Ealing Mental Health

Depression has gone from being one of the least to one of the most understood of the many emotional disorders. It can effect any one of both sexes and at any age, has many causes, and as a result has many viable avenues of treatment. Mildly and severely depressed client’s find themselves in situations that are enormously painful and who need help to find a way out. It can effect you physically, causing problems such as eating, sleep disturbance, a lowered sex drive, fatigue and anxiety. Cognitively, depression can affect your ability to think clearly, making it difficult to focus attention, causing poor memory, and causing someone depressed to make errors in judgement and decision-making.

If they think about the future, they tend to project into the future the same kind of pain, hurt and anxiety suffered in the past, the vicious circle and downward spiral.

At the Ealing Hypnotherapy Clinic the therapy for depression is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and interpersonal approaches. Utilizing CBT within hypnosis show greater therapeutic outcomes than drug therapy. Although medication may have some effectiveness , it has distinctively more side effects and habituation. They can also produce undesired thought and feeling processes, which may prevent new learning abilities. Anti-depressant agents have been found to have a high incidence of a relapse rate.

CBT provides and creates skill building, problem-solving, goal achieving skills and a greater degree of empowerment and perception, which an anti-depressant agent cannot accomplish. Relapse rate is significantly reduced, as these techniques provide effective preventative skills. 

Clinical hypnosis with CBT creates effectiveness in breaking old, outdated, dysfunctional belief patterns, producing specific positive changes to take place in the depressed individual. People who have been depressed for a long time, often from their childhood, usually have difficulty being positive on a day to day basis. By using the extraordinary resources of the unconscious mind, one can make choices, that will bring about the kind of things that you want to have happen tomorrow, and in the future, which leads you to think differently, act differently, and eventually feel differently.

CBT is well established in treating depression, incorporated with hypnosis, and provides positive outcomes within the brief therapy framework. Virtually all CBT sessions are recorded onto a CD for the client to play during the week between sessions. Self-help assignments are provided so the client can obtain a better approach and experiment with behaviours. My aim is, to teach the individual to become their own therapist.

Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has been used for patients with repeated cycles of depression. Providing good CBT, and using prevention techniques is appropriate to alleviate these old possible re-occurrences.