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Thank you for visiting my website. How can I help you? Perhaps you want to lose some weight or to give up smoking? Or perhaps you want to feel more confident, or to get help for anxiety and depression? I have been the main hypnotherapist in Tenterden since 2000, and have built up a lot of experience helping patients with a wide variety of problems.
People come to me because they have a problem that they cannot resolve despite their best efforts. This might be unwanted habits, emotional, physical or mental, and may relate to their work, home, social or family life. Hypnotherapy works very powerfully on the unconscious mind and changes thet the way you think, feel and behave.
I work in Tenterden and people come to see me from throughout Kent, London, East Sussex and beyond. I have been in practice since 2000. Sessions are an hour long but for smokers I do an extra long session (1 1/2 hours). Included in the price for stopping smoking is a free back-up session of an hour if you need it. I have seen an awful lot of smokers over the years, and hardly anybody has ever needed to come back for that back-up session.
Hypnotherapy is one of the best things on the market to help you lose weight. Hypnosis works very powerfully on the unconscious mind and will help you adjust your eating habits so that you eat smaller portions, make better food choices and substantially reduce your sugar, fat and carbohydrate intake. You will look at yourself in the mirror and watch the weight melt away. Your friends will tell you how well you look. You will have more energy, sleep better, be able to think more clearly and your skin will glow with good health.
Affairs - Your local Hypnotherapist is available in Tenterden and Battle. Hypnosis a really powerful force for dispelling the pain, distress, sense of betrayal and fear that inevitably go alongside such events.
Alcohol Do you recognize you are drinking too much even though you wouldn't say you were an alcoholic? Hypnotherapy is excellent for making lasting habit change. In August 2018 I read the results of a large study into the health effects of drinking one, two, three or more units of alcohol a day. At the bottom of this page you will find a summary of the findings.
Anxiety – constant worrier, panic attacks, always imagining the worst, generalized anxiety disorder, free-floating anxiety.
Depression – persistent low mood, focusing on loss, incapacity, weakness, frustration, pain and setbacks, constant rehashing of negative events in your life. These are all typical signs of depression. The good news from the hypnotherapist's couch in Tenterden is that I have led a lot of people out of the tedious cycle of depression. If you are fed up with feeling disempowered, then get in touch. I am kindly, caring and never judgmental, but I also have a gentle way of putting the cards on the table in a frank and honest fashion that really helps patients to make lasting change.
Divorce - Divorce is very like a bereavement. Two people who have been knit very closely together now find they are pulling apart at the seams and it is very painful in so many ways. If another person is involved there is a terrible sense of betrayal and the injured party often feels humiliated and worthless. One's self-esteem and sense of identity often takes a terrible battering during a divorce and my years of experience and gentle, caring and nurturing skills will be invaluable in helping to restore and heal you so that you can face the world again.
An patient recently described her hypnotherapy sessions as 'invaluable' in helping her get through a painful divorce.
Eating Disorders/Weight Loss Hypnotherapy deals with common weight loss problems such as controlling portion size, difficulty resisting the desire to have seconds/extra helping, snacking, grazing, eating between meals, maintaining healthy eating patterns when with others or in social situations on when on holiday, eating on auto-pilot e.g. you start a packet of biscuits and find you have eaten half the packet without realizing what you are doing. The hypnosis I give patients is particularly powerful for helping you gain a relaxed and comfortable control over your food intake. After all eating is a normal, natural, healthy and enjoyable activity. Life should not be one long battle with food and with oneself.
Eczema and psoriasis/Skin disorders - The health of your skin is intimately linked to your emotional and mental well-being. Even people without skin disorders notice that their skin suffers when they have been ill or very stressed, whereas when you have been on holiday or fallen in love, your skin blooms. As one of the busiest hypnotherapists in Tenterden and Battle, I work on the unconscious mind and in most cases patients I work with are delighted to experience significant improvements in their skin conditions and often they simply disappear completely. What could be nicer!
Exam nerves, - I have successfully treated a lot of students, teenagers and young people for problems such as poor study motivation, mind ‘freezing in exams’, difficulty concentrating, can't get down to studying (procrastination), poor sleep, and general exam and study anxiety.
Fears and phobias flying, spiders, dentists, needles, being trapped, lifts, ‘of there being not enough air,’ social situations, fear of people. During more than a decade in practice, I have treated a lot of phobics who are heartily glad to be able to get on an aeroplane or train, drive over bridges and be near spiders without feeling panicky, tearful, breathless or as if they are about to have a heart attack.
