- Qualifications in Counselling, Health, Social Care and Psychology
- Certificate of Higher Education in Psychology
- Accredited Master Practitoner Hynotherapist
- NLP Master Practioner and Motivational Life Coach
- Accredited member of both the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) and the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR).
- Voluntary Sector Support Worker helping families and children.
- Mental Health Support Worker (4 years)
What is Hypnotherapy and NLP?
Sometimes we know that we would like to change our behaviours on a conscious level. However it is not always possible to do this because our subconscious mind overrides our conscious mind and so we lack the ability to change. Often we are totally unaware of what triggered an issue/event in our lives. It may suddenly come out of the blue, leaving us feeling baffled as to why it even happened or continues to happen.
Hypnotherapy and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) are forms of psychotherapy which use state-of-theart methods to treat psychological and emotional issues. Hypnotherapy and NLP work in harmony together. They give you the ability to be the controller of your own mind and to empower yourself by eliminating or adapting outdated behaviours which have a negative effect.
Hypnotherapy treatment is a form of trance-like state. It creates an alterered state of consciousness similar to that when you are daydreaming or about to drift off to sleep. The majority of people experience a really calming effect which enables noticible positive changes within a short space of time. During treatment you can either keep your eyes open or closed, as it does not effect the outcome of the hypnotherapy – the majority of people like to close their eyes. You are, at all times, in complete control and have the ability to stop the hypnotherapy at anytime should you wish.
Hypnotherapy also works by getting you to focus all of your attention on a particular thing. It by-passes your conscious mind and is directed straight to your subconscious mind. You can then utilise the tools of your memory and imagination. I guide you by giving you positive suggestions during your trance state which enable you to resolve any unwanted negative thought patterns, behaviour or habits.
One of the techniques I use in NLP is anchoring. Hypnotic anchors are made up of all our memory senses such as sight, smell, sound, taste and sensations/feelings. An example of a hypnotic anchor would be if I mentioned the word ‘bumblebee’ to you. You may see an image of a beautiful bumblebee with yellow and black markings going about it’s business, or you may see a bumblebee as danger because you got stung previously. Therefore a word or anything that acts as a connection/association joining the two is considered to be an anchor. In using NLP techniques I can replace negative connections/associations with more positive ones.
Hypnotherapy and NLP provide you with personal insight and empowerment. Their utilisation enables you to choose a better quality of life, not only on an emotional level, but also on your physical and mental levels too.
What Hypnotherapy and NLP can help with
Below are some of the issues that can be dealt with through the use of Hypnotherapy and NLP. This list is not exaustive – there are many more issues on which clients need help. If you have a particular concern that isn’t listed here, please get in touch.
Are you a smoker? Would you love to quit for good but find it too difficult to give up the habit?
You are not alone, because most people find it difficult to quit too, as smoking is a subconscious habit. It’s not something you do on a conscious level – especially if you have been smoking for a long time. The subconscious mind cannot differentiate between a healthy habit and an unhealthy one. In order for the quitting process to begin, the subconscious mind needs to find a beneficial behaviour instead of smoking.
You may have tried to give up before when you made the decision to quit and thought ‘right, I am going to quit today’ and then failed at the first sight or smell of a cigarette. This is because the subconscious mind ‘won’t let you’ – it will carry on regardless of all your efforts to resist. The subconscious mind has been ‘programmed’ to rely on this habit usually over a long period of time. Willpower alone often doesn’t work. Just thinking about quitting smoking will make you focus on smoking much more than before – defeating the object.
In order for you to quit smoking I ask that you fully commit to the decision to quit, otherwise the hypnotherapy will be less effective. If you are fully committed to quitting this will increase your chances of success.
Weight Loss and Weight Management
Would you like to be able to take control of your eating habits?
Through my Weight Loss Hypnotherapy Programme I will help you to find the underlying root cause of your unhealthy eating habits. Boost your confidence and self-esteem, and improve your will-power, which is one of the main key elements to overall successful weight loss.
It is often the case that people who have been on diets and failed have an underlying issue. Such things as stress, boredom and comfort eating could be underlying factors. The majority of people that have tried and tested numerous diets and spent lots of money trying out the latest diet programmes find they end up losing weight to only then pile it back on again which then lowers their confidence and self-esteem. There are a few things you need to take into account to enable yourself to lose weight such as your mind set, will power and lifestyle choices.
There is a known fact by leading health professionals that dieting for the majority of people does not work. A leading study carried out by a professor of psychology Traci Mann (UCLA Associate) found that people have been estimated to loose between 5% and 10% of their body weight whilst carrying out a diet regime. However once coming off the diet it was found they did not maintain their original weight loss and appeared to gain more weight. One of the main reasons for the majority of diets failing is because the person is left feeling hungry which then leaves them with strong cravings for junk food such as crisps, cakes and chocolate.
More and more people are turning to hypnotherapy as an alternative method to weight loss as this appears to have a much higher success rate than other methods that people have tried and tested.
Insomnia and Sleeplessness
Insomnia is difficulty in getting to sleep or staying asleep.
