Seeing a hypnotherapist.
The top five reasons.
You’ve lost confidence riding your horse.
Your golf swing’s gone to pieces.
You’re grieving a death. A parent maybe.
You don’t believe you can come back from a sports injury.
You can’t stop biting your nails – and you know it looks bad.
You’ve an addiction.
All good reasons to see a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist. In fact, there are many and varied reasons, although they’re not the top five.
So, like a good awards show presenter, I’ll go through them in reverse order.
Number five - weight loss.
The wrong mind-set and weight gain are inextricably linked.
But, turn that idea on its head and the right mind-set can help you lose weight.
Overeating is wrapped up in:
- self-confidence and self-worth
- boosting motivation
- getting rid of anxiety eating
- changing eating patterns
- exercising regularly
It’s complex, but together we can straighten things out and use your cognitive behaviour and new mind-set to create new patterns and habits to get to your weight loss goal.
(Note I don’t use the word ‘diet’. It’s not helpful. We’re looking to create a lifetime of good habits, not a crashing down of weight that we all know in our heart of hearts is not sustainable.)
Number four - smoking cessation.
No easy task.
But it can be done.
It’s not just in the mind. Nicotine itself is physically addictive.
We work together with hypnotherapy combined with undoing learnt behaviours such as socialising, drinking alcohol, coffee and smoking.
Working like this, hypnotherapy is one of the best ways of quitting smoking. Clinical Journals put the success rate of hypnotherapy for smoking cessation at between 80 – 90%.
BE WARNED. I also ask you to do lots of homework between sessions.
Number three - fears & phobias.
Phobias and fears are extreme or irrational aversions to something.
They can leave you afraid for the future because you find yourself functioning from a negative place based on past experiences that have scarred you mentally.
Time and time again your mind tells you something bad is going to happen again and because of it, you feel unsafe.
Phobias are unfounded fears that feel irrational. Phobias can really hold you back. For example, the fear of driving can mean missing out, not socialising and loneliness.
- Open spaces
- Confined spaces and lifts
Number two - self-confidence.
Let’s be clear. Everyone, EVERYONE has insecurities. That feeling of self-doubt before a presentation or being a bag of nerves before a first date you so want to go well. These are typical responses to stressful situations.
It’s completely natural.
But for some, these shortfalls in self-confidence are crippling. You can be so unsure of yourself that you can’t make decision. In some instances not even move.
You’re sabotaging yourself.
In these instances, with Cognitive Behaviour and Hypnotherapy we can work together to conquer these oppressive insecurities.
We’ll release self-doubt, and look to make you feel self-assured, unstoppable and able to make positive steps in every part of your life.
Number one - anxiety & depression.
We’re all human.
We’ve all experienced either anxiety or depression at sometime in our lives.
Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease when you're not sure how a situation will play out. The uncertainty is getting to you.
Depression really impacts the way you feel about everything. You feel sad about all the activities and interests that once made you happy. It leads to emotional and physical problems and affects your ability to function both at work and at home.
The trick is to be able to check in with yourself. Examine your thoughts, actions and feelings as soon as you’re aware of any change and start to heal yourself.
This is where hypnotherapy works best.
Tapping into your subconscious is a powerful form of natural self-healing.
And you’re not alone. Lots of my clients feel like they’re the only ones. They feel broken. In fact, I’m sometimes thinking, “I’ve felt that before.”
But it’s ok, you’re not alone.
Just as others have felt anxiety and depression, they’ve beaten it. So can you.
James Thomas is a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist based in Lincolnshire. He runs The Gentle Mind Hypnotherapy Ltd.
He believes we are what we tell ourselves. That when we relax we are kinder to ourselves.