PTSD/Trauma

If you, or someone you know is suffering with the distress of PTSD or Trauma, I hope you can spare a moment to please read on. Regaining control of your thoughts and memories without their daily intrusion is what I hope to help you with. The most wonderful thing is the realisation that you do not have to talk about your experience in order for it to be treated. I can help you to lock away those memories, which will only reappear should you choose to revisit them.

What causes PTSD

When we think of PTSD it is quite common to think only of combat veterans, but it can apply to anyone who has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event which begins to hinder their every day life. It can even set in after the death of a loved one if they died in traumatic circumstances. 

When we experience any anxiety our brain will process these memories and move them to a more suitable area where they can be controlled. When we experience trauma, the brain can stop this process so the memory floats around with nowhere to go, and any smells, sights or sounds involved in this moment can trigger flashbacks and panic. It is usual for PTSD not to be diagnosed before one month after the event to give your brain time to work through it.

Symptoms of PTSD

There are many symptoms of PTSD which can include intrusive thoughts, nightmares, difficulty sleeping, flashbacks, anxiety, feeling on constant alert, anger, depression, avoidance of certain places or situations. There can even be a delay after an event before symptoms can occur.

Treatment

Using a process called Rewind which will be fully explained, treatment for PTSD is quick and can be done in one session without the need to discuss the traumatic event. Even if the trauma happened many years ago it is never too late to be helped.

Closure without Disclosure in one session.

Please do call me so I can help you take back control of your life.

Struggling in Lockdown

Throughout this Coronavirus pandemic, life has become very difficult for so many people during lockdown. With social distancing from friends and family, restricted shopping trips and limited time allowed outdoors, our mental health could start to feel compromised.

Regardless of the varying circumstances people find themselves, there are many ways that we can try to keep our mental health in tact and maintain our wellbeing. There is evidence supporting the importance of a daily routine to keep a sense of normality, daily exercise, eating well and getting enough sleep, alongside finding ways to keep in contact with loved ones through video links.

There will be many who feel this just isn’t enough though, so it is therefore very important to seek help. If you feel a change in your mental well-being and it is starting to interfere with your normal daily life then don’t be afraid to ask for support. There are many therapies that can be delivered either by telephone or online and it is important that you don’t feel alone at this time.

I am also available for help if anyone feels they are struggling to cope. Please don’t hesitate to contact me, we are all in this together and I will do my best to help you any way I can. Please call or email me for any further information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Hypnotherapy

There has been a growing demand for online therapy, which at first might feel a little strange. But being able to sit in the comfort and safety of your own home can prove beneficial for so many people at this time.

With improved internet connections it is now so simple to form a session online and this form of therapy can help people who have limited time or who are less mobile, perhaps during times of illness or who just don’t want to travel, and there are no worries about parking or finding my therapy room.

If you would like a hypnotherapy session then we can discuss how it can help you before we book an appointment. Any concerns you may have can be discussed either by telephone or email at this time, but it’s really very straightforward and full details of how it works will be sent to you before the session.

Apart from reliable WiFi, the only thing to think about is where you would like to be in your home. A quiet, comfy place is ideal and somewhere you won’t be disturbed, just have a blanket with you to keep warm. Any noise from other parts of the house will not affect the session. One of the benefits of hypnotherapy is that it helps you to block out external, unimportant stimulus and focuses your attention where it is needed. Any pets are welcome that enjoy relaxing with you, but it is inadvisable for children during the therapy.

If during the hypnosis part of the session the signal is lost, it won’t affect the trance, you will quickly be able to reconnect and fall back to the place you left, just like interrupting a movie to make a cup of tea. And there are various other platforms to switch to quickly, as back up if the problem continues.

Hypnotherapy via this method has proved to be very successful and no less effective than face to face.

During this time, all my therapy will be delivered online.

Please call or email to book an appointment.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder is otherwise viewed as a certain type of depression that occurs at certain times of the year and can begin to interfere with your every day life.

During the winter months when days are short, there is less time to feel the benefits of natural sunlight.  This is when most people experience the symptoms of SAD.

SAD can bring on unpleasant symptoms of which include a persistently low mood, feeling tearful, increased appetite, perhaps some anxiety and a general lack of enthusiasm for every day life. You may feel unable to concentrate and have no energy.

SAD is believed to have a link to the lack of exposure to sunlight of which is more common throughout the darker months.

If you feel you are suffering from this condition then it is always best to seek help from a medical professional.  Taking small steps to improve your mood naturally may include trying to spend as much time outside as possible and exercising, both of which can positively boost your mood.

Hypnotherapy can be a wonderful way of helping with the affects of SAD

As so often, having a low mood leads to unhelpful thinking patterns. The more negative thoughts we have, the more we start to build up anxiety in the brain, which interferes with sleep and leads to further exhaustion.

Hypnotherapy helps to lower anxiety levels, which in turn aids sleep and allows our positive brain to engage. During hypnosis we have access to our subconscious mind, this is where new ways of thinking can be created, we can gain a new perspective and we are less likely to feel that debilitating low mood.

