Thursday, 9 February 2017

Targeting the seven basic patterns associated with depression: 7. Prevention

This is the final one 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). Links to the previous six articles are available below. 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 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?  (follow the links to my earlier posts)

7. Prevention

As a client emerges from depression, it is perhaps not surprising that there is often a fear of the possibility of relapse. Depression is often triggered by stressful life situations and, of course, it is impossible to prevent stressful events from occurring in one's life. From time to time everyone experiences disappointment, rejection, humiliation or loss. The final session of the programme is designed to help the formerly depressed person face life's challenges with a comfortable knowledge that they now have the skills and the mindset to cope, and even flourish.

Dr Michael Yapko's approach has the goal of empowering the client to choose their own response to any situation and to help them discover that they have the foresight to realistically anticipate circumstances. The work of the previous six therapeutic sessions all come together in this final one the jigsaw puzzle is now complete. As before, the hypnotic part of the session is recorded onto CD for use at home. By this time, the client now has seven recordings, six of which are aimed at specific depression symptoms, and this final one, which sets the former sufferer on the pathway of self-reliance, able to lead a satisfying and enjoyable life, and to make their own choices and not feel pressured by the unrealistic or unreasonable demands of others.

There are a lot of good things to look forward to.

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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