Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Targeting the seven basic patterns associated with depression: 5. Drawing the line

This is the fifth in a series of seven blog posts  published over several weeks in which I explain briefly how the symptoms of depression are dealt with using hypnotic suggestion and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). I will post links to the other articles as they become available. The session structures are based on the work of the American psychologist Dr Michael Yapko and the co-founder of the "Human Givens" psychological system, Dr Joe Griffin. This approach provides a gradual lifting of depression symptoms over the seven week programme. It works by targeting the unconscious thought processes that the depressed state is built upon.

1. Dealing with sleep disturbance

2. Looking forward to the future optimistically

3. It's time to do something different

4. The complex issue of control (follow the links to my earlier posts)

5. Drawing the line

One of the typical thought patterns associated with the depressed state of mind is what Michael Yapko calls "global" thinking; defined as a tendency to see only the big picture and not the individual parts that make up that picture. He describes it as seeing only the forest, and not the individual trees. This way of thinking is what leads to the feeling of being overwhelmed which is frequently experienced during depression. The fifth session of the programme is generally when this particular thought pattern is addressed.

Being able to break down that big picture into smaller, more manageable chunks enables the client to get a sense of control and of priority about their thoughts and problems. This means they can then be tackled one at a time - rather than all at once. After all, doing everything all at once would be overwhelming even for the most organised of individuals!

This session introduces the client to the concept of boundaries - both internal and external ones. Internally we can  separate our thoughts from our feelings, our impulses and urges from our actions, and our work life from our personal life. There are also different "parts" to our personalities; compassionate parts, determined parts, playful parts, and so on. Each part is useful in different circumstances, and less so in others. The hypnotic part of the session encourages the client to explore these inner resources, and the boundaries between them. Externally, especially in our interactions with others, we can learn to separate what belongs to us from what belongs to others, what we believe from what others believe, that the opinions of others are only opinions and not facts, and how we can explore what others demand of us and decide what we are prepared to give. The hypnotic process is also designed to  help the client instinctively draw lines and boundaries between these parts and these concepts, and to notice automatically when someone  is attempting to cross the boundary in an unwanted way. The client becomes able to confidently deal with such "invasions" by automatically accessing the appropriate internal part for any given situation. The result is an increasing feeling of control in a world that had previously seemed beyond control.

Links to the seven stages will be posted here as they become available:
  1. Dealing with sleep disturbance
  2. Looking to the future optimistically
  3. It’s time to do something different
  4. The complex issue of control
  5. Drawing the line
  6. Guilty or not guilty?
  7. Prevention
If you are a depression sufferer and would like a more detailed and specific explanation of how this approach could work for you, please feel free to contact me to organise a free introductory consultation.

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