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Hypnosis For Personal Development: Is This What You Need?

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Personal development is a lifelong process of working on our individual qualities, behaviours and feelings to help us achieve our goals and live the life we desire. For some of us this is an easy process but for others, it is difficult to find what is ‘missing’ in our lives. We may find it difficult to recognise the patterns of habits and behaviours that stop us from achieving our goals.

Many of us have self-destructive behaviours that undermine our ability to achieve our goals. They are learnt over time and are often associated with negative thoughts about ourselves. They may make us feel low and unmotivated, they may represent  that voice in your head saying, ‘I can’t do it.’

Personal development is important. It doesn’t have to be about progressing in your career or running a successful business; it can just as easily be about obtaining balance in your life, having healthy positive relationships, or having the strength to create a new life for yourself.

If you are struggling with personal development and want to break the cycle of negative thoughts that may be sabotaging your efforts, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and hypnosis is a great way to be focused and formulate your goals while changing negative thought patterns.

How Does CBT And Hypnosis Work?

Generally, we all believe that achieving success in life is difficult, and failure is easy. Our language confirms this belief – we strive for success, we climb mountains, we believe that achieving our goals is a challenge.

If we already have this belief when we embark on personal development, is it any wonder that it feels so easy to fail?

Of course, some things are difficult. Quitting smoking, losing weight, breaking habits and behaviours that have become embedded over time. Failure can also become a habit, those self-destructive thoughts that say, ‘I will never quit smoking because I’m addicted’ or ‘I will never lose weight because I comfort eat.’

Therefore before we even give ourselves a chance at success, our subconscious is already doing its best to make us fail.

So if you are serious about personal development, you need to break the habits that set you up for failure, recognise when those behaviours are sabotaging your plans, and then focus on positive and achievable goals that will help you view success as easy.

This is where CBT with hypnosis can be a powerful tool to help change the way you think, feel, and behave. It can help you understand when those past negative thoughts and patterns are affecting you NOW, and teach you how to get rid of these feelings and focus on positive thoughts instead.

CBT and clinical hypnosis are highly effective at with personal development in the following key areas:

  • Confidence building
  • Fears and phobias
  • Breaking bad habits
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Weight loss
  • Panic attacks and overcoming anxiety
  • Boosting self-confidence
  • Emotional upset
  • Relationship advice
  • Personal and career development
  • Goal setting and achievement

Clinical hypnosis programmes are tailored to suit the individual, their needs and goals, and the issues they are struggling with. It has been proven to help people remove the restraints that are holding them back and motivate them to find the success that they desire, and motivate them even further to live their life in a positive and constructive manner.

It is more than important in today’s world to learn more about yourself, know how your emotions work and manage them in everyday settings. Changeable times and rapid developing circumstances have created a cascade of emotional issues. There has been an increase in anxiety disorders, panic attacks, depression, anger issues and stress related problems. These emotional difficulties have made presenting psychological support and information the appropriate way very valuable.

Personal development is something all of us can embrace; just make sure that you provide yourself with the right conditions to make it a success.

If you would like to talk through your thoughts and feelings about personal development, book a free 30 minute consultation with me here.

Can Hypnosis Really Stop Me Smoking For Life?

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Many people who have unsuccessfully tried other methods of giving up smoking are naturally sceptical about the effectiveness of hypnosis to stop smoking. I don’t blame you. If you’ve tried other smoking cessation approaches and still found yourself reaching for a packet of cigarettes, you will know that it’s not an easy habit to quit.

So what makes hypnosis effective, where other stop smoking methods fail? Read on to find out how this treatment works and whether it’s right for you.

How Hypnosis Stop You Smoking For Life

Hypnosis is a deep state of relaxation and focused attention, which a person goes in and out every day. This is when your subconscious mind is open to suggestions and ideas.

Health Implications Of Smoking

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you, but if you’re smoker those warnings on the side of a cigarette packet only serve to make you feel more helpless about giving up. Let’s face it; it’s easy to not to think about the health implications when you don’t think you have the strength to quit.

During a hypnosis session, the clinical hypnotherapist will remind you that smoking can cause cancer and damage your health long-term. Suggestions and ideas can be reinforced during the session so that when you do read a health warning on a packet of cigarettes, instead of pretending it’s not there your subconscious mind will heighten your awareness and compel you to act.

Replacing The ‘Positive’ Aspects Of Smoking With Something Better

In most cases, smokers view the act of smoking as a positive influence, and this is programmed in your subconscious mind through the repetitive action of smoking.

You may feel smoking helps you:

  • Relieve your anxiety and boredom
  • Give you time-out from work or at home
  • Relax and help you concentrate
  • Feel confident when you are with friends
  • Deal with some uncomfortable thoughts and emotions
  • Helps you to fit in with your friends that smoke
  • Be in control of your weight as you will eat if you smoke
  • Keeps your hands busy
  • Reduces your stress and irritability

Your subconscious mind has become programmed to believe those smoking cigarettes will help make you feel better, reduce stress and any feelings of discomfort. After smoking for many years, smoking has now become this habit that has been repeated many times, reinforcing this positive association.

