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Anxiety and Depression in Berkshire


Hypnotherapy for Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia - The Hypnosis Clinic

 Men and women both suffer from anxiety and depression to different degrees but express them differently. Whereas women might have mood swings, low energy, sadness, insomnia, dark moments of thoughts of hopelessness Men may express the same depression in anger, aggression, stress levels, overworking, and restlessness, irritating mood swings, binge drinking or smoking. We all feel sad from time to time or have negative thoughts but when they cause us to stop functioning in our daily lives and business/work situation, which is where a Hypnotherapist comes to help.

Hypnotherapy can provide relief from depression and resolve insomnia fairly rapidly.For a confidential discussion call Amreeta on 0118 926 9978 or 0786 129 3634 or visit her web site at www.innerpotential.info


Depression can itself be classified under different names: SAD (seasonal affective disorders, anxiety, suicidal tendencies, post-natal depression, depression after death of a loved one etc….). How would Hypnotherapy help with depressive tendencies?


Hypnosis is known to work very well with depression because it works on two levels: on one level it works with the unconscious part of our mind where our thought and feelings have become patterns and once they get triggered, we feel caught in behaviors that even if we want to stop, we are finding difficult to stop. For example, nail biting out of over thinking, over eating s a way to fill up the emptiness etc…or even just starting to worry and create catastrophic images or thoughts as soon as we wake up, all of these trigger panic in the body and often a sense of worthlessness, as we cannot control them happening.


Hypnotherapy helps you access the unconscious mind and change those triggers from destructive into constructive, healthy and proactive triggers, so that you wake up or go to sleep feeling good for whatever you have done during the day and letting go of unhealthy habits or thought patterns.


On the second level Hypnotherapy works with relaxation techniques to access the unconscious mind and that in itself is of great help to clients as they are often told by their loved ones or doctors or their work colleagues, “you should relax” ,,

“You should slow down and rest”. But the problem here is that people who are suffering from depression or stress or anxiety cannot relax and let go and thereby they do not sleep well or find their concentration level slow down. By learning self-hypnosis, which I teach to every client of mine clients has found them not only improving over their emotional/mental issues they came to hypnotherapy for but as well they have the tool to relax and work on themselves by themselves, in between sessions.


Below is the testimonial of one of my clients who suffered from depression or rather depressive episodes that came and went over several years ;

She is now doing very well and occasionally needs a booster session once a year, to help her keep the effect and changes that hypnotherapy brought to her life:


When an emotional chaos engulfs the mind and thoughts spiral down into darkness, it can be impossible to grasp at the rational feelings that appear to lie on the other side. It is terrifying to feel trapped within this world, unable to turn on the light inside your own head. Each day the light becomes a dimmer memory. I felt desperate and exhausted but almost relieved to be so near to giving up and allowing myself to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital where I could let go and allow others to look after me. I must admit though that an important part of me was also determined to give one more therapist a go, hoping that I could maintain my autonomy, get on with my life and most importantly continue to look after my two young children.


From where I sit today it surprises me to look back and write this; here and now I am quite simply happier than I have ever been. But this is how I felt six months ago just minutes before my first appointment with a hypnotherapist.


One hour later I emerged from a trance and the light was back on inside my head. I am not saying that I had been miraculously cured, far from it. But I did sense a clarity I had not felt in months; disorganised thoughts rearranged themselves like pieces in a puzzle and the way forward seemed suddenly obvious. I was filled with hope. I phoned my husband immediately as I left the clinic and said “the light is back on”…. after many years of marriage and having held my hand through a few of these depressive episodes, he knew exactly what I meant! In the sessions that followed the talking through of my problems was followed by some time in trance. I found the process surprisingly empowering. I have heard many people comment that they would be “terrified of giving up control” during hypnotherapy. On the contrary having experienced other “talking therapies”, it was under hypnosis that I felt most autonomous. The mind that I was finally surrendering to was my own. Rather than it being the frightening and helpless thing I had imagined, it contained strengths I never believed I possessed.


Very quickly, I was taught self-hypnosis, so that I could put myself into trance in my own space at home. This was yet more independence. For someone who has always been aware and terrified by the specter of co-dependency, this level of independence was good news and great therapy!


On reflection, hypnosis itself provided only a temporary break in the vicious emotional cascade. For treatment to be successful and sustained another dimension was required. In further sessions we talked about my life and got to know the inner working models of my mind and the way it had been programmed by my experiences. An understanding of why these models were inadequate and no longer useful in the present day led to ideas of change. Most importantly we talked of new ways of seeing the world and my place in it. Each cognitive leap was enhanced each day by a period of self-hypnosis, which trained my mind to think and feel differently in real life situations. The process, for me, was amazingly rapid in an almost surreal way. But as I said before I surprised myself. From a core I had been too frightened to look at and explore for fear of its potential emptiness, came strength and lucidity. It was just like unlocking “my inner potential”.


I don't doubt that time and life will bring further crises but I now feel supported from within. I have a new way of seeing and a therapeutic tool that I can use independently and safely. I no longer see my therapist on any regular basis and two sessions of self-hypnosis a week seems to maintain my equilibrium. Exactly how it does this I am not yet sure but I am enjoying the process and looking forward to finding out more in the near future! (Client in her early forties, Reading, Berkshire)





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