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Stopping smoking

A big part of quitting smoking is letting go of the smoking routine you once had and looking at cigarettes differently. Hypnotherapy is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of treatment to help do this.

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Weight loss & management

There's no denying it: trying to lose weight can be a long and challenging journey. If you've ever tried and failed to lose weight before then you probably know just how frustrating it can be - especially when feelings like stress, low self-esteem, sadness and boredom crop up.

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Obsessive compulsive disorder

Compulsive behaviours can range from simple everyday behaviours such as shopping to more reckless behaviours such as self-harming. One of the issues with compulsive behaviours is that most of them undertaken to excess can have very damaging impacts on people’s lives: the compulsive shopper may find themselves heavily in debt or even bankrupt, while the compulsive self-harmer may place their life in jeopardy on a regular basis.

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Anxiety & stress management

It may seem that there’s nothing you can do about stress. The bills won’t stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day and your career and family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have more control than you might think. In fact, the simple realisation that you’re in control of your life is the foundation of stress management. Managing stress is all about taking charge: of your thoughts, emotions, schedule, and the way you deal with problems.

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Finding Resolutions

A life without an aim is considered to be a life without any direction. It is a journey which ultimately reaches to a destination and to reach to the destination of your choice you must set goals. Goal setting helps you to end up what your right destination is and where do you want to be in future. Major life changes don't just happen; they happen one step at a time. Steady progress, through well-chosen, realistic, interval steps, produces results in the end.

  • Stopping smoking
  • Weight loss & management
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Anxiety & stress management
  • Managing phobias
  • Curing insomnia
  • Fear of public speaking
  • Improving motivation
  • Pain management
  • Confidence building
  • Hypnotherapy
  • £45 per session

  • Hypno Gastric Band
  • £60 per session

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a two way process between the therapist and the client, a professional partnership. A person cannot be hypnotised unless he or she agrees and co-operates – this cannot be stressed enough. Also whilst hypnotised, nobody can make you do anything which you do not want to do. It must be emphasised here that what hypnotherapists do is, by definition, therapeutic. Stage hypnosis is very different, which is a form of entertainment.

The first stage of a hypnotherapy consultation will generally involve an informal chat and some questions from the therapist to ascertain the nature of the issue and the necessary route to overcoming or dealing with it. The next stage is hypnosis.

What to expect?

With Hypnosis you are led, by means of the hypnotherapist’s gently guiding voice, into a state where your body and mind are relaxed and nearly asleep. To an onlooker it might seem as if you were totally asleep but in fact, though you will normally feel very relaxed, you will remain awake enough to be aware. Also awake will be those parts of your mind which the therapist is working with to induce beneficial changes. This may mean that you will be picturing, as in a daydream, the things which are being spoken of and that you may experience the associated pleasant feelings.

You remain fully aware of your surroundings and situation, and are not vulnerable to every given command of the therapist. The important thing is that you want to change some behavioural habit or addiction and you are highly motivated to do so.

The readiness and ability of patients to be hypnotised varies considerably and hypnotherapy generally requires several sessions in order to achieve meaningful results.  However you can learn the technique of self-hypnosis which can be practiced at home, to reinforce the usefulness of formal sessions with the therapist.  This can help counter distress and anxiety-related conditions.

Hypnotherapy can help with ...

During hypnosis for smoking cessation, a patient is often asked to imagine unpleasant outcomes from smoking. For example, the hypnotherapist might suggest that cigarette smoke smells like truck exhaust, or that smoking will leave the patient’s mouth feeling extremely parched.

The smoking cessation hypnosis technique focuses on three main ideas:

• Smoking poisons the body
• You need your body to live
• You should respect your body and protect it (to the extent you’d like to live)

The hypnotherapist teaches the smoker self-hypnosis, and then asks him or her to repeat these affirmations anytime the desire to smoke occurs.

Having come to the conclusion that you now want to remove those unhealthy habits from your life, you can look forward to having more energy, your skin glowing, feel more alive, moving more fluidly and with ease, like the person you see in the mirror. Feel proud and confident in finding the real you.

