How Hypnotherapy Can Help Your IBS

Around one in five people will suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (known as IBS) in their lifetime, and if you suffer from this condition, then you will understand the pain and discomfort felt in the abdomen and in the nerves and muscles associated with the digestive system and gut.

A long-term condition that causes the bowel to be very sensitive, people who live with irritable bowel syndrome can experience both mild symptoms and discomfort, as well as more extreme, debilitating symptoms.

How do you know if you have IBS?

People who suffer from IBS will experience all or some of the following symptoms from time to time: pain and discomfort in the abdomen, muscle pain, heartburn, cramping, bloated abdomen, gas, indigestion, nausea, feelings of fullness, diarrhoea and constipation.

 What causes IBS?

Unfortunately, the exact cause of IBS still hasn’t been discovered, however research suggests that it is caused by over-activity of the gut such as overactive contractions of the muscles in the abdomen. As well as this, increased sensitivity to the amount of gas in the bowel and increased serotonin levels can also be factors.

Although not necessarily a cause, some research suggests that intense feelings of anxiety or stress can trigger irregular bowels and worsen symptoms of IBS, so it makes sense that by keeping your emotional state in check, you can help to ease your IBS symptoms too.

How can IBS be helped?

There is still no cure for IBS as the cause hasn’t yet been found, however there are certain treatments that can help to lessen the symptoms and make it easier on those who suffer from irritable bowels. Hypnotherapy is a recognised IBS treatment by the National Institute for health and Care Excellence (NICE), and it can be a big help for those who suffer.

As well as a controlled diet, and cognitive behavioural therapy, hypnotherapy and relaxation training can all be combined to treat IBS to some degree. Through hypnotherapy you can learn relaxation techniques, and new ways to manage stress, anxiety and tension, which often trigger symptoms of IBS.  While each hypnotherapist, and each hypnotherapy session can differ, treatment for IBS usually involves visualisation, goal setting, recognising and learning techniques to cope with stress, and learning self-hypnosis techniques which you can use to continue your therapy at home. Some therapists will also offer you a CD which will help you to stay focused and moving forward between sessions.

It is worth noting that most people find six one-hour sessions or 12 half-hour sessions to be the most effective forms of treatment, whilst some people will see results after just one or two sessions.

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How Hypnotherapy Can Help With Stuttering

Stuttering or stammering is a type of speech issue that is quite common in children, but it can continue on into adulthood. In fact, it is estimated that one in 100 adults will continue to stutter or stammer past childhood, causing lots of problems and anxiety.

Before we can decide how to try and treat a stutter or stammer, it’s important to know the likely causes of this speech problem: if you have suffered from a stutter from you were a child, then the root of this can be from an inherited abnormality in the part of the brain that controls language. Other reasons for a stutter can be from a developmental problem, a brain injury or severe emotional trauma.

As well as multiple causes of stuttering, there are also a few different types of stutter or stammer which we briefly touched on above, such as developmental stammering, which is the most common type that occurs in early childhood; and acquired or late-onset stammering which is much rarer and occurs in older children and adults as a result of a stroke, neurological condition or head injury.

Stutters can affect different people in different ways, with some who may only experience periods of stuttering, followed by periods of normal speech, or others who will constantly stutter no matter what. Often made worse by stress, having a stutter as an adult can affect you in lots of ways, the most common being low self-esteem, high anxiety and confidence issues, but thankfully hypnotherapy could solve all of your problems.

Hypnotherapy could be the ideal way to cure your stutter if you stutter is caused by a physical or emotional trauma, and especially if it is causing you great stress and anxiety. Hypnotherapy works by putting you into a deeply relaxed state which leaves your unconscious open to suggestion. It is in this deeply relaxed state that the hypnotherapist can offer you suggestions to deal with your stutter and change your mind set.


Through analytical hypnotherapy, you and your therapist can explore the origins of your issues and analyse what triggered your stutter in the first place before helping you to remove your stutter completely. Hypnotherapy does this by teaching you techniques which can be used to change the way you feel about a situation and change how you react to it as well. Hypnotherapy is especially helpful with coping with stress, which obviously makes a person’s stutter worse, so by dealing with any outlying stress, the stutter can also be reduced or treated completely, depending on the receptiveness of the patient.