Fear of failure - If I said to you that failure is a normal and healthy part of life, how would you respond? Some people find failure such a scary and emotionally distressing experience that risk taking or new situations become too much to cope with. I have helped a lot of people change. After therapy patients often report back that they had surprised themselves by doing new things that they would never have done in the past.
Headaches – migraines, cluster headaches, stress headaches all respond very well to hypnosis
Insomnia - Being unable to sleep can be very wearing particularly when you can see the hours ticking past and know you will have to get up at a certain time to go to work. I have helped a great many people recover their natural capacity for sweet, uninterrupted and refreshing sleep. I often teach patients self-hypnosis which creates an altered state of consciousness that is very similar to sleep and provides a great way of relaxing in preparation for sleep. Some patients have great difficulty laying aside work or family concerns and lie in bed for hours chewing over problems without really getting anywhere. To deal with this I have a number of tried and tested strategies for leaving the problems elsewhere.
Interview skills and preparation - interviews need to be prepared for with the same thoroughness you would give to an exam. I have helped many people get through exams by showing them cast-iron preparation techniques which are strengthened with hypnotherapy. In hypnosis I work with the patient to develop confidence and often we do role-play work to ensure that they come across well.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) An article in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) recommended hypnotherapy as the treatment of choice for IBS.
This article on BBC Health News website confirms hypnotherapy can help IBS sufferers
Jealousy – persistent irrational jealousy can make life a misery and in the long term it risks wrecking your relationship. An occasional twinge of jealousy is perfectly normal even if your logical mind knows that there really is no basis for it. Patients who have benefited from my hypnotherapist skills in Tenterden have been those whose jealousy is uncontrollable even though their logical mind knows that their partner is not cheating on them. It is been a great relief to them to be able to say goodbye to the neurotic behaviour, the constant analyzing of every nuance of their partner’s behaviour and the insatiable need for reassurance.
Loneliness is the scourge of our modern society. Hypnotherapy will provide you with the confidence and skills to break out of the prison of loneliness. Many people have come to me for help and it is a real pleasure to coax them out of the prison of shyness and loneliness and the depressed mood that often accompanies it.
Low self-esteem - Self confidence and Courage - Good self-esteem is the basis for contentment and success in all areas of life. I work with patients to enable them to develop their own personal fund of self-esteem that will support them in their family life, the workplace and in their social life.
Nail-biting - People who bite their nails often do it without thinking and have been nagged by family and friends for years without the slightest effect. Because the hypnotist works on the unconscious mind, this problem is usually treatable with just a couple of sessions and 99% of the time there is no need to root around in a person's past looking for unresolved childhood issues.
Obsessive compulsive disorder - compulsive hand-washing, cleaning, counting, tidying, checking locks, hoarding and collecting are all very responsive to hypnotherapy, after which you will have a lot more time to actually enjoy your life.
Panic attacks, fears, phobias and anxiety all respond very well to hypnotherapy
Perfectionism - What a millstone round your neck! For some very excellent (and only slightly imperfect!) treatment pick up the phone and call me NOW!
Post traumatic stress disorder - Patients have been thrilled to be free from the flashbacks and emotional upheaval that comes from traumatic experiences.
Public speaking – whether you have to be give a best man speech, do a presentation at a meeting, pitch a product to buyers, or give an after dinner speech, or you have been roped into amateur dramatics, hypnotherapy is brilliant for dealing with overwhelming nerves, shaking, dry mouth, stuttering and getting lost
Relationship difficulties - people can be exceptionally tricky to deal with, especially those who seem to break all the rules of acceptable social behaviour. Hypnotherapy can help mend emotional fragility and I have helped numerous people deal with the 'difficult' people in their lives, often with increased humour. Tenterden's most skilled hypnotherapist is here to help you.
Revision - often schools give little or no information about how to go about revising for exams. I teach students a series of solid revision strategies and also instruct them how to keep themselves calm, organized, and focused during the exam itself. If you have proved to yourself over and over again that your study material is in your head, then an exam becomes a welcome chance to strut your stuff - to show the examiner just what you can do.
Self-criticism – some people are always beating themselves up; your hypnotherapist in Tenterden & Battle will help you become your own best friend: you’ll find you enjoy life so much more and will get more done.
