Your Guide To Hypnosis

Your Guide To Hypnosis

There are many stories about hypnosis and hypnotherapy being dangerous, turning people into chickens, people not being able to wake up, and unscrupulous hypnotists exploiting their ‘vulnerable’ patients. However there are many people who are adamant that it has helped change their lives, some from Dudley, Tipton, Wolverhampton and much further afield – I know of for sure. I have helped them succeed in their goals. Millions of people swear that it has helped them with many issues such as weight loss, quitting smoking, other addictions, confidence, phobias, stress, success, IBS, and many more issues.

Many people are missing out on this powerful, yet very safe therapeutic tool because they are too afraid to use it. I hope to dispel these fears by answering these common questions about hypnotherapy right here and now!.

Can I be hypnotised? Most people can go into a hypnotic trance. The only types of people that cannot be hypnotised are … 1. Those suffering from psychosis or a thought disorder 2. A person with a low IQ 3. A person who does not want to be hypnotised. It is very easy to resist hypnosis if you want to.
What is a hypnotic trance? It is a normal and natural state that most of us experience several times a day without even knowing it. It commonly happens when people are driving. Have you ever driven somewhere and not really remembered the journey?, I have just missed my junction. It also often occurs when reading a book or watching TV. Sometimes you can be so absorbed in the book or TV programme that you are not consciously aware that someone is talking to you, or even where you are sat. Hypnosis […]

Tips to Avoid a Panic Attack

Tips to Avoid a Panic Attack

In response to recent enquiries the National Council for Hypnotherapy has released a press release about anxiety and panic attacks which can often be aided by a course of hypnotherapy sessions. As the UK’s most renowned hypnotherapist directory the NCH offers local based hypnotherapists to help clients with a wide range of conditions, including that of panic attacks. In this press release the National Council for Hypnotherapy discusses some tips that can be applied by clients in order to control pending panic attacks.

A panic attack is the body’s exaggerated response to a perceived danger flipping the body into flight or fight mode, releasing a massive shot of adrenaline which speeds up the body’s heart rate, breathing and gives feelings of hotness, sweating, tingly and dry mouthed. Hypnotherapy can help the client to rethink and re learn about situations that may provoke a panic attack and teach them to apply the following techniques.

  •     Slow your breathing – Breath in and count to five and slowly exhale then repeat the process, increasing by 5 seconds until you reach 15, repeat until breathing returns to normal.
  •     Rationalise – remind yourself that these feelings are simply a response to adrenaline and are not permanent and will end soon.
  •     Cut Stimulants – try not to consume drinks with high levels of caffeine such as coffee and high sugared fizzy drinks as this increasing the heart rate which can result in naturally higher adrenaline rates.
  •     Remove yourself Mentally from the Situation – focus on your left shoe and describe it in great detail as if you are submitting a witness report. Ensure to describe fine detail like the buckles, laces and soles which will keep your mind occupied […]
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CBT on prescription, pick it up at the library?

CBT on prescription, pick it up at the library? Wiltshire embraces new scheme to help depression through reading

The library facility at County Hall, Trowbridge The library facility at County Hall, Trowbridge

A new scheme which uses reading to help the six million people in England who suffer from conditions such as depression and anxiety, is now available to access in libraries across Wiltshire.

Reading Well Books on Prescription will enable GPs and other health professionals to recommend 30 self-help titles for people to borrow from the local library. The service, which launched nationally last Tuesday, is now being put into place in public libraries across England.

It is a joint initiative from independent charity The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians, working with local library services and LIFT Psychology Teams, and offers people self-help books from the library as part of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) prescribed by a health professional.

Wiltshire Council, in partnership with Swindon Borough Council, will both have multiple copies of the core list of 30 titles covering issues such as anxiety, depression, phobias, panic attacks, bulimia and sleep problems. The titles will be available to borrow free of charge from local library branches or online through the request service.

