How We Can Help
Fears & Phobias
At Changing Tides Hypnotherapy, in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, we know that fears and phobias can have a dramatic effect on your life and can negatively affect the way that you feel, making you feel anxious and unable to cope in specific situations or when close to particular objects. Phobias can come in many forms and can vary in their degree; they can impact on specific aspects of your life, such as a fear of flying or social situations or they may be completely debilitating and prevent you from leaving your home, as with Agoraphobia where you may fear open spaces or places where escape may be difficult or places where help may not be available if something bad happens. You may have struggled with your particular phobia for many years and tried to hide it or manage it; you may have had to stop doing things that you used to do or completely had to change your routine in order to manage your phobia.
If you feel that it is time to get some help, hypnotherapy may be the treatment that you are looking for. In a relaxed, supportive environment at Changing Tides Hypnotherapy, we can use hypnotherapy to help you relax and reduce your anxiety; we then use a combination of hypnotherapy and brief Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) interventions to help you address and work through your phobia. We will address your phobia at a pace that suits you and homework tasks will help to reinforce the positive changes that you make in the sessions.
At Changing Tides Hypnotherapy, we appreciate that people’s lives can be stressful and relentless; this can leave you feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope. Stress can have a negative effect on your mood, anxiety levels and sleep patterns. Although you may realise that you need to slow down and take time to relax, putting this into practice and making changes can be more difficult.
Clinical Hypnotherapy is a process that can create a state of deep relaxation, which in itself can help to reduce stress. We can then look at addressing some of the stressful thoughts and patterns of behaviours, which may unknowingly lead to unhelpful coping strategies and maintain stress. Hypnotherapy can also address any sleep issues that you may be struggling with and problem solving techniques can be implemented if there are a number of major issues that are preventing you from moving forward. Self-hypnosis can also be a useful tool to reduce stress and improve sleep when your hypnotherapy sessions are complete and I will spend some time looking at this with you.
Anxiety and Worry
Here at Changing Tides Hypnotherapy, we understand that constant worry and anxiety can have a huge impact on the way that you feel; anxiety can negatively affect your mood, your sleep and your ability to function on a day-to-day basis. If your mind feels like it is constantly racing and you are unable to relax; if you worry about anything and everything; if you are unable to switch off and find it difficult to concentrate, you may be suffering with anxiety. Anxiety can also present as a fear of particular social situations, such as when around groups of people.
Anxiety can make you miserable and stop you from doing so many things, but it doesn’t have to be permanent; with the help of hypnotherapy you can stop it from dominating your life and learn to control it rather than let it control you!
We can use a combination of hypnotherapy and brief Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) interventions to help you address and work through your anxiety. Hypnotherapy can help you to achieve a deep state of relaxation; when you are relaxed your anxiety levels decrease and during this time we can challenge any positive/negative beliefs that you may have developed about worrying, for example, ‘Worrying about a situation will help me to cope better.’ We can also challenge ongoing negative thoughts and avoidance/safety behaviours, which can often maintain the vicious cycle of anxiety. Hypnotherapy can also address any sleep issues that you may be struggling with. CBT focused homework tasks can be given to reinforce the work in hypnotherapy sessions. In the long-term, self-hypnosis can also be an effective tool to reduce anxiety and I can look at this in more detail with you.
Depression and Low Mood
At Changing Tides Hypnotherapy we understand how when your mood is low, it affects the way you feel, the way you think and the things that you do. Often this empty or low feeling can lead to a vicious cycle of depression where you stop going out and stop doing the things that you used to enjoy or give you a sense of achievement; you spend more time alone, your confidence is affected and you may not look after yourself properly. Depression not only affects your mood, it can also affect your sleep, your appetite and the way that you feel physically.
The good news is that the vicious cycle of depression can be broken by changing the unhelpful behaviour and negative thoughts that can maintain low mood. Hypnotherapy uses deep relaxation to build confidence, challenge negative thinking and behaviour and to encourage more helpful ways of thinking and behaving. Hypnotherapy can also address any sleep issues that you may be struggling with. Brief Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) can also be used alongside Hypnotherapy to help increase activity levels, problem solve difficult situations, manage stress and substitute negative thinking for more positive thoughts. CBT focused homework tasks can be given to reinforce the work in hypnotherapy sessions.
At Changing Tides Hypnotherapy we understand that Smoking can be a difficult thing to stop. Many people have smoked for all of their adult lives and do not feel that they will ever be able to give up. It is also common for people to switch from smoking to vaping, but then struggle to give up completely.
Hypnotherapy Smoking Cessation is for people who are motivated to stop smoking and want to give up permanently. The treatment is just one two-hour session, where we take a detailed case history of your smoking triggers and associated behaviour. Hypnotherapy focuses on your unwanted behaviour (smoking) and updates the unconscious mind on the changes that you now wish to make in becoming a Non-Smoker.