Please call me for further information.

New Year – New You.

Hypnotherapy is well known in successfully helping people to stop smoking in one simple session, but it can also be used to help in other, tremendously positive ways – from improving confidence and sleep through to easing stress and promoting relaxation.

As we approach this new year people may be looking at alternative ways to ease the stresses of working and living in our modern hectic 24/7 lifestyle. As we take on more and more, we can sometimes find that we struggle to cope, and so stress becomes that unseen burden that can lead us to become anxious, sleepless and prone to anger, or even overeating.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a fantastic way to help to empty ourselves of stress and be more at peace with the world around us, working to help people move forward in their lives to greater achievements in a relaxed, calm and confident way.

Hypnotherapy is also widely used to help overcome specific phobias, including the fear of flying, heights and other unwanted behaviours which hinder peoples lives.

Please contact me for further details about Hypnotherapy, and start the New Year with a New You.

Struggling to Sleep? Hypnotherapy can help.

Do you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night? Perhaps you struggle to settle down for a decent night’s sleep? Do you find it difficult to sleep as work troubles start to go through your mind?

If the answers to any (or all) of these questions is a resounding ‘yes’ then solution focused hypnotherapy may be helpful for you.

A course of sessions is designed to help ease insomnia and help you have a more restful night’s sleep.

All of us have a metaphorical stress bucket that can easily fill. The more stress we experience, the bigger the load we carry, which can have a negative impact on our emotional wellbeing and our ability to sleep properly.

When you start to sleep, your brain enters a specific state of rapid eye movement, which is often referred to as REM. In very simple terms, this state often allows us to empty our ‘stress buckets’, but if there is too much in your ‘bucket’, you may find yourself waking up and being unable to go back to sleep!

Solution focused hypnotherapy works by encouraging more positive thinking, so reducing the stress levels someone may be experiencing through problems at work or relationship-based issues.

Each session lasts 50 minutes and contains around 20 minutes of hypnosis which encourages rapid eye movement to occur – so allowing your ‘stress bucket’ levels to drop. In turn, over a period of time, you should start to see your sleep patterns improve.

The initial consultation provides a full explanation of how the therapy works and how it can improve our sleep and other aspects of our life.

For further information, please feel free to call or email.

Fear of Flying?

As the Summer is near and the holiday season approaches, many people will be dreaming of jetting off for their annual holiday to a place of warmth and sun. Unfortunately for some people, this idea remains a dream – as they fear the journey needed to reach it.

Whether it’s a feeling of discomfort or a phobia, perhaps solution focused hypnotherapy can help you to feel calmer and more in control about flying, leaving you free to roam the world as you please.

Using a process called Rewind, hypnotherapy can help you to overcome that fear or phobia which has been holding you back for so long.

Using this trusted technique, in one session, hypnotherapy can help you feel more confident about flying, with the sole aim of aiding you to board a plane in a more calm and relaxed state.

Hypnotherapy can also help people overcome other specific phobic responses – which can range from flying through to a fear of spiders or heights.

Please contact me should you require further information.

Relaxation

With Christmas nearly upon us and the pace of life stepping up a gear we can begin to feel quite anxious, especially as the Winter sets in and the daytime hours get shorter.

Some of us may notice we are feeling more tired and letting things get us down as our ‘stress bucket’ levels start to increase.

Modern life and the pressures of juggling work, finance, family and relationships can take their toll and may make us feel overwhelmed, which affects our ability to function.

Solution focused hypnotherapy works by effectively reducing your ‘stress bucket’ levels through more positive thought. Hypnosis follows, which encourages a process called rapid eye movement (REM) – whereby the brain effectively empties some of its own stress bucket levels.

Over a number of sessions, you should start to notice your stress levels have dropped and you can start to feel calmer, more positive and relaxed about life and how you react to situations at work and at home improves.

Solution focused hypnotherapy can also be used to help improve sleep, aid in weight management, reduce phobias and fears, and help people to stop smoking.

Please feel free to call or email me for help.

Are you Suffering with Pain?

Do you suffer with constant or intermittent pain?  Is it affecting your life and lowering your mood?

In our body we can experience different sensations and degrees of pain depending on the threat to our survival and immediate possible damage being caused.  Chronic and persistent pain such as burning, tingling, numbness and throbbing can become a tiresome and frustrating experience and can sometimes start to affect a person’s mood.  As the mood worsens, our anxiety begins to increase and we release adrenaline and other stress hormones such as Cortisol, which pump up the activity of the nerve fibres.  This then increases the pain messages reaching the brain, increasing our sensations.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help by lowering stress levels and redirecting negative thought patterns, which in turn increases the positive/happy brain chemicals such as Seratonin.  A constant flow of Seratonin in our system and other positive neurotransmitters helps to interrupt the pain messages sent to the brain, which will then lessen our pain response.

