In a nutshell, Hypnosis makes it easier to make changes in your life.
Whether that is if you would like to learn how to be more confident, learn how to get more enthusiasm out of life or simply learn to leave food on your plate!
But it’s worth mentioning that Hypnosis itself is not the therapy. Pleasant as it can be, Hypnosis is simply a state of mind that accelerates learning and on it’s own does very little except relax you.
Not everyone wanting to see me will feel as if they need therapy though. After all Hypnosis is great at improving sports performance and helps people learn how to pass their driving test, who needs therapy for that?
But there is more to mental health than simply relaxing the mind and so modern Hypnotists need to also be trained as Psychotherapists or Counsellors. It is the Psychotherapy part of our training that enables us to call ourselves HypnoTHERAPISTS.
When using Hypnosis with certain modalities of Psychotherapy; such as Person Centred Counselling, or CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), we can see huge improvements in clients issues compared to just Hypnosis or just basic Counselling alone.
We might occasionally use age regression techniques to help resolve issues from childhood and almost always some sort of 'future pacing' to help create positive expectations of the future.
There is usually 'homework' in-between sessions, specific exercises that help the therapy along and help prove to you that you can maybe become your own therapist with time.
Sessions are usually weekly, at first. But once we begin to see improvement we can start spacing the sessions apart a little until they may be as much as a month apart towards the end of the treatment plan.
The first half of the session involves Counselling, Psychotherapy or simply talking about your goals and expectations, before then spending some time reinforcing all these things with hypnosis.
You can read more below about some of the common issues I help people with. This is by no means an exhaustive list of treatable conditions, but can give you an idea of the benefits of using Hypnosis. Some of the problems that Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy can help with may surprise you!
Acne Acne is a familiar skin problem that many people will face at some time during their lives, and appears in the form of irritating swellings that hold sebum, which is used to keep the hair and skin moisturised. It is caused by hormones produced in puberty enlarging the sebaceous glands. It can become a problem in some people as it can understandably create issues of insecurity during the formative years, which can lead to further problems later in life. Using hypnosis I can embed commands to kill the inflammation and slow down the production of the androgen hormone responsible for enlarging the sebaceous glands, as well as instilling confidence in the individual to cope as it recedes. It is also quite common that stress can play a large part in Acne manifesting, for which hypnotherapy works wonders.
Alcoholism Alcohol dependancy can come in many forms and levels, and has a different treatment plan for each client. Sometimes in simply cutting down, and in others total abstinence. Either way hypnotherapy is excellent at helping you achieve this, with both habit control and dealing with any emotional aspects, such as confidence or self esteem issues.
Anger Management When the fight or flight response leans more towards fight rather than flight and someone is unable to control the impulses it creates, such as anger, it can be dangerous. Often the sufferer is unaware that the problem lies within him or her and believes it is whomever the anger is directed at that is the cause of the problem. Once you can come to terms with the problem, and analyse it in therapy, coping mechanisms can be learnt, new habits established and any unresolved issues can be resolved.
Anxiety / Panic Attacks It is a basic human instinct to feel anxious at some stage in our lives and millions of years ago our ancestors relied on this function to get through life safely. Even now we are all likely to feel tense when put under some sort of pressure. But it is when there is no conscious reason that we can see for feeling this way that it can become a problem. Sufferers of panic attacks can for no reason at all suddenly break out into a sweat and feel their heart begin to pound furiously giving them an unexplained feeling of complete despair. This creates even more tension, which makes the heart beat even faster which leads to even more tension, aggravating the situation further and further until at long last it eventually calms down which can be in a matter of a few moments or maybe hours. The mind has for one reason or another been conditioned to feel this way when a certain set of circumstances occur. Using hypnotherapy techniques you can learn how to better control the feelings and the emotions behind your anxiety and overcome them.
Asthma The word itself comes from the Greek word for panting, and it is a surprise to many people when they learn that asthma can be a nervous condition, and can be treated with hypnotherapy. Sufferers of asthma can often find it very difficult to expel air. The small muscles around the windpipe contract, called a bronchospasm, which creates a sensation of suffocation, which leads to panic. The ensuing panic creates a surge of adrenaline through the blood stream making the heart beat faster, as the heart beats faster it needs more oxygen from the lungs, so there is a demand to breathe faster creating a vicious circle which is labelled an asthma attack. It is not dissimilar from an anxiety attack, and can often be treated in the same way.
Blushing Blushing comes about when there is an increase in heart rate. In much the same way as running a race makes your face red. As the heart beats faster to pump oxygen to the muscles it also pumps blood cells, if all of this were to rush to the brain it would result in a stroke. So the body disperses the blood into the blood vessels of the face. This raises the temperature in the face and can make it feel redder than it actually is. The reason that we blush when certain circumstances occur is simply the body reacting to a stimulus. Using hypnotherapy we can learn how to react differently, both physiologically and emotionally.
