Hypnotherapy

hypnotherapy in Bournemouth and Poole

Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss

"Diets don’t work"

"When I am on a diet, I can’t stop thinking about food!"

"I am being good this week"

"I shouldn’t eat that"

Does that Sound Familiar?

When we ‘go' on a diet - we seem to become obsessed about food. We constantly think about what we are ‘allowed’ to or ‘should’ eat, when we will eat. We follow the diet plan for a while, we see the number on the scales going down, perhaps we buy a new outfit. We feel very pleased with ourselves and ‘come off the diet’............ and what happens next? That’s right, those pounds creep back on... and off you go again, the newest, the latest diet!

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Stopping Unwanted Habits

There are good habits and bad habits, wanted habits, unwanted habits. It’s great to have the habit of exercising, probably not so great to have the habit of always having a chocolate biscuit every time you have a hot drink.

Some habits can be just a little but quirky, but others can cause real problems.

Constant nail-biting is not only un-hygienic and unsightly, but can also cause pain and soreness of the fingers. Likewise skin picking. Compulsive hair pulling, which is known as Trichotillamania or Tric for short, is not uncommon and can be a very distressing condition. Perhaps you know someone who has habitual actions or movements perhaps?

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Coping With Anxiety

Hypnotherapy for Anxiety in Bournemouth

Have you ever felt anxious? I’m guessing that your answer would be yes, it would be my answer too. Most of us have experienced anxiety in our lives, sometimes it’s just a fleeting feeling, and we get on with what we were doing with now ill effects. Other times the feelings of anxiety can last for several hours or even days. We can feel anxiety in specific situations or have a feelings of anxiety for no apparent reason. For many people, these anxious feelings seem to be there all the time, often for no apparent reason.

Symptoms of anxiety can be varied and can include: anxious thoughts, going over and over the things that worry us in our minds, having a sense of dread, feeling "on edge", finding it difficult to concentrate, becoming irritable or impatient at the slightest thing and being easily distracted.

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Why I love Hypnosis

I’m often asked how I came to be a Hypnotherapist, I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that I first discovered Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy when I needed some help myself.

I needed to learn to drive for my job, the problem was that I was absolutely terrified of the very thought of driving. I forced myself to take lessons and I hated every single minute! I could hardly hold the steering wheel my palms were so sweaty, I was so tense my body was almost rigid, every lesson was exhausting, no doubt for my instructor too! I really thought I would never get over my nerves. The only time I didn’t worry about my lessons was on a Saturday afternoon after the lesson, by Sunday I was into the cycle of worrying again.

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Why should I see a Hypnotherapist?

I often see clients who have been experiencing a problem for many years, when they eventually seek help, they are usually amazed at how quickly they feel so much better. The problem has either gone or has been reduced to manageable levels, they learn coping skills and feel they can take on anything.

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“Why didn’t I come sooner?”

Why indeed?

Of course everybody has their own reasons for not seeking professional help, these are just a few.

“I’m an intelligent person, I can solve my own problems”

It’s not about intelligence. A good therapist would never tell you what to do or how to live your life. They give you experienced outside perspective and help you gain insight into yourself so you can make better choices.

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Making Difficult Decisions...

At some time in our lives, we may have difficult decisions or choices to make, perhaps about a relationship or a major life change. We can get caught up in the emotion of that situation and that can often result in anxiety, stress and perhaps we make a decision we later regret. So what can we do to help us make those difficult choices?

Why not take a step back from the decision and look at your choices from different perspectives. In therapy we call this ‘Perceptual Positions’. By taking these different positions, one can take some of the emotion out of the decision and take a more considered view.

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Hypnotherapy For Children...

I'm often asked if hypnotherapy is suitable for children and the answer is a resounding YES!

Children have such amazing imaginations & curiosity and so they really are brilliant at hypnosis. In addition, children, unlike adults, do not usually have any mis-leading or pre-conceived views about what hypnosis is and are eager to discover something new and interesting.

In general, hypnosis is suitable for children from the age of 6, although this does depend on each individual child's development. For hypnosis to be effective, a child needs to have a 'sense of self', to be able to listen to and follow instructions and be able to communicate.

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Choosing your Hypnotherapist

You’ve done some research and decided that Hypnotherapy could really help you, so how do you go about choosing the right Hypnotherapist for you?

In the UK there is currently no legislation governing the training, registration and practice of Hypnotherapists (and indeed many other therapies). Because of this lack of legislation, anyone can set themselves up as a Hypnotherapist or trainer of hypnotherapy.

So how do you know that your Hypnotherapist has been properly trained and is competent?


Fortunately, there are several ways that you can check.

