Problems psychotherapy & hypnotherapy can help with

*Addictions

Addictions to smoking, alcohol, gambling, porn and sugar all are responding to the part of our brain where we detect pleasure, this boosts dopamine production, which in term creates our feelings of need to do the whole thing over and over again. Often people end up addicted to these things because there was a need somewhere else in their life that was not being fulfilled.

Through Solution focused psychotherapy, human givens therapy and visualisations of how you want things to be, and maybe look at how those needs can be met some time in the future can help towards creating that whole person again.

To read more about how you can get help for addictions read here.

Depending on you and your addiction(s), a client could break their addiction between 1 to 12 sessions (each session is generally 1 hour) It depends very much on the addiction substance and the personal circumstances. Full client commitment is important. Please read FAQ’s for more details.


*Anger Management

Anger and frustration is completely normal and usually a healthy human emotion. When it gets out of control and you feel you can’t handle it, or you get into a pattern of reacting does it become a problem.

When an individual becomes angry, their heart rate and blood pressure increases as chemicals such as adrenalin are pumped through their body. The body becomes tense, fists clench, jaws clench, some may slam the door, break plates, punch a cushion.

However some individuals may not release this tension and suppress their anger. This usually leads to a build up of emotions causing them to ‘explode’ when it all becomes too much.

Solution focused psychotherapy, CBT, mindfulness and hypnotherapy all can help break the cycle. For more details see the anger management page.

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*Anxiety and mild Depression

Hypnotherapy can help mind or stress related problems. By my clients learning how the mind works and by understanding how we are affected by our states of mind, they are soon back on the road to recovery in no time. Where as counselling can often go back over old wounds, which the client may not want to uncover, Solution Focused therapy instead focuses on what the client wants to achieve, and how they want to achieve it.

  • Anxiety
  • Depressed moods, and lack of motivation
  • Panic attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of confidence
  • Self esteem
  • Exam nerves
  • Grief
  • Divorce
  • Separation
  • Unwanted habits
  • Physical and mental exhaustion
  • Recovery after a nervous breakdown
  • Unnecessary fears and worries>
  • Work stress

Also see more on Anxiety or more on depression

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*Bruxism

Bruxism is a condition which includes grinding, clenching and/or gnashing of teeth unconsciously either throughout the day or often when asleep. It is often caused by stress and although not dangerous like blood pressure, it can do immense harm to your teeth. Hypnotherapy offers the client a way to relax fully and the psychotherapies provided can help recognise the triggers and to focus on how they want things to be.

see Bruxism page for more details.

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*Enuresis or adult bed wetting

Bed-wetting or nocturnal enuresis is the unintentional passing of urine at a time when the bladder should already have control. There are many reasons for this lack of control, some can be physical, some can be psychological and some are part of a sleep problem. Often doctors don’t get much chance to work out what might be at the root of the bed wetting, and solution focused psychotherapy and hypnotherapy, mindfulness, CBT and NLP can often get to the root of the issue.

See the page on enuresis for more details.

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*Confidence issues

A lack of confidence can hit us at any age, from lacking in confidence in teens to ask someone out, to lacking in confidence in doing something as simple as walking in the elderly. It’s not something you can measure, it’s just an inner feeling that you have the ability to do something.

Psychotherapy and hypnotherapy can combine very powerfully to bring your levels of confidence to where they should be.

See page on confidence for more details.

Also see: Confidence key to success

Confidence like Wonder Woman

How to be confident

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*Diabetes

You may wonder how psychotherapy and hypnotherapy can have an effect on the body and diabetes is a case in point. For type 2 diabetes is often the result of lifestyle choices, and where psychological interventions come in are around being able to stick to a low sugar diet, reducing alcohol consumption, being able to reduce your stress so your blood pressure comes down.

Hypnotherapy can also lower the stress people often have when confronted with a lifetime illness, and help gain control over their ability to choose the right foods.

