Depression

You can move beyond depression.

Psychotherapy can help.

Hypnosis can often speed and ease recovery.

Not only do I see this in my daily work, but there are thousands of research studies to back up my assertion that talk-therapy helps people move beyond depression.

Therapy for depression sometimes takes less than twelve sessions, and typically fewer than twenty sessions.

“People..  get hurt by what they don’t know how to do.
Whether you want to attain loving relationships,
a promotion in your job,
a healthy physical appearance, self-esteem,
whatever it is you beat yourself for emotionally,
depression is a predictable result
if you feel powerless to experience what matters to you.”
(Michael Yapko, 1997, p 24)

The most common  causes of depression come from feeling  powerless in defining and achieving goals, and working through loss.  It follows that medication often only covers over these problems rather than solves them. These are problems of the psyche, not the synapses.

Despite being one of the conditions which is most easily helped by psychotherapy, depression is one of the most under-treated forms of suffering in the United States. Why?

  • when you are depressed you don’t have the motivation or
    energy for anything much, and that includes getting to therapy.
  • depression distorts thinking, and loss of hope generalizes to the
    inaccurate belief that “therapy won’t help anyway.”
  • General practitioners and family doctors completely miss
    the diagnosis of depression in half of their depressed patients.
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  • it can take up to 8 weeks for anti-depressant drugs to work, and
    depressed people often don’t tolerate this wait.

Short term treatments such at cognitive-behavioral therapy and hypnosis are the “First Line” treatments I typically employ in my work. Only if these First Line treatments do not work is a more in-depth analysis called for and a different approach warranted.

The treatments I prefer focus on here-and-now problem solving, rather than re-examining parental influences and rehashing the past.

The problem with exploring past influences when you are feeling depressed, is that your depression itself can distort your recollection of the past. Thus, focusing on an unhappy past, on hurt, anger, or sadness, can actually make matters worse. Many depressed people might best look at exploring the past like a cold bath: fast in, and fast out.

Focusing on the negative does not in itself teach you new skills to feel better, nor correct the kind of distorted thinking that oftentimes transforms ordinary sadness and loss into the misery of enduring depression.

When you are feeling depressed, all your options feel limited. Because you are really limited by the depression in working outside of the box (or inside the box, as the case may be). You can’t see or easily accept solutions that you ordinarily would find helpful.

My work with you on depression emphasizes your active involvement in treatment. Simply knowing what to do is not enough. Hypnosis and other techniques can help activate your knowledge.

Hypnosis was once thought to be a poor treatment choice for depression. Much recent research finds that hypnosis can be a powerful ally in banishing the blues.

While hypnosis appears to be passive and reflective, it actually serves to activate many inner strengths and resources.

What Are the Signs I Need Help for Depression?