Whether you have been advised medically or feel that you want to take control of your body. Using Weight loss hypnotherapy tailored to your individual needs will:

• remove any underlying issues
• remove the stress and anxiety whilst embarking on your goal
• Change your relationship with food/ alcohol
• Help you to feel empowered to achieve your goal so easily and effortlessly
• Help you be the healthy person that you want to be
• Take control of your habit effortlessly and easily for good
• For weight loss hypnotherapy Andrew also uses Hypno Gastric Band Hypnotherapy

The revolutionary Hypnosis Gastric Band technique is designed to make you slimmer by making you believe that you have had a real gastric band fitted using hypnosis. Gastric Band Hypnotherapy has been featured heavily in the media because of the powerful results that it brings to people who are overweight and obese. The hypnosis technique is aimed at making you alter your eating habits permanently and helping you achieve your weight loss goals for the long term instead of diets that only help you achieve your goals for the short term.

The Gastric Band Hypnosis technique works by making the client who is overweight, believe their stomach has been reduced; this allows them to feel full more quickly and allows them to eat smaller portions. Basically this means that you can continue to eat what you want and when you want but at the same time you will lose weight naturally and without any expensive surgery.

Compulsive behaviours can range from simple everyday behaviours such as shopping to more reckless behaviours such as self-harming. One of the issues with compulsive behaviours is that most of them undertaken to excess can have very damaging impacts on people’s lives: the compulsive shopper may find themselves heavily in debt or even bankrupt, while the compulsive self-harmer may place their life in jeopardy on a regular basis.

The following list is not exhaustive, but covers the more common compulsive behaviours that have been treated successfully using pure hypnoanalysis:

• Excessive shopping
• Excessive drinking
• Addictive behaviour (e.g. gambling, misusing drugs or other substances, eating disorders such as bulimia)
• Sexual behaviours (e.g. having numerous sexual partners, having regular unprotected sex)
• Lying and/or cheating
• Nail biting
• Self-harming
• Hair twiddling and/or pulling (known as trichotillomania)
• Smoking

Please do not be put off if your particular issue has not been identified in the list above: compulsive behaviours and disorders are so varied and often specific to the individual that it would be impossible to list them all here. What is important to realise is that it is the underlying reasons for the behaviour that is significant and it is this that is treated with hypnotherapy, rather than the precise behaviours themselves.

Stress and anxiety often lead to one feeling overwhelmed, which is when the body’s natural defences are triggered, and the hormone cortisol is released into the blood. This has the effect of raising heart and breathing rates – in preparation for the stress of the situation at hand.

If not properly managed this scenario can lead to a perpetual feeling of pressure or nervous tension, which can be exhausting for sufferers. Addictions, phobias, poor work performance and poor sleep patterns can result.

Both conditions can be better managed by including the following coping strategies into your life:

• Plenty of exercise
• Healthy diet and eating
• Ample sleep
• Sufficient rest and relaxation time; and by
• Limiting stress or stressful situations in your life
• Other disciplines such as yoga, meditation and hypnotherapy are increasingly utilised alongside these techniques to aid recovery and healing.

Hypnotherapy often leads to a very relaxed state being reached, so is potentially beneficial in relieving stress and anxiety.

Hypnosis has been shown to be an effective treatment for many individuals with phobias. A significant percentage of the population suffers from a phobia of one type or another. For some individuals it can be mildly distressing but manageable. For others it can be seriously debilitating. A phobia is an irrational fear of a particular stimulus. This stimulus can be a situation, a thing, or an activity. People with phobias will either go to great lengths to avoid whatever it is they fear, or they will tolerate it with considerable anxiety. For some people, a phobia can trigger panic attacks. In severe cases the phobia can end up literally controlling a person’s life.

Hypnotherapy works by accessing the underlying cause of the phobia and eliminating the person’s conditioned response to the stimulus. When hypnosis is used to treat a phobia, the initial goal of the hypnotherapist is to discover the initial event from which the phobia developed. The cause is often a traumatic event which occurred at an earlier time in the person’s life. Often the phobic individual does not remember this event. It may be a memory which has been repressed for many years. Repression is a protective mechanism our mind utilizes by keeping memory of the trauma out of our conscious mind until we are ready and able to deal with it.

Since attending counselling and hypnotherapy with Andrew I have felt more confident and less stressed with life, he certainly helped me through a bad time in my life.

Joanne – Leeds

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