“ After years of being scared of birds, I now walk through the woods and laugh at them. I wish I had done this years ago!”
Jayne



Other Conditions

The following list goes into more detail about some of the more common reasons that people approach Hypnotherapists for help with.

However, please contact me if you have any further questions on these, or for any other areas in life you would like help with.

Insomnia

Plain and simple, our body needs sleep and if we don’t get enough, things start to go wrong. Whether you are a person who gets to sleep easily and then wakens in the small hours or someone who lies awake for hours when they get into bed, I am sure you can relate to what I mean.

So how does hypnotherapy work?

Insomnia is your mind’s way of protecting you and it’s intentions are good! Under the deep state of relaxation that is hypnosis, I help your mind to understand that sleep forms a better form of protection than the method it is using, and with this new learning, results are often very quick.

Self Hypnosis

One of things I aim to teach all my clients is how to relax through self-hypnosis. This skill in itself can help tremendously in getting to sleep and if used during the day, can help overcome bouts of tiredness and give you the boost to get through the rest of the day

How long does it take?

I have had clients who have gone from 3 hours to a consistent 7 hours sleep a night after one session. Each person is unique thus some people may need 2 or 3 therapy sessions but progress is typically swift and long lasting.

To read how clients of Adding Zest have benefitted from their sessions, please read:

Case study 5: “I have not slept for more than 3 hours for over 10 years”. Julie

Phobias

A phobia is a learned response – ie you are not born with it! You may well recognise that your fear is irrational but that does not make it any easier!

Most phobias stem from a frightening experience or may have been copied from someone who was important in your life. Over the years, this experience or learning has been forgotten in your conscious mind – the bit we tend to use most of the time – but held on to very tightly by your subconscious mind – the bit that make us do the things we do without thinking!

Many people live with phobias because they are embarrassed to admit to them, but hypnotherapy has a very good track record in resolving phobias.

So how does hypnotherapy work?

Your phobia is your mind’s way of protecting you against something it perceives is dangerous – it has a very positive intention! Under the deep state of relaxation that is hypnosis, I help your mind to understand that your source of fear is not going to hurt you, and with this new learning, results are often very quick. I DO NOT use shock treatments or force you to confront a spider or snake. We work in a very calm environment and the relaxation you learn can often help overcome other sources of unease.

How long does it take?

Each person is unique with some people resolving their phobia in one session, whilst others may need 2 or 3 therapy sessions but progress is typically swift and long lasting. As people are often embarrassed about their phobia, I have not published any case studies. However I am very happy to discuss the work I have done with people and their phobias over the phone if you would like more information.

Pain Management

There is much evidence available of how the mind can manage pain. Consider the sportsmen who compete on what would normally be debilitating injuries, their focus so intent on their event that they do not register the pain. Why do some people seem able to cope with devastating injuries, whilst other struggle with minor abrasions when our physiology is all the same?

I have no medical qualifications but I have experienced creating total amnesia in my hand and also in other people and I have worked with clients who have gone from taking as many pain killers as they were allowed a day, to taking none most days. By actively involving the subconscious mind in pain management, the results can be astonishing.

You may be thinking, “why not just take pain killers?” and you have a valid point. Please have a look at Article 11 on this site and follow some links from national publications. Commonly stated reasons for looking to alternatives is the reduction in efficacy of drugs over time, side effects and also the despair felt at having no control. I would never recommend stopping taking prescribed drugs without medical involvement, but hypnotherapy can be used to compliment traditional treatment and give you some autonomy and involvement in managing your pain.

If you suffer from acute or chronic pain, please look at the above article and Article 10 to review some of the work published in this area, or contact me to discuss your particular situation. Complete confidentiality is guaranteed.

Exam Stress

Schools increasingly seem to put students under a huge amount of pressure, not only at the key times of GCSEs or A Levels but now in the earlier years too. Children who are not given the tools they need to cope with this pressure can find themselves struggling to sleep, losing their appetite or feeling overly-emotional amongst other things. The critical issue is all these things are in turn, likely to inhibit their performance at school.

So how does hypnotherapy work?

Children are wonderful at hypnosis and typically respond very quickly to the work I do with them. The therapy is personalised to each child but my aim is to help them reduce their anxieties by understanding what the source of their fear is (commonly fear of failure) and then helping them learn techniques that will increase their knowledge retention and thus confidence when entering the exam hall.

How long does it take?

Each child is an individual and the number of sessions will vary accordingly, however students typically notice a significant improvement after each session as the work moves from alleviating anxiety to building confidence and they can use their new techniques straight away. No child to date has needed more than 4 sessions to be able to cope with exams adequately.

