Signs and Symptoms

Adverse Signs and symptoms of cocaine use include:

  • Increased agitation.
  • Effusive enthusiasm.
  • Disinhibition.
  • Increased movement (i.e. hyperactivity).
  • Increased common cold-like symptoms and/or nosebleeds.
  • Signs of involuntary movements (i.e. muscle tics).
  • Changes in concentration and focus.

More serious effects of cocaine abuse are heart muscle damage. Cocaine may cause damage by inducing cell death in the muscles of the heart. Intravenous cocaine use can lead to inflammation of the inner tissues of the organ (endocarditis).

  • Inflammation of heart muscle.
  • Rupture of the aorta, the major artery leading from the heart.
  • Severe declines in health and life quality due to reductions in cardiac function or severe blood loss.

Cocaine-induced heart failure or damage may also increase the risk of stroke, or brain damage resulting from interruptions in the blood supply available to the brain.

The abuse of this drug is also associated with kidney damage. The prolonged use of cocaine is thought to be related to the inflammation of important microstructures within this organ.

Cocaine and Changes in the Brain

Cocaine abuse is also associated with changes in brain chemistry over time. These changes are associated with the increased ‘need’ for cocaine over time, as well as behavioural abnormalities that may result from taking cocaine. These behavioural anomalies associated with its effects may include:

  • Unusually erratic behaviour (which may even result in unintentional trauma incurred during accidents).
  • Psychotic symptoms.

Even users who regard their use as ‘recreational’ are at risk of neurological changes that affect their lives. ‘Recreational’ use is associated with the decreased ability to regulate and control behaviour, leading to reduced abilities to control movements, react to environmental stimuli and carry out daily activities. Long-term  use is also associated with deficits in cognitive performance, attention, and decision-making abilities.

Other risks stemming from abuse include infectious conditions such as HIV or hepatitis C (HCV). These risks are related to the injection of cocaine, and the adverse effects of irresponsible and non-sterile needle use.

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Low self esteem / confidence

Self-esteem is the phrase we use to describe the opinion we have of ourselves. It refers to how we think, the type of person we are, our abilities and what we expect for the future.

When our self-esteem is healthy, we tend to feel good about ourselves and have a positive outlook on life in general. A high self-esteem gives us the courage and strength to deal with the ups and downs in life – without them having a long-term impact on our health and well-being.

When our self-esteem is low, our thoughts and feelings about ourselves are generally negative. We are more likely to focus on our weaknesses and be overly critical of the things we do and mistakes we’ve made. Low self-esteem means our entire outlook on life is affected. We are also less able to cope with everyday challenges.

Our mental health can be severely affected by ongoing low self-esteem. Our relationships and physical health may also suffer. Seeking help is vital for ensuring long-term problems do not develop. Hypnotherapy for self-esteem is an increasingly popular means of treatment and support.

source: Hypnotherapy Directory

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What is Agoraphobia

 Agoraphobia is an avoidance of situations that could cause panic. A disorder of fear or phobia of situations where escape could be difficult, or in which help would not be available if something bad were to happen.

Agoraphobia is now quit commonly referred to as “panic attacks” , or anxiety attacks in the modern day.

This common phobia affects millions of people – and in extreme conditions can stop people from leaving their house.

The most common cause of panic disorder’s are due to people having been working around feeling and emotions and / or have been suppressing true feeling and emotions. For most people is is a build of of having been working around or suppressing a number of feelings and emotions for a period of time, this could be, weeks, months or years. For other people it could happen quite quickly after being involved  in a emotional major trauma.

Examples of a slow build up to a panic disorder: It could be that you working around feelings and emotion’s in your relationship, or with family, or work or even a combination of these over a period of time.

Examples of a major trauma: A victim of a crime, victim of abuse, they have witness or been involved in a terrible incident, been involved in a life threatening incident or illness, been involved in a serious accident.

Why panic disorders are so common

Simply put, the majority of people today can relate to both, they have experienced something quite major in their life, but also been spending a lot of time  working around some of those slow build up situations. R|relationship problems, family problems, work related problems, not all of it is working out as they expected, and thus they are having to work around true feelings and emotion’s all the time.

Panic disorders can affect almost anyone. It is a very treatable condition, and can easily be solved with a few sessions on therapy.

 

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Hypnosis for anger and stress management

Anger is a natural, though sometimes unwanted or irrational, emotion that everybody experiences from time to time.

Anger experts describe the emotion as a primary, natural emotion which has evolved as a way of surviving and protecting yourself from what is considered a wrong-doing.

Mild anger may be brought on by feeling tired, stressed or irritated, in fact we are more likely to feel irritated if our basic human needs (food, shelter, sex, sleep, etc.) are not met or are jeopardised in some way.

We may become angry when reacting to frustration, criticism or a threat and this is not necessarily a bad or inappropriate reaction.

We can also feel irritated by other people’s beliefs, opinions and actions and hence anger can affect our ability to communicate effectively – making us more likely to say or do unreasonable or irrational things.

Being unreasonable or irrational can lead others around us to feel threatened, resentful or angry themselves and, again, these can all be barriers to effective communication.

Anger can also be a ‘secondary emotion’ to feeling sad, frightened, threatened or lonely.

It is useful to try to understand why you (or somebody else) is feeling angry at any given time so that the root causes can be addressed and problems solved.

Anger can be expressed in many ways; different types of anger affect people differently and can manifest to produce different actions and signs of anger. The most common signs of anger are both verbal and non-verbal.

It can be clear that somebody is angry from what they say or how they say it, or from their tone of voice. Anger can also be expressed through body language and other non-verbal cues: trying to look physically bigger (and therefore more intimidating), staring, frowning and clenching of fists.  Some people are very good at internalising their anger and it may be difficult to notice any physical signs. It is, however, unusual for an actual physical attack to transpire without ‘warning’ signs appearing first.

At a basic instinctual level anger may be used as a way to help protect territory or family members, secure or protect mating privileges, protect against loss of food or other possessions, or as a response to other perceived threats.

Some common triggers to anger include:

  • Grief and/or sadness, loss of a family member, friend or other loved one.
  • Rudeness, poor interpersonal skills and/or poor service.
  • Tiredness, since people may have shorter tempers and be more irritable when tired.
  • Hunger.
  • Injustice: for example infidelity, being bullied, humiliated or embarrassed, or being told that you, or a loved one, has a serious illness.
  • Sexual frustration.
  • Money problems and the stress associated with debt.
  • Some forms of stress, unrealistic deadlines and things beyond our immediate control such as being stuck in traffic.
  • A feeling of failure or disappointment.
  • Becoming angry as a result of taking drugs or alcohol, or when withdrawing from such substances.
  • Having a crime committed against you or a loved one: theft, violence, sexual offences but also more minor things such as a feeling of being treated inappropriately.
  • Being either physical or mentally unwell, being in pain or living with a serious illness can lead to feeling angry.
  • When we are angry, our bodies release the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, the same hormones released when we encounter stress.As a result of these releases in hormones our blood pressure, pulse, body temperature and breathing rate may increase, sometimes to potentially dangerous levels. This natural chemical reaction is designed to give us an instant boost of energy and power and is often referred to as the ‘fight or flight’ reaction. This means that the body and mind prepare for a fight or for running away from danger.However, people who get angry often cannot manage their anger effectively and can become ill, just as stress that is left unresolved may make you ill. Our bodies are not designed to withstand high levels of adrenaline and cortisol over long periods or on a very regular basis.Some of the health problems that may occur as a result of being angry regularly or for long periods of time can include:

    Anger can also lead to psychological problems such as:

    It should be clear, therefore, that, anger can be detrimental to health. If anger is (or becomes) a problem should be managed.

