Jan 13th, 2014 by Barrie St John

Hypnosis for Depression

Hypnosis for treating depressionDepression is a term used quite loosely in modern society. If you were to believe everything you hear, you might think that everyone suffers from depression. The truth is people talk about depression without really knowing what it is or what it really means. It’s often an umbrella term used by doctors and other medical professionals to describe anyone that’s feeling down for an extended period of time. However, it’s important to note that not all sadness equals depression. It’s much more intricate and nuanced than this.

I’ve had many referrals in my psychology practice from doctors saying that people are suffering from the symptoms of depression, but when they get in front of me what I really see isn’t what I would call depression. It’s just things that can be worked on and resolved through the normal therapeutic process, through hypnotherapy or psychotherapy. Now, I’m not saying that people don’t get depressed, they certainly do. Long-term depression can actually cause mental, physical, and emotional changes. I’ve seen it in my practice; it’s a very flexible illness. I don’t think one label fits every occurrence, nor is it necessarily helpful to try and lump all individual experiences into one category.

Sometimes it can be a reactive depression that results as a direct response to some sort of grief situation, be it a loss, an accident or something else, and the person immediately drops into a lower mood. It’s quite clear that this type of sadness is a reaction to recent events. Their depression is directly related to their grief. Most people are able to eventually recover from this and can work through it. However, some people don’t handle it well and do fall into a long term depression. Either way, I believe that hypnotherapy and psychotherapy can be helpful in handling the symptoms.

Hypnosis CDs for DepressionThe symptoms vary from person to person, but many people often describe depression as feeling flat. They experience a lack of motivation, low self-esteem, and seem to not be interested in the things they usually enjoy. I do, without a doubt, believe that treating depression with hypnosis is the way to go. There are hypnosis downloads available for these specific experiences, as well as for depression in general. Some of the sessions one might consider are:

A person may find relief from these or other more specific hypnosis downloads on our site.

I have treated depression with hypnosis many times and in the therapeutic situation, treatment is quite flexible. This is why we have several listening choices. Hypnotherapy is a creative approach that is person centered, revolving around the individual seeking treatment and what they need to resolve. But with hypnosis, as it is with psychotherapy and any other type of treatment, the person must have a reasonable motivation and a willingness to let go and work through the process.

Unfortunately, sometimes people are labeled as depressed when what they are experiencing isn’t really depression. In reality it’s not as big of problem as it’s made out to be. You may find that a little bit of treatment goes a long way. The last thing that I want is for a doctor or some other medical specialist to label somebody as depressed and for that person to walk out of the treatment room thinking that there’s something wrong with them or that they are mentally ill. Even if it is depression, that’s simply not the case. There are times when we all get down and depressed.

If you do find yourself or someone you know experiencing the symptoms of depression, don’t just ignore it – get help. Whether it’s for a long term clinical-type depression or for a reactive depression such as grief, hypnotherapy is an excellent choice to help elevate your mood and experience joy again.

Posted in Anxiety and Stress Issues
Dec 19th, 2013 by Barrie St John

Hypnosis and Confidence

Metaphor for Hypnosis and ConfidenceConfidence is directly linked to almost all of our activities. When you believe in yourself, all things seem more attainable. Hypnosis is very effective when it comes to boosting your self-esteem and increasing your self confidence.

Some people say that they’ve never been confident and that’s rarely true. It a contextual thing; there’s a bit of a where and when. Each of us has certain areas where we are resourceful and experienced. That’s confidence. I might be particularly confident in one area and not in another. Thinking you lack confidence entirely is selective thinking and it becomes generalized. If you start to dig and question yourself about your strengths, I bet you can find areas that you do have confidence.

Of course, many of us also have areas where we need to improve our belief in ourselves. But how does hypnosis for self confidence help? It begins by using that wonderful creative resource called our imagination. We can use our mind to picture ourselves being confident in the present, future and even in the past. When we imagine things strongly we begin to sense them in a very physical way. It etches something into our brain.

Let’s suppose someone needs more public speaking confidence because they are afraid of speaking in front of groups of people. If they imagine themselves speaking to groups many times and many different ways, as if it had already happened, it can become a part of their memory. It installs the fact that they can be confident and this carries over into our future visions of the event as well.

