My Counselling Background is both in NHS Primary Care for five years and then just short of eight years in an Occupational Health Unit for a large Organisation with a floating workforce of approximately 16,500 Employees.
Through this I have gained a wide range of experience and knowledge of everyday stress and psychological complaints.
Throughout my practice I use whichever discipline is necessary in the best interests of the Client.
So whether it is counselling, hypnotherapy or E.M.D.R. the best state of recovery from a distressed state can be achieved.
There can be times when you just need to talk to somebody, other than those close to you, about what you are feeling and the stresses you are going through.
The role of counselling is seen as a helpful relationship, one in which personal support and respect is given.
In giving you, the Client, the time and space to define and understand the difficulties you are experiencing, you can then develop a greater sense of perspective about yourself along with the problem and find a way of being able to work through options, choices and strategies to reach a more balanced state of mind.
Therefore counselling offers you a way of relaxing the mind enabling you to process the negative emotional state and creating a more positive outlook.
What is Hypnosis?
Well the answer you are frequently given is that it is an altered state of conscious awareness. Well it is but what does it really mean. The answer is under hypnosis your conscious mind is guided into a state of relaxation, a trance state. This allows your deeper or subconscious mind to be more easily accessed and communicated with.
But Why do we Need to do This?
Well your conscious mind has the day to day task of collating the work of the senses, hearing, seeing touching, smelling and tasting and lays them down in the deeper conscious mind as memories. It takes and stores all the good, the bad and indifferent memories that you have ever experienced in you life.
There are times when these memories pop up into the surface conscious mind uninvited. When they are good memories it is so nice to relive and enjoy them.
However, some memories may cause distress leading to emotional or psychological difficulties and this is when the technique of hypnosis can be more beneficial and effective in accessing the deeper consciousness so that suggestions may be made to change, alter or even reprogram certain behaviours, unwanted habits, reduce stress, pain etc. and also finding solutions to deeper problems.
What Does It Feel Like?
When the state of hypnosis is reached it feels just like being in a very relaxed state. In fact if you have indulged in day dreaming at any time you have become engrossed in your thoughts and induced your own self-hypnosis, an alpha state.
The difference between self-hypnosis and Clinical Hypnosis is by being guided into a trance suggestion or directions can be made towards achieving specific goals. Such as changing unwanted behaviours or habits, controlling pain, conquering fears, reducing stress and others.
Hypnosis is a way of changing negative, old and unwanted ways and thinking attitudes into more positive, balanced approach way of life acceptable to you.
While under hypnosis you cannot be made to do anything you do not want to do. You actually have an inbuilt survival mechanism that will reject any suggests given to you that you feel inappropriate for you.
With hypnotherapy there are no side effects, it is completely natural and safe. It is a therapy that as a healing technique has survived from ancient times through to today.
There are many applications where hypnotherapy can benefit in changing a negative outlook to positive one.
Trauma, Post Trauma Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.)
Stress Disorders. Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks,
Phobias, Flying, spiders, height, etc.
Confidence, Self Esteem, Anger Control, Shyness
Pain Control, Dental pain, Arthritis pain, I.B.S. Chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia pain.
Addictions, Smoking. Drug, Drinking Cessation. Obsessive Compulsive Conditions.
Headaches, Tension, Migraines, Cluster.
Performance anxiety, Sporting, Speaking, Exam.