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I use a variety of disciplines to help my clients. These include: coaching, counselling, CBT, NLP, hypnotherapy including self-hypnosis and meditation.
For all of the following we look at the when, where, how and the duration –
Focus is on lifestyle and what affects or impacts you positively or negatively.
We address support; medical help and third party agencies where appropriate. Sessions tend to be fortnightly with homework and email contact in between and can be in-person depending on location or by Skype.
Pain: in whatever form is tiring, debilitating, frustrating, anger making and it hurts. I have designed a multi-pronged approach to address all aspects of chronic pain and the difficulties it can cause.
I lived with and managed pain for many years and I know that if I hadn't used the techniques, that I now share with clients, I wouldn't have coped and I definitely would be an opiate addict, at the very least.
It is important to be aware of how pain causes stress because if left unchecked extra symptoms can result purely from the stress response.
Short term symptoms can include:
- Digestive problems
- Eating disorders
- Mood swings
- Alcohol abuse
- Lack of concentration
- Memory loss
- Sexual problems
- Long term symptoms can include:
- Heart problems
- Complete mental or physical breakdown
Hypnosis is the altered state of consciousness that occurs within us if we are bored, fixated or mesmerised, relaxed or doing something either repetitive or learnt. It is a familiar experience because we are all slipping in and out of differing mind states several times each day.
Hypnotherapy makes use of these natural abilities by inducing the hypnotic state to enable healing and/or changes to be made on a subconscious level.
Have you ever experienced a song playing over and over in your mind as if it is on a loop? Have you ever driven somewhere and not remembered your journey on arrival at your destination?
These are examples of trance states. Normal and natural - that we all experience.
The subconscious mind 'runs' our bodies. It is in charge of everything automatic, it looks after our memories so we don't have to keep relearning, it holds on to habits (good and bad), it adjusts our emotions and generally does everything it can to protect and keep us alive.
Tasks: we learn … they become automatic.
Habits (all of which are in the subconscious-good and bad): learn … automatic.
Because our fears, habits, phobias etc. are in our subconscious that is where we need to deal with whatever is causing us problems or difficulties.
By using hypnosis as the tool or key for access to the subconscious we can change bad habits to good, identify and remove fears and phobias, reduce stress and boost the immune system to make us healthier, fitter and stronger in mind and body.
A good example of change is when someone stops smoking. Within an hour the subconscious mind can accept a complete new programme that every cell in the body understands. All dependency is removed and the person is happy and free from cigarettes.
No mumbo-jumbo or spooky powers - just a gentle yet powerful way to solve your problems.
One of the most important lessons is to know what hypnosis actually is and in particular, what it isn’t, as the first step towards using it as a tool. Hypnosis and meditation are not sleep. Nor will you enter a deep coma-like state without your wherewithal where you can be ordered to obey commands.
Your body can physically relax and your conscious mind can rest.
The appearance of someone deeply relaxed or in a trance has lead many to the belief that those in hypnosis are sleeping or unaware of what is going on around them - this is not so. So many times, despite explaining this, I have clients who still think they will be asleep and are amazed when they remain awake. It shows how deep our programming and expectations run.
The familiarity of a trance state leads some to the conclusion that they 'can't do it' or that it doesn't 'work'. It is important to just go with the flow and enjoy whatever happens because however you experience it, it is the perfect way for you.
Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool that ensures a quick resolution. It is not on-going because it goes directly to the source and it encompasses the following modalities:
Coaching is in itself a multi-pronged holistic approach to life in general or specific issues or difficulties. It is useful to change perceptions, reactions and behaviour when seeking change -“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” Henry Ford.
NLP is neuro linguistic programming. This is a selection of teachable tools that can be practised alone.
CBT is cognitive behavioural therapy. This is about acknowledging what is happening and doing something different to elicit change.
Meditation and mindfulness is being 'in the now' in a calm controlled manner.
I have also had specialist training in medical hypnosis, recovery from sexual abuse and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
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