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How to overcome Depression with Hypnotherapy

Posted on 23rd November, 2015

To Overcome Depression firstly we must understand it.  Depression is a mental illness that can affect many people during their life, it can affect the way you think, and can make you feel sad for no apparent reason, and some have difficulty communicating with others and will isolate themselves which in turn can have an adverse effect on the person dealing with depression.

Some people with use the word depression lightly and we must not confuse depression with low mood, let’s be honest we all have low mood from time to time, kids playing up, work can get on top of you and well you get the message, low mood can be changed through supportive family or change in circumstances, whilst depression is another thing altogether.

So what are the symptoms-Low mood – sadness – guilt – no motivation – no hope anxiety – feeling helpless – loss in interest in things you usually enjoy change in appetite-no energy – change in sleeping habits (over sleeping or not getting any sleep) – irritability – low self-esteem – low tolerance– indecisive – avoiding contact with friends and family – lack of interest in sex – finding difficulties at work suicidal thoughts of harming yourself.

So how do we recover from depression?

There are many different methods to dealing with depression, firstly Medication. Medication is normally provided by your local GP, whilst the GP will only look at the presenting issue and therefore go with medication  this can stabilise your mood but may not deal with the root cause of the issue and Medication can also be very difficult to come off. Now don’t get me wrong in some cases if not a lot medication serves a purpose and for the individual suffering it helps maintain a healthy balance and can promote wellbeing but not for all so we turn to Hypnotherapy to help manage depression.

Clinical Hypnotherapy has become hugely popular over the past 10 years, moving from a party gimmick to an established treatment whilst dealing with Depression. Hypnosis involves an increased absorption in suggested experiences; Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness that through positive suggestion will help change behaviour through increased absorption in suggested experiences.

So here are a few methods used by the Hypnotherapist-Regression revisit the trauma safely and reveal new insights that will enable you to deal with the events better. Parts Therapy-At times we are in conflict (inner parts conflict), we all have different parts that make us who we are which are aspects of the subconscious, the hypnotherapist acts as a mediator to help resolve inner conflict. Hypnotic Suggestion-Helps release negative thinking and provides a massive boost to your self-esteem. Inner child work- we can clear our emotional process, you can also release pain and suffering from past events.

Please don’t suffer in silence, hope is realistic.

 

PTSD

Posted on 19th November, 2015

                                                       How do we recognise PTSD

 

 

When I joined the forces as a young spotty 16 year old it was an adventure from day one. From staging on in combat situations to going out and sharing all those life experiences with your fellow soldiers.  In time it just became a way of life.

During my times as a soldier I witnessed many situations and some I don’t want to be reminded of but my biggest regret was not having the understanding to identify PTSD in my fellow friends.

During the First World War it was referred to as "shell shock"; as "war neurosis" during WWII; and as "combat stress reaction" during the Vietnam War.  In the 1980s the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was introduced - the term we still use today and now understand so much better.

PTSD occurs when we witness a traumatic event, this event is then played over and over again causing countless flashbacks and horrific times for the individual itself, the person experiencing these events can seem totally helpless and full of fear. PTSD is a potentially severe and long-term mental health problem that can impede your ability to live your life to the full. People experiencing it can feel anxious for years after the trauma, whether or not they suffered a physical injury as well.

Once you have diagnosed PTSD it does not mean it’s a cure, it’s the start!!

To date I have worked with many ex-soldiers suffering from long standing PTSD and the most simplistic way to explain PTSD is by having imagine the mind is like a receptionist in out and pending tray, Images come in we normally process and filter out, however some pend and that’s when our therapeutic approach comes into play.

Please understand PTSD, it may save a life.

Anxiety and stress.....

Posted on 9th February, 2015

Anxiety & Stress

 

Learned behaviour or genetic?

 

I have often been asked the question if stress is genetic or something we tend to learn over a period of time. For me and my understanding anything that you learn (bad habits) can be unlearned.