Hypnotherapy for anger:

Hypnotherapy can help those with anger management problems in several ways. The initial aim of the hypnotherapist will be to understand the root cause of your anger.

As previously mentioned, anger management problems often stem from past experiences. These experiences can shape your behaviour and belief system. So while you may think another person or situation is causing your anger, it may well come from yourself. Once this is understood, your hypnotherapist can begin work changing this.

To do so, your hypnotherapist will work on a conscious and unconscious level to help change your negative thought processes. Doing this may involve relaxation techniques and suggestions from your hypnotherapist to help control your anger.

The hope is that this will change your reaction to anger triggers. Instead of feeling overwhelmed and angry, you should feel calmer and more relaxed. Feeling calmer in stressful situations helps you to think more clearly so you can react in a more appropriate way.

Anger management hypnotherapy can also help with some of the symptoms of anger. For example, if you are suffering from anxiety, stress or depression hypnotherapy can be helpful.

The number of anger management hypnotherapy sessions you’ll need will depend on your individual circumstances. It is likely that your hypnotherapist will teach you some self-hypnosis techniques and relaxation tips. You can use these at home when you feel angry or stressed to help you control your anger in the long-term.

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 Anoxeria nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is a serious mental health condition. It’s an eating disorder where a person keeps their body weight as low as possible.

People with anorexia usually do this by restricting the amount of food they eat, making themselves vomit, and exercising excessively.

The condition often develops out of an anxiety about body shape and weight that originates from a fear of being fat or a desire to be thin. Many people with anorexia have a distorted image of themselves, thinking they’re fat when they’re not.

Anorexia most commonly affects girls and women, although it has become more common in boys and men in recent years. On average, the condition first develops at around the age of 16 to 17.

Read more about the causes of anorexia.

Signs and symptoms of anorexia

People with anorexia often go to great lengths to hide their behaviour from family and friends by lying about what they’ve eaten or pretending to have eaten earlier.

Signs someone may have anorexia or another eating disorder include:

  • missing meals, eating very little, or avoiding eating any fatty foods
  • obsessively counting calories in food
  • leaving the table immediately after eating so they can vomit
  • taking appetite suppressants, laxatives, or diuretics (a type of medication that helps remove fluid from the body)
  • repeatedly weighing themselves or checking their body in the mirror
  • physical problems, such as feeling lightheaded or dizzy, hair loss, or dry skin

Anorexia can also be associated with other psychological problems, such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, alcohol misuse, and self-harm.

Bulimia

Bulimia is an eating disorder and mental health condition.

People who have bulimia go through periods where they eat a lot of food in a very short amount of time (binge eating) and then are deliberately sick, use laxatives (medication to help them poo) or do excessive exercise, or a combination of these, to try to stop themselves gaining weight.

Men and women of any age can get bulimia, but it’s most common in young women and typically starts in the mid-to-late teens.

Symptoms of bulimia

Symptoms of bulimia include:

  • eating very large amounts of food in a short time, often in an out-of-control way – this is called binge eating
  • making yourself vomit, using laxatives or doing an extreme amount of exercise after a binge to avoid putting on weight – this is called purging
  • fear of putting on weight
  • being very critical about your weight and body shape
  • mood changes – for example, feeling very tense or anxious

These symptoms may not be easy to spot in someone else because bulimia can make people behave very secretively.

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Anxiety Disorder Counselling in Surrey

Anxiety disorders are much more than just nervousness and worrying. They can be quite terrifying as fear about things that other people wouldn’t give to much thought to magnify. Many people with anxiety disorders understand that their thoughts become irrational, but they still can’t stop them.

When you get anxious, you tend to have this pervasive thinking about some worry or some problem and you feel bad about it. Then you feel like you’ve failed, and you move to depression.

Anxiety is a natural human emotion

It’s normal to feel a level of anxiety or to get a little anxious at times, maybe when preparing for a special event or exam or when entering into unfamiliar situations, such as a new job. Sometimes a certain amount of stress is needed for you to perform well and do your best.

However, if anxious feelings grow to an excessive level and are not dealt with, they become a problem. If you’re suffering from high levels of anxiety, you know how debilitating it can be. Anxious feelings can stop you from enjoying your life, limit you in your career, stop you sleeping and relaxing and can even cause actual physical symptoms resulting in illness, if they are allowed to get out of hand.

Anxiety can show up in our lives in different ways and forms but is often characterised by feelings of fear and worry about current or future situations, although often these feelings can be triggered by memories of a past event.  Anxiety can cause the following symptoms;

Panic, fear, and uneasiness
Sleep problems
Not being able to stay calm and still
Cold, sweaty, numb or tingling hands or feet
Shortness of breath
Heart palpitations
Dry mouth
Nausea
Tense muscles
Dizziness

What causes anxiety?

Causes of anxiety can vary- from external factors such as worry about work, study or money, stressful relationships or a traumatic event in our past. Internally, causes can be possible side effects from medication or hormonal changes, during PMT (pre-menstrual tension) or the menopause for example. According to most sources there are five main types of anxiety disorders;

How can we deal with anxiety?

I see a lot of clients suffering anxiety. Anxiety can be quite easy to resolve if you seek out the right kind of help.There are many proven techniques to get this system back in sync these are generally hypnosis based practices, clinical hypnosis, Nuero linguistic programming, because it is the sub conscious mind that needs just some gentle re clarification. . Any experienced clinical hypnotherapist will cure Panic attacks in 1 to 3, 1 hour sessions with high success rate.

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Counselling for depression

Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.

Depression is different from feeling down or sad. Unhappiness is something which everyone feels at one time or another, usually due to a particular cause. A person experiencing depression will experience intense emotions of anxiety, hopelessness, negativity and helplessness, and the feelings stay with them instead of going away.

Depression can happen to anyone. Many successful and famous people who seem to have everything going for them battle with this problem. Depression also affects people of every age.

Half of the people who have depression will only experience it once but for the other half it will happen again. The length of time that it takes to recover ranges from around six months to a year or more.

Living with depression is difficult for those who suffer from it and for their family, friends, and colleagues. It can be difficult to know if you are depressed and what you can do about it.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post traumatic stress disorder  also just referred to as PTSD bcan develop following a distressing or frightening or traumatic experience. Or after a situation whereby the person has been physically hurt or threatened. After a traumatic event people are often overwhelmed by the experience. “Normal” reactions such as fear, anger or sadness turn into panic, exhaustion and desperation. PTSD can set in, normally as a delayed reaction, days or even months after the traumatic experience.

