Anxiety and Stress Stress and anxiety are common issues in society today, most of us encounter them at some point in our busy lives. We can naturally deal with a certain amount of stress, in fact it can often be beneficial, motivating us. However when we exceed our 'safe levels' of stress problems can occur. Too much stress and we begin over-thinking, an exhausting attribute which can lead to insomnia, panic attacks, physical illness (IBS, and Migraines) and irrational fears. Our brain interprets stress as danger and reacts with a fight or flight response, which in turn leads to Anxiety/Depression/Anger or a combination of all 3. Hypnotherapy is a gentle way to help gain control, stop over-thinking and enable you to do the things you want to do.
'A quiet head' and 'feeling at peace' are the most common responses I receive from clients, things which these clients haven't experienced in years.
Depressed mood and tearfulness
Loss of energy and motivation
Loss of pleasure or interest in usual activities
Difficulties in thinking, making decisions, concentrating etc.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy helps you find the positives in your life, aiding you to enjoy life and find motivation to make any changes that you want/need.
Insomnia Sleep is vital to our physical and emotional health. Often people will struggle to get to sleep or wake up in the middle of the night due to over-thinking. I can help you deal with anxiety and stress by focussing on the future, allowing you to be relaxed and confident.
OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Do you find yourself re-checking, avoiding contamination or hoarding? OCD is a psychological condition which can develop through a combination of activities. Sufferers are unable to stop acting in an irrational manner, meaning the condition can quickly control your life. With hypnotherapy I can help you visualise how your life could be without OCD controlling it, we reduce your anxiety levels and get you enjoying life so OCD can become a distant memory.
PTSD For PTSD I use a technique called The Rewind Technique (RT) which is helpful for anyone who has experienced a traumatic, life threatening or stressful event. This treatment has the benefit of non-disclosure so you do not need to talk about the incident and often needs very few sessions. It has been proven to be 90% successful in persons suffering from PTSD. This can be booked as a standalone therapy or used with Solution Focused Hypnotherapy going forward. Feel free to call me should you wish to discuss this further prior to booking. Phobias A phobia is an anxiety disorder which causes intense and irrational fear, at its worse a phobia can cause panic attacks and may severely affect your quality of life.
-Specific Phobias These commonly relate to a specific situation or animal (e.g. flying or spiders ) and do not usually affect people on a daily basis. Our brain has at some point perceived a threat and used the flight or flight response to keep us safe. This pattern is then 'saved' in our brain ready for next time, thinking it is keeping us safe, although you know it is irrational you cannot get control of it. Hypnotherapy is a gentle way to rewrite this pattern and give you the freedom to move forward.
-Non-Specific Phobias For example, Claustropia and Agoraphobia (fear of closed space or open spaces) where a person avoids shopping, crowds, concerts, social situations, and may become so badly affected that they can no longer leave their home. A person with a non-specific phobia will often have high levels of anxiety that need to be addressed first. To treat these we work on reducing anxiety, helping you take control of your life.
Sports Performance (including Equestrian) Hypnotherapy can help with the physical control and mental concentration that is needed in all sports. It can help you visualise how you want to perform and gain the confidence and belief that you can achieve it. I truly believe we are all capable of achieving our dreams. First we have to imagine them, then we can start to believe them and finally, with a little hard work, we can achieve them.
This rings true in the equestrian world too. Unfortunately a horse can detect a rider that is nervous or lacks belief, causing the performance to suffer. I have helped the happy hacker gain confidence to ride their horse on their own and to canter through an open field, as well as a top eventer to gain control of their nerves going into the show jumping ring. Glenn Catley, British Middleweight Champion in January 1998 and then W.B.C. Super Middleweight World Champion in 2000, puts his success down to the benefits of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy.
If you wish to improve your running times, your aim, your motivation, concentration and self-belief then hypnotherapy will help you.
Weight Control You know what needs to happen for you to get to and maintain your ideal weight, but for some reason you cannot find the motivation.
I originally found Hypnotherapy when trying to lose weight, every Monday I would start a diet, if I was lucky I might get to Thursday (to be fair Thursday was good going, often it was Monday afternoon) eating in the way that I wanted to, feeling proud of myself etc, but then.. That little chimp on my shoulder noticed the cheese in the fridge, saying “Oh cheese that would be really nice”, rationally my brain would say “no, I don’t need it”, but that chimp would be persistent, “oh it would be really nice on a cracker with some chutney” and before I knew it I was happily eating crackers, cheese and chutney! I say happily, but of course that feeling only lasted 10seconds! Hypnotherapy shuts down that chimp, and allowed me to do what I really wanted, to eat in a healthy sensible way to feed my body the nutrition it needed and to lose some weight along the way.
Fitting into a size 10/12 was far more of a rewarding that eating a cheese and chutney cracker!
Students/Children Often the adults I treat have been anxious since childhood, hypnotherapy can help children with their fears and anxieties. Treating children allows them to enjoy their childhood and grow into happy and confident adults.
Stop Smoking (£50 deposit taken when booking) Do you want to give up smoking? Hypnotherapy will help. It is important that you are not doing it because a friend or relative wants you to, it has to be your decision. We explain how the brain works in relation to smoking (as addiction to nicotine is only 10% of the habit) and then visualise your future - free of cigarettes. Trance reinforces these images, accessing the subconscious mind and allowing you to move forward with the positive change.
Please feel free to call me on 07769 320121 Wyck Hill Lodge, Wyck Hill, Stow on the Wold, Glos, GL54 1HT