Emotional Health

Hypnotherapy offers 'tools' and solutions to the problems that affect your thoughts and feelings

Emotional wellbeing is not the absence of emotions, but it is your ability to understand the value of your emotions and use them to move your life forward in positive directions.

A useful definition of emotional wellbeing is offered by the Mental Health Foundation: ‘A positive sense of wellbeing which enables an individual to be able to function in society and meet the demands of everyday life; people in good mental health have the ability to recover effectively from illness, change or misfortune.

Being a young person carries many risk factors which may have a negative impact on a young person’s emotional wellbeing, such as poor housing, economic disadvantage, serious illness, homophobic bullying, abuse or bereavement. Any of these factors can have a profound impact on a young person’s self-esteem and their ability to learn. As many as one in five children in our classrooms may be experiencing a psychological problem at any one time.

Everyday emotional well-being also involves identifying, building upon, and operating from your strengths rather than focusing on fixing problems or weaknesses. The better you are able to master your emotions, the greater your capacity to enjoy life, cope with stress, and focus on important personal priorities.

What kind of benefits can you expect?

Some benefits of gaining greater emotional well-being include knowing that your needs are important and that you deserve to have a life where you feel happy and secure. As you achieve emotional balance, you are able to identify your heart’s desires, take positive action, and make changes in your life.

With emotional well-being, you can experience:

  • Healing – from stress, anxiety, depression, grief, and other issues
  • Change – to transform unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving
  • Self-confidence – as you gain trust and belief in yourself
  • Growth – to live more authentically

Leave worry, stress, and despair behind as you learn to lead your life with vision, inspired action, and an inner state of creativity. Emotional freedom is your ability to connect with your body and utilize emotions, feelings, senses, and intuition to guide you into an empowered alignment with purpose.

How do we improve our emotional wellbeing? How do we make ourselves emotionally strong? Preventative approaches are much better than intervention after a problem has emerged but I work with clients to both address and overcome emotional issues and then work with them to ensure that they stay emotionally healthy.

The key to a happy and healthy life

Emotional health has many aspects. Put simply, it is based on self-esteem – how you feel about yourself – and behaviour that is appropriate and healthy. Someone who is emotionally healthy:

  • Understands and adapts to change
  • Copes with stress
  • Has a positive self-concept
  • Has the ability to love and care for others
  • Can act independently to meet his or her own needs

Everyone, including people who are emotionally healthy, has problems. Emotionally healthy people are able to adjust to and solve problems, and in doing so they help others as well as themselves to get satisfaction out of life.

Coping With Anxiety

Hypnotherapy can help promote new reactions to situations that previously caused you to feel anxiety

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Understanding Anxiety

Anxiety is a conflict of interest within your mind, where consciously you want to do something but your subconscious ‘believes’ that you should not or could not do it.

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A New Approach

Whatever your reason, hypnotherapy can help to promote new reactions to situations that previously you were unable to achieve or caused you to feel anxiety.

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Useful Tools

Hypnotherapy and personal counselling can provide you with the tools to rediscover balanced emotions and a reduction in anxious responses to situations

Anxiety is a conflict of interest within your mind, where consciously you want to do something but your subconscious ‘believes’ that you should not or could not do it.

Anxiety can be brought about by specific issues, work pressure, fear of making the wrong decision, fear of letting someone down, difficult colleagues, public speaking, excessively high expectation of yourself, fear of illness or by non specific issues, just a feeling of impending pressure that everything will ‘fall apart’.

Whatever your reason, hypnotherapy can help to promote new reactions to situations that previously caused you to feel anxiety. Therefore making you feel more relaxed and confident when faced with these previously stressful situations.

Coping with Stress

You can release and prevent stress in your life through Hypnotherapy. Stress deeply affects a person’s emotions, thinking, body processes and also behaviour. Stress affects everyone to different degrees. The effects of extreme stress can leave people with feelings of being unable to cope or function properly. Stress negatively affects both the mind and body.

By resolving the underlying thoughts / feelings causing the stress and releasing the emotion tied up, then the body and mind will return to homeostasis (balance).

There might be one cause or several. If one area of our life is out of kilter, it is likely to have a knock on affect on the others, including:

  • Relationships
  • Work
  • Play
  • Intellectual and Spiritual Growth

It is often the case that there is a predominant stressor, which affects all others. If the main stressor is dealt with, then often the other minor stressors resolve themselves.