Hypnosis for smoking cessation works by reprogramming your subconscious mind so that smoking is not associated with positive things. Your therapist will also teach you ways to replace the feeling that smoking creates with healthier and better alternatives, for example by teaching you how to cope with stress or learn relaxation techniques that replace your smoking habit.

When Other Smoking Cessation Methods Have Failed

Typically hypnosis to stop smoking is used as a last resort when nothing else has worked. Often the reason that these methods have failed is because they don’t address the underlying issues of why someone smokes. Such as because they associate smoking with relaxation, or they always have a cigarette when they have a coffee or glass of wine.

Some of the methods people try first are –

  • Their willpower, but as they still think of themselves as smokers they force themselves to ‘stop’. If they ‘enjoy’ their cigarettes, then stopping creates a conflict within themselves which results in more stress and anxiety.
  • Cutting smoking down is another way that people try to quit but your body still has nicotine. So hours or days between cigarettes does not take away the cravings and the withdrawal that you will feel. You will count the hours between cigarettes and will eventually cave in and smoke more and more.
  • Nicotine patches and gum, e-cigarettes and medications do not reduce the nicotine in your body. But the habit and the cravings have not been addressed, and the reasons (emotional aspects of the smoking habit) for smoking also still exist.

With clinical hypnosis and cognitive behaviour therapy, you can change your habits and behaviours, and your unconscious mind will choose healthier options. Most of the time people smoke cigarettes because of the conditioned response to stimulation from their environment or a habit they cannot break.

Some Myths About Your Smoking Habit

And How To Overcome Them With Hypnosis And CBT

Most people believe in the stories or beliefs they tell themselves:

  • Withdrawal is difficult and I can’t cope with the cravings. When you smoke you imagine the pleasure it gives you and when you give up you start to crave that pleasure and don’t want the pain and misery of quitting. During a hypnosis session, you are given tools and techniques to get perspective on the habit and ways you can avoid slipping into the addictive trance state.
  • I cannot give up as I have failed before. Most people try the different methods to quit cigarettes and use hypnosis as their last port of call, but hypnosis helps them re-programme their subconscious thoughts, feelings and beliefs about their smoking habit so they then are in control of their behaviour.
  • I don’t have the willpower. Your motivation and willpower to quit smoking will be enhanced during the therapy session and you will get to know the real reason why you smoke and why you want to quit. You will view your behaviour with a different perspective and awareness of the impact cigarette smoking has had on your health. You will then feel free from the cravings and realise how smoking has affected your life and use the new found freedom to believe in yourself and be a happy and healthy non-smoker.
  • I’ve smoked for too long, it’s too late to give up. You realise that you cannot just stop smoking as you have been smoking for a long time. With the support and help of an experienced and accredited clinical hypnotherapist and cognitive behaviour therapist, you will come to the decision that smoking is harming your body and your subconscious will make changes that are permanent.

Sammy told her friend that her smoking habit was out of control. She was smoking 20 cigarettes a day for 35 years.

“I felt that if I had not given up smoking I would not have gotten over my chronic chest infection and breathlessness. Now I can breathe a little better and even walk up the stairs without stopping. My clothes smell nice and so does my breath. I had tried to give up smoking before but the cravings and the stress always made me smoke again. Now I feel free, it does not worry me if people smoke around me, I have started with some gentle exercise daily and I am saving the money I spent on cigarettes to go away in the summer next year. Hypnosis helped me gain clarity about where my life was and where I wanted to be. I am glad I did try clinical Hypnosis and CBT as I feel better than I ever felt before”

Find out more about using hypnosis to stop smoking here.

How Many Hypnosis Sessions Will I Need to Lose Weight?

How Many Hypnosis Sessions Will I Need to Lose Weight, weight loss solutionsGenerally, when a client comes to me for hypnosis for weight loss, it’s after struggling with diets and exercise plans and not seeing the desired results. While most diets and exercise regimes work in theory, in practice it can be very difficult.

Keeping on a restrictive diet is a challenge, and requires immense amounts of willpower and motivation. Similarly regularly exercising can also be hard to do, especially when there are so many other pressing activities we need get done during the day.

This is why hypnosis for weight loss can be so effective. It doesn’t replace a healthy diet or regular exercise – but it can help change the way you think about food and your body and help you achieve your goals.

I often think that it would be much better if clients came to me first before embarking on their weight loss plan. Then we can deal with those self-sabotaging thoughts, install positive behaviours, and maintain the motivation and energy to lose weight long term, right from the start.

