OCD Hypnotherapy Newcastle

OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is really not what most people without it imagine it is. Yes, many non-sufferers understand OCD commonly presents as Counting, Cleaning or Checking but have very little understanding of its reality.

The vast majority of people I have used hypnosis to help with their OCD are high functioning individuals who keep their OCD hidden from others. Family and one or two very close friends usually know but adult sufferers are generally exceptional ‘actors’ to keep their OCD a secret.

OCD Hypnotherapy Newcastle

We all count and check. It’s part of perfectly normal human behaviour. ‘Did I really lock the front door? Is the gas turned off?’ Not having OCD its hard to imagine having to check the lock exactly eleven times and in a very certain and specific routine. If the routine is interpreted or done incorrectly it must be done again from scratch or something bad will happen.

It is impossible for someone without OCD to really know how it feels. Having spoken to enough sufferers a metaphor might be something like this:

Imagine wanting, needing the bathroom to the point of desperation but you can’t go. Say you are stuck in a lift. Desperately wanting to pee. Imagine this lasting for hours and hours. Its excruciating and you really can’t go.

This is like the Obsession part of OCD. Desperately knowing you need to do something but you cant.

So after hours of distress, discomfort and worry you eventually get to go. Go through you own unique bathroom ritual and eventually, phew! what a relief. This is the ‘ritual’ Compulsion part. And for a while all is good. You can function perfectly well for a while but then you need the bathroom again and you can’t go.

Obsessions or thoughts and ruminations take the form of knowing something is not right and Compulsions are rituals, behaviours that relieve the feeling that something is wrong for a while at least.

One of the most important factors I have found in working with people with OCD using hypnotherapy is you want you and your OCD to be understood.

Neuro-Biology of OCD

It is thought that there are three main brain areas involved in OCD. Initially it was thought the Basal Ganglia was the main culprit. The Basal Ganglia is a deep brain structure in the telencephalon. Specifically a structure known as the Caudate Nucleus which is responsible for motor behaviours. In our case the ritualistic part of OCD.

Withing the limbic system and part of the neo-cortex is the Orbital Frontal Cortex. This part of the brain has functionality that lets us know something is not right, a way to draw attention or fixation. This is the obsession aspect of OCD. And finally the Anterior Cingulate Cortex which has lots to do with subjective negative emotions.

The main neuro-transmitter involved is thought to be seratonin or 5-HT. It is unknown if this is a relative excess or insufficiency that ’causes’ OCD.

The OCD ‘loop’ is then:

  • Something is not right ( orbital frontal )
  • A bad feeling ( anterior cingulate )
  • Urge to do something ( caudate nucleus )

This like all brain based explanations is very simplistic but provides a model for attempting to get a picture of what is happening. The book ‘Mapping the Mind’ gives a clear picture of this.

OCD affects approximately 2% of the population and there is a high likely hood of OCD running in families.

Helping and Treating OCD

There is good evidence that OCD can be treated in a significant number of sufferers with professionally prescribed drugs. These are usually a specific variant of anti-depressive medications that work on the seratonin pathway.

They usually take time to work, weeks to months. This is suggestive that there is a relative excess of seratonin and the drugs work do desensitize seratonin receptors over time.

Also there is significant evidence that behavioural therapies like CBT can work as a stand-alone treatment or work along side drug treatment.

I use a combination of hypnotherapy for OCD along with behavioural tasks to help you to change and manage your OCD.

Tow of the very best sources of information and ways of working to effortfully make changes from the tyranny of OCD to a new freedom can be found in ‘Brain Lock’ and ‘The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Washing’. These two gems are written by pioneers in the field of working and treating OCD.

Hypnotherapy for OCD

If you would like to get in touch to find out how hypnotherapy may be able to help you please do get in contact. Also if you are reading this and are thinking about getting in contact on someone elses behalf – please dont! It is the person with OCD that need to talk with me.

OCD Hypnotherapy in Newcastle or Hexham.

The consultation call is free. Call me, Nigel on 0770 481 8467 or email.

 

 

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Trauma Relief Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Suffering trauma and being traumatised is a horrendous experience. Primarily because trauma such as PTSD comes back again and again, forcing the victim to relive that experience as thought it is in the present moment.

Of course reliving trauma is just that. It is experienced in the present moment reliving a horrible event, usually in full technocolor with all the heightened emotions and feelings. And relief from a waking nightmare is possible.

Trauma Relief Hypnotherapy

Conventionally trauma can be thought of as surviving a life threatening situation or a situation where lose of life is perceived. Typical examples are acts of terrorism, war, torture and kidnapping. But these extreme events are not what causes the trauma most people experience though it is trauma nonetheless.

Experts in the field such as Robert Scaer and Peter Levine have extended the causes of trauma to more common occurrences such as vehicular crash, surgical operations and dental treatment. This is blatantly obvious to anyone who has suffered and recognition of such causes are slowly being recognised by medical professionals.

Additional sadly even more common events such as losing benefits, stage fright in public speaking or ad hominem attacks by malicious people may also affect as exposure to a traumatic experience.

The reality is the meaning and perceptions of traumatic experience is unique to the person experiencing it. What could traumatise one person could have zero effect on another and vice versa.

There is evidence that occurrences in childhood may predispose a person to be more susceptible to being traumatised via a specific event as well as potential genetic disposition thought predisposition does not necessitate it will happen.

You can think about trauma as ‘trapped energy’ that was not naturally dissipated after survival of a traumatic event. In fact the energy was somehow locked in and is metaphorically stuck.

Trauma and the Stress Response

When in a situation of perceived threat to life the body naturally is flooded with a cocktail of hormones and neuro-transmitters that nature has evolved to save our life. This is the well know flight/fight/freeze response.

During this process our episodic memory can be hijacked by the amygdalla ( a kind of unconscious memory to threat ) in order to process danger faster and ultimately provide life saving time and decision making that is not in conscious perception.

Scaer has ( I think quite correctly ) postulated that the freeze response, as in when we can’t really escape danger, has much to do with the encoding of trauma into a traumatic memory.

In animals after a freeze response has ended and they are not some predators lunch, they will shake and convulse and deep breath for a while before getting up and unscathed and untraumatised walk away non the worse for wear.

It seems somewhat different with humans having so much more neocortex and attempted rational thinking we don’t really do the ‘shake it off and walk away’. We have a tendency in retain and lock in all that energy into our bodies, our psyche and amygdalla and hence one model for the formation of trauma from a traumatic event.

“It’s not what happens to you, but how you respond to it that matters” Epictetus

But the trouble is that during high stress and perceived danger to life the responses are largely unconscious. A memory that is in actuality a resource, a blue print for survival. Though it won’t feel that way.

Memory is Associative

In writing this article I have been recollecting some of my own personal traumas. The first I remember was at the age of around four or five. I fell head first through a glass door. What at the time traumatised me most was not the actual fall or the cuts. It was the Doctors words “If he was just a little smaller the glass would have fell and decapitated him”.

This lead onto a second traumatic memory, one when I was around fifteen or sixteen. At school, along with the rest of a class was shown a film about the use of pigs in the US army. The pig was tied down and was blow-torched. Its skin was blistering. The ‘torturers’ stopped several times to give the pig water to drink before they continued blow-torching its skin. The pigs vocal cords had been cut so no screams would be heard. This was an experiment in burn survival.

In both these early traumas it was secondary and tertiary effects that caused trauma. It was not the fall but the doctors words. It was seeing the pig tortured on film.

Scaer describes that actual events followed by seeing and event then reading or watching an event are all possible causes to induce trauma. So it makes perfect sense that there can be different levels of exposure to events that all have the potential to be traumatic and cause long term problems.

Once a trauma is ingrained even the smallest of internal or external cues can set the memory in motion in the present. A similar environment, a certain body posture and even thoughts of the event. The more a traumatic memory is re-experienced the more the neuronal connections relating to it are strengthened. This is basically unconscious habit formation.

And traumatic events produce strong memories due to the hormones and neuro-transmitters that are released during stress. Repeated remembrance is habit formation.

Trauma Relief Hypnotherapy

The very good news there is serious hope that your trauma can be alleviated. Since we are really describing an unconscious process that has at its heart ‘trapped neuro-physiological-psychological energy’ a highly feasible idea for releasing this trapped energy is hypnotherapy because hypnotherapy is focused on working with the unconscious mind-body.

Just reading about the proposed model of how traumas take root may be one additional step towards freeing yourself from the tyranny of traumatic memories. Imagine the kind of potential to release enormous amounts of energy previously expended in reliving trauma; what could you do with such released energy? How would your life and those closest to you benefit from such an improvement?

If you would like to discuss how I may be able to help you overcome and release your traumatic memory please either email me ( don’t use the comment box ) or call to arrange a free consultation.

 

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Bereavement Hypnotherapy Newcastle upon Tyne

An estimated 45 million people died during the Chinese famine 1958-1962. An estimated 1 million people have died as a result of the Iraq war. And a quick look at data from the Office of National Statistics reveals that 60,891 people died in January 2015 from England and Wales. Of which 298 people died in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Unless you personally knew one of the people who died during the famine, died during the war or one of the 298 that died in January 2015 you may not feel any great loss. When you know someone, a friend, a partner, a parent or child that has died, chances are that your feelings of loss are immense.

Bereavement Hypnotherapy Newcastle

All people response to loss is essentially different in that your experiences and treasured memories of the dead will be individually unique. There is a useful model of the stages of grief by Kubler-Ross which may help you in understanding what is happening and why prolonged grieving my be happening.

The model is useful but remember it is a model and the so called stages may not always happen in the order the model dictates and it is possible to regress to previous stages.

How you deal with grief will be a uniquely individual experience and the healing that can come after is also unique to you. As humans we are all neurologically hard wired to be very loss adverse and react to bad events.

Some twenty years ago I was at my good friends fathers funeral. It was very emotional and there was literally hundreds of people in attendance.It was obvious my friend was close to tears, struggling and doing his best to honor his father.

One of my other friends ( who has lost one of his brothers ) shouted angrily and with some passion “you keep that in, be a man! You keep that in!” as if someone else can tell you how to feel and how those feelings are expressed. But it is the way the other friend has dealt with his brother dying.

So however you are dealing with loss and the emotions that accompany it, you are doing it in your own unique way. We all know that the counter point of life is death. We know this yet when we lose someone close it can take a very long time to recover and be enjoying life again.

If you are struggling with bereavement please get in touch to find out how I can help you heal, preserve your good memories and experiences and go forward with life.

 

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Depression Relief Hypnotherapy

We all use the word ‘depressed’. It has fallen casually into common conversations and has become quite natural to use. Imaging your friend Sarah failing at a job interview you may ask ‘How are you?’ and they answer ‘A bit depressed about it actually.’

The kind of depression hypnotherapy can help with in this post is something quite different as anyone who is or has suffered with depression can assert.

Depression Relief Hypnotherapy

Good news first. In a fairly recent study Whiteford estimates that untreated major depression will resolved itself 23% in three months, 32% in 6 months and 53% in 12 months and additionally seeking help for yourself according to Lambert ( Common Factor Theory ) 66% of people who seek therapy are improved. As oppose to 33% of people who don’t seek therapy.

What Depression Can Be Like

The meanings of depression here are feelings of worthlessness, a complete lack of pleasure and enjoyment in your life. Being so down there can be little activity and just covering the basics like washing and eating can seem a massive chore.

Your world doesn’t look as colourful as it did. Laughter and smiling are old friends who haven’t visited for some time.

Depression like this can include physical pain and discomfort, suicidal thoughts and even thoughts that somehow you deserve to feel this way.

Depression, which is characterised as a mood disorder ( DSMV ) is the normal human response to loss. Loss could be losing a loved one, losing belief in religion or even losing your job. Just about any kind of major loss can be a huge factor in becoming clinically depressed as diagnosed by a medical professional.

Depression Relief Factors

It’s impossible to separate yourself from your environment, your history, the people in your life, your psychology and your neuro-physiology.  All of these variables will play some role to a greater or lesser degree in getting well again.

Factors such as exercise and diet can play a role in depression relief. Trouble is when you are depressed it can be a Augean task to eat well and even more miserable to even contemplate exercise.

Your thoughts and thinking in depressing ways can easily exacerbate a low mood and how you are feeling. How you are feeling affects how you are thinking and perpetuates a downward spiral until it stops. When life starts to look and feel better.

According to Common Factor Theory the most significant aspect of your recovery is you! Some 40% of healing is to do with your personal attributes and the environment you are in. Next biggest factor 30% has to do with the relationship between you and your therapist. And another 15% is about is about believing you can improve.

Depression relief hypnotherapy here in Newcastle can help you improve you expectations of becoming well again and also explore and release the often accompanying negative thoughts, history and emotions.

Hypnotherapy works with both the conscious mind and the unconscious mind. Unconscious motives are just that. Unconscious. Aspects of depression are driven via the unconscious and not necessarily understood consciously.

With depression there are feelings that you don’ want to have and something that may not seem right at first, there are also positive aspects to depression. There are negative aspects, those aspects you choose to hypnotherapy to help, but there are also positive aspects and discovering these will aid in your recovery.

Part of your recovery may involve medically prescribed anti-depressants which is discussed below.

Informed Choice with Anti-Depressants

SSSRi’s, MAO inhibitors and TriCyclics effect how neuro-transmitters work within the brain. Typically they are altering the function of norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin at the receptor sites.

Studies suggest between approximately 30-60% using anti-depressants will improve depending on the type of depression. Other studies suggest that such drugs are no better than a placebo. The amount of individual variation will of course play a huge role which is explored later in this post.

There are divided opinions withing the medical profession as to the use of anti-depressant drugs in treating depression. Questions about their efficacy, long term effects and usefulness are many. Choosing to use or reject such drugs is something you should explore with your medical professional.

Free Hypnotherapy Consultation

If you want to discuss how having hypnotherapy could help you with depression relief do either call or email me to arrange a telephone consultation.

email : nigel@nigelhetherington .co .uk

Tel : 0770 481 8467

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Group and Public Speaking Hypnotherapy Newcastle

You are sitting, waiting for your turn to deliver am important speech. Its almost your time. You haven’t heard the person who is speaking before you because you have been anxiously worrying about what can go wrong when its your turn.

In your imagination you have worried you will forget what you need to say. You have imagined your audience thinking you are an idiot. You have imagined that you will blurt incoherent nonsense. You are putting on a brave face but you have even thought about running out of the room.

Public Speaking Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Mean while, you can feel your heart racing. You suspect that you are going red in the face and you can feel your sweaty hands shaking uncontrollably. You are wondering what people will think as your blood pressure increases. Now its your time to speak.

If some of that feels familiar then its safe to say there is a problem when it comes to group or public speaking. It is far more common that most people realise and the good news is it doesn’t have to be that way. It can actually be an enjoyable experience and Newcastle hypnotherapy can lead towards this.

The Disproportionate Stress Response to Public Speaking

Heart beat quickening, sweaty hands, dry throat and increased blood pressure all all physical signs your body is reacting to a stressor. This is a normal response to a dangerous situation. Being chased by rabid wolves should produce such a response by way of running away or even fighting a wolf away.

But most of the time if not all of the time you are not in any physical danger when doing public speaking. Knowing a little about what is happening neuro-biologically during a stress response is useful in understanding what is happening.

When there is ( perceived ) danger to life it makes sense to have the potential to save it. This is classically know as freeze, flight and fight. In order to do this there are some amazing things the human body does.

Within just over a second of experiencing a stressor your adrenal glands and your sympathetic nervous system have released adrenaline into your blood and to many of the major organs in the body.

Your heart pumps faster, your eyes dilate and you stop digesting food. You lungs open up more for extra oxygen. This is you sympathetic nervous system in action.

In a few seconds more your blood is deluged with glucocorticoids which facilitate having much more glucose in your blood to supply extra energy to your muscles. But wait! This is about public speaking, not escaping from wolves.

Creating the Experience of a Major Stressor from Thoughts

One of the useful things we humans can do with thoughts is we can worry and obsess about what can go wrong. This is actually very useful as this is how we can avoid such problems planning strategies that serve us well.

Anxiety can be defined as obsessive worrying about the future that has physiological negative consequences. Its normal to worry about ‘bad events’ as we generally perceive potential losses far more negatively than potential gains for an equivalent loss and gain. And in general it takes more positive experiences to cancel out just one bad one.

So by just entertaining the possibility that a speech can go horribly wrong with lots of negative consequences can activate our stress response. With a good imagination, imagining the worst our body ends up preparing our flight or fight mode. This in a nutshell is the experience of public speaking anxiety.

And its not just a one way system of thoughts creating your physical experience of anxiety. When the body is feeling anxious this gives the very real physical experience of danger which feeds back into your thoughts and makes it worse.

Learning and Unlearning Habits with Hypnotherapy for Public Speaking

We all have a huge and complex series of habits that we have learned through repetition to use unconsciously and for the most part make life good. Worrying and become anxious about public speaking is a habit. This may have been triggered by one lousy presentation or something that has just happened for a long time.

Some good news is habits are changeable and ones that impact negatively can be unlearned and replaced with more appropriate ones. A physiological stress response in a public speaking context is something your body has learned to do and this model can explains symptoms like phobias or fear of dentists.

Now, assuming you know the content of your talks and presentations, I believe I can help you change your experience and feelings towards public speaking.

Using a variety of exercises along with hypnotherapy and genuine commitment from yourself, you could actually enjoy public speaking or simply do it without the stress, worry and anxiety. Changes such as this will make your life easier.

Consultations are free and last up to 25 minutes. Please call to arrange a consultation to discover how I can help. 0770 481 8467

Please leave your name and number if you get the answer machine and I will call you back.

 

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How to Love the Pains of Weight Loss : Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Losing weight can be painful. It is not uncommon to experience psychological, emotional and even physical pain when losing weight.

Desire can be a powerful motivator and if you are reading this you probably have the desire to lose some weight. The ability to navigate the potential pains of weight loss could greatly help you sail to your desired new weight. But its not all plain sailing is it?

Love and Pains of Weight Loss - Newcastle Hypnotherapy

You most likely know people who are a healthy weight and look good with it too. These people often seem to eat what they want and still continue to stay a stable healthy size. Their secret is not genetics but they do have one secret in common.

I will share this secret and more importantly how to apply it later in this post. First though, understanding your own desires to be a healthier weight is of the utmost importance.

Soon it will be New Year and with it people all over the world setting resolutions or goals to make their life better and more enjoyable. Often such goals are not reached. They are started but not maintained. So you need to understand your motivations!

Understanding Your Motivations

It’s not really enough to decide to lose some weigh and off you go to join a gym or hire a dietician. All of this can help but unless you have a very clear understanding of your own values, the deep reasons for starting this journey, you might not maintain the volition to stay on course and reach your destination.

It is more common for people to want to avoid pain than seek what will make them feel better. This is simple biology; for an equal amount of pain and pleasure the pain hurts more. In more psychological terms this is called either problem or solution focused and to make changes you need to have both.

For instance are you more motivated to avoid, to move away from being overweight? Or are you more motivated to seek to be the weight you want to be? You need to know your own biases because it will make it easier for you to reach your goals.

What is the bigger picture or what will losing weight actually do for you? Weight loss is never just about weight loss. What kinds of values are you willing to make use of in order for you to reach your goals? How will this affect the other people in your life? What is the long term purpose and utility of attaining your weigh loss goal? Again you need to explore and know all of this. Why?

Why You Need to Understand Your Motivations

If you look back over the history of you life, you will see that everything you have attained of genuine value has taken some effort. Effort can be physical , psychological and emotional. Effort or lack of, creates your habits.

In order to establish a new habit like healthy eating, it will require you to quite literally change your brain. Our brains are inherently plastic and what we do regularly strengthens those parts of our brain that drive our habits.

Exploring and deeply connecting with your own true motivations will help you to change that part of your brain that runs your personal auto-biography. This is the story we tell ourselves about ourself. It will help you stay on course. Think self fulfilling prophesy.

Changing a habit is therefor effortful. When you are truly aligned with the value of your goals, the bigger picture and can see the clear benefits. Putting the effort in to attain your goals becomes easier!

The Pains of Weight Loss

OK so we both know weight loss is not always plain sailing. If you have dieted before you probably know most diets work well for a while and then they tend to go off course and stop working. Only something like one in ten people who start a diet continues in life keeping the weight off. A significant portion also end up gaining weight!

Diets fail for a number of reasons. Mainly I think a lack of sustained motivation, diminishing returns and a combinations of life stressors blow people off course and that is when the old habits resurface.

Knowing just a little about how life stressors affect you can be a great aide in maintaining new habits long enough until the become your normal habits.

There are two very important aspects to setting and maintaining new habits and these come from the work of Dr D. Kahneman and equally Dr R. Sapolsky and Professor M. Marmot.

First from Kahneman is Prospect Theory and Regression to the Mean. Secondly from Sapolsky and Marmot is how stressors affect people. You don’t need to know the names just the concepts because they will help you sail through the pains of weight loss.

  • Weight loss is immediately to the weight you are now. Not some weight from the past or future but now.
  • The psychological pains or pleasures from weight gain or weight loss will feel less emotional over time. So regular updating your goals and motivations is important. This is a key factor in the failure of diets and the formation of new habits.
  • If you gained 1kg or lost 1kg, the weight gain will be more emotionally negative than losing 1kg will give emotional pleasure.

When people are stressed around two thirds of people turn to high carbohydrate foods. This actually reduces stress and makes us happier – but only short term.

  • Events being unpredictable. The more unpredictable your life is the more stress you experience.
  • Feelings of being out of control. The more out of control your life feels the more stress.
  • If there is a sense that life events are getting worse you will feel more stress.
  • If you are stressed and don’t have outlets for your stress you will feel more stressed.
  • Lack of social support makes stress more stressful.

We both know that weight loss is going to be more like a wave than a calm ocean. So you will likely both lose and gain weight over the days and months to come.

If you know that some days you may gain a little, knowing that weight gain will have a negative effect. Simply knowing about this effect means you are ready to deal with better. This means weight gain is predictable and the potentially negative emotional effect can be controlled.

Working with me you will be keeping a daily record of your weight. This is really useful because you can chart your progress and notice the patterns of habit formation in relation to your emotional states.

When you are in love pain doesn’t hurt” – Joseph Campbell

Aligning your values and purpose and loving those emotions like the wind in your sails to reach your goal could help you make all the difference. To stay on course avoiding the stressors your going to need to navigate and keep going sailing towards the kind of future you want.

So What is that One Secret?

These people have habits that are aligned with their emotional outcomes and have been strengthened over time to become their usual behavior. They learned to be that way. And habits are learnable with effort and the correct motivations.

You could become a new you by changing your habits.

Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss in Newcastle

Understanding and fully using your motivations coupled with effort is a great way to make the habits of healthy eating a permanent vacation. It will take real effort on your part and most things you have attained in life of real value have required effort.

Aligning your emotional values with your goal is incredibly important. Understanding how and why stress will affect you during new habit formation helps you stay on course.

What I can help you with is maintaining the positive psychology to help you change old habits for new. This will also involve regular follow up conversations following any hypnotherapy sessions we have.

When you are ready to set a new course in your life. When you are serious about losing weight through the establishment of new habits please give me a call to find out how I can help you.

Thank you for reading!

Nigel Hetherington 0770 481 8467

 

 

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Hypnotherapy for Depression : Changing Thoughts and Feelings

When I hear someone say they are depressed I want to know what they mean by that, what are their circumstances and how come they call themselves depressed.

The cold semi scientific, semi psychological diagnosis of ‘depression’  is a label and that label, perhaps described by a professional, is just that a label. It does not define a human being. It can define a set of life conditions that at the moment fits a diagnostic criteria. We are not a diagnostic criteria.

Depression Hypnotherapy Newcastle

I took this picture some years ago in a place I like to go walking in Northumberland. It was during Autumn where contrasts in the changes of life are significant. It is such a collaboration of the ‘one – ness of nature’. Natural seasons, cold and warm, life, death and rebirth.

Sometimes a label like ‘depression’ can be helpful in the sense that it begins to help a person understand what is happening with their mood and outlook for life. Depression symptoms commonly are the feeling or absence of pleasure in life ( anhedonia ) and often a lack of motivation to do just about anything.

Depression essentially has two forms. Typically, depression is a response to loss. This is know as a reactive depression. Losing something of value such as a job, physical mobility, loved one or even a deep belief system. Our mood changes we feel down and out, pointless often cry and wish for the past; and then we recover and life goes on.

What is know as a clinical depression is having similar symptoms to a reactive depression yet the cause is not necessarily loss. It can actually be unknown yet having similar feelings of worthlessness, very negative thoughts about the self and the future and few if any moments of joy.

The Good News Is: Most people experiencing depression make a full recovery in weeks to months. And this is without any professional help so this is encouraging. People who seek professional help may well recover faster and at the same time learn new strategies to help.

The Not So Good News Is: Our thinking affects how we feel. Our feelings affects how we think. This can be a pretty unfortunate negative spiral. But changing thoughts and feelings even in small ways can begin to reverse a negative spiral. Remember from small acorns mighty oaks grow!

I am not a great fan of the kind of talking therapies where as a client you are encouraged to tell your story of why you are depressed. You already know your story. In part your story is part of the way you feel so going over that story will likely exacerbate negative feelings.

I am much more interested in what you feel and equally what you would like to feel differently moving forwards. This can be the first steps moving forward to a more active, engaging and colourful life.

Statistically around 20% of people will suffer a depressive episode during their lifetime. So you will probably know some people who have been depress and have made full and complete recoveries.

You probably already know that exercise, changing your breathing, yoga, changing negative self talk or going for a walk will help but the symptoms include a lack of motivation and believing your own negative self talk. This is where hypnotherapy can help.

Depression not classically a stress problem but some of the key component actions which can alleviate stress can help with depression symptoms. These include:

  • A sense things are getting better.
  • Social support.
  • A sense of control.

A sense that your circumstances and you are getting better. This means you beginning to notice even the tiniest positives in life. Remembering it takes much more positives to balance negatives in our life because we as humans are more prone to notice negatives! This has a huge amount to do with our perceptions.

Having good social support such as friends, family and relatives being there for you. Human contact such as hugs, conversation and the inevitable laughter help release oxytocin which helps make us happier. This means supportive and compassionate connections.

Feeling depressed can feel like being out of control. No control to change negative feelings and negative self talk. No control in motivation to do something like exercise. Control is a curious word. In hypnotherapy I prefer the word influence and anticipation. These are more future oriented as oppose to an immediate action. As anticipation for a better future is nurtured and considered, you can wonder when better self talk and outlook will be noticed.

