Treatments

What can hypnotherapy help with?

Hypnotherapy is ideal  anxiety related disorders or emotional problems including stress, anxiety and low mood, plus:

Stop Smoking

You may have tried to stop smoking in the past only to find yourself lighting up weeks, months, or even years later. The skill is to remain smoke free and this is a skill you can learn. On the smoking cessation programme you will learn that stopping smoking is a choice you can make. I will show you how to put that into practice.

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Weight Control

The Weight Away Diet Programme

How Often Have You Given Up On Your Diet?

If you are like the majority of people, the answer is probably "EVERY TIME I'VE STARTED ONE!!" You probably have access to 
plans you know would work. It might be a low calorie diet like 
Weight Watchers, or a plan your doctor has given you.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

How often have you stayed home from work, cancelled holidays, and spent hours in the toilet in pain and embarrassment? Do you fear going out just in case you cannot get access to a toilet- all because of Irritable bowel Syndrome?

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Panic and Agoraphobia

Panic attacks are extremely frightening. They seem to come out of the blue, strike at random, make people feel powerless, out of control, and as if they are about to die or go mad.

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Phobias

A phobia is an intense fear of something, accompanied by high anxiety and an urge to escape the situation.  Although they vary in terms of severity and complexity, most experts view phobias as relatively simple problems and they tend to respond particularly well to short-term psychological therapies.  There are hundreds of different Greek names for different types of phobia.

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Social Anxiety

Social anxiety (sometimes called a social Phobia) is a very  common emotional problem.  Many people, at some point, are nervous about humiliating or embarrassing themselves in situations that involve some kind of performance or the risk of being judged by other people.The difference between Social Anxiety and normal apprehension of social situations is that social anxiety involves an intense feeling of fear in social situations and especially situations that are unfamiliar or in which you will be watched or evaluated by others.

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Confidence

Self-Confidence
This  is normally defined as   belief  in one’s ability to achieve some goal or to perform well and it can be either quite general or specific to particular situations.  Confidence can be undermined by depression, anxiety and negative beliefs.

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Health Anxiety

Most people worry about there health from time to time. But for some people, this worry never goes away and becomes a real problem.

Health anxiety (hypochondria) means obsessive worrying about  health, usually to the point where it causes great distress and affects a persons ability to function properly.

Some people with health anxiety have unexplained physical symptoms, such as chest pain or headaches, which they assume are a sign of serious disease. Health anxiety typically reduces temporarily after medical reassurance but returns again repeatedly despite there doctor's reassurance.

Other people may just be permanently anxious about their future health, worrying about things like 'What if I get cancer or heart disease?'

Cognitive therapy combined with Hypnotherapy can be fast and  effective for health anxiety.

If you would like more information or to make an appointment you can contact me in confidence.

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Generalised Anxiety and Worry

Generalised anxiety disorder (or GAD) is characterised by excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry about everyday life events with no obvious reasons for worry. People with symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder tend to always expect the worse to happen and can't stop worrying about health, money, family, work, or school as well as a multitude of other issues. In people with GAD, the worry is often unrealistic or out of proportion for the situation. Everyday life becomes a perpetual state of worry, fear, and dread. Eventually, the anxiety dominates a person's thinking and interferes with daily functioning, including work, school, social activities, and relationships.

People with severe worry and generalised anxiety are often particularly concerned about “failure” and may report a sense of “inadequacy” or feeling “unable to cope” with stressful situations.  They often describe a sense of urgency about having to solve problems, which psychologists call the “looming cognitive style.”  That might mean, e.g., lying in bed at night worrying about problems that you would be better tackling at another time, during the day.  People often resort to trying to suppress their worry or distract themselves from it, particularly when it is very severe, but this tends to be an unhelpful way of coping in the longer-term.  Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy offer alternative, evidence-based, ways of learning to respond to anxious thoughts without becoming too absorbed in them.

If you would like more information or make an appointment you can contact me in confidence.

 

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Fear of Dying

Necrophobia

Death is something that we all  think about from time to time, as it is all around us. Many  people actively fear death on a regular basis and allow this fear to interfere  with their daily lives.

Fortunately, it is possible for just about anyone with the fear of death to overcome it through the use of  hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Therapists who practice CBT believe that our thoughts and emotions are directly linked to how we feel and behave. By changing the way we think of and perceive death, we can learn to eventually accept it and decrease any anxiety that comes along with it.

If you would like more information or to make an appointment you can contact me in confidence.

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Fear of Flying

Aviophobia

It is estimated that 1 in 6 people have some form of of flying Anxiety . Some people are able to fly but find it difficult to relax during takeoff, landing and during the flight, other people are unable to  get on board an airplane  and therefore miss out on overseas holidays, visiting loved ones or are unable to attend  international business meetings.

Fear of flying is prevalent at all levels of society and education. Common to all is the anxiety from loss of control, coupled with a lack of information about an unfamiliar environment.

