Everyone feels a bit down now and then, especially when things are going wrong. Feeling miserable is a normal response to losing a loved one, a relationship or a job, for instance. But if these feelings persist for long periods of time, are particularly intense or don’t seem to have an obvious cause, they may indicate depression. Depression is my fourth largest client group (behind fatigue, pain and anxiety, though many people have all four). I see clients across the whole spectrum from feeling a bit flat to feeling suicidal, and I have seen some excellent (and very speedy) results.


There is no one answer to this question. Some of my depressed clients are carrying a lifetime’s burden of trauma and sadness on their shoulders and they need help to release the past, in order to be happy in the present. Others have just got stuck in bad habits in their thinking patterns and body language that cause them to be stuck in a depression loop and they simply need to rewire these current patterns. Some are feeling disempowered by living in a current bad relationship or work setting and need to make some lifestyle changes. Resolving depression requires a tailored approach to suit each person’s situation.


If you recognize any or all of these signs, you should take action sooner rather than later. Depression is far easier to deal with before it gets serious.


I offer a course called The Switch which provides you with knowledge about how your mind and body work, which thinking and behaviour patterns you are doing that are exacerbating your low mood, which situations from your past might be causing your current depression feelings and which aspects of your lifestyle need to be changed to improve your wellbeing. For each of these categories, you learn techniques that you can use yourself to fix these patterns. I do not fix anybody – I teach you how to fix yourself. I have seen fantastic results forpeople who had spent many years on anti-depressant medication and still felt miserable most of the time. I recently ran into a client who had been depressed for years before she attended The Switch. She said that The Switch was the best three days of her whole life and had made it so easy for her to be happy now.


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There are many simple changes that you can make straight away that can start shifting your depression:

1. In a fascinating study of 30 people diagnosed with clinical depression, 29 of them resolved their depression in just one month by doing just three things:

a) Watch comedy for 30 minutes per day

b) Exercise for 30 minutes per day

c) Stick post-it notes all around their house and whenever they walked past one, they had to recall a happy memory from their life

While I realise this sounds too simple to be true, it has good science behind it.  Laughing and exercise are both proven to change your brain chemistry.  Recalling happy memories rewires your neural pathways into healthier patterns. It all makes sense why this very simple change can be very powerful.

2. People who are depressed slump forwards, look down a lot and talk with a flat voice. If you make an effort to straighten your shoulders, look up and talk with enthusiasm, you can also dramatically change your mood.

If these very simple interventions are not enough for you, that’s OK. We have a lot of far more comprehensive techniques and education available at The Switch that will allow you to make bigger transformations.


All Switch clients do three group follow-up calls where they share their progress since the course and ask me questions on things they need further help with.  Here is a group of clients sharing about their progress since The Switch.

Jo talks about how she always felt like she was carrying around a sack of stones, and then at The Switch she suddenly realised a very specific moment decades earlier that had caused this feeling, and she was able to…

Brendan has had adrenal fatigue since 2008, which became so bad that he has not been able to work at all for two years and said that even walking to his letterbox had become a huge struggle. Here is his…

Mel Abbott has helped thousands of people recover from a wide range of chronic illnesses and achieve great health long term! Over 80% success rates. Treating the underlying cause gives longer lasting results.

Shannon had double pneuomonia as a 12 year old. She was in ICU and nearly died.  She has had terrible lung problems for 20 years since and was recommended to have a partial lung removal! As a last resort, she…

Lawrence lost his 15yo son to illness and said he has felt no meaning in life for a decade since. He was so pleased to find joy in life again after attending The Switch.

On Feb 6 2019 I had a wakeboarding fall which resulted in a severe concussion that took me out big time. After the darkest, most gut wrenching year, on 28 Jan 2020 I attended a course called The Switch and…

Jo attended The Switch for depression, which she had experienced for over 50 years. Here is her joyful account of how much better she felt so quickly after attending The Switch, and about how she liked the characters in The…

When you are ill for a really long time, it's hard to even remember what life as a healthy person was like.  Watch this movie of a group of previous clients having a fun day out with me, to be…

Karen was so depressed that she told me she was ready to commit suicide. She transformed herself during the course and left feeling joyful and ready to start a new life. Four months later, her joy continues and this is…


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Disclaimer: Mel Abbott is not a medically trained doctor. She is trained in psychology and neuro-linguistic programming. She uses mind-body interventions to help calm the stress response and allow natural healing to occur in the body. This can be used alongside mainstream treatments if you choose.  She does not offer diagnoses or medication advice. She recommends that clients return to their doctors after her treatment to confirm that they no longer have their condition and to be advised about safe weaning from their medication. 

Mel does careful assessments prior to the programme and only offers places to people whom she thinks would benefit from it. She follows up with all her clients at several junctions after their course and collates the data from their feedback forms to produce the statistics on this website. She is therefore confident that her interventions are helping over 80% of her clients to achieve significant improvements to their health. While many clients report that they have made a full recovery, Mel cannot guarantee this outcome. So far there are no independent research studies or peer reviewed journal articles about The Switch, though she would welcome such studies to take place.

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