Childbirth Hypnosis is a wonderful tool for pain relief and therefore a great support during childbirth. To compliment this we can also create a relaxed and prepared temperament in the mother, which from a doctors point of view is as beneficial to them as to the mother, as less drugs are necessary making the birth as pleasant an experience as it should be. More information can be found HERE.
Concentration Hypnosis is a fantastic tool to aid concentration in people of any age. Slight breaks in concentration may be normal but if they become recurring need putting right. Hypnotherapy can root out any background noise in the conscious and subconscious mind and replace it with positive and useful affirmations to great success.
Confidence Any unresolved issues in the subconscious are easily cleaned up using hypnotherapy, and can result in a quivering wreck becoming an accomplished public speaker. Confidence with the opposite sex is easy to resolve, as are any nerves concerning taking exams, a driving test or a job interview. Our subconscious is great at keeping us safe but when it is wrong about what is safe and what is not it can result in blind panic at the thought of the simplest of tasks. This is where hypnotherapy can excel.
Dentistry Hypnosis is applied in 1 of 2 ways in dentistry. Many people have a fear or even a phobia of visiting the dentist or of the needles used to administer anaesthetic, so much so that their teeth can suffer. Using hypnosis we can learn how to relax and replace the negative associations with positive ones. Secondly, it is not uncommon for someone to be allergic to anaesthetic drugs, and in these cases major dental work is often ignored. But using hypnosis we can anaesthetise any area of the body, making it completely numb. You will know that work is going on and will feel it happening but will feel little or no pain whatsoever. This is proving so successful that many Dentists are learning hypnotic techniques themselves to help their patients.
Depression Depression can mean different things to different people, and many who feel depressed may not necessarily be suffering with clinical depression. Instead may be suffering with a bad reaction to life events. It is usually necessary to work with GP's in order to confirm the best course of treatment. And using hypnosis we can uncover any unresolved issues that have been plaguing the subconscious and forcing the mind and body to react in the way it has. As well as teaching the client coping strategies to get through life. Many people find they can get through perfectly well on their own, but there are those that cannot, hypnosis can find out why they think they cannot and show them how they can.
Drug Abuse There is a major difference between a drug user and a drug addict, in the same way you are not an alcoholic simply because you enjoy a drink. But if an individual with an addictive personality discovers a taste for drugs it can lead to a very real and life threatening problem. Using hypnosis we can tackle the self-confidence issues that almost always reside and help ward off withdrawal symptoms. It is important to confirm whether or not an assessment from the NHS assessment team is needed, and if any replacement medication needs to be prescribed. We can then begin to instil feelings of pride, self esteem and more importantly self purpose.
Eczema + Psoriasis Skin normally regrows every 30 days, in psoriatic skin there is an attempt to regrow in just 5 days, leading to a build up of dead skin on the surface. Often the cause of this attempt is an overreaction in the subconscious and is treated as such, coupled with stress management techniques and visualisation this soon slows down skin production to a manageable level.
Grief New grief is the domain of the grief counsellor, but unresolved grief can be treated successfully with hypnotherapy. There are different stages of grieving beginning with shock before resolving itself with acceptance and fondness. Sometimes grief sufferers can be stuck at one of the stages. Any unresolved issues associated with the lost loved one can be resolved easily. It can be a very emotional experience but worthwhile and rewarding, and can lead to a sense of empowerment over your own life.
IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome is mainly due to an inability to relax, both mentally and physically, and is more often than not accompanied by other conditions such as stress and eczema. It is not uncommon though for stress to have already passed, yet the body still holds onto the physical symptoms of stress, despite someone being emotionally calm. Using self hypnosis we can learn to relax and learn how to control both our eating habits and our bowel movement activities. Using hypnotherapy techniques to clear up any unresolved issues about self often accompanies treatment.
Insomnia To combat insomnia I teach my clients self hypnosis techniques, this enables any worries that we haven’t already resolved using hypnotherapy, to fade into the background and wait for a more practical time of the day. Using self hypnosis you can easily fall into a relaxed state of mind and body that soon turns into deep and refreshing sleep.
Migraines The exact cause of migraine headaches is still a matter of medical discussion, but it is known that when certain stimuli are in place, for example stress levels rise combined with infrequent meals, certain blood vessels in the head can contract causing a restriction in blood flow to certain parts of the brain. As the blood vessels contract you get a slight tingling sensation or visual disturbance that many people recognise as the beginnings of the migraine. Using self hypnosis you are able to override the subconscious instructions to contract the blood vessels and allow blood to flow as it should. It is important to recognise that hypnosis is so successful at controlling pain that your GP MUST be kept informed of treatment, in order to confirm that there are no serious problems that may be masked with hypnosis.