However, whether someone uses hypnosis at the beginning of the weight loss plan, or comes to it after being unsuccessful, here I answer some common questions clients have about hypnosis for weight loss:

What happens during a hypnosis session and what does it feel like?

Every hypnosis session is tailored to the person’s individual needs, so experiences differ from person to person. Some of my clients feel calm and relaxed during our therapy sessions and some have experienced an increased state of awareness. While some daydream and others feel euphoric, still others feel as if they are asleep and wonder where the time went.

Regardless of how someone feels during a hypnosis session, it’s what happens afterwards that really counts! Typically, when a client has completed their first session they experience increased motivation and willpower with regards to their eating behaviours and are in control of their triggers for chocolate, sweets and fatty foods.

So how many hypnosis sessions will I need to lose weight?

Hypnosis works uniquely for each individual. When helping a person to lose weight, first it is important to reprogram the way they think about food, strengthen their resolve to eat healthily and not overeat. Clinical Hypnosis can help an overweight person lose weight by finding out what negative emotions are in play when they overeat. Why are they eating foods that emotional fulfil them, how does this affect their confidence and self-esteem, and how do they feel emotionally when they eat these unhealthy and junk foods? Hypnosis can help with the triggers that cause an individual to overeat, cravings for unhealthy foods, changing they way this person thinks and feels about their bodies and the way they perceive themselves.

The number of Clinical hypnosis sessions varies from person to person and can be determined during the initial assessment session. Normally a client will come each week for the first month to increase their willpower, release any emotional attachments to food and build their motivation to stay on goals to lose the excess weight they feel they have.

These sessions are extremely important at the beginning, then the sessions are tailored to the individual and their progress and goals to reach their desired weight. Often clients will come every alternate week until they have achieved their goals, reinforcing their positive behaviours and increasing motivation levels every time.

The client then moves on to the once a month protocol for support and maintenance to keep themselves focussed on their goals and desires what they want their ideal weight to be. Some group sessions are also provided to share their weight loss goals and have a supportive environment, the shared experience that keeps the motivation and progress going.

Why should you choose clinical hypnosis over other weight loss programs?

Hypnosis is a natural and long-term approach to obtain a healthy body image you desire. It helps you to be in control of what you eat, recognise when you feel emotional, stop you from reaching for those unhealthy foods. If your normal emotional response would have been in the past to eat junk foods when you felt sad, angry, frustrated or emotional, hypnosis will teach you how to manage this response in a healthy way.

When you go on a diet if feels like a chore and the negative effects are that our subconscious mind thinks we are starving and this feels uncomfortable. After a while you will feel under pressure to stay on this diet – it becomes a negative experience. Your body craves foods that will sustain you, especially those that have emotional connotations for you, and eventually, your diet fails. Your mind will trigger your self-preservation mechanism and you will go back to eating things that are not good for your weight loss.

Clinical hypnosis for weight loss is safe, natural, there is no use of medication: extreme dieting that makes you so unhappy or counting calories is not a part of the treatment.

Instead, it uses a combination of clinical hypnosis and CBT that changes the way you think and feel about food.

The focus is always on keeping the weight off long term so that once a client has achieved their weight loss target, or feels that they have the strength to continue on the right course, they don’t need further sessions.

To find out more about how clinical hypnosis can help you lose weight and keep it off, and to get started right away at home – download my eBook 10 Simple Steps To Weight Loss Success here.

If you have any further questions about clinical hypnosis for weight loss, please leave a comment below or contact me directly.

Weight Loss With CBT: A Case Study

A wake-up call from his doctor warning that he was pre-diabetic and on a slippery slope to becoming morbidly obese; was the catalyst that resulted in him contacting me.

Toby knew that he needed to change his behaviour and habits around food. Slimming products were not having the desired effect as he was overeating and not exercising. Having found out about Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and clinical hypnotherapy, he decided that this was the way to turn his life around.

In just 6 sessions Toby was able to:

  • Gain control over his excessive eating and take control over what he eats,
  • Start an exercise regimen to suit his schedule and has now been going to the gym for the last two months,
  • Lose his target weight of 1 and a half stone in the 2 months since he has been to therapy with me.

Overweight And Miserable

When Toby came to me he was 42, four stone overweight, and living with his mother. He was increasingly finding that his weight was affecting his health, he found it difficult to get around and a blood test had shown his blood sugar levels were too high. His doctor had spelt out the prognosis, ‘lose the weight or you’ll become diabetic’ – diabetes and obesity can lead to other chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease.

As well as the impact on his physical health he was also feeling unhappy, self-conscious, anxious and lacked self-confidence because of his weight. This meant that he didn’t socialise and spent most of his free time playing computer games and watching old movies with his mum.

Bad Habits

When he first contacted me Toby said, ‘I snack a lot after my main meals, eating bread, chocolate, fatty foods and fizzy drinks. My mum cooks huge meals and I don’t want to hurt her feelings so I eat even when I am not hungry. I struggle with anxiety and panic attacks and eating makes me feel better, but that has meant I’ve withdrawn from the outside world and I’ve been hiding at home with mum’.