Hypnotherapy Can Help by being the outside input that can begin to help you change negative self talk, rewrite your story changing your perceptions. Hypnotherapy can also help to change your mood, feelings and begin to see again the wonder in life.

When you want to take action to help yourself, see the colour and joy in life more,  give me a call or send an email and we will arrange a completely free consultation. Hypnotherapy in Newcastle and Jesmond. Call me, Nigel on 0770 481 8467

 

 

 

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Utilising Your Inner Resources to Solve Your Problems : Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Most of the time as you struggle through the problems inherent in life you will find solutions. There will most likely be other times when you need some professional assistance in creating a breakthrough because everything you have tried, and tried hard to do didn’t work. This is where hypnotherapy may help.

As humans we seek to find order and patterns of meaning in our experience. As you grow as a person, you will find ways and means that become our coping mechanisms or way of being, usually in a specific context.

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This often means that thriving in say a work context is different to thriving in a social context. Being out with your friends can be worlds apart from how you behave and act in a work meeting. You get the picture right?

What hypnotherapy can help you do is to utilise a life time’s worth of skills within what can and does feel like a problem situation. This is a very specific, physiological cue to needing to do something different.

We have probably all heard the expression “Eureka!” It is said to have originated with a philosopher named Archimedes when he ‘realised’ that the volume of water displaced had some direct link to the density of an object. Eureka means ‘to find’ or discover. This is what we commonly all know as a ‘light bulb moment.’

Many stories of people struggling with problems have a common aspect. Firstly there is struggle and frustration with problems which is effortful. Secondly taking time away from such frustrations can in some instances, when we are occupied with something very different, suddenly lead to light bulb intuitions that are solutions to problems. If you are interested there are two brilliant from Jonah Lehrer ( How We Decide and Imagine ) that detail this process.

Now let us take a slight diversion. Each night you go to sleep and you dream. You may not always remember your dreams but you do dream. Dreaming is both a way of memory and learning consolidation and a way to clean up your brain after a days use.

Dreaming is also a process where the days problems can be resolved because when we dream our habitual ways of thinking ( the same ways that can keep us in problem mode ) are softened and our wildly creative aptitudes are more free to create.

What is interesting is that when you dream, particularly REM sleep there is one part of the brain that is switched off. This part is the dorsal lateral prefontal context ( DLPFC ) and this is the part of the brain that is involved in both effortful cognitive thought and the same part that conforms to habits. This part is what Dr Robert Sapolsky refers to as ‘doing the harder thing’.

This is also the part of the brain that maintains tight psychological and to some sense physiological controls on what you do. When you dream this is switched off and by way of this opens your whole experience in life to be utilised in what is of dreaming importance.

This is where the internally generated possibility of solutions, without the contextually learned ‘it has to be this way’ can come to the reality of now. This is how hypnosis can assist you in using your life time of experience in a way that is deeply creative to you and for you. Literally, getting out of your own way enough to utilise your innate creativity so solve a problem.

When you want to explore new and different ways to solve your problems. please get in touch. The telephone consultation is free and will take up to 25 minutes to talk with each other and find out how I can help.

 

 

 

 

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Pain Lessening with Hypnosis in Newcastle

Pain hurts and pain hurts because it is mean to! That is a fact and a survival mechanism of life. We want to avoid pain as much as possible because prolonged or unmanaged pain means suffering.

When we experience physical pain, this is the signal something is out of kilter, unbalanced or damage has happened. It’s our bodies way of both alerting us to potential damage or stopping us doing more damage and conversely start to heal and repair.

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Pain like those odd little candy beans comes in a variety of flavours and individuals like you can also interpret those flavours in a wide variety of ways. I would like to discuss how and what pain is before suggesting some ways to consider any possibilities of alleviating it.

Pain can be visceral, that is originating in internal organs or from our immediate and visible body; like muscle, skin which can be acute or chronic or somewhere, anywhere inbetween like sensations from joints and bones which can often be describes as both chronic and acute. And may include nerve or neuropathic pain.

This is sensationally what we know as fast and slow pain. Fast pain is sharp and often over in a very short space of time. Slow pain can go on for what seems like ages. Slow pain or chronic pain is what this post is about and some ideas about how this can be better managed.

The sensations of pain are transmitted through our nerves to our brain ( except in a certain case ) and we have the subjective experience of pain. Nociceptors which respond to a variety of ‘pain’ situations like burning, cuts, chemical or physical damage react and send the information back for our subjective appraisal.

Our subjective sense of pain is transmitted via the dorsal root ganglia along the spinal column in most of the body and directly from the face. Our sensory ( not motor ) system feeds into the back of our spine and is then sent to the brain. Once in the brain there is a subjective and unconscious assessment.

The internet super highway of our spinal column deals with the sharp, acute and immediately stingy aspect of pain, while the lateral and ventral spinal nerve pathways (anterolateral ) transmit slow or chronic pain.

I wonder if you know that birds can eat chili seeds without any sensation of burning or heat? The receptors that respond to being burned in a human also respond the the molecular structure of the active ingredient in a chilly pepper. This is why chilis ‘feel’ hot to humans but not to birds.

You may notice I am using the word subjective.

This is deliberate because, I am sure you know, there are situations where a person can literally be oblivious to pain or even think it is a good thing, depending on the situation. When either attention is completely elsewhere or the meaning of such discomforts is very other than pain.

I am told people can skin their knees, rump and elbows and be completely oblivious. A hard massage, albeit painful can feel good. This is what I am meaning by subjective. Change the situation and subjectivity can change.

Anticipating and remembering pain are aspects of our memory and imagination that can amplify pain. This is obvious to anyone who is in the situation of having experienced pain for some time and anticipates more pain. It might be possible in such cases to cut the sensation of pain by around two thirds if the pain can be reduced to the present.

I am also thinking that as a reader, your pain subjectivity changes and alters during the day and night. There may be times of excruciating pain and others when there is little or none. Again when this is true, there are natural processes at large which could be explored and utilised in hypnosis.

If you would like to explore how hypnotherapy could help you manage pain. Of course having seen you doctor first, this is essential! I may be able to help you.

You may wish to mediate your pain using less medication or explore how ideopathic ( without a know medical cause ) pain could be lessened or reduced.

If you can imagine how you will feel, emotionally, physically and mentally with much less pain, just imagine, you may already be changing you subjective experience.

Consultation are free and take up to 25 minutes. When you would like to explore options in feeling less pain, get in touch.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle call 0770 481 8467 or email nigel @ nigelhetherington dot co dot uk and leave a message with you name, number and what you would like to do different.

 

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Anxiety, Thoughts and Transformations

When one of my mentors was describing an unusual method of working with someone with a spider phobia, the thought experiment discussed was to lock the client into a room for 24 hours with said spider. I suspect neither the spider in question of the hypothetical spider phobic would have been thrilled at the prospect.

We went on to discuss that after a set period of time neither being able to prevent their responses or escape from them there would be a transformation. This is a reminder to the old and no longer applied psychological change process of ‘flooding’. Where people are forced to physically be with and confront their anxieties and fears. Similar horror stories for the treatment of OCD were once used too.

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So as this post is about anxiety or the semi-unconscious pattern of relational thinking which often creates unpleasant emotional responses; did the ideas in the first paragraph cause you any unpleasant emotions? How did you respond?

One Metaphor for Anxiety

I want to start with one of my metaphors for anxiety. By just using the word anxiety we at best have a generalised idea, a generic psudo-experience of what anxiety may mean for any individual. Think about that in relation to the first two paragraphs.

Some years ago Chaos Theory became very popular with the public in the idea that a butterfly in some distant county, in flapping its magnificent wings could cause a hurricane somewhere else on the globe.

The idea comes from a Strange Attractor phenomena discovered by Edward Lorenz. In his work the mathematical pattern which can be thought to look like butterfly wings are a series of 3 dimensional points plotted within a enclosed space.

What is amazing to me is the lines plotted as the scale of the plot becomes ever and more infinitesimal is that the lines of the plot will never touch each other. That is to say there is an infinite length of line inside a confined space.

This can seem mind boggling like what actually happens when an unmovable object meets and unstoppable force. And this is what anxiety can be like. Confined and continuing with no way out.

No one suffering with anxiety is having a great time. Fantastic energy is being consumed in looping thoughts and thinking which drive emotions which drive thoughts. Metaphorically a Lorenz Attractor.

We know intuitively that our thoughts can effect what we are feeling and equally or feelings and body positions can effect out thoughts. This can be a vicious spiral.

Anxiety is Not a New Problem for People

In his extensive work Jiddu Krishnamurti offers many self inquiry based explorations of the nature of thought and thought in its proper field. ‘Thought will set a limit and then thought will transcend that limit‘ again metaphorically a Lorenz Attractor, infinite distance within a confined field.

In working to resolving our own anxieties in the psycho-somatic field it is important to realise that the thinker of thoughts and the thoughts are not two distinct entities they are one. Practically all eastern spiritual practices have know this for thousands of years.

It is also possible to observe our own thoughts, practices common in meditation again prevalent for thousands of years. Knowing that the thinker of thoughts and thoughts are one makes it possible to explore our own internal self relationships.

Alan Watts talks about the Wisdom of Insecurity and having our material needs like a roof over our heads, enough food and pretty much the rest is all psychological. So he is pointing towards our psychological world where imagination can feel tyranical.

Knowing there really is no such concreteness as security because we can all have worries about the future and regrets about the past, wouldn’t it be quite wonderful to live more in the now, more in the present and knowing the proper limits of thought?

Possible Solutions using Hypnotherapy

There are literally countless ways of utilising hypnotherapy to relate our self to our anxities. A central idea is opening and shaping a hypnotic space where some form of transforming can become possible. Helping to alter the seemingly fixed focus of anxious thoughts.

In experiencing anxiety I believe that in some way we are trying to cope or are simply responding in the best way we can at the time. Hypnotherapy is one of many ways to explore not just new strategies but different ways of coping and living differently.

Our mind in some real sense is limitless. It contains our thoughts, memories and a life time of experience. All this ‘stuff’ is in there and mostly available with the properer stimulus. There is a lot of space. And mind can also focus intently on some experience so finding ways to alter unhelpful focus, as in anxiety, is also a real possibility.

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Anxtious About Anxiety : How Hypnotherapy May Help

Many years ago when I worked for a computer software company I was involved with both writing software code and additionally making sure that the end users of the software couldn’t make the programs and their interface crash.

In some sense for some of my role in that job, I was paid to worry about how a user could crash the software. I was, if you like, trouble shooting what could possibly go wrong. This was mostly OK, But, when the deadlines came, myself and my programming companions would demonstrate worry moving into anxiety.

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So lets skip ahead some many years. One of my good friends, for years, has been telling me about an author, they knew I would like and appreciate. Of course I resisted this for many years too. When I eventually started reading the books of Alan Watts, I realised my friend was quite correct.

I almost has anxiety about having wasted so many years without Alan Watts wisdom in my life. But its only the right time to be open to learn something new when its the right time. One of Alan Watts books that I highly recommend is ‘The Wisdom of Insecurity’.

Another way to express this is security is an illusion. We can of course think and feel that we are secure and this is clearly advantageous and quells many anxieties. Of course there is nothing stopping a previously undiscovered comet, an alien race or ‘natural disaster’ wiping all humanity of our globe like a grease spot.

If we make a distinction come working definition that anxiety is the worrying and accompanying negative emotional response about possible / probable future events that may or may not happen. We can immediately ‘see’ that this is a thought constructed realm. It hasn’t happened yet and may not happen at all. And of course it feels remarkable real.

Anxiety and The Stress Response

Biologically speaking our stress response ( heart rate elevation, increased respiration, adrenaline and glucocorticoid production ) are specifically activated when our bodies experience a physical stressor.

This could be defined as having our physical life in immediate danger and accessing the fuel to freeze and play dead, run away or even fight tooth and nail to survive.

In this instance our bodies respond to immediate physical danger and by way of complex electro-chemical interactions kick start our emergency escape systems. Our Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal ( HPA ) system lurches into overdrive accessing and creating massive energy to run away while monitoring the developing situation. A bit like a semi-stuck accelerator on a car.

Our problems with anxiety become transparent because with negatively emotionally driven anxiety, created with only thought and imagination alone the same system ( our stress response ) can become highly activated. And guess what? No physical danger.

And guess what else? Everybody does this from time to time. But for some people this can become habitual because of life conditions or situations where there seems like a huge loss of control in day to day life.

What Can I Do To Ease Anxiety?

If we think about anxiety as thinking about some bad case scenario without any seeming solutions to escape, just a cycle of worry causing negative emotions which in turn cycle into more worry and negative emotions.

One solution is to find a way of the merry-go-round by doing just about anything else. That’s just the trouble isn’t it? It can feel like there is no way off the merry-go-round. The question is then how can I take my mind of the present anxious worries?

One factor in anxious arousal is a lack of feeling of control. So doing anything that can feel like you are making choices ( such as praying, meditating, going for a walk, playing a computer game, doing a cross word puzzle, adding up lists of numbers ) is you making and acting on your choices.

Such activities also makes use of the area in our brains in the frontal cortex ( Dorsal Lateral Prefontal Cortex ) that is part our the worry circuit. So potentially instead of worrying we are using thought to do something more productive.

There are also lots of physical exercises that by way of design make use of both our brain hemispheres. There is some empirical evidence that activities such as Brain-Gym, Swimming, Running, Juggling and Singing ( words and melody ) can alleviate anxiety.

Hypnotherapy In Newcastle To Help You Help Yourself

It took me some years to listen to my good friends recommendations about reading Alan Watts books. Up until I read my first one I had been resisting for all manner of reasons ( that would be a story of what I was doing instead ) but when I did, withing just a few pages I was reading something that was speaking to me in ways that complemented so very much of the work and interests I was engaged with.

Perhaps I can say with some accuracy, that none of what I read was new and at the same time it was a new way of thinking about similar ideas. This is what I call the cascade effect. When there is a threshold passed where ideas, thoughts and actions emerge. For me at that time I simply needed to be open enough to begin reading and see for myself.

And like I said I used to get paid to worry writing software code. What I wasn’t getting paid for was lots of thankless anxiety and way too much stress so I made a decision and chose to leave that job some sixteen years ago and pursue a much more meaningful profession. But that is another story.

If you are struggling with anxiety and the often negative emotional effects then hypnotherapy may be a solution for you.

For a free consultation to see if I can help you, give me ( Nigel ) a call on 0770 481 8467 Tuesday to Friday between 8am and 3.30pm and we can arrange a mutually convenient consultation.

 

 

 

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Hypnotherapy to Help You Change Your Situation

A question many people ask is what is hypnosis? And this is answered or defined in a great many ways. I want to answer this question by way of suggesting what hypnosis can do to create the kinds of changes many people want in life.

We all have what can be called a certain outlook in life. This means we see the world and ourselves in a certain way. This is know as ‘our world view’. Our life experiences, our upbringing and environment all contribute to our world view or our reality.

Perhaps you can remember the first time you stood up as a baby, even if you don’t remember, you know you did. This is one occasion when your world view quite literally changed.

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Hypnotherapy has the potential to help you change your world view.

Not so long ago the idea of climate change was not taken seriously, not was recycling. Now if we seriously look at the evidence, as well as the popular and often conflicting story’s, we can see that unless we take action now, our world ecology and ability to sustain both us and the people who will follow is seriously in the balance.

Sometimes it may literally be too late to make a change that makes a real difference. Fortunately this seems not to be the case with psychological changes. So there is both hope and belief it can be better in the future.

When people seek psychological assistance using hypnotherapy it is not uncommon that many other avenues have been explored and no technique or action plan has yet had the desired effect.

It’s difficult not to compare a current problem situation with what was once had. Its human nature to compare the present to the past but we are really talking and exploring how you want your future to be.

So there may be a tendency, a predisposition to make a comparison based on a present ( not so good ) and past situation; which in this kind of assessment the comparison point or current situation is inherently not a good one. And this will have a tendency to reinforce and exacerbate the negative situation.

There is an alternative. And even considering this alternative could begin to change a negative-problematic outlook from an undesirable situation into what could be possible, a brighter future.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

Working with a variety of people who’s situation they will describe as depressed, anxious, traumatised, addicted or stressed, I believe the people I work with are ultimately capable of creating the changes that will change their life for the better.

There is often little or no need to understand the history of how the people I work with came to be depressed, anxious … You are probably wondering why this is? It’s because asking deeply about a story, your-story, will tend to cement and solidify a certain world view.

That problem oriented world view may well be ‘the story we tell ourselves’ that reinforces our problems. If we explore a solution oriented approach to leaving our problems and focusing on what you really want to be different, how would that be?

In exploring the future you want we will endeavor to create something that is sustainable, fitting and ecological. This means discovering ways you can, perhaps with some real effort, begin changing your current world view.

Is it time for you to stand up again and begin to see your world differently? What would it be like to begin to see your situation with an outlook of hope? What would that feel like?

To arrange a free telephone consultation for hypnotherapy in Newcastle upon Tyne or Hexham, please call me, Nigel on 0770 481 8467. Calls are usually returned within 24 working hours.

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Could Dieting and Weight Loss Cure Type 2 Diabetes? Newcastle Hypnotherapy

In a recent article in the Telegraph, research from Newcastle University is suggestive that Type 2 diabetes could be cured by weight loss in the body mass which includes weight loss in the pancreas itself. This is a fascinating prospect because there are huge numbers of people in the UK that have Type 2 diabetes which is caused by several factors ( collectively know as metabolic syndrome ) and one large contributor is being over weight.

There are more than a few potential problems that can be caused by being overweight. One of these is Type 2 diabetes. This is essentially where the pancreas has stopped or severely lowered insulin production due to fat cells being full to the brim and unable to accept any more fat to be stored.

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Initially the pancreas increases the amount of insulin ( insulin is the hormone that promotes fat storage ) but the insulin receptors, weary of being canvased way too much, stop receiving calls.

When we eat carbohydrate ( sugars ) a normal functioning pancreas will start to drip out our hormone insulin into the blood stream. Now in the presence of fat and carbohydrate ( think of a delicious slice of gooey chocolate cake ) there is the potential, due to insulin, to store fat should there be any excess of energy.

This is all well and good and it makes sense to store away any excess energy ( as fat ) should be fall on hard times of energy shortage in the future. The problems begin when there is no more capacity to store fat.

Some Possible Reasons For Being Overweight

The most obvious two are eating to much of the foods that store fat and in additions not doing enough exercise to maintain a healthy weight. These are the cursory reasons though. Lets explore what may be behind this.

A simple and totally reflective way of thinking about this is that its our old habits and coping mechanisms. Its the ways ( through no fault of our own ) have learned to deal with the natural stresses in our life. This is another way to describe how we individually deal with psychological stress.

Hypnotherapy is one way to re-learn and create new alternative, more of that later. Remember old habits are just learned ways of coping and reactive to the problems and situations we all face.

Psychological stressors can make our bodies ( and minds ) feel like we are responding to an actual physical stressor. They are markedly different yet can have the same affects on our body-mind.

One of the body responses to stress is the activation of our HPA Axis. Let me introduce you to the HPA Axis.  Hypothalamus – Pituitary – Adrenal Axis. This is the brain-gland response which releases glucose into the blood during a crisis.

We need extra and rapid energy to give us the strength to run or even fight. This is about rapid mobilisation of energy. This takes several seconds from the onset of a stressor to release the hormone cortisol that makes more blood glucose available and that equates to more available energy.

Stop to think about this. How often do many people become stressed during the day and how long do these episodes last? Also if we are not exercising or running off any excess energy, adrenaline and nervous energy, there is a lot of floating energy in the tank and its not getting used. It has to go back into storage.

Now add this in to the equations some two thirds of people crave sugary foods after being stressed. Being stressed and / or old habits could easily be seen as mechanisms for pilling on the weight.

What Can Be Done To Lose Weight?

Having both a knowledge and understanding of how certain foods combine to store fat is important. This is now very available material and consists of knowing the three basic food groups and knowing how fat is stored. This alone will probably not set you free though it is certainly possible it can!

For a long term solution I suggest a multi-faceted approach.

1. Understand the triggers or motivations which can lead to less that healthy eating. Realising these are most likely a form of stressor you can take appropriate actions to alleviate them.

2. Delving deep into yourself, discovering the real reasons for wanting to lose weight, keep it off and make important life changes. Losing weight in my experience is never just to lose weight.

3. Exploring how hypnotherapy may be a key to you accessing your deepest and most potent resources to actually make the kinds of lasting changes needed.

5. Consider some form of exercise. Many forms of exercise actually promote positive stress where the bodies general well being, immune system and health are actively nurtured.

6. Taking active and positive responsibility to affect changes, often with the help of a professional.

How Can Hypnotherapy Help?

Hypnotherapy has the potential to help you both access your deeper resources and creativity to make your own self determined new ways of being.

When you are interested and invested in changing your life style and are willing to make an effortful commitment to make this happen, please give me a call on 0770 481 8467 or send me a direct email to arrange a free consultation.

 

 

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Serious Problems Require Unconventional Wisdom : Newcastle Hypnotherapy

If you have ever been at your wits end facing what seemed like an insurmountable problem, an unendurable situation or absolutely fed up and ready to leave an occupation seemingly having spent all your reserves … you may well be at the cutting edge of a major break through.

This may well seem highly counter-intuitive but if this can have any validity and potential how can we learn to navigate through an ocean of troubles to reach some welcoming shore having learned something of real value in our own experience?

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Consider two warring nations where each in its own way is somehow engaging in what is believed to be right, what is believed to be the only way forward and all of the casualties, damage and digging into two opposing positions that can entail.

Neither opposing sides really wants to budge, to give way or surrender to outside forces. Diplomats may be working to secure peaceful solutions or solutions where the conflicts stops with deals and ideas to proliferate concessions.

Exploring this in terms of the individual and an individual problem, it’s not difficult to see that the individual problem can be idealised as two forces or ideas or beliefs that are pulling in different directions, creating inner conflict.

A Hypno-therapeutic Model

In one of the excellent Books by Erickson and the Rossi’s, ( Hypnotic Realities ) one of the themes or ideas discussed is the Conscious and Unconscious aptitudes of an individuals behaviors relevant to a problem context.

They make the cast that conscious or cognitive biases can be a powerful agent in the inability or retardation of Unconscious or Autonomic aspects of the individual personality, memory and life experience can not easily become a resource to be utilised.

This really means that our pre-conceptions of what is possible, massively accentuated by our conscious mind ( beliefs etc ) can prevent new and natural solutions and ideas that are accessible in our repertoire of life experience coming to the front of our minds. Think of warring nations.

So hypnosis can be a vehicle to get the conscious mind distracted or depotentiated in a safe way, for a period of time thus encouraging and allowing our other than conscious resources to begin the process of affecting a solution to problems which can lead to a synthases of conscious unconscious creativity together.

Other Complementary Conceptualisations

In the Taoist, Zen and Buddhist traditions there is a recurrent theme of life as middle way, a being and a nowness. The idea is deep and founded in the early Eastern practices of spirituality. The concept is simple though not generally easy to affect in our modern way of life. The concept is transcending opposites ( usually in thoughts and words ) to open to experience.

This idea comes up again and again in self help books, therapeutic and coaching interventions yet it is the very cognitive biases ( we do it this way, that is not possible, I don’t believe that … ) we all have that can trip us up again and again, circumventing the necessary experience that can be a door to liberation.

The accent with all the generative approaches is the individual with individual work, guidance and effort can affect individual solutions. It is you that creates.

Going Beyond Our Cultural Conditioned Norms

Jiddu Krishnamurti is one of the writers I have learned a great deal from and someone who encourages a quite serious attitude of moving away from any authority as he categorically states it is the individual who gives authority to another.

So no one, really can offer solutions as an authority to someone else. Yes we can share ideas, but only the ideas, perhaps mutually explored, are of the substantive nature that can yield the fruits of generative change … psychological freedom.

Get me right here, what is being proposed as a vehicle to solutions and a certain freedom from the psychological problems is a deep, deep questioning of any assumptions or pre-conceptions of what is or is not possible. This attitude can be a fresh and nurturing harvest of exploration as a ticket to freedom.

In one of the most important explorations of cultural conditioning and freedom are the dialogs between Krishnamurti and David Bohm ( major contributor to Quantum Physics ) where the discussions explore serious psychological shock or disturbance and one pognient exchange re-evolves around neither inviting or rejecting problems of the psychological sort. Stay with this experience. This can lead to liberation!

Neither reject or invite it. Is this not a similar theme in the Western spirituality of Zen, Buddhism and Taoism? Is this not a similar approach to dissolving or congative biases, our conscious pre-conceptions? And allowing what can happen to happen? I think so.

Something To Consider …

In his ground breaking book IMAGINE, Johan Lehrer in the first chapter explores the conditions that made one of the most influential people in the music business ( it was not a business for him ) Bob Dylan.

Dylan during a massive tour of America, got very disillusioned with the whole music business. At the end of an exhausting tour decided he was finished with the music industry and would go off and live in a cabin in isolation. Write a book and really do his own thing.

So Dylan having decided he was finished with the music industry took some time out. What followed after a month or so off, he began writing some of the most influential and meaningful ( to him ) work that would transform the industry. He had no investment in performing to conventions …

For hypnotherapy in Newcastle, Jesmond and Hexham, please get in touch with me either by email or telephone.

My next appointments are December 2015 and we can talk before then. Leave your name, number and a description of the issue you want to explore.

 

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Hypnotherapy Newcastle – Weight Loss A Realistic Route

One of the most useful metaphors in hypnosis, psychology and psychotherapy is people have unconscious and conscious minds. It’s not a scientifically accurate model because there is no mind to be found though in psychological and therapeutic straight talk we all easily get the gist of this powerful concept.

The conscious mind is everything we are conscious aware of, including thoughts, volitional movement and in this instance the ability to resist powerful unconscious urges such as ‘eat that extra sandwich’ or ‘do the exercise later”.

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You will almost certainly have heard one of your friends or perhaps even yourself saying something like “It’s like I have no control over what I ear. I know it’s not helping me lose weight but I can’t stop myself.”

Here we can explore the formation and reformation of habits or ways of behaving and how hypnotherapy can greatly assist in creating new ones and utilise the conscious unconscious mind metaphor to explore how.

LEARNING YOUR HABITS FOR GOOD OR ILL

When we learn anything genuinely new, there is considerable conscious effort involved in internalising a new skill. We all have done this in learning our native tongue, walking and mastering zips and laces. The more internalised a skill becomes ( lets call these unconscious skills ) the more of our conscious attention we can use on other tasks and the more the learned ‘skills’ become unconscious.