See page on diabetes for more details

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*Eating Disorders

There are many different types of eating disorders, and many ways to tackle the problem. Where there is bingeing or obsession then hypnotherapy can help lower the anxiety. Using CBT we can look at the kind of thoughts influencing the decisions and SFH can help focus on what you wish to achieve and how you can achieve it.

For more details see the page on eating disorders.

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*Eczema and skin conditions

Eczema is often triggered when the mind and body is stressed in some way, whether it’s physical stress such as hot weather and lots of exercise has triggered a reaction, or whether an on going stress causes a person to break out in a rash.

Hypnotherapy can help in reducing that stress, but also in helping change the habit of scratching, or change in approach to the stress itself.

Also see page on eczema.

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Exam Stress

Exam time is often stressful, sleep problems, focus, lack of planning. I have been working with students for the past 10 years, helping them to plan more effectively, lower their anxiety and build their confidence.

Read more here 


*Fertility

Fertility issues can often come about because of underlying stress. For those trying to conceive, then part of the problem may be how either the man or woman reacts to stressful situations. Changing the way you think about them not only helps lower anxiety levels it increases chances of increased sperm production in men and in egg fertilization in women.

Hypnotherapy can also aid in sexual problems such as erectile dysfunction. For more details please see the fertility page.

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*Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a is a medical condition characterised by chronic widespread pain and a heightened and painful response to pressure. Although Hypnotherapy can not cure or prevent the condition, it can be used to change the perception of pain, or to lower the stress and frustration that comes with such a debilitating condition. See the Fibromyalgia page for more details.

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*Hypertension

When hypertension (high blood pressure) is a lifestyle problem, then making changes to the diet, alcohol or smoking, and to how the individual reacts to stress is key. Having high blood pressure will increase the chances of having a heart attack or a stroke, so by changing how you react to stress can add years to your life over all. For more details please read the hypertension page.

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*IBS

IBS is highly prevalent in the Western world, but despite the advancement of many theories, no clear cause has yet been established. IBS may be a conglomeration of disorders with similar symptoms but multiple different root causes. All cases of IBS should be checked out by your doctor so that physical problems are not the cause, and to establish it may be psychological, and stress-related.

Dr Peter Whorwell at Manchester’s Withington Hospital, uses hypnotherapy to help his IBS patients. He maintains that hypnotherapy is effective in the treatment for two reasons, one is it lowers anxiety and two, it acts as pain management, and decreases the sensitivity in the gut. NICE has recommended hypnotherapy for the treatment of IBS.

The symptoms of Irritable Bowel may include:

  • Abdominal pain and spasm
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Bloated stomach
  • Rumbling noises and wind
  • Urgency – a need to rush and open the bowels
  • A feeling of incomplete emptying of the bowels
  • Incontinence if a toilet is not nearby
  • A sharp pain felt low down inside the rectum
  • Nausea, belching and vomiting

Also see IBS Page

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*Insomnia

Not being able to sleep can have devastating effects not only on your ability to function the next day but over time it can lead to memory problems and prolonged lack of sleep is linked with Alzheimer’s. We help establish what may be the root cause – over work, the way we think about the things that cause us stress, we help change habits and establish a good sleep hygiene regime.

For more details see the Insomnia page.

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*Jealousy

Jealousy can be debilitating, it can destroy relationships and make your life a misery. It can affect both men and women equally and affect future relationships if kept unchecked.

For more details and case study, see Jealousy page.

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*Menopausal problems

The menopause is a stressful time for most women, often adapting to changes in the household with children leaving home or parents becoming ill. On top of all this, your body starts to change in a way that can be stressful. Sleep problems, hot flashes and night sweats. Recent research at Baylor University in the States has found that hypnotherapy can help reduce hot flashes by 80% compared to 15% of a control group. Going through this process myself I have devised a programme to help other women get through theirs.

For more details and case study, see The Menopause Programme

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*OCD

OCD can take the form of obsessive thoughts, or compulsions such as hand washing, stepping on paving stones, but not the cracks, ordering books by colour or height, checking windows and doors are locked many times, or being obsessed with a body part – such as the nose. It is an anxiety-driven problem, so reduce the stress and the obsessiveness is controllable.

