Thursday, 5 April 2018

Pain Management in Childbirth (Hypnobirthing)

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Hi Everyone

This week I am talking about pain management with hypnotherapy with Facebook Live.

Not everyone thinks of hypnosis when they think of pain management but it can help. There is lots of research to support hypnotherapy in pain management.

Anyone with pain must always see a doctor first to check the cause of the pain.

Today I've been talking about helping people with childbirth. Its often called Hypnobirthing. Hypnobirthing usually is a process of 4 sessions with the woman and sometimes the partner. The aim is to help the woman take control, reduce any fears, build confidence and relax using a variety of techniques.

So if you are wanting a natural birth, in which you want to take control and learn to relax perhaps I can help. I offer a free consultation to find out more or visit my website

Alternately if you want to make a comment or ask something here about hypnotherapy and child birth please do.


Monday, 2 April 2018

Pain Management with Hypnotherapy

If there is one thing we all hate and that is pain. Yet hypnotherapy is rarely the first thing most people think of when they are suffering with pain, nevertheless there is lots of research to show that hypnotherapy can help people deal with chronic pain.

In this post I would like to talk about chronic pain management.

If you are suffering with any kind of pain the sensible thing to do is go and see your doctor as pain is a signal that something is wrong. It's easy to know that an injury is the cause but there may be other things going on that need to be checked out before you consider hypnotherapy. I will never help a client with any chronic pain problem without getting the consent from a doctor first. It would be so wrong to help the pain to go if there was an underlying problem that needed to be dealt with first.

Pain is complex and is difficult to define but we do know that it is more than a physical sensation. Pain has an emotional element as well. I believe good pain management is is about working with the medical profession to provide the best treatment plan for the individual. The problem with chronic pain is that there is an added fear or apprehension because we remember what the original pain was like, and that's scary.

There are many different types of chronic pain that hypnotherapy can help with as pain presents with  different elements of physical and emotional feelings. Hypnotherapy helps the person to relax, in some cases to identify any causes of the pain or to learn to distract away from the pain, as well as changing thoughts and emotions surrounding the pain. The aim is to help the person who is suffering to take control and learn how to reduce or stop the pain.  The management of chronic pain with hypnotherapy is therefore a very individual process but will always involve assessment and then agreeing on the right way forward.

Here are some conditions that could be helped with hypnotherapy.

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)  
  • Childbirth
  • Backache
  • Dental pain
  • Some types of headache
  • Muscular aches and pains
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tempro-mandibular pain (TMJ)
  • Chronic burns pain
  • Cancer related pain
  • and much more...
So if you have chronic pain talk with a hypnotherapist and find out if you could use the power of your mind to feel better.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Hypnosis can help you change

I have a toolkit of techniques that have helped me and other to make changes and feel better. One thing I help people with on a day basis is hypnotherapy. Its not stage hypnosis, rather its a way of helping people that is researched and evidenced based.

Yet many people have no idea what hypnotherapy is. In this blog I will attempt to give you some information about hypnosis.

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Everyone needs their own reason to stop smoking

Many years ago I used to be a smoker. Then one day I decided to stop. My reason was my children as I didn't want them breathing in my smoke. I wonder what your reason might be?

 Over the years I have met many smokers. I was even a smoke stop advisor in the NHS. Then I tried to help people with Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) patches or gum or some other NRT product but sometimes nothing seemed to help.

Since becoming a hypnotherapist I understand a lot more about smoking but the thing I have found most is that different people have different triggers to help them stop. It doesn't matter what information is out there or who nags them some people will only stop when they find their reason.

Recently I helped a man who had been smoking for 42 years. I will call him Richard (Not his real name as I will never disclose any information that could identify a client).

Richard said he had wanted to stop smoking for years and he had been one of those people who had tried all the NRT products and tables but nothing worked. So what was the reason that he came to see me? He thought it was to stop smoking but the real reason soon became apparent. He had poor health connected with his smoking but that hadn't stopped him. Financing cigarettes wasn't a problem. Other people like his GP telling him to stop didn't make him change.

Following our discussions I discovered that he had been feeling lonely and bored and the cigarettes were a habit that he was reinforcing. After probing deeper he told me that he was going to see a lost member of his family. Suddenly he had a goal and a reason to stop as he would not be able to travel with his health issues unless he did something now.

He had found the solution to his problem. With my help and CBT hypnotherapy he is now a non-smoker. His reasons was completely different to everyone's thoughts. Health reasons should have been at the top of the list but a previously unknown reason for stopping gave his drive as he could visualise the meeting.