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There is now plenty of research that shows more scientific evidence for hypnotherapy than any other complementary therapy by using hypnosis. Enough studies have now accumulated to suggest that the inclusion of hypnotic procedures may be beneficial in the management and treatment of a wide range of conditions and problems encountered in the practice of medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy.

Why you should use hypnotherapy for stop smoking

Studies and Statistics

Success Rate for Smoking Cessation 90.6% successful: Using Hypnosis University of Washington School of Medicine, Depts. of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2010 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J.

  • 87% Reported Abstinence From Tobacco Use With Hypnosis Performance by gender in a stop-smoking program combining hypnosis and aversion. Johnson DL, Karkut RT. Adkar Associates, Inc., Bloomington, Indiana. Psychol Rep. 1999 Oct;75(2):851-7. PMID: 7862796 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  • 81% Reported They Had Stopped Smoking After Hypnosis Texas A&M University, System Health Science Center, College of Medicine, College Station, TX USA. Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2004 Jan;52(1):73-81.
  • Hypnosis Patients Twice As Likely To Remain Smoke-Free After Two Years Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Wynd, CA. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2001; 37:3, pages 245-250.
  • Hypnosis More Effective Than Drug Interventions For Smoking Cessation Ohio State University, College of Nursing, Columbus, OH 43210, 2003 USA Descriptive outcomes of the American Lung Association of Ohio hypnotherapy smoking cessation program. Ahijevych K, Yerardi R, Nedilsky N.
  • Hypnosis Most Effective Says Largest Study Ever: 3 Times as Effective as Patch and 15 Times as Effective as Willpower. Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. University of Iowa, Journal of Applied Psychology, How One in Five Give Up Smoking. October 1992. (Also- republished New Scientist, October 10, 2013.)

Why hypnotherapy is best for weight loss

Statistics for Weight Loss

  • Hypnosis Over 30 Times as Effective for Weight Loss Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492. Two Years Later: Hypnosis Subjects Continued To Lose Significant Weight Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1985)
  • Hypnosis Subjects Lost More Weight Than 90% of Others and Kept it Off University of Connecticut, Storrs Allison DB, Faith MS. Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: a meta-analytic reappraisal. J Consult Clinic Psychol. 1999;64(3):513-516.
  • Hypnosis More Than Doubled Average Weight Loss Kirsch, Irving (1996). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments–Another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64 (3), 517-519.
  • Hypnosis Showed Significantly Lower Post-Treatment Weights Weight loss for women: studies of smokers and nonsmokers using hypnosis and multi- component treatments with and without overt aversion. Johnson DL, Psychology Reprints. 2009 Jun; 80(3 Pt 1):931-3.
  • Hypnotherapy group with stress reduction achieved significantly more weight loss than the other two treatments. J Stradling, D Roberts, A Wilson and F Lovelock, Chest Unit, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, OX3 7LJ, UK  2011.
  • Hypnosis can more than double the effects of traditional weight loss approaches University of Connecticut, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 2012 (Vol. 64, No. 3, pgs 517-519).
  • Weight loss is greater where hypnosis is utilized Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (2011)

Why you should use hypnosis to help resolve addictions

Statistics for Addictions

  • Significantly More Methadone Addicts Quit with Hypnosis. 94% Remained Narcotic Free A comparative study of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of methadone addicts. Manganiello AJ, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1999; 26(4): 273-9.
  • Hypnosis Shows 77 Percent Success Rate for Drug Addiction Intensive Therapy: Utilizing Hypnosis in the Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders. Potter, Greg, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Jul 2004.
  • Raised Self-esteem & Serenity. Lowered Impulsivity and Anger American Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy (a publication of the American Psychological Association) 2004 Apr;46(4):281-97)

 

Why you should use hypnotherapy for pain management

Statistics for Pain Management

  • Study 1: Hypnosis Pain Management Patients Healed 41% faster from fracture
  • Study 2: Healed significantly faster from surgery:  Two studies from Harvard Medical School show hypnosis significantly reduces the time it takes  to heal. Harvard Medical School, Carol Ginandes and Union Institute in Cincinnati, Patricia Brooks,
  • Hypnosis Reduces Frequency and Intensity of Migraines Anderson JA, Basker MA, Dalton R, Migraine and hypnotherapy, International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis 1999; 23(1): 48-58.
  • Hypnosis Reduces Pain and Speeds up Recovery from Surgery [Hypnosis and its application in surgery] Faymonville ME, Defechereux T, Joris J, Adant JP, Hamoir E, Meurisse M, Service d’Anesthesie-Reanimation, Universite de Liege, Rev Med Liege. 1998 Jul;53(7):414-8.
  • Hypnosis Reduces Pain Intensity Dahlgren LA, Kurtz RM, Strube MJ, Malone MD, Differential effects of hypnotic suggestion on multiple dimensions of pain. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. 1995; 10(6): 464-70.
  • Hypnosis Reduces Pain of Headaches and Anxiety Melis PM, Rooimans W, Spierings EL, Hoogduin CA, Treatment of chronic tension- type headache with hypnotherapy: a single-blind time controlled study. Headache 1999; 31(10): 686-9.
  • Hypnosis Lowered Post-treatment Pain in Burn Injuries Patterson DR, Ptacek JT, Baseline pain as a moderator of hypnotic analgesia for burn injury treatment. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology 1997; 65(1): 60-7.
  • Hypnosis Lowered Phantom Limb Pain Treatment of phantom limb pain using hypnotic imagery. Oakley DA, Whitman LG, Halligan PW, Department of Psychology, University College, London, UK 2009.
  • Hypnosis Has a Reliable and Significant Impact on Acute and Chronic Pain Hypnosis and clinical pain. Patterson DR, Jensen MP, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA USA 98104 Psychol Bull. 2003 Jul;129(4):495-521.
  • Hypnosis is a Powerful Tool in Pain Therapy and is Biological in Addiction to Psychological Functional anatomy of hypnotic analgesia: a PET study of patients with fibromyalgia. Wik G, Fischer H, Bragee B, Finer B, Fredrikson M, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Karolinska Institute and Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden Eur J Pain. 1999 Mar;3(1):7-12.

One in four of us dreads a visit to the dentist, but there are ways to overcome your fear

 If you’re anxious about seeing the dentist

Being afraid of the dentist means different things to different people. Maybe it’s the thought that treatment will hurt, or that the sounds and smells bring back memories of bad experiences as a child.

People who are scared of the dentist often call us for help because they’re at the end of their tether. Their teeth don’t look nice any more or they’re in a lot of pain with toothache, and they want to make the first step to seeing a dentist and getting their teeth sorted out.

Some people have such bad dental phobia that they haven’t seen a dentist for years. It’s common for us to hear from someone in their twenties or thirties or even older who hasn’t been to the dentist since childhood.

If you haven’t seen a dentist for several years because of fear or anxiety, be reassured that you should find the experience more bearable nowadays.