As his weight has increased Toby has found exercising difficult. He’s self-conscious of his body fat and his low mood has prevented him from feeling motivated and strong enough to go to the gym or to the pool for a swim.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy And Clinical Hypnotherapy

‘From the minute I met Andrea I know that she understood exactly how I felt and she immediately put me at ease. The sessions were relaxed, informative and I learnt calming and relaxation techniques that I will take away for the rest of my life’.

The warning from his doctor came at the right time and Toby decided it was the time he took charge of his weight and life too. He thought clinical hypnotherapy would give him the motivation to change his thoughts and feelings about his image, and also his behaviour towards food. He wanted to eat less and exercise more. He wanted to start eating healthy meals, cut back on the snacks and find the motivation to exercise to tone his body. As a result, he would feel confident to go out with a few people at work and make friends. He thought that this would also give him the courage to move out and then start to cook and look after his own dietary needs. He was right!

I worked with Toby over 6 sessions and during this time he made some significant changes.

Initially, we worked on his self-esteem and his negative and self-critical feelings – ‘I am useless, worthless, unattractive, not worth loving’. We also changed his focus on food and the thoughts he had around eating – ‘if I start eating I cannot stop – I am really out of control’.

Instead, we found a new focus revolving around exercise, healthy eating and mindfulness. Taking control over his diet and food consumption has radically changed the negative emotions he had around food, and this has improved his self-esteem.

At the same time, Toby has made some changes at home and in his social life. He now cooks his own meals to ensure that they are healthy and for portion control, and he has started to socialise with a few people at work. As well as swimming once a week, he has also renewed an old hobby (bowling), which also gives him an opportunity to meet new people.

The stand out feature of this therapy was that it has changed him and his eating habits for good. He felt better that he had ever felt in his life. He also felt confident and asked his boss for a promotion and started doing a course on weekends and online so he could work towards this. CBT and clinical hypnotherapy has given him a new lease of life, and one new friendship he has made has the potential to become more serious.

‘After 6 sessions I was able to change my habits and behaviours with CBT’.

Now two months on from starting CBT and clinical hypnotherapy, he no longer has any sessions but is continuing to achieve his goals.

Toby now exercises four times a week and has lost 1 and a half stone. He feels confident that he now has the right mindset to continue this good work and lose the rest of the weight in a healthy and sensible way.

He has also moved into his own home.

Toby says, ‘In my opinion, CBT and clinical hypnotherapy is a healthier way to lose weight as it has dealt with the negative emotions and behaviours I had about food and my body image. Andrea has gently guided me towards a healthier way of living, giving me the tools to continue working towards my goals.’


If you would like to talk in confidence about your relationship with food, weight loss, body image, anxiety or any other issue that Toby’s story highlights, please contact me for a free 30 minute consultation. You can call 07967 151 790, email [email protected] or book a consultation here.

 

Why Your Diet Isn’t Working

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Most people who diet for long periods of time have different stories to tell about why their diet is not working. The general assumption is that they are unable to lose weight long-term because they did not have the willpower to keep dieting, or they were too weak or succumbed to some naughty foods.

The psychology of why some diets don’t work is that people did not know how to keep the weight off long-term. They cannot motivate themselves to keep going on the diet especially if there is a temptation from some foods that they are partial to. They don’t see their setbacks as temporary and they should keep going, not give up. They are unable to control the cravings, sometimes unhealthy emotions overwhelm them and they feel hopeless.

When you start on your new diet it’s really easy in the beginning, but after a period of time, you are unable to persevere.

What To Do If Your Diet Isn’t Working

You can successfully be in control of what you eat and your diet; you just need to know how to. For example, it’s like learning to swim, once you learn how to swim you never forget.

By learning to picture the effects of our behaviour in detail we are able to transform our motivation and change the way we feel and act. We see things clearly in a new light when we think of the consequences of our actions. You see what that behaviour does to you, the full implications of the negative belief.

Some people who diet have misinterpreted their negative thoughts and this prevents them from reaching their ideal weight.

The negative thoughts you self-sabotage your diet are as follows:

  • Justify why you are eating cakes and sweets,
  • Miscalculate the results of eating naughty food,
  • Cheating yourself by saying its ok if I eat this today, I can re-start my diet tomorrow,
  • Rules from your childhood: I cannot waste food because it would mean wasting money and I was taught not to waste food as a child,
  • Not wanting to say no to friends and family when offered a cake or chocolate,
  • Fear of being hungry so eating the chocolate bar or crisps.

Why did my diet not work?