 

I have been studying a mum and daughter in relation to anxiety. Mum was quite a strong person (still is to a degree) but a messy marriage and infidelity within the relationship produced trust issues.

 

Over a period of time mum became quite distant from others, this was in total contrast to her normal upbeat confident persona who would often be the life and soul of any social gathering. On working with mum for some time we were able to establish two things. One, to look at her new behaviour compared to her old and establish new ways of thinking that were reminiscent to her past, second was to bring to conscious awareness, her change in personality.

 

Daughter was 11, all her young life she had learned how to be like mum, mum had been going through this relationship issue before her birth. Anxiety and panic attacks were quite normal, so we established new coping skills to encourage positive behaviour, now a changed person.

 

So let’s understand, stress cannot be contagious but how parents relate to stress can be evident in the children, as in my case review.

 

We all deal with situations in many different ways, what might seem quite irrelevant to one, might be quite severe in another; hence the levels of stress will also be different.

 

There are many things you can do, to relieve stress.

1 Remember you make yourself feel this way (yes people can contribute), you’re in total control of your way thinking and feelings. So take control.

 

2 People tend to look at what they haven’t got instead of what they have got, look at both your external and internal locus of control. http://changingminds.org/explanations/preferences/locus_control.htm

 

3 Break individual tasks down, don’t let yourself be overloaded with many different and so called complications, stop, take a step back, look at what’s important and follow up with action.

 

4 Relax, relax, relax, we often go about our day and don’t bother to actually look what’s going on around you. We spend so much time in both the past and future, what time do we have for the here and now? Take time out through the hustle and bustle and try learning some mindfulness or basic relaxation.

 

5 Exercise, there is no better natural remedy then exercise.  When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.

 

Most importantly be kind to yourself

Medication, how much is placebo?

Posted on 14th July, 2014

 

Not been on here for a while so thought I would update you all on both myself and my practice.

 

As you all know by now I served in the Royal Green Jackets for 8 years, in this time I was very fortunate to meet some very special people who I had and still have the privilege of calling friends. It’s very difficult to explain to those who have not served in the military how these friendships are formed and maintained, yes you have falling outs and disagreements but when the time comes and trust me it will come, I can rely on my buddy to watch my back and vice versa.

 

I just returned from Winchester, home of my Regiment and met up with fellow Riflemen after 25 years and to say it was emotional was an understatement. One person I would like to mention is my old friend Bill (not real name), who was vaccinated (precautionary, we didn’t know what would be thrown at us out there) before the first war in Iraq, this has led to many issues including walking and major health concerns, at one point he informed me that he nearly died, to say I was shocked and horrified by this once superb soldier’s demise was an understatement.

 

Bill to date has had op after op, medication he now has to take, this is beyond a joke but is it all necessary???

 

Sometimes our thinking is limited due to the medication we take, we get told by professionals that we should and need certain medication to function, however our mind tends to slip into this way of thinking hence the body follows. Now I’m not saying we don’t need medication, of course we do, what I’m saying is that the mind can help provide both physical and emotional wellbeing where sometimes medication fails. The amount of times I get clients attending my clinic after their GP had run out of ideas are too many to recall.

 

So Bill lives too far for me to treat so I have referred him to a very good friend of mine, hopefully he will improve and I will update this blog often with the results.

 

Does Visualization really work?

Posted on 12th August, 2013

Does Visualization really work?

 

What is Visualization?

 

In laymen’s terms, it means recreating all the images, sounds and feelings in your mind surrounding an activity in order to practice in a perfect environment. Just like the small dojo where Morpheus and Neo fight in the movie.

 

It may sound hard, but let me prove to you that you can do it. Take a couple of minutes to close your eyes and imagine yourself going to the kitchen and getting a cup of coffee. Try to imagine every detail, even the smell of the coffee.

Were you able to imagine the cup of coffee? Maybe you were using your favourite cup, and that awesome coffee brand that you love. You may even want a cup of coffee right now. That’s how visualization works.

 

Don’t worry if you didn’t catch all the details, just like any other skill, you need to practice. However, it is worth the time it takes to learn it.

