Why Hypnotherapy

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can be a great tool to help on your path and going in the direction that you want to rather than repeating old habits, which can prove stressful and unproductive.

Hypnosis helps to reduce anxieties and this is done simply through relaxation and visualisation. By helping you to focus on positive aspects encourages shifts in perspective

Our lives takes many twists and turns and many of us will suffer from, or need help with one or more of the below conditions and symptoms at some point during our life. These conditions can be helped greatly by hypnotherapy and if you are suffering with, or would like help with any of the following problems let me assure you that you are not alone.

Do you live in Bath, surrounding areas or close to Atworth Wiltshire? If you are looking for hypnotherapy in Bath or hypnotherapy in Wiltshire contact me now and book in now for your free of charge initial consultation.

hypnotherapy and health bathAnger was a primitive tool for us to originally protect ourselves – however now with the increasingly fast pace of life our anxiety levels can rise and we can unfortunately find ourselves feeling annoyed and snappy, angry or even rage and it doesn’t have to be over a big things it can unfortunately be over small things too.

  • Do you suffer from a quick temper?
  • Do you find it ruling your life?
  • Does it take you by surprise, and after events you find yourself embarrassed at your reactions?
  • Do you feel that you have no control over it that you just ‘see red’?

If you do and you want to make positive changes, hypnotherapy might just be the therapy to help; it will focus on reducing stress and anxiety levels helping you to change these patterns of behavior.

Do you live in Bath, surrounding areas or close to Atworth Wiltshire? If you are looking for hypnotherapy in Bath or hypnotherapy in Wiltshire contact me now and book in now for your free of charge initial consultation.

hypnotherapy bath viv kenchingtonLife can be very stressful at times and unfortunately anxiety, stress and worry are all rather common complaints. Whether it is around family life, work life or unforeseen circumstances prolonged periods of these symptoms upset our natural balance generally either lead to anxiety, depression or anger or a combination of all three.

Anxiety, stress and worry can often be created from either work, financial or relationship worries and these feelings can really affect us in our daily activities. Stress can make you loose your concentration, have headaches and migraines, loose your temper, make you feel nervous; have problems sleeping experience fast heart rate or loss of appetite.

Stress and worry makes us feel overloaded with pressure – this can be either mental or emotional pressure. It leads to feelings of being unable to cope. We all have different levels that we can cope with and some people even like the feeling – it can make them motivated at work and get tasks finished for example.

Anxiety can lead to feelings of great unease. Certain levels of anxiety are perfectly normal – such as when we sit an exam or go into new situations, but high levels of anxiety can actually lead to creating phobias, panic attacks or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy aims to help you to cope better in all situations by taking control in all areas of your life. This effectively gives you the tools to cope better and take control of your anxiety, stress or worry enabling you to have a more calm and confident approach to life.

Do you live in Bath, surrounding areas or close to Atworth Wiltshire? If you are looking for hypnotherapy in Bath or hypnotherapy in Wiltshire contact me now and book in now for your free of charge initial consultation.

The templates for fears and phobias can be laid down often after a difficult or traumatic even in ones life. During this highly anxious time the subconscious mind causes a panic reaction – latching onto a place, time or physical object. Then once in these situations again, the association is made and panic again can set in.

This can be very debilitating for the individual causing them to avoid certain situations and can lead to their life being restricted in many ways.

To deal with fears and phobias with Solution Focused Hypnotherapy often takes 3-9 sessions where specific techniques will be used to help take the emotion out of the response and then to replace with positive responses, enabling the person to be less affected by their fear or phobia in the future.

Do you live in Bath, surrounding areas or close to Atworth Wiltshire? If you are looking for hypnotherapy in Bath or hypnotherapy in Wiltshire contact me now and book in now for your free of charge initial consultation.

hypnotherapy for IBSThe symptoms of IBS can be very unpleasant and sometimes debilitating including abdominal pain, abdominal bloating, diarrhoea or constipation. In some cases sufferers can worry when they are in situations that might mean access to toilet facilities are difficult.

