Hypnotherapy can help with the causes of many issues
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help by dealing with underlying anxiety, improving sleep patterns and generally helping you to enjoy life more fully. In the section below are some specific conditions which illustrate this idea, but do contact me even if your particular issue is not on the list as there’s a very good chance I will be able to assist. I offer a free relaxation track when you attend a 30-minute initial consultation, with absolutely no obligation to continue.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a general feeling of unease. It can range from occasional periods of worry about specific events, eg public speaking, driving test, exam nerves, to constant fearfulness about anything and everything. In extreme cases anxiety can result in full-blown panic attacks. Sustained anxiety is debilitating and can affect your enjoyment and quality of life.
It means you can find it difficult to relax and can even affect your emotional and physical well-being. Emotional symptoms can include irritability, difficulty concentrating, problems sleeping, fearing the worst, feeling out of control, feeling weepy, feeling overwhelmed, obsessive thoughts or repetitive behaviour. Physical symptoms can include muscular tension, headaches, raised blood pressure, nausea or upset stomach.
How can hypnotherapy help with anxiety?
Anxiety, like many stress-related conditions, tends to creep up on us. Busy lives, pressures of work, relationship issues or financial worries all take their toll. You may find yourself caught in a cycle of negative thinking – negative thoughts heighten anxiety levels, anxiety leads to negative thoughts and so on.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a modern research-based combination of psychotherapy and hypnosis, aimed at encouraging you to focus on how you want things to be. We avoid problem-talk and instead help you to visualise your preferred future. By encouraging you to think and express yourself positively, we can help to reduce your anxiety. By reducing anxiety, other related symptoms often improve and you'll feel better able to cope with life’s stresses.
What is stress?
Stress in itself is not an illness. It is actually a result of your response to excessive or prolonged pressures or challenges that you face. Whether or not you exhibit symptoms of stress will depend on whether you feel you can cope with those pressures or challenges. If you can cope, then all is well. If you feel you aren’t coping, you are likely to experience an adverse reaction to those pressures. Stress is very common and in recent times has become the most common cause of long-term sickness absence for employees. It can cause mental and/or physical ill health.
Psychological symptoms can include an inability to concentrate or make simple decisions, memory lapses, becoming rather vague or easily distracted, excessive worrying or thinking negatively. Emotional symptoms can include tearfulness, mood swings, irritability, being sensitive to criticism, defensive or frustrated. Physical signs include aches and pains, muscle tension, teeth grinding, frequent colds or infections, allergies or skin irritations, weight loss or gain, dizziness or palpitations.
How can hypnotherapy help?
It’s not always easy to remove the source of the pressure or challenges that you face. It may be that you are stressed because of work pressures or illness in the family. Hypnotherapy can help you, though, by helping you to cope so much better. Remember, it’s not the situation you find yourself in that is causing you stress, it’s your response to it. By using Solution Focused techniques, we can help you to formulate a better way of coping with your situation. We help you to visualise your preferred future so that your sub-conscious mind has a positive template to work with. By responding to external pressures in a calmer, more positive way, stress-related symptoms often improve. Life can, indeed, be fun.
What is motivation?
Motivation is the difference between having a goal and having the desire to achieve it. Your goal may be to lose weight or to run a marathon, but without the internal drive to work towards that goal you are unlikely to reach it. Motivation is what causes you to take action towards your goals. Lacking motivation, lacking the desire to take the necessary steps to achieve your goal can lead to frustration, low self-esteem and negative self-talk. These in turn can prevent you from moving forward and a self-perpetuating cycle is established.
How can hypnotherapy help?
Hypnotherapy can help to motivate you by helping you to identify your underlying reasons for wanting to achieve your goal – what are the benefits, what’s in it for you? Then, by using Solution Focused techniques we help you to take small steps towards achieving your overall aim. We avoid talking about what might be holding you back, instead we focus on what you need to do next. Taking one small step generates a feeling of achievement, helping to motivate you to take the next step, and the next, so you feel enthused, energised and uplifted.