It is often thought that insomnia and disturbed sleep patterns are linked to anxiety, stress and depression. Not having the correct amount of sleep can increase your chances of developing these conditions. This creates an ever-increasing cycle which can be hard to break. Every person who has experienced insomnia knows how it can affect all parts of their life, such as the inability to concentrate at work, mood swings, chronic tiredness, not feeling refreshed upon waking, no motivation and lack of energy.
These are just a few examples of how insomnia can impact on a person’s well-being both physically and mentally. If you think that you are suffering from these symptoms, you’re not alone as insomnia and disturbed sleep patterns are surprisingly common. It is estimated that one in three people suffer regular bouts of insomnia, and about one in ten people experience lengthy insomnia symptoms which can affect their daily lives and routines.
If you would like help for your insomnia or sleep difficulties, please get in touch to arrange an appointment.
Anxiety and Stress
Most people experience the symptoms of anxiety and stress at sometime.
Both of these can put great demands on our physical and mental well-being, especially when we already feel under pressure. Stress can be triggered by an event such as too many deadlines at work, illness or the death of someone close to us.
Anxiety can be the reaction to stress. We don’t always know the cause of our anxiety and we are not always able to identify when we are suffering from it. The symptoms of anxiety are feelings of being uneasy, worry and fear. However, not all anxiety and stress is bad for us, as it can sometimes help us cope with life’s challenges such as finding a job or taking a driving test – it’s ok to feel a little anxiety and stress now and again – it helps to motivate us. But if anxiety and stress get out of control they can start to interfere with everyday life, which may be an indication that a more serious issue has arisen.
Here are some following examples of anxiety out of control:
- You avoid going out of your house because of irrational fears.
- You begin worrying about the smallest things.
- You keep going over an event that happened in the past.
If any of these sound familiar it is time to seek advice.
Confidence and Self-Esteem
When someone has confidence in their own abilities they know their limitations and are able to stand up for themselves. They do not fear challenges, they do not get paralysed by fear and anxiety, they are prepared to take risks for the things they need or want in life.
Social factors such as parents’ attitudes towards their children can help or hinder the way a child feels about themselves. This is especially important in the early years of childhood. Children whose parents have been critical, demanding, over-protective, or have discouraged them from being independent can make the child feel that they are inferior, incapable or inadequate well into adulthood. Anyone with low self-esteem may not like themselves very much and have unhealthy behaviour such as selfloathing coupled with sadness, depression and anger. These emotions cloud a person’s clear thinking, and their ability to change any negative thought patterns and behaviours will be severely hampered.
Parents willing to allow their child to make mistakes – while still loving them unconditionally – will teach the child to accept themselves, allow them to develop with self-confidence and enable them to believe in their own capabilites. This is a great starting point for anyone wanting to realise their potential.
One important factor is to learn how to overcome failure and negativity – both confidence and selfesteem can be learned. Changing behaviour requires focus, enabling you to break old habits (eg. stop judging yourself) and replace them with more productive ones (eg. forgive yourself and others for past mistakes, learn to think more postively).
By utilising hypnosis and NLP skills I can communicate directly with your subconscious mind to release any unwanted feelings of low confidence and low self-esteem issues within a short space of time. You will be able to replace the feelings of low confidence and low self-esteem with natural self confidence. You will have the ability to tackle things you previously thought were unachievable. Life will feel much easier and you will begin to realise your true potential.
Fear and Phobias
Fear is a basic pre-programmed human instinct nessessary for survival.
When we feel unsafe, fear helps to protect us and makes us alert to danger. In such an event the brain will send a direct signal to the nervous system causing a chain reaction of physical symptoms, such as a faster heart rate, increased blood pressure, rapid breathing and blood rushing to all the muscles. All of these responses are normal as they prepare the body to react in the face of danger, such as standing and fighting for your life or running away. This response is commonly known as our ‘fight or flight’ response.
In some people, their fear response can become heightened due to the nervous system being more sensitive, so for them even the slightest of noises – like the slamming of a door – can startle them by triggering off their ‘fight or flight’ response. Also, without warning, these responses can fire off without there even being any present danger. For that person it can be very distressful and exausting for them.
A phobia is something that you unconsciously learned.
It is an intense emotional response experienced or witnessed in the past – sometimes you may not even be able to recall it. For some people their phobia may have started in childhood and continued into adulthood. How does such a reaction occur you may ask yourself? Within the structure of our brains we have the amygdala. This is a tiny warning device that keeps a record of experiences we have gone through or witnessed. The amygdala can also trigger false alarms by causing the person to react as they did previously, this can occur even if there is no present danger. For the person experiencing this type of response it makes no sense at all. It’s as if this very powerful fear (emotional) response seems to lie in anticipation of the trigger occurring again.
Fears and phobias can be overcome using specific techniques such as hypnotherapy, coaching, soothing self-talk, relaxation and breathing exercises. By using these techniques you will be surprised at how quickly your fears and phobias vanish.
Don’t just take my word for it…
The testimonials below have been selected from letters written by my previous clients. In the interests of client confidentiality, names have been changed and dates approximated.