If you want to stop smoking look for a different reason and get help. Like Richard you may have wanted to stop any times before but you probably didn't find the right reason then.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Change expressed in metaphors

A metaphor is a figure of speech or a symbol that gives richness to our vocabulary. Metaphors can be categorised  and discussed at length but I am mainly interested in the metaphors that people use when they want to explain their problem and are looking for change.

Some metaphors about change express change through the environment, some through the weather and many more related at all areas of life. Here are some examples of metaphors that I hear that tell me someone is thinking about change.

Its the season of change
I'm in the driving seat
I feel like I am being dragged along...
I feel like I am climbing a mountain.
It's and uphill journey...
I'm on a roller coaster...

From today I wonder how many ways of expressing change you might notice? How many metaphors of change can you add to my list?


Sunday, 18 January 2015

Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness in Practice

Hi, I'm a hypnotherapist, coach, counsellor and now I have added Mindfulness to my list of tools to help people focus their minds, and make positive changes so they feel better. Mindfulness is very much in the limelight so I sent myself to a Mindful teacher, I completed a course and continue to expand my knowledge and skills in Mindfulness. I like to find evidence that supports my practice and it was clear that Mindfulness has a lot of research to support it and it can help people.

But I soon realised that there are many similarities and also some differences between Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness. So how do clients choose who to seek help and support from when they want to change something? I thought about what I might do if I was looking for a solution to a problem. Well years ago I would just talk with others, gather information and then make a decision. Today we have access to so much information via the web that this wealth of choice can sometimes make decisions more difficult.

So this is just a taster of what I have found:
1. Mindfulness and Hypnotherapy have been around in one form or another for years.
2. Both practices are built on a wealth of evidence and research.
3. There are myths surrounding both Mindfulness and Hypnotherapy. Some people think Mindfulness is about religion and some people think Hypnosis is a way of accessing your secrets and making clients do silly things. Stage hypnosis has given a negative view of hypnotherapy.
4. Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness practice is developing.
5. Hypnotherapy has been endorsed by the medical profession for a long time but getting referrals from doctors to hypnotherapists can be difficult. On the other hand doctors are more likely to refer to a Mindfulness practitioner.
6. Both hypnotherpists and mindfulness practitioners are asking questions about each others practice.
7. There is no statutory regulation of either practice but both use self reglation and focus on helping the client with ethical practice.
8. Both Mindfulness and Hypnotherapy can help people to feel better and make important changes in their lives.
9. There is a big overlap but Mindfulness is about noticing and being in the 'here and now' while hypnotherapy can also add suggestion and regression to explore the future and the past.

These are just a few of the things that I have found out and I continue to add information to my list. So how does a person looking for someone to help them with their problem choose a private practitioner- Mindfulness practitioner or Hypnotherapist?

Firstly I believe that people need to know where the practitioners are and how to access their services. This means that Mindfulness practitioners and Hypnotherapists need to advertise their services so the client can compare. People wanting help can discuss their problem with their doctor especially if they have a medical problem. Recommendations and checking training and qualifications are important but as there are different training schools and different approaches sometimes that cam be confusing for the client. Questions need to be asked to make an informed decision about which practitioner to use. For example, how long has the practitioner been in practice? Do they specialise in helping certain people e.g. people with depression? Are they members of any organisations? Do they have additional knowledge and skills in counselling, psychotherapy or practice in the medical field? Good rapport and developing a relationship of trust could be argued as one of the most important aspects when looking for a practitioner.

I now provide a range of helping services to my clients but if you were faced with the choice- a Mindfulness practitioner or a Hypnotherapist how how might you decide who to go to?

Friday, 16 January 2015

Hi I'm Linda

Welcome to my blog. The theme of my blogs are about change and how I view change and apply it to my business and my life.

Life doesn't stand still. We are all in a state of change. Some of my clients come to see me because they feel stuck but even then change is happening.

There are lots of theories of change. Some are helpful especially if you are a theorist, a researcher or like to understand change. These theories also help me  to make sense of what a person is saying. As a therapist these theories are certainly useful when I am looking for research and evidence to help with my practice. But I am not going to talk about theories. You can find all that in a book and on the web.

I'm gong to start by writing about metaphors because I find that they help some people to understand the stages of change more easily.  This then helps them to go on and make the changes that they want to make. I just empower people to find a way to do the things that they want to do.

Looking at change in this way gives people hope and an awareness that doing the same and being unhappy isn't an option. I think it's as much about removing the resistors to change as driving change.

So I will leave you with this thought. If you believe that you are sitting still reading this blog think again... are you changing?