Hypnotherapy for stress management.
In these uncertain times most of us are feeling a little more stressed that usual.
Why do we get stressed?
Our brains have evolved to help us survive. When we feel threatened whether its something new, a challenging situation or that we are simply just feeling more stressed than usual, our brains fire off hormones like adrenaline and cortisol which increases our heart rate, our breathing becomes more shallow and gets faster and our muscles feel tense.
This is the ‘fight or flight’ response, and it serves us by giving our bodies the ability to either run away or fight. Nowadays we aren't fighting lions, tigers or bears (oh my!!) but our brains still have this survival feature. In our modern life we experience different situations and circumstances that our mind interprets as a threat.
So, when your manager emails you with a tough deadline. Your brain still goes through the motions to prepare you to ‘fight or flight’, but instead of fighting your manager or running away from your desk, it’s more likely that you’ll stay sat at your desk.
Those stress hormones are still flooding round your body making you feel stressed. This feeling often dissipates rapidly, but when life is challenging and we are experiencing multiple stressors regularly, we can begin to feel in a constant state of stress and start to develop stress symptoms.
So how can stress effect you?
Stress can affect us in multiple ways. It can cause strong emotions, mental and physical symptoms too. Some of the ways you may feel stress emotionally include:
These negative feelings may change the way you behave and interact with those around you.
Some of the ways you may feel mentally stressed include:
These feelings may well impact on your day-to-day life and over time, stress can lead to mental health conditions like anxiety and depression.
Some of the ways you may feel physically stressed include:
• Tension in your muscles
• You may get headaches
• You may feel dizzy or lightheaded
• You may have problems sleeping
• You may be tired more than usual
• You may experience changes in your appetite
These feelings can make you feel very unwell and may require you to take time off work to recover.
How hypnotherapy can help.
Hypnotherapy aims to break negative thought patterns and responses to stress and instead provide you with healthier reactions. Your therapist will work with your subconscious, the part of your mind that works automatically and is responsible for those fight and flight responses.
Your hypnotherapist will help you enter a state of deep relaxation. When you’re in this blissful calm state, your subconscious is more open to suggestion. The hypnotherapist will then make helpful suggestions supporting your mind and body to respond to stress in a better way.
Results happen rapidly quite often after just one session. Responses to therapeutic intervention will depend on your individual circumstances and the depth of work needed.
Often hypnotherapists will also teach you self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques. You can use these techniques after the sessions are over and we will leave you with a brain and body training audio. You can keep using your audio to reinforce the sessions and transformation process.
All our graduates are highly skilled in helping you to feel calm, relaxed, stress free and more confident in yourself. Our graduates are listed on our find a therapist page.
The hardest part is often asking for help, do feel free to get in touch with any of our graduates. They'll offer you a consultation and life can start to feel more confident, comfortable, calmer and more in control again.
Lockdown has given many of us time to reflect on our lives and our careers.
Many of us have been unable to work remotely and some of us have lost our jobs altogether.
Many of my colleagues and friends who work in the care industry or therapy world are really thinking about how our post lockdown lives will be.
Many of my friends, family members and clients have been able to work from home. Many have no desire to go back to their pre lockdown lives.
Perhaps you’ve been unable to work or lost your job and you’re looking for a more rewarding, meaningful career, something that gives you the life you desire.
The other day I was chatting with a friend who has just loved spending more time with her family, her children and her husband.
She shared with me that she was feeling stuck. She longed to do something that continued to give her more time, doing the things she loves, but needed to feel that whatever she chose also brought stablity and security for herself and her family.
In times like these, if change is going to happen, it needs to bring with it a good income. It needs to be crisis proof, family friendly and elivate your life.
We want to thrive not just survive.
Clinical hypnotherapy has been transformational for me, in my work, career and my personal development. It's been transformational in my lifestlye and my bank account too.
All this while loving such rewarding work and most importantly, helping others too.
I'm so grateful I trained in Clinical Hypnotherapy as I've been able to work remotely, supporting many who have been are alone or struggling throughout the pandemic. I love working in person but have seen outstanding results during lockdown and via working online, this job is crisis proof.
We now have training centres across the North of England and our training is also available online.
I'm really excited as I've a fantastic team of amazing experienced therapists who are joining me in training people to become outstanding Clinical Hypnotherapists.