Most people who are scared of the dentist have bad memories from childhood of the smells and sounds of the surgery.

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Hypnotherapy to resolve fear and phobia

From an unusual fear of crowded locations or open areas to a chronic fear of spiders or social situations, many of us have phobias or above-common fears which reason undue anxiety and can even bog a person down in the manner they behave or lead their lives.

A phobia is a debilitating fear of an object, place, state of affairs, feeling or animal. Phobias are more common than fears. They develop as an exaggerated or unrealistic feel of risk about a state of affairs or object. If a phobia become’s excessive, people tend to organise their lifestyles around keeping off that issue that’s causing them anxiety, as well as restricting their day-to-day existence.

Avoidance

If avoidance of the item, activity or situation that triggers your phobia does interfere with your regular lifestyles, or prevents you from doing things you should or would normally do,if they keep away from certain situations and locations and this avoidance interferes with recurring or reasons anxiety and misery, it is time to seek help.

By way of using clinical hypnotherapy, a therapist will evaluate the extent of the phobia and then using a number of techniques to work with the subconscious mind is capable of quickly and effectively releasing a client of a phobia.

Skilfully combining proven and tested techniques appropriate to your particular problem, you can react in a calm manner when you face the situation or object that you once feared.

Many many people have a phobia, it is an intense fear or feeling of anxiety that occurs only in certain situations. The fear may be of something rational or irrational and many people can live with their fears but others find them quite debilitating and restricting as their life may become dominated by the precautions they take to avoid certain situations.

Social anxieties such as fear of: blushing, business meetings, confrontation, criticism, public speaking, rejection, stuttering, sweating, being alone will impact on work and relationships.

Travel fears such as fear of flying, driving, bridges, public transport, public toilets, dentists and heights are very common and can cause such inconvenience and restrictions to the individual, their work and their family.

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Fear of flying hypnotherapy available near Heathrow Airport

Travel fears such as fear of flying, driving, bridges, public transport, and public toilets, are very common. They can cause such inconvenience and restrictions to the individual, their work and their family. From an unusual fear of flying or a fear of crowded locations or open areas to a chronic fear of spiders or social situations, many of us have phobias or above-common fears which reason undue anxiety and can even bog a person down in the manner they behave or lead their lives.

Fear and Phobia

A phobia is a debilitating fear of an object, place, state of affairs, feeling or animal. Phobias are more common than fears. They develop as an exaggerated or unrealistic feel of risk about a state of affairs or object. If a phobia become’s excessive, people tend to organise their lifestyles around keeping off that issue.

If avoidance of the item, activity or situation that triggers your phobia does interfere with your regular lifestyles, or prevents you from doing things you should or would normally do. It is time to seek help.

Social anxieties such as fear of flying, blushing, business meetings, confrontation, criticism, public speaking, rejection, stuttering, sweating, being alone will impact on work and relationships.

Hypnotherapy will resolve a fear of flying

By way of using clinical hypnotherapy, a therapist will evaluate the extent of the phobia and then using a number of techniques to work with the subconscious mind is capable of quickly and effectively releasing a client of a phobia.

Skilfully combining proven and tested techniques appropriate to your particular problem, you can react in a calm manner when you face the situation or object that you once feared.

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Gambling addiction

Gambling has one of the highest suicide rates in the world

Gambling is one of the most destructive habits in the world. It doesn’t destroy your liver. It won’t give you lung cancer. Even after a real bad run of bad luck. You can be reasonably sure that you won’t be stretchered away, having expired with a mouth full of vomit. No harm done. It’s only money that is the belief

Experts of addiction point out that problem gamblers are subject to is a mix of messy contributing factors and associative disorders. “We’ve known for along time that problem gambling is not a standalone issue,” says Dr. Rachel Volberg, President of Gemini Research, which conducts gambling-related studies. “Problem gamblers are likely to have other substance abuse issues, usually alcohol and tobacco. Depression and anxiety are also prevalent among problem gamblers.”

In terms of the gambler’s tendency toward suicide, however, these factors serve only to cloud the issue. The most reliable killer of people with gambling problems can be summed up in a single word: debt. Because once negative equity enters the picture, gambling addiction moves into a category of its own.

Research

There is now plenty of research that shows more scientific evidence for hypnotherapy than any other complementary therapy by using hypnosis.   Enough studies have now accumulated to suggest that the inclusion of hypnotic procedures may be beneficial in the management and treatment of a wide range of conditions and problems encountered in the practice of medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy.

Studies

Success Rate for Smoking Cessation 90.6% successful:  Using Hypnosis University of Washington School of Medicine, Depts. of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2010 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J.

87% Reported Abstinence From Tobacco Use   With Hypnosis  Performance by gender in a stop-smoking program combining hypnosis and aversion. Johnson DL, Karkut RT. Adkar Associates, Inc., Bloomington, Indiana. Psychol Rep. 1999 Oct;75(2):851-7. PMID: 7862796 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

81% Reported They Had Stopped Smoking After Hypnosis  Texas A&M University, System Health Science Center, College of Medicine, College Station, TX USA. Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2004 Jan;52(1):73-81.

Patients using Hypnosis, Twice As Likely To Remain Smoke-Free After Two Years  Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Wynd, CA. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2001; 37:3, pages 245-250.

Hypnosis More Effective Than Drug Interventions For Smoking Cessation  Ohio State University, College of Nursing, Columbus, OH 43210, 2003 USA Descriptive outcomes of the American Lung Association of Ohio hypnotherapy smoking cessation program. Ahijevych K, Yerardi R, Nedilsky N.

Hypnotherapy Most Effective Says Largest Study Ever:  3 Times as Effective as Patch and 15 Times as Effective as Willpower. Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. University of Iowa, Journal of Applied Psychology, How One in Five Give Up Smoking. October 1992. (Also- republished New Scientist, October 10, 2013.)

Statistics for Addictions

  • Significantly More Methadone Addicts Quit with Hypnosis. 9 4% Remained Narcotic Free A comparative study of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of methadone addicts. Manganiello AJ, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1999; 26(4): 273-9.
  • A  77 Percent Success Rate for Drug Addiction Intensive Therapy with HypnosisUtilizing Hypnosis in the Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders. Potter, Greg, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Jul 2004.
  • Raised Self-esteem & Serenity. Lowered Impulsivity and Anger  American Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy (a publication of the American Psychological Association) 2004 Apr;46(4):281-97

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 Grief / Bereavement Counselling in Surrey

Losing someone in our lives is a deeply personal event – one that has the potential to affect us in many ways. Whilst most of us will share the same range of emotions and reactions through our grief, this isn’t always the case.  

But one thing that is certain, is that simply ignoring the pain and hoping it will go away doesn’t lessen the grief. If you keep feelings buried, it can make it a lot harder to eventually deal with the trauma and lead to deep-rooted heartache.

Of course, there is no textbook way to deal with grief, but if you are finding it difficult to deal with bereavement or loss, there are a number of things you can try to aid the grieving process.

