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Depression Treatments in Sydney Australia

“I start to feel like I can’t maintain the facade any longer, that I may just start to show through. And I wish I knew what was wrong. Maybe something about how stupid my whole life is. I don’t know. Why does the rest of the world put up with the hypocrisy, the need to put a happy face on sorrow, the need to keep on keeping on?... I don’t know the answer, I know only that I can’t. I don't want any more vicissitudes, I don't want any more of this try, try again stuff. I just want out. I’ve had it. I am so tired. I am twenty and I am already exhausted.””
- Elizabeth Wurzel, American author and actress, b 1967.

Our Sydney clinic, based in Edgecliff, is a relaxing centre where our director, Francoise Nicoloff, welcomes you to join her for counselling depression.

Francoise has over 32 years experience in treating people for depression and is a trained clinical psychologist as well as a specialist in the Tomatis Method, a modality which has been proven to assist with depression.

You can contact us via e-mail: info@tomatis.com.au or by telephone on (02) 9326 1650 or toll free 1800 677 010.

“In a strange way, I had fallen in love with my depression ... I loved it because I thought it was all I had. I thought depression was the part of my character that made me worthwhile. I thought so little of myself, felt that I had such scant offerings to give to the world, that the one thing that justified my existence at all was my agony.” - Elizabeth Wurzel, American author and actress, b 1967.

An Article on Tomatis Method & Depression

Known affectionately as “Dr Mozart” by Gerard Depardieu, Alfred Tomatis and his electronic ear have transformed the lives of thousands of people around the world.

60 years ago Dr Alfred Tomatis, a French Ear, Nose and Throat specialist made some interesting discoveries that led to the development of a unique and groundbreaking theory that explained how music and sounds are powerful forces that can bring about change and healing. He based his theory on his discovery that the ear plays a leading role in human development, right from the early stages of foetal life.

Tomatis also discovered the energising and therapeutic effects of high-pitched sounds. Listening to the high frequencies of Mozart gives you more energy than a cup of coffee; it also makes you happier and healthier.

The Tomatis Method® often goes by a number of different names: “auditory training”, “listening therapy”, “auditory stimulation”, no matter what it is called the purpose is to improve learning and language abilities, communication, social behaviour and creativity by re-educating the ear.

Research has shown that music has the ability to raise or lower your blood pressure, affect your muscular energy, change your metabolism, influence your digestion and have a powerful effect on your emotions and behaviour.
In observing the effects of different kinds of music, Tomatis came to the conclusion that none of them produced the sought after therapeutic effects like Mozart. Mozart’s score achieved the most perfect balance between the relaxing and energising effects of sound.

The use of music for therapy becomes more interesting when you know that one of the main organs for sound reception, the ear, does a lot more than just hear. Sounds received through the ear are the main source of energy for the brain. Part of our inner ear the vestibule, is connected to the to the whole body controlling balance, coordination, verticality, muscle tone and the muscles of our eyes. The other part of the inner ear is the cochlear. Its function is to analyse sounds, which is vital for language, comprehension and expression.

The Tomatis Method® is a useful tool for a range of conditions, including learning disabilities; stress reduction; language acquisition and behavioural problems and also voice and music performance. People who are seeking to enhance their lives, or looking for a tool for personal development would appreciate this unique therapeutic approach. Health professionals would also be interested in the distinctive restorative value of the Tomatis Method®.

Recent studies in Sweden confirm the clinical results observed for decades in Tomatis Centres in helping people to reduce stress and being able to cope better with the daily challenges of life and work. A study conducted in 2006 in Sweden with 60 persons has shown that people diagnosed with burnout, stress, insomnia, depression and even stroke, whiplash and brain injury have recovered quite well after doing 90 hours of the Tomatis Program.

