Just some of the issues that Hypnotherapy can help overcome.ANXIETIES
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And, here are just some of the problems that can really be helped:
Times of crisis are times when we can need more support than our friends and family can provide. The opportunity to feel emotionally supported as we explore what is happening and ways to move forward can make a real positive difference. Therapy can be helpful in any number of ways, including the benefits of stress and anxiety reduction, and helping focus on ways to effectively deal with ongoing issues.
Grief is a process that we naturally work through when encountering loss in our lives. Most of us find the space we need and give ourselves the time we need to be with our emotions. Our support system, of friends, family and colleagues is important at this time, but additionally many people gain great benefit from counseling or therapy at this time.
Additionally, hypnotherapy can provide an important tool to help you to feel calm, to be
with your feelings and to move on as and when you feel ready. Specialists organizations such as Cruse also offer support at this time. You can find their website address on our links page.
Depression is a common diagnosis, most often treated with medication. However, more recent studies have shown that therapy is a very effective way of understanding and working through your depression. If you have received a diagnosis of depression, or you are feeling low, sad or unmotivated, we may be able to help.
A diagnosis of depression can be mild, major or clinical (endogenous) and can be a diagnosis of a depressive episode or a depressive disorder. A depressive episode may be the low feelings that we can encounter when we have suffered bereavement, or loss of some kind. It is, if you like, a natural reaction to a difficult or painful or stressful event or situation. People find that gradually, over time, this feeling of lowness lessens until they feel back on their feet again. Therapy can help this process enormously by providing a safe and comfortable space to explore and release feelings and emotions, and to bring forth positive feelings that we may not have been connecting with for a while.
Clinical depression needs a sensitive approach. Private therapy, including Hypnotherapy, particularly that incorporating CBT, may be suitable if you suffer from this condition, and your GP or consultant can advise you further. Many health professionals use hypnosis within their regular clinical work, and it may well be that hypnotherapy can be part of a recovery plan if you have been experiencing depression. If you would like to talk through your personal situation, please feel free to contact us.
The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, every day if you are feeling low and need to talk at any time. Their details are on our links page.
Often a lack of confidence or feelings of low self esteem is the result of a negative belief system that we hold about ourselves. This has an effect on the language we use to describe ourselves, and we commonly find ourselves telling ourselves that we cannot do things. Building confidence involves checking that inner voice, re-discovering our inner confidence and matching this good feeling to current and future situations.
Hypnotherapy is a very powerful method of improving confidence and self esteem, and as well as sessions, it is recommended that regular scripts such as our Calm and Confident CD (see products to buy page) are played at home on a regular basis.
Obesity is becoming a serious issue today, exacerbated by the variety and ease of obtaining cheap, high fat and high sugar content food. Diets are the way forward for many, but often we can find that diets are creating a yoyo mentality for us where we are losing weight, then gaining it again quickly, then needing to diet again. One serious problem with this approach is that our mind can feel starved and will then take the body into survival mode, where metabolism slows and we gain weight more quickly than before.
The reality is that the body knows what it needs. Food is a fuel, vital for the wellbeing of our body, mind and emotions. But, like any fuel, we only need a certain amount and the body knows when to stop. If you are not stopping, then this signals that you are eating for other reasons, usually emotional.
Hypnotherapy and psychotherapy helps us to examine and tackle the underlying causes to overeating, which can often stem from habits learned in childhood, and by us taking on board inner beliefs about it being wrong to leave food, to eat slowly, or unhealthy to be slim.
Try getting a piece of paper and writing on it:
“I eat (insert favourite food here) because…”
Then list as many reasons as you can think of. You might be surprised by some of the answers you give.
Commonly, overeating needs 4 – 6 sessions of regular hypnotherapy, and will start with examination of a food and drink diary that is brought to the first session. The goal of hypnotherapy is to establish a new healthy eating pattern, without guilt, getting past the concept of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods, or ‘good’ and ‘bad’ behaviour. Thus, establishing a regular healthy and gradual weight loss that will eventually maintain a healthy weight.