At Changing Tides Hypnotherapy we understand that being overweight can have a negative effect on your life; it can affect your mood, your confidence and the way that you feel about yourself. If weight gain is not addressed it can escalate and result in further physical health issues, which can negatively impact on mood and anxiety levels.
Many people battle with dieting throughout their lives and they have periods where they successfully lose weight, only to put it back on again. In hypnotherapy weight loss sessions, we take an extensive case history where we discuss your relationship with food and look at some of the emotions and behaviours associated with any over-eating. We then use Hypnotherapy to put you in a relaxed state and we will look at addressing and reframing some of the negative attitudes that you may have towards food and eating; we will also address any unhelpful behaviours which are maintaining unhealthy eating and exercise patterns.
I am also a registered Hypno-Band Practitioner and can deliver this latest innovation in Hypnotherapy for weight loss developed by Newwave Hypnotherapy. This is an innovative Hypnotherapy system, designed to enable weight loss if you have a high Body Mass Index (BMI), usually of 30 or more; clients should be aged 18 upwards. For more information please see my ‘Fees & Additional Service’ page on this website.
Address Unwanted Habits, Compulsive Behaviours and Obsessive Thoughts
At Changing Tides Hypnotherapy, we understand that everyone can develop unwanted habits, compulsive behaviours and obsessive thoughts that they may find embarrassing or distressing. It may be a habit that you have had for many years and you want to remove, such as nail biting or you may be plagued by thoughts and behaviour related to a specific issue, for example uncontrollable fears of germs and illness causing you to constantly wash your hands and clean up.
Many habits such as nail biting are unconscious behaviours and hypnotherapy focuses on updating the unconscious mind regarding the now unwanted behaviour and suggests replacing it with a more appropriate behaviour. Hypnotherapy can also address obsessive thoughts and compulsive (uncontrollable) behaviours; this allows you to take control of your distressing thoughts and change your unwanted behaviour. Brief Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) homework tasks can be given to reinforce the work in hypnotherapy sessions.
Improving Confidence/low self-esteem
Changing Tides Hypnotherapy understands how lack of confidence and low self-esteem can hold you back and cause ongoing problems in everyday situations, sometimes leading to low mood and anxiety. Your level of confidence can be affected by different life events, but this is not something that is set in stone.
If you want to feel more positive about yourself and like yourself more, hypnotherapy may be able to help you change your false beliefs and view yourself in a more positive light. During hypnotherapy, your outdated, unhelpful ideas about yourself will be challenged and replaced with a more, positive, accurate representation. Brief Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) homework tasks can be given to reinforce the work in hypnotherapy sessions.
Lack of confidence and disbelief in your ability to succeed can prevent you from achieving many goals throughout your life. If you have failed in the past, it is easy to believe that nothing will change and that you will continue to fail in future ventures and indeed for the rest of your life.
During hypnotherapy we will challenge some of these incorrect, negative beliefs, allowing you to see yourself in a more positive and accurate light. Increasing your self-belief can help to improve your confidence and give you the belief and motivation to succeed.
Here at Changing Tides Hypnotherapy, we understand how distressing the symptoms of a panic attack can be, e.g. racing heart, struggling to breathe, feeling sick or that you may pass out or die; to the person experiencing a panic attack, these physical sensations and racing thoughts are very real and can be terrifying. Panic is a heightened state of anxiety and in order to reduce the symptoms associated with a panic attack, you may start to avoid certain situations and develop safety behaviours, which may give you some temporary relief from the distressing symptoms.
At Changing Tides Hypnotherapy we use a combination of hypnotherapy and brief Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) interventions to relax you and look in more detail at some of the situations that are causing you to panic. At your own pace, we will challenge the negative thoughts and unhelpful behaviour that continue to maintain your cycle of panic, replacing them with more helpful ones. CBT focused homework tasks can be given to reinforce the work in hypnotherapy sessions.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
IBS presents with a number of distressing physical symptoms in the abdominal area, which cause pain, bloating, flatulence, diarrhoea and constipation. These physical symptoms can make life extremely difficult, increasing your stress and anxiety; you may have to make changes to your life and routines in order to manage the condition.
Hypnotherapy has been found to be an effective treatment for IBS and focuses on relaxation of the digestive system, reducing the discomfort associated with the bloating sensation and reducing pain.
If you think that you are suffering from IBS, you should always seek the advice of you GP prior to undertaking hypnotherapy, as there are symptoms shared by more serious conditions, which need ruling out.
Although the physical sensation of pain is the main issue for many people; there are in fact a number of aspects to pain, which can increase the overall experience. Frequently, our perception of pain and tolerance to pain may be affected by tension, expectation and emotion.
Techniques used in Hypnotherapy can help to reduce tension and the physical sensations of pain; Hypnotherapy can also challenge negative emotions and perceptions associated with pain and change your expectations of pain, which can reduce pain levels and improve well-being.
Pain is the body’s way of telling us that something is wrong and that medical attention may be required; it is therefore advised that if you have undiagnosed pain, you seek the advice of your GP prior to undertaking hypnotherapy.