If you are suffering from pain or any medical issues, you must first be directed to a fully qualified Doctor, which we are qualified to safely work alongside.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can also help with Sleep Issues, Weight Management, Confidence Concerns and Phobias.  Please contact me for more information.

Do you suffer with OCD?

Do you ever struggle with unwanted, intrusive, negative thoughts?  Perhaps sometimes find yourself checking that the front door is locked or ensuring the kettle is definitely switched off for the umpteenth time?

If obsessive thinking is getting in the way of you leading a positive life then you may find solution focused hypnotherapy can help. As this unwanted behaviour continues, it can lead to, in extreme cases, people struggling to leave their own home.

As our daily lives are increasingly stressful in our hectic world, sometimes our brains struggle to adapt to the challenges we face and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can result.

As such, our brains try to protect us by re-checking things again and again, or introducing obsessive thinking into our lives.  Negative thoughts then end up in our stress bucket which can sometimes overflow.

Solution focused hypnotherapy aims to empty the stress bucket, allowing you to have a more relaxed and confident outlook on your life which in turn, helps you to stop worrying and focus on the positive aspects of life as a whole.

An initial consultation explains how the brain works and how solution focused hypnotherapy can be beneficial.

Each session is designed to focus the mind into a mode of positive thinking prior to entering the trance state, which is designed to be relaxing and soothing.

The number of sessions to help people who have feelings for strong negative compulsions can vary and obviously, as with any medical issue, it is important to remember that your GP is also there to assist.

Please feel free to call or email me for help.

 

New Year’s Resolutions

If you are beginning to think ahead to the New Year, then perhaps there are areas of your life you would like to change.  There are many benefits to Solution Focused Hypnotherapy which can help you begin to achieve your goals.

Perhaps you’d like to lose weight and take control of what you eat. Maybe you want to feel less stressed and snappy and begin the year feeling calmer and more relaxed. Maybe you’ve a smoking habit you’d like to stop, or conquer a long standing fear.

Hypnotherapy can help with all of these issues by taking small steps, to create a long term solution to your problems.  You’ll find the benefits of the therapy endless as you begin to relax and take control of your life.

If your New Year’s resolution is to stop smoking, this can be achieved in one single

Hypnotherapy can help in many areas of your life, including improved sleep, confidence building and reducing stress.

For further information please call or email me.

Relaxation Recording/Download

You will find a free Relaxation recording/download on this site to help you to reduce stress and promote feelings of well being.  The recording which lasts for around 40 minutes is a combination of soothing music and positive affirmations to aid relaxation and promote sleep.  Voiced by myself, it is designed to be listened to before you go to sleep, and can be helpful when used in conjunction with regular sessions or alone.

(Please note: it should not be played in the car or when operating machinery).

It can also be helpful to use during the daytime if you have the time as the relaxing affects will continue throughout the day.

In our hectic world, our brains can often respond to situations we perceive to be stressful in a manner that can prove to be bad for our mental wellbeing and overall health.

When we start to build up a pattern of negative thinking we are adding to our stress levels which build in our minds in a metaphorical ‘stress bucket’.

When our stress bucket overflows we may discover issues start to invade our lives and manifest themselves in a variety of ways, from anxiety and stress-related illnesses through to eating issues or anger.

Rapid eye movement (REM), which is a natural part of our sleeping cycle, helps to reduce our stress levels. REM is limited and if there is a lot in our Stress Bucket, we can find ourselves waking up early (or not being able to sleep at all).

This response in turn, makes the negative thinking worse, which adds to the bucket and the negative responses become further enforced.

The free recording in conjunction with solution focused sessions are designed to aid relaxation by focusing on positive solutions and then replicating REM in a trance state – which is a safe and effective way to alleviate stress.

It is found that after a number of sessions, many clients who have been using the download on a regular basis in-between coming to see me, will often say that they are feeling more relaxed and that they are seeing benefits to aspects of their lives.

Please contact me if you would like the passcode to the recording and/or to book a session.

Stress in the Workplace

Cutting down on substantial levels of stress in the workplace isn’t just good sense for business as it has a beneficial effect on employees, it can also help staff morale and improve productivity.

Workplace stress can manifest itself in a variety of different ways – not just in the office but also at home and socially.

There are parts of our brains that are very adept at dealing with the perception of threats and our negative reactions to stress are an evolutionary coping mechanism which might not be helpful in our day to day lives.

People who struggle with stress in the office may find they have anger issues or that they struggle with sleep patterns – perhaps becoming insular in their thinking.

A key part of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is the safe use of a trance state which is a natural way to aid in the reduction of stress so that after a number of sessions, the client can start to feel better placed to cope with life.

Some clients have also found that it helps to improve their thinking ability, productivity and confidence – both in and out of the workplace.

By emptying the stress bucket, we allow the brain a greater degree for flexibility in being able to think positively, act positively and interact in a productive fashion.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can also be used to help to take control over other aspects of our lives, ranging from stopping smoking through to reducing phobias and weight management.

Please contact me for further information.