Depression and unhappiness.Where is the difference?


 New blog added 06th October 2014

Very interesting discussion on Sunday Morning Live on BBC 1 discussing‪#‎depression‬ and the blurring of lines between plain unhappiness and depression and the health system's apparent inability to make truly valid assessments where GP's may inadvertently incorrectly diagnose depression and hand out anti depression medication because of a lack of understanding of any clear distinctions between the two. What is interesting is this case is presented by retired psychiatrist and writer  Theodore Dalrymple and I think he does have a case based upon some of the evidence presented. According to Mr Dalrymple there is no biological marker for establishing the difference between unhappiness and depression.


Essentially the recognition is that unhappiness and depression is about emotional responses to life events and our reactions to them, when events happen to people that bring about depression it can be a whole chain of events over many years culminating in emotional turmoil and unhappiness and a feeling of being unable to cope or a single traumatising event such as with PTSD or natural events such as PND. Undoubtedly there may be chemical changes in the body that anti depressant's seek to compensate for.

What is interesting and worrying is that in England fifteen million anti depressant's alone were dispensed in 1998 and by 2012 the figure had risen to forty million. No doubt this figure is affected by the current financial crisis that makes day to day living so difficult for millions of people both in work and out of work. Stress is the modern disease of our times. 
The fact that so much medication is dispensed is an enormous burden on the health service and I am sure that if talking therapies and hypnotherapy were widely available on the NHS with appointed practitioners working within the frame work that there would be more benefit for sufferers being given choice as evidenced by one contributor who describes her experience with anxiety being assessed by her doctor as a quick diagnosis for medication for controlling anxiety without the doctor finding anything out about her life history. 

Fortunately she had the resources to fund private treatment for talking therapies. I think an interesting outcome of this discussion agrees that talking therapies are of great importance in recovery and resolution and that it should be more widely available,i.e. on the NHS and that talking therapies would probably be faster to help sufferers to overcome depression and. much cheaper than endless anti depressant medication with all of its various side effects.



Also that in society we need to educate and shift peopled perceptions about the whole person being treated rather than just the mind as the two are obviously linked, i.e, patients with a serious physical illness or life changing trauma who may be suffering from depression which may well most likely be a natural by product of their condition and who believe that their GP in suggesting they are suffering from depression conclude that their GP thinks that it is all in their mind. From experience I know that is can be a very contentious issue as it very much depends on the how the GP communicates and with only ten minute slots these days it can be very difficult to expand the conversation. 
GP's are under enormous pressures too, but I think most people will agree that once their is an understanding that the whole person needs to be treated and that endless anti depressant's are not the whole answer then we will start making real progress in mental health issues.

Also we as a society need to de-stigmatise depression as most people experience depression at some time in their lives. In the world of life insurance a declaration of suffering from depression may have significant consequences to levels of cover or whether you may be insured at all and as also can a knowledge of depression by an employer be harmful to ones employment prospects if the employer decides that there is a problem. Yes there are welfare laws in place, but (a) employers can and do often flaunt the law and (b) the cost emotionally of fighting something happening like this is likely to be very high indeed.

The fact that a person suffers from depression can present genuine and worrying possibilities for an employer as to the safety of the employee carrying out their duties and the safety of other people in the care of the employee, however depression should not be a reason for writing someone off as being totally and completely incapable of doing their job. 

Depression is treatable and manageable and it occurs to me having watched Sunday morning live that there are some excellent efforts being made by individuals, bodies and organisations, into trying to educate society to understand depression and that it doesn't mean that people suffering with it are somehow faulty and to be marginalised away from society




New Testimony for Brain Working Recursive Therapy


I would like to share a new testimony I have received from a person I have treated over skype in Vienna in Austria.   

Hi, I’m Gita from Vienna in Austria.

I want to tell you about Brain Working Recursive Therapy and how helpful it has been for me. I had been suffering from writers block, finding it difficult to find my creative spark and the self discipline to get down to the task of writing articles for my website.

I had been aware of BWRT for some time when I approached Trevor to help me with getting around writers block and I had read about how it could be a fast change therapy. I wondered if it was as good as it was claimed to be and as I had read numerous testimonials from other people who have benefitted from this remarkable therapy I wondered if it could really work for me.

 During our session which was over Skype as Trevor is situated in the UK and I am in Austria, Trevor gave some explanations to me in simple terms about how the brain works and how it is essentially a pattern matching device sifting through billions of bits of data and constantly evaluating and updating information, Trevor went on to explain then how issues like fears, phobias, and problems like mine are created in the mind and become apparently hard to shift and he then explained how BWRT could be used as a fast effective method to create long term change to help overcome those issues. Well within just one session of around eighty minutes my problem was resolved and I knew I had felt a major shift in my beliefs about my ability to write. I felt much better and just wanted to get on and write and I have done plenty of writing since then. This was back in May of this year.

 To be certain that BWRT really had worked ,I wanted to test the effectiveness of Trevor’s work with me  over the coming weeks and  months and now as several months have elapsed I feel that I am completely satisfied enough to say something about the effectiveness of  Brain Working Therapy.

I have been satisfied that this is a therapy that has been able to produce the results over a long term period of time of several months and I can see little or no reason to suppose that it will not be permanent . I am really glad that I chose to take the chance and decide to try and see if it could help me and I am happy to say that it has done.

Thank you Trevor.


I was delighted to receive this most recent testimony. Natural therapies can often help in ways that conventional medicine is unable to help. If you have an issue or problem that is causing you trouble, wherever you are in the world I can most likely help you.
Please feel free to contact me on my website contact page or by phone or skype. You will find all of my details there.  

Trevor Wales. Dip Hyp. GQHP. BWRT. GHR. CRSST.CNHC


Overcoming fear with hypnotherapy.