Anxiety and Stress

Hypnotherapy is an effective tool to reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Learn how your thinking affects your feelings and how you can look at things differently so you can feel calmer and in control.

Anxiety which is commonly known of as ‘stress’, is predominately fear. Fear of certain situations you are faced with, of the unknown, or how you view the future to become. It causes physical changes in the body. These changes can affect your stomach causing digestion problems, diarrhoea, constipation and ulcers. Anxiety also effects concentration, sleep, eating and day to day functioning, and can lead to insomnia, migraines, depression, IBS, palpitations amongst other things.

Panic Attacks

Hypnotherapy offers a way to cope with and resolve the issues leading to panic attacks

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Using Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy enables you to cope with panic attacks and help reduce them

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Take Control

Use hypnotherapy to feel in control of your situation, panic should not rule your life

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Useful Tools

Use hypnosis to calm and relax your body, reduce your heart rate when you need to

A Panic Attack is caused by our body’s defense mechanism which we often refer to as the “fight or flight ” response. The hormone adrenalin is pumped into us in response to a trigger for action. Unfortunately, the mechanism gets us into all sorts of trouble in our modern world because things can move a little too fast for this mechanism to keep up. For example, we experience a near miss while driving and when the danger has gone our hearts start beating frantically, our breathing is all over the place and we feel quite unwell which becomes the panic attack. We now have adrenaline in our body as a response to defend ourselves. Some panic attacks are triggered by a ‘perceived’ threat and some can be random where we consciously do not know what we are responding to.

Experiencing a panic attack is intensely frightening, upsetting and uncomfortable.  Fearing another random or triggered attack can ensure that a cycle is established and causes a heightened state of anxiety.  Hypnotherapy can help you to overcome this cycle and allow you to be free from panic.

Symptoms of a panic attack can be a combination of the following:

  • chest pains
  • nausea
  • breathlessness
  • pounding heartbeat
  • fear of dying
  • sweating
  • dizziness
  • trembling or shaking
  • choking sensations
  • numbness
  • headache
  • exhaustion
  • terror

Research suggests at least 1 in 10 people experience occasional panic attacks, which are usually triggered by a stressful event, or situation. However, people suffering with panic disorder can have attacks on a regular and recurring basis.

Treatment for panic attacks

Hypnotherapy can help to alleviate anxiety by direct suggestion and by behavioural training. It can be used to:

  • desensitize the sufferer from certain stressors
  • help take back control by recognising and regulating previously inappropriate responses
  • teach new ways to relax
  • break habitual behaviours
  • remove anxiety triggers
  • dissociate the sufferer from anxiety causing problems.

Using Hypnotherapy To Control Depression

Hypnotherapy can help you understand and resolve depression

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Understanding Depression

Depression affects people in different ways but common symptoms include insomnia, fatigue, poor concentration and memory as well as feelings of despair and helplessness.

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Useful Tools

The many therapy approaches I use to address your feelings of depression resolve the cause of the feelings. Without the issues that were causing your feelings there can be no effect.

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Lower Levels of Anxiety

Hypnotherapy can greatly assist this condition by lowering levels of anxiety and stress, increase self confidence, and explore past memories, relationships and life experiences.

The most effective way to treat your depression completely and permanently is to resolve what’s causing it; if there is no longer any cause, there can be no effect.

So why do you have depression? You have probably puzzled over this many times before. Looked for reasons, triggers behind it. Perhaps you think you know why; your mum, sister, or other family member has it too. Or maybe it was triggered by a traumatic or upsetting event. But knowing this doesn’t make the problem go away. Or maybe you can’t think of any reasons to explain it. But that doesn’t mean there is no cause, because for something to exist it has to have been created. It has to have come from somewhere. And there has to be something maintaining it.

Depression is an extremely debilitating illness which not only affects you, but also your family, friends, your employment, self esteem, and ultimately, restricts the enjoyment of your life.  We are all susceptible to depression when life gets on top of us. Feeling depressed may be a response to certain occurrences in life, or to certain basic human needs not being met. Depression affects people in different ways but common symptoms include insomnia, fatigue, poor concentration and memory as well as feelings of despair and helplessness.

Hypnotherapy treatment carried out whilst in hypnosis, can greatly assist this condition by lowering levels of anxiety and stress, increase self confidence, and explore past memories, relationships and life experiences. Hypnosis can help identify the root cause of your depression and help work through your emotions and reach understanding and happiness.

Hypnotherapy can be used in conjunction with or as an alternative to anti depressants.

