Pain is a very important message that lets us know if our body is in danger. The pain message helps prevent us from doing something that may make an injury worse than it already is. However these messages are processed not at the place that is hurting but relayed back from the brain to the injury. The problem with this system is that these signals can become switched on even when the body has physically healed. The brain is actually controlling the amount of pain that we are experiencing and in effect, opening and closing “gates” that govern how much of the signal from the injury to let through. The brain can also choose to close these gates by releasing endorphins that will block that signal. Now when a client comes to see me with pain issues it is important for them and myself that they are in touch with
I have long held the view that most of us who are wanting to resolve past traumatic experiences would probably rather not talk about and revisit the experiences again in their lives, in their minds or in their therapy sessions. Most of my clients suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) may well have had many sessions of counseling, psychotherapy and retold their story over and over again revisiting each of those traumatic experiences in detail. Now many people may prefer to talk through their issues and that is fine but in my view at the end of the day we are using therapy to let go of the past so that we can fully engage with our present and future. I am of of the opinion that continuing to visit those old traumatic experiences will only trigger more anxiety and stress. This is why I use a mix of
One of the amazing things about the human brain is that we can think and work things out in our head. This process helps us navigate through our complex daily lives. We can arrive at the right place at the right time and manage all those everyday tasks almost automatically day in and day out. However thinking can also get us into a lot of mental complexity. Especially when it becomes obsessive thinking such as obsessive compulsive disorder. Now we don’t even need to have OCD to start getting stuck in a loop of nonsensical personal arguments with ourselves. This type of thinking can bring stress and anxiety into our daily lives without us even knowing it. For instance we may have spoken to someone and felt they were a bit offhand or rude. But we don’t know anything about that person’s feelings or experiences that day, or maybe we
As many of us thought when lock down started it would only be a matter of weeks before life would return to normal again. Unfortunately as we all know that was not the case and at the time of writing we are still in a state of not knowing whether things are getting better or worse. What we will have noticed is how the stress of these restrictions, the changes in our everyday habits and lack of regular social interaction has taken a toll on our mental health. Not that we may have particularly noticed it at first. It just creeps up on us and we don’t notice it eating away at our confidence, our self esteem and our relationship with ourselves and others. It is in fact rewiring our brain and we don’t know it. So what can we do to protect our mental and physical health during these
Can hypnotherapy help someone with anger issues? Hypnosis is an ideal tool for helping clients with anger issues. Although anger is a natural human emotion if it gets out of control it can have severe and devastating effects on our health, relationships, self esteem and even our employment prospects. Once the rush of brain chemicals takes over and the “red mist” descends it can be impossible to step back and take stock of a situation in any reasonable manner. However if we can find strategies and techniques to help guide our body and mind back to more balanced feelings then it is possible to dissipate these negative feelings. This will then help lead us away from situations that at best could be very uncomfortable and at worst cause us a lot more trouble than we could imagine. Using hypnosis to learn how to interrupt those old patterns will really help
Help with upcoming presentations is something that clients regularly ask for help with. So how can hypnosis help with presenting to a packed hall or a group of coworkers? This area comes within the realms of public speaking which often appears as a number one phobia. Fear of giving a presentation is ranked amongst social phobias which makes a lot of sense, bearing in mind that one of the top presenting issues of a social phobia is feeling excessively self conscious in public. Now anyone can give the advice “pull yourself together, take a deep breath and just give it your best!” But we all know that it is a very different story when you are standing up there wondering what you are going to say. The big problem is that these panic feelings are not coming from the part of your brain that is your logical thinking frontal cortex.
Anyone suffering with dystonia should begin with medical advice and interactions to unearth any possible underlying physical issues that may be important to address before taking any further steps. However once all medical options have been explored is there anything else out there that could at least help make a meaningful difference to one’s life? Well hypnosis may not spring to mind immediately but in my experience working with clients with dystonia there can be significant underlying psychological aspects beneath the surface, whether past issues or just the everyday stress and strain of life and living with it. As a therapist, whatever the issue I am working with it is so important to address the whole person. Not only the presenting problem but stress levels, interactions with ourselves and others as all these and more can have a significant unconscious influence on mind and body. Releasing old programming and opening