Unconscious skills, such as bike riding, driving cars, responding a certain way to a spider have their own real estate in our brain structures and are to some extent hard wired into our behavioural patterns. That is what makes them both challenging to change and for the good ones very useful to have mastered.

We all have habits that we have created over time. And how are habits created? Most are formed very simply through much repetition with either some perceived reward to doing the behaviour or the avoidance of punishment.

THE WEIGHT GAIN SCENARIO

Now lets explore this idea in relation to weight loss and maintenance of keeping to a certain, healthy size.

People who have tended to struggle maintaining a healthy weight, unless there is some medical or genetic condition, which is rare, are eating too much of the wrong stuff and doing too little to burn off the extra energy.

Many, many people have a hankering for sweet carbohydrates such as bread, potatoes. Carbohydrate gives us pretty immediate energy which is turned into glucose which powers our cells. Carbohydrates also not unsurprisingly can elevate a negative mood and improve concentration to task.

We have little reward centres in our brain that ‘light up’ and help us learn certain habits. The main ones in the brain are the Nucleus Accumbens Septi and the Ventrel Tegmental Area, which both are doperminergic pathways. Both of these are involved in all addiction or much more accurately the seeking behaviours which power addictions.

Our unconscious mind, unless it is educated and updated will continue to operate the seeking patterns of over eating and eating the wrong food quite happily while you can feel almost helpless to stop overeating and or eating the wrong foods.

Addressing the why you choose overeating and eating the wrong combinations of food ( the ones that promote fat storage ) is a great place to begin transforming your life. A necessary second step is discovering a deeper motivation than “I want to lose weight”. It’s is exploring genuinely how your life will be different and what are you honestly willing to do to recreate your habits.

WANT TO LOOSE WEIGHT? – IT’S RELATIVELY EASY!

Actually loosing weight is relatively easy. Begin any new ‘diet’ ( I really dislike that word ) and for a while, staying motivated you will begin to drop some pounds. Now add this to some exercise and you will be flying.

I wonder if you have done this before? It worked for a while and then you stopped your new eating regime? Maybe you got stresses and reverted to old habits and maybe stopped going to the gym?

KEEPING THE WEIGHT OFF can as any yo-yo dieter can attest to is much more challenging. Part of the solution is deeply understanding how some food combinations will be more likely to promote fat storage other like eating fatty foods without the presence of carbohydrates does not promote fat storage!

Another crucial aspect is using hypnotherapy to begin the process of changing old habits and keeping deep motivation to help you stay focused long term on the real reasons why you want to lose weight and those deeper reasons are hardly ever “I want to lose weight”!

It is likely you will require more than one session to positively transform your attitude and psychology so please avoid the one session wonder-fix hope because to make a long term transformation it will require effort from you to go beyond the yo-yo diet miracle that never happened and for you to take charge of becoming who you want to be.

When you are honestly willing to make real change, with effort and support, please do get in touch. I offer a completely free telephone consultation to discover how we can work together to help you transform your life.

Call Nigel on 0770 481 8467 to arrange a free consultation now. North East, Hexham and Newcastle Hypnotherapy.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Bitter-Sweet Lemons of Anxiety : How Hypnotherapy Can Help Beat Anxiety

Everybody knows what a lemon looks like right? Now as you read on, imagine you have a lemon in one of your hands. Feel the weight and look at the imaginary lemon in your hand. Notice the colour and the texture of the skin.

Continue imagining the lemon in your hand and as you do, imagine cutting a thin slice out and from the lemon and recall the smell as you cut into it. The lemon scent that you are so familiar with. Now, imagine looking at that slice and see the light on the cut segment as you see the juice on the skin and smell that juicy lemon scent.

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Now put that lemon slice in your mouth, noticing the texture and bite down on the juicy lemon slice. Feel the juice squirt in your mouth as you really taste the lemon.

Right now, even if you just read the words, more so if you engaged in the process, you are salivating having a physical reaction. Depending if you like lemon or not your face is a little contorted with the imagined taste or maybe you are enjoying the refreshing experience.

Whatever is happening with your face and body, you are responding to an experience that is totally created in your imagination. Another experience totally manufactured in your imagination is anxiety.

Anyone who can make themselves anxious by worry is very good at self hypnosis because you do this to yourself with your thoughts. It’s not a particularly productive or massively useful application of self hypnosis yet that is what it is.

Hypnotherapy and Anxiety

Now the application of Hexham or Newcastle hypnotherapy for anxiety can take a variety of different approaches which will be specific to both how and the type of anxiety my client displays.

Hypnotherapy can address specific problems that a great deal of conscious effort, tapping and not actually dealing with the cause will usually fail to make long lasting positive impact with.

One very important factor is DO NOT expect a miracle effortless one session cure because the anxious person will only worry it WILL NOT WORK and after all how many people do we know that has either been struck by lightning or a meteor? That is unlikely to happen, as are most things people worry about.

Anxiety is predominantly about imagined events and scenarios from a future that may or may not happen. Anxiety is an unchecked worry machine that is focused on a future you don’t want.

Most of us really don’t know about the structure of our thoughts, the types of thought that generate anxiety.

Even less of us have been taught to understand how we think and that by knowing how we think we are so much more able to positively alter the negative thought patterns that produce anxiety.

How Is Anxiety Caused?

The vast majority of anxiety is caused by an making negative internal pictures about the future and an internal voice that asks the ‘What if? and ‘As if?’ questions that will have a tendency to be biased towards negative situations.

Anxiety is related to a perceived lack of control about the environment situations in the future as well as a certain predilection to think about bad or negative outcomes.

As an example let’s say you have to do a presentation to a group of people.

An anxious persons response may be immediately imagine the group laughing at them because they have started blushing, turned red and choked up. And remembering the lemon started feeling bad.

A non-anxious, someone else, may have thought “A presentation about what?”

Another hugely important factor is where the sufferer of anxiety has the majority of their attention. To worry and think the negative things there has to be a of lack of focus of attention in the outside world and a greater focus of attention within the mind.

Have you ever been worrying enough ( inside your own worry machine, listening to all the what ifs ) that you have completely failed to hear what someone else is saying to you? It’s not that uncommon.

Now what is important ( remember the lemon? ) is that you weren’t born anxious it is a way you have learned to think. Like most thinking patterns it is done mostly without much conscious thought. The good news is you can learn new ways in thinking, ones that offer you more control in how you think.

You can learn new ways of directing your attention so you can be more present in your relationships and ideally start to work to retrain your thoughts and thinking.

How Many Sessions?

How long have you had anxiety for? I don’t think it should take as long to cure anxiety as you’ve had it for though it will take a reasonable amount of time and more so some effort on your behalf.  If you are willing to put effort into your freedom, the release from anxiety because you want to make real positive changes in your life, you can.

An anxious thought pattern may well be “What if I have a session and it doesn’t work?” You are worrying about finances and about your own outcomes and already building a negative anticipation. Don’t worry we will talk this through during our telephone consultation.

A different and more enabling thought pattern is this “Let’s find out what can be done and what my role will be in turning my anxious thoughts off or to a minimum and what role will Nigel have as therapist and coach.”

Free Consultation for Hypnotherapy in Newcastle or Hexham

There is a free telephone consultation available for anyone wishing to become more free of anxiety. This will take up to 30 minutes because it is right for you to find the therapist who is best for you and so you fully understand your role in the therapeutic process. Call 0770 4818 467 now.

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Depression Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Approximately one in five people will suffer from a major clinical depression during their life time. When depression hits other symptoms are often present too and it can feel like there is no hope, no future. It can … but it doesn’t have to.

Additional symptoms of depression include worry, guilt and lack of energy to do the simplest of things. Depression is dark with deep forbidding. The major component of depression is anhedonia which literally means a lack of pleasure.

“On the lonely mountain, its all grey and I am left once more, alone in my depression”

Depression Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Depression can be triggered by many life events which can be large and negatively or lots of small negative events which can add up over time to trigger a depression. The darkest hour right now is before dawn.

Important : If you are suffering from depression see your doctor. Depression may be caused by an underactive thyroid gland which is treatable with prescription drugs like thyroxine.

The main cause of depression triggering events are losses. This can be loss of a job, a relationship, a death of a loved one or an overly negative outlook in life and the lack of decent future prospects.

The depression, or response to loss is perfectly normal. We all lose people, ideas, positions and securities during the course of our life. A reactive depression is our response to loss. After some time, weeks or even months we begin to feel better and we go on to make full recoveries.

A clinical depression is when we do not recover from loss and the symptoms persist and it feels like there is no way out or forward and the pleasures in life become scant or don’t seem to exist at all. This is a major depression.

OK So How Can Hypnotherapy Help Me?

I actually don’t know if it can. This may sound like at best a semi positive statement but it is a reality. Talking about your problem may help and talking about how you want to be can help a great deal. To focus on a solution is the way forward.

To actually discover how hypnotherapy in Newcastle could help you, you need to take the next step and arrange a free telephone consultation. Call 0770 481 8467 and we will arrange a consultation and determine how hypnotherapy can help.

With depression there is a general lack of hope so focusing your attention on a more colourful and brighter future can in itself be helpful. I know it can be very difficult to begin to imagine your future without feeling the way you do right now.

And I believe you can, on your own or more likely with professional help, make the kind of changes you need to make in order to move forwards.

Psycho Neurology of Depression

Depression is akin to one part of your brain, elevated activity in the right dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex, is associated with low moods.  There is the anterior cingulate cortex which, simplistically talks a lot of negative and depressin thoughts enough to convince the rest of the brain that is reality working along with the amygdala which has something to do with emotional or subjective pain which feels like real physical pain.

Hypnotherapy to Lift Depression

There are no guarantees but let’s say there is a real chance. What I can promise is my most sincere efforts to help you. It’s different for everyone. Hypnotherapy is a direct and subtle way of exorcising and exercising thoughts in the attempt to re-establish well being and promote mental health.

If you are suffering from depression, clinical or reactive, and you want to explore genuine ways to lift your depression and get back to leading a good life please do get in touch. Call 0770 481 8467 to arrange a free consultation and lets move to get your life back in order.

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Stress, Newcastle Hypnotherapy and Better Health

Stress in it’s many forms has become synonymous with many parts of normal every day life. Unpredictable future, unpredictable employment, moving house, changing jobs, divorce and even stress from commuting to and from work.

Prolonged stress can weaken our immune system and in some cases cause our health to fail catastrophically. Stress has strong links to comfort eating high carbohydrate food which can over time lead to diabetes and even metabolic syndrome.

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Becoming irate many times throughout the day equates to activating our stress response many times throughout the day. Each activation, each time you get angry, anxious or simply wound up activates the sympathetic nervous system.

The crazy thing is many aspects of life we get annoyed with are either way beyond our control or simply not rationally justified or even worth it anyway. Here are some examples of what people, can and do get wound up over.

  • Incorrect spelling / Partner fidelity
  • Lack of communication / Cold calling
  • Cars ‘parked’ on double yellow lines / Dirty washing on the floor
  • Long telephone waiting on call centres / Queues at the supermarket

When we get agitated for ( to some ) these unavoidable aspects of life, our heart rate increases, our bodies dribble adrenaline into our blood, our blood pressure increases and most of the time for no life threatening reason at all.

Do this kind of activation of your bodies stress response throughout the day and you are literally experiencing many small scale stressors all day long. If you are really worrying many times during the day you are doing the same thing with your body. You are activating your sympathetic nervous system.

Stress and Your Health

There was an interesting study linking excessive stress to a reduction in the body’s immune system. Volunteers were squirted up the nose with the common cold virus at the UK common cold unit. Those exposed to more stress were three times as likely to develop a cold. Excess stress weakens our immune system.

People who undergo great stress have a tendency to seek out high carbohydrate foods. Interestingly these foods do have the effect of lowering stress and making us feel good in the short term. This can over time be a contributor to type 2 diabetes in certain circumstances.

Exercise is an excellent way to combat stress though many stress people are too stressed to exercise. Lack of exercise, poor diet and lots of stress are a good formula for either diabetes, hypertension and even heart problems. A few of these conditions can lead to metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic Syndrome is a grouping of heart attack ‘risk factors’. The primary ones being abdominally overweight, hypertension and high LDL cholesterol. Neither one of these ‘symptoms’ on its own is a predictor of cardiovascular disease it is when these symptoms are experienced together as risk factors.

You can check this our for yourself by way of your own experience. If you are chronically stressed, overweight or worrying excessively how is your health? How are your eating habits? What is your blood pressure? Do you exercise?

Hypnotherapy Newcastle for Health

One of the most obvious benefits of hypnotherapy is the relaxation aspect. When we relax the sympathetic ( stress ) nervous system is switched over to the parasympathetic system of rest and relax.

In parasympathetic mode our heart rate slows, blood pressure drops and our bodies are more capable of healing.

If being overweight is an issue and you have a habit of comfort eating hypnotherapy can help you change your habits in eating and help you to address the issues that you are comfort eating to ease.

Hypnotherapy can help you with :

  • Anxiety and worry
  • Weight loss and better eating habits
  • Coping with stressors

For a complementary consultation call Nigel on 0770 481 8467. Please leave the minimal details of your name, number and a brief outline of what you would like help and assistance with.

 

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Hypnotherapy to Help Dissolve Addiction in Newcastle

Addictions, in a certain sense of the word, come in a variety of shapes and sizes and forms. Many people claim to be addicted to exercise, shopping or some other beneficial past time. An addiction is only a problem when it becomes a problem. Is your addiction a serious problem? Or is your addiction becoming a problem?

Some addictions such as drug use, alcohol, compulsive behaviours or even excessive emotional spending can lead to separation from friends and family, the loss of a job or income or something much worse. Do you want and need help in addressing and changing your addiction with hypnotherapy?

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Addictions – Why Do It Anyway?

Apart from the odd very unfortunate baby ( drug addicted mother ) no one is born with an addiction. So my assertion is that what can start out as a pleasurable activity perhaps a little bet at the races or the bookies, maybe a glass of wine, perhaps a pill or looking at an adult magazine can over time turn into a powerful preoccupation that can become all too problematic.

Now, how is it that what can start out as fun, pleasurable or something that is enjoyed with a group of friends transform into something that an addict feels they literally cannot live without? I will sum this up in a moment.

Not all addictions begin as pleasurable fun pastimes. Sometimes what can become an addiction initially starts out as a coping mechanism. What exactly does this mean? Let me offer you an example.

Some time ago one of my clients had experienced a bereavement, their last worldly remaining parent had died. Over a period of months which turned into years their initial coping strategy turned into a problematic addiction. When their parent died in order to cope and to try and deal with their emotions they turned to alcohol.

In this instance using alcohol to try and numb the pain they were experiencing ( it is a good number ) their coping mechanism which is very easy to understand why they did it, over time turned into a problematic behaviour and into an addiction. They dealt with their bereavement and gained an addiction.

So to sum up an addiction can be formed by way of an initial coping behaviour or can be formed by some pleasurable activity. Both of these really do have their origin in attempting to feel a certain way. And of course who doesn’t want to feel good?

We are neuro-biologically ‘programmed’ to seek out activities and behaviours that make us feel good. These range vastly for different people. And may include wanting to share time with good friends, eating great food, engaging in a hobby or pastime that we really enjoy. Or some behaviour know as an addiction.

The Dopamine Motivation Connection

Once we discover and find activities and behaviours that in some way make us feel good something curious happens in our brain. This is largely in part due to the neurotransmitter dopamine and the phenomenal way in which we learn, remember and seek out such experiences.

Dopamine produces our seeking and motivating activities to find and re-experienced something we love. This could be as innocuous as a cup of coffee in the morning, a cuddle from a lover or the next hit of a drug of choice.

Somewhere around the middle of the last century some pioneering scientists with their research discovered the ‘brains pleasure centre’. this was discovered using rodent research. A rat with an electrode inserted in its brain could stimulate that same electrode by pressing a lever with its little rat foot.

When the rat pushed the lever it received the small electric current to a certain part of the brain. This was so ‘pleasurable / addictive’ that the little rat would continue pressing the lever, refusing food, sex and water until it died.

More modern neuroanatomy knows this brain pleasure centre as a system of interconnecting areas and functions within the brain. This is the mesocorticolimbic connection.

The Neurological Addiction Pathway : MesoCorticoLimbic

The mesocorticolimbic connection are two brain connection paths and both start in the mesencephalon ( mid-brain ) at a site called the Ventral Tegmental Area ( VTA ). From the VTA there is one series of connection that go out to the cortical areas ( mesocortical ) involved in motivation and emotional interpretation and the other, to the limbic system ( mesolimbic ) which is involved in addiction, learning, reward and serious motivation.

The mesolimbic projections include the Nucleus Accumbens Septi which is a small brain nucleus in the basal forebrain known to be involved is ALL addictive behaviours. This literally means ‘addictions’ are acted on to find the source ( gambling, sex or emotional spending ) and act out the behaviour. Dopamine to a large extent provides the motivation to act out addictions.

And our brains really don’t know the difference ( unless its the magnitude of seeking / motivation ) between something that is really good for us – such as exercise or something potentially catastrophic like excess or long term drug addiction.

Homoeostasis and the Brain

Our bodies ( our brain ) have a kind of status quo. No, not the rock band but a kind of operational tolerances a bit like the maximum and minimum temperatures we set on our central heating system. If it gets too hot, the heating stops, allowing for a cool down and if it’s too cold the heating comes on for a while warming the place up.

The natural or operating conditions within a small window is know as our set point. This varies individually and what is interesting is our initial set point can be altered via addiction. In a peanut-shell our set point can be radically influenced and shaped by our behaviours over time.

As an example, when we eat carbohydrates, our pancreas releases the hormone insulin. Insulin is responsible ( the hormone of plenty ) for the chemical reactions that store away excess ‘energy’ as fat. Now imagine a person who has a regular mealtime, in the evening, at exactly 17:48. They regularly eat potatoes, bacon and sprouts. ( OK, its an example right! )

Now having established this eating pattern for a long time ( think addiction ) at approximately 20 minutes before meal time their pancreas is actively producing insulin in ANTICIPATION to a long established meal time routing. think addiction! There is a set point – established and having all the biochemestry starting ahead of time in response to a good feed … or something else.

The fundamental bit of our brain that is involved in homoeostasis is the hypothalamus. This little bit of kit is ‘monitoring’ all kinds of close up and far out outposts of our body from blood sugar levels, stress hormones and body temperature. What our bodies as physiological and psychological requirements is all being accounted for and in some real sense requested or motivated to get the balance back is by our hypothalamus.

Now this is crucial. We can imagine ourselves into all kinds of emotional states, we can exercise ourselves into emotional states and we can drug ourselves into all kinds of emotional states. Do this enough over time and there is a ‘normal’ state that we are physiologically and psychologically experiencing as the norm. Our thoughts, emotions, behaviours and environment and that whole interaction can influence our set point.

Psychology and Neurology of Addiction

The smoker can go without any hits during a aeroplane flight. The Alcoholic can go without a drink in the face of an imminent personal threat and the cocaine addict can give their baby away to a dealer for the promise of another hit. There are some very real and very different modes of ‘addiction’ which are functions of a personal-environmental interaction.

The US soldier in Vietnam who was a drug user can, on coming home, quit all drugs and becomes socially responsible completely. The environment completely changes.

Dissolving an addiction can happen organically at any time. Letting go old habits can be easier when there is a new or additional kind of perspective gleaned from changing environment, changing thought patterns and doing things different in ways that can provide new meanings and purposes which replace old behaviours, old ways of thinking with something fresh, something that is better than addiction.

Changing life circumstances, environment or situations can free an addict from their addiction just as much as a old thoughts, memories and associations can all be triggers to a set point of homoeostasis of addiction and the sense or accent is finding something better and more connecting that outframes an old addiction and opens up a whole new sense of purpose and can be very freeing.

Addiction Freedom with Hypnotherapy

Some tips to make changes yourself :

  • If addiction involves other people drop them.
  • If addiction is in one environment, change it.
  • If addiction is related to coping – there are other ways!

Wanting to want to change is not enough. Wanting to transform is a good start and it will take effortful action from you to make this happen. Sadly hypnotherapy is not a magic potion where you the addict gets ‘some’ and is miraculously transformed into a model citizen.

Now, only if you are serious about making changes in your life, letting an addiction go and creating something positive and meaningful get in touch.

Call for a completely free, no obligation consultation. Allow 30 minutes to see how I can help you. Call 0770 481 8467 and we will arrange a convenient time to see how we can begin a transformative experience.

Calls are usually returned within 24 hours Tuesday-Friday 8am to 3.30pm. When you call should you get my answering service leave your name, telephone number and a brief description of what you need assistance with.

 

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Living With and Without Pain a Hypnotherapy Approach

It’s a safe bet to think practically every person who has every lived on this planet from the time of our earliest tool making ancestors, Homo Habilis some two and a half million years ago to each and every one of us alive now today, has experienced pain in a variety of forms.

Who today hasn’t learned to avoid putting fingers in a closing door frame at an early age or who can’t imagine an ancient toolmaking ancestor cracking her thumb with something resembling a hammer. In these instances the function of pain is obvious.

Pain Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Pain can be instructional in our learning and also hurt enough when we are required to rest and heal our affected limbs or digits. Pain sensors comes in two basic flavours these being mechanoreceptor and nociceptors both of which ‘conduct pain’ at different speeds to the spine and then the brain.

A Simple Understanding of Pain

Pain instructs us something is wrong. This can be as simple as paper-cut or as immobilising as a sprained ankle. Pain once it has been processed in the nervous system has essentially two types: Fast sharp sting and Slow long and throbbing.

The fast and sharp pain could be a sting, a puncture a break. This can often cause a spinal reflex which will get our affected limbs our of harms way. The longer, duller pain is usually a signal we need to stop using that limb, have that tooth filled at the dentist, have some inflammatory immune response or need to seek medical advice.

Adding Complexity to the Picture of Pain

Our mood, our environment and the meaning we ascribe can massively change how we experience pain. It wont change the basic nuts and bolts mechanism of sending the signals yet our mood can change our experience of it.

A person on their way to church about to get married all in love and emancipated with the days celebrations may not notice they sprain their ankle as leap eagerly out of the wedding car.

A fireman rescuing people from a building might not notice cutting his leg on an old jaggerdy pipe until much later on, after the rescue event.

So our situations, mental state, emotions and purpose can and usually do change our experience of pain to a greater or lesser degree.

Exercise can be painful in terms of physical demands, exercising muscles or battling through the pain barrier.  You know what is on the other side of that pain barrier? Some home grown opioids and that is like morphine or heroin.

Of course these are perfectly legal and constitute what is commonly known as runner high. This is actually one of the serious benefits of moderate exercise that kick in somewhere around the 20 minute period.

What is modulating or ameliorating our pain response in this instance? Our endogenous ( internal ) opioids which act as pain killers or suppressors. The make us feel good and this ‘feeling’ good alters our experience of pain.

Hypnotherapy and Changing your State

Hypnosis is far more common that most people think. Think about how you react to reading some tragic news headline. You have thoughts and emotions about what you see and more so about the feelings this conjurers up.

In some sense a tragic headline focuses your attentions and your thoughts and suddenly you may feel angry, relieved, patriotic or something that your reading some headline has caused.

By moving your attentions to what has become ( albeit transitorily ) immediately relevant, your whole ongoing experience changed.

Many people, sadly are effected by chronic pain. People do find ways to mediate this experience it may be drugs, acupuncture ( which can switch off a certain kind of pain receptor for a while ), swimming or what are know as displacement activities or distractions.

Hypnosis may be a way of employing a ‘psychological distraction’ that can change how you perceive pain because hypnotherapy has been used successfully for conducting surgical operations without anaesthetic.

Where Pain Problems Begin

There are several instances where pain is no longer serving a truly positive and benevolent function. These can be auto-immune disease such as arthritis, chronic neuropathology pain like carpal tunnel or what is known as idiopathic pain ( pain of an unknown cause ).

Long term, long term pain and its remembered and anticipated effects can be pretty depressing. Our aim together, where it is safe, is to use hypnotherapy to alter and direct attentions towards solutions and living more agreeably.

A Possible Pain Solution With Hypnotherapy

One of the most common questions regarding hypnotherapy is will this work? Do you know doctors can not guaranteed drugs or surgery will cure a patients ailments.  Similarly no therapist should be making such guarantees or promises  to clients.

The only way we will know is by having the time together and then be able to give a experienced based evaluation.

Before working with hypnotherapy for pain management, it is essential you have seen your doctor or medical professional for a diagnosis.

Having has your doctor or medical professional, where it is both safe to and desirable to explore ways of pain management, you may wish to explore what hypnotherapy in Newcastle, Jesmond can offer you.

Please call me, Nigel, to arrange a free telephone consultation to see how I may be able to assist you. 0770 481 8467

 

 

 

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Hypnotherapy to Address Bad Habits

Welcome to 2015 and with this New Year many people want to address and resolve their ‘bad habits’. First off the block is what is a bad habit? And of course following on immediately from this how can a bad habit be addressed and made good with hypnotherapy?

What is a Bad Habit?

A bad habit is something a person does ( or doesn’t do ) that primarily creates problems in their life and secondarily, creates problems in other peoples life. It is only a problem to the owner of the Bad Habit if it is a problem. Period.

You might consider excessive procrastination, worrying, gambling, spending, over eating, over drinking, neglecting friends and family and yourself or a lack of exercise as typical examples.

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How Habits Form

Do you have a familiar route to work? Perhaps a routine in the morning like coffee, shower a shave and something else? Perhaps you always call your mother on Sunday.

Our routines as we do them again and again have the incredible effect of putting extra myelin on our neurons axons, that’s our brain nerves or cables, making them more and more efficacious. The more we do and re-do something the more insulating myelin we have for those particular cables. That translates as an ‘unconscious’ habit – for good or bad or neither.

Our habits seem to form as we learn ways to cope and act in the world. So most habits have over time become ingrained into what we do on a regular or semi-regular basis. Most habits become automatic in the sense there is little wilful thought to make them happen. After all which shoe do you take of first?

Typical examples we can all relate to are going to the toilet, brushing our teeth, having a cup of tea or coffee in the morning. They are usually to make our life comfortable and serve us well.

Other ‘habits’ like repetitive email checking, checking social media, betting, excessive checking, worrying or the ‘bad habit’ you want to change have most likely formed so you can in some way feel reassured, calmer or at ease but as its a ‘bad habit’ it is likely having the opposite effect.