Don't let fear hold you back from getting what you want in life.

Last week on my facebook page I wrote about how fear can keep us stuck from moving forwards,frozen in indecision. 
Fear is a natural reaction and part of our natural fight or flight protection mechanism designed to keep us safe from potentially harmful risky situations.

People experience fear either when an event or situation that is outside of their comfort zone comes into conscious awareness either for the first time in instinctive reaction or something that has been experienced previously that is the same or similar to that original event. The intensity of fear experienced and how the person deals with it is directly proportional to the persons reaction to the fear. 
Some people can appear to be fearful of events or situations that would surprise other people because those people or persons do not understand what the person experiencing the fear is going through in their mind. 

Fear can sometimes have its roots in events in the distant past and in events which are repressed memories long forgotten and the person may not even understand why they experience their particular issue. The experience of fear can simply be fear of the unknown and it can cause us so many problems. Ask any business person who has never had to publicly speak before or a sales professional starting a new venture which requires independence tenacity and self confidence, they may all at times experience fears which may limit them if they do nothing about the situation and let those fears hold them back.

Its Ok to experience fear as it is a protection mechanism designed to keep us safe but there are some situations when that fear can be counter productive and hold us back. For example, about twenty years ago I used to sail dinghies actively at an inshore sailing club in Kent. I'm not a particularly confident swimmer at all and I hated capsizing and I had a real fear of water, born of a childhood experience where I almost drowned. Learning to sail I had to go through capsize drill and I hated that. Being in the water caused me to go into blind panic even though I had a buoyancy aid on. I battled on through and did my capsize drill, got my level 1 certificate and off I went. 

I started off sailing with a topper dinghy which is a fairly easy to manage boat, quite benign and not prone to capsizing often. As my confidence improved I upgraded to a new much faster boat , a  Byte which really was way out of my comfort zone and had a reputation for being very tricky to handle, however I thought I could handle it. I found it a joy to sail in calm weather which is why I bought it in the first place. However in windy conditions it was simply very frightening and my fears increased with every experience in rough weather. One day I capsized badly after gybing round a mark on the race course and the wind caught the sail and the boom flew across and struck my head and knocked me out of the boat with the boat falling over on top of me. I went right under the water and got tangled up in the ropes (sheets for those of you who understand sailing jargon) All I remember was seeing the green of the water and trying to hold my breath in a dazed semi concussed state as I grappled with trying to extricate myself from the ropes and remain calm. That event was so powerful that I lost all confidence as the fear grew and I simply couldn't go back in the water for well over a year until I decided to deal with my fear and do something about it. I eventually decided to go back into the water but only after I sold the Byte and bought something less challenging and more in line with my abilities. 

Fears can be overcome in different ways but since I started working in the field of hypnotherapy almost ten years ago I understand how some fears can keep us rooted to the spot in indecision and I also understand too that hypnosis offers us the quickest way to overturn our fears. I only wish I new that back in 1999 when I got knocked out of my boat and it took me so long to face my fear and deal with it. I lost all that time not being able to engage in the sport I really loved.

Now sometimes as therapists we get enquiries from clients who even when they understand all that hypnotherapy can do for them still remain frozen in fear unable to move forwards and what happened recently to a whole group of therapists I network with bore this out to be true. 

Most people within the network all started getting the same enquiries from a person wanting to know about how we could help them dealing with constant stress, anxiety and social phobia. That person would spend a lot of time talking and fact finding and make a booking for an on line session or to show up in person and never followed through. Over about a week eventually we all must have received around four maybe five calls each with some people receiving ten calls and each time the same pattern. The person would call at the most inappropriate of times, in the evening,first thing in the morning,Sunday As therapists we can all understand and empathise with this persons fear which must be very great indeed to keep working through therapist after therapist and not follow through. 

An extreme case of fear if ever there was one holding the person back from taking action, but until that person finds the courage to take the action that deep down inside they know they need to take and get help with their anxiety issues they will stay stuck in what must be a prison of internal conflict and torment.

As therapists we know we can help and guide but the client has to be in that place where first they want to help themselves. Once the choice is made by the client to reach out, we do everything we can to help them overcome their fears and get to where they want to be and it is so very uplifting when we are able to help people through those changes as I have been able to do. Fears and phobias are very treatable and even a fear of fear itself of what happens if I do, what's on the other side is treatable too, we can help when people are ready to entrust us to empower them to use their own inner resources to make those changes and hypnotherapy can be a very powerful magic wand indeed. 

Hypnotherapy can help you overcome your fears and give you back your freedom

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The importance of discovering original sensitizing events in hypnotherapy



New blog added  11th September 2014 


A short video discussing the importance of establishing our clients original sensitising events allowing us to get to our clients root cause issues, essential for effective hypnotherapy treatment. 


This is a short video discussing my experience with working with a client on a Skype hypnosis past life regression session earlier today and how a repressed memory hidden and buried deep within the subconscious mind came to the surface preventing further progress. This surprised my client as they had thought they had long ago dealt with this issue, however the subconscious is merely showing the person that these experiences need dealing with and letting go. In a lot of cases, there may well be no need to regress a client back to the original event, but in some cases it is indeed very necessary. The learning my client has brought to the surface is that before they can move on to what they wish to explore, they need to work with these past issues to let them go. Dealing with the original sensitising event is a very valuable tool in uncovering and dealing with the past ,as it is only too apparent that when repressed memories and emotional states are brought to the surface, these are issues which are signposting events, emotional trauma, memories etc that create blocks preventing progress which the client will be unable to move past until they have been successfully dealt with.

This video may not be used for commercial gain by any other party without seeking permission of the original author Trevor Wales. Copyright Trevor Wales Hypnotherapy Solutions. 2014


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