No one really knows the cause of IBS but according to the IBS Centre UK between 20-25% of people in the UK report symptoms of Irritable Bowel at some point during their life and it seems to effect more women then men. http://www.ibscentre.co.uk

As the exact cause is unknown the factors that are thought by experts to cause this increased sensitivity are according to the NHS website:

  • a change in your body’s ability to move food through your digestive system
  • becoming more sensitive to pain from your gut
  • psychological factors
  • an episode of food poisoning *

I would always advise that you visit your GP to seek advise to ensure there are no other underlining issues before starting a course of hypnotherapy.

The NHS go on to say: “There is a fair amount of evidence to suggest psychological factors play an important role in IBS. However, this does not mean that IBS is “all in the mind”, because symptoms are very real. Intense emotional states such as stress and anxiety can trigger chemical changes that interfere with the normal workings of the digestive system.

This does not just happen in people with IBS. Many people who have never had IBS before can have a sudden change in bowel habits when faced with a stressful situation, such as an important exam or job interview.

It has also been discovered that many people with IBS have experienced a traumatic event, usually during their childhood, such as abuse, neglect, a serious childhood illness or bereavement.

It is possible that these types of difficult experiences in your past may make you more sensitive to stress and the symptoms of pain and discomfort.” *

Here are some interesting articles about using hypnotherapy to help the symptoms of IBS.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8572818.stm

http://www.hypnotherapy-directory.org.uk/memberarticle_122.html

http://www.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/about-us/press/medicine/ibs Do you live in Bath, surrounding areas or close to Atworth Wiltshire? If you are looking for hypnotherapy in Bath or hypnotherapy in Wiltshire contact me now and book in now for your free of charge initial consultation.

hypnotherpahy in wiltshire viv kenchingtonLow Mood or Depression is one of the most common psychological disorders. Often triggered by a significant situation like a break down of a relationship, the loss of a loved one or redundancy. These situations can often lead the person to feelings of uselessness and despair, and they become more insular pushing friends away, loosing interest in things they use to love, not engaging with others preferring to cut off from the world and not bother with general activities of life.

  • Symptoms of depression can also be:
  • Negative forecasting of the future
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Loss of their spark and energy
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Reoccurring thoughts of death
  • Lack of concentration

In my experience depression is very treatable with hypnotherapy, and very effective. I would expect to see a client from anywhere between 9 – 12 sessions for sustainable treatment and the sessions can work very well alongside any antidepressant medication.

Do you live in Bath, surrounding areas or close to Atworth Wiltshire? If you are looking for hypnotherapy in Bath or hypnotherapy in Wiltshire contact me now and book in now for your free of charge initial consultation.

Panic attacks can be extremely frightening, and can range from feelings of fear, hot or cold sweating, increased heart rate, churning of the stomach and in severe cases pains in the heart, which often make the sufferer feel as though they are about to have a heart attack.

Our anxiety levels can raise gradually over days, weeks, months years even and a panic attack is when you can no longer cope with the levels of anxiety so our body goes in to the fight, flight or freeze response.

It is therefore very important to address your levels of anxiety at this point as unless they are reduced panic attacks can reoccur simply by association with a particular situation, sensation like smell, touch or a place often associated with where the first one happened. This acts as a trigger for the brain to go into the same panic response.

This condition can be debilitating and can often lead people’s lives becoming more insular due to wanting to avoid these situation which can lead to conditions such as agoraphobia. Hypnotherapy tackles the anxiety levels so that we can begin to enable you to cope better and regain control.

Do you live in Bath, surrounding areas or close to Atworth Wiltshire? If you are looking for hypnotherapy in Bath or hypnotherapy in Wiltshire contact me now and book in now for your free of charge initial consultation.

hypnotherapy bath viv kenchingtonSmoking is one of the greatest causes of premature death in the UK

Want to give up? The best thing anyone can do to help themselves have a longer healthier life is QUIT!

We all know the dangers of smoking, but unfortunately your primitive part of your brain doesn’t, so the ‘Stop Smoking’ session helps your subconscious to really understand, and for you (your conscious part) to understand the conflicts in the brain when we suffer from this dangerous habit.

Do you have a genuine desire to quit? Hypnotherapy has great results and is a good method to really understand what is happening in the brain when you smoke to help you quit for good.