When habits are formed, there are certain neurological circuits and systems that can create genuine impulses in our body to actually seek out the behaviour that supports a habit especially when we are trying to stop that habit.

Here are two examples :

Suppose a person has nurtured a habit of avoiding public speaking. Avoiding public speaking will most likely feel good and safe. Problems can arise when this person needs to do a public talk, for instance to further their career or lets say do a wedding speech.

The body is ‘saying’ avoid but the intention of will is ‘saying’ lets do the public speaking. This will cause a stress response.

Another person is attempting to stop a long term gambling habit. They have damaged their bank account, their relationship with their partner and they really want to stop. Their habitual systems are screaming gamble gamble gamble.

They are trying to stop and this causes a stress response.

To a very large extent we are dealing with a stress response and a defying a reward seeking injunction which is modulating the stress response.

Neuro-Physiology Homoeostasis

Many years ago, I watched someone who was ‘doing cold turkey’ as they were coming down from heroin addiction. They were shaking and covered in sweat. Pretty unpleasant to watch and no doubt much worse to experience.

They were experiencing a serious stress response caused by stopping a highly addictive drug, experiencing withdrawal and their set-point or homoeostasis re-compensation was literally all over the place.

Our bodies, brains and minds in their interaction have what can be called a ‘set-point’. That is an equivalence to homoeostasis. Homoeostasis means the ‘natural’ balance or equilibrium in our bodies bio-electro-chemical system.

Even the seemingly innocuous activity of habitual checking a smart phone for face book updates can create systemic motivation to regularly check.

The Brain and Addiction

Very simplistically all addictive behaviours involve some very specific parts of the brain. Specifically two parts: The ventral tegmental area ( VTA ) in the midbrain and the Nucleus Accumbens Septi ( NAc ) in the forebrain.

These two brain regions are connected by the meso-limbic and meso-cortical pathways which are dopamine circuits. Dopamine is the motivational or injunctional brain wiring that ‘helps’ us to carry out known and ‘rewarding’ behaviours be they physical or mental or both.

We get little chemical rewards that ‘make us’ actively engage in all sorts of habits be they deemed good or bad because our bodies really doesn’t often make the distinction between good and bad. The conscious meanings we make however really does and this is a cause of disharmony when its a bad habit.

Of course, its is not as simple as this. There are often situations and circumstances that make us remember our patterns of behaviour in such a place. So exploring the interaction of environment, people and triggers is part of the solution.

Hypnotherapy To Change Habitual Behaviours

Hypnotherapy in Newcastle can help to address the unconscious or bodily driven behaviours that have been made familiar over long use. These tend to be the sort of problems that seem to resist the conscious will and mind over matter approaches.

It’s a bit like updating the software to replace the old habits. See, we all know babies cry when they want food, changing, attention … Now imagine that an adult would still cry to get attention to to indicate they are hungry?

That would be odd to say the least. Because as adults we have ‘updated’ our programming to not cry when hungry or to get attention. We do something else like talk to people or take action to get some good food.

In the same sense our problem habits we want to change need updating while at the same time preserving what the behaviour is attempting to satisfy. So the idea being to create and utilise new behaviours which can replace the old problem ones and still angle at making us feel good. So one of the real keys if finding the real and honest motivation to change an old behaviour.

Helping Change Habits with Hypnotherapy in Newcastle

If you would like to explore how hypnotherapy can help here is how it works.

First telephone or email me, Nigel, on 0770 481 8467 and we can arrange a time for a completely free consultation. This will take up to 25 minutes.

Following on from this telephone consultation, you will fill in a simple questionnaire and then we will book your appointment. All appointments are two hours and take place in Jesmond in Newcastle.

You can find additional appointment booking information here by clicking on the link Booking a Therapy Session.

Take action and get professional assistance in changing your problematic habits with hypnotherapy in Jesmond Newcastle. Have an amazing New Year and … over to you to make the call.

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Loss, Grief and the Rekindling of Life and Relationships : Newcastle Hypnotherapy

We will all experience loss in this lifetime, this is inevitable. This can be the loss of loved people in our life, the loss of trust, faith, an old yet destructive habit or even aspects of our identity; who we believe we are.

The aftermath of loss, while initially can appear quite bleak, can be strangely  surprising and can, in the right circumstances, drawing deeply from our past, provide a quite unique and dependable foundation for our futures. And it’s mostly not that easy – that is why we suffer and grieve.

Many religions and traditions postulate there is life after death. Scientifically the likely hood of this is remotely unlikely yet there is the complete mystery of how our universe began and this may point towards a spirituality ( not religion ) we can’t ever know about in scientific terms. Is there life before death? Is surely a better exploration for us all.

I am attempting to put loss and grief into a context for positive transformation and at the same time completely honour and acknowledge the pain and suffering which will almost surely go hand in hand.

Grief Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Nikos Kazantzakis

I have very recently been to Create and following a tour to Knossos there was a short sight seeing which was concluded at the very spot this photograph was taken.

This is the grave site of Nikos Kazantzakis. Probably best know through his writing Zorba The Greek. Nikos travelled for most of his life and although a citizen of Crete he did not die there.  If you read Greek or can translate the words in the photo it is very close to …

“I Hope For Nothing, I Fear Nothing, I am Free.”

This is one of the most inauspicious tombs I have ever witnessed directly. It is also one of those experiences that will stay with me as long as I live.

Kazantzakis’s words are short and full of a deep and profound wisdom. It is akin to a very central way of being in Buddhism.

When we lose someone, something or even ourselves there is a honest and great potential to grieve and that means feel great sorrow and pain for our loss. And this is a perfectly normal and as far as I am concerned complete human emotion.

A question I asked myself in my early 20’s was, would I rather have not experiences love, delight and connection at the expense of not feeling pain, hurt and loss?

When I was much younger there were many times when this would have been an affirmative YES! Early love affairs, early ideas, hopes and dreams.  Times when the pain of loss was so awful that I would rather have not been alive.

As I age and realise the gift of life more fully and there is a very full spectrum of emotions I am able to both feel and accept, my answer to my question, for me is a certain and definitive NO.

How does anyone go about discovering meaning and purpose in life after a great loss? One story I heard provides the light of hope and although this is one man’s story and most likely not relevant to most people; put yourself in this persons shoes and perhaps you can begin to discover there are ways to both follow your wound and follow your life.

A man, married for decades wife died. He was inconsolable and very very depressed. Imagine being with your partner and soul mate for the best part of a life time and then at some point they are no longer there. Gone and that really is it. The memories live, the associations are there every day and everywhere.

He was looking desperately to stop hurting, exploring religions and spirituality to answer his question ‘Why am I here?, what purpose is there to continue?’.

His therapist asked how his partner, his wife and best friend would have dealt and coped with the situation where he to have died first. His answer was direct ‘She couldn’t it would have killed her.’

He found some purpose in his continued existence. In serving as the one who could go on, just about, and not having his love experience the loneliness and pain he did at that time. I understand he went forward for well over a decade helping people that had experienced the loss of a life partner.

If you would like a free consultation regarding moving on from loss in your life, call me. 0770 481 8467. Thank you for reading.

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Psychoneuroses – Integrating Impulses And Thoughts – Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Psycho-Neuroses or just Neurosis is a term that describes a vast array of problem conditions that people seek out counsellors, couches and hypnotherapists to overcome or be free of in a way that makes life more agreeable and pleasurable.

In my simplistic way, this means there are bodily impulses that do not fit well into our thoughts and so a conflict, an internal conflict is created.

This could be a compulsions or ‘addiction’ that is acted out despite our thoughts to the contrary. Or an obsession or desire that is repressed with thought to our physiological / emotional detriment. In other words a problem that is both bodily and cognitively suffered.

Newcastle Hypnotherapy Cat Phobia

One will is the body another will is our mind and when the two don’t meet well,  we experience a dislocation. This may be in our identity, our emotions, psychological wellbeing or in our soul. That said there exists a primary imbalance and from this we suffer in some way.

There is a learned ability for our wordy self to be able to repress or deny our physical emotions and feelings.

For instance have you ever asked a friend ( on watching their non-verbals ) “how are you” and they answer “fine” – when it is painfully obvious they’re not all right.

A conversation two days ago with a good friend, names changed, telling me a story that went like this.

Ken: “Are you all right?”
Jack : “Yes, I’m fine.”
Ken : “Are you sure your all right Jack?”
Jack : “Yes I’m sure.”
Ken : “Jack you are not all right!”
Jack : ” Yes, your right I’m not all right.”

Some History of Concepts

Piaget’s ( The unknown brother of the revolutionary psychologist John Piggot of North Shields ) proposed a child to adult development in four ‘universal’ stages.

  1. Sensory Motor 0-2
  2. Pre Operational 2-7
  3. Concrete Operational 7-11
  4. Formal Operational 11-16

Around the second year from being born, a child begins to enter the world of words. This is a massive evolution from the world of body and feelings.

At around two years old the Pre-operational stage begins and the world of words and symbols emerges. These transcend and include our bodily impulses and experiences.

We can begin to use symbols to describe objects and later concepts in the world. The symbol ‘Felix’ which described the family cat transforms into ‘Cat’ which not only names and describes Felix, it is a generalisation for all cats.

Our thoughts can repress or depress our nature and equally our nature can overwhelm or disregard our thoughts or perceived cultural morality.

Our Emotional Self and Impulses

As a model our amazingly complex brain can be thought of a a three layered structure. This is not how it it – this is a simple model and a good one.

Paul MacClean ( I remember the 3 layer like the three layer toothpaste ) came up with a model of a 3-part brain.

  • Reptile – homoeostasis
  • PaleoMammalian – Emotions
  • NeoMammalian – Thoughts and cognitions

These are complexly interconnected and can and do influence each other.

Our thoughts can and do create emotions. Here is an example. On Sunday my good friend came over ( we were going out to have lunch after a days cycling ) and give me a tin of organic Baked Beans. I cook most of what I eat from scratch. So this was a nice surprise, I haven’t had tins of beans for a long time.

After we had all eaten out ( Anglers Arms Longframlington ) later that day I was cooking a curry. I added the Baked Beans and called my friend who was ( my assumption ) initially gobsmacked that I had added something he eats on its own, savouring the taste ( and it is good – I had eaten a half tin to try them out ) to a curry.

The curry was exceptional. And through a conversation my friend had ( with me ) went through a series of emotions and presuppositions that were not experiential. They were second hand. I did, unintentionally upset his ‘rules’ and not being subject to those beliefs found and exceptional addition to a curry.

Thoughts can and do create emotions. Here is another example. Imagine a lemon and cut it, look at it and then put it in your mouth. Bite it and taste that lemon juice in your mouth. In your direct experience there is no lemon.

Our thoughts can influence our emotional and physical response.

Neurologically all of this takes place in our nervous system. We cognise in our frontal cortex ( Neo-Mammalia Brain ) and this in turn activates our Limbic System ( Paleo-Mammalia Bran ) which then does something to alert our Reptile Brain – specifically the Hypothalamus which changes our emotions and physiology. And then alerts the rest of our nervous system in a reciprocate feedback loop.

The Inner Religions War And Questioning Your Inner Culture

Integrating complementary systems such as impulses and thoughts is not about one dominating another and creating a dominating hierarchy. There has been enough of this with religions, following a guru or warring peoples.

Our evolution and future as a people and certainly individuals is not to be found in dominating and warring hierarchies. The way forward is understanding and integration.

I think about integrating our internal warring factions as facilitating a complementary way both aspects of our thoughts and behaviours can be at peace, co-existing together and thrive. Just about any problem behaviour can be re-framed to have some positive aspects. Positive in the sense of attempting to accomplish something above and beyond the actual behaviour.

For instance, as a general example lets take a man with a cat phobia. Cognitively this man knows he is in no real danger for a cat. Yet on sight or smell of any cat there is a full on phobic ( stress ) response that just takes over.

A phobic response can be thought of as ‘your’ autonomic nervous system, the sympathetic branch activating the flight / freeze / fight response in a wholly inappropriate way for such a situation.

Now for some that may read ‘silly’ but swap the context for public speaking anxiety, job interview nerves,  spider phobia, an unwanted addiction or a fear of flying and you have pretty much the same category of thoughts and emotions at internal conflict.

Hypnotherapy here in Newcastle can be a very effective way of unlearning inappropriate responses to situations and events. And then learning new ways to gain more of the freedom you most surely want in your life.

It’s doesn’t have to be this way, you don’t need to continue to suffer, this is not the way it is ordained to be. You can do something about making your situation better.

Clinical Hypnotherapy Newcastle 0770 481 8467 or email using the contact page.

Contact me for a completely free, zero obligation telephone consultation.

 

 

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Taking the Anxiety out of Worry – Hypnotherapy in Newcastle

ITS NORMAL TO WORRY

We all worry from time to time. I worry, you worry, everyone I know worries from time to time. Sometimes it is appropriate other times when this becomes an obsessive problem it effects our whole life and usually those people who are close to us and mostly in pretty negative ways.

When worry becomes an anxious and very repetitive cycle there are usually a very negative set of emotions and feelings that accompany our thoughts.

I think primarily because there seems no way out and there is no resolution of what will be, just a lot of WHAT IF’S …

Anxiety Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Do this enough times and we create a habit that can run in the background all by itself. This is a pretty good definition of anxiety.

Our thoughts, especially our repetitive thoughts change how we feel; affect our mood and as such can stop us living the kind of life we both want and deserve.

Before I write about ways to change, I want to give a quick example of how our thoughts can change how we feel. It’s a classic!

Do Try This At Home

OK, imagine you have a fresh lemon in front of you. Imagine putting it in your hand and feeling the weight. Look at it shiny and yellow with tiny dimples on the skin.

Now imagine cutting out a slice, you smell the lemon juice and see the surface texture you have just exposed as it glints in the available light. Now squeeze it a little and see the juice come to the surface and put it in your mouth and bite.

Experience the juice all over your mouth and tongue, hitting all your taste buds. And notice what you are feeling right now and there is no lemon …

Anxiety and worry affect the same body senses, not quite in the same way as thinking about a lemon, yet none the less your thoughts affect how you feel.

Because we have relatively highly developed frontal cortex, we humans have an unrivalled ability to imagine. When we give great time and energy to imagining our thoughts transfer into emotions that are realised all through our bodies.

When a problem thought gets ‘stuck’ just like a song ( take the Birdie Song ) that can become a daily, hourly or every minute thing we are singing a song we hate, is annoying and yet somehow has got stuck.

Sometimes a solutions is to sing the whole song out loud … not just the annoying chorus or verse but the whole thing. It’s like an exorcism in that it completes a process when one little bit was stuck in a repeat cycle.

OK, so you have sung the Birdie song and you are still singing it … Opps!

There will always be something to worry about – if you think that way

When I worked as a software engineer I was paid to worry. Paid to worry how service users of the software I produced could screw up my programs. How they could possibly enter date that would seriously derail mostly well thought out software. To try to anticipate anything a user could do that was not what was an anticipated and logical input.

With my best efforts and those of my fellow programmers somehow sometime we would always get an error or program deficient report. Well this really reflects life in actuality. In that no matter how well prepared for a crisis it still happens.

All I could do was learn about how specifically one user crashed the system. And this was a system built from genius ( not me ) a whole team of people who had done their very best in making it crash / fool proof. And there seemed to always be a better fool than me.

When It’s Not Your Job and You Don’t Get Paid To Worry?

There are many studies that relate our natural human condition to be one of being generally much more wary of losing what we have to be more important than gaining something additional. That means there is a general human quality of maintaining some kind of relative status quo.

These studies translate to being shit scared of what we could lose. And I think being afraid of what we can lose is a basis, a foundation for anxiety. A Buddhist term for this is called trishna. Trishna can be thought to mean grasping or clinging to.

We can lose freedom, liberty, right to free speech, our homes, our loves, our job, our health or even our worries. Everything we value will one day dissolve including us.

Worry can take many forms such as obsessing, guilt, grief, remorse or intrusive traumatic memories. These all have potentially different ways of being resolved depending on how the specific type of worry is actually done.

Very common is taking to ourself, in the not out-loud but silent way. This kind has the potential to be resolved quite quickly when you know how. Here is one potential way for you to explore yourself.

Imagine that a trusted friend who only has your best interest at heart is saying those exact same words you use but out loud as in a conversation. Your trusted friend is saying something to you that they believe is in your best interest.

Yes I am inviting you to have an out loud conversation with yourself.

See beyond the words and look for the deeper meaning that they are inviting you to think about. Now do the same thing using your words but direct them towards your true friend. How are you actually trying to help them?

Talking about your worries or concerns to a trusted friend or a professional like me can be the first steps in resolving your worries. Sometimes other methods bear fruit quicker.

When people unlearn a fear or an anxiety there are parallels to resolving traumatic memories and associations. The associations can be fear to a place, a person or even a smell.

There are, simplistically, four brain regions involved in learning and unlearning a fear and this can apply to worry.

These regions are the amygdalla, the hippocampus, the reticular formation and the frontal cortex. These are parts of the limbic system or the emotional brain centre and the rhombencephalon.

Amygdala’s are involved in fear and anxiety. They seem to generate the sense of unease. The hippocampus is involved in episodic and spatial memory. The reticular formation is involved in arousal and attention and the frontal cortex is where we both become consciously aware and can exercise conscious volition.

Using conscious volition a very present and effortful activity. Doing something cognitive while worrying can be an excellent way to de-couple emotions from associations. It requires repetition to bed down and cement new neural associations which can stop worry and anxiety.

For professional assistance with all forms of anxiety and worry please give me a call on 0770 481 8467 for hypnotherapy in Newcastle or email me direct. All clients will receive a pre-appointment telephone consultation.

 

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PsychoSomatic Secrets of How To Lose Weight and Keep It Off with Hypnotherapy

When you read the word psychosomatic in relation to weight loss, what does that conjurer up for you? Psycho relates to the internal thoughts and emotions we all can feel. Somatic relates to your body and physical sensations. Together these will massively effect your ability to lose weight and keep it off long term.

Before You Read On – Weight Loss is Not About Weight Loss

Weight loss is not about weight loss – it’s about what happens from the results! Passing an exam or a driving test is not about passing the test its about the freedom and possibilities that arise from that result.

Pleas ask yourself why is it you want to lose weight and what purpose will losing and maintaining a healthy weight serve for you? Your reasoning will become important because I use hypnotherapy and psychotherapeutic methods here in Newcastle to help you with the psychological aspects of weight loss.

When you become aware of your own deeper motivations and the real reasons you will most likely discover something that can be incredibly empowering and lasting in your own life. You also need to know the effects of certain foods in relations to weight loss. There is a free paper at the end of this post that offers this valuable information.

Weight Gain – Your Environment and Your Psychology

When you have a problem remaining the right weight and ruling out medical conditions it is easy to say there is a problem in your psycho-somatic balance and should you agree, how would you like to know how to rebalance that system both short and long term?

If you struggle in keeping your weight at a sensible and healthy balance then I am sure you will be all too familiar with diets and exercise routines that you have tried for a while, noticed some results and then took your foot of the gas. What happened next? You lost motivation and the weight came back. Heck, I bet you even put on a little more.

Personally I have been what I regard as really ”over weight’ two times in my life. The first time was when I was working offshore in Norway and I got fat. The second time was when I got very serious about gaining weight using weights and strength training. Knowing how to gain weight can be just as useful as knowing how to take it off and keep it off.

Working offshore in Norway on all of the oil rigs there are a 24 hour kitchens that catered for all kinds of tastes. Just about any kind of food you can think of was available all the time. Just turn up any time and graze. The ever open, all you can eat buffet. Well in six months of grazing I put on an extra 3 stone from my normal weight.

As a contrast working from my base weight and engaging in daily weight training for six months I also put on three stone. The diet I was consuming were pretty different comparing the Norway buffet and the foods I was eating to support my muscles growing.

There seem to me two crucially important aspects in weight management. The first and most obvious we realise is exercise because this is how to create a body deficient in energy and this is what will utilise the bodies energy stores reducing adipose tissue – fat.

The second is to me much more important. This is the psychological components ( Psycho in Psychosomatic ) comprising ‘environmental-pressures’ and the mental focus to have and maintain long term ambitions in terms of your weight. This is the purpose and motivation that will most likely lead to higher self esteem and self worth and the why I invited you to think about at the beginning of this post.

When I worked offshore there was bad-for-me combinations of a very stressful job, odd sleeping and working times and a 24 hour buffet serving all sorts of delicious sugary carbohydrates that for many people are actually stress relievers.

I got overweight, though only about one and a half stone while I was writing software. There was a ‘cult’ of all of us bringing in biscuits, sweets and cake which we all grazed on throughout the day.

Sure we were thinking hard and that actually does use up energy. Yet reflecting now most members of that software programming team was overweight. And some much more than others. Perhaps it was another way of dealing with in-job stress or coping with monotony or maybe it was a bi-product of a grazing culture. Perhaps it was all of those things and more.

The point I want to stress is two fold. You can have responses in your environments and these can be powerfully mediated by your own long term and powerful reasons, purpose and values for maintaining a specific and healthy weight over time. This is what I can help you with.

Possible Reasons Why You Are Overweight

There are lots of ‘reasons’ why you are overweight. A combination of these will of course be worse for you and may over time adversely affect your health.

  • Eating excess processed foods ( especially sugar )
  • Taking in more energy than you burn off
  • Stress Full life and comfort eating
  • Eating when you are not hungry
  • Lack of low to moderate intensity exercise
  • Poor knowledge of food and storing fat
  • Your responses to your environments

Most of these can be mediated and managed with the right psychology. This really does mean having a deep knowing why its important for you to lose and maintain a healthy weight and being able to tap into your deep motivations.

Thank you for reading this far. I am making an assumption that you are serious about becoming a certain healthy weight. As such I want to offer you a free paper on food that is accented on giving you powerful knowledge that can be used to lose weight, keep it off and potentially dramatically change how and what you eat.

I am not a dietician so this free paper is informational only. This is exactly the knowledge I used to gain weight and also the knowledge you can use to maintain a healthy weight. Add the correct psychological attitude for you and you seriously increase your ability to get what you want.

Call now to request your free paper : UnSecrets of Weight Loss – Newcastle Hypnotherapy from Nigel Hetherington. Call 0770 481 8467. If you would like a free telephone consultation you can arrange one at this time too.

What I really can help you with is for you to gain and strengthen the psychological attitude that can help you maintain a healthy weight long term where you feel good about yourself over time. This will have everything to do with that question – why do you want to lose weight?

Working together initially involves a telephone conversation so I can be sure you are interested and committed to long term solutions and not the ‘quick fix’ short term solution.

I don’t believe things like hypnotic gastric banding or bariatric surgery are long term solutions for the vast majority of people who struggle with their weight, their moods and how they cope with stress. At the most basic level you are restricting your food input and this is almost certain to make you hungry and even obsess about food.

I don’t believe fad diets work for most people because if they did there wouldn’t be a massive global market in diet books, self help and semi-legal drugs to expel fat from our bodies. It is simply not enough to hope for a quick effortless fix.

It will most likely take effort on your behalf and if you think about it really honestly now, what have you achieved of genuine worth and value where you have not had to exert some effort? What really needs to change is both at a behavioural and psychological level.

Booking An Appointment

After an initial telephone consultation we will arrange an appointment and after this you will contact me by way of follow up at regular intervals over the next 12 months. Additional appointments are only as required.

Thank you for reading and remember to call even if at the moment you only require the free paper UnSecrets of Weight Loss.

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Serious Stress, OFSTED, a Blank Check and the Head Teacher

I am no stranger to stress in the professional workplace. In fact I am testimony to it having worked in three very stress-full places of employment. Working in the Northumbrian Water business at the time of privatisation, working in the off shore oil and gas exploration setting and in an an entrepreneurial software engineering setting while the business was sold off to venture capitalists.

Two weeks or so ago I was contacted by the head teacher of an extremely prestigious North East school. The conversation was two fold. They required personal assistance and the school staff were massively stressed because an OFSTED inspection was looming and how could I help the staff?

Hypnotherapy for OFSTED Stress

Twice in the first five minutes of our conversation I was asked for an invoice to come into the school to help the teachers with their extreme stress. This is a blank check for my services. Anyone thinking there is no money in the local schools will have a bit of a shock. My fees were never discussed and I was asked twice for my invoice details.

Each time I politely refused because I wanted to come into the school and observe the environment and because until I was sure what I would offer would make a real difference I would not take any money for my services. I am as sure as I can be that I could help the teachers change their coping responses but I like to see first hand before that kind of professional contractual obligation.

In my line of work as a therapist and a teacher of NLP I have had the privileged of working and meeting several teachers that are effected by the pressures of an OFSTED inspection. I have also met one of the highest people in OFSTED who runs the massive coordination of school inspections at the highest level. So I am reasonably familiar with the different effects this has on a wide variety of people.

This head teacher described their personal problem as one of those all two familiar acronyms where things have to be just so or there is massive anxiety. I would think that a successful head of an enterprise needs to have these kinds of structures when all is going well. It’s called being a head.

I explained to the head I require a completed questionnaire before our appointment and arranged their personal appointment and I also arranged a time, the week after our one to one appointment to come to the school and meet the staff, the head, the occupational psychologist and whoever else would be there.

I contacted the head teacher twice to remind them to complete and return their questionnaire before our appointment. Guess what happened. That is right, nothing! So two days before our scheduled appointment I emailed a third time to postpone our one to one because they had failed ( love to say that to a teacher ) to follow my terms and conditions and could we re-arrange our appointment.

The reply was priceless. It was ‘cancel my appointment and cancel the school one too.’ I was not shocked at all because I had anticipated this knee jerk reaction.

Anyone who can not follow processes as simple as filling a questionnaire is unlikely to take on board any advice and techniques I suggest to be implemented in dealing with stress. I was so very much looking forward to working with people who do amazing jobs, teaching our next generations, work out some ways to turn stress into pressure.

IF you are a mega-stressed teacher at this school or any school in the North East, call me, fill in the questionnaire! and I will do my very best to help you find ways to turn what I know can be massive stress into workable pressure.

 

 

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Weight Loss Truths That Will Shock You – Especially Hypnotherapy To Shrink Your Stomach!

There are several hard and potentially disturbing truths that anyone that is seriously interested in weight loss and maintaining the weight off – which are two very different things – must know and understand.

This post will be relevant to all individual people who want and need to lose weigh as well as those of you who are considering using any psychological method such as hypnotherapy to help you lose weight and keep it off.

So here is the first idea we need to explore. Weigh Loss has very little to do with the old idea that reducing the volume of food you consume will help you lose weight. This may be shocking for the bands of hypnotic gastric banding providers who are in essence telling you to control the volume you eat by imagining your stomach is smaller.

