How can I help you?
Hypnotherapy can help with all kinds of issues, from sleeping problems, confidence issues to overcoming chronic stress, anxiety, panic and fears. I can even help with motivation for weight loss.
Hypnotherapy can help with many issues
When you’re ready for change Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a safe and powerful psychotherapeutic tool which can help a wide range of conditions. I’ll help you reduce the underlying anxiety, improve your sleeping patterns and support you in making the positive changes you need to feel better and enjoy life more fully. Please contact me if your issue is not listed, as there is a good chance that I’ll be able to help.
Focusing on solutions together
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process, we focus on the positive changes that are most important to you without dwelling on past problems. The solution focused approach helps you move forwards and create positive change in a relatively short period of time.
Confidence & Self-Esteem
Confidence is a state of mind, having belief and faith in yourself, your abilities and strengths. When you feel confident, it comes from within and you accept yourself for who you are. You may well have already achieved a lot in your life, qualifications, career experience, raised a family or perhaps built a successful business, but this does not mean you are confident.
Low self-confidence can hold you back from achieving your true potential and can affect the quality of your relationships with others. If you lack confidence, you may seek regular reassurance from colleagues or friends and perhaps only focus on perceived criticism ignoring any praise or good feedback. These behaviours can be restricting and can affect how you live your life.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help you become more confident, happier and positive. We identify your strengths and focus on what you can do, rather than what you can’t. and help you move forwards towards those goals without worry or fear.
Insomnia and Sleep
You may find yourself having difficulty getting to sleep or feel awake for long periods before going back to sleep or indeed wake up in the middle of the night. Persistent insomnia can leave you feeling tired and frustrated impacting your health, motivation and performance at work. It can even reduce your problem-solving skills and reduce your ability to cope with stressful situations. Lack of sleep has also been linked to weight gain and reduced immunity.
It can be difficult to find the root cause of insomnia, but it can often be linked to a number of factors including anxiety and stress, poor sleep routine and environment, lifestyle factors such as drinking alcohol, taking drugs as well as stimulants such as nicotine and caffeine.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help you reduce your general levels of anxiety and calm your mind at night helping you change your thought patterns and stop the cycle of rumination. You’ll find it easier to relax and drift off into a deep sleep each night.
Depression can leave you feeling like you’re stuck under a dark cloud, a low mood which often lasts a long time causing you to put life on hold and withdraw. Mild depression doesn’t stop you leading a normal life but makes everything an effort and you lack sense of purpose. More severe depression can be life threatening because it can make you feel like giving up completely.
When you’re depressed, it takes away your confidence and ability to feel in control and make rational decisions. Instead you tend to become focused on negative thoughts, forecasting the worst-case scenario, often leaving you feeling hopeless and unable to see a way out.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help you to break free from the negative cycle of depression, giving you tools and techniques, you can use to feel better and boost your serotonin levels naturally. Hypnosis helps bring about therapeutic change at a subconscious level using guided relaxation techniques allowing your mind to become calmer, so you can focus on moving forwards in life.
Stress is a response we experience which can either help or hinder you depending on your ability to cope. It can motivate you to perform and be at your best when needed, boosting your energy, but it comes a problem and hinders you when you have been under excessive or prolonged periods of pressure.
You may be experiencing an adverse reaction to these ongoing pressures both psychologically and physically, such as lack of concentration, excessive worry, tearfulness, mood swings, irritability, being sensitive to criticism, defensive or frustrated, muscle tension, teeth grinding, frequent colds or infections, allergies or skin irritations, weight loss or gain, dizziness or palpitations.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help you learn more constructive ways to respond to your individual stress triggers as well as gain real and lasting relief by reducing the underlying stress and anxiety so you feel more relaxed, rational and in control so you can cope better each day.
Procrastination can lead to frustration, low self-esteem and negative thinking which can prevent you from moving forwards. As a procrastinator instead of working on important, meaningful tasks, you will chronically avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distractions and find yourself performing trivial activities instead.
It can become a barrier, holding you back from being productive, making the right decisions and moving towards your goals. Perfectionists are often an example of this because it can feel easier to avoid tackling a task or project rather than dealing with the possibility of under performing or failing.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy helps you reduce the stresses and anxieties that get in the way of taking action and helps you identify your plan and your goals, so you can take small steps towards your overall aim so you feel better more productive and more motivated.
When you’ve decided it’s time to lose weight, you often know what needs to happen to begin the process, but it’s not always that easy to start and maintain it. Your ability to lose weight is also linked to how stressed you’re feeling in addition to getting the right amount of sleep.