  • You were starving yourself: due to the fact you are not eating enough, you are getting hungry in the middle of the day and then overeating later. Skipping meals means that your body loses its ability to feel full and you feel hungry and fail to burn the calories.
  • You exercise and reward yourself with food: you are possibly not exercising enough for example underestimation the amount of food you have eaten and overestimating your exercise to burn the burn of the calories.
  • You drink unhealthy drinks such as diet colas and no sugar drinks. These drinks can be deceptive and fake sweeteners can trick you into thinking that you are being consistent on you diet. But you might still crave a candy bar because fake drinks do not trigger a dopamine (feel good) release like sugar does.
  • You struggle with your weight due to your friends or family not exercising as well and you all fall in a pattern of eating unhealthy. So if you can make a deal with your friends or a family member to start a new weight loss program, which includes a healthy eating plan and an exercise plan, you will persevere.
  • You have not eaten fast foods or carbohydrates for a long while. This means that your body is lacking in nutrients like essential calcium and vitamin C and you will compensate by eating something that is not good for you and put on weight. Eating a variety of healthy foods, good carbohydrates in fruits and healthy fats is something you need to stick to long-term.

So how can you overcome these negative or self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviours? Owning up to them is a good step in the right direction. If you recognise any of the above behaviour be reassured that you’re not the only one who has these thoughts, many other people are in the same boat.

Here are a few things you can do to help yourself, and underneath where you can get further help and support so that your diet does work long-term:

  • Note down on a card your reasons for wanting to lose weight,
  • Plan in advance what you are going to eat and repeat your positive affirmations over and over again to be in control of your cravings,
  • If you crave foods that are not good for you, take your list out about your reasons for wanting to lose your excess weight, also distract yourself,
  • If you get hungry, eat a healthy snack and the feelings of hunger will go away,
  • Eat a healthy breakfast and lunch, eat a light dinner not too late in the evening,
  • Choose to exercise regularly and keep at it. Don’t give up,
  • If you do eat some naughty foods, don’t give up keep going on your healthy eating plan. Don’t just keep eating those naughty foods all day,
  • Eat slowly and mindfully, chew carefully and enjoy every bite you eat.

Hypnotherapy can help weight loss with Cognitive Behaviour therapy. It can help you to learn how to change your unhelpful and inaccurate thoughts about why your diet is not working and feel good emotionally. By identifying sabotaging behaviour with your cravings for naughty foods and respond effectively, you will reach your weight loss goals.

  • It helps face your weight loss challenges with self-confidence and you will be able to know what to do when you struggle with your diet,
  • Prepares your mind and body for any sabotaging thoughts, and helps you to become strong,

Find out more about hypnotherapy for weight loss here.

5 Self-Help Tips To Stop Smoking Today

We all know that smoking is bad for our health, but our minds are very good at convincing us that we’re immune to the side effects and the potential catastrophic impact it might have on our lives and those of the people around us. We convince ourselves that we won’t be another cancer statistic, or that other smoking related diseases couldn’t possibly happen to us.

Of course figures show that these diseases do affect people just like you and me. Although your risk may differ depending on how long you’ve smoked, how many cigarettes a day your habit involves, and other factors that impact on your heath, the fact is that smoking damages your health.

Stopping Smoking: Breaking The Habit

No one is under any illusion that stopping smoking is easy. It’s particularly hard when you’ve been addicted to the cigarettes for a long time, or if you have a partner who also smokes and who isn’t interested in quitting with you. So how can we find the motivation to stop smoking for good?

We all have the willpower and resolve to stop smoking, it’s a question of tapping into that strength and changing the way we think about smoking, recognise those triggers that make us reach for a packet of cigarettes and have the self-belief that you can quit smoking.

So when are you going to stop smoking? NOW is the time to quit smoking for good as it is bad for your health and you CAN do it! Quitting will test your resolve and willpower, and you will struggle to break this habit, but it can be done as lots of other people have shown. Make a plan TODAY, write down and understand the reasons why you want to stop smoking, find a method that works best for you, tell all your friends and family and get them to support you.

Finally, set a DATE in your diary to quit smoking.

  • Set the time you are going to quit and stay with it.
  • Emptying the stash of cigarettes from your house, car, and work including the secret places where you hide the emergency cigarettes.
  • Work out what triggers you to smoke: when you go to the pub, a break from work, coffee with a friend who smokes or having a drink in the evenings.
  • Take each day as it comes and think about quitting positively. Think about the positive impact it will have on your long-term health, how empowered you will feel in your ability to stop, how much better you will feel and look, and how pleased your family and friends will be when you quit.

