Anxiety sorted in 1 hypnotherapy session

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I recently had one of my most rewarding and most frustrating weeks so far in my career as a hypnotherapist…

It started with a call about therapy services from someone asking if I could help with treatment for anxiety and panic attacks. The person in question was effectively housebound because of fear.

They asked the usual questions about the cost of hypnotherapy sessions and how long the course of therapy would be. I gave my usual answer about it being difficult to assess how much hypnotherapy would be needed to help resolve anxiety and panics without meeting and speaking to them.

With a friend along for support, they came to visit me later that same day for a free assessment session, so they could decide for they wanted hypnotherapy to help overcome their fears, and if they would like to work with me as their therapist.

Perhaps one of the best decisions I made with my hypnotherapy prices, was to offer a free initial consultation appointment. It offers prospective clients the opportunity to have a chat about their problems or concerns and ask me any questions that are on their mind. This helps them to make an informed decision about whether they think hypnotherapy is right treatment choice for them and, most importantly, if they feel they will be comfortable with me as their hypnotherapist. Having made a professional assessment of whether hypnotherapy is suitable to treat a particular person or problem, I can formulate a treatment plan and estimate how long it might take for them to reach their goal – answering those questions that typically get asked during a 1st telephone call.

As usual in a first meeting, I offered this prospective client a brief hypnotic induction so they could experience what it was like to go into hypnosis in a light trance. During this, I also gave some previously agreed therapeutic suggestions about becoming less worried and more relaxed. They loved every moment of it and enthusiastically became my eldest client to date. We agreed that they would come back a few days later, for a full hour treatment session.

When we next met, they told me that after that first brief hypnotherapy treatment they’d been feeling so much better that they’d overcome their fear of leaving the house and had been out on several occassions. My client’s reduced anxiety and increased confidence was evident as they had regained enough confidence to get to the hypnotherapy session on their own this time.

I was delighted, though not surprised, at the positive response to my first brief hypnosis session, as it’s quite usual for a client to feel elated and empowered just from having experienced their ability to get into their own trance state for the first time. We also carried out the piece of work I’d prepared and again they felt that they had made such massive progress, that I judged it unnecessary to schedule another appointment as our work was potentially finished.

So, what was the reward of my week? Well, following several months of anxiety, with just two visits to my hypnotherapy practice (and one of those was free), I played a part in seeing the life of one of my senior client restart – which also demonstrates the potential to change at any age or stage in life. And, the frustration of my week? Well, it’s my job to continually make myself redundant, and as I wave goodbye to yet another client leaving with their problems resolved, I also quickly wave goodbye to my income too!

 If you’d like help to overcome fear, anxiety or panic, call me on 0115 9623799 or mobile 07828 163924


What is Hypnosis?

entering hypnosis

What is Hypnosis?  This was the question posed by tutors early in my Hypnotherapy studies.  My answer back then was quite specific – I thought this was a ‘trance-like’ state that people entered, in which the hypnotherapist could manipulate or make suggestions that the person then believed had been their own ideas all along.  I felt ‘all-powerful’ as the hypnotist who ‘made this happen’ to them and because of the change I could make in their lives.

I was pretty much 100% wrong in everything I had been thinking at that time and it couldn’t have been further from the truth as I now understand it.

Hypnosis is not about me, it’s about YOU.   It’s not a ‘trance- like’ state that someone can put you into without your consent.  It’s actually something you do yourself and do many times a day – it’s concentration, it’s everything we learn, it’s skills we become good at through practice, it’s the daydreams we have of a happy and successful future.  It’s our ‘gut feeling’ about whether something is right or wrong, or when we subconciously analyse other peoples’ micro-movements and instinctively decide whether we like or dislike them, whether we trust or distrust them, whether we love or hate them.  It’s the beginnings of using our imagination to something like its full capacity.  It’s also, as the medical profession might term it, the ‘placebo’ effect.

As my hypnotherapy practice has developed, one of the first things I do now is teach clients how to hypnotise themselves.  In doing this, I empower people to retake control, or perhaps for the first time to be in control of what is happening and what they are aiming to achieve.  The results are A – ma -zing!

That shift in clients’ personal belief and self empowerment allows me to become a ‘travelling companion’ on their therapy journey, just assisting them to be the best person that they can be.  It’s always the client themselves who actually stop their negative habits, come out of depression, lose the anxiety they felt and reduce the problems in their lives. I really just tag along for the ride, perhaps offering a ‘road map’ based on experience of having gone down a similar road with other people who have had experienced similar issues.  As you make your journey of change, having someone alongside who recognises your already powerful internal resources for change and growth can be supportive. A skilled therapist can also assist in re-framing negative beliefs into positive ones and crystalise into words the changes that you’ve already decided on.

As an example of framing things positively: Imagine visiting your doctor because you’re feeling unwell,  knowing they are the health expert and what they say will be in your best interests. If you walked into the consulting room and the doctor were to say either:

A. That’s not a problem, just take these 3 times a day for 5 days and you’ll be fine. Or,
B. Hmmm, that’s a problem, just take these 3 times a day for 5 days and let’s see if they work.

