Other Things Hypnotherapy Can Also Help With
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
The nature of symptoms exhibited by IBS sufferers is such that all complementary therapists dealing with what, by the client’s description of symptoms, is apparently IBS should ensure that their client has already been examined by their medical practitioner, and that no structural cause for the symptoms has been found. Only then should complementary therapies be used. If a therapist’s client has not sought medical opinion then a responsible therapist must ensure that this was their client’s first course of action.
The effect of IBS can vary widely among sufferers, some seeing it as only a mild annoyance, while others experience it as a unpleasant affliction that can have a limiting effect on the their lifestyle and enjoyment.
The primary symptoms of IBS are:-
- diarrhoea (an alternating bowel habit) and
- abdominal pain
Secondary symptoms of IBS can include:-
- abnormal passage of stools
- abnormal form of stool (soft, watery, stringy, hard or pellet-like)
- increased amount of mucus in stool (and rectum)
- feeling of bowel not empty after opening
- feeling of bloating (abdominal distension)
How Hypnotherapy Can Help with IBS.
A major cause of IBS is considered to be stress and Hypnotherapy can be used to help the client to relax. This approach has proved an important breakthrough in treatment since it was developed around twenty years ago by Manchester doctor Peter Whorwell and research has shown it can obtain relief of symptoms for 60-80% of sufferers. The technique is called Gut Directed Hypnotherapy. Clients are also taught a simple self-hypnosis technique to help them counter stress during their normal day.
While the majority of clients find that four or five sessions are usually sufficient to improve their quality of life, clients should be prepared for a minimum of three sessions. However benefits may well be felt before that.*
Although they are often used interchangeably, self-esteem is not the same as self-confidence. Self-esteem is the value you place on yourself, your ‘worth’ in your own eyes!
You may feel very confident in some aspects of your life and have no confidence in other areas. Self-esteem tends to be more constant.
Low self-esteem can be responsible for other problems (dysfunctional thinking). It often leads to feelings of inadequacy, fear of rejection, fear of failure, aggression, arguments and ‘nit-picking’, e.g. finding fault with others. It can also lead to a need for perfectionism as the person with low self-esteem strives to compete.
Hypnotherapy and CBT techniques will be useful here, together with some coaching. As there may be other factors, e.g. from your past that also need to be addressed, EFT, NLP or Time Line Therapy may also be employed.*
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Clinical depression is a serious matter and you should consult a medical practitioner before anything else.
Before consulting any alternative or complementary medicine practitioner, obtain the consent of your medical practitioner.
For milder forms of depression, often termed General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), therapies such as CBT, NLP and Coaching are most likely to be effective. Hypnotherapy may be appropriate in finding the underlying cause and boosting self esteem and confidence*.
Speeches, Presentations, etc.
This same principle applies to other areas of life, whether it’s giving speeches, presentations, or just an important social occasion.
The game is usually won in the mind. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you believe you can or you believe you can’t, you’re probably right.”
It’s amazing how many of us berate ourselves for making mistakes and talk to ourselves saying things we would not put up with from someone else and would almost certainly brand as being unhelpful.
We’re programming ourselves for future failure, because as soon as we recognise the ‘failure pattern’ we set in motion the self-fulfilling prophecy. We can be very adept at self-hypnosis – the negative kind!
Do you get the feeling that you’re not quite achieving your true potential?
Particularly in sporting endeavours, you train hard, you give 110% and you have the best equipment that you can afford, yet you still can’t quite ‘make it happen’ the way you want.
Face it, if it was just down to being fit and giving maximum effort, the person with the most stamina would probably win or the person with the best equipment would always win.
“Ah, but what about ability, surely that’s the key?” I hear you say. Well, yes, you have to have ability to achieve just about anything successfully, and ability is something that can be developed and practised. As Gary Player is reputed to have said, “The more I practise, the luckier I get.” The trick is to practise the right things the right way.
The good news is that this can be changed. The first step with fear of public speaking is to address the underlying fear using any of the tools and techniques mentioned in this site.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming is a very effective tool for improving performance and can be delivered very effectively through hypnosis and self-hypnosis.
So if you want to improve your golf swing or deliver that speech at a forthcoming wedding, why not give me a call to see how we can help*. But remember, as that star of the Chicago Bulls Basketball team, Michael Jordan said:
* It is important to note however, that results may vary from person to person.