Why Women Should Avoid Being Stressed During Pregnancy

Why Women Should Avoid Being Stressed During Pregnancy

Why Women Should Avoid Being Stressed During Pregnancy! Stress has become an inevitable consequence of modern everyday life, that’s a fact for most of us and as we are subjected to increasing amounts of it, we experience more and more of the effects of the great rate of wear and tear we subject our bodies to. The term was originally coined by Hans Selye in 1936, and defined by him as “the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change.” This means thatACT Change for the Better are all subjected to stress, but its effects on our bodies differ greatly from person to person, largely dependent on the gravity of and how we handle the stressful situation. It manifests itself in any number of physical or psychological symptoms that are often ignored until it seriously affects our health. In fact, stress is currently one of the leading causes of illness worldwide, such as depression, erectile dysfunction, hypertension, stroke, IBS and heart disease. This increasing number of stress-related illnesses has raised alarm bells throughout the worldwide medical community.

Stress can stem from both positive and negative experiences in our lives. Positive stressors, or eustress, are situations that are perceived to be happy or good, such as weddings, childbirth or big family holidays. Negative stressors, or distress, are situations that are traumatising or unhappy, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, or an accident.

Pregnancy can be considered both a positive and negative stressor, being a time of great joy and adjustment for the expectant mother as she and her partner welcome the new addition to their family. Apart […]

By |April 9th, 2014|Fertility, Stress, Womens Issues|Comments Off on Why Women Should Avoid Being Stressed During Pregnancy

I love labour – midwife tells of pain free childbirth

I love labour – midwife tells of pain free childbirth

Mary McCallan is pictured with her son Arthur and daughter Minnie.
Mary McCallan is pictured with her son Arthur and daughter Minnie.

A Derry based midwife is pioneering a new approach to childbirth – encouraging women to use the power of hypnotherapy to help them through the trials and tribulations of labour and delivery.

Mary McCallan, who is based at Altnagelvin Hospital, has recently trained to become Northern Ireland’s first Natal Hypnotherapy practitioner and plans to bring her newly developed skills into the labour ward with her.

The mum of two speaks from experience when she extols the virtues of hypnotherapy in labour, having taken this approach during the birth of her two children Arthur and Minnie.

And when she goes into the labour ward again this summer to deliver baby number three, she will be bringing all those valuable skills with her to help her through the experience.

“I’m not great at pregnancy,” Mary told the ‘Journal’ – “But I look forward to labour. I have no fear of it.

“It’s such a special time that I’m looking forward in getting into that car, heading up the road to have my baby.

“I think it’s such a shame that so many women go into the experience terrified and afraid of the pain and what it might be like.”

Mary said she was inspired to look into Natal Hypnotherapy after seeing a number of women come into her delivery room who embraced the techniques.

“There is just such a difference in women who have researched and practised hypnotherapy. There are a number of methods out there – but the common factor is that women who have prepared in this way for […]

By |May 23rd, 2013|About Me|Comments Off on I love labour – midwife tells of pain free childbirth

Evidence Based Hypnotherapy

Evidence Based Hypnotherapy

Review of Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy: by Donald Robertson.
Which Forms of Hypnotherapy are Evidence-Based?
Hypnotherapy as Empirically-Supported Treatment (EST)

Ratings using Chambless & Hollon (1998) criteria reviewed by David M. Wark (2008)
Copyright © Donald Robertson, 2009  Reprinted from The Hypnotherapy Journal Spring 2009

I beg farther to remark, if my theory and pretensions, as to the nature, cause, and extent of the phenomena of have none of the fascinations of the transcendental to captivate the lovers of the marvellous, the credulous and enthusiastic, which the pretensions and alleged occult agency of the mesmerists have, still I hope my views will not be the less acceptable to honest and sober-minded men, because they are all level to our comprehension, and reconcilable with well-known physiological and psychological principles.  – James Braid, Hypnotic Therapeutics, 1853

One of the most useful articles to be published recently was arguably Wark’s review of those studies on hypnotherapy that were rated as meeting the Chambless & Hollon (1998) criteria for “empirically-supported treatments” in the field of psychology, known as ESTs for short.  It may not surprise many NCH members to know that when the research literature on psychotherapy was previously reviewed by a task force of nineteen psychologists led by Prof. Dianne Chambless most of the psychological therapies identified as “empirically-supported” (formerly termed “empirically-validated”) tended to be specific forms of cognitive and/or behaviour therapy (CBT).  Most forms of psychotherapy, ranging from the more controversial and pseudoscientific ones to some of the more “respectable” and mainstream approaches, do not meet these strict criteria for empirical support.  However, one study was identified which demonstrated that cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy (CBH) was “probably efficacious” for weight loss in obese clients.  In this respect, hypnotherapy might (tentatively) be said to […]

Hypnotherapy Helps Homecoming Heroes

Homecoming Heroes

Hypnotherapy Helps Homecoming Heroes

As I write this Remembrance Day is fast approaching and the United Kingdom’s ongoing involvement in war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan (& Now Libya Added 23/03/11 and now Syria, Somalia and South Sudan 28/09/2015) always in headlines, the troubles homecoming heroes have in adapting to their return to civilian life is often overlooked.

