Many people suffer physical and psychological ailments due to prolonged stress or due to unresolved problems from their past. They may feel over-stressed or that they can't cope. They often have problems that their doctor can't resolve, e.g. skin problems, etc., or just feel a sadness deep inside them.
Panic Attacks/Anxieties: The most common problem I see is anxiety. This can range from sudden debilitating panic attacks, to a constant feeling of danger. They can be sparked by certain situations, such as driving over bridges (very common) and, of course, there are a myriad of phobias.
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Even with phobias, though, everyone's problem is really unique to them. IBS can also make people very anxious - which, of course, makes the problem worse! One distressing aspect of anxiety can be that it can sometimes feel almost like a child's fear. It feels completely alien and uncontrollable, almost as if the person is experiencing someone else's fear.
Habits: People can develop all sorts of habits of thought or deed.
Grief: Many people feel excessive grief at the loss of a loved one, or following the breakup of a relationship. Grieving is a process that takes time, often more than family or friends think is reasonable. In the beginning, friends are very supportive, however, after a few months friends can start to get a bit impatient that you haven't started to "move on" yet". With some people, the process really does stall and sufferers simply can't stop thinking about it. That's when Hypnotherapy can help.
It is not uncommon for people to be "stuck" grieving for a parent or partner who treated them badly! Friends find this particularly difficult to understand. For example, friends often can't find it in themselves to feel sympathy for someone grieving for an ex-partner who was violent or abusive.
Physical: The sub-conscious mind plays a major part in your the system. Whilst it may not always be possible to obtain a cure, hypnosis can assist in the relief of distressing symptoms and help subjects to come to terms with their illness and so bring about a significant and beneficial change in quality of life.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) responds really well to Hypnotherapy, especially when the underlying psychological problems are resolved. (See 'News About IBS' in the panel below the IBS section.) Some people can be taught to ignore their pain using self-hypnosis, although this will work only in around 20% of people. Pain is worse when you are stressed, though, and significant improvements can be made by ensuring clients are relaxed and happy within themselves.
Pregnancy: I see quite a few women who are worried about the birth. When I see someone, she may be dreading the pain and discomfort, or be worried about the future. Often she has a feeling that she is supposed to be enjoying this "wonderful experience", and that she is missing out somehow. My approach is first of all to ensure that there is nothing from her past that is at the root of the anxiety. I then teach her how to hypnotise herself instantly, and how to relax even during the birth. It is also possible, with about half of the population to use this self-hypnosis to significantly reduce pain. (Note that there are some people who specialise in "Hypnobirthing". This is usually quite involved and can be pretty expensive. It sometimes involves the therapist attending the birth.)
Confidence: Hypnotherapy can help people feel more confident, feel better about themselves, and help them to face difficult or stressful situations. Many people start to find that they get worried about speaking in public and meetings. This can happen even to those who were previously confident. I frequently help people to perform well at Interviews and Exams. In fact, everyone who has come to me because they are worried because they are facing a "must get" job interview has, so far, always got the job!
It is important to understand that, as with many things in life, there are no guarantees. As I say throughout this website, everyone is different!
David Stocks SQHP, RSM
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