Nail Biting When not stress related nail biting can stem from the very early years of childhood, whereupon there may have been some anxiety about the supply of food from the parent, and can be related to thumb sucking. It is not uncommon for babies to feel this way and is why dummies are so good at quieting a crying baby. But once a child gets into the habit of needing some sort of oral pacifier it can carry on into adult life without realising it. Hypnosis is very good at rooting out erroneous beliefs in the subconscious and replacing them with positive attitudes.
Pain Relief It is normal for the subconscious to send signals to the brain warning of a problem and demanding a reaction. But if we can make the subconscious aware that we already know about the problem then we can cut off the demand it has for a reaction. In other words we can switch pain off like a switch. Hypnosis works directly with the subconscious and controls the instructions it would normally send to the pain receptors. Making something as complicated as surgery painless. On top of that the lack of anaesthetic in the bloodstream speeds up recovery no end. As mentioned previously it is important to recognise that hypnosis is so successful at controlling pain that your GP MUST be kept informed of treatment, in order to confirm that there are no serious problems that may be masked with hypnosis.
Phobias A phobic response can be caused by many things, and at any time of life. But it continues only because there is a belief and an expectation of the phobic response in the future. Hypnotherapy is wonderful at helping you to learn new ways of reacting, learning to de-sensitise you from the stimulus and clear up any past trauma.
Smoking Believe it or not there is nothing actually addictive in cigarettes. But once there is a compulsion to smoke for whatever reason, usually peer pressure, then the smoking habit becomes a routine in the mind and without intervention can be difficult to shift. The subconscious insists on some sort of motor action when in certain situations and in someone who smokes it will jump on that every time. By not responding to the subconscious requests will seem to it to be almost life threatening. Hypnosis works right at the root of the problem, the subconscious mind, to delete its desire for motor action. So you will find stopping smoking an easy experience. How much will you save?
Sports Performance Athletes have a phrase “If you can see it, you can be it”. Hypnosis can help you focus on your performance and help you achieve your goals. As long as it is viable you will find that using self hypnosis will help you to perform better, it can give you extra stamina and extra confidence. It is true to say that before you can win in your profession you need to win in your mind first, and hypnosis is just the right tool for this. I use hypnotic suggestion to prepare you for your game and teach self hypnosis for you to use before every game. Doing this will improve your performance inestimably.
Stress Research has shown that feeling stressed can have a debilitating effect upon the body’s immune system and can result in the onset of many diseases, so it’s a relief to know it can be easily treated. Stress boils down to only one thing, some sort of fear within the subconscious. It is a natural evolutionary adaptation that worked well 3 million years ago, but here in the 21st Century it’s ok to let it go. Often clients become aware that their stress was being caused by a fear of what other people think of them. Whatever it is, once this fear can be identified, we can work with it and be rid of it, and using self hypnosis to control the body’s automatic systems can result in a sufferer of stress finding it easy to cope with things that were once almost impossible. Nothing that happens to you can have any effect on you at all, only your reactions to it will have an effect, once you can control how to react to certain situations stress can be a thing of the past.
Stuttering + Stammering Stuttering and stammering are 2 slightly different problems, although originate from the same place. A sufferer of a stammer will find it difficult to speak whole words or part of words, whereas a stutter is a repetition of whole words or part of words. They have self-confidence roots and can be treated in similar ways. Sufferers will rarely have a problem when talking alone, and don’t usually struggle at all when under hypnosis. The problem arises when there is conflict between the conscious and the subconscious mind, the conscious mind wants to speak but the subconscious wants you to be quiet, until the 2 can agree some sort of speech impediment will appear. Once any root causes can be identified using hypnosis and boosted with ego strengthening work then success is swift.
Weight Control Weight can be surprisingly easy to control with hypnosis. In the absence of some sort of glandular problem the only way to remain overweight is to eat too much and exercise too little. Therefore the best way to get to the weight you want is to eat less and exercise more. If only it was so easy to do it though! After years of repeating certain behaviours and thought processes it can become second nature to eat everything on your plate or eat snacks when you're not even hungry. Hypnosis can teach you how to override these habits. In my opinion there is no need to radically change your diet.
One of the biggest culprits is snacking whilst watching TV, this habit is easily removed using hypnosis. We can replace any desire for unhealthy foods with feelings of pride that you are not eating the way you were. Another reason why it can be hard without help is because there is a deep instinct for survival that can force us to eat fatty foods. The human race has evolved over millions of years and even as recently as 100 years ago we may have been uncertain where the next meal was coming from, so it is only natural to store some fat reserves in case we need them. But in this day and age food is plentiful, and the deep instinct we have for fatty foods can be replaced easily with new ideas for exercising and general healthy living.
It is usually necessary to look at some of the reasons why you might want to lose weight. Occasionally clients will feel as if losing weight will solve other problems, and rather than being the real issue, the weight gain is a symptom of another issue. If this is the case then Hypnotherapy can certainly help with whatever you feel you need.
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