WEIGHT LOSS 4 sessions using the “Think Slim Be Slim” Programme
Staying slim in this sugar obsessed society is easy once you know how, and you don’t have to give up lovely food! I have helped many people lose a considerable amount of weight using the techniques of the “Think Slim Be Slim” programme.You can expect to lose 1 to 3 lb per week, eating and exercising healthily.
SMOKING 3 sessions using the “Stop Smoking for Life” Course.
Your success is entirely dependent on whether you really want to stop. If you do, you will, because your addiction is mainly emotional and the “Stop Smoking for Life” Course addresses this. Why 3 sessions? Because I want to prepare you and follow you up after your Stop Smoking Day. The effects are more long-lasting this way.
OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD)
Most people with OCD have more than one compulsion (checking, counting, washing, arranging) but one or two predominate. A compulsion is an act you repeat over and over again in response to an obsession. Often OCD starts in childhood as a way of the child taking some kind of control over an unpredictable and oppressive environment.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is my first approach in treating OCD because I have had so much success with it. A diary and doing a fair amount if homework Is essential! It’s well worth it. NLP is also helpful as a way of imagining or rehearsing alternative behaviours or thoughts. More than one session is needed to change long-standing habits, and I start the hypnotherapy on the second session.
ANXIETY and STRESS
A certain amount of anxiety and stress is essential for us to meet obligations, to anticipate danger and even to spark enjoyment. We could not survive without it. Too much anxiety is the problem, and one that was recognised and written about by Epicurus over two thousand years ago in Ancient Greece as the major mental problem for humans to tackle. He made many excellent suggestions for avoiding anxiety, too, like leading a healthy life.
The mind becomes over alert, the body tense, so it might be difficult to believe that anxiety is a trance state of hypervigilance. Hypnosis is just what’s needed to communicate with the deeper awareness, the subconscious, suggesting calmer and more realistic ways of interpreting events, allowing positive thoughts a fair hearing.
A panic attack is a sudden, overpowering feeling of terror, typically lasting for several minutes. It is one of the most distressing conditions that a person can experience. People with post traumatic stress disorder also experience panic when they have flashbacks, or are reminded of their trauma by a similar situation, even on TV. I am seeing more and more clients with slow burning panic that starts in the morning and builds up for no particular reason, and this is often after having taken drugs at a previous time. CBTand NLP have excellent strategies for all panic conditions, including PTSD, and I like to end with a calm hypnotic experience.
A phobia is an irrational and extreme fear, sometimes terror, of a specific object or situation. A phobia that interferes with daily living can be disabling and even life threatening. Phobias occur when fear produced by an originally threatening situation is transferred to other similar situations, with the original fear often repressed or forgotten. Phobias can often be cured in one session. The choice of approach will depend on the nature and complexity of the phobia.
People with agoraphobia avoid open spaces, crowds and travelling. The word literally means “fear of the marketplace” , indicating fear of being away from the safety of home. Panic attacks may occur if escape is not possible. I use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) first of all to treat agoraphobia, based on past successes. My experience in mental health nursing has taught me how to calm someone who may have a panic attack, showing them how to come through it safely with breathing techniques. Agoraphobia has different levels of severity, and housebound clients may benefit from an initial home visit. Later they would come for an appointment with me in the usual way. NLP and hypnotherapy are useful for relaxation and rehearsing future calm journeys.
Some people who are depressed get so low spirited they feel they can’t get up in the morning. They stay in bed all day, with or without drugs. That’s why, if you make it to a therapist, you are already a few rungs up the recovery ladder. Solution focused therapy is the treatment of choice here, because every minute spent thinking of the problem state postpones the passage into the solution state. Every moment spent imagining your preferred future is a step towards it. The brain begins to set up the neural pathways so you can perform those imagined acts more easily. The more you turn up your senses in your imagination (NLP), the more attractive the positive alternative becomes.
I like to match my clients’ ways of expressing their thoughts so as to be in step with their map of the world. For example an extremely depressed client once said to me with dark humour “Can you give me a new brain?” “What do you want it to do?” I said. ” Make me feel like I used to feel when I was young and carefree” ” You’ll be needing the old one, then” I said. He laughed.
The treatment of choice (evidence based) for anger is cognitive behaviour therapy. (CBT). Examining and changing negative thought patterns, together with defusing techniques can rapidly check anger responses. This is an emotion that can mask others like grief or hopelessness. Often the full story comes out in therapy. NLP and hypnosis are excellent additional tools because the full imagination is involved and this speeds up change.
LOW SELF CONFIDENCE
Sometimes people just can’t imagine themselves succeeding at anything. Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Emotional Freedom Therapy and Hypnotherapy are approaches all of which can restore a person’s self esteem. The method depends very much on the personality of the client but CBT would be my first approach. CBT involves filling in simple forms about your thoughts and how to identify the problem patterns, (cognitive distortions) which we can then work on. You have forms to work on for homework too. Research shows that writing things down fixes the meaning in your mind more strongly than just saying words. The effects of therapy will therefore be longer lasting. CBT suits many people but not all. I offer variety but I always like to finish the session with hypnosis for future rehearsal of a confident you
GRIEF AND BEREAVEMENT
When a loved one dies the feeling of loss can seem unbearable. Everyone deals with grief in their own way but there are certain forms that it takes, and patterns that unfold, which we can recognise and prepare for. Also there can be complicated grief, with feelings of remorse or guilt or anger. These emotions can be separated and smoothed out, and the loving memories worked through without being damaged.
People can also suffer grief after they are made redundant, lose their house or have to move on from any environment they are attached to. There are ways of letting go, that ease the pain of separation, making it easier to build a new way of life. Remember you have these natural skills deep within you, or your ancestors would never have survived. You have also built up many resources yourself through experience. The challenge is to transform the pangs of loss into energy that you can use productively.
BEREAVEMENT THROUGH SUICIDE
Bereavement through the suicide of a loved one is an experience that some of my clients have struggled through with unbelievable bravery but glad to have support from a health professional. I listen to your story for as long as you need because offloading is part of the solution state while memories are being processed. Any NLP strategies and hypnosis I use will never dim memories you want to preserve. If desired I will do my best to help clients who have lost loved ones through suicide to meet with others in dedicated self help groups