Jonathon Seed, cabinet member for libraries, said: “This scheme will allow anyone in Wiltshire, in need of such support, to access self-help books locally and for free. Our libraries are friendly, community focused places, so I am delighted we are able to participate and help support the health and well-being of many local people.”

4:59pm Tuesday 11th June 2013 in News

Source: http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/10477297.Wiltshire_embraces_new_scheme_to_help_depression_through_reading/

Comment: A brilliant idea! More CCG’s should follow this example. The more a patient […]

French firemen test hypnotherapy techniques

French firemen test hypnotherapy techniquesFirefighter performs hypnotherapy

Hypnosis appears to lessen the pain and emotional distress of people who are trapped or injured after accidents, Haguenau station manager David Ernenwein said.

Fire brigades keep a person under hypnosis in a vehicle during an extrication exercise, on May 28, 2013 in Haguenau, eastern France.

“Look me straight in the eye. Your mind is emptying, your body is relaxing,” says the fireman, using the calming words of hypnosis to help a trauma victim — a technique being pioneered by fire crews in the eastern French region of Alsace.

At the Haguenau fire station, 120 firemen have been trained in basic medical hypnosis which they can use to soothe someone trapped under rubble or in a car following an accident, or even a person suffering an asthma attack.

The idea is that hypnotherapy can complement traditional first aid assistance.

“These are verbal, gesticular and respiratory techniques that aim to ease pain and anxiety, but that obviously don’t replace traditional first aid,” explains Cecile Colas-Nguyen, a nurse and member of the fire brigade, and a trainer in hypnosis.

While firefighters arriving on the scene of an accident get to work tending to the injured or cutting a victim free, staff trained in hypnosis establish a more personal link with the person and divert his attention away from the trauma of the scene.

Typically the firefighters speak in a calm and measured voice and are careful to avoid any negative words. Instead of focusing on the […]

By |July 9th, 2013|Anxiety, Latest News, Pain, Panic Attacks, PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Resources, Self Hypnosis, Talking Therapy, The Body, The Mind|Comments Off on French firemen test hypnotherapy techniques

Fire fighters trained in clinical hypnotherapy

Fire fighters trained in clinical hypnotherapy

The National Council for Hypnotherapy Responds to Hypnotism Being Used to Help Victims in Traumatic Situations

According to Connexion France in an article published on the 24th June 2013, the complementary therapy hypnotherapy has been used to help victims of traumatic situations, helping them to remain calm and focus on relaxing situations rather than the traumatic situation they are currently in. At Haguenau fire station in France some 120 fire-fighters have been trained in basic medical hypnosis in order to soothe victims of accidents and serious traumas. The idea is that hypnosis can be used alongside traditional medical techniques to help the patient physically and mentally. The fire-fighters tend to establish an interest or like of the patient and use hypnosis to help them imagine that, ‘While my colleagues take care of your safety, your mind will take off to the ski slopes and your body is going to stay here,” explained a trained member of the team.

Describing the effectiveness of hypnotherapy station manager David Ernenwein said:

“We have all noticed that when we hold someone’s hand, things go better, even if we did not label it as hypnosis. The first thing we can do to help people is to calm them down, and this technique has given us the tools to be able to do that, to help people suffer less.”

The introduction of such techniques is supported by UK based hypnotherapist directory, The National Council for Hypnotherapy. A representative from the Council explained:

“Hypnotherapy has many different uses and we are delighted to hear that it is being used to help victims in need of help. We hope that the pilot scheme in France will be successful enough […]

By |July 9th, 2013|Anxiety, Fears, Hypnotherapy, Latest News, Pain, Panic Attacks, Stress, Support Organisations, Talking Therapy, The Body, The Mind|Comments Off on Fire fighters trained in clinical hypnotherapy

OCD – Have a compulsion?

OCD Have a compulsion?