Nail biting, along with finger picking, lip picking, hair pulling and twisting, are examples of simple habits. In most cases, they are just that – a habit that we developed often way back in childhood as a way of relieving anxiety or boredom. Generally, a habit is serving no useful purpose and, using hypnotherapy, it is easy to let go of for good in just a couple of sessions. You may ask yourself how it is so easy to change something that we have done for so long, and the answer to that is that we make these kinds of changes all the time. It is natural for us to develop and to grow, not just physically, but also emotionally and intellectually, and once we allow ourselves to decide that an action or habit serves us no purpose, we will let it go.
Taking a certain route to work is a habit. It is easy to do and we can do it automatically. If we change jobs, or move house, we take a different route to work and we easily let go of the old route habit. Childhood habits are no different to that. And hypnosis can help us to quickly break the cycle.
Therapy and hypnotherapy specifically, are not just to help us overcome issues, problems or habits. Hypnotherapy is an excellent tool for improving confidence, focus, and sharpening skills. Any skilled or talented activity, be it sport, performing or work related, will be only partly due to level of fitness, training and dedication. Part will be due to positive attitude, focus, brain wave states, feeling emotionally calm and being mentally ready for success. There is a growing interest at present in hypnotherapy in professional and amateur sports, led by sports psychology research in the USA.
Research into hypnotherapy to help with diseases such as cancer and heart disease has shown that we can, with self hypnosis training, make actual changes to our physical functions, including lowering blood pressure, increasing white blood cell count, relaxing tensed muscles and reducing pain. The symptoms of many diseases can be alleviated as we understand the mind-body connection more. Regular relaxation training, alongside listening to our own inner talk can allow us to become and stay healthier as we become more aware and in tune with ourselves.
“Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency.” ~Natalie Goldberg, Wild Mind
At some point in our lives we have all experienced anxiety. It is commonly felt as an uncomfortable set of physical and emotional feelings that might include:
Dizziness or fainting
Nausea or sickness
All the above symptoms are part of a natural response when we feel under threat. The good news is that these symptoms can be controlled, and can be stopped from happening in day to day situations.
In therapy, we take the following approach: Assess when anxiety happens, gain an understanding of your relationship to what is happening and how you are thinking, feeling, sensing, and interacting. Next, practice gaining control over the physical feelings through relaxation exercises.
Sometimes, a general level of anxiety can be felt very intensely and quickly. This can be termed Panic Attack, or Panic Disorder. The feelings can include:
Dizziness or fainting
Nausea or sickness
When experienced as anxiety, all the above symptoms are part of a natural response when we feel under threat. It is called the Fight or Flight response. In situations of danger, what this response does is enables us to think, act and respond very quickly. What is unhelpful is that often what we perceive as threat or danger does not need this response. The good news is that the feelings can be controlled, and, even more helpfully, can stop happening in day to day situations. In therapy, we take the following approach.
Assess what triggers the response and how it feels. Practice gaining control over the physical feelings (yes you can!). Then, gain insight into why you are responding in the way you are and work to overcome this trigger.
All of this can be achieved through relaxation, CBT and hypnotherapy, working one to one with your therapist in a way that feels right for you. Once understood, simple panic attacks can usually be overcome in just a few sessions, or one extended session.
The phenomenon of Post Traumatic Stress is now much more widely understood thanks to research conducted after the second world war and then after the Vietnam war. Post traumatic stress is often experienced as a group of uncomfortable thoughts and feelings that may be triggered in many different ways. PTS can be diagnosed when the individual has encountered an episode or episodes of extreme fear or distress at some point in their lives. War, terrorism, natural disasters are those types of events that may affect the individual long term, but so can personal attack, rape or being in any situation of extreme fear. It is important to understand that each individual is different, and one person may find what is considered to be a relatively minor event extremely distressing or fearful.