Psychological symptoms of depression

  • Consistent feelings of sadness, loneliness and worthlessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Feelings of anxiety and worry
  • Low self-esteem
  • Tearfulness
  • Irritability and intolerance of others
  • Lack of motivation
  • Feelings of guilt and shame
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Lack of enjoyment
  • Restlessness
  • Pessimistic thoughts

Physical symptoms of depression

  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Change in weight / appetite
  • Lack of energy
  • Slowed movement / speech
  • Changes to the menstrual cycle (women)

Social symptoms of depression

  • Avoidance of social situations
  • Lack of motivation at work
  • Reduced interest in hobbies
  • Difficulties with home life

Fears And Phobias

Hypnotherapy can help to minimise fears and phobias

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Understanding Fears and Phobias

Fears are a learnt response either picked up from an adult figure displaying fear or simply taught to us

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A New Approach

Whatever your reason, hypnotherapy can help to promote new reactions to situations that previously you were unable to achieve

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Useful Tools

Hypnotherapy and personal counselling can provide you with the tools to reductuce fear and unwanted reponses

A phobia is an irrational fear that can disrupt your life.  When we are born we only have two instinctual fears, a fear of loud noises and of falling. All other fears are a learnt response that we have either picked up from an adult figure displaying actions of fear, say against spiders, or taught to us. From an early age we do much of our learning by copying our parents or role models in our life.

Our subconscious is all about our survival and can assist in the ‘fight or flight’ response that in ancient days we needed to either fight the enemy or run away from danger. Sometimes what the subconscious perceives as a threat is irrational, but that does not stop the palpitations, sweaty palms, difficulty breathing and severe terror when faced with your fear.

Hypnotherapy has the highest success rate of all for conquering fears and helps to reframe your mind to beneficial changes, helping to understand the origins of the fear and deal with it rationally.

Common fears and phobias

Here are just some of the problems I have helped my clients to regularly overcome. Please contact me if your problem is not listed and we can discuss how I could help you.

  • Fear of panic attacks/leaving the house
  • Fear of spiders
  • Phobia of birds
  • Phobia of food/swallowing
  • Fear of enclosed spaces
  • Fear of dentist
  • Phobia of dogs
  • Fear of wasps
  • Fear of vomiting
  • Fear of pregnancy
  • Fear of flying
  • Fear of travelling
  • Anxiety of certain noises (misophonia)
  • Fear of injections
  • Fear of heights
  • Fear of driving or motorways
  • Fear of dentists
  • Fear of childbirth

Habits

Hypnotherapy can help to promote positive habits and reduce negative ones

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Understanding Habits

Why do you repeat some behaviours even when you wish that you could stop?

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A New Approach

Whatever your reason, hypnotherapy can help to promote new reactions to situations that previously you were unable to achieve

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Useful Tools

Hypnotherapy and personal counselling can provide you with the tools to rediscover balanced emotions and a reduction in unwanted behaviours

Humans are naturally creatures of habit. Without habitual responses we would have to work out afresh what to do each time we were confronted with a situation.  Our good habits serve us well, but ‘bad’ habits, ones we don’t want, have unwanted consequences.

Hypnotherapy is extremely effective in breaking unwanted habits. A habit is something that if performed enough you feel compelled to do, even without being aware that you are doing it most of the time. Smoking, Nail biting, hair pulling, bed wetting, nervous twitches, stuttering and stammering are all forms of unwanted habits.

Anxiety can be brought about by specific issues, work pressure, fear of making the wrong decision, fear of letting someone down, difficult colleagues, public speaking, excessively high expectation of yourself, fear of illness or by non specific issues, just a feeling of impending pressure that everything will ‘fall apart’.

These habits may have served a purpose at one time and are usually caused by some level of anxiety that you may have felt in the past. Habits can be broken with suggestion therapy or analysis to uncover the issues that caused the habit to be formed in the first place.

It is common to find that people with unwanted habits have unmet basic needs, and a vital part of overcoming the habit is ensuring that the basic needs are adequately met.

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Coping With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Hypnotherapy can help an OCD sufferer to recognise the negative cycle, work on reducing the stress and anxiety and the determine and remove the route cause of the behaviours

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Understanding OCD

OCD is the act of performing a repetitive task or behaviour with the belief that this ritual will prevent harm to themselves or loved one

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A New Approach

Hypnotherapy can help to promote new reactions to situations that previously you were unable to achieve or caused you to act compulsively

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Useful Tools

Hypnotherapy and personal counselling can provide you with the tools to rediscover balanced emotions and a reduction in compulsive responses to situations

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a condition that drives a person to perform a repetitive task or behaviour with the belief  that by performing this ritual they will prevent harm to themselves or a loved one. A person suffering from OCD feels a responsibility to try to prevent bad things happening and perform the compulsive tasks to ensure this.