See OCD page for more details.

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*Pain Management

There are 2 different kinds of pain, one acute, one chronic. The chronic pain can be manipulated by the way the brain can over ride the pain signals, and how we perceive that pain. I have successfully used what’s known as glove anesthesia to help my arm go numb when having blood samples are taken, or injection at the dentist.

For more details read the page on pain.

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*Stop Smoking

The physical side of addiction to smoking is less than 10% the remainder is all in the mind – the subconscious mind where behaviour patterns are stored. Your smoking is not a conscious behaviour, which is why trying to quit with conscious will power alone just isn’t enough. Hypnotherapy can access the subconscious mind, suggest new perspectives on the habit, and remove your desire for smoking.

Smoking is one of the major causes of stress and anxiety because it increases your blood pressure levels. You may think to have a cigarette is calming you, but it is, in fact, stressing your body. Once a person regains control by quitting smoking, they are able to regain control in other areas of their life.

People who smoke throughout life are 80% more likely to suffer severe anxiety and clinical depression in middle age than non-smokers because it depletes the body of the motivational hormone Serotonin.

Smoking does not just cause lung cancer and heart disease. There are many poisonous substances in cigarettes, including Benzene, Formaldehyde, Carbon Monoxide, Arsenic, Acetone, and Nicotine, which many people don’t realise is used commercially in insecticide. This puts a strain on the liver, pancreas, bladder and kidneys, and you risk your chances of developing cancer in these areas too.

I find doing 2 sessions instead of 1 two hour session works more effectively as it helps the client relax especially if they’ve never had hypnotherapy before.

Also see Stop Smoking page

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*Phobias

It is generally accepted that phobias arise from a combination of external events and internal predispositions. Some phobias such as arachnophobia (fear of spiders) and ophidiophobia (fear of snakes) however, may arise more easily due to an evolutionary trait that conditioned humans to fear certain creatures that could cause them harm.

In a famous experiment, Martin Seligman used classical conditioning to establish phobias of snakes and flowers. The results of the experiment showed that it took far fewer shocks to create an adverse response
to a picture of a snake than to a picture of a flower, leading to the conclusion that certain objects may have a genetic predisposition to being associated with fear.

Many specific phobias can be traced back to a specific triggering event, usually a traumatic experience at an early age. Social phobias and agoraphobia have more complex causes that are not entirely known at this time. It is believed that heredity, genetics, and brain chemistry combine with life-experiences to play a major role in the development of anxiety disorders and phobias.

I myself conquered my phobia of driving, which I had for 13 years, using hypnotherapy and NLP techniques. I am now back behind the driving wheel and enjoying every moment.

Also see Phobias in depth

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*Performance Anxiety

Whether you are a budding pop star or have to perform presentations for your company, hypnotherapy can help with reducing your anxiety. Using specially designed NLP techniques to help lower your emotional response and gentle guidance and visualisation to motivate, it is the perfect solution to help get rid of performance nerves, stage fright and fear of public speaking.

Also see Performance Anxiety page

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*Weight Loss

We lose weight when we consume fewer calories and burn off more during exercise, unfortunately, life is usually not as simple as this and we find ourselves cutting corners, eating the wrong foods and making excuses. Poor self-image, fussy diet, and issues such as Anorexia add to the problem.

By making careful choices, monitoring our eating habits and our body mass, gaining control over our habits and emotions, hypnotherapy can help you achieve and maintain your ideal weight. The number of sessions involved will depend on your targets and how motivated you are.

What hypnosis will NOT do regarding bingeing

Hypnosis is not about reprogramming the brain, but allowing your subconscious mind know what is best for you and relay it to your conscious mind. A session will not automatically turn a switch in your head and you’ll wake up NOT bingeing. It will instead help you to gain control and understand the mechanisms that are making you binge. You can then monitor all aspects of your life and put in place the habits you need to loose and maintain your perfect weight.

Also see Weight in depth

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*Sports Performance

Improve your performance in sports.