5 self-help tips to stop smoking:

  1. Record and monitor your daily routine (including your smoking habits), the annoying or stressful situations that causes you to smoke. Knowing what precedes your smoking habit (mannerisms and behaviours) makes it easier to nip the habit in the bud. Switch your routine around so you are not associating with those friends that smoke at this very crucial time. Avoid scenarios that would remind you of your smoking habit.
  1. Learn a relaxation technique (Deep breathing technique) that you can use when you feel like having a cigarette: Take three long slow deep breaths in and imagine you are feeling relaxed and calm ….Breathe IN cool clean air…. and breathing OUT any unnecessary nervous tension…. Take a deep breath in through the nose and hold it for a count of four. Then release it through your mouth for a count of four. Remember to breath in through your nose and release through your mouth, once again, breath in…slowly …and all the way out….. three …deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth …relax…. And let go …. Notice feeling calm and relaxed with each out breath and finally let go and settle in the chair. Just breath naturally now and notice your breathing and feel the relaxing energy has spread through your body.
  1. Get support from family and friends. Or find a friend that wishes to quit and is willing to stop smoking with you, the support will be great. You can keep each other motivated and accountable. Giving up can be a challenge and it requires a great deal of willpower, your supportive network will be there for you if you feel the cravings and on the difficult days. The positive encouragement will be invaluable to quit long-term.
  1. See your decision of stop smoking now as an opportunity to start a new activity like joining the gym or an exercise class, or doing something that you have always wanted to do. Keeping your mind and body active will take your attention off any cravings or withdrawals you might experience. Spending time doing an activity that you love and being with people who do not smoke will help avoid the temptation of going back to smoking cigarettes.
  1. Clinical Hypnotherapy with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) can help you to get to the root of your smoking habit. This therapy will work with you to change your smoking behaviour and teach you coping strategies to help control your cravings. By helping you deal with your feelings and habits that have formed over a period of time you will be able to take control of your smoking habit and quit. Identify your triggers and habit prone situations and the associate behaviours that follow. Hypnotherapy can help you gain control and willpower over your habits and you will see yourself as a confident non-smoker. The relaxation techniques will help with any anxious feeling around your job or home life you may have that makes you reach out to the cigarette. You will be taught a self-hypnosis during these hypnosis sessions, which you can use to feel calm and in control in any stressful situation at home or at work.

In this article research by Green and Lynn (2000) concluded that Hypnosis is “possibly efficacious” treatment for smoking cessation. Their extensive research also suggests “it is impossible to rule out cognitive/behavioural and educational interventions as the source of positive treatment gains associated with hypnotic treatments”.

Evidence-based research shows us that with hypnotherapy there is a 40 – 50% success rate as an intervention to stop smoking and sessions can range from 1 to 5 sessions for motivation and skill development.


To find out if Hypnotherapy can help you to Quit Smoking for good, Book a free 30 minutes consultation with me and finally get control of your habit and cravings.

How do you deal with growing old?

How do you deal with growing old?

Adjusting to the passing years and “senior citizen” status can be quite a challenge. People often focus on the physical aspects of growing old but, in some ways, adapting emotionally and mentally can be even more important.

The good news is that with the right approach, you can be motivated to take on new tasks and live your life with energy and vitality.

I help clients to continue to learn and grow as they get older, so their life changing is made easier. As an example Michael talked to me about his challenges he next birthday brings:

“I hesitate to tell people my age or that its my birthday because they might get the wrong idea that I am growing old and giving up. They might begin to feel sorry for me and I would not want that to happen.

But I am not giving up. I am moving on ahead…”

Growing old brings inevitable changes but many of these changes are positive. Age brings increased resourced of experienced, perspective and wisdom.

On the negative side, other people can have a constrained view about what is possible for older people. That’s why it’s important that we live our own life according to our own values and capabilities to experience as much growth as we can, as long as we can.

The following poem by Terry Q titled “Adjusting to passing years” sums this up well for me:

I thirst much sooner quicker now
Tire faster… work much less –
Not allowed, restrained by those
Who so much care for me.

I tread the paths much slower now
breathe a bit more heavy edge
hover in still shadows watching
waiting for a slip in chance
for something safe permissible
a 70-year old may do.

hawk-like they watch my every move
Polite, concerned, considerate
my indiscretions barrier bound
I bow, I smile quiet step aside.

They really care for me, I know
and that is what really matters

Not bored or helpless whining sad
My life cup filled to overflow
All of me is there full there
and I too care for them my ways

I care for them I really do
that is what also matters.

I am not a senior citizen but none of us are as young as we were! I seek to age with as much wisdom and grace as possible and to this end I have developed practices to help myself and my clients continue to learn and grow.

So I make sure to try new things and focus on the good aspects of getting old.

 

I look for good examples of people staying active whilst getting old. Some of these are celebrities (like Rod Stewart or Mick Jagger!) but others are friends or members of my own family. They remind me of my future and that there is always hope.

I have made plans for my future and I continue to adapt these over time. I learn something new every month, I help out at a charity shop a few days of the week, I travel regularly to meet my friends that I have not seen in years etc.

I also read a lot and know what to expect with my ageing process and made plans for my eventual death, meaning all of it is less scary to me.

