Thoughts affect feelings. Feelings affect our outlook on life and our general well being. Depression is a condition that affects our thoughts. It is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in the western world and is at an epidemic level.
There are many causes of depression. Poor life experiences, trauma, unachieved goals or bereavement are just a few examples. There could also be longer term, unresolved issues. Symptoms may include sleep difficulties, mood changes, a loss in appetite and a difficulty in experiencing interest or pleasure. Many people who I have worked with describe depression as a fog... a mist that they cannot find a way out of that is energy sapping, dominating every thought and action. The list of causes is endless, but I am more interested in looking at the solutions.
'Iain has enabled me to develop a much deeper understanding of myself and the world around me. After feeling like CBT had failed me I felt doubtful about my recovery from depression. Iain has provided me with the right tools and techniques, through NLP and hypnotherapy, to change negative perceptions about myself and my experience of living, in to more positive, accepting and compassionate thoughts.'
As a nurse, I often used labels and diagnostic criteria to understand a person’s emotional state. This was useful in pointing the way to a treatment process. To some degree this still has some value. With NLP however, we use a range of presuppositions as a starting point. Fundamentally, we accept you for who you are, as you are not your behaviour (your behaviour can be changed, but you are perfect!). We also accept that everyone is doing the best they can with the resources they have… therefore it is about exploring a wider range of resources.
If you are in a fog, NLP can help you by giving you a torch and a compass. I can help you create a map and a destination. The torch will help you to see what is a little further in front of you, the map will give you a clearer picture of where you are, and the compass will help you navigate your way to your destination.