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/

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Telephone Hypnosis

Telephone Hypnosis

No matter where you live, no matter if its in a remote community or in a big city in the UK or overseas you can always reach therapists who is skilled in working with your type of problem. Technology has certainly brought the world to your doorstep. At one time it could have been be costly and very difficult to get the right help you need. You may of had to travel far to locate and visit a therapist who specialises in what condition or issue that needed a resolution. That’s until now. That is why we offer you the opportunity to have hypnosis over the phone and via Skype.

Simply log on to Skype and search for HypnoFix

Remote telephone  hypnosis offers my clients a session of hypnosis whilst they are in the privacy and comfort of their own home, giving them an enhanced sense of control over the process. People sometimes feel more relaxed in their own environment instead of a therapy room. This can be especially helpful for those who lack self confidence to leave the house or home and need help but may not have the ability to go to a therapist directly, such as agoraphobics and those with eating disorders, chronic IBS patients who cant be away from the bathroom or problematic compulsive habits who need support.

Sessions can be arranged to suit. Like all the therapy conducted by HypnoFix, it is tailored to the client’s needs and we treat people according to their specific needs.

An article in New Scientist Magazine from 29 January 2002 claims that a small UK study suggests tele-hypnosis can be even more effective than […]

My Ethos

My Ethos

My ethos …….demonstrates my commitment to deliver the most up to date and as clinically effective therapy as is possible and in sharing this, allows you to understand what is behind the therapy, whilst providing an insight into the person who delivers it.

I currently undertake, and am prepared to, whilst observing patient confidentiality, to carry out the following:-

Maintain relationships with:-
•    All service users (you the client/patient)
•    Carers relatives and visitors to my clinics where ever they be conducted.
•    Clinical and non clinical staff from general practices
•    Clinical and non clinical staff from secondary care providers, carers, charities, etc.
•    Clinical and non clinical staff from community providers, dieticians, district nurses, case managers and psychotherapists, complimentary health service providers.
•    Clinical and non clinical staff from children’s, adult and older peoples mental health services
•    Local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and the old (PCT’s) Primary Care Trusts.

I also confirm I will:-
•    Work as a high level clinician providing specialist help, assessment and treatments to adults and where appropriate under 18’s with parental / guardian’s guidance.
•    To liaise with GP’s and specialists when and where required or requested.
•    To actively manage caseloads including new and existing clients in line with the requirements of my governing bodies.
•    I undertake to undergo Continual Professional Development (CPD) where possible, as frequently as possible.
•    To manage a comprehensive caseload of both severe and complex (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) IBS patients alongside the general workload of non-IBS Hypnotherapy Clients.
•    I undertake to listen and deal, both sympathetically, compassionately and over all with personal knowledge experience of over 20 Years of suffering IBS, with total understanding during any consultation.
•    I will […]

What can I achieve with hypnosis?

What can I achieve with hypnosis?

The list below is not in anyway complete but goes to demonstrate what hypnosis can help with.Change

Hypnosis can improve your 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!

Academic Excellence,
Anger Management,
Anxiety attacks,
Aversion to Public Speaking,

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

Caffeine Addiction,
Caring for the Terminally Ill,
CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,
Chocolate Addiction,
Chronic Pain,
Compulsive/Obsessive OCD,

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

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

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

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

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

Improve Posture,
Improving concentration and memory,
Improving sports performance,
Increased Sales Effectiveness,
Infertility Hypnosis,
Inflamatory bowel disease,

Jetlag Reliever


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

Marital Problems,
Memory Improvement,
Menstrual Tension,
Morning Sickness,
Motivation Problems,
MRI Scan Anxiety,

Negative Thinking,


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

Quit Smoking ,Stay Stopped,

Relaxation and Sleep,

Sales Performance,
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD),
Self Belief,
Self Consciousness,
Self Development,
Self Esteem,
Self help,
Smoking Cessation,
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,

Teeth Grinding,
Tension Headaches,
Test / Exam Anxiety,
Thumb Sucking,
Travel Fright,
Travel Sickness,


Weight control

If for some reason your particular issue is not listed here it does not mean that it is not amenable to hypnotherapy, this is just an example of conditions which hypnotherapy commonly treats. I look forward to hearing from you about your issue as I have these People.

Therapy maze

Therapy maze

A guide to the therapy maze

How can you recognise which therapies are safe and who are the reputable practitioners? Here we guide you through the therapy maze.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

What is it?

Practical techniques are used to turn negative thoughts and actions into more positive ones.

How does it work?

The CBT therapist is a bit like a personal mental trainer – they set goals and give the client clear guidelines about how to achieve the changes they want.

The Claims

Clinical trials have shown it is very effective in treating phobias, anxiety, depression and compulsive disorders such as severe over-eating or obsessive cleanliness. Businesses swear by it for stress management. The Department of Health gives it their seal of approval.

The Pain

All therapy can bring unpleasant buried emotions to the surface and CBT is no exception. It is also very goal-oriented and some people may feel that it puts too much pressure on them to achieve results.

Who should do it

Particularly suitable for people with anxiety, phobias and depression. But if you are looking for an in-depth understanding of your relationships, this may not be the therapy for you.

Our expert says:

‘Research has shown that this therapy is very effective in helping people tackle their problems, be they phobias, stress, depression or compulsive behaviour. It is very problem-solving and can produce remarkable results.

‘The downside is that if you really don’t want to face your fears, the therapy itself might increase your anxieties.’ SP


What is it?

Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation. Contrary to popular belief, you are not unconscious during hypnosis – but your conscious awareness operates at a different, deeper level.