Being positive and grateful of the full life I have led is one of the main things I start my day with.

By doing some form of exercise everyday (which could be as simple as a walk round the block and eating healthily) I have been able to keep healthy in mind and body.

If you are reading this and are feeling old, drawn, tired all the time and less energy, remember this:

Ageing is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.
-Betty Friedan.

Hypnotherapy can help you get feel more energetic, cultivate positive thoughts and manage the ageing process with optimism and grace.

Contact me to find out how hypnotherapy can help you feel confident and help you on the next stage of your journey.

Book your free 15-minute phone consultation with me: http://bit.ly/1GG130U

Never give up on your dreams

Never give up on your dreams

Most people don’t believe in themselves and find it difficult to think big. When things get tough they often give up on their dreams and don’t achieve the things they are capable of.

But I want people never to give up on themselves. I want them to be positive and resilient, live a full life and be able to achieve success with their goals.

To illustrate, I will tell you a story about Puddles, the frog.

Puddles was a handsome prince that had been turned into a frog by a wicked witch. A lesser frog would have given up but Puddles always believed in himself.

A princess came around. She saw the handsome “prince” in him and agreed to his request to kiss him…mmmuaaaaahh!

Puddles thought that he would live happily ever after!

But real life is not always as simple and easy as a fairy tale. And sometime later, one afternoon while he was swimming in the Royal lake, Puddles had a rather scary encounter with a hungry stork.

Other frogs would have lost out in that encounter but not our Puddles. Despite facing what seemed like an impossible situation, Puddles focussed on what he could do, took action and saved the day for himself.

 

And therein lies a lesson for the rest of us.

After his escape from the stork, Puddles got back to his palace and began to think about how he could make himself helpful to others.

He thought about the many people he knew who did not like the way they looked and felt about themselves. Ugly frogs in themselves they were looking at rather than the handsome princes/princesses they really were.

In a flash of enlightenment he knew what he had to do.

To reach out and help people see themselves as they really were, he decided to become a Therapist.

He did that…and he hasn’t looked back since!

I am Andrea and I am not a frog…or a prince!….but in some ways my story is similar.

I faced really difficult times in my life when I almost felt like giving up. But I was able to persevere and overcome challenges…even when circumstances seemed really bad.

And these difficult times provided deep motivation for me to become a clinical hypnotherapist and to help other people. I now help my clients through difficult times so they never give up and can continue to pursue their dreams.
“Tell me about it! I’m listening!”

I know that sometimes unpleasant things in life happen that are quite beyond your control. Other people can treat you badly. People around you may be disregarding you or taking you for granted. Your relationships can turn bitter, sometimes through no fault of your own. Situations at home or at work can be oppressive and even scary.

How do we deal with these issues?
We have to start by looking after ourselves and sometimes that means getting help from a professional. Its only when we are happy with ourselves that we are able to help others.
We can then go about helping relatives, friends and maybe even strangers see and bring out the really beautiful part of themselves.
Sometimes we try to cope through hard times by ourselves but often its much more powerful and effective to reach out for help.

A professional clinical hypnotherapist can provide empathy and support but, more importantly, the tools to help you see life’s challenges differently and to change bad habits and overcome fears that may have been holding you back.

If you want any information on how Clinical Hypnosis can help you be more confident, reach your goals believe in yourself and never give up, call me now or book your 15 minute free phone consultation http://bit.ly/1GG130U

Hypnotherapy can help you not just dream big but give you the confidence to pursue those dreams actively and achieve greater success in your life.

Are IBS symptoms restricting your life?

                                                        Are IBS symptoms restricting your life?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms affects the everyday life of thousands of people in the UK. Sadly, sufferers often live with the symptoms for years without finding either a proper diagnosis of IBS or a way of managing (let alone eliminating) those symptoms.

How can you tell if the symptoms of IBS are affecting your life?

Does your tummy often feel like it is churning and you have a cramping pain in your gut? Also you feel your anxiety/stress building and you need to be near a toilet all day?

The UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence advises GPs to check patients for IBS if they experience any of these “ABC” symptoms for six months or more:

• Abdominal pain or cramps
• Bloating
• Change in bowel movements – diarrhoea, constipation or both

There are other symptoms, which include excess wind and gas, nausea or tiredness that can indicate IBS.

So are you experiencing the symptoms of IBS and not sure where to turn? Have your seen GP’s, specialists, consultants, had blood tests, ultrasounds, sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy etc?

 

Whilst experiencing the symptoms of IBS, you may at the same time feel anxious and that something is not right with your life.

This can be a message from your brain or from your tummy telling you that there is too much stress in your life.

But here is the good news. You can learn to deal your problem and live your life free from anxiety and stress that exacerbates your IBS symptoms.

Please take heart!