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Exercising More With The Help of Hypnotherapy

Whether you think it’s a cliché or not, the beginning of the year really is the best time to get motivated to get into shape and finally start exercising like you’ve always wanted. No matter whether it’s a full body make-over you’re after, or you just want to get into better shape, exercising is the best and most natural way to make yourself happy, healthy and excited about life.

Maybe you want to drop a dress-size for your friend’s wedding, you want to finally get some use from that gym membership, or you want to really get the most out of that exercise bike that you bought on a whim last year, getting into exercise and finding time in your life to go for a walk, a run or to the gym can be extremely challenging when you don’t really want to in the first place. If this sounds like you, and you just can’t get motivated to exercise, but you really do want to deep down, then why not try hypnotherapy to make your dreams come true and embark on your new, healthier life today?

But what is hypnotherapy, and how can it help you to get motivated to exercise more when you really don’t feel like it? Hypnotherapy is a type of complementary therapy that involves putting you into an altered state of consciousness in order open your mind to new suggestions and habits, and can actually be very useful when trying to increase the amount of exercise that you want to do. Many athletes use hypnotherapy to increase their want to exercise when training for marathons or competitions, so there’s no reason why hypnotherapy can’t work for you too.

Through one or more hypnotherapy sessions therapists can help you change your attitude to exercise making it more enjoyable, and making you more likely to want to exercise and go to the gym.

As with when starting any new exercise regime or health program, you should always consult your doctor before you undergo any major life changes, but once you have the all-clear to go ahead and exercise, hypnotherapy is a great way to get your health-kick underway!

So, if you have found yourself at the wrong end of another failed New Year’s resolution, then why not give hypnotherapy a try to boost your motivation to get fit and exercise, and beat your laziness once and for all?! Just imagine how you will feel next year when you don’t need to try and restart your yearly goal.

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How Hypnotherapy Can Help Low Self-Confidence

Every single time January rolls around, we always find ourselves scrambling to think of new resolutions and new habits that we would like to take on and conquer in order to make ourselves the best that we can be. While you can start to undergo these life changes at any point, there’s something poetic about a brand-new year, and starting fresh on 1st January usually seems like a good place to start.
If tackling booze, food, exercise or smoking doesn’t seem like the right lifestyle change for you, then why not work on your self-confidence this year and give yourself a big boost when it comes to believing in yourself and what you can achieve?

It may not be as clear-cut as getting rid of sugar from your diet, or only having one glass of wine at the weekends, but in the grand scheme of things, increasing your self-confidence can have an absolutely huge impact on your life.

Low self-confidence can lead to stress, anxiousness and unhappy feelings, and it’s something that most people battle with (on some level at least) on a daily basis. Ultimately low self-confidence holds us back from reaching our full potential, and we may even miss out on opportunities that we would love to experience, just because we don’t feel confident enough to do so.

If this sounds like something that you would be interested in changing about your life, then why not give hypnotherapy a try? Hypnotherapy is a complimentary therapy that involves putting you into a deep state of relaxation so that the therapist can communicate with your subconscious in order to change your thoughts and behaviours about a particular topic.

During a hypnotherapy session, you will be introduced to certain ideas such as “you feel confident when meeting new people”, as well as trying to uncover any underlying reasons for your confidence issues.

After you have attended one or more hypnotherapy sessions, then you may need to follow this therapy up with some pre-recorded sessions to reinforce the suggestions made, or your therapist may choose to teach you some self-hypnosis so that you can continue to work on your confidence and build it up more over time. Depending on how deep rooted your self-confidence issues are, you may need to implement these extra little bits of homework into your daily routine, but you should find that your confidence will continue to grow.

How Hypnotherapy Can Help You Relax

Okay, so it may not be your usual “I want to lose weight this year”, or “I’m going to give up smoking this year”, but taking the time out and deciding that you want to relax more and have some more ‘me time’ is a great New Year’s resolution, and one that everyone should implement into their busy lives.

