01.09.16 One of the biggest requests I receive, is help with weight loss hypnotherapy. The clients who contact me very often have all experienced a similar trend. They have tried just about everything from weight loss clubs, to heart diets and the latest internet revelations on how to lose weight quickly. Yet they find themselves in a spiral of losing and regaining weight on a cyclic basis. Very often the weight gain is more than they originally started with. Many are frustrated by their inability to stay in control over a sustained period.. My approach to weight control is that it shouldn't be about "losing" something. Who ever set's out to "lose" something. Such an approach could lead to internal, self defeating conflicts. Ask yourself the question, do you really want to "Give up, quit, or deprive yourself" of things you enjoy. I doubt it very much. In this sense, dieting always seems such a chore, an up hill struggle. It's no wonder that after a while people give up and go back to indulging themselves. The focus of my NLP and Hypnotherapy based Weight control sessions, is to help client's have a different relationship with food, to develop winning strategies and new ways of thinking about what it is they are trying to achieve. It's not about emptying your cupboards of everything you like or about counting things or having rewards or treats. It is about well defined outcomes, refocusing attention onto what is important, using a persons own resources (In other words, what they are good at) to help them win at what they are setting out to achieve. Which is significantly different from setting out to "lose" something or deprive themselves. If a person feels like they are winning whilst doing something then it is far more feasible to have long term sustainability. The weight control packages are designed to re-frame what a person is trying to achieve, and using Hypnosis to appeal to the unconscious to change the patterns of uncontrolled eating. Also included is aversion therapy and habit breaking strategies, which can be a powerful ally in helping a person avoid the foods that are holding them back or damaging to health. It all seems obvious, yet without professional help to re-align goals and use of unconscious habit breaking techniques, people can find the urge to return to old ways of eating irresistible.
14.04.16 Trichotillomania or TTM is a disorder characterised by the urge for a person to pull out their hair, leading to hair loss and baldness. A sister habit is eating the hair, which can lead to the formation of hair balls in the gut. In extreme case this can be very dangerous if left unattended. If a person is prone to eating their hair, they should seek medical advice. For the lay observer pulling ones own hair out might seem a strange thing to do, to the extent that it would affect a persons appearance and then followed up by eating it. However to me as Hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner it is another category of unconscious habit, like nail biting, skin picking or teeth grinding. Whenever I speak to clients about the habit there is most often some underlying cause behind the need to hair pull, such as, (but not limited to) emotional feelings e.g. uncertainty, anxiousness, fear or worry, where the client will often be projecting their thoughts into the past or future. During this period of thinking, the habit can manifest itself, mainly because the feeling of doing it provides some form of comfort or release for a person from their thought projections. The client will often report they know they are pulling their hair but the underlying or background urges are so strong that they find themselves unable to stop themselves doing it. After the event there often follows a period of regret, guilt, shame, embarrassment or anger even. The difficulty for the person is, the source of the problem can be difficult to access with conscious intervention. This is because the pattern of repeating probably resides within the unconscious, generating the need to feel a feeling of release or some form of comfort. Habits can be broken or changed with the use of Hypnotherapy, so it may be possible to help a person change their pattern of behaviour into something more resourceful using hypnosis and/or NLP which aims to resolve the pattern at an unconscious level.
10.02.16 One of the things I have noticed over recent years is rise in client requests for help with Fears and Phobias, The ones I most often deal with are fear of flying, fear of spiders, driving phobias and social phobias. Maybe the rise in the requests is reflective of the world we live in and how access to media sources has dramatically increased the opportunities to expand our knowledge and unwittingly fuel our fears. The imagination is a very powerful tool and it is a unique human attribute for us to project our thoughts anywhere we wish, be it past present or future. The ability for us to project thoughts in this way is vital to the development of human race. Every new product, building, discovery, medical breakthrough, lunar adventure, etc etc, has at one time been no more than an idea in someone's imagination. That idea has been nurtured and grown and developed to become a reality. Enstein was renowned for his ability to use his vivid imagination as a problem solving tool. However the same imagination that has been so powerful in our existence can also imagine negative outcomes. If the imagined event becomes compelling enough, that event can seem very realistic to a person, even though the event hasn't actually happened. The imagined thoughts, feelings, sounds, smells and tastes associated with the event can appear very real to the individual. In this way even the suggestion of the event, can have a big emotional impact on the person. i.e. Mention flying to a person who is scared of it and you can immediately witness a change in emotional state as they play out the event in their mind. Even though their feet are still firmly planted on the ground, the imagined event is enough to change their emotional state. This is where Hypnotherapy and NLP can help. By exploring positive resources a person has available to them (and there are many) it can be possible to recode the emotional response at an unconscious level, such that the person responds in a resourceful way when faced with the imagined or real event. E.g. Significantly reducing or completely collapsing the fear. The unconscious is where the fear/phobia resides. When a person is frightened, there is no time for conscious rationalisation, the response is automatic. Recoding the automatic response(s) at an unconscious level using a persons own resources is the key to lasting effective change.