Severe Inflammatory Bowel Disease. A clinical study of patients with severe or very severe inflammatory bowel disease on corticosteroids but not responding to medication received 12 sessions of “gut-focused hypnotherapy” and were followed up for a mean duration of 5.4 years with disease severity being graded as remission, mild, moderate, severe, or very severe. Two patients (13.4%) failed to respond and required surgery. At follow-up for the remaining 13 patients, 4 (26.6%) were in complete remission, 8 (53.3%) had mild severity, and 1 (6.7%) was moderately severe. Quality of life became good or excellent in 12 (79.9%). Corticosteroid requirements dramatically declined with 60% of patients stopping them completely and not requiring any during follow-up. Hypnotherapy appears to be a promising adjunctive treatment for inflammatory bowel disease and has steroid sparing effects." Courtesy of the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Smoking – people smoke for a wide variety of reasons – habit, boredom, self punishment, the need for a break between periods of work, the habit of smoking after food, with tea/coffee or alcohol, feeling you need a ‘treat’ after a hard day..... I see a lot of people every year and my success rate is very high.
Snoring – For some reason a lot of people come from Ashford for hypnosis for snoring! It can help you snore less and if you share a bed with a snorer it can help you “tune out” the noise and get a good night’s sleep
Stop Smoking) - Stop smoking with Hypnotherapy NOW. No Excuses. Stop putting it off any longer. Pick up the phone and call me NOW!
Surgery – before undergoing surgery, learn self-hypnosis. Not only will you be less anxious beforehand, but you will be more resistant to infection afterwards. When practiced regularly it has been shown to improve immune function which can help you recover from surgery more quickly.
Teeth grinding (bruxism) – your dentist may be the first person to notice that your grinding your teeth at night is causing chipped teeth. Your partner may notice the noise. Because hypnosis works on the unconscious part of the mind, it is very good at curing teeth grinding, even if you do it when you are asleep.
Tics An episode of 'I'm Different, Let Me Drive' (BBC) hypnotherapy is used to control a learner driver's tics so that she is safe to drive. After years of lessons, she finally passes thanks to hypnotherapy.
Tinnitus – your Tenterden & Battle expert hypnotherapist will help you tune out unwanted noises.
VAPING the latest research shows that vaping damages the lungs and that long term use probably leads to serious lung disease. This means you might be so breathless that you have to carry an oxygen cylinder with you wherever you go and be unable to manage any and all stiars.
Weight loss – I have a specialist and very successful weight-loss approach that deals with cravings, portion control, and which leads to long term stable and sustainable weight loss.
SUMMARY OF RESULTS OF LARGE STUDY INTO ALCOHOL INTAKE PUBLISHED IN AUGUST 2018
Bad news for those who enjoy what they think is a healthy glass of wine a day.
A large new global study published in the Lancet has confirmed previous research which has shown that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption.
The researchers admit moderate drinking may protect against heart disease but found that the risk of cancer and other diseases outweighs these protections.
A study author said its findings were the most significant to date because of the range of factors considered.
How risky is moderate drinking?
The Global Burden of Disease study looked at levels of alcohol use and its health effects in 195 countries, including the UK, between 1990 and 2016.
Analysing data from 15 to 95-year-olds, the researchers compared people who did not drink at all with those who had one alcoholic drink a day.
They found that out of 100,000 non-drinkers, 914 would develop an alcohol-related health problem such as cancer or suffer an injury.
But an extra four people would be affected if people drank one alcoholic drink a day - an increased risk of 0.5%.
For people who had two alcoholic drinks a day, 63 more people developed a condition within a year - an increase of 7%.
And for those who consumed five drinks every day, there was an increase of 37%, or 338 people, who developed a health problem.
PROCRASTINATION - IS IT DOWN TO YOUR WIRING?
To procrastinate or not: the answer may be down to differences in how our brains are wired, a study suggests.
It identified two areas of the brain that determine whether we are more likely to get on with a task or continually put it off.
Researchers used a survey and scans of 264 people's brains to measure how proactive they were.
Experts say the study, in Psychological Science, underlines procrastination is more about managing emotions than time.
It found that the amygdala - an almond-shaped structure in the temporal (side) lobe which processes our emotions and controls our motivation - was larger in procrastinators.
In these individuals, there were also poorer connections between the amygdala and a part of the brain called the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (DACC).
The DACC uses information from the amygdala and decides what action the body will take. It helps keep the person on track by blocking out competing emotions and distractions.
"Individuals with a larger amygdala may be more anxious about the negative consequences of an action - they tend to hesitate and put off things," says Erhan Genç, one of the study authors, based at Ruhr University Bochum.
The researchers suggest that procrastinators are less able to filter out interfering emotions and distractions because the connections between the amygdala and the DACC in their brains are not as good as in proactive individuals.