Do you live in Bath, surrounding areas or close to Atworth Wiltshire? If you are looking for hypnotherapy in Bath or hypnotherapy in Wiltshire contact me now and book in now for your free of charge initial consultation.

Skin disorders such as Eczema and Psoriasis can be aggravated by our anxiety levels and often after a stressful time sufferers can note a worsening in their affected areas.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy helps to reduce anxiety levels and I have had clients who’s skin conditions have cleared up or been greatly reduced after a certain amount of sessions. It also helps to put in place ways in which you can help to cope with future stresses.

“I hadn’t told Viv about the Psoriasis that I had on my arms and legs when I went to see Viv to get help with general anxieties, but after 4 sessions I couldn’t believe it, it was clearing up! I always thought that my stress levels contributed to the problem and now I know this to be true as when my anxiety was reducing so did my skin condition. Thanks again Viv”  David, Bath

Do you live in Bath, surrounding areas or close to Atworth Wiltshire? If you are looking for hypnotherapy in Bath or hypnotherapy in Wiltshire contact me now and book in now for your free of charge initial consultation.

hypnotherapy wiltshire viv kenchingtonPublic speaking, performing and making presentations can be very nerve wracking and just the thought of it can send peoples stomach churning, make their throats close down, voices to wobble and experience tightness of the chest.

These feelings of anxiety can stop you in your tracks making it very difficult to perform whatever job you do.  Hypnotherapy can be very useful for this problem, using techniques to reduce anxieties and focusing on the end achievements.

The pop star Adele has been known to use hypnotherapy and I have helped people with work presentation anxiety and also for a lady competing in the ‘X Factor’ – watch this space!

Do you live in Bath, surrounding areas or close to Atworth Wiltshire? If you are looking for hypnotherapy in Bath or hypnotherapy in Wiltshire contact me now and book in now for your free of charge initial consultation.

Have you ever wondered why rubbing a bumped arm or leg helps stop the pain?

Well you need to imagine that the brain houses something like an old fashioned telephone switchboard. Pain and sensory messages travel to the brain via nerve cells in the spinal column. When these signals reach the brains switchboard, the switchboard operator decides which messages are put through.

To understand what messages travel to the brain fastest you need to know which type of fiber carries which type of signal.

C-Fibres carry the messages of Chronic pain also called Persistent pain.  The sensations that are associated with Chronic/ Persistent pain are:

  • Aching, throbbing, burning , cold, itching, soreness, tingling and numbness.

These types of sensation are the types of pain generally localised over an area of the body.

A-Fibres transmit Acute pain messages and these messages travel to the brain at a faster rate than the C-Fibres and will take precedence when they reach the brain.  Which is why when you burn yourself on the oven door for example you don’t feel your nagging neck pain. This is a clever means of self-preservation as it gains our immediate attention to the area of pain to make us remove ourselves from the danger.

The last one is the Ferrari of the fibres called Special A-Fibres. These fibres transmit messages the fastest, and the messages that these fibres carry take precedence over all. The types of sensations they carry are: pressure, touch and vibration, and this is why rubbing a bumped arm or leg temporary helps stop the pain, because the messages that are sent travel faster than the other pain messages.

Sometimes for protection purposes when we have injured ourselves the brain sends messages to make our muscles brace or spasm around the injured area to prevent us causing further damage through overuse or over stretching for example.  Problems only arise in these circumstances if this continues for long periods of time  and the response becomes a habit creating further spasms and further pain.

Within the sessions we help you to gain intellectual control to control the pain more successfully and reduce the anxieties around the symptoms of pain, allowing the brain to choose and take better control.

Do you live in Bath, surrounding areas or close to Atworth Wiltshire? If you are looking for hypnotherapy in Bath or hypnotherapy in Wiltshire contact me now and book in now for your free of charge initial consultation.

hypnotherapy and health bathOCD can be very debilitating and is an anxiety related condition affecting many people, according to OCD-UK :

“Based on current estimates for the UK population, there are potentially around 741,504 people living with OCD at any one time.   But it is worth noting that a disproportionately high number, 50% of all these cases, will fall into the severe category, with less than a quarter being classed as mild cases.” (http://www.ocduk.org/ocd)

If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of the following you may be suffering from OCD.