What is insomnia?
Around a third of people suffer from some form of insomnia at some point in their lives, including difficulty falling asleep, waking up during the night or waking up early in the morning. The effects of prolonged sleeplessness can range from fatigue, lack of motivation, irritability, reduced problem-solving skills, inability to cope with stress, reduced immunity and weight gain.
It’s so important to get a good night’s sleep. Not only is it a time when the body repairs itself and restores energy levels, but REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, a phase when dreaming occurs, is vital for learning and memory. REM also replenishes feel-good hormones such as serotonin and dopamine, which boost your mood.
How can hypnotherapy help?
Anxiety is a common cause of insomnia, and of course worrying that you’re not sleeping only makes the problem worse. It’s not long before a vicious cycle sets in and the harder you try the more elusive sleep becomes. It can be really debilitating and can seriously impair a person’s ability to function normally or enjoy life.
Hypnotherapy can help insomnia sufferers by addressing the underlying anxiety, often caused by work, relationship, health or financial worries. Ruminating on problems serves to amplify their significance and even small issues can get out of proportion in the middle of a sleepless night.
What is confidence?
Confidence is having a belief in yourself, having faith in your talents, abilities and personal strengths. Confidence comes from within. You may have a raft of qualifications, a high-flying job or successful business, all the external trappings of success, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you are confident. Even very successful people seek help with confidence issues. Lacking confidence can affect your relationships with others or it can prevent you from developing to your fullest potential. If you lack confidence you may feel the need to apologise inappropriately or seek reassurance from others. You may only focus on perceived criticism and ignore praise. You may be perfectionist. These behaviours can be debilitating and affect your enjoyment of life.
How can hypnotherapy help?
Hypnotherapy can help become more confident by helping you to identify your strengths and focus on what you can do, rather than what you can’t. Then, by using Solution Focused techniques we help you to visualise what it would be like to be more confident – what does confidence mean to you? We help you to take small steps to stretch your comfort zone and help you to identify what has gone well. We gradually build on your success so that you are better able to engage in social or work situations, free from self-doubt and able to enjoy life to the full.
Managing your weight
You know what needs to happen for you to maintain you ideal weight. So what's stopping you? It could be a whole range of reasons. For example you could be so busy with your life that you haven't got time to shop for good food or prepare it, leave alone savour eating it. You could be experiencing feelings of low self-esteem, leading to self-sabotaging behaviour. You might have unhelpful beliefs around food, such as needing to eat everything on your plate, or you might have unhelpful habits, such as eating the remnants of the children's meals.
How can hypnotherapy help with weight management?
Now, hypnotherapy isn't a magic wand. You won't be able to lose weight unless you change what you eat or take more exercise, preferably both. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help you find the motivation for making the necessary changes. It is a modern research-based combination of psychotherapy techniques and hypnosis, aimed at encouraging you to focus on how you want things to be. We avoid problem-talk and instead help you to visualise your preferred future. There's a huge difference between saying 'I don't want to binge on a whole packet of doughnuts' and 'I am going to eat healthy and nutritious food'.
Hypnotherapy can help you address the underlying stresses that get in the way of you making appropriate choices around food and exercise. But it can only help if you make an effort to do something different, so be prepared for change. And be prepared for steady, sustainable weight loss, rather than a quick fix. By dealing with the underlying issues that get in the way of managing your weight, you'll feel motivated to make more helpful choices about food and exercise.
What is a phobia?
A phobia is an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something. If your phobia is linked with something you can easily avoid, it is rarely a problem. But if you have a fear of birds, you’re going to find it difficult to walk anywhere where there are plenty of people-friendly pigeons or seagulls. If you have a fear of flying, visiting grandchildren in Australia is out of the question. If you have a fear of spiders, Autumn is a nightmare. There are over 2,000 named phobias and include: Fear of the natural environment - lightening, water, trees; Fear of animals – snakes, rats, wasps, spiders; Medical fears – needles, blood, vomiting; Fear in situations – crossing bridges, heights, boats.
