating cycle.
When you are in a low mood or depressed you don't always have the determination to bring about these changes. Changing oneself, even a simple walk in the park to get those endorphins kicking in, can feel too hard. It can feel as if there is no point in anything. This is where hypnotherapy can be a useful adjunct or alternative to cognitive therapy. Hypnotherapy works with depression and low mood by working with your unconscious mind and by-passing all that negative thinking. If you are fed-up with depression and genuinely want to change, it can be very effective. The therapist will help identify the negative impact it's having on your life, help you identify where you want to be and how you want to feel. While you are in a trance, she can work with your unconscious making suggestions to bring about powerful change. This can be as simple as giving you the determination to do a fast walk each day and get that endorphin high.
Hypnotherapy can gently strengthen you and give you that resolve to bring about the changes that will truly make a difference.
Remember, we are more than our mood, chemistry and thoughts and even if you have sunken into the lowest depths, like the weather, it can pass.
However all the hypnosis, cognitive therapy or anti-depressants are not going to help if you don't eventually make the fundamental changes to your life that will bring you into stronger alignment with your needs. This is a tricky, because if you're suffering from depression you are not going to feel you have the power or motivation to make the shifts you may need to make to bring about the changes that will really make a difference. It's ironic that depression can diminish your belief that you can problem solve, plan or make changes when sometimes the depression itself has come from a feeling of disempowerment over ones life. Once you've made the baby steps, when you've got a little fizz of the possibility of hope and happiness, sometimes what it takes to really heal is to gather your courage and simply make that big change. If you are living with someone abusive, find the strength to leave....make that phone call, reach out, start the change. If you hate your job, actively seek a new one. If you are being bullied at work, change your work place or seek help. If you suffer from low self-esteem and have a nasty inner-critic seek help. Sometimes it's having the courage to take the risks, despite feeling you don't have the strength, that can really make the difference.
Contact me if you would like to discuss whether hypnotherapy can help you:
Diana Joy - Balmain Hypnotherapy