If the bereavement is a relative, it can often be difficult to turn to another family member for support – you can feel pressure to remain strong, to support them . If this is the case, or if you feel genuinely uncomfortable in talking about it to others, try writing your feelings down. Exploring your emotions in a journal or blog can be just as effective – and you can choose whether or not you share it with anyone.

 

How can hypnotherapy help with grief?

Grief is not just feeling sad – there are so many other symptoms of grief that can make life very difficult. Issues such as anxiety, insomnia and depression can arise as a result of grief. You may also experience physical symptoms of grief – loss of appetite, weight loss or weight gain, sickness, fatigue or sleeplessness.

Hypnotherapy is a popular treatment option which can give you positive suggestions to help cope with these issues – as well as many other symptoms you might be experiencing through your grief. It can reduce feelings of guilt and blame, and help you to find ways of coping in the future.

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How to treating anxiety and stress and panic disorders

CBT  (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy): This is a therapy that has been proved to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults,young people and children. CBT looks at how we think and how this affects the way we act and how we feel.The therapist and client work together in changing the client’s behaviours, or their thinking patterns, or both of these.

NLP (Neuro linguistic programming): NLP encompasses three influential components involved in experience: neurology, language and programming.It helps with the fundamental dynamics between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how they affects our body and behaviour (programming). 

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique): This is a relatively new therapy and is also referred to as “Tapping Therapy” or “Psychological acupressure”.The technique works by tapping on certain Acupressure points of the body and releasing blockages within the energy system which are the source of emotional intensity and discomfort.It is also now widely accepted that emotional disharmony can be a key factor in physical symptoms and for this reason these techniques are being used on physical issues, including chronic illness with often astounding results.As such these techniques are being accepted more and more in medical and psychiatric circles as well as in the range of psychotherapies and healing disciplines.

Clinical Hypnosis: This is using an altered state of awareness, perception or consciousness that is used,by approve and trained professionals for treating a psychological or physical problem.It is a highly relaxed state.Hypnosis is a state of  concentration and focused attention that treats the subconscious mind.The subconscious mind is the part of our mind that controls and functions not just our bodies but everything we do.For example,you do not think to breath, your body does that all by its self, while you are awake,whilst you are a sleep, it breaths when you are relaxed,when you are exhausted, its the subconscious mind that is telling you body how much to breath,how much oxygen to take in,it is the subconscious mind that is sending the signals all over your body,sending the signals to your lungs and muscles on how much to expand and contract depending on how much oxygen your body needs at any given second.

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Hypnosis for pain

Therapies that are mind-body linked are often recommended for those dealing with long-term pain. Stress and anxiety are common side effects of pain and can even make the sensation feel worse. The way the mind responds to pain also links to the perception of physical sensations.

Helping to reduce anxiety and stress and change the thought patterns related to pain can therefore make a huge difference to pain perception. For this, many opt for hypnotherapy.

When you are under hypnosis you focus on relaxation and letting go of distracting thoughts. This temporarily tunes out the conscious part of your mind, opening you up to the power of suggestion. At this point your hypnotherapist can make suggestions to encourage pain relief. Most hypnotherapists will also give post-hypnotic suggestions, allowing you to carry out self-hypnosis after your sessions end.

Rather than convincing you that your pain doesn’t exist, hypnosis for pain aims to manage any fear and anxiety you may have relating to your pain. It also helps to reduce stress and relax the nervous system to help it become less reactive to pain.

Hypnotherapy for pain also refocuses your mind away from the pain and onto something more pleasant. For example, many hypnotherapists will ask you to imagine that you’re somewhere nice, like a beach. Using visualisation techniques you may be asked to describe the place in more detail. Thinking about what the sea looks like, the warmth of the sun and the feeling of sand between your toes will help to distract you from your pain.

The nature of hypnotherapy means it may not work for everybody. However, it is a natural therapy with no side effects, so it is certainly worth trying. Many people say it is an effective tool to use as part of their chronic pain management plan.

The number of sessions you’ll need will depend on your individual circumstances, however hypnosis usually lasts between 2 or 4 sessions for those it is going to work for.

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Hypnotherapy for panic disorders

A person suffering from a panic attack can experience unexpected intense feelings of fear. These are often accompanied by physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, dizziness, breathlessness, chest pain or stomach pain. Panic attacks can be extremely distressing as they can happen when least expected. They also can cause feelings of embarrassment and shame, especially if the attack happened in a public place.

Why do panic attacks happen:

With people who suffer panic attacks normally due to some previous bad experience or trauma. or have be hiding or working around their true feelings and emotions. The fight or flee system then simply gets out of calibration. Ie that fight or flee decision making decision and level is not in sync. A panic attack is based on adrenaline kicking in at an inappropriate time. Adrenaline kicking is is a normal and needed part of human functionality that serves as the fight or flee emotional make up of every normal person. It is there to serve the purpose of if in a danger situation should we arm our self mentally & physically to fight that danger or should we run from that danger. We have to make a split second decision subconsciously on which of those two courses of actions to take.

Panic attacks can be easy to cure with hypnotherapy:

Panic attacks and panic disorders, also often referred to as anxiety attacks are reasonably easy to cure by seeking out the right kind help. Removing the fear and letting you be happy again.

Clinical hypnotherapy is one of the most effective ways to cure panic attacks. Any experienced clinical hypnotherapist will cure panic attacks in 1 to 3, 1 hour sessions with high success rate.

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Hypnosis for public speaking and stage fright

Public speaking and fright are along the same lines, It does not matter, if you are making a speech at a wedding, making a work presentation or standing up on stage in front of a group of people. the same set of nerves and fear kick in.

This fear of public speaking can inhibit your career. The fight-or-flight adrenaline that is produced makes you feel like you’re in very real danger, but your conscious mind knows that there is nothing to be afraid of.

With hypnotherapy we can go beneath the conscious mind and  re programme  the negative beliefs that live there. Enabling you to get onto a stage,or  stand  or make that  presentation without fear.

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Hypnotherapy for Jealousy

Jealousy and life-envy are quite modern problems,

Thanks to modern hypnotherapy, you can also overcome it.

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Relationship counselling

Relationship counselling is the process of counselling parties of a relationship in an effort to recognise, and better manage or reconcile that relationship. Troublesome differences and repeating patterns of stress can put upon a relationship. The relationship involved may be between members of a family or a couple, employees or employers in a workplace, or between a professional and a client.

Couple’s counselling

Couple’s counselling is relationship counselling for a couple,It may differ from other forms of relationship counselling in various regards including its duration. Short term counselling is usually  6 sessions. Long term couples therapy may be more sessions. Couples therapy is more about seemingly intractable problems with a relationship, where emotions and feelings are often the area of problems.

Marriage counselling or Marriage Guidance are old term’s and refer’s to either or some combination of the above.

If you are having trouble with your relationship if it be parent /child, siblings, other family related or work related or having trouble with your couple relationship regardless of sexual orientation’s, straight or LGBT,  then call us on 01784 392449 or use the form below to find out more information or book an appointment. 

Stress management

Stress is a natural, though sometimes unwanted or irrational, emotion that everybody experiences from time to time.