Symptoms of PTS can appear months or even years after the event. Often this is because we have attempted to ‘deal with’ the issue by putting time and space between it and getting on with our lives. Often this is a good strategy but forgetting is not the same as never having had experienced. With good support, most individuals will integrate the experience and move forward comfortably. Others need time to reach a place of acceptance and moving on. Careful and supportive working through of feelings and thoughts through a combination of analytical hypnotherapy techniques and other techniques may be of great benefit.
Many of today’s executive roles look for public speaking and presentation skills alongside other personal communication skills, experience and knowledge. Many of us have never felt confident in front of groups of colleagues, customers or clients.
To be a confident and focused performer is often not so much a skill, as being able to dispel feelings of anxiety or panic or extreme self consciousness before and during the event, so that your natural talent, ability and enthusiasm can shine through.
Our brains work by association and we have a memory for feelings as well as events, names and places. If we feel threatened in any way (threat of ridicule, lack of support, etc), our brains may elicit what is known as the fight or flight response, which unfortunately is exactly the opposite of feeling calm and focused. This takes us away from being in the moment, into a zone of self consciousness and extreme awareness of our uncomfortable physical feelings.
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Exam nerves can be experienced by many of us, whether we are sitting GCSEs or vocational or postgraduate exams. Having studied hard, revised carefully and prepared well, we can still feel the dread that at the moment of necessity, our minds will go blank and we will be unable to prove our level of knowledge. If this happens, we can then feel that we are fighting to regain control which can lead to the negative thoughts and feelings escalating.
These nerves can often be experienced when we are projecting a negative image of what we expect to happen, rather than a positive image of what is most likely to happen.
Exam nerves are generally easily, quickly and effectively overcome using hypnotherapy and guided imagery.
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Less than half of all driving tests taken annually in the UK result in a pass. These days, it is common to have careful experienced training with a qualified instructor, covering a number of sessions. It is most likely that the vast majority of people taking their test have been assessed by their driving school as perfectly competent to pass their test. Yet, on the day, people can ‘go to pieces’ and feel out of control, resulting in a fail and an expensive test retake.
Hypnotherapy and guided imagery alongside CBT psychotherapy techniques is a well known method of overcoming driving test nerves. Usually in just a few sessions, or one extended session, you can gain all the calm and confidence that you need to pass the test.
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Phobia of spiders is relatively common. The fear is often associated not so much with being frightened, but by being startled by the movement of a little creature that can run fast and in ways that our brains find difficult to comprehend. We then start associating that startled feeling with one of fear, and we then have a vehicle to vent our anxieties towards.
Simple phobias are relatively easy to treat using hypnotherapy, which does not involve having to actually encounter the phobic object. Often, a few sessions, or one extended session, are all that is needed to break the cycle of fear associated with the phobic object.
Your therapist will work sensitively with you to ensure that you always feel comfortable during the process of reframing your thoughts and feelings towards the phobic object.
These days dentists work hard to eliminate fear associated with their treatment. Dental surgeries are much more children-friendly and person-friendly generally, and advances in anaesthetic techniques has meant that many people are now much more comfortable visiting the dentist for regular check ups.
However, many people still have fears regarding treatment, sometimes associated with pain, loss of control, or fear of needles or anaesthetic. Hypnotherapy is a common method to overcome dental fear.
Your therapist will help you to understand what aspect of the treatment is causing your response, and where this stems from. Then, using a number of effective techniques, including personal pain control if required, you will learn to easily and effectively overcome your fear.
Research has shown that stress has a negative effect on our physical body maintaining health and that relaxation and visualization techniques can boost our immune system enabling us to keep healthy and to fight off infection. Hypnotherapy has been used in many research studies to reduce stress and to boost white blood cells to aid a positive prognosis.
