TREATMENTSThe following list represents some of the areas I work with using Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. The list is not exhaustive, so please email or call me if you need further information.
Anxiety is a general feeling of unease. It can creep up on you and have a debilitating effect on your quality of life. Anxiety is a normal reaction to threat, however, it is only helpful if we are in danger. Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool that can help anxiety and stress by encouraging positive thinking and through understanding how our mind reacts to threat, we can choose to respond in a different way.
A panic attacks occurs when your body experiences a sudden onset of intense symptoms. Usually an attack will begin with a sudden feeling of intense fear or panic, this is then generally followed by physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, nausea and sweating. If you are experiencing panic attacks regularly it is worth visiting your doctor to discuss your treatment options.
Hypnotherapy has proven effective with anxiety, fear and stress and so lends itself well to the treatment of panic attacks. Through hypnosis you will learn to relax deeply and so reduce your overall anxiety and so lower your risk of having an attack.
Depression can feel like a lonely place to be. Your brain is being starved of the chemicals that we naturally produce and which helps us cope with what life throws at us. We stop thinking, interacting and acting in a positive way. Hypnotherapy can help you by encouraging the release of the essential chemicals needed to promote an optimistic outlook.
So often people have lived with this problem for many years, which in the main can be easily sorted. Sleep is necessary for our quality of life. It affects our moods, our productivity through to our health. During sleep we process the stress of the day, so it is crucial that we get enough. Hypnotherapy is a useful and powerful tool to help you get your sleeping under control. It can quickly promote better sleeping patterns and quality of sleep.
Phobias of all kinds, such as fear of heights, spiders, enclosed spaces, motorway driving, flying, visiting the dentist, Emetophobia (the fear of being sick) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be helped with hypnosis. Through hypnotherapy the brain can learn how to create new habits and train your mind to gain control over your reactions, helping you to relax and bring your levels of anxiety down.
Increasing numbers of children and teenagers are battling with anxiety and self-confidence, this can impact on life at home, school and socialising. It can affect sleep, eating, mood, learning and contribute to phobias.
I will firstly talk with the parent/guardian to discuss the problems your child may be facing. With younger children I like the parent to be present at every session. With teenagers, I like to meet and explain how the sessions work with both the parent and child. You can then decide if the parent will be present at future sessions, this can always be fluid. I always work at the child’s pace and make the sessions fun and enjoyable.
Confidence can have a huge impact on the way we think, the way we feel and on the choices we make. Have you missed out on a career, relationship or move you wanted due to not feeling able to ask for what you wanted? You can experience feelings of worthlessness, not being heard and anger that others don’t notice you. Hypnotherapy can help you find a more positive you through visualisation and chemical changes in your brain, promoting a happy and more relaxed you.
Compulsive thinking or rituals are a disorder that causes a person to experience intense or insistent thoughts which has a significantly disruptive effect on their life. OCD is a high alert response to a perceived threat, heightening your stress response dramatically. Hypnotherapy can help by balancing this out and enabling you to return to feeling safe and secure again.
IBS affects one in five people and can be triggered by stress, and very rapidly can become a habit that seems to overtake everyday life. Hypnotherapy can help you to manage stress and anxiety and promote chemicals that eases our anxiety levels, helping us to feel better able to cope.
Taking part in any sport at a competitive level involves a great deal of physical control and mental concentration. It is now accepted that hypnosis can provide both of these.
Coaches are aware that the difference between a confident athlete and one in doubt is profound. Sportsmen can do better than they think, but only when they think they can do better. Hypnotherapy can help you be the best you possibly can be.
Hypnotherapy allows you to remove the triggers and negative responses that can be encountered due to pre-competition nerves or self-belief issues. Through simple relaxation and various other techniques, you can become focused on what you really want to achieve.
Hypnotherapy can be used by world champions and amateurs alike, enabling them to fulfil their true potential.
Anger can be a useful emotion that triggers a physical reaction in the body. This reaction is called ‘fight or flight’ and it normally happens when we are stressed or threatened. Adrenaline is pumped around the body making you feel tense.
The problem here is that fighting or running away isn’t usually an appropriate option. This can make it difficult for us to express anger, and this is where some people develop a problem. When you aren’t able to express your anger, you bottle it up. This can cause angry outbursts at inappropriate times. It may also make you feel more angry in general, leading you to react more aggressively in other situations.
Hypnotherapy can help with anger management problems in several ways. In understanding how your mind works, you will learn through relaxation how to change your negative thought processes and the best ways for you to control your anger.
Can hypnotherapy help me get pregnant? It is hard to say as there is very little research into this. Some women do find it helpful and believe when they get pregnant, hypnotherapy may have played a part. This is despite the fact that there is no clear research to show it can help you to get pregnant or affect your fertility.
You can use it to feel less stressed and anxious and more in control. This may help to reduce the intensity of the feelings you have about trying to conceive. Hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy and it can work alongside medical treatments you may be having.
Why is it some people can give up smoking easily and others keep trying but return to smoking when they have difficulties in their life. This one off two hour session will explain how you can have a pro smoking and anti-smoking lobby in your mind and how the pro smoking part can take over.
Through the session you will understand how your mind works and realise that your body is not addicted to nicotine but it is your mind that believes this. Hypnotherapy has an excellent success rate in transforming you into non-smoker by the end of the session.
Feeling stressed and anxious before an exam is expected and feeling nervous is a natural emotion. Lots of people will find these feelings a motivator, but some of us will find the pressure overwhelming. When these feelings become intense, they can threaten performance and sometimes the stress can cause a person to achieve below their true potential.
Hypnotherapy is used for helping control exam nerves as it can boost confidence and reduce feelings of anxiety. It can help you develop the ability to access the calm state of mind needed to sit an exam, or cope with a potentially overwhelming situation.
Eating is something we all have to do to live, but for some the relationship with food becomes complex. Some people may develop unusual eating habits or become emotionally reliant on food. This is commonly referred to as “disordered eating”.
Eating disorders are different and they change the way you think or behave especially in relation to food or diet. The most common are:
The aim of hypnotherapy is to use the power of suggestion to change habits. Using positive suggestions under hypnosis can also help change the way you think about yourself.
If suffering from an eating disorder I recommend that you also see your GP for further medical advice.
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