Prof Tim Pychyl, from Carleton University, Ottawa, who has been studying procrastination for the past few decades, believes it is a problem with managing emotions rather than time.
"This study provides physiological evidence of the problem procrastinators have with emotional control," he says.
"It shows how the emotional centres of the brain can overwhelm a person's ability for self-regulation."
Dr Pychyl is optimistic about the potential for change. He said: "Research has already shown that mindfulness meditation is related to amygdala shrinkage, expansion of the pre-frontal cortex and a weakening of the connection between these two areas".
He said this showed that changing the brain was possible.
Dr Caroline Schluter, the lead author of the study, said: "The brain is very responsive and can change throughout the lifespan."
Tips for procrastinators
Productivity expert Moyra Scott thinks we need to take personality into account when motivating ourselves.
"We need to recognise when we are procrastinating and have 'tricks' we can employ to get us doing something," she said.
Her top tips are:
If you don't have an external deadline, use a timer to focus for set periods - for example, 25 minutes at a time with 5 minute breaks and a longer break every 90 minutes.
Write a list of tasks but break it down into smaller, more specific ones. This makes them easier to action and complete.
Try to minimise interruptions like email notifications. Putting your phone on airplane mode or going somewhere to work where you won't be disturbed will also help.
Being "busy" is easier than doing the thing we are avoiding. Instead of doing the task at hand, we do other stuff instead and kid ourselves that we don't have the time. You do have the time. You just need to make it.
JUST ONE CIGARETTE A DAY INCREASES THE RISK OF YOU HAVING A HEART ATTACK OR A STROKE
Smokers need to quit cigarettes rather than cut back on them to significantly lower their risk of heart disease and stroke, a large British Medical Journal study suggests.
People who smoked even one cigarette a day were still about 50% more likely to develop heart disease and 30% more likely to have a stroke than people who had never smoked, researchers said.
They said it showed there was no safe level of smoking for such diseases.
Cardiovascular disease, not cancer, is the greatest mortality risk for smoking, causing half of all smoking-related premature deaths.
While the percentage of adults in the UK who smoked had been falling, the proportion of people who smoked one to five cigarettes a day had been rising steadily, researchers said.
Their analysis of 141 studies, published in the BMJ, indicates a 20-a-day habit would cause seven heart attacks or strokes in a group of 100 middle-aged people.
But if they drastically cut back to one a day it would still cause three heart attacks, the research suggests.
The researchers said men who smoked one cigarette a day had about a 48% higher risk of developing coronary heart disease and were 25% more likely to have a stroke than those who had never smoked.
For women, it was higher - 57% for heart disease and 31% for stroke.
Prof Allan Hackshaw at the UCL Cancer Institute at University College London, who led the study, told the BBC: "There's been a trend in quite a few countries for heavy smokers to cut down, thinking that's perfectly fine, which is the case for things like cancer.
"But for these two common disorders, which they're probably more likely to get than cancer, it's not the case. They've got to stop completely."
The researchers said it might be expected that smoking fewer cigarettes would reduce harm in a proportionate way as had been shown in some studies with lung cancer.
However, they found that men who smoked one cigarette per day had 46% of the excess risk of heart disease and 41% for stroke compared with those who smoked 20 cigarettes per day.
For women it was 31% of the excess risk of heart disease and 34% for stroke.
Prof Hackshaw said the increased risks of cardiovascular illness were over the course of a lifetime but damage could be done in just a few years of smoking.
But he said the good news was that those who quit smoking could also quickly reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.
Cutting down not 'useless'
Paul Aveyard, professor of behavioural medicine at the University of Oxford, said the "well conducted" study confirmed what epidemiologists had suspected - that light smoking created a "substantial risk for heart disease and stroke".
But he said it was wrong to conclude cutting down smoking was useless.
"Those who try to cut down with the aid of nicotine, whether from nicotine replacement treatment or an e-cigarette, are more likely to stop eventually and thus really reduce their risks from smoking," he said.
Martin Dockrell, tobacco lead at Public Health England, said: "This study adds to the growing body of evidence which tells us that cutting down to just one cigarette a day still leaves a substantial risk of heart attack and stroke. The best and safest thing you can do is to quit completely for good."
Deborah Arnott, chief executive of health charity ASH, said: "It's addiction to nicotine that keeps people smoking but it's the tar in cigarette smoke that does the serious damage.
Courtesy of Alex Therrien
Health reporter, BBC News