The relationship between stress and fertility is a complex and fascinating topic. Hypnotherapy for anxiety might be one way to help.
My PhD explored psychological aspects of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), a condition in which fertility problems are relatively common. I have researched and developed a Stress Management programme specifically for PCOS (Barry et al, 2017), which significantly reduced anxiety, depression, and stress hormones. Read More
The word ‘hypnos’ is the name of the Greek god of sleep. This in itself would suggest that hypnotherapy will help with sleep problems, and indeed there is research evidence for this (see meta-analysis by Lam et al, 2015).
Although people under hypnosis are not literally asleep it is a relatively fast, safe and effective way to improve insomnia. Another benefit is that hypnotherapy helps without the use of medications, which is a especially useful to people who would otherwise take medications that can be addictive or have unpleasant side effects. Read More
If women are more hypnotizable, why do men find it easier to use hypnosis to stop smoking?
Everyone is different, so when people come to my London clinic for hypnosis to stop smoking, I always conduct a detailed exploration of their habit. As well as things like when the client first started smoking and their current triggers to smoking, I need to ask them a few extra questions, depending on whether the client is male or female. Why do I do this? Let me explain.
Should Therapists be Sensitive to The Gender of Their Clients? My Research Suggests that they Should.
Men and women can respond differentially to some types of medication (e.g. depression treatment; Bigos et al, 2009) in part due to naturally different levels of sex hormones. Psychologists, however, tend to overlook potential gender differences in the needs of their clients when it comes to talking therapies, and although we are much better these days at recognising the needs of people according to their sexuality and gender identity, we are much slower at recognising the gendered needs of the typical client. Even researchers tend to be ‘gender blind’, and usually fail to report the outcome of psychological treatment by gender (Parker et al, 2011). However, when researchers are sensitive to gender differences, they sometimes find very important issues e.g. Wright & MacLeod (2016) found that the long-term benefits of counselling for work-related problems in 305 clients were significantly better for women than men. This suggests that even the best stress management programme might need more than a ‘one size fits all’ approach for men and women. Read More
There are many stress management programmes in London, but only one has been developed especially for PCOS.
My PhD thesis was on the subject of ‘Psychological Aspects of PCOS’, so as part of my PhD I focused quite a bit on anxiety and other mood issues in PCOS. In two of my studies, I found that anxiety was significantly higher in women with PCOS than other women, even after taking body mass index (BMI) into account (Barry, Kuczmierczyk & Hardiman 2011; Barry, Hardiman, Saxby & Kuczmierczyk, 2011). (Read also my forthcoming blog Polycystic ovary syndrome and depression: how hypnotherapy can help). Read More
Find out how hypnosis can free you from the burden of negative feelings and thoughts
One of the books that have had the most influence on my work is Dr Michael Yapko’s When Living Hurts. In this book, he outlines the specific ways in which hypnosis can be used to treat depression.
A word of caution first: it is always a good idea to see your GP (or family doctor) if you suspect you are experiencing clinical depression. In my practice, I deal with mild (some would say subclinical) levels of depression, rather than severe cases, which should in the first instance be handled by a psychiatrist, most likely with medication. Bipolar/manic depression is not best treated with hypnosis, and psychiatric advice should be sought. Read More
Many of my clients lead busy stressful lives in high-pressure jobs. It can be virtually impossible to deal with such pressure day after day for long periods, and like a pressure valve, the stress is often expressed in outbursts of anger, irritability, or a silent seething rage. Other symptoms may occur too, such as insomnia, anxiety, headaches or fatigue. But for some people, anger is the key problem that most urgently needs to be solved. Read More
Some people have made an incredible contribution to hypnosis and hypnotherapy over the years. There is a rich and long history behind hypnotherapy, and I am going to mention just a few of the people who have, for various reasons, made an impact on my interest in hypnosis. Read More
One thing my clients enjoy most is experiencing deep relaxation. I use relaxation quite a lot in therapy for two main reasons. Firstly, hypnosis is an excellent natural method of inducing deep relaxation. Secondly, relaxation itself can help with a range of psychological and physiological issues.
Hypnotherapy uses a range of techniques to induce physiological relaxation through several methods, for example, specific breathing techniques and muscle relaxation. Methods such as these induce the ‘relaxation response’, which is the opposite of the fight or flight response. It is easy to see why many people use hypnotherapy for anxiety. Read More
Helping people to stop smoking with hypnotherapy is one of the most common requests in my years as a hypnotherapist. So many people today want the benefits of stop smoking hypnosis. London is full of people who are desperate to quit but don’t know how.
What is the best way to stop smoking? During my hypnotherapy training in the late 1990s, I was very impressed by a review article which compared various methods of smoking cessation and found that “hypnosis was the most successful single therapy” (Viswesvaran & Schmidt, 1992). Read More