How does it work?

Before clients enter the hypnotic state, they […]

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Hypnosis for the people

Hypnosis for the people

All doctors should know how to perform hypnotherapy on their patients, according to a US expert. Professor David Spiegel, of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University, said the therapy had been shown to help patients deal with pain, and could potentially be used in many other situations, such as helping people cope with long-term illnesses.

Professor Spiegel told BBC News Online: “We have more and more people living with these illnesses who need help coping with them, and hypnosis is a safe and effective way to teach people how to manage their own response, how to take the edge off their pain, how to think through their anxiety and not let it overwhelm them.”

The Stanford scientist made his comments at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston. He teaches self-hypnosis to help people manage their symptoms themselves.

Different colours

“If they have pain, I’ll have them imagine they’re doing to the part of their body that hurts what they actually do in the real world when it hurts, whether it’s using a bag of ice cubes or applying heat.”

Professor Spiegel said studies had shown hypnosis did help patients. In a study of women with breast cancer his team is due to publish later this year, those given support plus self-hypnosis had half the pain of those not given that combination.

His team has also found evidence that the brain’s reaction can be changed under hypnosis.

A study of people classed as highly receptive to hypnosis looked at how colour was processed in their brains.

Real view

They were shown patterns, either in colour, or in shades of grey. […]

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Manage the Mind

Manage the Mind

Techniques to Manage the Mind – How Hypnosis is Gaining Respect

Hypnosis, with its long and checkered history in medicine and entertainment, is receiving some new respect from neuroscientists.

Recent brain studies of people who are susceptible to suggestion indicate that when they act on the suggestions, their brains show profound changes in how they process information. The suggestions, researchers report, literally change what people see, hear, feel and believe to be true.

The new experiments, which used brain imaging, found that people who were hypnotized “saw” colors where there were none. Others lost the ability to make simple decisions. Some people looked at common English words and thought that they were gibberish.

“The idea that perceptions can be manipulated by expectations” is fundamental to the study of cognition, said Michael Posner, an emeritus professor of neuroscience at the University of Oregon and expert on attention. “But now we’re really getting at the mechanisms.”

Even with little understanding of how it works, hypnosis has been used in medicine since the 1950s to treat pain and, more recently, as a treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, irritable bowel syndrome and eating disorders.

There is, however, still disagreement about what exactly the hypnotic state is or, indeed, whether it is anything more than an effort to please the hypnotist or a natural form of extreme concentration where people become oblivious to their surroundings while lost in thought.

Hypnosis had a false start in the 18th century when a German physician, Dr. Franz Mesmer, devised a miraculous cure for people suffering all manner of […]

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Hypnosis as a cure?

How hypnosis works as a cure?

Hypnosis as a cure?

In our everyday lives we develop thinking habits and patterns of behaviour. Mostly these work for us, like the habit of washing our hands before meals or looking both ways before crossing the road. But sometimes our habits, including our thinking habits, become out-dated or prove to be counter-productive. Then it is useful to change them.

Hypnosis helps us to do this by taking us into ways of operating which are not cluttered with previously-established behaviour patterns. We then have the flexibility to make change without having to fight old patterns of thought or behaviour.

For example. if you have the habit of thinking of yourself in critical and disparaging ways, it may be difficult to change, because your beliefs are so rehearsed and repeated over many years. In those circumstances it may be useful to change to a different thinking style and use that to think of yourself in a positive and accepting fashion.

Or you may have the habit of worrying (talking to yourself inwardly ) at bedtime, which stops you from going to sleep. If you switch to picturing a pleasant scene in your mind instead, this will be a different way of operating for you i.e. self-hypnosis, and it should help you to get around the habit that interferes with restful, easy sleep.

With post-hypnotic suggestions, that is suggestions that you continue the new way of operating beyond the trance state, you can continue the new behaviour or thinking style in your normal, everday life, until it too becomes a habit. The more useful habit will supercede the less useful one. The reason for this is obvious. We all want our ways of behaving and thinking […]

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Does Hypnosis work?

Does Hypnosis work?

How Well Does Hypnosis work? A Comparison Study

A survey of psychotherapy literature by noted psychologist Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D. revealed the following recovery rates:

Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions
Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions
Hypnotherapy 93% recovery after 6 sessions – American Health Magazine

If you’ve ever seen hypnotism used as entertainment in a stage act, you’ve probably witnessed several of the myths or misconceptions about hypnosis in action. Legitimate clinical hypnotherapy practiced by a qualified professional is not the same process as that performed on stage.

TherapyOne misconception is that when you’re in hypnosis, the hypnotherapist controls youThe reality is you do hypnosis voluntarily for yourself. A hypnotherapist only serves as a knowledgeable guide or facilitator.

Another misconception is that when you’re in hypnosis, you surrender your free will. The truth is that hypnosis is heightened state of concentration and focused attention.  When you’re in hypnosis, you don’t lose your personality, your free will or your personal strength.

Hypnosis is an old word used to describe an even older naturally-occurring state of mind. Everyone experiences this state each day. Daydreaming; being completely absorbed in thought, reading, sometimes while watching television or during artistic expression; and drifting off to sleep at night – all are benefits of our natural ability to enter an altered state of mind.

When used therapeutically, this altered state of mind (hypnosis) features profound relaxation of body and mind. In this state, a highly productive, laser-like focus of attention can be guided by the hypnotherapist to help you achieve your important goals, such as programming better habits, uncovering personal truths, improving health, and becoming happier.

Clinical hypnotherapy takes it a step further and, […]

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