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With hypnotherapy, we use this imagery to help people think about how they might want to feel more confident. You can attach confident feelings using imagination to just about anything. Everything we have ever experienced, good and bad, we can access it and use it in our imagination. Experiences don’t just happen and then they are gone; we can dip into them, use them and the feelings associated with them and then apply it or connect it to the future. Our memories and imaginations combine to become a very powerful resource for hypnosis and confidence boosting.

Working with confidence can be really flexible in the context of hypnotherapy. Confidence and self-esteem are directly linked. We can strengthen these things using suggestion, metaphor and imagery. As a result people feel stronger, more creative, and more assured in whatever area they desire. There really is no limitation to how boosting confidence can improve the quality of your life. These suggestions also stick. It isn’t a onetime improvement, it’s ongoing.

Hypnotherapists talk about confidence a lot because we use it in all areas of our lives. If we can be confident in ourselves we can accomplish and achieve so much more. With a stronger self-image we don’t limit ourselves as much. We can be confident in our work and this opens more doors in life. If I feel confident about myself, then I’ll have a bit more spring in my step. Ultimately, hypnosis can help you to think and feel more confident, which can only help you to grow in limitless ways.

Posted in Confidence and Self Esteem
Nov 20th, 2013 by Barrie St John

Using More Than One Hypnosis Session At Once

Multiple Hypnosis SessionsMany of us have more than one area of our lives that we’d like to improve and hypnosis is a spectacular tool for accomplishing this. However, it’s important to keep in mind how deeply embedded some of our behaviors and emotions are and attempting to tackle too much at once won’t necessarily yield the results you’re looking for. You wouldn’t walk into a psychotherapist’s office, or hypnotherapist for that matter, and try to resolve all your issues at once. It’s just too much for our minds to handle. While some hypnosis sessions can be complementary, others need to be taken on separately.

For example, using hypnosis to stop smoking while using our weight loss hypnotherapy session at the same is not really recommended. These particular activities are habitual and involve similar automatic unconscious behaviors; we must eat to thrive and breathe to live. Attempting to resolve smoking and eating issues at the same time can create a conflict when the actions are so physically intertwined. While hypnosis can yield fantastic results in both areas, choosing one to work with first is ideal.

How does one choose which to work with first? In order to obtain optimal results with hypnotherapy, you need to take an honest look at these physical behaviors on an emotional level. Ask yourself which of the behaviors you are most concerned with and begin there. Once you’ve attained success with a hypnosis session in one area, or are at least well on your way to accomplishing your goal, then you can begin working with the next.

Using the above example, I’d advise people find to stop smoking first, as people tend to replace smoking with eating. Instead of putting a cigarette in their mouth they put in food, resulting in weight gain. Also, you may find exercise easier if you are able to breathe more freely and deeply. Our hypnotherapy sessions are holistic and do discourage the replacement of smoking with eating, but that alone is not necessarily going to help you if you have existing weight you need to lose. Following up stop smoking with our healthy eating or start exercise hypnosis session might put you on the right path, but it’s certainly still a personal choice. If you can’t bear the thought of cutting down on your food intake without a cigarette, choose what’s best for you.

There are also many hypnosis sessions that can benefit each other. If you want to use hypnotherapy for stress and anxiety in conjunction with using hypnosis to help feel more joy, go right ahead. These hypnosis recordings can help you to relax even more deeply and experience success. Of course, if your anxiety stems from a particular phobia or grief, you may want to choose a more specific hypnosis session.

Just remember, deeply emotional and unconscious behaviors need and deserve specific attention. Your mind and body are interconnected and hypnotherapy can help you achieve the goals you desire, but no one can tackle everything at once. When choosing to make improvements in ourselves and our lives through hypnosis, choose one area to focus on and add only hypnotherapy sessions that relate to that. Don’t try to do too much at once.

If you’re a little unsure about using more than one hypnosis session at a time then please see my old blog post ‘self hypnosis packages‘, which provides some ideas for combining multiple sessions.