If you have OCD, you may have repeated obsessions and/or compulsions that make you feel anxious ( search this site to see anxiety for detail of this). Everyone has unwanted, troubling thoughts occasionally, for example, worrying that the oven has been left on. But if you have OCD, these thoughts are more common and can seem more important.

Symptoms of OCD

OCD symptoms vary from mild to severe. They include obsessions (thoughts or feelings) that make you feel distressed or anxious, and compulsions (actions) which you feel necessary to perform to cancel out the obsession. It is most common to have both obsessions and compulsions, but you can also have either alone. You may have more than one obsession and/or compulsion.

The most common obsessions are:
thinking or feeling objects are dirty or contaminated worrying about health and hygiene fear about safety and security, for example, doors left unlocked or appliances left switched on pre-occupation with order and symmetry religious or anti-religious thoughts disturbing thoughts about aggression or sex the urge to hoard useless things You may carry out compulsive behaviours to counteract the anxiety caused by your obsessions. These may be obvious actions, or just things you do in your mind.

The most common compulsions are:

  • checking to make sure things are safe (such as gas taps and locks)
  • cleaning and washing, either yourself (e.g., hand washing), or your surroundings
  • repeating acts in a particular way
  • mental compulsions (e.g., repeating certain phrases or prayers in your mind)ordering things for symmetry or exactness
  • hoarding or collecting things that are useless.

Compulsions are usually related to the type of obsession you are experiencing. For example, you may repeatedly wash your hands if you have obsessions about dirt or contamination. You may feel […]

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What can I achieve?

What can I achieve?

What can I achieve with Clinical Hypnosis?

The list below is not in anyway complete but goes to demonstrate what hypnosis can help with. Clinical Hypnosis can improve the situation of many issues. Is what your looking for there? if not email us via the contact page and ask what we can do to help YOU!

A
Academic Excellence,
Addictions,
ADHD, AADHD,
Agoraphobia,
Alcoholism,
Allergies,
Amnesia,
Anger Management,
Anorexia,
Anxiety attacks,
Arthritis,
Assertiveness,
Asthma,
Aversion to Public Speaking,

B
Back Pain,
Bed Wetting (Enuresis),
Bereavement,
Binge Eating,
Binge Drinking,
Blood Pressure,
Blushing,
Boosting Confidence,
Boosting self-confidence,
Bruxism (Grinding Teeth),
Bulimia,

C
Caffeine Addiction,
Caring for the Terminally Ill,
CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,
Chocolate Addiction,
Chronic Pain,
Claustrophobia,
Co-Dependance
Compulsions,
Compulsive/Obsessive OCD,
Confidence,
Constipation,

D
Dealing with Difficult People,
Dental Problems,
Dependance,
Depression,
Diarrhea, Diarrhoea
Disorders,
Drink More Water,
Stop Drinking Fizzy Drinks (Pop/Soda),
Drinking,
Driving Test Nerves,
Drug Abuse,

E
Ease Eczema,
Eat Healthy,
Eat Slowly,
Eating Disorders,
Eczema,
Emotional Problems,
Exam Nerves,
Exercise Motivation,

F
Failure Syndrome,
Fears (Flying, etc.),
Feelings of guilt,

G
Gagging,
Gain Weight,
General Health,
Get Rid of Migraines,
Goal Setting,
Grief,
Guilt Feelings,
Gym Motivation,

H
Habits,
Hay Fever,
Headaches and Migraine,
Healing Power Hypnosis,
Healthy Lifestyle,
Helping with exams nerves,
High Blood Pressure,
Hot Flashes,
Hydrophobia,
Hypnosis & Cancer Treatment,
Hypochondria,
Hysterical Symptoms,
Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS*,

I
Improve Posture,
Improving concentration and memory,
Improving sports performance,
Increased Sales Effectiveness,
Indecisiveness,
Inferiority,
Infertility Hypnosis,
Inflammatorybowel disease,
Inhibitions,
Insecurity,
Insomnia,