How can hypnotherapy help?
Phobias are created by negative templates stored in the sub-conscious mind. It may be that we have learned the phobic response from our parents, or it may be that we had a particularly unpleasant incident which sparked the phobia. Hypnotherapy works by removing and replacing it with. In Solution Focused Hypnotherapy we do not use aversion techniques. Instead we use an NLP (Neuro-Linguistic-Programming) process to remove the unhelpful template. We then introduce a positive image of how you would like to respond in a given situation.
What is high blood pressure?
Your blood pressure is a measure of the pressure in your arteries as your heart pumps blood around your body. It naturally changes throughout the day, depending on your emotional state and physical activity levels, but when it stays consistently too high over time it is known as high blood pressure or ‘hypertension’, which literally means ‘over pressure’.
High blood pressure accounts for 20-25% of all deaths worldwide and affects approximately one in three people worldwide. That’s over 16 million people in the UK. Unfortunately, in 90% of cases of high blood pressure (primary hypertension) there is no single clear cause, although many factors to do with your lifestyle may contribute to primary hypertension. These include smoking, obesity, lack of exercise and your diet. Stress can also play a part, leading to emotional, psychological and physical problems, such as high blood pressure and heart disease.
How can hypnotherapy help with high blood pressure?
Hypnotherapy can help you tackle the most common emotional and lifestyle factors that contribite to high blood pressure. Hypnotherapy helps by providing you with the skills and strategies to cope better with stressful situations, helping you to develop a more relaxed attitude towards life. Hypnotherapy can also help you to find the motivation to give up smoking, reduce excess weight, improve your fitness levels and to eat a more healthy diet.
Having a calmer birth experience
Hypnotherapy can help overcome fear and anxiety around childbirth. It can reduce stress and anxiety (not just for you, but also for your baby), boost your confidence to be a parent and give you a feeling of control so the birth experience is the best it can be.
Hypnosis has been used as a technique to support labour for many years, with the written records dating back to the mid 1800s. Over recent years, more and more people have realised that the link between body and mind during labour may have a bearing on the outcome of the birth.
The use of hypnosis during labour has been shown to reduce the length of labour, reduce the use of pain relief, reduce the risk of intervention, reduce the risk of postnatal depression. Babies that are born to mums that have practised hypnosis and deep relaxation techniques during labour may also be calmer, sleep better and feed better.
How can hypnotherapy help with calmer childbirth?
In our culture, women are often surrounded by negative messages about birth and grow up expecting birth to be painful and traumatic. Often, these messages come through stories in the media or on television. Women are conditioned to believe that birth is perilous and fraught with danger.
It is precisely this expectation of fear that creates the tension in a birthing mother, which in turn creates pain. This often happens at a subconscious, primal level. If a birthing mother senses or experiences anything that is unfamiliar her instinct is to protect her young and herself. So often where there is fear or apprehension, even if it is subconscious, it will inhibit labour as no mother would want her baby to be born where there is a threat to their wellbeing.
Hypnosis works at a subconscious level, changing instinctive perceptions of birth so that it is seen as a positive experience, enabling birthing mothers to trust their body. It also make mothers aware of how they can be in control and manage their environment, keeping it free of threats. It is similar to a cat instinctively making a nest, in a dark undisturbed place to birth her kittens quietly.When the mother is birthing free of fear and in control then her experience will be completely different.
As Hypnotherapy is hands-off and non-invasive, it is one of the most relaxing, enjoyable and safe therapies to use during pregnancy and birth. Many mothers who have used it during pregnancy and birth say they sleep much better and are much calmer during pregnancy.
You may decide that there are other issues in your life that you wish to address and so you may wish to book additional sessions. These are at the normal rate less 10%. As part of the Calmer Childbirth sessions I will give you supporting material and a birth CD that you should listen to on a daily basis, and I will be introduce you to a variety of techniques that will help you and your partner work towards the type of birth you want.
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