Hypnotherapy Weight Loss

This is the idea, and it sounds like it could be good, is cut down on the amount of food you eat and do more to burn off the excess. But there is abundant research evidence that proves there is no direct relationship between calorie deficit ( eating less calories ) and weigh loss.

But There Is No Direct Link To Weigh Loss And Reducing Food Volume

Its just a small matter but some foods have the potential to make you store fats and put on weight and others do not. So it should be worryingly obvious that gastric banding alone, and I mean the surgical operation, or even reducing the amount you eat can not and will not make you lose weight over any period of time.

In the UK a recent government study shows that 1 in 4 adults are obese and the percentage of male adults that are obese and overweight is 65% and the percentage of female adults that are obese and overweight is 58%. This shocks me and I believe I understand why people are becoming so fat.

In a study by Colleen Rand in relation to being obese ( something which 1 in 4 UK people are ) instead of being obese:

  • 100% would rather be deaf.
  • 89% would rather be blind.
  • 91% would rather have a leg amputated.

The surgical procedure bariatric surgery or as we know it gastric banding is a very extreme form, a last resort if you like, to attempt to control weight gain. It costs between £5000 and £8000 and is used to treat ( possibly the wrong word ) life threatening obesity by restricting the size of the stomach.

There is no direct relationships between the amount of food that you put in your body to the amount of weight you carry. In abundant research there is no direct relationship between calorie deficit ( eating less calories ) and weigh loss.

How Our Bodies Store Fat

There are three food groups and there is only one of them that creates the conditions where it is possible to store fat in a fat cell as a triglyceride.

Lets explore our fat enabling friend the carbohydrate. When you eat carbohydrates, these are essentially sugars, which are broken down to provide energy in the form of glucose. If you don’t use that available glucose it will be stored away as glycogen. That is excess glucose will be stored away as four parts water and one part glycogen.

When we eat carbohydrates our friend the hormone of plenty, insulin, does its part to return the blood glucose level to the more usual state. So insulin converts glucose into glycogen to be stored in the muscles and liver as an on tap energy source.

There are two types of human body fat. One is know as fatty acids which are small chain molecules that are burned up for energy. The other form is known as triglycerides. A triglyceride is three fatty acids bound up with glycerol. A triglyceride within a fat cell will need to be broken down into the simpler fatty acid to pass the fat cell membrane and be used as a fuel.

The more glucose available to fat cells the more glycerol can be made. If there is more glycerol available there is more fat that can be stored in the fat cells as triglycerides. And where is an amazingly abundant source of glucose? You got it carbohydrates.

Fat storage can only occur when there are carbohydrates and glucose present in the body. It is that simple.

How Our Bodies Utilise Fat

How fat is stored is different to how our bodies will utilise stored fat. Working in position to insulin released from the pancreas is another pancreatic hormone glucagon. This little helper converts stored glycogen in the liver into glucose.

In response to falling blood sugar the pancreas produces glucagon and in turn the fatty acids stored in the liver are utilised to provide fuel for the body. If there is no glucose and carbohydrates available then and only then will the stored triglycerides begin to be broken down and use as energy.

When the triglycerides are being broken down with an enzyme lipase the fatty acids are released and the glycerol can be converted into glucose for use in the brain.

So I hope you have a very clear understanding that restricting the amounts you can eat has nothing to do with what you eat and that when you are eating any form of carbohydrates and glucose you are creating the conditions for fat storage. The evil little fat hoarder is carbohydrates.

Psychological And Knowledge Aspects To Long Term Weight Loss

This is where I can help you. What is absolutely critical in maintaining a lighter and healthier weight is a two fold approach.

The first aspect is you are armed and equipped with the right information that will help you. The latest NHS advice gives old and outdated advice and information. It may work but then again all of the information about foods, weight and weigh loss is not there or is outdated or just plain wrong. Check out NHS guideline and info for yourself right here and be sure to read the comments!

I have attempted to give you up to date and correct information that can help you both understand and actualise your eating, exercising and above all knowledge of what certain food types is actually doing in your body.

The second aspect is the psychological methods that you will probably require to maintain and support a continued new lifestyle where I will help you address underlying aspects of how you can learn to eat much less carbs and have a more active and healthy lifestyle.

Because weight loss is not so much about weight loss it is about what keeping the weigh off long term really means to you. When you want professional psychological help using a variety of means please do get in touch.

Telephone consultations are free and take around twenty minutes. Call now. 0770 481 8467

 

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Ready To Fail In Your New Year Resolutions Again?

2014 will be a time when huge numbers of people from around the world and naturally in Northumberland and the Northeast make New Year resolutions.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle is about success through sincere and mutual efforts.

People will seek hypnotherapy in Newcastle typically to help with ‘things’ like weight loss, stop smoking, stop drinking, quit drugs, stop emotional spending, leave abusive relationships the list could become very long.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle Habits

But its all ‘things’ you should or shouldn’t do right? With shoulds and shouldn’ts you need to Think Again. Before you make another rash and possibly desperate decision to see a therapist, do another diet, fork out for a series of hypno gastric banding, join a gym, order the latest self help book or leave a dying relationship …

Get a free consultation. Not only will it save you a great deal of frustrations and save you lots of time, it is highly likely to help you take the right steps in the right direction. Here is why, I want you to empower and protect your wellbeing.

It is the 8th of January and I have already politely declined to work with three people. Why? Because I only work with people who are both invested and committed to bringing about desirable change in their life.

As far as I could tell, from conversations and an email, they wanted a ‘magic wand’ fix for something ( smoking, lack of confidence and a ‘bad relationship’ ) that had gone on that way for years and they were not prepared to do anything other than turn up and be ‘fixed’. This is not how hypnotherapy Newcastle works.

All of the responsibility to change was it seemed down to me. You can probably understand why I speak with clients before we work together and why I decline to work with that kind of mind set.

Changing An Old Habit Using Hypnotherapy

There are two very important factors in making real and positively empowering changes in your life.

  1. The first is being willing to take action and responsibility to make the changes you want with professional assistance.
  2. The second is having honest and really compelling reasons to change in valuable and beneficial ways.

Let’s take smoking. Some call this an addiction and some call this a habit. It’s a very interesting distinction because habits are clearly easier to change than addictions. Smokers can and often do go a long time without lighting up.

Where? Airlines, Sleeping Time, Work. When the situation is right and with some will power or simply being highly occupied, time in between cigarettes is easily and often effortlessly extended.

By exploring when and where a habit is most likely to take place, as in what situations, you can use hypnotherapy to assist you to make better choices much more of the time.

Most interestingly and what can come as quite a big surprise is that every one of these New Year resolutions, to give up one thing or attain another is not about the thing itself. What does that mean?

Lets take weight loss, a huge favourite for the New Years resolution, year in year out. OK I am saying it loud and clear. Weight loss is not about weigh loss!

Weight loss it is about what weight loss will mean and enable you to do differently. It is about the changes that losing weight will manifest in your life.

You can begin to rationalise this – and decide what it is worth to you, what effort you are willing to invest in yourself.

Can you answer these questions to get a real felt sense of the value of your goal or outcome? If it is a should or shouldn’t you will find next to zero motivation to do anything other than hope for a magic wand solution.

  • When I achieve my goal what is it honestly worth to me?
  • What will be different when I have this outcome?
  • What will I be able to do then that I can’t do now?

If you are honestly motivated and want professional hypnotherapy assistance to realise your goals then call 0770 481 8467 for a free consultation for Hypnotherapy Newcastle. Remember to leave your name, number and a brief description of what you want so I can call you back.

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Newcastle Hypnotherapy Helping To Restore Peace of Mind

When psychological peace is lost, hypnotherapy or any psychological assistance can help you to regain you psychological well being. For the most part we all take good health as a highly desirable trait. The same is true for psychological health.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle can help you regain your psychological peace and wellbeing. But there is a dual responsibility for this. This means you owe it to yourself to be actively involved in your own positive change work because your involvement is you actively engaging to heal yourself.

Newcastle Hypnotherapy Peace Of Mind

We commonly call psychological wellbeing Peace Of Mind. When we worry excessively or are trapped in negative thought patterns feeling the world or even someone is out to cause us sincere harm we recognise these as indications that our peace of mind has been polluted and disturbed.

Some common factors that can cause a loss of psychological health are worry, depression and any excess in emotional stressors. While many factors can seem to be external and environmental, it is mostly how a person, that is you my friend, copes or deals with the rich and varied textures of life, how they are internalised.

PHYSIOLOGICAL STRESSORS

It is easy to give a neurological explanation of how or why we can feel down, depressed, worried or tend towards negative thoughts about ourselves, others or our world, yet this in a large proportion of cases is linked to how we are responding to our thinking. Who we think we are and what we should be doing. Keep reading because this is going to become a little more transparent.

Our bodies, physically are perfectly adapted to physical stressors. Be caught up in a natural disaster, chased by a pack of dogs or even being in a war zone, our bodies should have a massive stress response to help save our life. Lots of stress hormones and hyper alertness.

PSYCHOLOGICAL STRESSORS

We can create the same type of bodily response psychologically. That means that when we habitually over ‘think’ or ‘worry’ the frontal cortex ( a bit of the brain that is all about social conditioning and ‘why’ we should behave a certain way ) does some stuff that in essence creates a serious problem for us. That is our thoughts and thinking negatively affect our emotions and how we feel.

How we cope with adversity as well as opportunity is massively influenced by how our thoughts and imagination are focused constructively or conversely left to run wild and create psychological havoc. The limbic system can be tricked by our own thinking into believing the scenarios and thoughts are physically real.

CHANGING YOUR THINKING PATTERNS

Hypnotherapy can be an ideal solution because this is about having your thoughts and thinking guided in ways that can turn your thinking into positive and supportive tool to help maintain your psychological wellbeing and that means to help restore your peace of mind.

We are all encouraged to live in healthy ways. Eat good food, do some exercise and enjoy the odd lazy dayeating cheese cake. In moderation all of these activities are salubrious. Salubrious means health giving and health promoting.

It is a great idea yet, to me, it is not anyway so simple for peace of mind because psychological wellbeing is not dependent on eating healthy and taking some exercise. These two elements of good nutrition and exercise are certainly key factors in good mental health but they are not by any means the most significant or impactful.

The most significant and impactful skills you can learn ( and with practice master ) are the ones that you use yourself to shape your negative thoughts into positive ones than change your emotional state for the better.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle offers psychotherapy and hypnotherapy to help you restore lost peace of mind.

You see a physician when your physical wellbeing is lost or damaged and you can consider seeing a mental health professional such as a counsellor or clinical hypnotherapist when your psychological wellbeing is not the way you want it to be. Take action to regain your peace of mind.

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Stress Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Excess pressure leads to stress. Hypnotherapy Newcastle offers assistance and help in dealing with a wide variety of life’s stressors in ways that promote your own abilities to better deal the the inevitable stress causing problems we all face on a regular basis.

Have you ever wondered how some people have literally no stress response to something that can and often does drive you up the wall? How is it some people take huge stressors in their stride and literally the same situation will cause you to stress out, worry and panic as your heart races?

Newcastle hypnotherapy for stress can help you to respond in a better and calmer way to many of the things that can stress you out. How you respond to a situation, how you perceive yourself and what you do is what hypnotherapy can assist you with.

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The stressing situations will almost surely be the same yet by your responding in different ways you have the power to positively effect and take more control; the idea being your ‘natural’ stress response eases off.

THE NATURAL STRESS RESPONSE

The natural stress response to a situation where life is threatened, where we are powerfully emotionally engaged is a natural and perfectly normal survival mechanism which can save our life. This is a response to a direct physical threat such as an accident ( acute ) or being longer term ( chronic ) in, say, a war zone.

Any time our life is in physical danger, be this prolonged or crisis, our automatic stress responses should kick into high gear and all sorts of great things start happening in the body. We are doused with stress hormones adrenaline, cortisol, glucagon all to effectively help us through the danger.

The problem is that actual physical dangers for most of us are honestly few and far between. The real problem is the activation of our stress response for purely psychological reasons. This mean how we think about and perceive our situations activates a bodily response that is mean only to activate in life threatening  situations can activate because :

  • We have to give a public presentation
  • A colleague leaves us with a pile of work
  • We are worried about an upcoming business trip
  • We receive large winter fuel bills
  • etc, etc, etc

There is absolutely no physical life threatening situation at all yet the physical response is as though there were. It is fairly unlikely you will be able to change or massively affect your environment, working conditions or the pressures in life. What you can do is change how you respond. Hypnotherapy Newcastle is one way to explore how you can respond in ways that are better for you.

COPING BETTER WITH STRESS

So how is it some people can and do cope much better with stressors than others? What is it they do differently when faced with pretty much the same situations as you? They somehow respond differently.

Professor Sir Michael Marmot during the Whitehall Studies followed thousands of UK civil servants over decades. The results seemed to show that there is a correlation between health and stress. No surprise there. What was also shown from the studies is that there are certain factors ( listed below ) which seem to be predictors of how people respond to stressors and cope better or worse than others.

  • Predictable Environment
  • Sense of Control
  • Social Support
  • Outlets for Stress and Frustrations
  • A Sense Things are Getting Better

THE BODILY STRESS RESPONSE

There are essentially two elements to the bodily stress response irrespective of if the stressor is physical or psychological. These are bodily changes that practically all of us have had the experience of from time to time.

Autonomic Nervous System Response

Beginning certain activity in the hypothalamus and running down the central nervous system the autonomic or automatic nervous system has essentially two divisions. These being the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. It is the sympathetic nervous system ( SNS ) that is activated in times of stress.

The neurotransmitter acetylcholine activates a further transmitter which releases noradrenaline to many organs throughout the body and in turn releases adrenaline from the adrenal medulla just above the kidneys.

Your heart speeds up, your stomach clutches, eyes dilate and the lungs expand as well as a whole host of other responses to stress where some things speed up and others such as digestion stop. This happens within seconds and is the first part of the stress response.

Hormonal Response

The second part of the stress response is the release of hormones into the blood which in turn promote and grant access to energy from the bodies stores. This is taken or synthesised from energy stores in the liver, fat cells and muscles to transform into circulating glucose in the blood stream.

The neurological circuit involved is the Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal axis or HPA axis for short. The release of hormones which begins the process is within a handful of seconds and takes just minutes to release glucose into the blood.

Again the hypothalamus is involved. The hypothalamus releases a hormone called corticotropin releasing hormone ( CRH ) into the pituitary gland. This in turn dribbles adrenocorticotropic hormone ( ACTH ) into the blood stream and on reaching the adrenal gland affects the release of the glucocorticoid cortisol.

HYPNOTHERAPY SOLUTIONS FOR STRESS

Hypnotherapy has the potential to help you shift and change how you respond to psychological stressors. This could range from you taking more charge in your environment to helping you radically change how you react to the perceived and real psychological stressors in your life.

It is important to understand that hypnotherapy or any other psychotherapy, counselling or talking therapy is not a miracle cure. If it were there would be a global eradication of psychological problems.

The most important aspects in helping you change is you! In terms of people seeking therapy to help make positive changes in their life here are some revealing facts and figures from reference studies.

  • 40% of success is down to you in the belief you can make changes.
  • 30% has to do with the relationship between client and therapist.
  • 66% of clients who seek therapy make positive changes while 33% of people who do not seek therapy make positive changes.

You are more likely to make positive changes sooner with help from a change professional such as a clinical hypnotherapist. These figures are statistics and are some kind of adjusted average. Remember you are totally unique and will be treated that way.

For a absolutely free consultation call 0770 481 8467. If I am busy working with clients call back or leave a message. I will call you back if you leave a message.

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Psychological Wellbeing Hypnotherapy Newcastle

When someone is feeling ill, physically sick or has pulled a muscle, the normal course of action is to go and see a health professional. For physical damage and hurt it may be a doctor. For a pulled or damaged muscle a physiotherapist or body work specialist are many peoples first ports of call.

Why then, is it so many people suffering psychological dis-ease put off for a long time before seeking a psychological well being professional such as a counsellor, psychotherapist or professional clinical hypnotherapy in Newcastle?

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Dis-eases or problems of the psyche are less well accepted in society than physiological ones. They are certainly less well understood. Your psychological well being is as important as your physical health because they effect each other.

PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING

Seemingly for most westerners, long gone are the days of actively worrying and performing rituals to get into a heaven where a priest or cleric could dispense the right psychological assurance and penance to affect a good seat after the main show. With time doctors and psychoanalysts became the new order of priests tending to the psychological needs of those who could afford them. At one time it was trendy to be hysterical.

Grieving for loss and not being able to stand because a painful back are two different kinds of ‘weakness’, with one being traditionally less well accepted until quite recently. It must be completely obvious to the hard or thinking and feeling that psychology effects physiology and physiology effects psychology.

A Simple Thought Experiment

Imagine a fresh, shiny lemon. Put it in your hand and get a sense of the weight. Now, imagine taking a knife and cutting a slice of lemon, noticing the lemon smell as you cut this slice. a big juicy slice. Now, put it in your mouth and bite down, lemon juice squirting all over your tongue.

Right now you are salivating and there is no lemon. This is using your imagination to guide your experience. This is one example, not a definition but an example, of how hypnotherapy can function to change your physiology and psychology at the same time.

THE PSYCHOLOGICAL WELLBEING CRUTCH – DRUGS

Drugs can and often are a useful way for people to get through troubling times. They can and do save lives. Drugs are an essential part of our society. They also have their down sides too.

The occasionally well informed and holistic doctor will refer their patient to a professional hypnotherapist or psychotherapist; Usually the patient will have to pay for this themselves.

Very occasionally, some of the more multi faceted, highly integral doctors may refer their patients to counselling or CBT where they can talk about their problems for many sessions and may have to wait six months for the privilege.

One of the most common courses of treatment prescribed by doctors for psychological dis-ease are drugs. Drugs for anxiety, depression, sexual performance problems, grief, guilt, pain, lack of motivation or drive.

The idea is likely a combination of very limited time to actually talk with and treat their patients and popping a pill requires zero effort and zero commitment.

So what the majority of doctors do seems to be prescribe drugs. Most rarely seem to treat psychological disease with anything other than drugs. And of course, drugs treat the symptom and not the cause.

PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH

Experiencing anxiety, worry and depression are actually very common for practically all people. Performance pressures such as public speaking fears are all too common. The majority of people ( like when a muscle is sore ) work through these issues quite perfectly without professional assistance.

When these every day worries and problems become really problematic or are affecting health or are a constant source of anxiety then it is very likely a good idea to contact a professional to help you with your psychological health and wellbeing.

Working as early as possible with a professional hypotherapist Newcastle based psychotherapist or highly skilled counsellor could help heal and treat psychological problems.

Hypnotherapy will not offer drugs and will usually attempt to help you learn and uncover ways to change your thinking and behaviour so your life improves in the right ways for you.

A telephone consultation is completely free of charge and will take up to 30 minutes. Call 0770 481 8467 or complete and return the questionnaire on the ‘booking a therapy session’ page above.

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Hypnotherapy For Weight Loss : Psychological Relationship with Food

Newcastle Hypnotherapy for help with loosing weight and maintaining a healthy attitude towards yourself and your relationship with food. To find out how hypnotherapy can help with the psychological relationship with food, read on.

Hypnotherapy can be used to help you deal with emotional, psychological and environmental aspects of eating. This could mean using food or snacks to deal with stress and negative emotional issues. Or learning to stop ‘snacking’ on junk food treats.

Professional Hypnotherapy Weight Loss

Weight loss, and healthy long term maintenance is not about fad diets, not just about how much you eat vs how much you burn off, its not just about your psychology. So not surprisingly it is all of these aspects and more.

The foods we eat are divided into three groups. Fats, Protein and Carbohydrates. Some of these are used to build and maintain our body while others ( fatty acids and sugars ) provide the fuel.

Surplus energy from fats, carbohydrates and sugars is stored in the body. Fatty acids and glycerol form triglycerides, stored in your fat cells and glucose forms glucogen which is stored in the muscles and liver.

Clearly, having a good and balanced diet is important. Continue to eat too much and store too much fat means you will become fat. A dietician and nutritionist can provide with all the above informations and even work our a new regime or suggest a new diet.

When latest diets, joining a new gym or a whole new eating regime doesn’t work for you for the umpteenth time it is a good idea to explore the psychological aspects of your relationship with food.

Psychological Relationship with Food

Hypnotherapy as any psychotherapeutic practice can, can help you change your perceived motivations, ideas and thoughts about food, eating and weight. This is not just a psychological issue because thoughts create and feed emotions as emotions can create thoughts.

More than two thirds of people eat more when they are stressed or emotionally challenged. This could be a craving for high carbohydrate foods or simply a grazing behaviour to help cope. This means stress and emotional states alter apatite.

High carbohydrate, fatty and sugary foods taste good to most people. When these becomes used as a pick me up for low moods, stress alleviation or even to relieve boredom they can become coping habits.

At a simplistic and at the same time very honest level, overeater’s are using food as a coping mechanism, a coping behaviour.

When a habit or coping behaviour is acted out, there is, a reward actually felt for doing that behaviour. Long term these kinds of behaviours can produce guilt, shame and create the negative spiral of yo yo quitting. Why because they never address the real issue. Yet coping behaviours for a short while do the trick.

There are two very effective aspects you can address to change your psychological relationship with food and how you eat.To make honest and lasting change you need to be honest with yourself.

  • First, get very clear about why you want to lose weight.  This is usually nothing to do with health, looks or even weight loss!
  • The second is acknowledging and addressing the underlying causes for eating the ways you have.

For professional hypnotherapy in Newcastle upon Tyne for weight loss. Call Nigel Hetherington for a free no obligation consultation. 0770 481 8467

 

 

 

 

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Trauma Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Trauma is one of those words that can conjurer up all kinds of meanings. Trauma can be defined as a situation or experience where there is / was imminent danger to the survival of an individual. This of course can come in a wide variety of flavours. Major trauma, minor trauma and those in-between.

A traumatic experience has the potential to alter how the brain and nervous system works and in some cases the ‘damage’ can seem irreparable. In terms of having a behaviour or response that seems to be fixed and set in stone.

Hypnotherapy Trauma Newcastle

Hypnotherapy Trauma Newcastle

For example a car crash, a physical assault or losing a loved one. Trauma can also be induced vicariously, that is, by witnessing a situation, or act where another person or being that is subject to horrocity. In a nut shell trauma is both a physical and psychological occurrence that can leave deep scars.

It does not have to be this way, hypnotherapy Newcastle can help you to both come to terms with and move on from what has happened.

Years of living with trauma may well take several session of hypnotherapy Newcastle to help you alleviate the undesired and unwanted emotional responses. I will do my very best to make this a minimal amount of sessions.

There are no ridiculous or completely unethical promises being made here. To quote my friend and colleague Andy, “My sincere efforts are guaranteed but the results are not.” This is completely and transparently honest.

A Personal Account of Trauma

I recall when I was around 16 years old being shown a video at school. The video showed army personal blow torching a pig till its skin blistered. Giving the pig some water, which it eagerly drank, and then continuing burning its skin to black, blistering and boiling. The pig never screamed because its vocal chords had been cut.

The head of the school I attended was reported to local authorities for showing a bunch of 16-17  year old’s this film. Some viewers cried many left the lecture room.  The topic was either Media Studies or Social Studies, one of those ‘lame’ compulsory subjects that six form college forced me to participate in.

For a long while the images and emotions haunted me. I understand the purpose of the experiment ( with the pig ) was exploring how soldiers could survive massive body burns. The experiment with the students, the 16 year old viewers was not entirely clear. It certainly left a deep impression.

Pure vicarious traumatic episode. I froze.

Trauma – The Neuro Biology

Basically we are taking about a Stress Response to environmental and or psychological events. These in tern activate the sympathetic nervous system. This means there is a great deal of adrenaline ( epinephrine ) circulating in the bloodstream.

Additionally there will be arginine vasopressin ( AVP ) and Adrenocorticotropin circulating in the blood stream mediated by activation of the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis. ( HPA )

This is well know as the fight / flight / freeze response.

What all this means is your blood pressure is increased, heart beating faster you are on high alert. Fat is being rapidly accessed in the form of circulating glucose to provide energy to your exercising muscles and you are biologically equipped to save your life.

After the stressor your body should return to normal in a short period of time. Prolonged stressors will keep both aspects of the stress response activated, that is the sympathetic nervous response plus the HPA response.

Collecting and Storing Traumas

Traumatic events can be thought of as being stored in the body as a frozen and solid somatic memory as well as psychological imprints. This can be understood as the ‘freeze’ response from the fight / flight / freeze.

Also escaping ( flight ) or fighting to survive in a dangerous physical and or physiological situation can leave trauma scars. This can be a one off event such as a car crash or could be multiple events such as an abusive relation or bullying at work.

Animals don’t seen to store trauma the way humans can. Animals seem to shake of excess energy and emotion after a traumatic episode and get right back on with their lives. Humans after a traumatic encounter will sometimes fail to release the energy which can come back to haunt as flash backs, startle responses or physical pain.

Hypnotherapy and Bowen Therapy in Newcastle

Treating both the psychological trauma using hypnotherapy and any physiological trauma representation using the gentle Bowen therapy techniques offers a complete range of therapy to help you heal and move forwards.

For a completely free and confidential telephone consultation regarding trauma resolution, call me, Nigel, on 0770 481 8467. Leave a message, your name and contact phone number if you get the answering machine. Calls returned within 24 working hours.

 

 

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The Dangers, Hypnosis and Benefits of Diagnostic Labelling

Clients looking for Clinical hypnotherapy in Newcastle for the most part will seek the assistance of a hypnotherapist for what are well know ‘labels’ in psycho-therapeutic work. Often these labels are self diagnosed or could have come from doctors or other ‘qualified to ascribe’ medical professionals.

These labels, and we all know them, can sometimes be helpful yet for the most part create pretty unhelpful, stuck, and unfounded type categorisations about exactly who this person is as a diagnostic label. This can be a dangerous kind of hypnosis for both hypnotherapist and client. Why?

Because this will, as a shadow, tend to obscure everything that is amazing, good and excellent about the human being seeking help and assistance. And as such focus on the diagnostic label and not a real and feeling and capable human. Hypnotherapy Newcastle aims to de-couple those unhelpful diagnostic labels from your identity as soon as possible and remind you you are so much more.

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Exploring Diagnostic Labels – The Hidden People

There is a big difference, if you explore this yourself between the following statements. These differences may appear to be quite subtle.