Clinical hypnosis can help you reduce your anxiety and stress, and you can learn techniques to live your life free from the pain of IBS. This does not involve long term medication, or have any side-effects and can be tailored to suit each person and their specific needs.

Adam was a client of mine with IBS and here is his story:
I have suffered from IBS since I was a young boy. I had been to my GP many times, had various tests, and cut out various foods. But still my IBS flared up all my life. I am 30 years old now and feel that, until recently, I have not lived at all since I needed to be near a loo all the time.
My GP told me there was nothing physically wrong with me and suggested I look for alternative therapies such as hypnosis. After researching IBS further on the Internet I found Andrea and I contacted her to get help. It felt like taking a leap into the unknown but I emailed her to see if she could help.
After a couple of emails I booked an initial hypnotherapy session. During this session, we discussed my IBS history and figured out that I was not born with the symptoms of IBS (cramping or tummy ache). At around the age of 10, my IBS symptoms started: there was a lot of bloating and discomfort with my digestive system. Our sessions helped me recognise and deal with a personal trauma I’d had around the age of 6.
I was not sure what to expect from the hypnotherapy session but I went to our appointment with an open mind. Initially I found hypnotherapy a strange experience but I soon got used to the relaxation and guided meditation. The very next day, the toilet routine that had dictated majority of my life virtually disappeared altogether. More and more improvements and life adjustments came with each additional session.
After a total of four sessions and a follow up, my life has radically changed for the better. I now do things I could never do before and I am enjoying life and all its aspects”. Contacting Andrea was the best decision I have ever made.
Just remember to be open minded and willing to take that step!

If you are worried about your IBS or want to more information about how hypnotherapy can help you with your problem, please contact me on 07967151790 or email me: [email protected] to book your free 15 minute phone consultation with me.

I look forward to speaking with you!

Andrea Smith (MBPsS)

 

Your guide to stop smoking for good, with Hypnotherapy in surrey

stop smoking guide

Anti-smoking campaign design: cigarette butt

 The very first few weeks without a cigarette are the hardest without hypnotherapy.

Your body is fighting your addiction to cigarettes.

You can get through the physical cravings for a cigarette.

Find the right method that works for you.

Talking to the right professional makes a huge difference to your chances to quit for Good and stay that way.

Quitting for good works if you Believe that you can do it.

Clinical Hypnotherapy has been successfully used to quit smoking because it gets right to the source of your smoking habit. Hypnotherapy is all about helping you make the changes in your habits and behaviours, but it does not make you do what you do not want to do.

“Change takes place when people take action. Real change takes place when people persist in taking action over a period of time”.

 

 Why would you go to a hypnotherapist to stop smoking?

  • To stop smoking.
  • To experience guided relaxation.
  • To learn how to tap away the cravings to smoke.
  • To be in control of your smoking habit.
  • To effectively use mental and emotional strategies to become a confident non-smoker.
  • To participate in a skilful blend of information exchange, guidance and therapeutic techniques to create a permanent behavioural exchange.
  • To become aware of the real drivers of your smoking habit and to develop alternative coping strategies.

Most smokers will say that they are addicted to nicotine but they misuse the
 term addicted. People who are truly addicted to a substance need to have
 that substance to stop going into withdrawal. I am speaking of dealing with
 those symptoms to an addiction that can be life-threatening in some cases. I have worked with quit smoking
 as well as other addictions and the difference between them is huge.

When one stops smoking cigarettes or other nicotine based substances, they may become irritable, feel as if something is missing, feel uncomfortable or feel a desperate urge to light a 
cigarette because that is what they do after a meal, or when they go to the toilet or have a coffee.

How can Hypnotherapy help you to stop smoking? 

  • Hypnotherapy in surrey can help your motivation and to gain serious willpower to quit smoking.
  • Clinical hypnotherapy techniques are much more likely to help you quit smoking rather than by using willpower alone.
  • It also provides an opportunity for you to see yourself as feeling great and a confident non-smoker.
  • The hypnotherapist will teach you ways to relaxation techniques that help with stress/anxiety that makes you reach out for a cigarette in the first place.
  • Self- hypnosis is also taught that can use to feel calm and in control and not giving your control to a cigarette stick.

You will also keep a record of your progress as you go through the stages of stop smoking (writing in a journal):

  1. Think about the reasons why you started to smoke in the first place, why you keep doing so and further where are you likely to smoke.
  2. Managing your triggers like going to the gym, keep busy, take deep slow breaths, get your family and friends to support you and finally keep the reasons why you quit in the first place in a note in your wallet to remind yourself your motivation.
  3. On the day you have quit avoiding temptation get support and handling the stress will make this an easier process.
  4. Relax and get plenty of sleep.

Once you have stop smoking, you will look back at the money, energy, time and life you have wasted on this habit.

Call me, Andrea Smith to find out more about how Clinical Hypnotherapy can help, so that you can finally being able to breath easier because you have Quit Smoking.