The National Council for Hypnotherapy has pioneered a programme which allows our members to offer homecoming servicemen and women a free consultation/session to help cope with their return to civilian life after the stresses of warfare.

Such sessions, says the NCH chairman Paul White, will help with relaxation, removing anxiety, dealing with depression, processing traumatic events, dealing with loss, re-adjustment and building self-esteem.

Many returning servicemen and women have shown a high rate of stress.

Sessions, says the NCH chairman Paul White, will help with relaxation, removing anxiety, dealing with depression, processing traumatic events, dealing with loss, re-adjustment and building self-esteem. Everyone reacts to stress in different ways and to different degrees. Some people have more stress than others. Some people handle stressful situations better than others. Each person is triggered by different stressful situations, depending on their own make-up.

“Stress is one of the biggest threats to people’s health, happiness, and well being,” says White.

“Stress may cause confused thinking, depression, over-eating, excessive drinking, reckless driving, high blood pressure, heart problems, and a myriad of other health problems. The symptoms of stress are sometimes insidious and undetectable, until one day you feel overwhelmed with life. Everything bothers you, from your work to your favourite pet at home. You may even start […]

British surgeons should hypnotise patients

British surgeons hypnotise patients

British surgeons should hypnotise patients for some operations, says academic

British surgeons should be taught to hypnotise patients to control pain for some operations rather than rely on general anaesthetics, according to a leading American academic.

Professor David Spiegel, of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University, wants the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) to sanction sweeping changes.

He will tell the Royal Society of Medicine on Monday that Nice should add hypnotherapy to its list of approved therapeutic techniques for the treatment of conditions ranging from allergies and high blood pressure to the pain associated with cancer treatment and bone marrow transplantation.

Nice has already approved the technique for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.

“It is time for hypnosis to work its way into the mainstream of British medicine,” says Professor Spiegel.

“There is solid science behind what sounds like mysticism and we need to get that message across to the bodies that influence this area.

“Hypnosis has no negative side-effects. It makes operations quicker, as the patient is able to talk to the surgeon as the operation proceeds, and it is cheaper than conventional pain relief. Since it does not interfere with the workings of the body, the patient recovers faster, too.

“It is also extremely powerful as a means of pain relief. Hypnosis has been accepted and rejected because people are nervous of it. They think it’s either too powerful or not powerful enough, but, although the public are sceptical, the hardest part of the procedure is getting other doctors to accept it.”

Last year, the Daily Telegraph reported how a pensioner had knee surgery using just hypnosis to control the pain.

Trained hypnotist […]

By |June 9th, 2009|Anxiety, Hypnotherapy, Latest News, Stress|Comments Off on British surgeons should hypnotise patients

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!

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,
Inflamatory bowel 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 ,Stay Stopped,

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
Warts,
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.


Making an Appointment

Making an Appointment

If you’re interested in finding out what Hypnotherapy can do for you, I offer an initial 30 minute consultation, with no obligation to carry on with the treatment. This will allow me to talk you through what Hypnotherapy is able to achieve, you can ask

any questions you have, and we can establish what it is we are aiming to do in any subsequent sessions. See if you can get on with the sound of my voice by trying the FREE button below and listening to the free track on my download site. If you can then thats fine a face to face appointment or if your budget is tight then a download may help.

If you’re happy to carry on working with me, we can have an hour session of hypnotherapy directly afterwards, provided the diary allows – so you should plan for you initial meeting with me to be one and a half hours. Subsequent sessions will be one hour.

I do not usually see clients in the comfort of their own homes. This is usually because there are too many distractions and in some cases the very thing we are to work on is associated with the home environment in some way. I therefore use a Clinic Environment. However if you are nervous, I understand it may be a new experience for you so  it’s OK for a friend or relative to come along with you.

Appointments held during the normal working day, on weekdays, are £75 for one hour session (The first session is more likely to be of two hours – Same price though £75 so you get 1 extra […]

By |October 7th, 2007|About Me, Hypnotherapy, Make an Appointment, Resources|Comments Off on Making an Appointment