Many sportsmen and women use hypnotherapy to focus on their skills and to enhance their performance. From athletics to boxers (Bristol’s world champion middleweight boxer Glenn Catley used hypnotherapy to help him gain his world championship title) It is also excellent for concentration and helps with improving your golf, darts and pool matches too.

Create positive focus and new automatic response patterns to achieve your full potential.Whether you need to deal with the pressure of competition or simply wish to overcome nerves or negative behaviour patterns

Hypnotherapy allows you to change the triggers and negative responses that can be encountered due to pre-competition nerves or self-belief issues. Through simple relaxation and various other techniques, you can become focused on what you really want to achieve.

Also see Sports Page

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*Goal setting and getting motivated

Using positive thinking and realistic goal setting, you can become focused to achieve anything. From alleviating exam and interview nerves, to really sorting out what you want in your life. Examining what you can do and using focused, positive visualisation to achieve it. We can’t make a brain surgeon out of someone with a GCSE in ICT, but we can help you gain insights into your weaknesses and more importantly your strengths.

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Past Life Regression

Many people come to a hypnotherapist wanting to find out why something happened in their life thinking it has to do with previous lives. There is no evidence to support this idea. I have done research into this area and find that the brain likes to make sense of things it doesn’t understand and using regression it allows the creative part of the brain to work, but that’s as far as it goes, follow up research into alleged past lives have found no evidence.

 


*Tinnitus

Tinnitus in older people is often caused by natural hearing loss due to aging, which lessens the sensitivity of the hearing nerves. In younger people, tinnitus can sometimes occur as a result of hearing damage that is caused by excessive noise, such as loud music. Whatever the reasons you may be suffering from tinnitus, diagnosis must be done by your GP.

Stress is not a direct cause of tinnitus but it can sometimes make the symptom worse. Some people may report that their tinnitus is worse during stressful events in their life, such as bereavement. The treatment that is recommended for you will depend on whether your tinnitus has an underlying cause. For example, if your tinnitus is caused by a severe or long-term ear infection, antibiotics may be prescribed. If it is caused by a build up of earwax, then ear drops or ear irrigation (where a pressurised flow of water is used to remove the earwax) may be recommended. However, in most cases of tinnitus, there is no cure and so treatment is aimed at managing the symptom on a day-to-day basis.

This is where hypnotherapy can come in. Firstly it helps reduce the stress which often makes it worse. During therapy you can learn various techniques to relax and distract you – mindful meditation techniques can help change what you focus on.

I also give out a relaxation CD to listen to when going to sleep. Often people notice their tinnitus more at night when the background noise has died down and the inner noise becomes more noticeable. The CD helps focus the hearing to the music and the words, and it’s designed to help you relax into a good sleep. Moreover, if you are distracted by the noise when you wake in the night you can use it again to help you get back off.

I have experienced tinnitus for years, thanks to my fondness for very loud rock music, so I use my own CD on a regular basis and it helps me sleep.

Also see: Research on hypnotherapy and Tinnitus

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*Wedding Nerves

Your wedding day should be one of the best days of your life. Then why is it up there with death, moving house and divorce as one of the most stressful? Planning for any big occasion puts unwarranted stress on us as we want to make sure the day goes like clockwork. Where most people get stressed is that so many things are in the hands of other people. The list of things that could go wrong and the way we think about them is what drives our anxiety sty high.

Not just for the bride, but for the groom and best man, who has to stand up and make a speech in front of a group of mostly strangers.

Solution focused hypnotherapy can help you prepare for the big day, lower stress and feel calm and collected as you walk down that aisle.

More on wedding day nerves here

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Penelope Ling is a widely experienced hypnotherapist who has worked with everyone from top executives to stroke victims since 2007. She has been editor of Hypnotherapy Today Magazine and is a supervisor and mentor for members of the AfSFH and NCH.

Read Penny’s inspiring story How I beat all my phobias, or find out more how hypnotherapy could help your problem by downloading How Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help with life. Feel free to send Penny a message here.


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