Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Success Story (Depression and Insomnia - Miss Teresa)

If you think you may have insomnia, ask yourself the following questions:
  • Do you wake up during the night and find that you cannot fall back asleep? 
  • Do you lie in bed, tossing and turning for hours each night? 
  • Do you dread going to bed because you feel like you never get a good night’s sleep? 
  • Do you wake up feeling unrefreshed after sleeping? 
  • Does the problem occur even though you have the opportunity and the time to get a good night’s sleep? 
  • You are suffering from depression?
  • It takes you more than 30 mins to fall asleep?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then you may have insomnia. If you’ve had insomnia for more than three weeks (chronic insomnia), consider booking an appointment with a therapist.
Let's me share a testimonial that I get from my clients, this real story tell you how she improve her insomnia problem after doing her clinical hypnotherapy and EEG biofeedback therapy with me.


My client: Teresa (22 years old Chinese lady), primarily came to see me for her stress issues. She has been diagnosed with depression and was prescribed with the antidepressants as well as sleeping pill by her Psychiatrist. However, She stopped her anti depressant and sleeping pill after using them for 3 weeks as she felt that she could not sleep even with the sleeping pills and she feels a lot more blur and slow in response after the antidepressants.
Her problem has influenced her life since she was young until to the extend that she had to stop herself from continuing her study due to her lack in  focus and emotional issues.
Upon analyzing her unique brainwave patterns and her response toward clinical hypnotherapy, I found that most of her brainwaves pattern (especially those brain locations which associated with focus, logical thinking, verbal expression and attention span) is under-arousal/weak.

Her brainwaves pattern is the reason why she was having problem as below:
  1. Depression symptoms
  2. Self harmful thoughts
  3. Insomnia
  4. Bad sleeping quality
  5. Negative thoughts
  6. Inability to express confidently
  7. Poor focus and attention span
Treatment Plan:
A customized self-hypnosis method was planned for her; She was guided on how to do self hypnosis effectively while her brainwaves was monitored. For the first session, 2 hours was spent with her to deal with her depression symptoms, negative thinking and self harmful thoughts issues.

Following is the result obtained:
After the first session, she confessed that it was the first time ever that she felt so calm and relaxed. She complied to practice her customized self hypnosis technique for positive thinking once a day until her next visit.
Two weeks later, the follow up session was carried out.
Following are the changes that she experiences after the 2 weeks practice of self hypnosis:

  1. Positive thinking
  2. More optimistic
  3. More confident to speak
  4. Ability to let go of past event
  5. Begin to look forward for a better future
  6. Less self harmful thoughts
  7. Become less anxious and stressful
  8. Become relax and calm 
  9. Response speed increased

For her 3rd session, her objective is to improve her sleep quality and deal with her insomnia problem so that she can improve her overall life quality as well as her health condition. I guided her to do a customized self hypnosis technique for sleep and following is the result obtained:
During the session, she was able to fall asleep by doing her customized self hypnosis technique for sleep alone! As you can notice her Delta brainwaves for sleep increased after she did her self hypnosis technique (See the red cursor on the graph above) and her Hibeta was decreasing further too.

Upon the completion of the clinical hypnotherapy session, she came back to do EEG biofeedback therapy to improve her attention span and focus issue.
She shared her joy and improvement on the relevant issue. She found the following positive changes in her life after the therapy session:
  1. Feel more motivated to live better
  2. Easy to wake up in the morning, feeling refreshed
  3. More alert 
  4. Increase in the respond speed
  5. Improvement in sleep quality (Able to sleep by doing customized self hypnosis and without the use of sleeping pill)
Before she started the clinical hypnotherapy session, her depression screening test showed a score of 29 (Category: moderate to severe depression). After 3 sessions of clinical hypnotherapy, she now had a score of 9 (Category: none to mild depression).

Remark: Our client's information will be kept strictly confidential all the time. All testimonials have been acknowledged and provided by past and current clients of Spectrum of Life proactive healthcare centre (Clinical Hypnotherapist Koo). Clients names have been changed to protect their identity. 

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