I have been helping people to overcome fear of flying for 30 years and offer a specially tailored individual programme to tackle your fears in a structured and effective way. My Fear of Flying Programme involves a combination of successful relaxation, cognitive  and visualisation methods. During the sessions, you will gain a clearer understanding of fear, identify the physical feelings and move forward to discover and experience how you can feel comfortable, calm and relaxed when you fly.

If you would like more information or to make an appointment you can contact me in confidence.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

It’s normal, at times, to go back and double-check that your  front door is locked or your car is locked. But if you suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours become so excessive they interfere with your daily life. No matter what you do, you can’t seem to shake them. OCD results when an individual misinterprets intrusive thoughts or urges as a sign that not only will harm occur, but that they may be responsible for it through what they do or what they fail to do.

Symptoms of OCD can include but are not limited to: 

  • Persistent unwanted thoughts
  • Chronic worrying
  • Obsessions with germs and dirt
  • Obsessions with order and counting
  • Obsessions with touching
  • Irritability
  • Loss of concentration
  • Trouble sleeping

Help is available with Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Therapy seeks to help the individual understand that their problem is one of anxiety rather than danger and to react accordingly. It will also aim to help a person overcome the need for certainty and to alter the criteria they may use to terminate a compulsion (e.g. when “I feel comfortable” or “just right”).

In many cases a combination of  CBT and Hypnotherapy can be  highly effective in treating OCD. The principal aim of this combined therapeutic approach is to enable a person to become their own therapist and to provide them with the knowledge and tools to continue working towards complete recovery from OCD.

If you would like more information or to make an appointment you can contact me in confidence.

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Performance Anxiety

Performance Anxiety in its various forms is one of the most common phobias in the United Kingdom.It is a fairly broad term. For some, it refers to the ability to perform well under pressure – like playing a sport, making a presentation, or excelling in public. For others, it refers to sexual performance, where those that have anxiety tend to worry about how they'll perform to such a degree that they either experience some type of sexual dysfunction or fail to enjoy their sexual experiences.

Presentations  and Performance Under Pressure

Presenters and anyone that does anything under the public's eye may find themselves with performance anxiety. The causes of this are fairly simple:

  • Mild social anxiety.
  • Inexperience in public.
  • Strong distaste for failure

Anything in life can cause these emotions. Some people are born with a mild performance anxiety, or grew up naturally shy so the idea of talking in public is upsetting to them. Others are prone to distress over the idea of being judged, possibly because of experiences in the past, upbringing, or bullying.

Sexual Performance

The origins of sexual performance anxiety are a bit more obvious. We live in a society that puts considerable pressure on how people perform in the bedroom, the need to please their partner, and so on. Combine this with inexperience, a bad sexual experience, or perceived trouble at finding sexual partners and it is no surprise that some people develop performance anxiety in sexual situations.

Hypnotherapy and cognitive Therapy for all forms of performance anxiety

Hypnotherapy  for performance anxiety is a very effective therapy. During hypnosis you are in a deeply relaxed state, during which we work to have you see yourself performing well in your mind whilst focusing on relaxing the body deeply, this helps ‘recondition’ the brain to feel relaxed when performing.

Cognitive Behavioural therapy helps you to challenge and change negative ,  unhelpful beliefs you may have  about yourself regarding your ability and confidence to perform.  It then helps you adopt new more helpful beliefs that support and serve you. Imagining yourself performing confidently and in a relaxed fashion has an enormously beneficial effect on the on the mind. The more you learn  how to do this by using hypnosis combined with C.B.T, the more at ease you will feel when performing.

If you would like more information or to make an appointment you can contact me in confidence.

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Depression - Low mood

Depression is a common emotional disorder affecting around half the adult population at some point in their lives, with many people suffering from severe depression. Make no mistake – clinical depression is an illness, and it is one of the most painful mood states that can be experienced.

We all have our down days, but the intense feelings of sadness associated with depression can last for weeks, months and even years. There is a vast difference between feeling down in the dumps and being depressed. The symptoms of depression can be both emotional and physical, and can seriously affect a person’s ability to function.

It’s not uncommon for people to think of depression as a sign of weakness and to label themselves as useless. It is especially painful when a well-meaning person says “pull yourself together,” because this is exactly what the depressed person wishes he or she could do, but can’t.

  • Symptoms of depression include:
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in life
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of self-acceptance
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Negative thinking
  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • Disturbed sleep
  • A change in appetite-over eating and under-eating
  • Weight change
  • Loss of libido

If you’re experiencing some of these symptoms, you may be depressed*. However, it’s important to resist the temptation to self diagnose.

Cognitive Behavioural therapy can be effective in helping a person to manage and overcome Depression This is sometimes combined with hypnosis especially when there is an anxiety component to the depression.

* Depression requires medical and psychological evaluation. If you are feeling depressed, then please make an appointment to see your doctor.

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