J
Jealousy,
Jetlag Reliever

K
Kleptomania,

L
Learning Difficulties,
Lip Biting,
Living and dealing with IBS,
Low or High Blood Pressure,

M
M.E.,
Marital Problems,
Memory Improvement,
Menopause,
Menstrual Tension,
Morning Sickness,
Motivation Problems,
MRI Scan Anxiety,

N
Nail-Biting,
Negative Thinking,
Nervousness,
Neurasthenia,
Neurosis,
Nightmares,

O
OCD,

P
Pain Management,
Pain relief,
Panic Attacks,
Performance Anxiety,
Personal Development
Personal perspectives,
Phobias & Fears,
PMS,
Poor Circulation,
Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD),
Prepare for Surgery,
Presentation Nerves,
Public Speaking,

Q
Quit Smoking , Quit4Life,

R
Rejection,
Relationships,
Relaxation,
Relaxation and Sleep,

S
Sales Performance,
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD),
Self Belief,
Self Consciousness,
Self Development,
Self Esteem,
Self help,
Self-Confidence/Image,
Self-Consciousness,
Self-esteem,
Shame,
Shyness,
Slimming,
Smoking Cessation,
Snoring,
Social Phobia/Social Anxiety,
Sports Abilities,
Sports Improvement,
Sports Motivation,
Sports Performance
Sports Psychology,
Stage Fright,
Stammering & Stuttering,
Stop Facial Tics,
Stop Nose Picking,
Stop Thumb Sucking,
Stress Management,
Study,
Stuttering,

T
Teeth Grinding,
Tension Headaches,
Test / Exam Anxiety,
Thumb Sucking,
Tinnitus,
Trauma,
Travel Fright,
Travel Sickness,
Twitching,

V
Vertigo,

W
Weight control

Claire Dares… Hypnosis

Claire Dares… Hypnosis

The first of Claire Adams’ on-going series where she tries out things she would normally not have considered. How did she get on in the hypnotist’s chair?


Last week when I was asked to be hypnotised against my fear of heights, all manner of pre-conceptions entered my head; I was convinced they would make me believe I was a goat in a Paul McKenna-style way.When I arrived at the Alexander Practice though, I was immediately put at ease; he talked me through exactly what was going to happen so I let him work his magic on me.  The relaxing music began and Geoffrey began his talk – and, in case you’re wondering, there was no swinging clock.I was under for 35 minutes and I have to say I remember most of it.  I was fully aware of what was happening the whole way through, it was like day dreaming in a way, sort of half awake and half asleep – a state I’m in most days to be honest. Claire Adams

                                                                                             Claire Adams
So the real question has to be, has it worked????

For the first 15 minutes or so, Geoffrey talked me through relaxing the muscles in my body – it worked, I couldn’t feel the chair I was sat on, my hands were completely numb and my mouth was wide open but I couldn’t shut it (not very attractive).

 

Well, on my return, I hauled myself onto the top level of the … car park and peered […]

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Panic Attacks and Anxiety

Panic Attacks and Anxiety

Panic Attacks and Anxiety and hypnosis papers

Hypnosis and CBT with depression and anxiety’. Ester German.  Australian Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis (May 2004) Vol. 32(1), p.p. 71-85. ‘Cognitive-behavioural hypnotic treatment for managing examination anxiety and facilitating performance’. Calvin Kai-Ching Yu.  Contemporary Hypnosis (2006), Vol. 2(23), p.p. 72-82.  www.interscience.wiley.com/journal/ch‘The casual role of negative imagery in social anxiety: a test in confident public speaking’. Hirsch C. et al.  Journal of Behaviour Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry (2006), Vol.37(2). ‘The role of imagery in the maintenance and treatment of snake fear’. Hunt M. et al.  Journal of Behaviour Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry (2006), Vol. 37(4).

By |December 16th, 2011|Anxiety, CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Depression, Fears, Panic Attacks, Stress|Comments Off on Panic Attacks and Anxiety