  • Julia the depressive
  • Julia is a depressive
  • Julia is depressive
  • Julia has been behaving depressed
  • Julia has been acting depressed

Some common labels are ‘depression or depressive’, ‘anxiety or anxious’, ‘traumatized, phobic, schizophrenic,  borderline, crazy, psychotic, addict, IBS, neurotic, fat, lazy, low self esteem; Some are diagnostic and some are not but all carry generalised injunctions that in no way categorise and define a human being. They try to describe symptomatology.

Ask yourself this and imagine what comes to mind? Who is Mike the Depressive, who is Sarah the OCD woman. Who is fatty Monica? Who is Jay the schizophrenic? Each of this labels conjurer up a representation of a categorised individual. They exclude

I Bet you are not thinking about the Monica the CEO mother and stamp collector, or Sarah the genuinely successful entrepreneur, sports car enthusiast and super special Aunty or Mike the high achieving sports professional, property developer and campaigner for the homeless or Jay the social worker, father of three and political aspirant.

While there can be a value in knowing the symptomatology of certain types of diagnostic criteria, the rest and that is a GREAT DEAL, of that persons life, experiences, values and accomplishments are often side lined.

A diagnostic label could be very useful in an instance where there is clear and obvious mental health issues and having a diagnosis of lets say schizophrenia, psychosis or manic depression could be a great thing.

Such a diagnosis from a medical professional could help vastly a person who knowing there is something seriously wrong, like massive mood swings or detached reality would at least know ‘what they have’ and possible forward moving treatment plans.

So sometimes knowing the symptomatology and diagnostic label can help. And as soon as possible moving away from unhelpful diagnostic label towards generative solutions ways of having the sense of “I have { diagnostic label } and I am so much more.” Can in and of itself be empowering in psychological change.

Hypnotherapy in Newcastle from Nigel Hetherington. For help and assistance in moving past unhelpful terms and labels using therapeutic process. Call 0770 481 8467 for a free consultation. if Nigel is available you will talk otherwise please leave a message. Calls usually returned within 24 working hours.

 

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Choosing Your Hypnotherapist – How To Make An Informed Decision

Imagine for one moment that you or a friend had this experience. Its 16.23 on a Thursday afternoon and you have just discovered that your car has a flat tyre. You look a little closer and discover a puncture. “Oh dear” you say while resourcefully Googling ‘car tyre puncture repair’ on your smart phone. You wait a little while and are rewarded with the following:

  1.   Puncture repair takes up to one hour and costs £10.
  2.   Puncture repair takes up to one hour, costing between £10 and £50 depending on your car make and model.

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So, You might think, well, OK, that probably involves removing the tyre, finding the puncture and doing a repair. Why does the cost depend on the make and model of my car? Probably something to do with material costs.

Still, the same time, scenario two. You want a gardener to do some work in your garden. Again you Google ‘gardeners’ in your local vicinity. And get the following results:

  1. Gardening – no job too small or large. £20 per hour
  2. Gardening: between £20 – £50 per hour depending on your exact postcode.

You might again be wondering what on earth does my post-code have to do with the cost per hour? We would be wondering the same.

Scenario three. You require some psychological help in dealing with a problem. Let’s call this problem X because that is general. X could be weight loss, trauma resolution, addictions – you name it. You choose to explore the options for hypnotherapy.

Again at the same time you Google ‘Hypnotherapy for help with X’. You receive the following results.

  1. Hypnotherapy – all one hour sessions £100.
  2. Hypnotherapy – Weight Loss £120 per hour, Stop Smoking £200 per hour, Addictions £150 per hour.

Again you might be thinking what is the price difference about? Why does a different ‘problem’ incur a different price for the same session time?

Is there something very different that is done in each session? Maybe the hypnotherapist has to exert much more effort or something radically depending on a specific problem?

On closer examination you find that some hypnotherapists have different rates for different methodologies, for example:

  • Hypno-analysis 1 hour = £ 125.00
  • Suggestion Therapy 1 hour = £75.00
  • EFT 1 hour = £55.00

All of these different prices for differing problems and different methodologies are unsettling and really confusing.

Adding even further confusion to the public domain is the fact that some hypnotherapists suggest a series of 8 – 12 sessions one per week.

Now just to put things in perspective 8 sessions at say £75.00 per session will cost you £600.00 and no therapist who is worth their salt or has any integrity or experience will promise or guaranteed a result, if they do, be extra vigilant.

The reality is, in our view, that you are paying for the hypnotherapist’s skills and experience for a set period of time and that, in our opinion, should be a standardised fee based on a standard session time spent. Not the type of presenting problem or methodology used.

When you are looking to find a hypnotherapist to help you, we suggest you seek to find a therapist who offers the following:

  • Standard fee per session regardless of the presenting problem.
  • Pay as you go sessions with an option to block book, if YOU choose.
  • Who does not promise the ‘magic pill’ result, because there is no such thing.

Having found a hypnotherapist who offers this kind of good working criteria, the next step is to talk with them so you can find out if this is the right person for you.

What you could do for fun, in addition to choosing Nigel or Peter is call one of the hypnotists that do structured pricing based on problems or methodologies and ask this question. “Why do you charge more for X?” – We are sure you will enjoy their response.

This article was prepared by Nigel Hetherington of Hypnotherapy Newcastle and Peter Doherty Hypnotherapy Haverhill as part of a public information awareness report regarding sound ethical practice from hypnotherapists.

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Phobia Hypnotherapy Newcastle

A phobia is one in a class of recognised anxiety disorders. A phobic response is a fear response. Most often characterised as a highly disproportionate response to some stimulus that is neither dangerous of life threatening.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle can help suffers with the psychological aspects of their irrational or rational phobic responses. The response, a phobic one, is most always learned in our early formative years, a time when learning was way too easy and as such becomes a habit.

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As far as is known, there are no inbuilt or hard wired phobias. The myth that people ( and monkeys ) are genetically or disposed to a fear of snakes is simply not true. What is true is there are biases towards a fear of snakes for humans and our primate cousins.

A lab monkey never exposed to a snake in many generations does not have an inbuilt fear of snakes, but, interestingly enough, show the lab monkey another monkey’s fear response to a snake and bingo, there is a massive transference.

Here in the UK, there are no deadly snakes or spiders. Sure there are Adder’s of which I have seen one some four years ago while running in Thrunton Woods on a very hot day. I ran right around that! So a phobia in the sense here is an irrational fear.

The last part of our brain to ‘come on line’ or to be fully myelinated is the frontal cortex. For most adults this happens in the early 20’s. This is the Universes gift to unlearning phobia and fears.

On a neurological level the Amygdala is highly metabolically active in the Limbic System and gives rise to feeling of fear, anxiety and you guessed it phobic responses. In some senses our savior is the Frontal Cortex that through effort and some de-conditioning of the amygdala response can blunt and remove what used to be a phobia.

Another extremely useful response in alleviating phobias is laughter and irrelevance. The more you laugh the less able you are to be phobic. This has some serious reference to your physiology, which is another aspect you can control.

I worked with a client who had a dog phobia. They had a fear of dogs and displayed some physical signs of allergy reaction when in the presence of a dog. Mainly around their eyes and a heavy, labored breathing. After successful resolution of that old response they requested to know ‘why’ is was that way.

During regression hypnosis we traced back the initial imprinting experience to a bus ride when they were six years old. A big dog jumped up at them while they were playing with the dog. Their father became massively anxious and worried that the dog had hurt them, picking them up and ‘raving’ at the dog owner. This seemingly transferred to my client.

Knowing the why’s and hows of a trauma or anxiety imprint are not required in changing behavioral responses. Knowing how this happened wouldn’t, I think, have helped my client become comfortable with dogs. Yet this is a great example of how early imprinting and environment can cause anxiety responses.

For a free consultation regarding your freedom from phobia, call hypnotherapy Newcastle and talk with me, Nigel on 0770 481 8467. Act now – if I am free we will talk otherwise please leave a message. Calls usually returned within 24 hours.

 

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Hypnotherapy Newcastle – Anxiety & Stress Self Help

Stress & Anxiety Self Help What can You Do?

There are five aspects of helping yourself to better manage anxiety and stress. Hypnotherapy can usually assist you in this seemingly Augian task to change how you perceive your ability to cope, act and predict your future. There is of course a great deal you can do yourself. This is what follows: Take Action! Watch the following video. Then do something about your situation.

If you are interested in making some seriously positive changes, without a magic wand and some effort, then you should read on because this is the building material of generative change.

It is not quick fix because these usually don’t live in the real world and in your heart of hearts you know this. And you know this real change will require effort to transform yourself, irrespective of utilising hypnotherapy Newcastle to assist you in making serious change in your life. It will still take effort – if you want it…

There are five factors in the following video that pave the way to you having a better quality of life – when you adopt and incorporate these into you way of life – yes you will still have problems but they will be a better class of problems…

These changes will probably not come overnight in an instant flash of freedom – yet by being more aware of things you most likely already to, you are more able to cope with anxiety and stress. Non of these will change your situation, these factors have the power to help you change how you respond and cope!

Your psychological well-being and health have more to do with your outlook, coping mechanisms and dare I say it your beliefs than the actual environment, that is to say, the most influence you can have in a situation is down to you!

Reality Check and the next Miracle Diet – Save Your Money!

This doesn’t mean you are the absolute creator and maker of your own situations. The kind of well meaning yet misguided kind of writing with the promise of hollow hope that support this are pretty poor. Misdirections are the commons understanding of the ‘law of attraction’ or ‘The Secret’. the real secret is you will need to do something about your situation – this means effort!

You know as well as I do, we don’t control our environment or situations.

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We can have massive influence on how these are, but control? Come on! By being more emotionally resilient and flexible and having better adaptive responses we are more able to have a better class of problems and rise to the occasion better. We are much more able to shape our futures too.

Having watched the video, I hope you have gathered some real good ideas you will put into practice. The onus is with you.

For additional help with hypnotherapy to help you shape you perceptions and motivations coupled with some real action call Nigel on 0770 481 8467 for a free consultation to see if hypnotherapy in Newcastle is for you.

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Anxiety Self Help – Newcastle Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy can and often is a helpful solution to common anxiety, even in its less common extreme forms. What follows are some self help tips for helping you to become less anxious and more at ease and calm in problem situations.

Firstly it is important to clarify what ‘Anxiety’ means here. Anxiety here means worry about the future, the imminent future or soon to be present or even aspects of the past – that will in turn produce consequences in the future.

This will have likely little bearing on certain kinds of anxiety conditions like PTSD though could help with aspects of conditions like a Phobia.

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So in this instance, dispensing with technical terms, we are talking just good old straight forward, bread and butter anxiety. That what most of us know as every day excessive worry.

ANXIETY = UN-CONTROL

Anxiety in this instance is Un-Control. Put this another way, if you could control the future to turn out just the way you want there would be absolutely no anxiety. If this makes sense to you then you are on your way to a little more freedom from anxiety. If this doesn’t then you are not anxious.

There are aspects of the future you can strongly influence and aspects of the future where you are literally in the hands of your own god, the universe or any witnessing deity that happens to be present. The agnostic deity Umnotsure is a favourite, when it can be found.

Understanding what you can reasonably control and what you can’t is an important distinction that can, in most instances, ease life’s stressors or to put it another way ease anxiety.

There are essentially five factors that relate to living more free-er from anxiety and worry and these have much more to do with perception of events and not the events in and of themselves.

  1. Predictability
  2. Sense of Control
  3. Social Support
  4. Outlets for Frustrations
  5. Sense of Getting Better

These five are based in strong research from among others Professor Sir Michael Gideon Marmot’s famous Whitehall study, spanning some 20 plus years and 20 thousand UK civil service and Professor Robert Maurice Sapolsky’s over decades with our hirsute cousins, baboons in the Serengeti. The parallels are scary!

Hypnotherapy Newcastle is about changing our perspectives and adaptive responses to life. When this works well we are gifted with new and alternative ways to progress through life’s challenges and opportunities. Ideally so that we are not experiencing the same old problem, anxiety, again and again.

Hypnotherapy is a way to re-educate the learned responses we have all learned during the course of our lives in a way that is generative and builds in new and more adaptive coping mechanisms so we are not experiencing the same old problems in the same old ways.

You might not believe this immediately but anxiety or excessive worry is a learned habit. In order to be really anxious there has to be an underlying structure or process you use – your imagination – that is in itself a process of self hypnotism. Think about it, to be anxious, you are imagining a future that breeds anxiety.

We would be noting without anxiety, or more precisely the ability to worry, and at the same time, equally in fact, the ability to imagine and create the most amazing futures for ourselves and those who come after us.

It is a double edged sword that makes us, when we truly think, and act, a process in the imagination that could be used just as readily to bring bliss and joy as anxiety and worry.

What Can You Do? Really?

Number one is do, systematically, something about it! You have to be prepared to expend effort to learn a new habit. Think, seriously, about learning to write with your other hand. This is an of itself is an excellent way to stop your mind ticking over in worry mode.

Count up all the time you have been a worry wart! 15 minutes? 1 hour, 3 hours 5 hours a day? Every day? Every day for years? When this number is totalled it is often quite a shock to the system.

Yes can you imagine the kind of differences you could make if the same time just each day was used contemplating and imagining a delightful future. So most people do worry by talking to themselves ( often in a voice tone that they wouldn’t use on another person! ) and imagining a pretty unpleasant future.

There are very likely very specific words or phrases and memories that a worrier will use with some regularity. Discover yourself, what these are and learn, through patience and repetition to reprogram them into something helpful and kind.

So, talking to yourself much more kindly ( answering back is fine too! ) and using the same words to talk to yourself about the future you actually want. Adding what you would like to see and hear. Most of all take time and invest in your long term health and happiness.

Realistic Expectation for Change

This is usually NOT an overnight cure for long term problems. If you have been anxious for many years then it is kind of pretty unreasonable to anticipate an immediate cure that is not medication or surgery based. Even then it is most likely not the case!

This takes effort – and little by little. Think about learning to walk or talk! It takes time and persistence! It does happen, it just takes time, trust me! Reprogramming your internal speech patterns is one way to give yourself more perceived control in life. Remember anxiety is about UN-Control. The more control you can affect the less anxiety.

Excess stress and anxiety is know not to be salubrious. That means your health can suffer with excess stress and strain in your life. After one week of intense stress the thymus gland which is responsible for the production of T-cells, in the endocrine immune system can shrink to 25% of normal size. Lose the stress and the thymus makes a full recovery and can produce the T-cells required for a health immune response.

The philosopher Alan Watts mentioned a right wing democrat ( he moved from the UK to the US ) that because is their right wing ( metaphor ) attitude would never take a left turn when driving. All they did was drive talking right turns, this is mad! To be able to KNOW the rough is to know the smooth, to know good is to know evil. And to know anxiety is to know calm.

Anxiety Hypnotherapy Facts

Hypnotherapy Newcastle is is about a real integration with seemingly inconsolable opposites. Or at least to get going in ways that work, where you can see and feel you are making progress. Let’s be clear sometimes ‘miracles’ in hypnotherapy happen but that is not a good commitment from you, to have an expectation that a hypnotherapy can ‘cure’ you from years of suffering in one session is learning in some aspects to continue to be helpless.

There has to be a real commitment from you, and that is a required ingredient in real change, change that is generative. If it wasn’t think about how many hypnotherapists, theta healers or ‘magic’ workers would be claiming real success. Truth is the real ones don’t. The charlatans and snake oilers do. Sorry but this approach, the one I apply is psychological and often physiological and you wont, can’t be a passive observer!

This approach helps you deal with the head and body aspects yet at the same time most requires input and energy from you. You will be given tasks, post or pre session to implement the psychological and behavioural aspects of change into your life.

For a completely free consultation, for anxiety help using hypnotherapy and psychological NLP techniques call Nigel Hetherington on 0770 481 8467.

 

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Emotonial Problems Newcastle Hypnotherapy

If we pause for thought, emotional problems or problematic emotional responses are the basis for most peoples real problems. Hypnotherapy Newcastle uses hypnosis and other psychological interventions to help overcome learned negative emotional responses that cause problems and suffering.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is all about re-education behavioural and thinking responses in ways that are directed towards creating practical solutions to the every day problems that are the cause of feeling depressed, anxious, stressed or down right angry about the every day problems we all face.

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Many counselling or CBT approaches can focus way too much on problems. People seek professional hypnotherapy to alleviate problems and suffering so talking about the problem is both something a sufferer can already do well, likely massively contributing towards problems and failing to focus on solutions.

Often pointless questions like the dreaded ( with some kind of attempt at sincerity ) “and how does that make you feel?” serve mostly to reinforce helplessness, exacerbate emotional problems and put the people needing to make changes at the reactive end of being able to do damn near nothing about their own situation.

Two Factors In Change

A great deal of people perceived problems are down to two factors. The first is the meaning that is made of the actual experience of the ‘problem’ and the second is some kind of justification or self-validation of just why it is that way.

Let’s take the Second Factor first. Justification of behaviours and attitudes. No matter what or who is ‘causing the problem’ the only person who can change behaviours, thinking patterns or ways of being is you! You can’t really change other people, sure you can influence this BUT changes in your problems need to begin with you.

Solutions can focus on three areas, with the individual and their ways of, thinking and acting. With the other people involved in problem situations if these are relevant and thirdly within the environment in which they occur.

If a person continues to justify or give reasons and explanations for their problems ( which is fair enough ) all they will do is continue to perpetuate a problem. This makes perfect sense because on a neurological level anything like a behaviour, thinking pattern or environment that stays the same creates the necessary conditions for our brains to stay the same. This is the same for really good and really bad habits. To change – something has to give.

The First Factor, not what happened on a sensory basis but the meaning we make of the experience. Here is a little quote that sums this up nicely from a Greek philosopher that died just under 2000 years ago. Epictetus, probable not exactly what he said though close enough. For the hard of thinking, this applies to all sexes.

Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them

Let’s put this into a contextual example. Mr Joe X is complaining about his daughter that won’t listen to his advice, refused his good intentioned advice and wants to live her own life. This is a real bugger for Mr X. He knows best. A classic change of meaning – is that his daughter, having learned the value of havng their own opinion, not being wavered by others is indeed a complement in his fatherhood. He has a self directed daughter that won’t be directed from her purpose. Same stuff different meaning – capiche?

We are not really talking about Mr J.X we are talking about you. Much more important. What is happening on a non-psychodymamic but neurological basis, this is easy. We all learn coping behaviours sometimes, like now, they need to be updated, just like a Windows update. Sure this will almost surely bring in new problems ( hurray we are alive ) BUT they won’t be the same problems, Viz moving forward.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle with Nigel Hetherington is about playing to your strengths and utilising the very best in you in transformational ways. Change in the most best sense is transforming meanings and those all justifications for problems so that you can take responsibility for you and your behaviours in ways that help you move forward in control to live more of the life you really want.

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Newcastle Hypnotherapy – Public Speaking

Hypnotherapy Newcastle for Public Speaking fears, worries and unavoidable panics. People worry about lots of aspects regarding speaking in public, addressing an audience and not appearing as a shaking, stuttering wreak. Lost nights of sleep leading up to an event and excessive planning.

The fear of public speaking is as common as muck. It has plagued and will plague countless people causing worry, anxiety and the shrinking violet sensation of wishing to be anywhere, anywhere other than doing that public speech.

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If you have had them, you know from experience the kinds of worries, fears and often absolute dread the knowledge of having to make a public speech can have on people. People like you, who are faced with nameless terrors about how badly it could be to fuck up really, really badly making an absolute ass of yourself by going to pieces and getting it all wrong in that crucial public speaking engagement.

Thing is, now, probably more than every before, we are called upon or need to make public speeches in our business, social or personal enterprises. That is the way of it today, so, what can you do to become more at ease and composed to make a great impression? Please read on to see how hypnotherapy Newcastle can help you deliver a great speech and stay focused on what is really important.

Psychology of Public Speaking Problems

Have you ever talked with a really negative, depressing type of person? Have you noticed how they seem to expect the worst, are caught up in problems and not much fun to be around? Well if you are worrying, fretting about Public Speaking performance you are probably doing the exact same but you are talking to yourself.

A very common aspect of anxiety is the use of self talk to generate problem focused scenarios that have the power to cause anxiety, worry and the physical conditions of a stress response. “What if …” is by far the most common way people make themselves anxious. Here are some examples.

  • “What if I forget what I am supposed to say?”
  • “What if I make a fool of myself?”
  • “What if I shake and sweat?”
  • “What if I can’t answer questions?”
  • “What if I blush and faint?”

All of these are pretty common ways people make themselves more anxious about Public Speaking. If you think about it, these questions are a form of unhelpful self hypnosis that negatively affect a persons state. But it’s not just the words!

The tonality and speed of how we talk to other people can change the meaning of the words. So if a person talks to themselves in a fast and ‘worrying’ tone it will have more of a negative impact. And there is more though! These ‘what ifs’ lead to further unanswered questions for instance;

“What if I forget what I am supposed to say?” implies that something will happen as a consequence, of course it would. It could lead to huge embarrassment and humiliation, it could lead to not being asked to present that important presentation again and not being invited for a pay rise, promotion and extra bonus, it could lead to reassignment to Sunderland.

You are creating a very large and negative self fulfilling prophesy because you have been rehearsing what could go wrong.

Physiology of Public Speaking Problems

You are activating your stress response. This is indicative of hight sympathetic nervous system arousal so there is plenty of adrenaline and noradrenaline  in your system. You heart is probably beating faster, your systolic and diastolic blood pressure has increased, your mouth is dry and there are probably knots in your stomach.  You are probably not having what is called a good time.

Meanwhile, your brain is analysing your body responses, making meaning of the various aspects of the unwanted stress response and coming to the conclusion that your body is not having a good time and this really does influence your mood and adds to the anxiety you are experiencing. Its a vicious circle.

So about now all of those imagined fears are probably to make a physical manifestation. You feel you are starting to visibly shake, all of those ‘worst case scenarios’ have their opportunities to be enacted, blushing, word amnesia to name just a few. Your breathing is likely a bit too fast and high in your chest so both literally and metaphorically you are unbalanced and off centre.

Three Things Really Good Presenters Know

There are three aspects to doing a great presentation that you can learn ( through practice ) to do in order to dramatically improve your performance when engaging in Public Speaking. There are more than three but these three are big ones!

  • Stay Relaxed in the body. Avoid unnecessary tension and stay relaxed.
  • Use your peripheral vision. Avoid focusing myopically on anyone or anything and stay peripherally open.
  • Quiet on the inside. Avoid talking to yourself ( on the inside ) as this splits your attention. Learn through experience to flow!

Hypnotherapy for Public Speaking Fears

Public speaking is a very, very common fear. It could be a cultural, British thing and also likely a combination of perceived ‘high stakes’ and lack of experience of speaking to groups and large gatherings. In short it is perfectly normal!

Hypnotherapy Newcastle can help you to learn how to manage and change your fears into ways to start to rehearse how you actually want your performance to be. After all it makes much more sense to plan for success that failure. Also we will be using hypnosis to help you feel much more comfortable, so ideally you can enjoy the whole experience and keep your attention focused on your audience.

Some methods that are not used at Newcastle hypnotherapy are visualising the audience naked. This is a pretty old and I think a really odd idea. If I walked into a group for a speaking engagement and the audience were naked I would leave, not the kind of group I would want to talk with. This kind of technique probably says a lot more about the therapist and their ways of ( not ) thinking.

Other methods that will not be used are the arrogance based ones. These include, but are not limited to having mantras like “fuck the audience, I am in charge here”, “these people are mine” and talking over the top of any peoples questions. I found these uncharming techniques from people who have seen other hypnotherapists before they found me.

For a completely free, no obligation telephone consultation for help with Public Speaking or help with any hypnotherapy related problem call Nigel on 0770 481 8467. This will take around 20 minutes.

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Hypnotherapy Newcastle Weight Loss

Newcastle hypnotherapy for help and assistance in weight loss and more importantly keeping the weight off.  The UK is fastest becoming one of the fattest peoples in the world, this is not a good thing at all. Why is this?

Because being overweight is just one contributing factor to what the World Health Organisation describe and predict is going to be the leading health issue, leading to premature death and potentially nasty complication on the way – Metabolic Syndrome or Syndrome X. You could look and feel better slimmer.

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Most if not all of us eat junk from time to time. We eat at restaurants or have regular habits of eating quick, fast foods. But did you know that you make your habits real. Do you know what eating just one, just one, bag of crisps every day for a year adds up to?

Over one year if you eat just one little bag of crisps each day you are consuming about FIVE litres of fat per year. Little adds up over a long time.  Change a little habit and, over time, the results add up to a slimmer you.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle can assist you in changing your attitude to emotional eating and discovering how you can change your your attitude to using food in relationship to becoming the weight and shape you want to be, Please read on …

Nuts and Bolts What is Overweight Anyway? Overweight, poor diet and lack of exercise together are a leading cause of heart disease. As we, as a species, in the Western world, are tending to live longer, the natural termination of life is more like a gradual falling apart. By taking care of your body in healthy ways it may well be possible to live longer and live longer healthier.

Have a diet of ready meals, live a stressful life, do little exercise and chances may be you are asking for trouble.  Weight loss hypnotherapy is honestly not the quick effortless fix some people expect. The same way some people control their diabetes with drugs and continue eating with porcine abandon.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle for weight loss and more importantly staying healthy is more interested in helping you change your attitude to both eating and your body with long term health as a main agenda. The focus is changing your attitude to respect yourself better. Overeating is a learned habit, usually over many years and is about changing habits based in future focused positive change.

When we eat at regular meal times, snack times we are teaching our body to have some very specific biological responses related to food consumption and fat storage. Say you eat every day at 6pm. At about quarter to six, based on histological habits, your body will produce insulin. Insulin is the hormone that is responsible for fat storage. You happy pancreas at this time, before meals will secrete a hormone that is telling you body to get ready to store fat.

Fat is stored in fat cells, in muscles and in the liver. Over eat, put too much in the proverbial biological fuel tank and you store fat. Eat too much and the body does excess storage which is easily seen in being over weight and, well fat. As we move about, think and do activities through our daily life we require energy.

Our bodies convert fat into energy. The trick is really about getting a balance in what we intake and what we use. Too much in and too little activity usually equals being overweight.

Your Heart Is Like A Pump

When you have excess fat circulating in your body your blood is in essence thicker. Blood can thicken during stressful responses, after meals or because there is too much bad cholesterol in your system.  Claggy, thicker blood puts more stress on the pump, your heart, increasing systolic and diastolic pressure, possibility causing damage to your blood vessels and atherosclerosis.