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Keeping The Stress Out Of Christmas

Christmas is a time to relax and enjoy spending of time with friends and family. Instead, for many, it’s a hectic time of year, crammed full of party planning, last-minute shopping and organizing the big family dinner. All this frantic activity can lead to a stress, a lack of sleep, and ‘Christmas burnout’, which is anything but jolly.

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Hypnosis and High Blood Pressure

Do you or someone you know have high blood pressure?

Your blood pressure is a measure of the pressure in your arteries as your heart pumps blood around your body. It naturally changes throughout the day, depending on your emotional state and physical activity levels, but when it stays consistently too high over time it is known as high blood pressure or ‘hypertension’, which literally means ‘over pressure’.

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Being More Confident

What is confidence? What does being confident mean?

It means being able to remain relaxed in situations that, for you, are potentially stressful. By remaining calm and in control in these situations, we can fully engage with others and feel and be confident.

In my Bournemouth Hypnotherapy practice, probably the common situation I help clients with is building their confidence and self esteem.

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Overcoming Exam Nerves

It's the time of year when students of all ages are starting to prepare for their exams.For many people, the nerves that build up in the anticipation of a test or an exam, can be just as bad as the test or exam itself.

Thoughts of what might happen, or what might go wrong, or what questions they might get asked, can add to the anxiety and stress.

This stress can build, and as the exam draws ever closer, the anxiety builds to such an extent, that the student feels that all their newly-learned skills and knowledge will just vanish right at the moment they'll need them the most.

They might 'know' that they are competent in their subject, but feel, and sometimes actually find, that their skills desert them just as soon as the test or exam begins.

The stresses and strains that a test or exam can bring, can be especially frustrating to a student who usually performs well in class or with coursework.

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I’m a Hypnotherapist

'I'm a Hypnotherapist' - I reply, when I am asked what I do. And then I wait for the reaction!

There are a few standard ones!

'I'm not looking into your eyes then!'

'You won't be able to hypnotise me'

'Can you make me cluck like a chicken?'

'Please make me stop liking chocolate'

'I want my husband to stop smoking, can I book him an appointment now?'

There are a lot more, but let's deal with these for now…

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New Year Resolutions

Are you making any New Year resolutions this year? If you are, Fantastic! I wish you well in achieving your goals. What are your goals by the way? Do they happen to be the same or very similar to the ones you made last year?

Hmm, I thought so! New Year Resolutions can be a fantastic way of helping us to reduce weight, stop smoking, learn a new skill, exercise more, etc… but be honest, how long does that resolve last? Often it's not very long, is it?

So how can you help yourself keep those resolutions in 2012? Well, I am going to suggest two ways: one you may think quite strange, the other is a very practical solution.

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Fears & Phobias

Imagine a typical day. You get out of bed, go to the bathroom, wash, dress, eat breakfast, go to work, school or spend the day leisurely. Perhaps you drive or take a bus. On your route you see a dog, some balloons in a shop; you might see a bird or an insect, think about the party you are going to or your winter sun holiday. Sounds good, doesn't it? For some people though, every one of those activities causes real fear, a panic or phobia.

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Fertility Hypnosis

When I am asked what issues and conditions hypnotherapy can help to deal with, the subject that creates the most surprise is fertility. It may seem incredible that using hypnosis can help you conceive, whether you have explained or unexplained infertility - it really is true!

There are many different reasons that you, (or your partner of course!) may not be able to become pregnant. Stress has been found to be a big factor in this; stress comes from all directions - work, home, financial. Or it may be that the deep stress levels brought on by an infertility diagnosis are affecting you to the degree that infertility treatment is just not working for you... yet. Have you heard stories of couples who after years of not conceiving, go on to adopt a child - and then fall pregnant naturally? This is because they have let go of the stress and worry about their 'infertility'.

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Hypnosis and Birth

Hypnobirthing is a term used in the hypnotherapy and medical professions for the use of hypnosis or hypnotherapy in childbirth. Recently there has been a lot of publicity around Hypnobirthing, with several celebrities reporting having had fantastic experiences of childbirth while using the technique. In fact, there is evidence that women were 'Hypnobirthing' at least as far back as ancient Egyptian times!

So what is a Hypnobirth? Put simply, it's a method of using hypnosis to remain calm, relaxed and in control during childbirth. You won't be asleep or in a trance, you'll be able to chat, move about, and do what your body needs to do to safely deliver your child into the world. You'll be fully aware of everything going on around you.

As medicine has developed over the centuries, childbirth has become 'medicalised', yet giving birth is natural - the female body has been designed to do just that, your body knows what to do! At this point, it should be noted that sometimes medical intervention is absolutely necessary - no Hypnotherapist would ever suggest otherwise. However, when a mother stays calm and relaxed, the need for medical intervention is greatly reduced.

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