Anxious attacks can leave you feeling as if your mind and body have been hijacked. Hypnotherapy can help you rise above panic attacks and underlying anxiety, putting you back in the driver's seat of your life. It can help you to relate to the influences and events at the core of your anxious feelings in a new way. It can help you identify the triggers of panic attacks before they take hold and embed strategies that help you overcome these feelings.
As a Hypnotherapist, I help you to enter a relaxed state where you become open to suggestion. If you have some experience of meditation, the state of hypnosis will bare some familiarity to you. In this state many things become possible that are not possible in normal waking life. With my guidance, you'll be able to transcend beliefs and mindsets that have kept you from moving on from harmful thinking and behaviours and re-programme them.
Take, for example, panic attacks. The more primitive parts of your brain may have, at some point during your life, used a panic attack as a way to keep you from perceived immediate danger. Perceived, because a panic attack can occur in response to the thought of speaking in front of a group of people, to stepping outside, to getting a flight, or to overwhelming negative emotions. This reaction may at some point have helped you, but it can embed an unhelpful rule, repeating throughout your life, causing suffering, impacting relationships and preventing you from living life as you would like. Hypnotherapy can help you to gain perspective on these processes, reducing the emotional charge, so that rather than being victim to them, you are free to put into action new responses that work for you.
We are all suggestible. The degree to which depends on our personal investment, as well as the therapeutic relationship. Is this something you really want? Are you willing to invest your time and money for your own wellbeing? Do you feel comfortable with the hypnotherapist? Are you confident that they are in a position to help you? The extent to which you are/do can be a useful indicator of the success you are likely to benefit from. In order to help you answer these questions and more, you are very welcome to book a free “Get to Know Me” session, lasting about 20 minutes. To book your session, just click here.
“Suggestion” is just as it says, even in a hypnotic trance. It is not mind control and you do not submit to the will of the hypnotherapist. On the contrary, with critical faculty reduced, your own will is given the opportunity to take action in ways it has so far been unable. If at any point you would like to exit a hypnotic trance, you are always capable and free to do so.
The best way to understand Hypnotherapy is to have an experience. You can do this by contacting me for a free consultation.
Professor Steve Peters introduces the notion that you have three brains: the chimp, the human and the computer. Here is an illustrated video which explains the Chimp Paradox nicely. Hypnosis can be thought of as helping your chimp to go to sleep, so that your human has access to your computer. The Chimp Paradox helps to explain the differences in brain functioning that occur under hypnosis in layman’s terms.
Here is a Stanford article by Dr. David Spiegel showing that Hypnotherapy is a “serious science” and explaining the brain functioning in neurological terms.
My Hypnotherapy sessions involve a significant amount of coaching, helping you to the point where hypnosis will have the greatest effect. I then use hypnosis to:
-Help you deeply embed perceptual shifts and belief changes
-Visualise with greater richness and clarity
-Have the changes manifest as they it were second nature
It is not only anxiety and panic attacks that have I used Hypnotherapy to help people with:
-Stuttering / Stammering
-Addictions (including smoking, alcohol and drugs)
-Fears and phobias (including dogs, heights, spiders, injections, MRI scanners, open water and flying)
-and plenty more
I qualified with a diploma in Hypnotherapy in 2004 and have been practising since then. Along the way I have enriched my skills with NLP qualifications to the level of Advanced Master Practitioner, as well as numerous other short courses.
In 2011 I gained a master's degree in Psychology. I undertook research into the emotional exhaustion of Special Educational Needs Coordinators. This broadened my understanding of human nature and therapeutic approaches.