Cognitive hypnotherapy provides a variety of treatment interventions for depression from which the hypnotherapist can choose the “best-fit” strategies for a particular depressed client. Depression is characterized by feelings of despondency and dejection, typically, also with feelings of inadequacy and guilt, often accompanied by lack of energy and disturbances of appetite and sleep.
10 SIGNS OF DEPRESSION
- Persistent Sadness – Difficulties in seeing the good in life, hopelessness, minor things seeming like enormous obstacles that can’t be overcome, difficulty completing daily activities.
- Self Loathing – Turning your misery inward, becoming overly critical of self, repetitive cycle of negative thoughts.
- Loss of Interest in Activities – Difficulty completing tasks because of lack of focus, loss of libido, increase in self-sabotage and negative thoughts, hindered intimacy.
- Irritability and Isolation – Not being able to act in a socially appropriate manner, avoidance of other people, lack of interest in continued friendship.
- Anxiety – Low self-worth, worries of personal and professional future, feelings of failure.
- Loss of Energy – Sadness, lack of sleep, fatigue, poor concentration leading to problems at work.
- Disruption in Sleep Patterns – Insomnia and frequent awakening throughout the night, lethargy and lack of hope.
- Changes in Appetite and Body Weight – Binge eating or loss of appetite, weight gain or weight loss, self-loathing.
- Reckless and High-Risk Behavior – Spending money carelessly, partaking in dangerous activities such as multiple partners or substance abuse.
- Self-Harm – Pre-occupied with negative thoughts of self-harm or death.
Clinical Hypnotherapy, which is based on the Circular Feedback Model of Depression (CFMD), embraces the rationale for combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with hypnotherapy in the management of depression. A case formulation approach guides the clinician to select the most effective and efficient treatment strategies for his or her patient. However, the number of sessions and the sequence of the stages of Cognitive Hypnotherapy are determined by the clinical needs of each individual patient. The Hypnotherapy component of Cognitive Hypnotherapy is introduced to provide leverage to the psychological treatment of depression and to prevent relapses.
HYPNOTHERAPY SESSIONS GENERALLY FOCUS ON:
- Relaxation Training
- Producing Somatosensory Changes
- Demonstration of the Power of the Mind
- Expansion of Awareness
- Ego Strengthening
- Posthypnotic Suggestions
- Self Hypnosis Training
These sessions will help you regain your sense of control back in a gentle but empowering way. All you need is to be open and willing.