The course is packed with techniques and gives trainees a good deal of knowledge about psychology, psychotherapy and neuroscience as well as the latest in NLP and Hypnotherapy tools and techniques.
The course includes business planning and marketing so that when students graduate they are ready to go! Our graduates feel really confident and have had loads of practice. Some of my current students have been working remotely during lockdown and have an established client base already.
Socially distanced in person training is beginning in September. Training centres are in Harrogate, Darlington, Hartlepool, Newcastle and online training is also available. Should we need to return to just online training we can do that too.
I have 10 places available in each location for the Foundation in Clinical Hypnotherapy.
The Foundation course is just £100 and gives students membership with The CMA, the ability to get insurance to practice, and offers the opportunity to see if Clinical Hypnotherapy is really for them.
If students love the Foundation Course they may be selected to go on and complete the full accredited Diploma training program.
I offer a pay as you go system for the Diploma training so that it's not a huge financial challenge for those who aren't earning or are on a low income.
Working as a therapist may be something you've never considered as you believed it would need years of expensive training.
You don’t need a doctorate or a degree to reach multiple people who need your help.
I'm continuously amazed at the results I see in my private practise and now I'm blessed to see my students having extraordinary results too.
I'm looking for caring compassionate people who want to help and support others.
At the NCCH we provide friendly, professional Clinical Hypnotherapy training, supervision and CPD.
We not only help you to become an outstanding therapist. We aim to support you to unleash your potential, a whole new world of freedom, meaning, and abundance.
Imagine the life you desire, then let us teach you the skills to powerfully help others whilst gaining a life you currently only dream of.
Welcome to my passion.
Trapped in the house with a cupboard full of food is for many of us a real danger!
With the impact of social distancing and the lifestyle changes occurring perhaps the extra stress, anxiety or worry being created is leading to comfort eating. Perhaps some old bad habits around eating are popping up.
It may be tempting to ease your anxiety with your favourite comfort foods, but emotional eating can hurt you physically and mentally.
With Hypnotherapy we can powerfully help with weight management.
As a therapist trained at the NCCH you will learn how to empower your clients and help them get in control or back on track.
Clinical Hypnotherapy helps to empower your clients to eat less or more. Our aim is to work with clients to create a bespoke package that brings balance to their lifestyle, permanent and sustainable change.
I am sure many of us have been on a diet, the first 3 letters of the word DIET describe how restricting food makes me feel!
I know all too well about being overweight and unhealthy. Just a few years ago before I trained as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and then went on to use hypnotherapy on myself, I was a size 28. I could barely walk up the stairs without getting out of breath.
I tried everything, milkshakes, a handful of pills and supplements as meal replacements, slimming groups, and crazy crash diets and multiple detoxes. Each time I failed, I ate more, gained more weight and more frustration.
I got to the point where I hated how I looked, how I felt and that, caused me to eat more of the wrong things.
Hypnotherapy helped me to get a better relationship with food and now I eat what I want, when I want and I listen to what my body needs.
When you study at the NCCH we provide you with a massive toolbox to help people just like me or others who are struggling with under or over eating. One of the things that I do on a daily basis now is mindful eating.
Mindfulness is simply paying attention in a focused way. It involves being present in each moment so that you can appreciate and enjoy every moment.
A good example of not being mindful (I was guilty of this) is when we eat. If I ate whilst watching TV or when I was rushing, I was only barely aware of the physical sensations of the food entering my mouth, let alone my thoughts feelings or emotions. Usually I was thinking of at least 100 different things and not really enjoying the moment of eating.
Mindful eating is when we are purposefully aware of eating, we are consciously being aware of the process of eating. Chewing, tasting, swallowing. We are deliberately noticing the sensations and our responses to those sensations.
We’re noticing the mind wandering, and when it does wander we purposefully bring our attention back, back to the delicious food we are eating.
Now, when I am eating mindfully, I am also grateful for my food, grateful about where it came from and how it came to be on my plate. When we are feeling thankful there is no room in our minds for negative thoughts. This means I no longer comfort eat and when I do eat chocolate, I really enjoy it!
I challenge you to have ago at eating mindfully this week. Have a go together with friends or family and if you have time just for fun have a go with the Raisin meditation below.
Happy mindful eating!
Five minutes daily for at least a week. Evidence suggests that mindfulness increases the more you practice it.
HOW TO DO IT