Real life account from an ex-social phobic & depression sufferer. Part One.

An Insight into client therapy   This is a real life honest account of a client that has undergone therapy for help with social anxiety and depression. Part One (Part Two to follow). The Last 7 Years.. Hypnotherapy. When you say that word what do you honestly think of? I personally did NOT think it would be my saving grace.   When the suggestion was put to me to write this blog I agreed because I get great satisfaction from helping people – thanks for bringing that to my attention Steve! I thought I was just a pushover. The last 7 years has been one tremendous journey of depression and therapy and even medication. Whether it is considered a good one or a bad one it has been MY journey and it’s made me who I am today.   If you have ever experienced depression you’ll know what I mean when I say you never really think about what the cause is in that much detail, just the feeling. That black hole, the no one can help me, I’m terrible/awful/disgusting/my life is horrific feeling.   It’s very easy to blame whatever is happening to you or in your life because let’s face it, that is the most plausible, if not the only option for it to all make sense. Winston Churchill referred to his dark days as the Black Dog and I don’t think anyone has created an analogy quite so effective since.   Let me begin:   When I looked for my own reason for my depression I looked straight at being badly bullied at school that was all...

Real life account from an ex-social phobic & depression sufferer. Part Two.

An Insight into client therapy   Part Two (Please read Part One below before reading this). The Last 7 Years.. This is a real life honest account of a client that has undergone therapy for help with social anxiety and depression. I stopped seeing Steve in April 2010 as I said before having only dealt with the easy stuff. The stuff I could admit to myself – and being one for hiding behind every tiny wall and barrier possible even the easy stuff made me uncomfortable!   Each week we’d addressed something but not always through hypnosis, there have been times that I’ve just needed to talk and have a therapy session without the hypnosis bit (Life coaching and training).   I’d really come a long way and I’d dealt with a lot of pent up stuff that no one really knew about because I wasn’t talking openly to anyone. Steve turned into my confidante and it really was only him that I spoke to. Knowing that you can say absolutely anything to someone and it really will go no further is a huge relief and so important for this kind of environment. Steve became one of the only people I absolutely trusted and respected – which I have never really told him.   I had a lot going on when Steve and I decided to end my sessions because at that time I’d reached the point I needed to.   I think in hindsight all the stuff I had going on was actually just a distraction from me and sorting myself out. I had other things to think about and...