Feeling Depressed

Our hypnotherapy for depression can be extremely helpful if you're feeling depressed and for general depression. We can significantly change the experience of depression and help you see a way through.  We can equip you with confidence, motivation and positive mental attitude.

Our hypnotherapy treatments for depression are effective and specifically designed for the individual client.

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See also our pages specifically on serious and clinically diagnosed depression.

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Most of us know what it’s like to feel depressed. It’s a commonly used term these days.  In fact often misused.

There are many reasons why you might “feel depressed”.  Are you plagued by negative self-talk and self-doubt? Are you anxious Do you worry about how others view you, or that you won’t be able to perform the way that is expected of you? 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.

Have you been feeling this way for long?  Are you experiencing more than around 5 of the following symptoms?

  • Trouble concentrating
  • Either an inability to feel emotions…or uncontrollable emotional outbursts
  • Loss of energy and motivation to the point where just functioning has become difficult
  • Unexplained physical aches and pains
  • Overwhelming sadness or fear
  • Feelings of helplessness, guilt or irritability
  • Self-hate
  • Inability to experience pleasure
  • Change in appetite
  • Change in sleeping patterns
  • Lack of self-esteem

Symptoms can also manifest in a range of ways.

Targeted Hypnotherapy can provide effective treatments for depression sufferers in such cases.

Understanding Depression

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 is what contributes to these feelings of hopelessness.

For many, their depression is reactive to situations, episodic or even connected to the presence of certain persons.

To break this cycle, I use strategic psychotherapy techniques to target the underlying patterns of thinking and feeling that support your depressed episodes.  We will focus on visualising, reinforcing and utilising past positive episodes in your life, as well as establishing tangible progress milestones and goals. The overall approach aims to resolve the underlying thinking and feelings that see you dipping into your depressed state.

Many of the symptoms of depression as defined above overlap with Anxiety, and in fact often the lay-person’s diagnosis of depression is actually more correctly about Anxiety.  My page on Anxiety is worth a read.

You might alternatively be just going through a rough patch in your work or personal life, where the associated stresses and pressures make you “feel depressed”. My therapeutic approach can equally bring significant benefit in such situations, helping to lift your mood, attitude and outlook.  To improve your feelings of motivation, direction and purpose.

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Clinically Diagnosed Depression and Serious Mental Illness

The terms "anxiety" “depression” and “feeling depressed” have become commonly and often incorrectly used parts of the vernacular of modern society.

They are terms used to describe many different states, from “a bit blue” to states far longer lasting and more serious.

While there are literally thousands of people who from time to time feel down or depressed, most have not been clinically diagnosed by a Psychiatrist as being “Clinically Depressed”.


Clinical depression is a serious mental illness.  If you have been diagnosed with this or any other serious mental illness, Targeted Hypnotherapy is unsuited to providing you treatment, and will not be willing to accept you as a client.

Our policy in this regard is all about ensuring you receive the appropriate and specialized care that you need.

If in doubt, Contact Us via email or call us on 0431 949766 and we will be happy to discuss your case prior to making a booking.

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Post Natal Depression
Post Natal Depression (PND) is a condition that can deeply affect the physical and emotional well being of a woman, and indeed her newborn, after childbirth.  In fact, Dad’s often experience it too. It's just that in our society it’s not as accepted a phenomenon and often men don’t talk about it. Strategic Psychotherapy, utilizing hypnotherapy and other techniques, is a powerful way to address the problem and provide perinatal support. If you’re a mum, or a dad experiencing what you believe to be the symptoms then read on or Contact Us. Understanding post-natal depression. There are a range of wide number of underlying causes of PND, and the ”blend” of causes effecting you, as a  mum or a dad, can vary enormously.  It might incidentally just be the “baby blues”.  Read on to understand the difference. In the case of PND, my approach is to work with you as an individual to understand the underlying patterns of thinking and other factors that might be contributing.   Examples of underlying caused include:
  • Anxiety about your role and effectiveness as a parent or carer.
  • Concern for getting it wrong
  • Disruption of your routine
  • The uncertainty of parenthood and its potential impacts on your life, physicality, sexuality, career
  • Money and job worries
  • The shock of sudden responsibility and accountability
  • Ambiguity over what it all means
  • Difficult marital status
  • Pre-existing depression
  • Existing parental responsibilities
  • Unwanted/unplanned pregnancy
…the list is enormous.   As with the list of causes, the ways it can impact you is equally long.
  • Paranoid or irritable
  • Sleepless or broken sleep (combined with sleep deprivation)
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of focus, motivation and confidence
  • Disorientation
  • Cutting other people out of your child’s care
  • Feeling alienated with your partner
  • Fear
  • Excessive and uncharacteristic emotionality
  • Feelings of inadequacy or failure
  • Predisposition to negativity and worst-case scenario thinking
Postnatal depression is not the same as ‘baby blues’ Postnatal depression is often viewed as a special subcategory of depression, though it’s hard to see how it differs significantly from the usual clinical depression. But it’s often incorrectly confused with the more common ‘baby blues’. Many women experience mild mood shifts after giving birth. In fact, according to some sources over 50% of new mums experience baby blues, typically starting three or four days after birth and lasting about a week. Symptoms include weepiness, irritability, emotional over-reactivity and anxiety. Baby blues is not an illness, but the result of extreme hormonal readjustment after pregnancy. As unpleasant as baby blues can be, at least they are fleeting. Once the chemical readjustment has occurred, the baby blues are gone. So postnatal depression is distinct from baby blues and has much more in common with general clinical depression – it just happens to occur during new parenthood. It affects 10 to 15 percent of new mothers. The symptoms are indistinguishable from any other clinical diagnosis for depression and seem to have much more to do with life context and circumstances and the emotional style of the woman suffering it than any chemical changes. In fact, the common predictors for postnatal depression are the very same risk factors as those for developing depression at any other stage of life. Strategic Psychotherapy Treatment In my clinic, we’ll work together to understand what’s underlying your current state. Click here to understand how we can support you in parallel with other medical and psychological treatments.
  • Deal with any trauma, if it exists or is associated with some aspect of the pregnancy or birth
  • Lower your stress generally by alleviating your perception of stressors.
  • Establish hope and address circular, unhelpful and worst-case scenario thinking.
  • Direct focus to the fact that “you’re human”,
  • Help you feel complete (or at least a little more so)
We’ll almost certainly have to deal with elements of Anxiety and equip you to more realistically deal with the physical and emotional stresses that the above-mentioned symptoms are causing to your  mental, emotional and physical health, your effectiveness as a parent and your relationships with everyone…including your newborn. Click here to watch our short video Introducing Targeted Hypnotherapy. Contact Us via email or call us on 0431 949766 to discuss your situation or make an appointment. #Postnataldepression #therapyforpostnataldepession #hypnosisforpostnataldepression #hypnosissydney #hypnotherapysydney #hypnotherapistsydney #sydneyhypnotherapy #sydneyhypnotherapist #sydneyhypnosis #hypnosiscanberra #hypnotherapycanberra #hypnotherapistcanberra #canberrahypnosis #canberrahypnotherapy #canberrahypnotherapist #therapistcanberra #canberratherapist #canberracounselling #counsellingcanberra #therapistsydney #sydneytherapist #sydneycounselling #counsellingsydney #depressed #depression #hypnotherapyfordepression #helpfordepression #depressionsupport #blackdog #blackdogcanberra


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