Stress experts describe the emotion as a primary, natural emotion which has evolved as a way of surviving and protecting yourself from what is considered a wrong-doing.

Some common triggers for stress include:

  • Grief and/or sadness, loss of a family member, friend or other loved one.
  • Rudeness, poor interpersonal skills and/or poor service.
  • Tiredness, since people may have shorter tempers and be more irritable when tired.
  • Hunger.
  • Injustice: for example infidelity, being bullied, humiliated or embarrassed, or being told that you, or a loved one, has a serious illness.
  • Sexual frustration.
  • Money problems and the stress associated with debt.
  • Some forms of stress, unrealistic deadlines and things beyond our immediate control such as being stuck in traffic.
  • A feeling of failure or disappointment.
  • Becoming angry as a result of taking drugs or alcohol, or when withdrawing from such substances.
  • Having a crime committed against you or a loved one: theft, violence, sexual offences but also more minor things such as a feeling of being treated inappropriately.
  • Being either physical or mentally unwell, being in pain or living with a serious illness can lead to feeling angry.
  • When we are angry, our bodies release the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, the same hormones released when we encounter stress.As a result of these releases in hormones our blood pressure, pulse, body temperature and breathing rate may increase, sometimes to potentially dangerous levels. This natural chemical reaction is designed to give us an instant boost of energy and power and is often referred to as the ‘fight or flight’ reaction. This means that the body and mind prepare for a fight or for running away from danger.However, people who get angry often cannot manage their anger effectively and can become ill, just as stress that is left unresolved may make you ill. Our bodies are not designed to withstand high levels of adrenaline and cortisol over long periods or on a very regular basis.

Some of the health problems that may occur as a result of being angry regularly or for long periods of time can include:

  • Aches and pains, usually in the back and head.
  • High blood pressure, which can, in severe cases, lead to serious complaints such as stroke or cardiac arrest.
  • Sleep problems.
  • Problems with digestion.
  • Skin disorders.
  • Reduced threshold for pain.
  • Impaired immune system.

Stress can also lead to psychological problems such as:

  • Depression.
  • Reduced self confidence.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Alcoholism.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Self-injury.
  • Sexual problems

It should be clear, therefore, that, anger can be detrimental to health. If anger is (or becomes) a problem should be managed.

Hypnotherapy for Stress

Hypnotherapy can help those with Stress management problems in several ways. The initial aim of the hypnotherapist will be to understand the root cause of your anger.

As previously mentioned, anger management problems often stem from past experiences. These experiences can shape your behaviour and belief system. So while you may think another person or situation is causing your anger, it may well come from yourself. Once this is understood, your hypnotherapist can begin work changing this.

To do so, your hypnotherapist will work on a conscious and unconscious level to help change your negative thought processes. Doing this may involve relaxation techniques and suggestions from your hypnotherapist to help control your anger.

The hope is that this will change your reaction to anger triggers. Instead of feeling overwhelmed and angry, you should feel calmer and more relaxed. Feeling calmer in stressful situations helps you to think more clearly so you can react in a more appropriate way.

Stress management hypnotherapy can also help with some of the symptoms of anger. For example, if you are suffering from anxiety, stress or depression hypnotherapy can be helpful.

The number of anger management hypnotherapy sessions you’ll need will depend on your individual circumstances. It is likely that your hypnotherapist will teach you some self-hypnosis techniques and relaxation tips. You can use these at home when you feel angry or stressed to help you control your anger in the long-term.

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Hypnosis for anger management and road rage

Anger is a natural, though sometimes unwanted or irrational, emotion that everybody experiences from time to time. Road rage is a form of anger.

Anger is a primary natural emotion which has evolved as a way of  protecting yourself from what is considered a wrong-doing.

Mild anger may be brought on by feeling tired, stressed or irritated. In fact we are more likely to feel irritated if our basic human needs (food, shelter, sleep, etc.) are not met or are jeopardised in some way.

 

Why we become angry

We may become angry when reacting to frustration, criticism or a threat and this is not necessarily a bad or inappropriate reaction.

We can also feel irritated by other people’s beliefs, opinions and actions and hence anger can affect our ability to communicate effectively – making us more likely to say or do unreasonable or irrational things.

Being unreasonable or irrational can lead others around us to feel threatened, resentful or angry themselves and, again, these can all be barriers to effective communication.

Anger can also be a ‘secondary emotion’ to feeling sad, frightened, threatened or lonely.

It is useful to try to understand why you (or somebody else) is feeling angry at any given time so that the root causes can be addressed and problems solved.

Expressing Anger

Anger can be expressed in many ways; different types of anger affect people differently and can manifest to produce different actions and signs of anger. The most common signs of anger are both verbal and physical.

It can be clear that somebody is angry from what they say or how they say it, or from their tone of voice. Anger can also be expressed through body language and other non-verbal cues: trying to look physically bigger (and therefore more intimidating), staring, frowning and clenching of fists.  Some people are very good at internalising their anger and it may be difficult to notice any physical signs.

At a basic instinctual level anger is used as a way to help protect territory, family, secure or protect possession’s.

Some common triggers to anger and road rage include

  • Grief and/or sadness, loss of a family member, friend or other loved one.
  • Rudeness, poor interpersonal skills and/or poor service.
  • Tiredness, since people may have shorter tempers and be more irritable when tired.
  • Hunger.
  • Injustice: for example infidelity, being bullied, humiliated or embarrassed, or being told that you, or a loved one, has a serious illness.
  • Money problems and the stress or anxiety associated with debt.
  • Some forms of stress, unrealistic deadlines and things beyond our immediate control such as being stuck in traffic.
  • A feeling of failure or disappointment.
  • Becoming angry as a result of taking drugs or alcohol, or when withdrawing from such substances.
  • Having a crime committed against you or a loved one: theft, violence, sexual offences but also more minor things such as a feeling of being treated inappropriately.
  • Being either physical or mentally unwell, being in pain or living with a serious illness can lead to feeling angry.
  • Aches and pains, usually in the back and head.
  • High blood pressure, which can, in severe cases, lead to serious complaints such as stroke or cardiac arrest.
  • Sleep problems.
  • Problems with digestion.
  • Reduced threshold for pain.

When we are angry

When we are angry, our bodies release the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, the same hormones released when we encounter stress.As a result of these releases in hormones our blood pressure, pulse, body temperature and breathing rate may increase, sometimes to potentially dangerous levels. This natural chemical reaction is designed to give us an instant boost of energy and power and is often referred to as the ‘fight or flight’ reaction. This means that the body and mind prepare for a fight or for running away from danger.However, people who get angry often cannot manage their anger effectively and can become ill, just as stress that is left unresolved may make you ill. Our bodies are not designed to withstand high levels of adrenaline and cortisol over long periods or on a very regular basis. Some of the health problems that may occur as a result of being angry regularly or for long periods of time can include:

Anger can also lead to psychological problems such as

Hypnotherapy for anger

Hypnotherapy can help those with anger management problems in several ways. The initial aim of the hypnotherapist will be to understand the root cause of your anger.

