We all know what it feels like to be depressed. We are plagued by negative self-talk and self-doubt. We worry about how others view us, or that we won’t be able to perform the way that is expected of us. For some of us, these feelings are ongoing and debilitating. We have deeply seated feelings of failure and believe that life will never get better. We may have been feeling this way for months, years, or nearly our entire lives.

When people are depressed, they find it especially difficult to visualize a happy life and to conjure up the motivation to make changes that would lead to a better life. This lack of change, on the other hand, is what contributes to feeling hopeless.

To break this cycle, Dr. Sera Lavelle, Ph.D, Dr. Noah Kass, DSW, LCSW, Dr. Samantha Gaies, Ph.D, Dr. Sacha Zilkha and Dr. Sara Glazer, Psy.D use hypnosis to help a person visualize positive outcomes and focus on achieving tangible goals while also using integrative therapy techniques to resolve underlying feelings of depression. Much of depression is a focus on the past. This approach helps a person quiet depressive thoughts so that they can focus on how they would like to feel and envision a future that they would like to attain.

This approach is particularly useful in treating difficulties that both stem from, and perpetuate, depression such as:

  • Weight problems and eating disorders
  • Habits and addictions
  • Difficulties in relationships and social interactions
  • Lack of confidence and motivation
  • Indecisiveness about career
  • Losing touch with our creativity
  • Feeling “stuck” in life

Research demonstrates a variety of benefits from using hypnosis for treating depression, such as that it encourages a sense of empowerment and reduces depressive symptoms (Yapko, 2002). Further, it has been shown that a combined approach of therapy and hypnosis alleviates depression to a greater degree than therapy alone, and that this effect is maintained even after therapy has ended (Alladin & Alibhai, 2007).

Read more about hypnosis and integrative therapy for depression:
Hypnosis and Depression (Yapko, 2002)
Cognitive Hypnotherapy for Depression (Alladin & Alibhai, 2007)
Hypnosis and Treating Depression (2006)
Essentials of clinical hypnosis: An evidence-based approach  (Lynn & Kirsch, 2006)

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