Sleep patterns, alertness have evolved positively during the program and the feeling of tiredness had decreased quite noticeably. The researchers observed the same positive effects for burnout symptoms, tensions, cognitive weariness and overall global aspects of levels of energy. The life exhaustion aspect was studied too and showed a big improvement after doing the Tomatis Method which was even better after 6 months of completing the Tomatis Program.

Another aspect which is very important for the corporate world as well as for the individuals who suffer from such difficulties is that people have been able to go back to full time employment. At 6 months follow-up, 60% of the people were working full time whereas there were less than 30 % before attending the Tomatis Program. People have been able to return to work on the majority, 28% to part time work and 12% not working or retired.

The Tomatis Method is applied by Françoise Nicoloff, Psychologist who has been a Tomatis Consultant for the last 32 years and is actually the President of the International Association of Registered Certified Tomatis Consultants.

Those charts were presented at the IARCTC conference in Mexico in March 2007 by Maria Lundqvist, President of Tomatis Nordiska

Stress & Depression

“The appearance and conscious self-control of the listening posture leads to the desired calm so that the heart’s ear opens”.
- Dr Alfred A. Tomatis

Over the years, research has shown that music has a direct affect on people’s physical body, emotions and behaviour. Using this knowledge, music and sound can become a very powerful tool for healing - on the mind, body and spirit.

The ear, when functioning properly, supplies about 80% of the brain’s energy. When energised and properly trained by the Electronic Ear, the ear will supply the necessary energy to feed the thought processes and creativity, which leads to both physical and intellectual relaxation.

Tomatis points out that high frequency sounds such as in classical music stimulates the brain, whereas low frequency sounds such as in rock music can drain energy away. The cortex requires enormous amounts of stimulation to remain dynamic, to think and to operate with vitality. The high frequency music of Mozart, particularly when filtered through the Electronic Ear, is very energising, whereas Gregorian Chant actually slows down the heartbeat and promotes deep relaxation. Both types of music are used in the Tomatis Listening Program to help reach one’s intellectual and physical potential. By ‘charging’ the cortex and reducing tension, the Tomatis Method not only maximises one’s capabilities, but also encourages a more balanced life.

The Tomatis Method works on exercising the ears, but also on an emotional level. Emotional blockages can prevent people from listening. They can become stuck emotionally at a younger age, namely the age at which they suffered the original trauma, preventing normal emotional growth and good listening. When treating stress-related disorders and depression, the combination of Mozart and Gregorian Chant is conducive to the therapeutic process by encouraging one to be more focused, present and forward-looking. Automatically, one then becomes more self-confident and anxiety disappears.

A Testimonial about Depression & the Tomatis Method

My name is Debra, I'm 54 years old and have been blessed with three beautiful children.

All my life I have struggled with anxiety, depression, and lack of confidence, obsessive compulsive issues and severe insomnia. I also had trouble concentrating and re-taining information as my mind was constantly being bombarded with thoughts that were really starting to drive me crazy! I could not relax my mind at all.

There was a time in my life were my depression was such I was receiving medication, care and support from professionals as I was on the verge of being suicidal and did make one attempt to end my life.

Recently I learnt about the Tomatis Method. I have been doing the programme now for approximately four weeks. After three sessions, I noticed an immediate and dramatic improvement with all my issues. I am now at the stage where, with medical advice and guidance, feel confident in going off my prescribed anti-depressants.

I feel as if someone has given me a *Debra* tablet with all the ingredients on *how I am supposed to feel*. To say I feel great is an understatement!

I now feel positive, relaxed, calm and confident, I am able to watch my favourite documentaries, read biographies and study with the ability to totally concentrate on what I am reading and watching, with no crazy thoughts coming in to distract me. And I am sleeping!!

My children have noticed a positive change in their mum along with my superior at work who appreciates the fact I am now better focused and performing at a greater level.

I would never have thought listening to Mozart and Gregorian chants, through the Tomatis electronic ear, could have such a positive and amazing impact my life.

