CONFIDENCE - WEIGHT LOSS - SMOKING
OVERCOME FEARS, PHOBIAS, ANXIETY & PANIC ATTACKS
- Speak in front of others with calmness and confidence
- Performance anxiety
- Eliminate counterproductive test and exam nerves
- Dental and medical phobias
- Deal with difficult people
- Fear of flying and travel
- Fear of spiders, wasps, bugs and beetles
CHANGE UNWANTED BEHAVIOURS
- Anger management
- Eat healthily - see article below on Functional Imagery Training - using this plus hypnotherapy
will make it ten times more powerful
- Get the motivation to exercise, and/or study
- Low self-esteem Improve confidence and motivation
- Break unwanted habits and addictions
- Gastric band therapy
- Improve sports focus and performance
- Act, Achieve, Enjoy - see article on Procrastination at the foot of the next page
- Manage pain and IBS
- Reduce the severity and frequency of epilepsy
- Enjoy a good night's sleep. Eradicate nightmares
- Help for eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions
- Post traumatic stress disorder
Below is some more information on some of the above conditions in alphabetical order.
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. Hypnotherapy is fantastic for reducing all types of fear and bringing calm and order.
Dementia - See foot of this page for article about how hypnosis can help slow the progress of dementia.
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 coaxed 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.
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.
A 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 isn't meant to 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, 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.
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.
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
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.
Migraines and Cluster Headaches
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 truly first class treatment pick up the phone and make it happen!
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.
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.
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.
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 stairs.
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.
FUNCTIONAL IMAGERY TRAINING (11th May 2019)
Overweight people who used a new motivational intervention called Functional Imagery Training (FIT) lost an average of five times more weight than those using talking therapy alone, shows new research published today by the University of Plymouth and Queensland University.
In addition, users of FIT lost 4.3cm more around their waist circumference in six months—and continued to lose weight after the intervention had finished.
Led by Dr. Linda Solbrig from the School of Psychology, the research involved 141 participants, who were allocated either to FIT or Motivational Interviewing (MI) - a technique that sees a counsellor support someone to develop, highlight and verbalise their need or motivation for change, and their reasons for wanting to change.
FIT goes one step further than MI, as it makes use of multisensory imagery to explore these changes by teaching clients how to elicit and practice motivational imagery themselves. Everyday behaviours and optional app support are used to cue imagery practice until it becomes a cognitive habit.
Maximum contact time was four hours of individual consultation, and neither group received any additional dietary advice or information.
Dr. Solbrig, who completed the work as part of a Ph.D. funded by The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South West Peninsula, said: "It's fantastic that people lost significantly more weight on this intervention, as, unlike most studies, it provided no diet/physical activity advice or education. People were completely free in their choices and supported in what they wanted to do, not what a regimen prescribed."
The study showed how after six months people who used the FIT intervention lost an average of 4.11kg, compared with an average of 0.74kg among the MI group.
After 12 months—six months after the intervention had finished—the FIT group continued to lose weight, with an average of 6.44kg lost compared with 0.67kg in the MI group.
Dr. Solbrig continued: "Most people agree that in order to lose weight, you need to eat less and exercise more, but in many cases, people simply aren't motivated enough to heed this advice—however much they might agree with it. So FIT comes in with the key aim of encouraging someone to come up with their own imagery of what change might look and feel like to them, how it might be achieved and kept up, even when challenges arise.
"We started with taking people through an exercise about a lemon. We asked them to imagine seeing it, touching it, juicing it, drinking the juice and juice accidently squirting in their eye, to emphasise how emotional and tight to our physical sensations imagery is. From there we are able to encourage them to fully imagine and embrace their own goals. Not just 'imagine how good it would be to lose weight' but, for example, 'what would losing weight enable you to do that you can't do now? What would that look / sound / smell like?', and encourage them to use all of their senses.
"As well as being delighted by the success of the study in the short term, there are very few studies that document weight loss past the end of treatment, so to see that people continued to lose weight despite not having any support shows the sustainability and effectiveness of this intervention."
Trisha Bradbury was one of the participants allocated to the FIT study, and she explains: "I lost my mum at 60, and being 59 myself with a variety of health problems, my motivation was to be there for my daughter. I kept thinking about wearing the dress I'd bought for my daughter's graduation, and on days I really didn't feel like exercising, kept picturing how I'd feel.
"I've gone from 14 stone to 12 stone 2 and have managed to lower the dosage I need for my blood pressure tablets. I'd still like to lose a touch more, but I'm so delighted with the mind-set shift."
Professor Jackie Andrade, Professor in Psychology at the University of Plymouth, is one of the co-creators of FIT, and she explains: "FIT is based on two decades of research showing that mental imagery is more strongly emotionally charged than other types of thought. It uses imagery to strengthen people's motivation and confidence to achieve their goals, and teaches people how to do this for themselves, so they can stay motivated even when faced with challenges. We were very excited to see that our intervention achieved exactly what we had hoped for and that it helped our participants achieve their goals and most importantly to maintain them."
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.
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
Hypnosis may be of help with Dementia
A scientist at the University of Liverpool has found that hypnosis can slow down the impacts of dementia and improve quality of life for those living with the condition.
Forensic psychologist, Dr Simon Duff, investigated the effects of hypnosis on people living with dementia and compared the treatment to mainstream health-care methods. He also looked at how hypnosis compared to a type of group therapy in which participants were encouraged to discuss news and current affairs.
They found that people living with dementia who had received hypnosis therapy showed an improvement in concentration, memory and socialisation compared to the other two treatment groups. Relaxation, motivation and daily living activities also improved with the use of hypnosis.
Dr Duff said: "Over a nine month period of weekly sessions, it became clear that the participants attending the discussion group remained the same throughout. The group who received 'treatment as usual' showed a small decline over the assessment period, yet those having regular hypnosis sessions showed real improvement across all of the areas that we looked at.
"Participants who are aware of the onset of dementia may become depressed and anxious at their gradual loss of cognitive ability and so hypnosis - which is a tool for relaxation - can really help the mind concentrate on positive activity like socialisation."
Further research will now take place to establish whether hypnosis maintains its effects on dementia as the illness progresses, over longer periods of time.
Dr Dan Nightingale, co-author of the research and leading dementia consultant at the Abacus Clinic in Newark, added: "Evidence to date has shown that we can enhance the quality of life for people living with dementia through the correct use of hypnosis.