Problems we treat

Copring with infertility treatment

We are increasingly receiving requests for psychological assistance from the growing number of women who are receiving treatment for reduced fertility. The programmes are often costly, time-consuming, raise difficult psychological issues and can cause high levels of anxiety and distress.

Reducing stress and discomfort using hypnosis and self-hypnosis alongside psychological coping strategies can enable individuals to cope better with infertility treatment and help to maximise chances of a successful outcome.

Hypnosis in therapy for post-termination distress

Fortunately most women do well after a termination (abortion), but if you are feeling very distressed and the feelings do not seem to go away it is advisable to seek help. We appreciate that women often feel particularly sensitive about speaking about a pregnancy termination but we are experienced in dealing with this problem and have carried out research in this area.

Insomnia

Insomnia is a common problem that many people prefer not to take medication for. We can offer treatment in which self-hypnosis is taught to manage sleep problems.

The programme includes the teaching of a self-hypnosis relaxation technique as well as specific techniques to directly aid the onset of sleep.

Pain management

Clinical hypnosis research has shown that hypnotic techniques can help people manage pain. Chronic pain (such as back pain) as well as discomfort associated with particular medical procedures may be helped by the use of self-hypnosis techniques. There is also evidence for the effectiveness of hypnosis in treating phantom limb pain.

We offer a pain management service that can be tailored to individual needs.

Phobias

Phobias are fears that the person who has them recognises are not rational or are much greater than would normally be expected. They can however be very disabling, causing avoidance, distress and in some cases panic attacks. They frequently seriously limit the individual's normal activities. Phobias may be about specific things such as needles, blood, water, birds or spiders, about particular situations such as aeroplane flights, driving a car, exposed places, enclosed spaces or heights, or about social situations such as meeting new people, talking to groups or eating in public.

Fortunately phobias normally respond well to psychological treatments especially when hypnosis techniques, including self-hypnosis, are used to facilitate the process. Depending on the severity of the phobia up to six sessions of treatment are normally required.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Survivors of abuse

Some people who experience traumatic events such as mugging, rape, road traffic accidents, bombings and other physically and psychologically distressing incidents seem to recover with no longer term psychological damage. Many people however do not fully recover and continue to experience anxiety, depression, 'flashbacks' of the original event, relationship problems and avoidances of objects, situations and people that remind them of the traumatic incidents(s). Physical, psychological and sexual abuse in childhood can also cause very similar problems, which in some cases may not emerge until later in life or become worse in response to subsequent life events or changes.

We have had experience over many years of dealing successfully with these types of problems using hypnosis to assist the psychological resolution of the underlying difficulties and teaching self-hypnosis as a way of dealing maintaining progress and moving on. As there are often a number of related problems to work on we find that between six and twelve sessions are normally required.

Preparation for childbirth

Self-hypnosis is widely used to maintain a sense of wellbeing and is a very effective addition to the preparations you can make for the time during pregnancy, the birth of your child and afterwards.

In addition there are specific hypnosis techniques for dealing with uncomfortable procedures and examinations that are often part of the preparation for childbirth as well as with possible pain and discomfort associated with the birth itself.

Self hypnosis for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

IBS is a very common disorder that affects a high percentage of the population. Clinical research studies have shown that hypnotic techniques can be very effective in the management of distressing IBS symptoms such as pain and bloating.

We offer therapy for this problem in which self-hypnosis techniques are taught to manage symptoms alongside addressing any underlying issues that might play a part in the problem such as stress or anxiety.

The therapeutic programme consists of 12 sessions, usually at weekly intervals.

Stress management service

We run a stress management service that can be tailored to individual needs. This can be adapted to address general stress as well as more specific types of work stress, exam anxiety, etc.

This service is based on the successful programme that is currently provided by the UCL Hypnosis Unit for students at University College London and gives training in self-hypnosis techniques.

The programme consists of four 90minute sessions, usually spread over a period of four weeks.

Stuttering and anxiety over speaking in public

Over a number of years we have used hypnosis combined with psychological therapy techniques to assist people with mild to moderate problems with stuttering (stammering). The self-hypnosis procedures we teach are particularly helpful in reducing the fear and anxiety caused by speaking in public or in talking to particular groups of people or individuals and in improving fluency in these situations.

The same techniques are helpful to people who would not count themselves as stutterers but nevertheless find it difficult to speak confidently and fluently in small or large groups, particularly where they are the focus of attentions.