Posted in Using Our CDs & Downloads
Nov 6th, 2013 by Barrie St John

Dealing with Negativity

Man Showing NegativityI was talking to someone recently and they said that they rarely watch the news on TV, whether it be national or international, because it can be so upsetting. I personally watch the news daily in order to stay informed. I’m a citizen of the world and I prefer to be actively aware of what’s going on than be clueless. However, it is true that much of the news, if not all of it, is negative. If you do hear something positive it’s quickly brushed aside for the next update on a tragedy or political happening.

Unfortunately we can’t protect ourselves from all negativity. We can however, realize and accept information and decide how we are going to respond to it. We have a choice whether or not to take something on. Things happen in the world. We can’t live in a bubble. By trying to ignore reality we are really limiting ourselves and preventing opportunities for growth. You have the ability to choose what your emotional reactions are and how much baggage to carry from them. You are in control of your inner world. Not watching the news just to avoid having to deal with it is kind of like admitting failure before you’ve even tried. Where are the opportunities from learning and growth if we shut out half the world?

Negativity will always be around. If I go out with a group of people that are negative, full of complaints and constantly moaning, then when I come home I can feel that negativity still around me. The same happens when you go out with friends that are fun-loving and able to live in the moment and have a good time. It can rub off on you in a positive way. Have you ever experienced this? It affects our mood. This is where we have to make a conscious decision to let go of our stress, whether it originated in us or from someone else. We don’t have to let it bring us down, but we can choose to let it bring us up. It comes down to choice and accepting your place, your own active role in your emotional experience.

Hypnosis can help us accomplish this by changing our unconscious dialogue. We replace negative thoughts and actions with positive ones through deep relaxation and suggestion (do you know how to properly relax?). Hypnotherapy can help you learn to be more in control of your emotions, your reactions to stressful situations and separate yourself from outer turmoil by calming your own inner world. Whether it is the negativity from news, friends, or personal disproval of your own actions, hypnosis works to teach your mind how to sift out the bad and keep the good, to calmly look at the world and yourself and see the positive. With the help of your unconscious mind you can begin to grow from your experiences rather than suffer from them. You can be the one with the contagious joy.

You don’t have to stop watching the news, ignore friends, or build a bubble around yourself to prevent negativity from affecting you. All you have to do is make a choice. If you struggle with this ability, consider using hypnosis to improve your Positive Thinking, Stop Worrying or help you with overall Stress Management. You’ll be happy that you did.

Posted in Anxiety and Stress Issues
Oct 28th, 2013 by Barrie St John

Listening to Hypnosis All Night

Night skyMany people choose hypnotherapy because it is a much more rapid form of treatment than other options, such as traditional psychotherapy. Quite simply, they want fast results and hope that the use of hypnosis will get them there. And it’s true, you can accomplish quite a bit in a rather short amount of time with hypnotherapy vs. psychotherapy. Our hypnosis recordings are powerful tools that help you to tap into your unconscious (subconscious) mind, breaking down barriers that inhibit success. However, it’s important to keep in mind that nothing is immediate.

In fact, focusing on getting fast results can actually get in the way of treatment. I’ve often had people ask me if they can listen to hypnosis all night, replaying a recording over and over again on a loop. They think that the repetition will speed up the process and help them achieve their goals in less time. This is not the case and can actually inhibit your success.

It’s unrealistic to think that listening to hypnosis all night will cure you upon waking. The brain needs time, unconscious and conscious, to absorb and rewire automatic responses. Unrealistic expectations quickly dissolve into dissatisfaction and can ultimately end up in a person giving up. The mind and body, which are intrinsically connected, need time to bring about cognitive change. You wouldn’t expect to drop 20 pounds in one day of dieting, or run a marathon after one day of training. No, you expect that to take time. Hypnosis, although faster at bringing about results, even in these areas, is not magic.

Another reason not to listen to our hypnosis downloads or CDs all night is because it could cause you to become emotionally overloaded. More than likely, whatever situation brought you to hypnotherapy is not one without emotional ties. Spending the entire night listening to hypnosis involves such an emotional bond that it can have a counter effect. The unconscious mind is very much like a muscle; overexertion can cause pain, and without time off to rebuild, even prevent healing.

