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
Research evidence emphasises how important relationships are to wellbeing (e.g. Barry & Daubney, 2017). The good news is that hypnotherapy can help to fix relationship issues.
You are not defined forever by your past, but it can be really helpful to realise when problems with relationships as an adult can stem from problems with relationships in the past. Once the root of the problem is identified, you can use hypnotherapy to fix the root of the problem. It’s much less trouble to put right than you might think. Read More
Work-related stress is a fact of modern living, but sometimes it can get out of control. People who are stressed at work often ask me about things like anger management, stress management programs, or depression treatment. In fact, work-related stress can impact us in all sorts of ways, physical and emotional. This is why some cases of irritable bowel syndrome and substance abuse are caused by exacerbated by work-related stress.
Sometimes people who see me for stop smoking hypnosis tell me that smoking has been a good excuse to take a break from work, and they worry that they will miss this chance for a break. However, they also know that replacing stress with smoking-related health issues isn’t a good solution and that hypnosis to help bring calmer about work is a much better solution. Read More
In polycystic ovary syndrome, anxiety is often an issue. I have long been interested in how best to tackle this problem, and indeed my PhD was on the psychological aspects of PCOS.
After some thought and background research, I decided to create a stress management program specifically for PCOS, based around the fact that some of the hormones that are a problem in PCOS come from the adrenal glands, and because the adrenal glands are responsive to stress, they are conversely responsive to relaxation. Although many therapists use hypnotherapy for anxiety, nobody previously had used techniques derived from hypnotherapy to alter the hormone levels in PCOS. Read More
The NHS estimates that 1 in 6 people have experienced anxiety &/or depression in the past week (McManus et al, 2016). Many of these people have been prescribed anxiety medication. In the UK, men have started to value their mental health more than their physical health (Barry & Daubney, 2017), and the stress of maintaining a healthy ‘work-life balance’ is almost impossible for everyone.
One of the worst things about anxiety and stress is that it can spill over from one area of life to another. For example, it is common for stress at work to cause stress in relationships, and vice versa. This means that anxiety and stress can snowball out of control into all sorts of issues. For example, anxiety about work can lead to anger management issues, substance abuse (e.g. drinking or smoking too much), gambling addiction and depression. Read More
In my blog this week I present three good reasons.
The National Institutes for Clinical Evidence (NICE) base much of their judgment on a type of study called a ‘meta-analysis’. A meta-analysis assesses how well a treatment works based on all of the available research that has been done with that treatment. Most of the evidence I present below is based on the findings from meta-analyses. Read More