I have worked with people suffering from depression here in Brisbane for 10 years and in that time, I have noticed that Positive Psychology works best. People who are depressed (often for good reasons) can get stuck into that state for a long time. Even therapy with a very empathic counsellor often works only for a little while before the same old depressive thoughts and moods creep back in. In Positive Psychology, the aim is not to “treat” depression, but to shift the focus on what makes meaning for the person and what strengths and resources are already there within the person. In other words, by shifting the focus from the problem to the greater meanings of life, the person begins to get happy again. The founder of Positive Psychology, Martin Seligman calls this “authentic happiness”.
The way I view depression is that it is not something you have, but it is something that’s trying to get you. If you begin to view it from this perspective (which I help you with experiential counselling and Narrative Therapy), you begin to pitch yourself against this “thing” that’s trying to get you. This is a process called “externalisation”. As well as externalising depression, hypnosis is used in the latter part of a two-hour session to help you experience the change you seek, as if you are already happy, carefree, peaceful, laughing, and so on. It is a wonderful way to change your unconscious thoughts and feelings.
I practice a lot of different “therapies”: hypnotherapy, narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, emotionally focused therapy, experiential therapy, and so on, but they are just names for different approaches of helping your unconscious mind to integrate with your conscious mind. Often healing occurs spontaneously and people experience results in just two to three 2-hour sessions, which is within the definition of Brief Therapy. Brief Therapy has been shown in research to be as effective as more intensive treatments, such as for alcohol misuse, but is a whole lot more cost-effective.
If you identify with what I am saying, I hope you will book an appointment and begin to get into Authentic Happiness.