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Hypnotherapy in The Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety occurs in modern societies in almost epidemic numbers. One of the great problems in addressing this is that many of the stressors we encounter in everyday life realistically either cannot be removed, or would require making major, often unacceptable, changes in our lifestyle.

An example of this is worrying about losing our jobs to automation. For so many of us, the risk is real, but often there is little we can do to reduce this risk.

So, we struggle on, but with that nagging fear in our minds. But as we’re constantly bombarded by negative stories via the evening news and social media, our anxiety levels rise, until it finally manifests, perhaps as insomnia, hair pulling or horrible pains in our chest or stomach.

So, the first question that arises is, if we cannot remove the stressors, can we do something about the terrible symptoms of anxiety?

The answer is definitely  yes.

We can see the doctor and get a prescription. there are effective drugs,  but they all carry the risks of side effects and, in some cases, addiction. Also, there is evidence that some of the drugs used to treat anxiety can negatively effect our mental and physical performance.

There is growing evidence that exercise and dietary improvements help reduce anxiety symptoms. A major benefit of using exercise and diet, is that while, helping to reduce the anxiety, they also provide major benefits to our overall health, fitness and risk of acquiring degenerative diseases.

But what if they’re not enough to get the job done? Or, what if the sufferers circumstances limit the use of these approaches?

Hypnotherapy is a proven, side effect free way of treating anxiety. And when delivered by a skilled therapist, it has an extremely high success rate.

A second, and equally important question related to anxiety is, why do some experiences or circumstances causes some people to experience debilitating anxiety while others remain unaffected.

One major reason for this is that a situation or experience often triggers anxiety because it relates to an earlier life experience. Such experiences may be recent or may have occurred long ago, even in childhood. The sufferer may have completely forgotten about an early life event, yet it may be profoundly affecting his or her life.

This is what makes hypnotherapy such a useful tool in treating this condition. A Hypnotherapist can use a technique called Age Regression to resolve that early event. Often, this alone is enough to bring the anxiety levels down.

The therapist doesn’t need to even know what the event causing all the problems actually was. This is because the event is doing its harm at the subconscious level, (which is why the sufferer often has no recollection of the event), and that is precisely where hypnosis operates.

Hypnotherapy is a highly effective treatment modality for anxiety, and, best of all, it is side effect free.




Hypnosis for Pain Management

“The empirical support for hypnosis for chronic pain management has flourished over the past two decades. Clinical trials show that hypnosis is effective for reducing chronic pain, although outcomes vary between individuals. The findings from these clinical trials also show that hypnotic treatments have a number of positive effects beyond pain control. Neurophysiological studies reveal that hypnotic analgesia has clear effects on brain and spinal-cord functioning that differ as a function of the specific hypnotic suggestions made, providing further evidence for the specific effects of hypnosis. The research results have important implications for how clinicians can help their clients experience maximum benefits from hypnosis and treatments that include hypnotic components.”

This is the abstract from an excellent article* describing how hypnosis can be a highly effective adjunct therapy in pain management,

You can read the entire article here

At my practice in Highgate Hill, I  consistently achieve excellent results with helping my clients to effectively and positively overcome chronic pain.

To learn more, you can find my contact details here. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about how hypnotherapy can help you to overcome your chronic pain.

*    Hypnotic Approaches for Chronic Pain Management – Clinical Implications of Recent Research Findings. Mark P. Jensen and David R. Patterson, University of Washington

Foods that Harm our Health

Here is a very good article that explains in a way that you don’t need to be a chemist to understand, the link between certain foods and cancer risk.

What I found really disturbing is how food manufacturers use tricks to enable them to poison us without our knowing about it.

Well worth a read.

If you’d like to consume less of these foods, but you’re finding it a struggle, hypnotherapy can really help.

You see, much of what and how we eat is a matter of habit. Often these habits have become deeply ingrained in our subconscious over our entire lifetimes. They’re not easy to change.

Hypnotherapy is on of the most effective ways known to achieve lasting changes to habitual behaviour.

And best of all, it’s side effect free.

If you’d like to know more, you can contact me HERE. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have, and there’s no obligation.

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We can begin identifying cancer-causing foods once we recognize which ingredients in our food cause cancer. Some of these ingredients are food additives and chemicals used to enhance taste, while others are used strictly for appearance or to increase product shelf life.

Cancer tumors develop, in part, by feeding on sugar in the bloodstream. If you eat lots of sugary snacks loaded with simple carbs, you’re loading your bloodstream with the chemical energy needed for cancer cells (and tumors) to proliferate. No biological system can live without fuel for its chemical processes, including cancer cells. Thus, one of the strategies to pursue for any anti-cancer diet is to eat low-glycemic diet. That means no refined sugars, no refined grains (white flour, for example), no heavy use of sweeteners and the lifetime avoidance of sugary soda pop.