Relaxing isn’t just a waste of time either, if you don’t watch out stress from not relaxing can lead to all sorts of things that you may not even realise are stress related. Everything from tense muscles, difficulty sleeping and grinding your teeth to aches and pains, racing heartbeat and loss of appetite can be caused by stress, not to mention stomach upsets, persistent tiredness and difficulty concentrating.

Most people become accustomed to a low level of constant stress, and they actually get used to the feelings associated with it. So, whether it’s stress from work, at home or in our social lives, it’s now more important than ever to actually relax. It’s not just about having some down time in a quiet room either, real, true relaxation can be hard to achieve, and that’s where hypnotherapy comes in.

If you feel that you can’t achieve true relaxation by yourself, then hypnotherapy is a great way to teach yourself how to switch off and take some time for yourself. Not only is it important for your mind to relax, but for your body too!

Hypnotherapy involves putting you in a modified state of consciousness in order for the therapist to introduce new ideas and practices for you to embrace. If you have tried various meditation and relaxation techniques that haven’t worked, then hypnotherapy is definitely worth a try, and even the very process of hypnotherapy will put you into a deep state of relaxation, never mind teaching you how to relax and unwind whenever you aren’t in a session.

Over time, regular sessions will ease any built up pressure or tension that you are carrying around with you, and the benefits from finally relaxing will be clear to see such as a strengthened immune system; lowered blood pressure; the lessening of chronic pain, migraines and back pain; emotional release and improved concentration and energy levels; as well as better sleep quality. Depending on each individual person, your therapist may send you home with some self-hypnosis techniques that you can do yourself to bolster the effects.

A comfortable, safe and liberating experience, hypnotherapy is a great way for you to introduce yourself to the feelings associated with relaxation and to help you take your first steps towards becoming a happier, healthier and more relaxed person.


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Losing Weight With The Help of Hypnotherapy

Every single time January rolls around do you find yourself making promise after promise that this year will be different? That this year you will stick to your goal? This this will be the year that you lose that unwanted weight once and for all? If this sounds like you, then hypnotherapy could be the solution to all your formerly empty promises, and 2018 really could be the year that you achieve your dreams.

We’ve all been there: it’s December and the mince pies are being passed around for a fourth time, you take another scoop of roast potatoes with your Christmas dinner, and have another glass of mulled wine, because “It’s Christmas!” after all, and anyway, in a few short days you’ll be starting your traditional New Year diet, so you might as well stock up on all of those treats you won’t be allowed while there’s still time. Sound familiar?

Research shows that approximately 90% of New Year diets will have failed by the end of January 1st each year, so if you don’t want to fall into that startling statistic, then why not give hypnotherapy a go to help you become slimmer and healthier this year?

Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves putting the person into a fully conscious state of deep relaxation in order to communicate with their subconscious to create change. For this reason, hypnotherapy is a great choice for those who want to cut down the amount of food that they eat, and ultimately lose weight.

When it comes to overeating, there is usually an underlying psychological or emotional cause for this addiction to food, and although we need food for sustenance and to survive some people have developed a much more complicated relationship with how, what and when they eat, changing these attitudes and feelings towards food is pivotal in overcoming its hold on your life.


The key to all addictions, no matter what or how severe they are is ‘control’, and through one or more hypnotherapy sessions you too can learn how to control the impact that food has on your life, as well learning how to control your emotions if and when times get tough. It is these stressful and unpredictable times that will really be the challenge when overcoming a food addiction, and if you can use hypnotherapy to teach you how to manage your emotions without turning to food then you will live a longer, happier and healthier life overall.

Giving Up Alcohol With The Help Of Hypnotherapy

Whether you’re taking part in Dry January, giving up those cigarettes once and for all, or just trying to stick to whatever resolutions you’ve decided on, achieving those “New Year New You” results are often easier said than done. Let’s be honest, those first few booze free days are usually a breeze until it hits the weekend that is! And if you do manage to make it through Saturday night without a glass of wine or two, then going out for a meal for your brother in-law’s birthday, or a night out with the girls can end up proving a real challenge. No more cocktails after work, no more meeting your mates for a pint, making a commitment to giving up alcohol (even just for a month) can actually grow to be a near-impossible task for some people. So, if this sounds like you, then luckily hypnotherapy can help!

