Frequently Asked Questions

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Hypnotherapy for Anxiety and Worry

Some people feel anxious about a specific situation such as:
  • Sitting exams
  • Taking a driving test
  • Meeting new people (social anxiety or shyness)

Others have generalised anxiety disorder which may not have an obvious cause but causes you to worry about everything. Severe anxiety can restrict your activities and be physically and emotionally debilitating.

Hypnotherapy for Confidence and Self-esteem​

A healthy level of confidence and self-esteem comes from being sure of your worth as a person. It is not unusual to experience times of low confidence and maybe feelings of boredom, having a lack of motivation and even depression. If these feelings keep coming back this can have a negative effect on your everyday life. You may fail to see the good things in life or feel like you’re not achieving your full potential.

People with high self-esteem and confidence are generally happy and feel good about themselves. When you are confident in yourself you are able to work towards your goals more effectively, you believe in yourself and your ability to achieve.

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Hypnotherapy and Depression

Depression is a mood disorder and it’s much more common than you’d think. In fact MIND, the mental health charity believes that around one in four people in the UK will suffer mental health related conditions such as depression every year. Despite this, it’s much misunderstood, is often seen as a signal of personal weakness, and not everyone who experiences it recognises what they’re going through.

Depression can range from mild to severe, it’s more than feeling ‘down’ or ‘sad’ for a few days. It’s one of those conditions which affects everyone differently, some signs that you might have depression are as follows:

  • Feeling sad, hopeless or deeply unhappy
  • Can’t be bothered to do things you used to enjoy
  • Feel tearful or find yourself crying for no specific reason
  • Feel tired or listless a lot
  • Find concentrating on things more difficult than usual
  • Change your behaviour patterns around food, sleep, sex
  • Think about self-harm, death or suicide

Hypnotherapy for Unwanted Habits

Would you like to:
  • Stop biting your nails?
  • Stop snacking/over eating
  • Get more motivated to develop good habits?
  • Improve your sleeping habits (insomnia)?
  • Stop pulling hair out (trichotillomania)?
  • Stop worrying, checking or counting more than you need to?
  • Or maybe there’s some other habit you’d like to change?

Many habits can be useful but some are not. Bad habits, like smoking, snacking, or biting your nails can have a negative impact on your life. You may feel that these habits happen because you have no choice, but the real problem is that you do them without stopping to make a choice.

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Hypnotherapy for Phobias

A phobia is a feeling of fear, anxiety or panic that is triggered off by something in your environment. It is an irrational fear of an object or situation which would not normally trouble most people. Biologically speaking, fear is supposed to protect us by making sure we remove ourselves from dangerous situations. However, when we have a phobia this mechanism is over-sensitive. We feel an overwhelming need to remove ourselves from the object of our fears, even if we know logically there is little or no danger attached.

Simple/specific phobias are ones that are focussed on a specific object or situation. They are distinct in nature and easily identified e.g., fear of spiders, fear of heights, fear of lifts etc. Any phobia may produce a state of panic when the sufferer is confronted with their phobic object/situation. A wide variety of physical symptoms may result such as nausea, increased heart rate and shaking.

Hypnotherapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD is an anxiety disorder and around 2-3% of the population suffer from some kind of OCD behaviour. OCD can affect both adults and children

OCD has two components. Obsessions are repetitive, unwanted, negative thoughts which intrude on your thinking. Compulsions are the urges to carry out specific acts or rituals in an attempt to quiet or remove those thoughts.

Some common behaviours associated with OCD, which develop in this way, are cleaning, hand-washing and checking and counting, measuring, touching and other repetitive behaviours can also be a part of it. Most people with OCD realise that there isn’t much logic to their behaviour, but feel too anxious to stop.

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Hypnotherapy for Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are sudden and very intense periods of fear, stress and anxiety. They may last anything from minutes to hours and there may be no obvious reason for them to happen.

  • Around a tenth of us will have at least one panic attack, often triggered by a stressful event.
  • In the UK, approximately one person in fifty has panic disorder which means they go on to have regular panic attacks. Panic disorder often develops when you are in your twenties, and is twice as common in women as it is in men.
  • 40-70% of those who have daytime panic attacks also experience panic episodes that begin while they are sleeping, called nocturnal panic attacks.

