By: Lisa Scott


Transformational Hypnotherapy Specialist
Noah’s Ark Hypnotherapy
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Depression – sometimes diagnosed as Clinical Depression, Post-Partum Depression, Dysthymic Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Unipolar Depression – is more than just the common experience of feeling fed up and miserable.

In depression, you will often experience extreme and persistent sadness. When depressed, you often lose interest in the things that you used to enjoy. Depression commonly interferes with your work, social and family life.


When dealing with postpartum depression, many women opt to try a safe, natural or holistic approach before resorting to expensive hormone or mood-altering drugs that can have undesirable side effects. One of the postpartum depression treatment options a mother might consider is hypnosis. Postpartum depression hypnosis treatments are safe, and have none of those unwanted side effects.  Unlike the ‘baby blues,’ postpartum depression can carry more serious risks. It can cause new mums to feel restless, anxious and worthless. Some mothers stop eating, have difficulty sleeping and become paranoid.


What is Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is a normal state of relaxation. Have you ever day dreamed, driven somewhere, taken the bus and not sure where the time went? This is actually a light form of hypnosis. Secondly, I cannot make you do anything that will go against your own personal values, belief systems or ethics.  These things are buried within your subconscious mind. When I guide someone into hypnosis, I must first seek their permission to do so. We are a team and I’m your guide. You will be aware of the entire time. Most often after a session, most people say that they feel very well rested.  It can be comparable to having just awakened from a very refreshing nap. I also love that hypnosis is fast and extremely effective. Clients will often notice immediate results after the first session. 

Hypnotherapy is a rapid method of healing and is unquestionably safe. By utilizing the subconscious, hypnosis not only gets you back on track quite fast, but will easily and effortlessly help you stay there. Actually, the truth is that until you try some hypnosis for yourself; you will never know just how fabulously hypnotherapy can work to help you sort your issues out.


The human mind is a very powerful tool and something that is still being studied by scientists today. The mind is compared to and is actually that of a complex computer. Just imagine that the files in your computer are in the wrong folders. What would happen to your business if your critical files were misfiled or even missing? Or even if the files on your home computer were suddenly deleted or corrupted? Well the human mind is simply just that. All of your files should be in their proper place and categorized. Unnecessary files should be discarded. Hypnotherapy is simply an efficient tool to help you keep your computer in good working order.

Counselling /talk therapy cannot resolve many issues because they are not going to the actual route of the problem. A counsellor usually just ruminates over the issues and discusses them at length. Counselling is only done through the conscious mind of the client. You cannot get to the root of the issue this way. Sometimes, counselling also will create additional negative programming in the client’s subconscious. Obviously, you want to make permanent, effective and positive changes. This cannot be done unless you access the actual subconscious mind. Will power, motivation and determination alone will not resolve any deep-seated issues. You will need a fully trained hypnotherapist to guide you into hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is not mind control. The client is fully aware during the entire session. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The bottom line is that you cannot be hypnotized against your will. You need to be fully committed to the process.

Clients are actually amazed at the fast results from a hypnotherapy session. They are astounded that they have spent hundreds of dollars on counsellors, sleep clinics, and prescription drugs; and still did not receive the same highly successful benefits that you get from 4 – 6 sessions of hypnotherapy! Yes that’s right! Not years! The benefits of hypnosis are amazing and effective immediately. The cost of 6 to 12 sessions is significantly less as opposed to a like number of counselling sessions. Most clients feel an improvement after just one session. Hypnotherapy works deeper than conscious thought: it bypasses your conscious mind and works with your behaviours & feelings that are kept in your subconscious. People can see counsellors anywhere from a week; months or even years and still not receive anything close to a positive result. Hypnotherapy is all about getting quick and effective results. A trained hypnotherapist wants you to get back to your life and have nothing hold you back.

Is it Safe?

Hypnosis is extremely safe. No one can be forced to do or say things that they don’t want to do, nor can they be forced into hypnosis. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Your hypnotherapist is you’re your guide; that will guide you during your session. You can’t be hypnotized if you don’t want to be. While postpartum depression or depression can be treated using medication, the chemical treatment path can also bring along many undesirable side effects. Because hypnosis is strictly holistic and natural, it has no adverse side effects and is very enjoyable. 

How Does Hypnosis Treat Depression?

Through hypnosis, a woman suffering from postpartum depression or depression can easily look inside herself to find happy memories and to anchor the feelings associated with those memories. She can secure positive emotions such as happiness, joy, and confidence and call upon these emotions when things get rough.

Hypnosis can not only help a mother to regain her happiness and self-confidence, but can also have a profound impact on the mother-child bond. As the baby will begin to pick up on the mother’s new-found happiness and openness, this in turn can make the child feel more receptive to the mother’s attempts at bonding.

Hypnosis is also helpful to alleviate insomnia, weight loss, motivation to exercise, and releasing fears or stress.

A comparison study:

Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions

Behaviour Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions

Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions

(2006 American Health Magazine)