Hypnotherapy involves putting you into a fully conscious state of deep relaxation which makes your mind more open to taking on positive suggestions which in turn allows you to more easily change your habits or decide on new pathways so it is perfect for those who want to cut out alcohol, or even just reduce the amount that they imbibe. Safe, quick and easy to do, hypnotherapy is not an invasive therapy and is one that anyone can undergo at any time. Aimed at giving you back control over your life and your choices, after anywhere from one to eight sessions you will start to feel the cravings and pressures to drink alcohol melt away.

Whether you are trying to overcome a full-blown alcohol addiction, or just a penchant for a night-cap or two, hypnotherapy won’t make you repulsed by a drink entirely, but it will make you content and happy with the choice not to have another one. In the case of alcohol addicts, the relaxation techniques involved in hypnotherapy will allow the individual to access their unconscious mind and discover the cause of the unhappiness and the addiction, and understanding why alcohol is a problem is a key factor in making sure that that problem goes away. Once the problem is identified, then hypnosis will help the individual to come up with better attitudes towards alcohol, ultimately helping their dependence. In the case of people who have a serious alcohol dependence, additional medication may need to be prescribed from a doctor alongside hypnotherapy treatment to help the person cope with withdrawal symptoms, vitamin deficiencies and malnutrition associated with chronic drinkers.

For those with a serious problem more hypnotherapy sessions may be required, but if you’re looking to simply lessen the amount you drink, but you don’t have the will-power, then hypnotherapy is the perfect solution to kick-starting a healthier and more productive year!

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How To Relieve Tinnitus With Hypnotherapy And BWRT

Anyone who suffers from tinnitus will know that the condition involves ringing, buzzing, humming, hissing and whistling sounds heard in the ear continuously or intermittently. Internally generated, the sound can also vary in volume, and believe it or not is actually quite a common condition which can occur at any age. Healthcare service BUPA believes that one in 10 people will experience mild tinnitus at some point in their lives, so it is a serious problem, which many people suffer from daily.

Causing stress, anxiety and annoyance, tinnitus can be caused by an infection, age, injury or prolonged exposure to loud noises, and due to the fact that there often aren’t any medical signs of a problem, it can be extremely hard for doctors and ear, nose and throat specialists to treat. In fact, as of right now, there isn’t a cure for tinnitus, but its symptoms can be improved over time and underlying causes such as an ear infection or a wax build up can be treated and eased.

Just like those who suffer with chronic pain, each sufferer’s individual relationship with their problem is different and subjective, and how it affects them and their daily life can vary greatly. However, when it comes to tinnitus, anxiety and stress will make the condition worse. Stress and anxiety can be caused by the body’s natural responses when loud noises are heard which triggers a flight or fight response. This response will increase the level of stress hormones in the body, causing stress and anxiety to be felt.

This is where hypnotherapy and Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT) come in, and while the physical tinnitus condition can’t be treated with medicine, the psychological stress and anxiety which causes the condition to get worse, or even which allows people to be upset and distressed by the condition can be treated using hypnotherapy and BWRT.

Both of these therapies can be used to help give people some techniques which will alter how they interact with and react to the sounds that can be heard. Hypnotherapy involves a modified state of consciousness that guides your subconscious mind to process the sounds the same way as we process everyday background noise, which allows us to change how we respond to the symptoms of tinnitus, and due to the fact that everyone suffers differently, the sessions will be individual and tailored to each person’s specific experiences. In contrast to this, BWRT can be used to help tinnitus by ‘freezing’ those distressing reactions and reconditioning the brain.

Here are a few tips on how to cope with tinnitus: keep calm, try and distract yourself by keeping as busy as possible, think positively, try your best to understand your condition and seek advice from fellow sufferers and support groups to share your thoughts and feelings.

How is Brain Working Recursive Therapy Different to Hypnotherapy?

For those who don’t already know, Brain Working Recursive Therapy (or BWRT) is a relatively new type of therapy which focuses on logic and practical thinking in order to help you overcome a whole series of issues such as phobias, addictions, panic attacks, stress, anxiety, creative blocks and so much more.