  • Do you find yourself compelled to check or repeat things many times?
  • Are you compelled to carry out certain behaviour patterns at certain times of day or in certain situations?
  • Do you constantly worry that if you don’t carry out these behaviours that it might cause others or yourself harm or even death?
  • Do you obsessively worry about contamination through germs?

Sufferers of OCD are driven to carry out their compulsion by having an over exaggerated need to do certain tasks to prevent harm to themselves or other and by carrying out these compulsions leads to feeling a sense of relief, whether it be washing their hands, switching electrical switches on and off, compulsive pulling of hair (Trichotillomania) or hoarding items. As this condition is anxiety related Solution Focused Hypnotherapy looks to address and reduce the levels of anxiety which is fueling the compulsions.

Do you live in Bath, surrounding areas or close to Atworth Wiltshire? If you are looking for hypnotherapy in Bath or hypnotherapy in Wiltshire contact me now and book in now for your free of charge initial consultation.

Over the last few years I have been seeing an increase in teenage clients. The pressures on teenagers now seem to be a whole lot more than when I was a teenager.

We now live in the digital age, and although there are so many benefits, there are also a lot of downsides, these being pressures to look, feel, behave, follow or do what is shown on these social platforms.  Social media is growing so fast, and most  teenagers have their own mobile devise with access to the internet at their fingertips 24 hours a day; Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp to name but a few. Not only are teenagers contending with the pressures of becoming an adult, doing exams, choosing their future studies or career path, they are also dealing with a barrage of online information. It makes me tired just thinking about it.  All the pinging and alerts people are sent on an hourly basis is unbelievable, no wonder anxieties are rising.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help teenagers get a better perspective, change unhelpful patterns of behaviour and negative beliefs. I work to remind them that this is a wonderful time in their life, full of opportunities and excitement and provide a safe space for them to relax and discover more self belief, control, confidence, drive, and who knows maybe rekindle other enjoyable activities, hobbies, sports that they may have forgotten.

What can Solution Focused Hypnotherapy for teenagers help with?

  • exam nerves and stress
  • presentation or social anxiety
  • depression
  • low self esteem
  • friendship and relationship issues
  • obsessional behaviours
  • confidence issues
  • sports performance

When teenagers are having difficulties it is often pretty obvious in the household – not in all cases, but, I can also work with the parents to ensure that we are all coming from the same angle to help create that Solution Focused approach for all.

Do you live in Bath, surrounding areas or close to Atworth Wiltshire? If you are looking for hypnotherapy in Bath or hypnotherapy in Wiltshire contact me now and book in now for your free of charge initial consultation.

We are all born with the primitive template to immediately search for food and nourish ourselves with it. You can see this when any baby animals are born it is not long before they are in position for feeding to take place.

We have only been living in civilized times where food is abundant for a very small amount of time on the evolutionary timeline, and in primitive times our feeding template would have been to feast in times of plenty so that we were better prepared to cope with the hard times of famine. A bit like what we see mammals like bears doing before hibernation.

Now you can begin to see the potential problems as well as dangers for a proportion of us in the modern Western World, because food is plentiful and incredibly available to us 24 hours a day, and there are also very cheap foods available which do not necessarily have a good nutritional content, such as a majority of fast foods. So it is no wonder that our original food template that was there to help us can get in a bit of a muddle and begin to encourage over eating.

There is also great emotion and conditioning around food set up right from childhood and we can all fall into unhealthy patterns of eating whether it is too much or too little especially around times that we need comfort.BBFtransparent

Being in a stressed state can also be a contributing factor to weight issues so within the hypnotherapy session we will be looking at the wider picture to help you reduce stresses and anxieties to gain intellectual control, and under hypnosis get your subconscious mind to understand the sensible ways to eat and to help change the unhelpful patterns which have caused you to loose control. The wonderful thing is when you begin gaining control in one area it spreads out into all areas of your life

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So are you ready to break free, take control and move forward?

If so, and you’re committed to change by working towards finding those solutions that you want in your life, then this will be an interesting and rewarding journey to take.