To do so, your hypnotherapist will work on a conscious and unconscious level to help change your negative thought processes. Doing this may involve relaxation techniques and suggestions from your hypnotherapist to help control your anger.

Anger management hypnotherapy can also help with some of the symptoms of anger. For example, if you are suffering from anxiety, stress or depression hypnotherapy can be helpful.

 

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Hypnosis for sexual problems

The cause’s of sexual problem may be physical or psychological in nature. It’s important to rule out any physical causes with your GP prior to treatment. However, in such instances it is still possible to use hypnotherapy as a supplement to medical treatments.

In many cases, however, sexual difficulties are the result of some underlying psychological issue, which can be triggered by stress,

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Hypnotherapy for Insomnia and sleep disorders

Hypnosis permits a wide range of choices regarding where and how to help in the patient’s problems. Hypnotherapy is used to manage various types of disorders, and to explore the techniques, and strategies.
Research data available on the efficacy of hypnosis in the treatment of sleep disorders is positive. Acute and chronic insomnia often respond to relaxation and hypnotherapy. Also do nightmares and sleep terrors. There is also successful use of hypnotherapy for  specifically for head and body rocking, bed wetting an sleepwalking.
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Stop smoking hypnosis

Clinical hypnotherapy is well know as the super fix to stop people smoking. In this modern day and age many now who wish to give up smoking resort to vaping, also with a plethora of other non smoking products on the market, hypnosis has lost it position a bit.

Hypnosis is a well proven and tested therapy to quit smoking. Smoking, like all habits is controlled by the unconscious part of the mind. Hypnosis helps us access the REM state – nature’s optimal learning state – and it is in this state that your deeper, unconscious mind is more open to new ideas and suggestions. When your unconscious is reprogrammed you don’t have to try not to smoke; the urge is simply no longer there.

If you are still struggling to stop despite having used most or all the other alternatives, then hypnotherapy still works best….its just a little more expensive.

 

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 That big problem is an outdated concept. It’s an outdated concept that tells us that the only reason anyone should need to see a mental health professional is when they are having a problem at that moment. Here are some recent statistics put out just recently. 

 

“Here in the UK,1 in 4 British adults will experience a diagnosed mental health problem in any one given year. Anxiety is now more common than ever, with 1 in 5 people being affected. in the UK Self-harm rates are some of the highest in Europe”

The truth

These statistics do show that we have a big problem regarding mental health. But its understanding more about this outdated concept and the way in which we view mental health rather that the information given in them. It is understanding the way the NHS in the past, promoted mental health and partly by the general public’s understanding of the history of the mental health system and how it actually works. 

At one point the NHS was reported to recently employee up to approximately 1500 people in Brussels just to lobby politically. Mental health is an easy tool for them to try and win both public opinion or cause political damage. Political activities within the NHS have used mental health as a tool to their end, to either try to win public feeling and to cause government political damage for the gain additional NHS funding. Plain and simple, it’s all about using mental health as a tool for yet more and more NHS funding from consecutive governments. Or put it a simpler way, it’s all been about money. That in Its self-many would argue, would not be a bad thing, but wait, when you understand that the NHS was never from the onset mandate to cover much of mental health in the 1st instance, and what it claims to be all mental health, actually isn’t. 

Onset of NHS

Let’s go back in time, at the onset of the NHS, It was agreed then in 1949, that the majority of what is termed today as mental health would not be on the NHS, that this would be private practice. To understand this, what today we term as “mental health” is not all mental health and never has been medically mental health. Psychosis is mental health issue so is Schizophrenia, these are mental health illness, anxiety is not a mental illness, anxiety is a normal human emotion, high levels of anxiety are actually an emotional illness, phobia, is an emotional illness, addiction is an emotional illness, there are big differences between mental health and emotional health? Emotional illness can mostly be resolved and cured quite quickly and simply with the right kind of therapy, counselling, psychotherapy, mindfulness, clinical hypnotherapy. Mental health issues on the other hand, do take a lot more medical care and longer-term care and treatment. So the facts above are not actually true, 1 in 4 us us will not have a mental illness, figures vary, but only about 5% to 7% of us will have a mental illness, but about 80of us will suffer an emotional illness, ie, stress, anxiety, fear, phobia, addiction at some point in our life. The 1 in 4 figures is only when you manipulate emotional health figures into mental health data. Counselling, psychotherapy, and even clinical hypnotherapy, both the government and General Medical Council agreed to in 1949, that the tax payer and country would never be able to afford these if put on the NHS mandate of care. 

 

Look around you

Don’t believe it: look around you, the two attempts at mental health by the NHS system and social services both neither great success stories, those old enough to remember “institutionalisation” in the 1950s, 1960s & 1970s and in the 1980s “care in the community”. If fact all the good and bulk of the work has actually been done by the private sector and charities, charities like MIND and “The” Samaritans being two of the well-known ones, Google “anxiety counselling” or “addiction support” in your local area, it will give pages of listings for either or/and both private therapy practitioners, counsellors,psychotherapists, Mindfulnessclinical hypnotherapist and charities, MIND, Samaritans, Al.An, its been that way since 1949, but google was not around for you to search so easy. What has happened in the meantime, is that that political wing, (not medical) has confused and manipulated you in to what is mental health and what is emotional health, rather than use the time and money wisely to actually educated people. 

All of this is far away from the reality of modern therapy for emotional good health and well-being. Most people only go to see a mental health practitioner when they are experiencing a problem such as depression, anxiety, etc. This is the stereotypical attitude held by the common man or woman in society as well. It’s not their fault either, because this needs to change via education first. This stereotypical belief held common by so many people in society has major consequences. 

 

Taking a lesson about preventative care from other disciplines

It’s a commonly held belief that you should visit dentist every 6 months for a preventative checkup. This way you are avoiding serious, costly problems in the long-term and taking care of any early signs of poor dental health. The same applies to doctors or seeing your local GP as well. Now how about applying this same concept to mental health? How much different do you think some of those statistics would be if this attitude of preventative care was applied to mental health as well? This is where the fundamental concept and attitude of seeing mental health and its role in society needs to change. A preventative approach should also be applied to mental health as well. It should be necessary and be accepted to at least go in for a mental health checkup every 6 month just like you would with a dentist. There is nothing wrong with this at all. It’s about preventative care and taking necessary measures to ensure you have a cool and clear head. The facts are that we all go through hardships in life occasionally. We experience relationship breakups, work stress, divorce, the death of loved ones, just to name a few. These things are hard to deal with mentally and emotionally. Seeing a mental health professional for a preventative checkup every 6 month is a great way to ensure that everything is functioning normally mentally and emotionally. It’s also a great way to catch any early warning signs for a serious mental illness, then you can take care of it before it develops into a major problem in the long-term. 