Let me give you some evidence, in Harvard University they decided to check this theory out and to their amazement achieved great results. Firstly they had 3 subjects and asked the first one for 30mins each day strengthen his finger on a little machine, the second subject was to visualize strengthening his finger for 30mins each day and the third was just to sit and watch the first subject for 30 mins each day. The results where outstanding the first gained 50% strength, the second VISUALIZING gained 45% strength and the third by just watching gained 35% more strength in his finger.

 

So proof that Visualisation does work.

So how do you do it?

Visualization is simple, but it requires you to practice often to get the best results out if it. Just follow the steps and enjoy the process:

•Relax: Take a couple of deep breathes, let go of all the tension, and close your eyes. It works even better if you find a quiet spot where nobody will bother you. I do it right before I go to bed.

•Start imagining the environment: Let’s say you want to lift more weight in the gym, imagine the bench, the weight above you (exact weight you want to reach), the surrounding, every little detail.

•Third person view: Now imagine yourself putting your hands on the bar, concentrating on your breathing feeling the weight of the bar, always trying to add as much detail has possible.

•First person view: Feel the bar, imagine taking the weight, straining under the pressure, again adding all the detail you can remember and now allow yourself to lift the bar and achieve your desired goal.

•Wrapping it up: Allow yourself to slowly come back. You completed your practice and the image slowly fades. When you feel ready, open your eyes again.

I have used this process myself, I was stuck on a certain weight and through visualisation managed to get to my desired goal.

Conscious & Subconscious

Posted on 6th August, 2013

Conscious & Subconscious

 

I have been asked this question time and time again, whilst walking my dog this morning I was pondering over it, what is Hypnosis and how does it work?

 

Well let’s start by saying that the conscious and the subconscious are simple metaphors for what we don’t really understand; in fact we know more about the moon than we do our own minds, quite remarkable really.

 

So what we do know is that when clients and others ask me questions about how Hypnosis works they are asking me in a conscious state, this part of the mind is very small so it can’t store a lot of detail, it will delete constantly and more often than not forgets things, if it was an iceberg the conscious would be the tip poking out of the water. On the other hand the subconscious would be what’s under the water, it stores everything and never forgets, its where awareness is created and under a relaxed state of somnambulism positive suggestions have a major role to play in the clients life.

 

I will give you an example how data is stored but on a conscious level can’t be accessed.

A client came to see me due to losing his keys, however they were quite important, not only did he need his keys they belonged to a bank manager and these keys needed to be found, he was a friend of mine and after his phone call (late at night) I arranged for him to visit me. He attended my clinic late at night and could not think of where he put his keys (he had no idea) so I put him under hypnosis and within 5 min he was able to find his keys, for me this was a typical example of not being able to access data on a conscious level but by bypassing the critical factor and inducing hypnosis anything is possible.

 

Roy Hunter

Posted on 5th August, 2013

Hi Everyone,

 

I wanted to give you all a rundown on some books I have been reading recently, one in particular.

Now this book coincides with the treatment I offer and its by Roy Hunter, its called Hypnosis for inner conflict resolution.

 

I'm not a massive reader and will only read books that get my attention, this certainly did, not only did it make for good reading put was able to propel my practice and way of thinking to another level.

 

I decided after reading this book to arrange to meet Roy Hunter and take part in his training to become a parts therapist, I wasn't happy there so I also decide to become a Parts Therapist trainer.

 

It was an honour to meet the great man and be part of his training methods.

Parts Therapy helps the individual who is suffering from internal conflict, now we have all been there in some shape or form, for example, there is a part of me that wants to stop smoking and a part that doesn't, I want to loose weight but some part is stopping me, you get the idea.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Roy and all the others I met on the training, I have not noticed any other 11 step parts therapy on offer in Wales and can count myself privileged to be called a Parts Therapist trainer when there are only a few of us world wide.

 

Ian Williams, clinical Hypnotherapis and trainer.

 

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