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Helping you to help yourself
If you want to have counselling for change, then we can engage in a therapeutic relationship where I offer professional support to help you take control of your life in a constructive, effective and satisfying way.
In critical times of life, such as when stress at work becomes overpowering, when you experience relationship difficulties, crises of confidence, or when anxiety or depression disrupt your ability to function in a satisfactory way, I can help you gain insight into the way you live your life. As part of this exploration, you may find heightened understanding and new perspectives on ways of thinking and behaving.
If you want help in constructing solutions rather than investigating the problem, then we can focus on the positive aspects of your life. I can help you recognise your strengths and resources and use them to bring about change. You will be helped to set goals and develop strategies to reach them.
The hypnotic state is a psychological phenomenon, not a therapy. It is a state of a deep relaxation and focused attention.
Hypnosis is not something that I do to you.
Think of me as a mind coach who guides you into the hypnotic state and teaches you to use it as a management tool to address your problem.
You are in control.
Self-hypnosis can be used to:
reduce stress and control it
enable you to manage pain
diminish fear and negative attitudes to childbirth and to reduce pain
There are multiple applications:
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Performance anxiety (music, sport, public speaking)
Phantom limb pain
Irritiable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
IBS is a chronic functional disorder of the gastrointestinal tract.
Ten outcome trials published up to 2013 collectively demonstrate that hypnosis treatment is a powerful intervention for improving gastrointestinal symptoms in the long term for individuals with IBS who have not improved with standard medical care.
The principal focus of hypnotic intervention is to improve actual bowel symptoms:
Reduction or elimination of abdominal pain
Normalisation of bowl functioning: i.e. reduction in diarrhoea and/or constipation
Reduction of disturbance to the bowels from psychological distress or life stress
Improvement in bowel symptoms from hypnotic intervention is often gradual. For a profound and sustained improvement, it is important to spread the treatment. A course of six or seven sessions over three months is advisable, even if reduction in symptoms is impressive in the initial sessions.
Anxiety is an intense emotion that we feel in response to a perceoived threat.
Fear is a normal response to realistic danger or threat.
A panic attack is an episode of intense fear. The central feature is often overwhelming anxiety about a loss of control.
Anxiety can be expressed in:
physical symptoms such as IBS, headaches, palpitations, muscular aches and pains
emotional symptoms such as poor concentration and memory, inability to relax, mood swings, and difficulty making decisions
behavioural symptoms, such as insomnia and tiredness, obsessional behaviour, and using palliatives (e.g., abuse of alcohol, drugs, food)
Phobia is an overwhelming anxiety that is out of proportion to the demands of the situation, and leads to avoidance of the feared situations.
You cannot be anxious and relaxed at the same time. The two conditions cannot co-exist. You can learn to use self-hypnosis as a management tool to control your feelings and your responses to feared situations.
Stress can be a significant contributory factor to chronic back pain, migraine headaches, skin disorders, and the development of coronary heart disease,
Stress adversely affects the immune system, resulting in increased susceptibility to infections, allergies and cancer. The deep relaxation experienced in hypnosis has been shown to increase defence mechanisms.
Hypnosis training prior to delivery can diminish anxieties, fears and negative attitudes concerning childbirth, and reduce pain without interfering with the physiology of mother and child. Hypnotic techniques can allow the mother to control the amount of pain she feels so that she can work with the contractions and her partner can be taught to help her induce hypnotic analgesia in advance of the labour.
Labour and delivery can be enjoyed in a relaxed and controlled way.
People suffering from depression and anxiety have a bleak view of the future, and may experience a range of dysfunctional emotions. Studies have shown depressed people are distinguished from the norm by their tendency to imagine fewer positive scenarios while overestimating future risks. They withdraw socially and become paralysed by exaggerated self-doubt.
• enable people to actively take charge of managing their internal world
• enable people to self-regulate their emotions and enhance a more positive self-image
• help people build and utilize a positive attention focus and facilitate their resourcefulness and resilience. Negative thought patterns can be changed and future risks can be seen more realistically.
You can stop smoking in the first session. Withdrawal symptoms are often not experienced at all, but are usually mild and are dealt with in the second session a week later.
The first session is two hours. You will be emailed recordings of your session in an MP3 format for you to download and listen to on a daily basis until we meet again for your second session which is one hour.
You will be taught self-hypnosis and instructed to engage with it at regular intervals every day in the first week. This has the benefit of keeping you calm throughout the day. When you are relaxed, you are in control.
Smoking cessation is life-changing. The significant health benefits are well known, but there may be other reasons you have for quitting, and anxieties may arise around them. Self-hypnosis will help prevent anxiety and stress from disrupting your goal, and once learned and understood, it is a management tool you have for life.