If you’re having feelings of low self-esteem this could lead you to self-sabotage your good intentions. You may have unhelpful beliefs around food, such as needing to eat everything on your plate, or you might have unhelpful habits, such as snacking whilst preparing children’s meals or eating more than is needed to make yourself feel happier.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help you find the motivation for making the changes to lose weight. We’ll focus on reducing your stress levels, boosting your confidence and improving the quality of your sleep to ensure you have a good balance of the hormones that impact on burning fat, hunger and feeling full to give you the best possible chance of achieving your goals.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
IBS can have a significant impact on the quality of your life. It creates considerable anxiety and stress from physical symptoms such as bloating, cramping, constipation and diarrhoea, but it also impacts your daily activities affecting all aspects from relationships, work, social and travel activities.
There is no known cause of IBS and doctors diagnose it by ruling out what it isn’t. The chemical nature of stress, worry and anxiety makes the symptoms of IBS even worse. Drugs either work for a limited time, only on some individuals or are too expensive. The good news is that hypnotherapy, has been shown to help alleviate symptoms considerably.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help by lowering the general levels of stress and anxiety, which helps lower the perception of pain and discomfort (which is related to anxiety) and is now listed in the NICE Guidelines as a recognised IBS therapy approach. Sessions also help you to develop strategies to effectively deal with stress and anxiety for longer-term improvements.
Fears & Phobias
A phobia is an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something, which is excessive in comparison to the level of threat posed by the situation or object triggering it. If you’re able to manage your life around your phobia or fear it is rarely a problem, but if you have a fear of flying, then long distance travel is out of the question.
For those experiencing an extreme fear or a phobia, it can trigger overwhelming physical and emotional symptoms which can limit enjoyment of life and create additional anxieties and stress. Symptoms may include, dizziness, palpitations, nausea, panic, crying and an overwhelming need to run away. A phobic reaction is quite different from simply being scared or disliking something.
In Solution Focused Hypnotherapy we do not use aversion techniques, instead we use highly effective NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) techniques which safely removes the negative phobic response template stored in your subconscious mind and creates a new positive template for how you want to react in the future.
Anger usually happens as a result of feeling frustrated, insulted, deceived or even under attack. It triggers a physical reaction in your body, you mind becomes focused on these potential threats, adrenaline and stress hormones are pumped around your body and you respond by getting ready to fight or run.
Stress hormones race around your body, heart rate and blood pressure rises, breathing gets deeper and faster and blood is diverted from the organs to the muscles as your rational thoughts give way to primitive thinking. Failing to manage anger effectively can affect your relationships, your work or even your self-esteem. Long term anger can lead to further mental and physical health problems.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help you take control of your negative thoughts and supports you in developing more effective coping strategies. We’ll work together to help you react to situations in a more beneficial way and use guided imagery to build positive behavioural templates increasing your confidence and self-worth.
When we feel pain, it’s our natural survival mechanism kicking in, telling us that we’ve been damaged so we can act fast. Acute pain typically occurs after an injury or illness, and the pain reduces and eventually resolves once the injury has healed. Without this reaction and useful purpose our survival would be threatened.
When pain serves no useful purpose and becomes chronic and persistent, it becomes exhausting and can affect you physically and emotionally often leading to stress, insomnia and anxiety. Daily activities become difficult and overwhelming and means you’re unable to enjoy life as you used to.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help you reduce your general levels of anxiety by helping focus on how you want things to be. As you feel calmer and less anxious it can help alter the brain’s perception of the pain message. Sessions are consolidated with hypnosis to bring about therapeutic change at a subconscious level to help turn down the pain intensity and enable the body’s natural pain control mechanism.
Ready to stop smoking, but struggling to quit? Perhaps you’ve switched to patches, gums or vaping which has taken over instead? Often the addiction rules your life despite being worried about your long-term health not to mention the cost! Maybe you’re struggling to catch your breath to keep up with others?
It can be difficult to stop smoking ‘cold turkey’ because your powerful subconscious mind becomes a very persuasive advocate giving you all the reasons why you need to smoke. Making the decision to stop smoking for good can seem like a daunting task, letting go of a crutch that you wrongly believe helps you relax and relieves stress.
Hypnotherapy can help you stop smoking quickly and easily, regardless of how many a day, or for how long you have smoked. The process helps you understand the internal conflict in your mind and why fear often gets in the way of stopping. Hypnosis helps reprogram your subconscious mind and removes the fears and underlying issues associated with quitting, removing your desire to smoke.