Effective treatment for Anxiety, Habitual and Obsessive Behaviours, Depression, Phobias, Insomnia, Weight Loss, IBS and other conditions related to Mind/Body interaction
Everyday life can often present challenges that can sometimes overwhelm us. It can be a juggling act to balance family life with work commitments and continue to feel good about ourselves and the things that we do. Sometimes, our expectations are overambitious and exceed our physical abilities and striving for success can come at a cost.
When stress gets its hold on us and becomes a chronic stress, it can cause a range of debilitating conditions as a result of the effect of adrenaline and cortisol on the body’s immune system. When the mind preoccupies itself with anxieties and a lack of positive focus the vicious spiral of negative emotions can affect sleep, the digestive system, can cause headaches, skin and eating disorders. A lack of motivation and energy may also be apparent, depression can manifest itself as well as many forms of inflammation.
It is a skill to retain equilibrium when we are responding to all kinds of stress and it is so easy to be self-critical and feel a sense of underachievement. Looking after ourselves is essential for our wellbeing. The more we look after ourselves, the more we have the capacity to look after others and, as mums, we do have many others to look after.
How incredibly empowering it would be to have coping strategies in order to lead to a fulfilling and a happy life. I believe that we can achieve the best in ourselves by being actively engaged with what is meaningful to us as individuals. By best, I don’t mean achieving perfection, but rather actively striving to have better experiences and enjoy life, sleep peacefully at night and to wake up in the morning feeling excited about a new day. Events in our lives will continue to happen and sometimes we can influence these and sometimes not. What we can influence is the attitude that we have towards them. This way of thinking has helped me materialize many of own personal my goals. I truly believe that these skills can be learned so today I am helping others to achieve their goals and I think I have the best job in the world!
I would therefore like to introduce to you a pathway to tranquillity and a way of creating strategic coping mechanisms that create a support network of healthy positive processes day in, day out.
Far from the widely believed media portrayal of mind control and myths that circulate to make good TV entertainment, hypnosis is an incredible therapeutic tool. Hypnosis is a state that we all experience consciously to some extent. When you drift into a thought and your focus is internal – a daydream state – you are experiencing a form of trance. This is when the limbic system of your brain is consolidating information and laying it down in long-term memory stores. This is an automatic process and we do not ‘choose’ to enter it. On average, it happens every 7 minutes but the length and depth vary. It is a state that happens within each person and although it can be triggered by interactions, it cannot be externally controlled; trance is a subjective experience and therefore the control is always within self.
Unlike other treatments that occupy themselves with intellectual processes, hypnotherapy uses a state of relaxation and clarity of internal focus to create emotional change that, in turn, help with cognition and rational thought processes. It is the only therapy that accesses the long-term behavioural patterns within a relatively short period of time as its primary focus is on physical relaxation. The relaxed body creates a relaxed state of mind; a crucial element to form a long-term habitual change. To understand this more clearly, habitual behaviours and long-term memories are laid down in a part of the brain that is called the hippocampus, one of the centres of the limbic system which together with the amygdale and hypothalamus is often referred to as the flight, fight and freeze part of the brain. Our physical survival depends on these responses and these are not choices of behaviour but are protective mechanisms that keep us safe against threats. These may be real in our environment but also imaginary. Real or imaginary, if a limbic part of the brain senses a threat, it will respond in any way it can to protect the self and it has habits to tap into as its resource. This may be by reaching for sugary treats or for a glass of wine. The limbic part of the brain is a pleasure seeker and dopamine is the neurotransmitter that drives us towards pleasurable activities. These may not always be logical and rational but will provide a short-term relief. ‘Survival’ can for example also be ‘ensured’ by blushing, loss of temper or withdrawing from social interactions. Hypnotherapy treats habitual patterns by creating opportunities to establish new neural networks by engaging with the best possible outcomes.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy can be combined with most other styles of treatments. I have been trained in several therapeutic approaches and use a combination of these with my clients. At the centre of my treatment is a Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). SFBT is a neuroscience-based process that encourages the activation of rational thoughts in order to give the intellectual part of the brain the coping tools it needs to deal with stress. Most treatments last between 4-7 sessions. Phobia treatments are only 3 sessions, which is usually all that’s needed. When a client leaves the treatment, they don’t just feel better but they have long term strategies and know how to implement them. This is the same for confidence building, presentation skills, exam success, improved relationships, insomnia, eating habits, self-esteem and so on. The whole process is guided and nurtured and it evolves naturally. There is no expectation other than making each experience the best that it can be. The solution focused process is neuroscience-based and allows for activation of rational thoughts that give the intellect the coping tools it needs.
I would be happy to welcome you to my clinic at Integrated Health in Sevenoaks. Please look at my website for more information www.lovetofeelgood.co.uk.
My colleague Gabrielle Nicholls is a specialist on Hypnobirthing. Gabrielle used to be a midwife and a now works in the field of hypnotherapy. Please contact her if you would like to find out more. www.zenbirth.co.uk/gabrielle