In today’s edition of the Australian Guardian newspaper there’s an article headlined “Antidepressant use soars despite findings effectiveness is lower than believed “ It’s an interesting article, I’ve included the link.
I believe it’s absolutely true that anti-depressants do not provide a long term standalone solution. They may be necessary for some people, but while they may numb the effect of depression they don’t address its cause and provide the skill-set to cope differently with life post medication.
*In my practice I believe in working in a complimentary capacity to my clients GP’s and Specialists and that for some people there is a place for anti-depressants.However in my opinion, if you’re prescribed anti-depressants it’s important (if you can) to work with a therapist to address how the depression came about, how it manifested itself and how the beliefs and thoughts associated with it can be refiled in the brains database so that they no longer feature so prominently in the day to day quick reference section used to generate thoughts.
A good therapist will build rapport and put their clients at ease, they will listen closely to understand what depression means for their client, because while it is a predictable condition in many ways, it is important to get a handle on how it is perceived through the eyes of the unique individual affected. This information is gathered during the counselling part of the session. A Hypnotherapist will then utilise the information they’ve gathered to set about helping their client make changes at the clients sub conscious level once the client’s critical factor has been ‘relaxed’.
It is important that the therapist provide their clients with tools to empower them in the healing process. There will always be day to day stress-ors and unexpected life events, so it’s important that should the client be faced with potential triggers for a setback that they have an armoury of tools and techniques to draw upon to keep themselves balanced.
This is why in my practice I teach and discuss techniques from a number of different disciplines including Neuro Linguistic Programming, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Reality Therapy, Solution Based Therapy and Gestalt Therapy to name a few. In the beginning of the session I gauge which techniques I think will be of most use to my client and I tailor and prioritise how I deliver the session accordingly.
I think it’s important that my clients understand that there are skills and techniques that they can learn that will boost their ability to handle stressful situations. There are habits such as a daily mindfulness practice that can completely change how they perceive and respond to the world. They don’t have to accept a diagnosis of Depression as condemning them to a bleak and hopeless life, there is hope and there are life-skills that will help change their life significantly for the better.
The rising incidence of Depression and Anxiety makes for a startling headline, and it is an alarming fact of modern life (my opinion as to the reasons why will be covered in another blog); however, there are also swag of new techniques and treatments. I believe that ultimately we as a society will handle this better and focus more on prevention than cure, we simply haven't caught up with dramatic changes that have occurred in modern society in recent years. Significantly increased funding for school and social programs could go a long way to reducing the problem, but in the meantime I strongly believe that Hypnotherapy and Counselling with a good therapist can really help.
In Melbourne Hypnotherapy is increasing in popularity, however ensure that your therapist is properly qualified and a member of a Nationally Accredited Association. This means they will be have been properly trained, are appropriately insured and professionally supervised.
*results may vary from person to person
Georgina Mitchell was born in Ireland, moving to Australia in 1989. Georgina spent many years working in senior management in the Corporate world, before leaving to pursue her passion to become a Therapist.
Please note as with all therapies, Results for Therapies delivered by Hypfocus may vary from person to person