 

Real world examples where preventative mental health checkups already occur and it works well

One such profession where preventative mental health checkups are required is for pilots. Pilots don’t necessarily want to do this, but they know that it’s a simple and effective way to guarantee that they will have a clear and cool head. Just like you and me, pilots experience the hardships that life sometimes throws up. The only difference between pilots and the average person is that they are taking a proactive approach to their mental health. Now they are in a position where they can catch the early warning signs of any potentially serious mental health problems. This proactive approach taken by pilots ensures that they are taking every possible measure to have a clear and cool head. It means they are in a good place to tackle life each day and its occasional hardships. 

 

Approach

This is the approach that should be taken by everyone but in order for that to happen, there needs to be a fundamental shift in the attitudes regarding mental health. That starts with education, like always, and it’s only from education that people will begin to see that the old way of viewing mental health is completely outdated. A proactive approach to mental health is what is needed if we are going to seriously tackle the problems we are currently facing as a society regarding mental illness. So we should all take a leaf from the book of pilots because there is a lot to learn from it for tackling mental health problems in society overall. If we adopt this proactive approach then we can drastically improve mental health in general and the quality of our own lives overall. If you would like to have a preventative checkup then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. There is no harm in making sure that you are functioning normally mentally and emotionally, and catching any early problems before they turn into big ones. 

Reality

With figures like 80% of us will have an emotional health problem at some point in our life, conditions like, anxiety,stress, fear phobia, an addiction, a bereavement, a relationship issueanger management, counselling, psychotherapy and other talk therapies are never going to be on the NHS in bulk. Various figures state that to do, so would hike our income tax rates up to 50% to 60% percent. No government of any political party is ever going to do that, to do so would be party political suicide, and if we are totally honest none of us want to put our hands that deep in our pockets and pay that much tax. 

Teenage anxiety and self harming

All teenagers go through psychological and emotional changes, research show’s there is corresponding structural development taking place in these years. This in its self can lead to anxiety and self harming. Understanding these natural developments that occur in the teenage’s and their effect on behaviour. Learning about hormone’s, sleep patterns, emotional reactivity, memory, attention span, motivation and self confidence helps the teenager. Resulting in helping parents understand why their teenager is behaving in that way, thus reducing family stress all round.

The difference between suicide and deliberate self-harm

More about the difference between suicide and deliberate self-harm is not as clear as we would like it to be. Deliberate self-harm can be common pre-cursor to suicide and children and young people who deliberately self-harm may kill themselves by accident. Although completed suicide is a rare occurrence, episodes of self-harm and suicidal behaviour are not. Early intervention can help to address underlying problems that can lead to such behaviour. Many people who self-harm do not come to the attention of health services and when they do, many do not return or cannot be followed up. As the risk of suicide is considerably higher among people who have self-harmed it is crucial that practitioners are best equipped to give the most helpful initial response in such circumstances.

A sign of emotional distress

Self harming is always a sign of emotional distress and poorly developed coping skills. Whilst it is ultimately damaging and may be dangerous, for many people it provides a method for coping with life. Taking away a person’s means of self-harm can increase the emotional distress and make the situation worse unless professionally dealt with.

Definitions of Self-Harm and Suicide

• Self harm is self –harm without suicidal intent, resulting in non-fatal injury.

• Attempted suicide is self-harm with intent to take like, resulting in non-fatal injury.

• Suicide is self-harm resulting in death Mental Health Foundation 2003.

About 1 in 15 young people in Britain have harmed themselves. This probably means that there are probably two people in every secondary school classroom who have done it at some time. Most young people who harm themselves are between 11 and 25 years. Even though on average can start at around 12 years of age, some children as young as 7 have been known to do it. There are no typical groups of people who self-harm, but about four times as many girls as boys do it. When boys do self harm they may hit themselves or break their own bones to make it look as if they have been involved in a fight or been attacked.

The groups of children and young people who may be more vulnerable to self- harm can include

  • Young people in residential settings such as the armed services,prison, sheltered housing, hostels and boarding school.
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people.
  •  Young Asian women (one study found that the suicide rate in women aged 16–24 years was three times higher in women of Asian origin than in white British women).
  • Those with learning disabilities.
  • People with existing mental health problems.
  • Young people with substance misuse problems.
  • Vulnerable young people who miss appointments and go off the radar.

There are many types of self-harm but these can include

  • Cutting.
  • Burning.
  • Scalding.
  • Banging head and other body parts against walls.
  • Hair-pulling.
  • Biting.
  • Swallowing things that are not edible.
  • Inserting objects into the body.
  • Self-poisoning.
  • Scratching, picking or tearing at skin causing sores and scarring.

Our Teenage Programme

At Wise Blue Owl Therapy we can help them with effective methods to quickly reduce anxiety, panic attacks and self harming. Using a combination of counselling, NLP and clinical hypnotherapy is a powerful way to boost their confidence and results throughout their lives. Additionally we also provide sessions for teenagers experiencing phobias, eating disorders, addictions, sleep problems, bullying, exam nerves, loss of self confidence and relationship problems.

 

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Vaginismus

Vaginismus also known as vaginism is a condition that affects a woman’s ability to engage in vaginal penetration. This is the result of an involuntary vaginal muscle spasm, which makes any kind of vaginal penetration painful or impossible. While there is a lack of evidence to definitively identify which muscle is responsible for the spasm, the pubococcygeus muscle, sometimes referred to as the “PC muscle”, is most often suggested. Other muscles such as the levator ani, bulbocavernosus, 

A woman with vaginismus does not consciously control the spasm. The vaginismic reflex can be compared to the response of the eye shutting when an object comes towards it. The severity of vaginismus, as well as the pain during penetration (including sexual penetration), varies from woman to woman.

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About our Imagine Yourself Slim Courses and how we can help you become motivated to become slimmer, happier and healthy!

All our successful courses last for 6 weeks, with one hour sessions each week. You will be taught how to break your eating habits, and assist you in empowering yourself to change and working on a new perspective… and take your first step to a slimmer, calmer, happier, and healthier life!

The courses are all about retraining our mind and body to start eating only when hungry rather than tired or stressed. We will be working with the hunger scale, focusing on slowing you’re eating down and chewing your food, and tuning into that feeling of being full to enable you to stop eating.

We will be filling out a diary of everything that we eat and drink, making us more aware of our patterns and habits to allow us to enable change.

You will be taught how to control your feelings towards food allowing you to put the cravings behind you, working with NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, the tapping technique) to assist you in overcoming those confusing times when you feel like reaching out for food and you are not hungry.

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We will also discuss healthy eating and different food groups. How to effectively and easily find that motivation to exercise, the benefits of water, the extremes of dieting, emotional eating and how you can be happy with yourself and maximise your motivation.

We will be spending time understanding and working with stress, which is often a great cause for people to reach out for food when not hungry. We will discuss what is your vice? Alcohol? Caffeine? Smoking? Drugs? Your body will be re-programmed to a more natural way of eating and we will be learning self-hypnosis to assist in relaxing our bodies more.

With this weight loss programme you can be as sceptical as you like and still lose weight. The answer lies not in the diet but in changing our response to signals from the brain, known as behaviour modification.

On the course you will learn the keys to accomplishing what seems impossible: LOSING WEIGHT AND KEEPING IT OFF!

To find out more about hypnotherapy for weight loss, just call us