Cholesterol : The Good, The Bad and Nothing To Do With Looks

There are two types of cholesterol the so called good and bad types. High density lipoprotein associated cholesterol ( HDL ) and low density lipoprotein associated cholesterol ( LDL ) respectively. Atherosclerosis plaque is caused mainly with LDL where the HDL cholesterol is the type that has been removed from plaques and is going to your liver. Too little HDL and lots of LDL is bad news. Stress increases LDL so learn to relax more because it could make you live longer!

Why People Eat To Excess

Couple of reasons. One food tastes really good! We love sugar and fudge and cake and all that high energy stuff. The other reason is habit. Habit can be in the form of little nibbles to alleviate stress, give us a little hit of energy or even boredom! Habits work like this in neurological terms.

We have the desire to eat, perhaps a crisp or a biscuit, and we have a little surge of dopamine. Dopamine is the motivating neurotransmitter. Then we do a behaviour, in this case eating, and we have the sense of reward. It all makes perfect sense because it tastes good or stops us being board or gives us that little boost of energy we ‘want’.

What is not being addressed right at the time ( or actually just before ) of eating extras is the bigger picture. The bigger picture is you want or need to lose weight. Well that is only a bit of the bigger picture in reality. Sure people want to lose weight but that is not the real outcome at all. The real outcome is what losing weight will get you, will do for you and what this is leading too. It is not about losing weight!

Metabolic Syndrome

Syndrome X (read about and scare yourself here ) is a potentially disastrous meeting of things that can ‘go wrong’ in a human body. A collection of way too much sugary and fatty foods contributing to thick circulating blood. A lack of exercise that leads to the sedentary life style; building up more and more fatty deposits. Excess psychological stress, releasing stress hormones in a not good way. All putting an abnormal load on the old ticker and potentially leading to diabetes, hight blood pressure, heat disease and checking out way too early.

How Hypnotherapy Newcastle Can Help

Hypnotherapy can help you not only to lose weight and keep it off; It can help you alter your attitude to food and connect deeper with the real reasons you want to lose weight. You might feel more confident, increase your self esteem and have a sense of increased satisfaction too.

Newcastle Hypnotherapy for helping you loose weight, stay motivated and connected to your own outcome of a healthier, slimmer self. Call Newcastle hypnotherapist Nigel Hetherington on 0770 481 8467 for a free consultation.

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Hypnotherapy Newcastle Addictions

Clinical Hypnotherapy in Newcastle for Addictions. Addiction hypnotherapy in Newcastle to help you break problematic, bad habits such as Gambling, Drug Addiction, Eating, Pornography, Alcohol and Emotional Spending.

Addictions are habits ( usually ways of behaving ) that have formed over time. Surprisingly some ‘addictions’ can be healthy as in ‘addicted to kindness’. Problem addictions can really be defined as something that is needed, craved or can’t function without but, very importantly is not wanted.

When Addictions are no longer fun, ruining your life and you want to stop – contact Hypnotherapy Newcastle on 0770 481 8467 – Free Consultation.

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Honest and Ethical Hypnotherapy in Newcastle

In the last week I was contacted by a potential client who needed help in overcoming and addiction. A great question they asked was “Is this Guaranteed to work?” – “Absolutely not” I replied. They went on to tell me that they has either seen or been told by a local hypnotherapist in Newcastle that any work they did together was indeed guaranteed. This perspective client went on to say they were glad I didn’t guarantee success as this sounded ridiculous.

Apart from being in breach of no small few marketing laws, of most hypnotherapy codes of professional conduce, it is plainly UNTRUE. No Newcastle hypnotherapist, counsellor, coach psychotherapist or change worker can GUARANTEE success. It should be obvious why.

5 Reasons Why Hypnotherapist’s Should Not Guarantee Success

  1. They can not tell the future.
  2. It is completely unethical.
  3. It will place unrealistic expectations on the therapist.
  4. Clients may feel they have no work to do themselves.
  5. It will disempower clients in their own abilities.

Addictions and Habits

Most problematic addictions do not start out that way. Drug taking, Alcohol, Emotional Shopping practically always start out as pleasurable and fun! Problems arise over time when the fun and enjoyment start to drift out and the person, you? Need to have more a a drug, more shopping, more ever increasing [ insert addiction here ] to get the same feeling of pleasure that is shorter and shorter lived.

As addictions form in a neurobiological sense, neural networks for a specific addiction become stronger. This is like a well work path in a forest. The more the path is used the more known, familiar and easy it is to use. As this happens a transcription factor called DeltaFosB is deposited in various places in the brain which makes behaviours become more locked in and rewarding.

All addictive behaviours have several components in common. The mezolimbic pathway consisting of the ventral tegmental area and nucleus accumbens also known as the reward path. This is primarily a dopamine pathway and dopamine is all about reward. Cocaine feels so good because it delivers many hundreds of times more dopamine that is naturally available.

All of this is not good news because ( if you are an addict you know this ) it makes it difficult to change because there are both psychological and physiological aspects which can keep addicts addicts for a long time.

How Hypnotherapy in Newcastle Could Help

Hypnotherapy is a well known way to make psychological changes that relate to behaviours, desires and motivations. No one really knows why hypnotherapy works yet practically everyone has experience hypnosis in everyday life.

Who hasn’t misplaced their keys, a watch or purse, searched everywhere twice and eventually sees them there on that table there right in plain site.  Hypnosis is a process of communicating ideas and of changing perceptions. Most people have had the experience of knocking, cutting or bumping themselves but not been aware of any pain or discomfort because something else was more pressingly important.

Creating a professional relationship together, I will work with you ( not for you – because breaking an addiction usually requires effort from you! ) to help you make the necessary changes in your way to freedom from an addiction. This means following on from our session together you will provide updates of your progress and agreed tasks. We work together to change certain perceptions and realities that support your outcomes.

For a completely free, no obligation phone consultation for hypnotherapy Newcastle call Nigel Hetherington on 0770 481 8467. This will take up to 20 minutes. When you want and need to quit an addiction get the professional and experienced help here with me, Nigel Hetherington.

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Bereavement Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Hypnotherapy Newcastle for help with bereavement and coming to terms with the deep loss and forward with hope to continue living with acceptance and gratitude to have known those who have touched us so deeply.

Bereavement is a fact of life, there can, if we think about it, be no life without death. Death and life co-define each other. We all know this yet loosing a loved one can be one of the testing times in a persons life. Hypnotherapy Newcastle can help you move forward and be living again.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle Bereavement

Bereavement or loss comes in many forms. One of the most unexpected and difficult to deal with is the loss of a child to a parent. This really is not in the natural order of things we all know and try to accept.

A Brief Case Study – Hypnotherapy Bereavement

A few years ago I was contacted by a man who had lost his daughter just over twenty years ago. He has reported he has seen counsellors and some therapists over this period and was still deeply grieving. Talking with him he really was.

This person was deeply religious and I really don’t think any of his previous ‘helpers’ had discussed his beliefs about death and the relationships between his beliefs, his daughter death and grief, perhaps it was too painful for them?

His grief was resolved in around two hours ( which is very short and remarkable ) and I saw his wife for two sessions, using a very different approach. They both reported having come to terms and being at peace.

Bereavement and Grieving Properly

It is very important to grieve properly. This does actually take some time and the very well known Kubler Ross sequence can be extremely, cognitively, helpful for a grieving person to walk through what are very normal stages of grieving and return to living. When grieving last too long it is time to seek professional and compassionate help to move forwards.

Kubler Ross Scale is in five stages which do not have to happen in this order and can have stages missed entirely. use it as a guide.

  1. Denial
  2. Anger
  3. Bargaining
  4. Depression
  5. Acceptance

I have a very good friend who is a practising Buddhist who parents died. As far as I could tell he was accepting very quickly. He loved his parents dearly yet through his training was able to accept this as a natural order of life. This is not so easily accomplished for most people.

For people who are presented with the knowledge a loved one will die before them, there is an almost incredible and usually transformational opportunity to say all of the things and do what they can together before one of then leaves this world. Pre-Grieving is a very useful and purposeful service I offer.

Pre-grieving softens the blow that we know will come and offers a compassionate and open space to prepare for one of the most impacting and transformations aspects we as living, human being will ever experience in this life time.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle Bereavement

When we have no opportunity to pre grieve and we are mourn the loss of a loved one, you really will either move on or you wont. When you can’t move on and the loss is too great this was called melancholia by Freud. Freud can often have a lot of not so positive press, partially because some of his ideas have been outdated or really upgraded. Melancholia is one thing he got right.

During a lifetime or a long time of relationship with a loved one, there will almost certainly be times where we have been experiencing a huge range of emotions with our lost love. These will be but are not limited to, love, laughter, happiness, anger, disappointment, sadness …

Grieving tends to focus on the psychological aspects of the relationship we are missing. This form of attachment is perfectly normal and usual. What is often forgotten are the harder or trickier times where the relationship was not perfect, not ideal and honestly, problematic. By re-accessing the good and the bad times it can become easier to experience the whole of the person that is gone.

By psychologically moving away from just the loss, to the the whole experiences it often, but not always, becomes a transformational experience of serious appreciations of and in life. For no matter where you have sat in the performance, it really is the greatest shown on this earth.

Contact me Nigel Hetherington, for a completely free consultation by phone which will last around 20 minutes, to get a felt sense of how I can help you move forwards and onwards at Newcastle hypnotherapy. Call now on 0770 481 8467.

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Weight Loss Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Hypnotherapy weight loss Newcastle. Summer is reputed to be coming and you want to look good and keep the weigh loss in the right balance so is using hypnotherapy Newcastle weigh loss is for you?

Its a pretty simple formula for most to gain weight. This is take in more energy than you use and it gets stored away in fat cells. Eat bits and bobs of junk food, a biscuit more often than not and do little or no exercise and you have the perfect formula to put on weigh and that can get you down right?

Hypnotherapy Newcastle Weight Loss

Many people choose to use hypnosis for weigh loss because they understand the psychological factors in changing old habits or they have yo-yo dieted for so long they require new momentum to break free of old mannerisms that are potentially going to cause problems.

The World Health Organisation predicts that Cardiovascular  ( Metabolic Syndrome isomorphism ) will become the biggest risk to health and biggest percentage killer of high, medium and low income people between 2015 and 2030.

Metabolic Syndrome is a collection of things that can go wrong in the human body where each is not life threatening but having a few of these symptoms is becoming a strong predictor for ill health and cardiovascular problems.

Metabolic Syndrome predictors are as follows:

  • Having ‘apple’ rather than ‘pear’ shaped fat on the body.
  • High amounts of LDL cholesterol and low amounts of HDL cholesterol.
  • High blood sugar; a predictor of diabetes.
  • High concentrations of triglycerides in the blood.
  • High blood pressure.

 Why Do People Eat More Than Required?

People eat to excess for many reasons. A very common reason is carbohydrate rich food actually make you feel good, albeit for a short time. In times of stress, even mild, two thirds of people use food to make themselves feel better!

It can become like an addiction. The drive, a dopamine function, for food, for comfort eating or because sugar tastes good can actually drive people, even people wanting to or needing to lose weigh to eat.

Following on from this there is an endogenous reward released and physiologically it can actually feel good to eat. It can be a tricky situation to get the balance right and this is where hypnosis Newcastle can help you get and maintain the right balance for you.

Eating Food – You Are What You Eat

There are essentially three food forms. These are Carbohydrates like bread, pasta and potato. There are Fats such as in dairy, oil and chocolate and there are Proteins as in chicken, eggs and cheese. We require all of these food types to be healthy and function well.

When we eat protein it is broken down into amino acids in the blood stream. Starch, sugars and carbohydrates are turned into glucose in the blood stream and are stored as glycogen. Fat is turned into fatty acids, glycerol and is stored as triglyceriods in fat cells, the liver and muscles.

Psychological and Physiological Balance

No matter how your days are it is really very easy, cheap and little effort to eat healthily. It is all to easy to eat ‘rubbish’ which is mass produced and as we all know in quantity is not the best health option.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle can help you tap into the real motivation and purpose that is a part of you wanting to lose weigh, stop yo-yo dieting and live a much more healthy and content life. You may also really want consider the benefits of exercise as part of your life style.

The Truth About Weight Loss

No one actually wants to lose weight just for the sake of losing weight. Think about it!

It is what you will get from losing weight that is the real importance and value to you. Perhaps it is to feel healthier or live longer. Perhaps losing weight will mean you have more self esteem or self worth. It could be for any number of very important reasons but it is NOT just about losing weight.

Newcastle weight loss hypnotherapy is for you when you have made a decision to change your life in good ways. Call Nigel 0770 481 8467 for a free consultation ( allow 15-30 minutes ) and see if hypnotherapy for weight loss is right for you. What are you waiting for? Call now or fill in the questionnaire in BOOKING A THERAPY SESSION.

 

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Addiction Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Hypnotherapy for addictions in Newcastle can help with the most stubborn and seemingly impossible long term habits you need to change.

We perceive addictions in variety of forms from drugs to people to behaviours. The term addiction is used for both psychological and physiological trappings that to stop them could likely cause serious trauma and withdrawal anxiety.

Addiction Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Having an addiction is not the same as an occasional glass of wine or cigarette. It is not the same as infrequent recreational drug use because this is where the user both wants and likes their chosen drug of choice.

An addiction becomes a problem where the user does not like but wants and needs their drug of addiction. When you want to stop an addiction hypnotherapy Newcastle may be able to help you break free.

Common Addictions Hypnotherapy Can Help With

  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Buying and Shopping
  • Sexual
  • Gambling
  • Narcotics

Neuro Biology Of Addiction

Any addictive substance or behaviour will activate some very specific areas in the brain. These are called the mezolimbic and mezocortical pathways and are dopaminergic in nature.

Dopamine is the neurotransmitter responsible for motivation or desire to do something or act in some way. In is not really what makes you feel euphoric, good or full of life. Dopamine motivates you to take action. And the more dopamine involved the more addictive.

The Ventral Tegmental Area ( VTA ) in the mid brain has direct neural projection to the Nucleus Accumbens ( NA ) that is specifically involved in all addictions. This path way is the mezolimbic pathway.

The VTA also projects to the frontal cortex. The orbital frontal and pre-frontal cortex. Stimulation here particularly of the left pre-frontal cortex is associated with feelings of well being and even euphoria.

Starting An Addiction

Addictions really seem to begin in one of two ways. The first being some activity or behaviour feels very good and brings much pleasure. Regular usage of increasing amounts or more behaviour are required to feel as good. Do this enough and it stops feeling good and you still want the addictive source.

The second way is a potentially addictive behaviour or substance is used to alleviate some physiological or psychological pain. Either the pain goes away or is even forgotten yet the addiction persists.

Stopping An Addiction

An addiction because of its very nature can be tricky to stop. The addict must want to stop and not as some half hearted attempt to please someone else but must genuinely want to stop.

There is the actual stopping the addiction which means no longer indulging in the behaviour, drug or activity and doing something else instead.

There is also the environment. If a particular addiction primarily takes place in a certain location, situation or environment it is usually a very good idea to avoid this place at least until you are sure the addiction has passed. It may be a good idea to do this permanently if possible.

Hypnotherapy For Addiction In Newcastle

Newcastle hypnotherapy can help you discover and utilise the deep motivation to quit an addiction and to stay free from that.  The most importance step you can take is one of commitment to change.

No matter what you read on some hypnotherapy websites becoming free of a serious and long term addiction is likely to take more than just one or two sessions. It may take less sessions but do be realistic.

When you are totally committed to breaking free from an addiction and are committed to the process – Call Nigel Hetherington for a completely free consultation on 0770 481 8467 at Newcastle Hypnotherapy.

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Anxiety Hypnotherapy – A Living Paradox

Get help with your anxiety problems with hypnotherapy in Newcastle. People are not born anxious, we learn to be that way. Good news anxiety is un-learnable.

Charles Tebbitts stated that one of the ‘rules of the mind’ is that opposing thoughts can not be held at the same time. This is absolute twaddle.

In hypnotherapy Charles Tebbetts is a mighty name from the past. He did really exceptional pioneering work. He formulated some ‘Rules’ of the mind.

One of which is that “opposing ideas can’t be held at the same time” – Apart from the metaphorical contradiction, they can and do and are.

A simile for this is trance. A word for this is paradox and a meaning is transformation from a greater and new perspective.

While anxiety is un-learnable in people and animals, as people it is possible to use the exact same STRUCTURES to transform worry and anxiety into positive anticipation and well-being. This of course takes practice and commitment.

A Bout Of Anxiety

The body’s stress response is activated. Depending on the intensity of the response the terms may be deemed Anxious Arousal ( high ) or Anxious Apprehension ( less ). It is still the same body response.

Positive body stress is actually quite good, this is called stimulation. This is like going for a run, moderate exercise or some other positive activity.

A negative, and usually unwarranted stressor has all the same hall mark plus some metabolic activation of the Amygdala. This is a key neuro-biological difference.

In a fear or anxiety response there are, in a simplistic way, four nuclei in the brain activated. These lead to pretty much the same body responses hormonally.

ANXIETY – FEAR – STRESS

There are four brain areas activated.

  • Amygdala
  • Hippocampus
  • Frontal Cortex
  • Reticular Formation

Not surprisingly the hippocampus ( involved with memory ) is active. This means we are learning to be afraid or learning to be anxious.

The amygdala is all about fear, sexual behaviour in males and is a biological learning component of fear. This little bugger responds well to stress hormones and at the same time, kind of, overrides the normal hippocampus conscious learning function.

The reticular formation is a rhombencephalon, reptile brain nuculii that has a great deal to do with attention and in this instance, the blue spot ( locus coeruleus ) thrives on noradrelanine, a neuro transmitter involved in the stress response.

All of this is a scientific and neuro biological explanation of what is happening at a very small level of detail. Knowing all of this really wont stop anxiety, it is what we can do with this knowledge that can make a difference. A real difference!

Un Learning Anxiety

When laboratory rats ( like in Martin Seligmans ) un-learn learned depression, when OCD sufferors un-learn OCD there are two very important aspects or functions that metabolically change in terms of a stress response.

This is dirt cheep to know and can take effort, sweat and can also happen in just a few hours. The Amygdala lowers in metabolic activity and the Frontal Cortex increases in activity.

How this is accomplished can be a process of hypnotherapy for anxiety, cognitive and behavioural activity and a genuine commitment to change.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle offers committed and well structures ways for you to achieve freedom from anxiety … before you call … be sure of this …

The kind of people I want to work with to make positive changes are people who have made a solid decision to change. This is you when you are sure you are no longer willing to live anxious and both want and are committed to freedom from anxiety.

Professional hypnotherapy in Newcastle upon Tyne from Nigel Hetherington. Call on 0770 481 8467 or download and return your questionnaire. Calls are answered in 24 hours during working days.

 

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Hypnotherapy Newcastle Pain Management

We all experience pain because it is a part of being alive in what some call the human condition. Hypnosis in Newcastle for pain can help people manage and deal with the kinds of psychological and physical pain that is as real as physical pain.

Hypnotherapy in Newcastle can assist with the management of both physiological pain and / or the psychological components that make it … well … painful to do day to day run of the mill stuff.

This Is Very Important Regarding Pain Treatment

Physical pain is a signal that something is not right. Depending on the severity pain is usually a signal that alerts us to problems. You need to see your physician or doctor first. Once you doctor has offered their opinions and you have considered your options you may well consider the so called alternative treatments.

Having explored standard medical avenues regarding pain you may consider how using hypnotherapy to manage pain can help you.

Hypnotherapy – Pain And Bio-Neurology

Pain comes to us in a very basic sense in two forms. Fast sharp pain and slow continuous pain. The fast sharp pain is a signal we have injured or damaged our bodies. This is like stubbing a toe, a burn or cutting a finger. An immediate and comparatively short lived sting that alerts to damage.

Afferent nerve fibres of which there are two types relay pain sensations from the periphery of skin, muscles or fibres  or the deeper viscera to the brain. This is where you have the experience of pain. Glutamate is the neurotransmitter involved in pain along with a peptide know as Substance P.  The presence of Substance P increases the intensity and efficacy of pain transmitters.

Our pain sensing nerves are on a job share. The nerves in your brain and body use the same tracks to convey information ( pain ) back to your brain and to your cerebral cortex so you have a conscious recognition of what the neuro-transmitters signal as pain.

Seemingly intractable pain is often the slow dull pain the can be visceral, from extremities or even both. Symptoms of allodynia and hyperalgesia can compound nociceptive and neuropathic pain. Prolonged pain can trigger long term cellular and neuronal changes which exacerbate pain even more.

A further insult can be the aspects of remembered and anticipated pain. Remembering pain can and will activate the neurology of that pain. Same kind of experience for anticipated pain.

Hypnotherapy for Pain Relief

Hypnotherapy here in Newcastle may be able to help you adjust your perceptions and subjective experience relating to your pain. You can know quite rapidly in one session if hypnotherapy can help you because you have immediate experience which you can evaluate.

Hypnotherapy for Pain Management in Newcastle with Nigel Hetherington. For a free consultation call Nigel on 0770 481 8467.

 

 

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Hypnotherapy In Newcastle

Hypnotherapy is being used more and more by sports personalities and even film stars to help them with motivation, mental attitude alterations and even change long standing addictions and problematic behaviours.

Most of us are not top sports or film personalities yet we can still experience the same kinds of problems in life. So, what really is hypnotherapy here in Newcastle upon Tyne? And what could hypnotherapy help you with?

Newcastle Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy in Newcastle – Debunking The Myths

There are many myths and urban legions about hypnotherapy here in Newcastle. Let’s explore a few of these and attempt to offer a credible and honest perspective from a professional clinical hypnotherapist.

Hypnosis is a process of communicating ideas and experiences” – M. Hyland Erickson.

Clinical hypnotherapy is really very different from stage hypnosis. Primarily because in a clinical setting the intention is about helping a client to make and maintain psychological and bio-physiological beneficial changes. Stage hypnosis is essentially geared towards entertainment.

Both stage and clinical hypnosis can and do use similar processes. These processes are about creating the trance state from which suggestions or a little more precisely, certain kinds of experiences, trance phenomena and the communication of ideas that can be utilised to support new learnings and psychodymanic changes in thoughts, behaviours and perceptions.

One accurate definition of hypnosis I like from a respected colleague in the field of hypnotherapy and personal change Gary Turner is this :

Hypnosis has nothing to do with trance, sleep, eyes closed, relaxation – they can happen with hypnosis, yet are not exclusive to hypnosis. Hypnosis is when your imagination is guided so that it becomes your reality.”

Can Anybody Be Hypnotised?

The answer is a very clear and honest no! Some people will not respond to hypnosis in any conventional way. The ability to experience hypnosis, or a deeper trance phenomena has both to do with the hypnotherapist, their flexibility and attitude to explore and the hypnotic subject. This could take several sessions, just one or never happen at all in that interaction.

Making the claim, ‘ANYONE CAN BE HYPNOTISED’ as some do on the promotional material and websites, really is lacking in any professional integrity. The honest answer to this is when I don’t know about any new person I work with is ‘I don’t know.’

In hypnosis, trance phenomenon could include types of inability to move such as eyes locking, unbendable arms, feet stuck to the floor or the inability to release an object. Inability in this instance would be against your conscious will.

You can experience ideo-motoric or automatic movements in your fingers, your arms or legs. You will be conscious enough to know you are moving and it is not under your own conscious will.

These are all possible aspects of trance and at the same time non of trance phenomena are required for engendering change.

Stating anyone can be hypnotised is like saying any depressive will get better by taking Prozac. It is simply not true. Any honest and experienced hypnotherapist will confirm this from vicarious and more importantly their own experience.

How Do You Know Hypnotherapy Has Worked?

The only way to know about difference and the accessing of resources is in practice is to have an experience. That means that following hypnotherapy you try out your new behaviours, thoughts and motivations and notice what is different.

Certain types of behaviours can be tested well in the therapy room. These are things like seriously traumatic memories. The resolution being more easily tested there and then. Public speaking will be better tested out in reality outside the change therapy room.

Part of a change agreement or contract is to explore and try out new behaviours and new ideas in the context of what was a problem. The feedback from you, having experienced hypnotherapy, is go out into the real world and notice for yourself differences that result from the work we have done together.

Doing this is the ONLY way you will know that the change work, new perspectives and ways of being fostered in the therapy room will be real in the world. The changes you need could be accomplished on one session or could take several.

Is It Possible To Be Hypnotised Against Your Will?

This is a very obvious yes! Or No! Depending on what is understood by ‘Your  Will’. The concept of ‘will’, might be explained by levels or a spectrum of consciousness. There are very different, well documented and researched levels of brain activities that correlate to certain kinds of experience or consciousness.

All of these states can be accessed in hypnosis yet this is not the essence of hypnosis. The essence is is really about creating and sponsoring a context, an experience, where change, and ideas are communicated authentically.

The most well researched levels of brain wave activity fit into five levels of neuro activity. These being Gamma, Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta, in reducing frequency.

What is really important to grasp at the beginning is that there is absolutely no separation between mind and body.  We can see our body and other peoples but there is no mind to be seen or objectified in the physical world. The mind is an inner-subjective experience we can all have from the inside out.

One Hertz – abbreviated Hz is defined as one cycle or firing per second.

My experience it is possible for a person to be asked to consciously resist hypnosis and at the same time respond to and experience trance phenomena.

Hypnotic trance states and meditative states share similar characteristics in neuronal activity and frequencies. There are differences which relate to different areas of brain activity. In hypnosis there is increased activity in motor and sensory areas with more internal focus of attention.

  • Gamma – Rapid High Firing – Above 40 Hz.
  • Beta – Waking State  – 14 to 40 Hz
  • Alpha – Light Sleeping / Relaxed State – 7 to 14 Hz
  • Theta – Dreaming State – 4 to 7 Hz
  • Delta – Deep Dreamless Sleep – 0.5 to 4 Hz

In each of these brain wave frequencies and their collieries of states, it is very possible to activate and grow new neuronal connection which equate to new behaviours, new ideas and new ways of behaving. In the proper conditions this can take just around 15 minutes.

Your brain is fundamentally plastic in that you can learn and unlearn, given the most honest and fundamental motivation. This motivation, when properly tapped, is why you are seeking help with hypnotherapy in Newcastle.

So can you be made to things against your will? Well I certainly hope so. Most people see a hypnotherapist in Newcastle because they already can’t do things against their will.

People over weight, addicted or having phobic responses know in all consciousness their behaviour is unwanted and they desire, with their will, to make positive changes. Yet they don’t. So they are already doing behaviours against their will.