Note: Parental consent will be required for any client under the age of 16. The parent will be welcome to observe the session but I reserve the right to ask them to leave if their presence is prohibiting the therapeutic outcome.

Due to the confidentiality requirements with adolescents, I have not published any case studies relating to children. However I am happy to discuss the results children have achieved over the phone.

Sports Performance Improvement

There is often little to differentiate the top sports people physically. The difference in those at the top of their game and those below them often relates to their mental strength – their determination, single mindedness and ability to keep going when everyone else stops.

Top sportsmen such as Andre Agassi and Bernhard Langer have used hypnotherapy in preparation for top competition and a sports psychologist was present with many Olympic athletes at London 2012, using techniques that are used in hypnotherapy.

So how does hypnotherapy work?

There are two main streams to the work we do:

1) Dealing with negative thoughts. Fear of failure, superstitions or poor confidence following a defeat can be addressed and techniques learned to overcome these if they are felt in the run up to future performances

2) Visualisation. This works on the basis that the subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between reality and imagination. The repeated visualisation of a tennis stroke or a golf swing for example, can develop neural networks and improve neuro-muscular performance. Visualising success can also convince the subconscious that the desired goal is achievable which results in a strong motivation to deliver it.

How long does it take?

The therapy is completely personalised and the number of sessions will vary accordingly, however sportsmen typically notice a significant improvement after each session as they learn new techniques they can practice straight away. Whilst the number of sessions may range up to 4 or 5 the time period is typically longer than with other conditions as each sportsman is given time to apply their new techniques and notice the difference in their sports performance.

Note: Parental consent will be required for any client under the age of 16. The parent will be welcome to observe the session but I reserve the right to ask them to leave if their presence is prohibiting the therapeutic outcome.

To read how clients of Adding Zest have benefitted from their sessions, please read 
Case study 8

Addictions

Cigarettes, alcohol, drugs and even food –they all result in a physical change in the body that leads people to want to have it again. For some, a cigarette or a drink is used to ‘get them through’ a certain part of the day or make them ‘able to cope with stress’. For others they simply cant live without their alcohol or drugs. In either case, the long term impact of their habit is often very detrimental.

It is possible to overcome a physical addiction. Take for example the pregnant woman who is able to give up the cigarettes or the drink whilst they are carrying their baby, only to return to it when it is born. During the pregnancy, their mind was strong enough to over-ride the physical addiction– proving it is possible.

So how does hypnotherapy work?

The first key to reducing a dependence on something is finding a strong reason to stop NOW. For many it is the fact they are seeing their health deteriorate, for others it is not wanting their children to copy their behaviour or see them out of control. And just like the lady who doesn’t want to harm the baby in her womb, we work to find that same sense of purpose that is relevant to you and then use it to carry your body through the time it takes for the physical reliance to reduce, teaching you new techniques and strategies to overcome the problems you used to use your addiction to ‘solve’.

Hypnotherapy can be used alongside other aids such as patches or help groups.

How long does it take?

The length of time needed will vary significantly depending on the level of dependency and the length of time you have smoking/drinking etc. The work we do together will rely on you practicing the techniques I teach you at home and being fully committed to making the change.

For a more personalised discussion of how I can help you, please contact me for a chat in complete confidence.

Confidence Building

Most people feel a lack of confidence in some areas of their life, but others feel it in most areas. Are you always putting yourself down? Do you feel that however hard you try, you will not be good enough? No matter how many people tell you that you look good, you don’t believe them?

These feelings often stem from childhood and even now as an adult, your mind has become so convinced that you are not good enough, that it keeps you thinking that way. This does not mean that your parents neglected you, but perhaps did not fully understand what you needed as a child, or perhaps were not able to show their feelings readily.

So how does hypnotherapy work?

Our minds often hang on to things from childhood, thinking that they are still appropriate. What we do under the deep state of relaxation that is hypnosis, is help your mind to realise that you are an adult now and much more able to look after yourself and not rely on others for the things you needed. With this realisation that you can look after yourself, the next step to recognising all the strengths you have is a very small one! The therapy helps you to re-look at things from your past in a safe and controlled way and review things from your mature, adult perspective. This new perspective leads to a change in the way your mind works and in turn, a new way of feeling about things.

How long does it take?

The length of time needed will vary significantly depending on your confidence levels, however everyone I have worked with to date has experienced a significant improvement in 6 sessions or less.

To read how clients of Adding Zest have benefitted from their sessions, please read 
Case study 2

Caroline Cavanagh promotes emotional and mental health via the wonder of hypnotherapy through her company Adding Zest of Salisbury Wiltshire.