D.C. 54 y, Sydney

The Tomatis Program is available in Sydney, in Brisbane, Perth with
Françoise Nicoloff,,Psychologist, RCTC and Founder/Director of The Australian Tomatis Method, Tel: 1800 677 010 – 02 9326 1650 – Fax: 02 9362 5022
e-mail: info@tomatis.com.au, www.tomatis.com.au

Tomatis Method, Depression & Emotional Blockages:

Tomatis points out that high frequency sounds such as in classical music stimulates the brain, whereas low frequency sounds such as in rock music can drain energy away. The cortex requires enormous amounts of stimulation to remain dynamic, to think and to operate with vitality. The high frequency music of Mozart, particularly when filtered through the Electronic Ear, is very energising, whereas Gregorian Chant actually slows down the heartbeat and promotes deep relaxation. Both types of music are used in the Tomatis Listening Program to help reach one’s intellectual and physical potential. By ‘charging’ the cortex and reducing tension, the Tomatis Method not only maximises one’s capabilities, but also encourages a more balanced life.

The Tomatis Method works on exercising the ears, but also on an emotional level. Emotional blockages can prevent people from listening. They can become stuck emotionally at a younger age, namely the age at which they suffered the original trauma, preventing normal emotional growth and good listening. When treating stress-related disorders and depression, the combination of Mozart and Gregorian Chant is conducive to the therapeutic process by encouraging one to be more focused, present and forward-looking. Automatically, one then becomes more self-confident and anxiety disappears.

Take for example the situation of a person going to a lecture, feeling relaxed and happy and being able to listen carefully to absorb what is being said. However, if that person were to have had a serious argument before attending the lecture, they would be very emotionally upset and find it too difficult to concentrate on the speaker because of their inner conflicts. People who are trapped in past emotional problems are preventing themselves from moving forward in their lives. The Tomatis Listening Program will not necessarily take away these traumas but will provide clients with the motivation to put them all behind them, so they are able to take control of their lives.

More Depression Treatment Testimonials:

At age 50, after attending weekly sessions of an unconventional therapy for a whole year, I was still not totally free from a long depression. I then decided to start the Tomatis Listening Program very quickly when Francoise Nicoloff, a psychologist with 30 years experience in the Tomatis Method, interpreted the initial assessment as being a deep-seated emotional problem.

Half way through the 1st session, I felt a definite change, a sense of well-being that was quite new to me.

Although my life has not changed since, it is much lighter and more focused. I feel happy for no particular reason. My relationships with people have improved in a very subtle way, resulting in getting more free-lance work. I have become more patient and less sensitive to noise. I also noticed that I could see more clearly at the end of the 1st 3 week program, and I could delay wearing glasses.

It has been such a positive experience, I am very grateful that the Method has finally reached Australia after 50 years of application in other countries.

- N.C. 51 years old, Sydney
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“I feel that my “central core”- my inner being has become “balanced” more calm. And for the first time I can move forward in my life without fear. That fear has always been there, deep down and I feel that somehow gone and I have “destressed” internally. I therefore do not get as upset about little things. If I do, I get over them much quicker.

I also feel very much more positive about my marriage and my life in general. I feel good things are ahead instead of feelings of emptiness and dread as I felt in the past.

I also feel I can now manage my life therefore I am feeling stronger and more in control of my own destiny while still appreciating what I now understand I have in my life and enjoy it.

Generally things have improved in every direction – because of the new “positive outlook”.

- J.G., 52 years old, Perth.

“I have noticed in the final week (when we were listening to 8000 Hz sounds) that I felt definitively more serene than usual. There was more emotional balance and I felt distanced from old emotional problems. The particular problem with my mother (since a very early age) no longer seemed such a personal involvement.

I am now more careful about the noise environments I choose to be in. I am much more sensitive to high frequency sounds.

It was a pleasant atmosphere and I enjoyed the activities offered.

- J.B., 61 years old
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