Hypnotherapy - Past Life Regression

Generally speaking, ‘regression’ means ‘going back to an earlier stage’. In hypnotherapy, it can be used in two different ways. One is to find out where problems, such as a phobia, came from and why they started. It typically involves exploring childhood experiences that might have triggered or contributed to the issues you are dealing with as an adult.

The other kind of hypnotic regression is when people seem to access memories that couldn’t possibly belong to them – from earlier times in history and far distant places they have never visited. We use the term ‘past life regression’ to describe these experiences as if we are certain that’s what they are, but there many explanations for what might be going on. Some of these are listed below..

  • It’s proof of reincarnation, they are genuine memories from one of your past lives
  • It’s biological – down to cell or gene memory
  • It’s imagination, based on films, pictures, stories and books you’ve come across
  • It’s telepathy – somehow tapping into someone else’s mind across history
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Hypnotherapy to Quit Smoking

Cigarette smoking is the greatest single cause of illness and premature death in the UK. Worldwide the number is far greater. Tobacco is killing around seven million people each year, while almost one million deaths are due to non-smokers being exposed to second hand smoke.

Despite nearly 80,000 people in the UK dying from smoking-related illnesses each year, one in five adults are still regular smokers

A great number of people find hypnotherapy for smoking an effective treatment. The method works to break the negative behaviours and thinking patterns associated with smoking; like smoking to relieve stress. It is these negative thoughts and behaviours that often prevents people from successfully giving up. Quitting does not deal with the underlying issues.

Hypnotherapy for Stress

We get stressed when we feel the demands that are being placed on us are more than we can really cope with. Stress can be caused by one-off life events (accidents, divorce, illness, bereavement, moving house) or by ongoing situations (e.g. work related issues, money worries, difficult home situations, etc).

It may not be possible to avoid any situation that makes you feel stressed, but my therapeutic techniques can help you with coping strategies so you will have the ability to cope with them better. Once you feel more in control the symptoms of negative stress will stop holding you back.

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Hypnotherapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the stress you feel after you have experienced a trauma. A trauma is just another name for a very stressful, frightening and distressing event.

The word ‘trauma’ can be used for some very extreme circumstances, like war, rape, serious car accidents, abuse, robbery, muggings or natural disasters, but can refer to day to day situations like a relationship breakup, a disaster at work, or receiving really bad news. Sometimes hearing about people experiencing this type of event can be enough to make you react to them – for example, watching a film about an earthquake or terrorist events on the TV news.

Hypnotherapy for Weight Management

For most people, only three things determine success in managing weight, healthy eating, regular exercise and attitude.

Food is an emotional as well as nutritional substance. Diets don’t work because they deprive people of something that gives them contentment. It’s our thought patterns that drive our eating and when the cycle of crave – eat – crave is broken, it’s easy to build a healthy lifestyle.

You don’t need to deny yourself any of your favourite foods, or take up a strenuous routine at the gym. If you eat because you are unhappy, then it’s the way you feel about yourself and your perception of the world that needs addressing.

Confidence and control can be built with hypnotherapy.

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What Else Can Hypnotherapy Help With?

Relaxation

Relaxation or self-hypnosis can have a profound effect on your health and wellbeing.

Relaxation or guided meditation sessions can be given on a one-off or regular basis.

Pain control

Historically hypnosis has been used as pain control during childbirth and for long and short-term medical conditions, and even for carrying out operations as an alternative to chemical anaesthetics.

Those suffering with arthritis, cancer and other long-term conditions, have found that self-hypnosis, deep relaxation and/or visualisations were helpful in improving their sense of wellbeing and reducing reported levels of pain.

It’s important to realise that hypnosis cannot treat the underlying condition and doesn’t take away the need for medical intervention. Also, that pain is the body’s warning system and it’s important not to try to ‘turn it off’ without identifying, and treating, the underlying cause. Therefore, learning techniques for this purpose can only be undertaken with your doctor’s knowledge and permission.