I am aqualifiedandregistered hypnotherapistandNLP (neuro linguistic programming) practitioneralso employingcognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)approaches and techniques inMoulton, Northwich, Cheshire, nearChester, Crewe, Runcorn, Warrington and Manchesterusing hypnosis within hypnotherapy for a wide range of conditions including programmes to help you to overcomedepression. We are within easy traveling distance ofAltrincham, Sale, Lymm, Knutsford, Holmes Chapel, Sandbach, Nantwich, Tarporley, Tarvin, Wilmslowand other towns in theCheshire,Staffordshire,Shropshire,Derbyshire, andLancashireareas.
Symptoms of Depression
While we can all experiencedepressed feelingsorfeelings of depressionand we may tell others that we "feel depressed", it is only when we experience thesymptoms of depressionin an on-going way over a significant period of time that we can truly talk of being in adepression. Thesesymptomscan vary but often include:loss of appetite, poor sleep patterns/insomnia, nervousness, irritability, loss of weight, low self-esteemandconfidence, feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness, fatgue/low energy, agitation, inappropriateorexceesive guilt and self-blame,loss of interest, social withdrawal, self-neglect, negative thoughts about the world and their future,reduced sex driveandpoor concentration.
Thinking Patterns in Depression
When in a depression we can find our mind working in negative and self-defeating ways. Examples of this may be :
Dysfunctional automatic thoughts
Mind reading: "She thinks I'm hopeless."
Fortune telling: "It's no use trying that, I'm bound to make a mess of it."
Labeling: "I'm useless."
All-or-nothing thinking: "Nothing ever works out for me."
Discounting positives: "Yes I did that, but anyone could have done it."
Catastrophizing: "It would be awful if I got anxious in that situation."
Maladaptive assumptionsNegative self-concepts
Focusing upon and exagerating weaknesses and shortcomings, playing down positive qualities.
Depression - Risk Factors
There are a number ofrisk factorsassociated with depression. This does not mean that depression will always occur as other factors may modify the outcome, but risk factors increase the probability of a depression. Some of the mainrisk factorsare:
Stressful situations and circumstances. Life changes/events bringing about various kinds of loss.
Conflict in close relationships
Economic and financial difficulties
Poor social skills in relating to others
Poor skills in problem-solving
Poor self-management skills
Dysfunctional ways of thinking about and perceiving ourselves, others, situations, etc
Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse (past or present)
Existence of other mental conditions such as anxiety
Assessment for Hypnotherapy for Overcoming Depression
A thorough assessment is essential to determine the factors which are affecting you in order to devise a programme of hypnotherapy tailored to your individual needs.
Anassessmentmay include some of the following:
Explore the onset and history of depression and possible origins.
Determine the extent and prevalence of the various symptoms.
Identify the existence of relevant risk factors.
Assess problem-solving, social and self-management coping skills.
Identifying relaxing/calming and relevant successful past general experiences in your life which can be used positively within hypnotherapy.
Consider your own perceptions and feelings about yourself.
Explore general perceptions and thinking patterns that possibly may be exacerbating depressive thoughts and behaviour.
Consideration of how people around you are affecting you eg: sources of support.
Identify any background psychological factors such as stress, anxiety or significant life changes.
Identify and review your attitude to relaxation and opportunities for relaxation.
Considering practical strategies appropriate to you personally which can help you to relax which hypnotherapy can strengthen.
Programme of Hypnotherapy to Overcome Depression
Depending upon the above we will then agree aprogramme of hypnotherapyto help you to overcome depression. This could include:
If an early experience is relevant we will address this to enable you to let go of any negative associations leaving you free to move on.
Reduce negative mind frames, thoughts and emotions and facilitate positive ones.
Reframe how you perceive, experience and think about yourself and significant others in your life.
Strengthen positive practical strategies for dealing with depressive feelings.
Reframe your perceptions of how others are viewing and evaluating you.
Strengthen your general levels of self-esteem and confidence and ability to be assertive.
Enhance problem-solving, social and self-management coping skills.
Identifying and encouraging rewarding involvement in activities/interests that you will enjoy.
Increase self-reward for positive behaviour and achievements.
Facilitate positive sleeping patterns.
If you wish during one of the sessions we will make a recording on CD to complement the live hypnotherapy session for a nominal charge. This will be tailored to your needs and can then be used in your own home to reinforce the work we have done in the "live sessions". This has generally been found to be the best way to produce audio recordings that will be effective.
The number of sessions required will vary depending upon the degree of the depression and the complexities involved. Please see theHypnotherapy Fees Pagefor details of fees.
If you feel we may be able to help you through hypnotherapy please do not hesitate to contact us. You can always telephone us for a chat without any obligation. You can phone us on 01606 590 288 or Mobile: 07904 162904 or pleaseclick hereto send me a message using a Contact Form.
"Tranquil Spirit" is only 15 mins by car from Junction 18 (Holmes Chapel Junction) on the M6 .
We are 2.9 miles/7 mins by road from Winsford Railway Station 3.7 miles/10 mins by road from Hartford Railway Station both stations being on theBirmingham New Street to Liverpool Lime Streetline operated byLondon Midland. You can view a timetable byClicking Here
We are 12 mins/4.6 miles by road from Northwich Railway Station and 10 mins/3.6 miles by road from Greenbank Railway Station both stations being on theManchester Picadilly to Chesterline operated by Northern. You can view a timetable byClicking Here
There are also regular bus services from the Northwich, Winsford, Crewe and Warrington directions.
We can provide fuller directions at the time of arranging a visit.
If you do not live nearby and it would be difficult for you to travel to us it may still be possible for us to do a home visit if you live in the Cheshire, Merseyside or Greater Manchester areas. If you opt for this you will need to ensure the use of a room which will be relatively quiet and free from disturbance. Please contact me for further details.