For someone without OCD it may be difficult to fully understand how such an intrusive thought can have such power over a person. So for an example think of the person you love the most, picture them in your mind. Now imagine if we tell you that without a shadow of a doubt, convince you beyond question, the door handle you just touched was touched by someone before who had just been to the toilet and not washed their hands.  So your hand is now contaminated with deadly germs and unless you remove the germs you will pass them on to your loved one who will get a disease and die.  We have convinced you that your hand is covered in deadly germs and so you may have become a little anxious, but even if you believed me, the anxiety would soon fade after you washed your hands.  For someone with OCD that sense of anxiety will remain.

A normal response to an anxiety situation for someone without OCD  is that the anxiety slowly decreases after the event or when removed from the situation but for someone suffering from OCD the anxiety remains or often increases after the event and starts the cycle of behaviours.

Hypnotherapy can help an OCD sufferer to recognise the negative cycle, work on reducing the stress and anxiety and the determine and remove the route cause of the behaviours.

Coping With Diagnosis Of Cancer And Treatment

Hypnotherapy offers a way to cope with the changes in your life

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Using Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy enables you to cope better with your symptoms and treatment.

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Take Control

Use hypnotherapy to feel in control of your situation and the process of your care.

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Useful Tools

Use hypnosis to calm and relax your body, reduce pain, nausea, fatigue and worry.

Being diagnosed with cancer can be very frightening and confusing. When you are diagnosed with cancer you often feel shocked, frightened, angry and powerless with little control over what is happening to your body in the course of your treatment. Most people resign themselves to the pain and sickness associated with their treatment (be that chemotherapy or radiation ) but hypnotherapy allows you to feel calm and in control of your life again.

Hypnotherapy enables you when going through your cancer treatment to cope better with your  symptoms and treatment. It uses a mixture of techniques to help you to feel much more in control of your situation, making it easier to deal with appointments and the process of your care. People with cancer and going through chemotherapy often use  hypnotherapy  to help reduce the stress and worry that they are under and some of the physical effects like tiredness, sickness and pain. Learning hypnosis also gives the cancer patient the ability to relax and help them to cope better ensuring that they don’t become anxious and depressed.

During sessions of hypnotherapy, we use hypnosis to calm and relax your body and mind, and visualisation and guided imagery to help reduce pain, nausea, fatigue and worry. Hypnotherapy allows you to think positively and allow the body to get on with its job of repairing without stress and anxiety interrupting it.

Grief Counselling With Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy does not remove any memories, it is not about forgetting, but about healing by working through the stages that you are stuck on, allowing the pain to be less raw

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Understanding Grief

Understand the stages of grief and use tools in hypnotherapy to work through them

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Accepting Grief

Grief is a natural emotional process that we need to experience to reach acceptance and to move forward

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Unlock your feelings

Use hypnosis to complete your natural grief process by unblocking whatever thoughts or feelings

Losing someone or something you love or care deeply about is very painful. You may experience all kinds of difficult emotions and it may feel like the pain and sadness your experiencing will never let up. These are normal reactions to a significant loss. But while there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can renew you and permit you to move on.

The grief experienced, from the loss of someone you love, a pet, unborn child, or the grief over an ended relationship can all be helped with hypnotherapy.

Grief is a natural emotional process that we need to experience to reach acceptance and to move forwards with life. There are stages of grief that need to be worked through but some people can have underlying issues that make it impossible for them to move forward.

Grieving is a personal and highly individual experience. How you grieve depends on many factors, including your personality and coping style, your life experience, your faith, and the nature of the loss. The grieving process takes time. Healing happens gradually; it can’t be forced or hurried – and there is no “normal” timetable for grieving. Some people start to feel better in weeks or months. For others, the grieving process is measured in years. Whatever your grief experience, it’s important to be patient with yourself and allow the process to naturally unfold.

Hypnotherapy can help you complete your natural grief process by unblocking whatever thoughts or feelings are preventing this from happening naturally. Hypnotherapy does not remove any memories, it is not about forgetting, but about healing by working through the stages that you are stuck on, allowing the pain to be less raw.

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