Therapy can help to ease and eradicate a multitude of issues, from fears and phobias, pain management, breaking a bad habit, addictions, anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), confidence issues, and much more. If you suffer from any of these or anything else that it hampering you, ask yourself are you content with putting up with it, living with it every day, keeping you awake at night, damaging your relationships, both work and personal? If you are not then therapy could help.
Advantages The advantage of working with a therapist is that you do not have to do it alone; your therapist will be there to guide you through your journey to resolution, in a relaxed and non-judgemental environment. A therapy session is also a chance for you to be truthful with yourself and trust someone completely neutral, qualified, compassionate and thoughtful with what is worrying you. In addition to which you will be supplied with therapeutic tools to use to help you in between sessions.
What you can do If you or someone you know is struggling to cope with the challenges of daily life and you know that it is time to make a change, looking into therapy won’t hurt and you will be surprised just how much it helps, not to mention you will get your life back.
There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding hypnotherapy. I'm going to cover five of my favourites however, if you would like to know about any that I haven't covered, please do get in touch.
1. Hypnotherapy is magic or the work of the Devil This has to be my all time favourite! Despite what many think, Hypnotherapists do not have a cupboard full of dolls and pins, nor do we have a magic wand. I am not a Voodoo master, satanist, magician or witch (although I wouldn't mind a broomstick to fly on)!
We actually spend the majority of our day in an alpha state, which is the same state I take you too in order for beneficial suggestions to be spoken directly to your subconscious mind. I was not born a hypnotherapist, it is something I've studied long and hard to learn in order to help people for their own benefit.
2. Are you going to make me cluck like a chicken? No I will not! I have been trained in Clinical Hypnotherapy not Stage Hypnosis and there is a huge difference between the two. Stage Hypnotism is for the benefit of making people laugh, and whilst it can be amusing, it has hampered the role of Clinical Hypnotherapy massively.
The most that I would ever ask anyone to do in a hypnotherapy session would be to lift a finger, be that for yes or no, sometimes to make sure that you have not drifted off to sleep.
3. The Therapist will be in control of my mind Erm no! The only person in control of your mind is you. You are in control of the session at all times throughout the hypnotherapy process and you will only accept suggestions that are beneficial to you, a line that I place in all of my sessions.
You can bring yourself out of hypnosis any time you feel it necessary (no one in the history of my clients has ever felt the necessity to do this).
4. I might get stuck in hypnosis You cannot get stuck in hypnosis, you are in a state of hyper-awareness therefore very safe. You may relax very deeply, and if when counted out you don't come back straight away, you will just come too naturally as if you had woken.
Again this has never happened to any of my clients.
5. There is no truth that Hypnotherapy works This is likely the most untrue statement of all. The effectiveness of hypnotherapy has been proven time and time again. Many medical and scientific organsations have independently endorsed hypnotherapy as a valid form of treatment.
If you would like me to supply you with a list, please let me know and I will be happy to do so.
I hope that the above resolves your worries. If you have been privy to any other myths or misconceptions, I'd love to hear from you.
Being that it is International Women’s Day, I thought I would do a little blog about me.
My life has changed so much over the last 12 years, and it just gets better and better! I’ve been constantly learning new skills. Setting myself new challenges, I now have a true belief and love for myself; I get out of my comfort zone regularly, and follow my dreams as opposed to following what others would expect.
I’ve worked hard all of my life for other people, and I’ve really enjoyed every experience however, setting up on my own, pushing myself to be the best version of me that I can possibly be has been the greatest decision I have ever made. Not only do I get to use all of my skills, but I also get to help others on a daily basis and seeing them transform their lives for the better is priceless!
What changed all those years ago? I simply made a decision to remove toxicity and negativity from my life and I replaced it with passion and positivity. I’ve learned to change my thoughts and instead of moaning and whining about things I cannot control, I flip it 180° and turn it into a positive. For instance, I don’t like washing the pots (who does?), so now when I’m doing them, I’m grateful for the food that has been on the plates to feed my family. It really is as simple as changing your thoughts, as one of my great friends always says “thoughts become things Nicola!”
I couldn’t have done any of it without the love and support from my beautiful and amazing family, wonderful friends, the best teacher anyone could ever wish to have, and a truly meaningful, appreciative, and unconditional loving relationship with my partner.
I am eternally grateful for everything in my life and this is what has helped me to move out of the darkness and into the light. Thank you to all of you who have been involved in making my life a positive and passionate one!
I am going to make the rest of my life the best of my life! Bring it on!! Who’s with me?
Are you juggling a million and one things all at once? Do you just want to know a bit more about Mindfulness? If so, then this book is definitely for you! It’s all about living in the moment while in a world that seems hell bent on flooding us with information overload, work more, sleep less, spin yet more plates; sound familiar? It was for me too until I trained to be a Mindfulness Coach at http://annettebrownhypnotherapy.co.uk/ (an amazing teacher btw) and I followed it up with this book and several others. Full Catastrophe Living is by far the best one I’ve come across.
Jon Kabat-Zinn founded the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979, since then literally hundreds of thousands of people from all backgrounds have taken the 8 week programme.
It’s an amazing guide for any beginner to learn how to practice a form of meditation for a whole mind and body overhaul! It is also a very deep reminder that yesterday is gone and no matter what we do, we cannot change it, and tomorrow may never come! It teaches that the time is now and we are here, and how very precious the moment truly is. Paying attention to your body and your mind is so important. If you think of all the amazing things that your body does without even thinking about it. Your heart beats and pumps blood around your body, your lungs inflate and deflate in order for you to breathe, your stomach digests your food, all of these things we take for granted, yet if they stopped doing their job we would literally stop being! It isn’t just your body either, you become more aware, sights, sounds, feelings, all the wonderful things we noticed before we could walk and talk. Before we started naming things and filling our heads up with for the majority useless information.
Much of the book is about the patients that have completed the 8 week course at the Stress Clinic, and the experiences which they share candidly. Not one of them had a negative, everyone of them says that it has changed their life for the better, so it's definitely worth a go.
Is it easy?
Is anything? It’s like anything else if you are prepared to put the work in, and put yourself first above all else, let’s face it no one else is going to do it for you. There is a sentence in the book; “ask someone else to eat for you, you will starve, not them!”
If you have read the book, I’d love to hear your thoughts and if not, and you would like to, follow the link below and let me know how you get on. https://amzn.to/2NwgzSx
At some point in our lives, we have all dealt with anxiety in one form or another; be that you have a test of some description, your first day in a new job, or maybe your first flight. Anxiety is your body’s natural reaction to stress. The sad truth is that anxiety affects all of us however; it affects us all at various levels and anxiety disorder can end up feeling debilitating and completely disrupt the day-to-day life of the individual when not dealt with.
Symptoms of anxiety include but are not limited to feelings of dread, panic or impending doom, feeling irritable, heightened alertness, sleeping difficulties, struggling to concentrate, appetite changes and a wanting to escape from the situation. Coping with anxiety can be very difficult for the sufferer whereby they will avoid certain situations, as there is a fear of a trigger. Constant fear begins to affect their daily life and can lead to missing out on opportunities.
Hypnotherapy is becoming more and more recognised for reducing the feelings of anxiety, and targets the subconscious mind. By using the power of suggestion, it aims to stimulate positive changes and is tailored to the individual, in order to help work out the triggers and how to deal with them effectively. If you are suffering with anxiety and feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, feel free to give me a call for a free 30-minute consultation. I would be more than happy to help.