As a natural therapy, hypnotherapy can be effectively combined, with GP or Consultant consent, as a complementary therapy alongside surgery, treatment or medication. It can also be a valuable treatment to help gain understanding, awareness and acceptance of long term illness. Specific therapy techniques can also be used to alleviate the fear of treatment, such as blood tests, MRI scans, chemo therapy and radio therapy; and to personally control feelings of pain or discomfort, improving quality of life during illness and treatment.
For personal advice on how hypnotherapy may help your condition, feel free to contact us
The use of hypnotherapy has gained wide acceptance within the medical community over the past few years to help patients cope with diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Cancer is a term that is used to describe 2000 different conditions, meaning that prognosis and treatment varies widely.
There are many ways that hypnotherapy is usefully used to help those suffering from cancer. Here are a few:
Overcoming fear of surgery
Overcoming fear of radiotherapy
Overcoming fear of chemotherapy
Reducing or eliminating treatment side effects such as
Bowel habit disturbance
Overcoming needle phobia or fear of hospitals
Recognizing and acknowledging feelings around diagnosis
Regaining feelings of control
Working through strong emotions in a supportive environment
Learning to relax and be kind to our body
Learning to visualize boosting immune system and fighting the disease
Controlling levels of pain and discomfort
Your therapist has specific training and experience with complementary cancer care, and has worked in a hospital environment to provide hypnotherapy and psychosocial support to patients to help with all stages of the disease. If you would like more information on how hypnotherapy can help you, please contact us.
Our minds control our bodily functions as well as affecting our thinking and feeling. Direct or indirect suggestion, and in some cases analysis of underlying thoughts and feelings using CBT and hypnosis, can help regulate heavy, painful or irregular periods, and help you to gain a greater understanding about the control that you can gain over your monthly cycle. Additionally, pain reduction techniques that you can apply yourself using self hypnosis will be taught.
Hypnosis is now a treatment of choice for IBS within several Healthcare Trusts thanks mainly to the work of Professor Whorwell. Several research studies have shown that hypnosis significantly alleviates the symptoms of IBS.
With a link to stress and tension, IBS can be painful and uncomfortable. Pain reducing and stress reducing techniques, alongside guided imagery are used to gain control over the symptoms in a short number of sessions.
Pain is an unpleasant sensory feeling that is experienced by the brain in an area of the body that may be injured, inflamed or diseased. In some cases, there appears no actual physical reason for the pain, but the brain experiences it anyway.
Because of this mind-body connection, hypnotherapy is a very effective (and natural) method for controlling and in some cases completely alleviating pain.
For ethical reasons, hypnosis should not be used to control acute pain. Acute pain, usually caused by illness or injury, needs medical treatment or diagnosis. In this case, pain is a warning signal that needs to be taken seriously, and generally medical intervention and treatment will completely eliminate the pain. For example, the pain from a broken limb indicates that the limb needs treatment. Once set, the pain will diminish and disappear as the area heals.
Chronic pain, once diagnosed by a medical practitioner, can be very effectively alleviated using hypnotherapy. Chronic pain is long term pain, perhaps due to arthritis, sciatica or other diagnosed long term conditions. In such cases, the medical profession can often do little except to prescribe painkillers.
Hypnotherapy is most useful in alleviating or eliminating pain and can be taught to use alongside or instead of pain killing medication. It is an entirely natural therapy with no physical side effects. It is most effective when the client is taught self hypnosis so that he or she can quickly learn techniques to control or switch off pain by themselves.
Studies have shown that it is possible to control our blood pressure, bringing it to normal levels using hypnosis. As well as using specific guided imagery techniques that have a powerful effect on the mind, hypnosis is a type of relaxation that is a polar opposite to feelings of stress. The combination of these two factors makes hypnotherapy a very suitable and powerful technique to reduce raised blood pressure and to keep it at normal levels.
Additionally, white coat syndrome can be easily overcome using hypnotherapy.
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