Speaking of overexertion, let’s not forget that listening to anything all night, be it a hypnosis download or any other sound, prevents truly restful and restorative sleep. Not getting enough sleep can be detrimental to your health and happiness. In this case, even if the message were to get through, without a healthy body and mind to work with, you’re unlikely to experience optimal results. It’s much better to listen less frequently and get a better night’s sleep.

How frequently should a person listen to a hypnosis download or CD? Once a day, twice at the most, is ideal. What hypnosis seeks to do is plant a suggestion in the unconscious and allows that suggestion time to take root and flourish. The brain is perfectly capable of doing this with once daily listening. Keeping at it is important. Listening once a week is not likely to bring about the quick results you seek, so do be sure to listen with regularity. Also, when working with multiple hypnosis downloads at the same time, make sure they are complimentary and consider alternating days so as not to overload yourself.

With regular listening and realistic expectations hypnosis can help you get the results you desire. Just don’t assume that listening to hypnosis all night will get you there any faster. Let your unconscious mind do the work and let your body rest.

Posted in Using Our CDs & Downloads
Sep 25th, 2013 by Barrie St John

The Biggest Loser Needs a Healthy Mind

Clip From The Biggest LoserIf you’ve ever watched the television show The Biggest Loser then you know how much effort losing weight can take. Contestants on The Biggest Loser spend hours exercising and controlling the amount of food they eat. Tears are shed on treadmills and in front of temptations they can no longer eat. You can also see and hear the pain that these people experience as a result of their weight gain. But what started them on that path? What pain brought them to act in such an unhealthy way in the first place?

While the TV show may touch on an individual’s problems in passing, they don’t focus on it as part of the weight loss process. The storylines are there to make good television and there’s certainly no shortage of contestants with touching life stories on The Biggest Loser. But when it comes to confronting the issues, diet and exercise take centre stage and emotional issues are sidelined. Essentially, the focus is shifted from one activity to another, but the cause remains unresolved.

Conscious or not, when it comes to obesity there is always a cause – some loss, guilt or trauma that began them seeking comfort in food. Food acts as a form of self-medication, as a cushion between daily life and the pain of unresolved issues. Ignoring these issues doesn’t make them go away. Even if a person does lose weight, they may not feel the joy they expected it to bring. This can and often does result in the person regaining weight or finding another activity or substance for substitution. The extra weight they carry is a symptom of a deeper issue and dumping the weight doesn’t necessarily get rid of the baggage.

I’m not a regular viewer of The Biggest Loser. In fact, I’ve only seen one full episode – which was enough for me, although I can fully understand why it’s a very popular TV show. I read an interesting article today about the pros and cons of the show and despite only seeing one episode, I agree with many of the criticisms. My main issue with The Biggest Loser is that it ignores the mind/body connection. It is my belief that a holistic approach, one that treats the entire body and includes the mind, leads to the path of happiness and long lasting success.

Each of the contestants on The Biggest Loser could benefit from using self hypnosis to improve their motivation, stop automatic behaviours and unlock the potential of their unconscious mind. Hypnotherapy can rewire our brains to accept a new way of thinking and behaving. These are large parts of the weight loss battle, but they are not the only things standing in our way to healthy living. A true healthy body includes a healthy mind. A healthy mind knows what brought it to seek out comfort in the first place, and that comes from facing our issues straight on.

Ask yourself honest questions about your motivation to eat or avoid exercise. Is there some hurt in your past you don’t want to acknowledge? What pain are you left with if you take away all the distractions? These are not always obvious and may require a bit of self-discovery. Hypnosis is an excellent way to increase the awareness of your mind/body connection and may help you unlock doors you never knew existed. But again, peace only comes to those that seek answers.

If you desire to be fit and healthy, don’t leave out the emotional piece of the puzzle. Your body needs more than just a proper caloric intake and physical activity to be in balance. It needs emotional stability to ensure success. The mind/body connection is stronger than most of us realize. Let hypnosis help you on your weight loss path and be sure to seek the truth behind your lifestyle choices. The combination of all these things will give you the results you desire.

Posted in Health and General Wellbeing
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