Therapy For
Low Mood And Depression

Feeling Low Or Depressed?

Are you feeling low or fed up? Have you lost interest and motivation? Do you find it hard to get going and get things done like you used to? Do you wonder if the more joyful you will ever return? Perhaps you’ve been diagnosed with depression by your GP or Healthcare Team and are wondering what additional support might be available? 

If any of these are true right now, you are not alone, and there is lots that can help.  Depression is very common. It is a real and disabling illness and there is lots of information on the NHS website about it.
Hypnotherapy can help people improve their mood and feel more joyful again. Carry on reading to find out more.

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What Is Low Mood And Depression?

We all feel down in the dumps or fed up from time to time. Moments of low mood are normal and can involve temporarily feeling sadness, anxious, tired and frustrated. 
Clinical Depression is a more serious form of low mood which lasts for days, weeks or even months and it is important to seek help from your GP or Mental Health Team if you’ve been experiencing this. Depression is often associated with a range of unpleasant symptoms including poor sleep, feeling sad, less joyful, feeling bleak or even hopeless. Many people who have depression also experience anxiety.
The good news is that low mood and depression can be improved by a combination of lifestyle changes, psychological therapies including hypnotherapy and medications prescribed from your GP. 

How Hypnotherapy Can Help

Hypnotherapy can help improve low mood and provide additional support for people being treated for depression. The sessions are 1 hour long and involve solution-focused talking and hypnosis.
The talking therapy part is important because it sets things up well for the hypnosis part. During the talking therapy we help you remember who you are and how you want to be and to think about the smallest steps you could take towards feeling better. We then help you feel very calm and relaxed during the hypnosis and visualise feeling better and feeling back to yourself.
At the start of therapy we help you notice the smallest improvement you’ve made that week. I call these ‘glimmers’. This is important because improving low mood does not require anything heroic. I often say that it doesn’t require courage, strength, will power or determination beacuse people often have these already and have coped with a great deal in life. Instead it requires
self-kindness and small steps from which the bigger changes start to follow.

“Andy uses solution focused therapy. His sessions are delivered with warmth, humour, compassion, energy and such sincerity”

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Self Care

There is lots you can do to help improve low mood and depression. These are set out on these NHS pages. Although they may seem difficult, doing them in a small way can really help. They include:

  • Contacting your GP or Healthcare Team and making use of the treatment available on the NHS
  • Connecting with other people that you like, trust and feel safe with
  • Moving a little more, taking some exercise like yoga, pilates, swimming, going for a walk or going to the gym
  • Getting out in nature, even into the garden and noticing colours, light, the changing season
  • Reducing alcohol intake and eating healthy food
  • Getting into a new routine
  • Having a relaxing massage, aromatherapy or other soothing complementary therapies

Remember that our emotions are not who we are, they are expressions which can and do change.