Hypnotherapy for depression?
Hi RenDoe, welcome to the forums and sorry you haven't had a response on this one. It's not a topic that we've had come up too often as a treatment option, but hypnotherapy is covered in beyondblue's Guide To What Works For Depression. I've copied the information from the booklet below so you can see what the evidence base is around it:
I have just discovered your post. I would like to welcome you to the community here at Beyond Blue.
It is wonderful Christopher has posted the information for yourself and all of us regarding hypnosis. I have not tried it myself and am not sure if I would, but my husband has and he was a little sceptical. As I feel he is sceptical about a lot of treatments, I wouldn't take his thoughts as the best guide.
If you don't mind me asking, have you tried other therapies or strategies to help with your depression? I have tried a few things. Cognitive therapy, mindfulness, meditating, making time to enjoy activities I find pleasure in, reading, walking (not into running!) going to the beach, catching up with friends, joining a like minded group of people for volunteer work and so on.
This site is a very safe place to share how you are feeling if you desire to do so.
You could always try the hypnotherapy and see what you think. The only way to know if something will work is to try it.
I would be interested to know what you decide to do. Hope you find some answers somewhere!
Cheers for now from Mrs. Dools
I only just came across your post however it
For reasons of full disclosure, I should state that I am a hypnotherapist. I'm also an ACT therapist too. I've studied many of the therapeutic modalities that are out there and commonly used.
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Having said that, I've experienced some remarkable transformations with people over time who have come in, trapped in their own thoughts and who have left with techniques and skills that have helped to quiet the mind.
As with any therapeutic relationship, what is most important is that you feel you can work with your therapist, that there is trust there, and that you can feel like
You should also keep in mind that mindfulness, while not hypnotherapy, is 'related'. It still involves an inward focus which is critical for hypnotherapy, and research from universities such as Harvard have shown remarkable benefits and advantages in a mindful approach. I'd certainly recommend it and you'll often find many therapies, such as ACT and DBT, that utilise mindfulness.
I hope this has helped! I'm not here to sell anything, just to educate and to share - and I hope that you're on the road to having a rich, meaningful existence once again.