Which statement is going to get help you get better most quickly?
Of course, the answer is A –  and that is also hypnosis, and a good example of how it is used routinely by ALL of us EVERY day!!

Bright people know that if they think negatively, then negative things happen and they will not feel as well as someone who is positive, with a smile on their face.  If you have a problem or challenge in your life and would like to positively do something about it, call me and I will join you on your truly remarkable journey into meeting and defeating your own challenges!

Call Dave on 0115 9623799 or mobile:07828 163924


Weight Loss Hypnotherapy

Balanced stonesHypnotherapy support for losing weight is effective because it changes your relationship to food and you feel good about changing your behaviour to make healthier lifestyle choices.  When this happens, the weight loss begins. Losing weight is a gradual process, as the body will shed fat of about 2-3 lbs per week, which is sensible, realistic and acheivable. While there is no need to ‘over’ exercise or starve yourself, you simply change your relationship with food and with your body to a much healthier one and consequently eat less and more healthily.

As a guide, weekly hypnotherapy weight loss sessions, carried out over 7 weeks, can support you achieving one stone in weight loss. This is best accomplished through 1 to 1 sessions. Alternatively a CD /MP3 download can be purchased to reduce costs, or just to help keep you on track between hynotherapy sessions.

To start with, you learn how powerful hypnosis is through sensible eating suggestions which kick start your weight loss. Then we deal with any underlying issues and also add some positive visualisations of your future self that illustate you how successful you’ve been and how you achieved the results you want.

This process of change could include anything, as is it individually tailored to meet your needs – it could include sessions about how you see yourself, what motivates you, what your ideal body shape is, your relationship with food, how well you sleep, or how you interact with other people.

One wonderful beneficial side effect of losing weight through hypnotherapy is the quality of relaxation achieved, which means you are more able to deal with any stresses that may have led you to turn to food for comfort.

What this weight loss hypnotherapy program is doing

This program is designed to help you to deal with the CAUSES of weight gain or over eating at an emotional and psychological level – you then lose weight as a natural by-product of positive internal changes.

Imagine your garden isn’t flowering well because the soil isn’t well cared for. If you plant new flowers they may wither or not reach their full potential. If you tend and nourish the earth before planting, you create an environment that supports growth. When you plant your new seeds in healthy ground, with regular watering and pruning, they can flourish and flower.

Early on, it may seem a lot of work without initially seeing many visible results, so it’s helpful to evaluate underlying internal changes first – like nourished soil that will encourage healthy roots and long-term growth – this is what we want for you too!

It’s not about quick fixes that can fail quickly, but about discovering ‘who you are’ and tending to the real issues, enabling you to create long-term success. Many dieters lose weight then put it back on – feeling frustrated about why they’re continuously ‘battling’ with themselves. This program calls a truce and addresses any internal ‘enemies’ so you can develop a positive, healthy and supportive relationship with yourself and make changes without having to fight.

Treatment begins with a free assessment, when we have a detailed chat about your goals, you can ask questions about your treatment and we can make an informed decision about whether we can work effectively together.

If you’d like to chat more about how weight loss hypnotherapy could help you lose weight, call Dave on 0115 9623799


Transactional Analysis

Transactional Analysis (known as TA for short) is such great tool for understanding both verbal and non-verbal communication between people that it is also widely used in education and the workplace. It uses clear, everyday language and simple diagrams that can be shared with counselling clients offering insights and tools that can be useful in many areas of life.

TA was developed by Eric Berne in the 1960’s as a theory of how our personality develops and how we communicate with other people. Two of the many books he wrote topped the popular best seller lists as ‘Games People Play’ and ‘What do you say after you say hello?’ offered fascinating insights into human relationships.

The Parent, Adult and Child ‘Ego States’ model, depicts how our internal dialogue (the things we say to ourselves) is influenced by parental or authority figures in the past and how we learned to think, feel and behave in childhood in response to the world around us.

‘Ego State’ theory evolved from Freudian psychoanalytic roots, and Classical TA therapy is very similar to CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). As TA developed its theory encompassed and integrated techniques from other popular therapies such as Person Centred and Gestalt, to offer an holistic approach to thinking, emotional and physical feelings and behaviour.

This all makes TA a very integrative therapy with tools and techniques applicable and effective most therapeutic issues.

If you’re interest to find out more about modern Transactional Analysis, a key book is: ‘TA Today’ by Vann Joines & Ian Stewart, Lifespace Publishing (ISBN 1-870244-00-1).

TA therapy is portrayed in story-form through the character of a depressed Toad from ‘Wind in the Willow’ visiting Heron the counsellor: ‘Counselling for Toads’ by Robert de Board, Brunner Routledge (ISBN 0-415-17429-5).


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Lifechoices Therapy Nottingham tree logo‘Lifechoices Therapy Nottingham’ is the joint website and blog of ‘Lifechoices Counselling Nottingham’, and ‘Lifechoices Hypnotherapy Nottingham’, which are the individual therapy practices of  husband and wife team David and Jayne Morrice.

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