21.12.15 Clients regularly come to see me for help with stop smoking. One of the things they find most difficult to make sense of, is that although they know smoking is extremely hazardous to health, it isn't enough to get them to stop doing it. My clients tell me they feel strong urges to have a cigarette even though intuitively they know it not good for them. This can be confusing to a person and contradictory in some ways because one part of them is telling them to light up, whilst the another part of them is telling them, I really have to stop doing this for the sake of my health and wellbeing. Yet the habit persists. Why is that? This is where I believe my training as a Smoking Cessation therapist and NLP master practitioner come in to play. I know that it is not necessarily what a person is doing is the root of the problem, it is the way they perceive a benefit from what they are doing is the difficult thing to overcome. (i.e. smoking in this case). That perceived benefit may manifest itself as a feeling of relief or a release of anxiousness, it may be that the person feels that smoking helps them think or relieves boredom or even is a reward because of circumstances in work or life in general. In processing thoughts in this way, a person can begin to value cigarettes because they provide an instant solution to the way they are feeling, "The instant fix". But I think most people realise that pumping poison into their mouth on a regular basis can never be a good thing. Hypnotherapy and NLP can be helpful in changing a clients perception of what they are doing, to break the habitual pattern and to change the values a person puts on the habit. To create new patterns of thinking at a deep unconscious level where the habit resides and to help them to act in a more resourceful way when faced with the urge, or temptation. In my experience of working with hundreds of smoking clients, It is most often this change of perception or value a person puts on the act of smoking that is the catalyst for lasting success. Think differently, act differently. That's the challenge that a smoker faces. It is my job to help clients discover their own powerful resources (and there are many) via Hypnotherapy and NLP that can create a change of thinking and behaviour. Ultimately those changes could one day be a life saver. How good is that.
11.11.2015. Henry Ford famously once said. "Whether a person thinks they can, or whether a person thinks they can't, they'll probably be right." This tells us that it's not necessarily whether a person has the ability to do something that stops them taking action, it's whether they believe they have the ability is the crucial factor in determining the outcome. I have been practising Hypnotherapy and NLP for close on eight years now. One of the things I have noticed during that time, working with hundreds of clients, is the power self limiting belief has on a persons confidence and ultimately what they are able to achieve in life or accept as life's hand.
Beliefs are in everything we do, beliefs can be both empowering or limiting to a persons feelings of confidence, overall wellbeing or behaviour. Stop and think about it for a minute. Whenever you have had a lack of confidence about something or feeling uncertain, are your beliefs about that subject creating doubt in some way? Is that doubt creating a feeling of uncertainty? Is that uncertainty stopping you from taking action? What physical symptoms does that uncertainty or insecurity bring? I.e. churning stomach, tightness in neck or chest, dryness in mouth, sweaty palms, increased heart rate, overthinking etc etc. and yet if we were to change the belief about ourselves, our situation, our ability, about other people's perception of us, what difference would that make to the level of confidence you had about that situation or your ability to act? In a word 'Everything.' Although my profession is classed as Hypnotherapy, it is in reality far more than that. It is largely about helping people to change from limiting to empowering beliefs about themselves, others and their environment that makes all the difference to the outcome. There is a famous saying by Henry Ford. "Whether a person thinks they can, or whether a person thinks they can't, they'll probably be right." This tells us that it is not a matter of whether a person can or can't do something, it's whether they believe they can or can't do something that determines whether they feel confident to take action or not. The combination of NLP and Hypnotherapy techniques I use with my clients are designed to help clients shift their beliefs and in turn shift their confidence levels.
19.10.2015 Hi everyone welcome to the NEW Hypnotherapy Swansea news blog page. Spider season is back!! Hypnotherapy and NLP can help you overcome your Spider phobia. So don't sit there petrified. Help is just a phone call away. I've had quite a number of clients coming into the Horizon centre Gorseinon for help with fear of spiders lately. Hypnotherapy can help you collapse those unwanted fears and help you respond in a much more resourceful way. Even people with the most abject fears have noticed a big shift in the way they feel after a session of targeted Hypnosis.