Anxiety and Depression
Updated: Jul 11, 2020
Did you know anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the US affecting 40 million adults over the age of 18?
It is not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression and vice versa.
As a Clinical Hypnotherapist, I have had the privilege of being referred to by Psychiatrists and Mental Health Professionals to work with their patients who suffer from anxiety and depression.
I have worked in particular with Dr Eric Weinstock, MD and continue to do so to this day. He has been kind enough to write down a few words in how he has seen Hypnotherapy and Breath Work techniques work with his patients.
“I have referred many of my patients over the past 5 years and continue to do so to Debbie Dubickas for Hypnotherapy.
Many times, Debbie has been a miracle worker for my patients, helping them push through psychological barriers and keep progressing towards their goal of total emotional and psychological well being.
These are patients who mostly suffer from anxiety and depression and are on multiple medications. At times, their medication is not enough to get them to where they want to be and feel. With hypnotherapy it takes them back to the root cause of their illness, times in their past when they first felt emotionally shut down, extremely anxious or profoundly sad.
Many of my patients tell me how easy it is to talk with Debbie. They comment how the breath work is so powerful, how it brings back memories that they had completely forgotten. It puts them in touch with their true self and results in profound insight and understanding which then lead to healing and wellness.
Whenever I sense that a patient is "stuck" due to psychological barriers from past experiences or trauma, Debbie is my "go to" person, to help get my patients back on track. She is truly amazing and never disappoints.”
Eric Weinstock, MD - Board Certified Psychiatrist
When a client comes in to see me with a medical referral to work on their patient’s anxiety and/or depression, I read it, put it aside, never to look at it again. In my world of hypnotherapy “anxiety and/or depression ” is the medical term or “diagnosis”, whereas I look at how living with anxiety/depression is playing out in my client’s life.
As Dr Eric mentioned, at times medication is not enough for patients to reach their goal. Daily life may trigger the negative suppressed and/or repressed emotions from years ago which validates and brings back the way they viewed/perceived themselves as a child through various events. This may lead to sadness, a need to run, a need to sleep, a need to isolate, a spill over of tears that can no longer be kept in. No matter how the sadness is affecting their lives, it is preventing them from living the life they want to live.
The fear of feeling that sadness again may cause a client to panic, feel anxious, go to the fog in their head, numb it with drugs or/and alcohol, distract with habitual behaviors such as sex, gambling, hoarding, shopping and much more. All these habits are looking for a way to feel better for a short time BUT it is only temporary until the next day, the next trigger.
Through hypnosis, we access the sub-conscious mind which is our emotional home, our heart, our feelings; our memory bank which holds every memory since we were conceived; our imagination; our autonomic nervous system which regulates involuntary and sub-conscious actions such as breathing, digestion and heartbeat; our habits that make us temporarily feel better BUT what it also holds is the “I AM FEELING, YOUR IDENTITY” of who you perceived/believed you were through childhood events which are playing out today.
Every client is different and I never know what I am going to do in a session. I am always lead by my client. It may take the first session to feel relaxed and comfortable and it may take two or three. The key here is that my client cannot do it wrong. What is meant to happen in a session, is what is meant to happen.
For those clients who are emotionally shut down, I may suggest a breath work session and allow the breath to break down their protection walls. I say “we are only as sick as our secrets” and trust the breath to take you to where you are meant to go. The breath has a miraculous way of getting those blocks down and freeing the suppressed emotions as energy in motion brings up the emotion.
The ultimate aim is to address the “Cause and Effect” of these negative feelings and emotions that are affecting their lives today in multiple ways. Hypnoanalysis refers to the process of analyzing the cause of the depressing and anxious feelings using various techniques to allow the subconscious to reveal the original cause of the issue. We review the event, understand it, forgive ourselves and allow ourselves to take in direct suggestions to reinforce new, positive feelings and behaviors so that fairly rapidly the client can meet his/her goal.
For anyone that has suffered enough and truly wanting to feel more comfortable within themselves, then perhaps Hypnotherapy and Breath Work is a good fit for you.
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