To read the entire article, click HERE



The Science of How Our Minds and Our Bodies Converge in the Healing of Trauma

“A purely disembodied human emotion is a nonentity,”William James asserted in his revolutionary 1884 theory of how our bodies affect our feelings. Two generations later, Rilke wrote in a beautiful letter of advice to a young woman: “I am not one of those who neglect the body in order to make of it a sacrificial offering for the soul, since my soul would thoroughly dislike being served in such a fashion.” And yet in the century since, we’ve made little progress on making sense — much less making use — of the inextricable dialogue between the physical body and the psychoemotional interior landscape we shorthand as “soul.”

So begins an excellent article by Maria Popova and published on Brainpickings.

One doesn’t have to experience to war to become traumatized; Sexual abuse or domestic violence create the same mind and body responses.

Maria talks about the work of Boston-based Dutch psychiatrist and pioneering PTSD researcher Bessel van der Kolk, and his book, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

You can the read article Here


Hypnotherapy for Sports Performance Excellence

Hypnotherapy for Sports Excellence, as the name suggests, is simply hypnotism directed towards improving sports performance. It’s used by all levels of sportspeople, from amateurs to top level professionals, and it’s successfully used to get better results in just about every type of sport. But how does hypnosis, which is concerned with the mind, help with sport, which is all about the body?

The idea of mental factors being just as important as physical factors in sport is nothing new, and is probably as old as sport itself. In the 20th century, this idea was developed by the new science of psychology. The term “sports psychology” has been in use since at least the 1920s, and the Soviet Olympic squads of the 1950s famously employed teams of psychological coaches. Sports psychology began to be taught at universities, and it gradually became big business, as major league teams and players added sports psychologists to their staff. Sports hypnosis is part of this movement, and can be seen as a practical sports psychology tool.

You can read more at this excellent website http://www.sportshypnosis.org/

Tapping - It Changes the Brain

I thought I would share with you an email I received recently, which – very exciting – explains how brain imaging techniques have shown that (EFT) Tapping actually changes the brain.

We’ve known for a long time that Tapping is highly effective. We’re now a major step closer to understanding the exact process, thanks to work being done by Dr  Peta Stapleton at Bond university.

You can read it here

Also, you can read more about how I work with EFT (Tapping) here


The Benefits of Exercise for Cancer Patients.

Huffington Post has a report of huge meta study covering 70,000  patients world wide, conducted by Australian researchers,

It shows that moderate exercise reduced cancer-specific mortality by up to 44 percent, all-cause mortality by up to 48 percent and cancer recurrence by up to 35 percent.

This is both remarkable and exciting.

Here we have a low cost, minimal side effect, (unless it’s overdone) adjunct to treatment, that can almost halve  mortality. And we already know that exercise reduces the depression that so often accompanies such diagnoses.

You can read the article here.



Study shows association between gut microbes and brain structure in people with IBS

Scienmag is reporting that a new study by researchers at UCLA has revealed two key findings for people with irritable bowel syndrome about the relationship between the microorganisms that live in the gut and the brain.

For people with IBS research shows for the first time that there is an association between the gut microbiota and the brain regions involved in the processing of sensory information from their bodies. The results suggest that signals generated by the brain can influence the composition of microbes residing in the intestine and that the chemicals in the gut can shape the human brain’s structure.

You can read the complete article HERE

Hypnosis, a Safe, Effective Tool for Childhood Anxiety

Here ** is a link to a study of using Hypnosis with Children that describes the long history of using hypnosis to achieve highly successful outcomes with children.

Kids today really have a lot to deal with. There are pressures to perform at school, in after school activities such as sports and arts, in the area of social media, and with older children, as well as the worry of choosing a sustainable career.

These stresses and anxieties sometimes become too much for our young folk to deal with, which can result in a range of symptoms, both emotional and physical.

Children can develop a variety symptoms, including phobias and stomach problems. (I increasingly work with specialist Pediatric Gastroenterologists at Lady Cilento Hospital to help children with emotionally driven gut problems).

Hypnotherapy is completely safe for children, (and adults), it’s entirely without side effects and it usually achieves permanent results in such cases.

As part of the work I do, I teach my young clients techniques and tools that they can use for the rest of their lives to help deal with stressful periods in their lives.

Enjoy the article.

** Applications of Clinical Hypnosis with Children      
Daniel P Kohen. University of Minnesota, USA
International Handbook of Clinical Hypnosis.  Copyright 2001 John WIley and Sons Ltd
ISBN: 0-471-97009-3

Hypnosis and Eating Disorders

The following is an extract from an article entitled, “Hypnosis in the Treatment of Bulimea Nervosa – A Review of the Literature” by Greg J Coman of the Addiction Research Institute

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterised by uncontrolled, recurrent episodes of binge-eating followed by self-induced vomiting or purging. Sufferers report a feeling of lack of control over eating behaviour during their eating binges and have a persistent over-concern with body image and weight* Researchers have suggested that bulimia sufferers have significantly high hypnotisability compared with normal controls and anorexia nervosa sufferers, with the latter generally showing lower hypnotisability.

Hypnosis provides an appropriate and powerful treatment modality for bulimics and compulsive eaters. It can be used as a means of support for clients during ongoing treatment and as a means of exploring the aetiology of the eating disorder. Most importantly, hypnosis may be used to enhance the efficacy of other therapeutic interventions, particularly cognitive and behavioural interventions.

You can read the entire article Here