Often confused with other types of therapy like hypnotherapy, these two therapies are actually nothing alike, and here are just a few reasons why:

BWRT requires you to be completely conscious
Aside from the two types of therapies being completely different in how they work with the brain, one of the key areas that highlights this for people is the fact that BWRT requires you to be completely awake and fully conscious for the duration of the therapy. BWRT works by ‘freezing’ your distressing thoughts and then reconditioning the brain using a technique called the ‘Recursive Loop’ to communicate with the part of the brain which is usually ahead of conscious thinking.

In contrast to this, hypnotherapy works by evoking a trance-like state which makes the analytical left-hand side of the brain switch off, so that the non-analytical right-hand side can be made more alert.

BWRT is extremely fast acting
Unlike hypnotherapy, BWRT is usually effective after only one or two sessions and doesn’t require hours and hours of talking or multiple sessions to achieve the desired results. Once you are able to alter how your mind reacts you can change your thinking immediately, whereas hypnotherapy often requires a series of weekly or monthly sessions to wmake an impact.

BWRT practitioners must be registered and trained
All BWRT practitioners must have completed a course of training and be registered members of the Institute of Brain Working Recursive Therapy in order to practice these techniques, as well as undertaking annual mentoring to maintain their membership. In contrast to this, hypnotherapists are not currently required to have any training or qualifications in order to practice in the UK, however most do have a minimum of 450 learning hours under their belts.

BWRT provides one set of practices no matter the issue
Another big difference between BWRT and hypnotherapy is the scale of differences within each separate type of therapy. For BWRT there is just one set of practices that practitioners must follow, while for hypnotherapy there is a variety of different types.

For example, different hypnotherapists will use different techniques and strategies depending on what they feel is appropriate and effective, whereas for BWRT the process is always the same. This allows BWRT to be more easily monitored and regulated, ensuring that everyone gets the same quality of service.

For more information about BWRT please get in touch with me on: 07870 893226

Hypnotherapy and Children

With the increase in awareness surrounding mental health issues, people are becoming far more sensitive to children’s mental health. Far from being something that only affects teenagers and adults, anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions can affect younger children as well. Factors such as increased pressures at school, including exams and the need to get into good secondary schools, means young children are feeling stresses to a greater extent than they ever have.
Fortunately, there are ways in which we can combat the rise in mental health conditions among children. One of those ways is through hypnotherapy. Children use their imaginations every day, arguably to a greater extent than adults, and this means hypnotherapy can be efficiently used to make a positive change to your child’s life.

How does hypnotherapy work for children?
As mentioned above, children use their imagination every day. This creativity can be used by a hypnotherapist to work in their favour. The fact children are already more open to using their imagination makes it a lot easier for hypnotherapy techniques to have a positive effect. With adults, it can take a few sessions to get the hang of the visualisation techniques that are a part of hypnotherapy.
A good hypnotherapist will talk with your child at length to understand how their imagination works, to be able to engage with them effectively.

What sort of children’s issues is hypnotherapy useful for?
A lot of the issues children face will be similar to those faced by adults. As mentioned, children can suffer from anxiety and depression just like teenagers and adults. The only difference is that the factors causing those mental illnesses might be different. For instance, it’s unlikely that a six-year-old is going to be anxious about a financial issue!
For children, it’s far more common that problems will be caused by bullying, learning problems, exam worries, and night time fears. As with adults, hypnotherapy for children works to get to the bottom of these issues at the subconscious level. Once the root of the problem has been discovered, a hypnotherapist will plan the best cause of action to overcome it.
Your child may also be taught relaxation techniques which can help specifically with causes of stress such as homework and exams. These can be useful, and not just for the child but the parents too! You can always practice these techniques along with your child, so you both benefit.
It’s important to note, however, that in the case of some issues, it’s best to consult a GP before going to a hypnotherapist. Some child-specific problems such as bed wetting may have other causes, so it’s always good to see a GP to rule out other medical issues with may be causing those symptoms.

It’s important to ask your child whether they feel there is anything in their life that they’d like to make a positive change about. If there is, and hypnotherapy is something they think they’d be interested in, there are plenty of hypnotherapists who specialise in child therapy.

For more information please give me a call on: 07870 893226