Hypnotherapy In Newcastle

When the time is right for you to seek the kind of help and assistance you need to make honest and genuinely positive changes in your life contact Nigel Hetherington for hypnotherapy in Newcastle. 0770 481 8467.

Newcastle hypnotherapy for help with psychological, behavioural, pain management and types of negative thinking that is spoiling your life.

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Depression Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Hypnotherapy depression in Newcastle can help you turn around and drop many of the psychological aspects of depression that are ruining your life at the moment.

When you are really depressed, the normal things in life, people take for granted are not very easy at all. If you are feeling depressed, even reading this can be a bit of a task. The invitation even now is to keep reading, just for a bit.

Depression Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Approximately 20% of people will at some time in their life suffer from a clinical depression. And what is very interesting is 20% of people with depressive symptoms will have this caused by an under active thyroid gland that is something your doctor should check.

Depression in the most common terms is about loss. This can be loss of a loved one, loss of a job or loss of the personality or identity you have related to for a very long time. Hypnotherapy Newcastle can help.

Depression in a clinical or medical sense is generally divided into to kinds. This will not fit everyone because you are unique so this is just a categorical term yet at the same time you may relate to this.

Number one : Reactive Depression

This means you have experienced a loss and you are feeling down, lost, guilty or grieving. Chances are, real good chance, you will get over this on you own,likely with the help of good support form your friends. This is perfectly normal.

You can probably rate where you are on the Kubler-Ross scale.  It goes something like this, easily remembered by the acronym D.A.B.D.A. that any counsellor will recognise as part of their very basic training.

  • D – Denial
  • A – Anger
  • B – Bargaining
  • D- Depression
  • A – Acceptance

Hypnotherapy Newcastle can best help you after you have grieved properly and are are experiencing the latter two stages. And your Doctor could prescribe SSRI’s to help you. Prosac and the many brand names of the same drug show that reactive depression can be assuaged with this drug.

My preference is not to use drugs to help you come to terms with loss and I also respect a drug based approach that you can work out with your pharmacologist.

Number Two : Clinical Depression

This is the real bad end of the stick. And you know it! However chances are within a few months you will be out the other end and living and experiencing life with all the joy and enthusiasm you used to have.

Clinical Depression, what a term! will be the symptomatology that you have felt ‘depressed’ for over two weeks and its not getting any better.

The major symptom of a major clinical depression is the complete loss of pleasure in life. This is termed anhedonia. Other symptomatology may be psycho-motor retardation, a lack of get up and go. Depressed people will most likely have very disturbed sleeping patterns too.

There are thought to be at least three neurotransmitters involved in clinical depression. These are Seratonin ( 5HT ),  Dopamine and Noradrenalin. The parts these play are complicated though can be summarised as these:

  • Serotonin – Sad Thoughts
  • Noradrenalin – Lack Of Energy
  • Dopamine – Loss Of Pleasure

There are plenty of drugs that work on and in the respective neurotransmitter pathways and synaptic transmission. Clinical hypnotherapy in Newcastle offers a way to help you that can be complementary to drugs or drug free.

Clinical Depression is very much a regarded to be a severe imbalance in the neuro-chemistry in the brain and as such is as real a disease as diabetes. Depression is completely felt in the now and usually accompanied with intense feeeling of grief, guilt and remorse.

Clinical hypnotherapy for depression is both about becoming future positive orientated and moping up unresolved issues from the past that are potentially causing grief. It will also focus in the very likely internal self talk that is very probably very negative and compounds the situation.

For help with depression, hypnotherapy in Newcastle with Nigel Hetherington could help you recover faster. Call Nigel on 0770 481 8467 for a completely free initial consultation which will take up to 20 minutes.

 

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Hypnotherapy Newcastle Anger

Newcastle Hypnotherapy can help you deal with the day to day events and intrusions that anger you. Anger is a transient mood that really indicates ‘your rules’ have been broken or disrespected. Rules in a lose sense, in that, when they are violated in some way, your expectations, create a autonomic response that we then equate to anger.

Anger can be directed towards others or directed towards the self. Anger directed towards the self is a less than subtle indication that you have in some way violated your own expectations, rules, beliefs or values. Anger towards others indicates you have been violated in some way; behaviourally, emotionally, physically or even culturally.

Anger Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Anger is a perfectly normal and actually good emotion. Anger can become problematic when the anger persists and despite all your best intentions seriously affects your relationships, your health and your psyche. The world is against you, you are right and continue whine and curse about it. Oh! the injustice of it all! And it’s all about justice / injustice and rule breaking.

Someone cuts you up in traffic, your 9 o’clock appointment doesn’t show up, you get endless cold calls from a machine. You may get a little angry at all of those and rightly so if you do. The problem is when that anger stays with you all day and you are ruminating. All of those irritations have long past but your still angry and you can’t let it go.

Long term this is not healthy for you or the people that are close to you. How nice would it be to not get angry for the least little irritation. How much more cosy could life be if you were a lot less angry, irritable and hot tempered?

Hypnotherapy for Anger in Newcastle upon Tyne can help you not be so inflammatory for little or no reason.

In its purest form anger can serve as a very useful way to become aware that your rules ( or cultural rules ) are not in sync with your environment. You really have three choices. Hypnotherapy for Anger issues can assist you making changes with the following points two and three.

  1. Accept your response as correct, let go and move on. Keep doing more of the same.
  2. Explore what specifically is irritating you. Check the appropriateness of the response.
  3. Update your values and beliefs should you realise they are totally inappropriate. Change your emotional response.

Physiological And Psychological Response

The psychological and physiological anger response that hypnotherapy can help with is not easily differentiated. Why? Because either one will promote the other and in a circular way lead to the other. It is very easy to have the physiological response that we equate to anger. Our limbic system and our higher order values and beliefs ( or expectations ) work together in our nervous system to alert

Anger And The Amygdala

One of the key players in the emotional response or limbic system is the amygdala. The amygdala responds to perceived threats, physical or psychological and becomes metabolically active. The net result is an awakening awareness that activates the sympathetic nervous system. This is the well known freeze, flight or fight response.

In adult males the neuro-biology involved in aggression and love are really quite similar and people can easily confuse the two and more importantly ascribe the wrong meanings or associations to what is happening in the body.

In the 1970’s Stanley Schacter created an experiment where willing volunteers were taking part in a survey to decide if some vitamin or other could improve vision. What they were actually participating in was an experiment with administered doses of adrenaline.

Given the same dose of adrenaline and a somewhat different social setting they became overly angry or overly loved up. The environment or specifically the shaped meanings they gave to their experience moulded what they ’emotionally’ made sense of and related to the ‘same’ situation.

Hypnotherapy in Newcastle for Anger can help you to diffuse the strong causal links to either you or other people violating your expectation sets and not behaving or even thinking in the ways you have physiologically deemed appropriate. Believe it or not, other people have all the rules, expectations and perceived ways of being that you have. What can change with hypnotherapy is your response.

Anger Promotes A Massive Stress Response

Adrenaline and Aoradrenaline pour out from the sympathetic nervous system in response to a threat. Given time this response will mediate the outpouring of  hydrocortisone ( the human stress hormone ) and create a feed forward state of hyper anxious arousal that is doing nobody, certainly not you, any real good.

Imagine that for a moment it is you who have inadvertently cut someone up driving into work, it is you how has placed an unreasonable yet unavoidable demand on an employee or its your job to cold call people. Looking from an alternative perspective you can a little understanding and compassion.

It was Epictetus that said “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” And this is a really good way to start to re frame and restructure you own responses. When you need a hypnotherapeutic intervention to help you with serious anger issues call 0770 481 8467 and talk with Nigel to see how hypnotherapy Newcastle for anger can help you.

 

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Hypnotherapy Jesmond Exam Nerves – Nigel Hetherington

When the pressure, the exam pressure, is on and you have to perform because your future depends on a great performance, hypnotherapy for exam nerves and confidence can help you ace that exam. An Exam is about meeting a certain criteria but an exam can be thought about as’the worst that can happen.’ This is what we call ‘worry.’

Hypnotherapy is a common antidote to all kinds of exam nerves. Exams come in various forms; Written exams at college and university. Practical exams like a driving test or a presentation exam. For some people these create the worst possible environment and situations. Hands going clammy, mouth dry, you sweat and your mind can go blank. This is exam stress and hypnosis in Jesmond can help you beat it. We all worry about something! Don’t worry!!

But we do worry! Things that can end life worry us like cancer tests. Testicular or breast cancer screening or testing are massive worries for most. This is just an exam … This is just a check up of your knowledge but in some experiences it is just as worrisome as a cancer scare.

Hypnotherapy Jesmond Exam

Exam Nerves Hypnosis Jesmond

In a nut shell. Something happens and you lose it. You lose access to all the stored facts and ability to recall what you know you know. Why? Excess stress response. What is happening?

Your body is having a massive stress response. Hydrocortisone is marinating your nervous system and your hippocampus is getting over ridden by the amygdaloid bodies. It’s biological panic time and you can’t do squat about it.

Result, your Episodic memory goes for a leave and your body is ready to save your life. Trouble is there is not life threat. What you have is a completely out of proportion stress response and your mind has just gone blank. You just failed an exam and the colloquialism is “your fucked”. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Learning Is State Dependent

Learning and access to your learnings, knowledge and behaviours are directly linked to the state you learn in. Your behaviours are state dependent and your state in an exam, to a very large extent, will mediate how well you perform.

A persons ‘state’, a word often used with great imprecision ( like self Esteem ) requires a solid definition in the same way an exam performance needs to be solid. So what does your state comprise of and what does ‘state’ mean?

A persons state can be defined as the sum total of the neuro-biological metabolic activity, but this really is not so helpful a definition. Breaking this down a little more; State is composed of breathing ( respiration ), endocrine activity, body positions and muscle tone  ( physiology ), mind activity ( psychology ) and neuronal activity ( nervous system ). That’s quite a lot of jargon.

Breathing And How You Breath

How you breath can dramatically affect how you feel and perform. This is a basic yoga and nlp principle. A person is shocked and the breathing changes. A person is excited and the breathing changes. A person is in love and the breathing changes. States produce breathing patterns and so breathing patterns produce states. In yoga this is called Pranayama – breath control.

Endocrine Activity

Our bodies have several endocrine glands. An endocrine gland releases hormones into the blood stream.  These hormones affect how we feel. Get massively stressed and there are stress hormones active for hours in the blood stream. Short term and in moderation these are health and mental activity promoting factors. Go overboard and the opposite happens.

A little stress or in other words pressure or stimulation and these can be really beneficial. To much and pressure becomes acute and we suffer, our ability to recall well rehearsed facts, answers and routines goes out the window.

Posture and Muscle Tone

One the the worlds leading coaches has said “physiology is king”, apart from the masculine accent, they are saying how you hold your posture affects your emotions and your performance. Crunch yourself up into a little tight ball and most people will report this is uncomfortable and learning is difficult. Stand tall or sit comfortably with a straight spine and relax any tense muscles and most report learning is easier.

Psychology – Your Thoughts

What you say to yourself, the thoughts and images that drive through your imagination and memory seriously affect your performance in an exam. Start the internal devil of “What if I can’t … ” or “I am not going to be able to pass …” and the wheel of doubt is in motion. Negative thoughts and images, real or imaginary, can adversely affect the ability to recall, replicate and think straight.

Thoughts, images and concepts have the power to create negative stress. You could test this out by imagining failing or flunking a very important exam and the long term consequences of any such ‘failure’. This is basically what people with anxiety problems do so very well enough to create a bodily state that is repressive and to a greater or larger extent prevents success and good feeling.

Neurology – Nervous System Responses

Putting conscious movement and thoughts aside for a moment or two. The involuntary or automatic nervous system comes in two parts. The para-sympathetic, rest, tend, relax, befriend. And the sympathetic nervous system, freeze, flight and fight. Stress activate the sympathetic system.

Stress and there is excess adrenaline and noradrenaline  diffused throughout your body. This is what you feel as a stomach churning fear. Get this in an exam? It’s not so helpful. Well maybe it is if you want to run away.

 Exam Nerves Solutions With Hypnotherapy

Assuming you know your stuff, you want to deal with and make at ease the exam nerves that create the stress response, knock you out of your learning state and have the potential to totally screw up your future. What is happening is you have an unconscious response that is as frisky as a wilde horse out the stable.

Hypnotherapy for exam nerves is all about changing the unconscious response because hypnotherapy is about changing unconscious responses.

Jesmond Hypnotherapy Exam

Instead of fretting and worrying, give Nigel a call on 0770 481 8467 for a free consultation regarding exam stress and how hypnotherapy in Jesmond can help you to be in the right state to pass your exams.  This will take around 20 minutes of your valuable study time.

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Metabolic Syndrome Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Metabolic Syndrome also know as Syndrome X is predicted to be the single most devastating disease in the West by 2020.  It is estimated now that around one quarter of the world adult population has Metabolic Syndrome.

Hypnotherapy for Metabolic Syndrome can be an affective treatment for the psychological aspects and potentially some of the physical symptoms as well.

Metabolic Syndrome Hypnotherapy

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Metabolic Syndrome is a collection or cluster of symptomatology for various conditions that are reasonably good but not absolute, predictors of serious cardiovascular disease to come. These include but are not confined to :

  • Obesity
  • Insulin Resistance ( bordering type 2 diabetes )
  • Hypertension ( high blood pressure )
  • Dyslipidemia ( high blood cholesterol )

The word ‘syndrome’ means “the association of several clinically recognizable features, often occurring together, so that the presence of one or more features alerts the healthcare provider to the possible presence of the others.” Suggesting that if a person has one or two of these symptoms, they are likely heading to collect the full house.

Suppose you have high insulin levels raising the bad cholesterol ( LDL ) and you are well overweight. You are probably heading towards type 2 diabetes. Have Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol and high blood pressure chances are you are a short bus ride away from being obese.

Having Metabolic Syndrome, one or more of the four indicators, and statistically you are three times as likely to have a stroke or heart attack than someone who hasn’t. You are also twice as likely to die that someone who hasn’t. Its all scary stuff with a pretty bleak outlook.

Biological and Psychological Components Metabolic Syndrome

A lot of not getting Syndrome X in the first place has to do with life style and attitudes to life. Hypnotherapy for Metabolic Syndrome can have several directed approaches to assist in changing the behaviours and attitudes that would seem to create Metabolic Syndrome.

  • Weight Loss
  • Managing the Stress Response
  • Change of Lifestyle
  • Motivation

No one is born with Syndrome X. A sedentary lifestyle, little exercise and a diet of processed ready meals are massive contributing factors. Now add in a life filled with stress and we have all the ingredients in abundance as a massive vector for developing Metabolic Syndrome.

How Hypnotherapy Can Help With Metabolic Syndrome

Hypnotherapy probably won’t change your genetics if you are predisposed to some aspects of Syndrome X that are inherited. But understand that being genetically more likely to develop Metabolic symptoms does not mean a person will. Environment,lifestyle and personal history are the real impactors.

When a person is stress regularly there are adverse health affects. Regular and over the top activation of the sympathetic nervous system seems to cause atherosclerosis by way of having regular and too much glucose and triglicerides in the blood. Hypertension can also be cause by way too much stress response.

Stressed people at least two thirds eat more carbohydrates. Eating as a stress response will most likely lead to obesity and Type 2 diabetes. So there is some very real and clear evidence that stress of a psychological nature can lead to many of the symptoms of Syndrome X.

The possibilities of using hypnotherapy to help with Metabolic Syndrome would be in helping you change the problematic and unhealthy attitudes, behaviours and ways of managing out of proportions stress response.

Hypnotherapy in Newcastle  for help with Metabolic Syndrome psychological factors. Call Nigel on 0770 481 8467 for a complementary consultation.

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Addiction Hypnotherapy Newcastle – Nigel Hetherington

Hypnotherapy for addiction in Newcastle upon Tyne

Hypnotherapy can be utilised to help you break free from the physical and psychological addictions that usually begin as pleasurable or stress reducing activities but end up dominating and controlling your behaviours.

An addiction in this instance is defined as something, an activity, that is literally compulsive and is engaged in but that you really, really don’t want to do. An instance where the mind or intention is completely overruled by compulsion.

Hypnotherapy Addiction Newcastle

The rather important definition of an addiction here is that urges and compulsions seem to take over the conscious or rational self and the aftermath is a feeling of regret, remorse and never again. But cyclically it happens again and again. This defines an addiction that is neither good or beneficial long term.

An addiction is a pathologically or negative behaviour and has noting to do with recreational drug use or behaviours unless it becomes a problem. Many people can have a drink, smoke a joint, run ever day or have a flutter at the horses, no problem. The problem comes into being when a person can’t function well without engaging in such a behaviour and the behaviour is necessary to feel normal.

Addictions come in the widest variety and flavours you or anyone could possibly imagine. The more common addictions hypnotherapy can help with are addictions to drugs, behaviours and even ways of thinking.

To offer a flavour of exogenous drug addictions that are common are addictions to two of the most freely available and government endorsed ( they make more money from revenue than it cost’s to treat ) are alcohol and tobacco. The basic underground drug of addiction top trump is cocaine and more so derivatives.

Other addictions that are sponsored by our government are gambling and pornography. They are both genuine as being very very old and established and for the most part harmless in that most of us do engage in these activities in some form in a very mild way. Serious problems arise when these activities form routine behaviours that initially feel good but seep into our life’s as escapism.

Addictions Neuro Biology

Addictions are biologically and neurologically formed and activated by a gorgeous little part in the brain in the meso-limbic-cortical path way. Specifically the midbarain ( mesencephalon ) in the ventral tegmental area, the nucleus accumbens septi ( diencephalon ) and into projected pathways in the frontal cortex.

The meso-limbic-cortex pathway makes great use of the neuro-transmitter dopamine. This is the so called pleasure pathway of the brain.  What is amazingly interesting is that dopamine is not really to do with reward but has everything to do with the anticipation of reward or in other words MOTIVATION.

From a stumulus, not the act of doing, we are massively motivated to perform an action. Check this out – if you are a drug addict imagine or think about taking your drug of choice – you most likely have the urge to participate. Maybe if you are a current smoker you can imagine having  a tab, if you are a gambler imagine placing a bet … you are not doing it but probably feel a sense, a rising compulsion to act.

STOP. The reward will never be as good as seasiationing or actually doing it. But this is conscious mind stuff. You probably will act on your motivation or you are no longer and addict and you have just discovered a new freedom.

In case you are still an addict and you want a way to free yourself and whatever you have tried and failed to stop you have another option. The option you have is hypnotherapy for addiction that is a honest and one to one way for you to go forward.

But … before you call you really need to be solid in the following concepts.

  • You will engage in ANY set tasks relative to your freedom.
  • You will provide feedback from sessions.
  • You accept a real and genuine responsibility for change. This means you do not expect your problems to go away with no effort from you.

Remember its only a problem when its a problem and I only work with you if you are absolutely committed to change otherwise we are both wasting out time. When you are committed to changing a serious problematic behaviour call now.

For help with addictions call Nigel Hetherington for Hypnotherapy in Newcastle to help you break free from the addictions that are destroying your life. 0770 481 8467. Complementary initial consultation that will take about 20 minutes.

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Phobia Hypnotherapy Newcastle – Nigel Hetherington

Hypnotherapy can help you become free of phobic responses that can leave a person a shaking wreck, incapacitated and having a full on major stress response. A phobia is not a fear, a phobia is classified as an anxiety disorder.

We are using hypnotherapy here to unlearn an out of proportion response to some stimulus. So if the phobia is of spiders, we are using hypnotherapy to unlearn the particular response to spiders and to have a different, more mediated response to spider stimulus. Phobia have very specific triggers.

Phobia Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Nobody is born with phobic responses – they are learned. While there seems to be a body of evidence that suggest some inbuilt fears of snakes, spiders and heights there is no evidence that any of these makes us genuinely phobic of them.

A phobic response will be ‘learned’ in a very stressful or terrifying situation. Assume there is or there feels like a life or death situation. The sympathetic nervous system will be releasing noradrelanin, the endocrine system will be releasing stress hormones. Our body is completely geared up to make a survival attempt.

Our amygdala’s will be massively activated and our memory of this situation or it’s moments will be being formed. Formed because should we survive this situation then it will make perfect sense that should a similar situation ever occur we have a memory template to save our skins again.

When we are responding to a gigantic life or death type stressor ( or the sense of extreme fear or terror ) the hippocampus becomes less affective at storing our memories and the role to some extent is mediated by the amygdala. It is the amygdala that plays a crucial role in a phobic response as part of the unconscious limbic system response.

Neil Slade talks about clicking or tickling the amygdala to pacify an over active amygdala to reduce anxiety, fear or any unwanted unconscious activation. This could be thought of a mindfulness activity. The accent is having an pretty much unconscious and unwanted nervous system response stop.

Hypnotherapy can be used to re-educate a particular,in this case phobic, response to a stimulus that most likely poses no danger at all. Nobody knows how hypnosis works quickly to remove a phobia. What is evidenced is that an unconscious process can be changed using hypnotherapy.

Phobia or Fear?

Many people describe a fear or an apprehension as a phobia. These are really very different things.  Being apprehensive is a little wary and courage can usually overcome fear. A phobic response will leave a person incapacitated, flooded with adrenaline, paralysed with fear or running away hell for leather.

Hypnotherapy Jesmond and Newcastle can help you overcome phobias, fears and social apprehensions. Nigel works from Jesmond Therapy Centre, 7 Holly Avenue West easy accessible hypnotherapy North Shields, Durham and Sunderland. Call Nigel on 0770 481 8467 for help with phobia.

 

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Hypnotherapy Trauma & PTSD – Nigel Hetherington Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is an affective way to deal with psychological and emotional trauma. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( PTSD ) and Traumatic memories leave survivors with scars, that live on in forever reoccurring states of severe distress when the actual danger is long passed, never quite heal.

Trauma is defined here as the result of a massively emotional and or physical situation where a person has survived but is still from time to time experiencing the negative real-time emotional responses that are debilitating, hugely stress inducing and crippling to every day life.

NLP Eye Movement Integration For Therapists Training – FREE

NLP Eye Movement Integration Plus is freely available for all therapists and change workers to have the DVD of a two day training in using EMIPlus in treating Trauma and PTSD and many anxiety disorders. Go to www.emiplus.co.uk

A potential traumatic event that can mediate PTSD could literally be anything. This could be a life or death situation, physical and emotional violence or a huge emotional loss. Some people seems to experience such situations and be able to get on with their life but others can’t or don’t.

PTSD And Flash Backs

Take an extreme stressor. This could be a conflict in a war zone, a rape, physical violence or a car crash. In those moments the body will be seeped and drenched in a cocktail of stress hormones and neuro-transmitters. The Amygdala is hyper active and every cell in the body is doing the freeze, flight flight natural reaction.

With this chemical bodily infusion the Hippocampus, where short and long term conscious memories are made, literally shuts down and the amygdaloid ‘memories’ as of how to survive is quite rightly active. The amygdala is learning to promote the response of ‘how to survive’. Problems occur when this survival response becomes the norm or becomes a totally out of proportion response. This is PTSD.

What results is an EXTREME format of neuro-biological learning. IF a person survives there is an intense reaction and an intense learning. This learning is a body wisdom learning. It will not be conscious, that is too slow to save a life.

Environmental triggers, like a similar car, a loud noise or something or a little part of the trigger events in everyday life set of the survival response.

Using hypnotherapy for Eye Movement Integration Plus for PTSD to re-educate the unconscious response offer real ways for the nervous system to change a survival pattern in all the wrong circumstances into new way of being.

Contact Nigel Hetherington on 0770 481 8467 when you want to be free of a totally out of whack BUT totally understandable bodily response that is traumatic memories or PTSD using hypnotherapy and EMIPlus.

 

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Hypnotherapy Newcastle – Generalised Anxiety Disorder ( GAD )

Clinical hypnotherapy for anxiety in Newcastle can help you mediate anxious responses that are extremely stressful and seem to serve no positive purpose. Newcastle hypnotherapy for generalised anxiety disorder ( GAD ) and helping you lean to be more at ease … because you learned to be anxious means you can learn to be at ease, which is our natural human state of being.

have you ever wondered WHY some people seem to be totally free of anxiety and other people, you? are often in a state of anxious arousal or anxious apprehension? Worrying about the future. This literally defines anxiety.Hypnotherapy Newcastle Anxiety GADAnxious arousal simply means that you are feeling anxious and anxious apprehension is more about thoughts and ideation of worry. Both of these have less than positive affects on mood, the nervous system and long term health.

No one begins life as a worrier. This makes perfect sense because to worry we need the intellectual capacity do it. Babies as Piaget put it are born into the world with a Sensory-Motor consciousness; they have no idea about death, growing old, losing a job or a partner. Babies are delivered in direct experience and that experience is all about the senses. And this has no past or future.

Adrenaline And The Amygdala

All of us mammals have a limbic system. The limbic system is a deep brain region that is all about emotions. Emotions here is defined as what we feel and NOT the meaning we attribute to what we are feeling. The neuro chemical biology of hate and anger is incredibly similar to what we feel with love and joy. The same neuro-chemicals are present in both states and it is the attributions of meanings that ‘consciously’ define out state, mood and long term temperaments.

Take a particularly negative stressor and the amygdala, a small nucleus in the limbic system, will become energetically active and will mediate a sympathetic nervous system response complete with danger and anxious arousal. Go for a run or play on a roller coaster and the sympathetic nervous system will activate BUT without the amygdala. The difference is massive.

Positive stressors, like running, a scary film or bungey jumping ( if you are that way inclined ) produce gluco-corticoids that mediate positive stress responses. When the amygdala is involved this equates to worry, negative stress and what we know as worry. It’s almost the same system, its the same system the difference is the meaning, conscious and unconscious, we make of experience.

There is almost always an adrenaline and noradrelanine release when the sympathetic nervous system activates, like being angry or in-love it is the meaning that is attributed to the physical sensations that are important.

Anxiety Your Body and Environment

Your brain is always receiving and processing information from your body. The psychologist William James proposed that the body actually has an emotion and then the brain makes sense of this. This is not a crazy or strange as this reads. If you are tense, your muscles are stiff and locked,the bio-feedback from your body will actually mediate your emotions. This is why a massage can feel so relaxing and stimulate a relaxed mood.

In a psychological experiment, conducted by Schacter in the 1950’s, it was discovered that your brain has been shown to attribute a bodily state , in this case anxiety to the immediate social environment.  This means if you are a setting where anxiety and worry are common place the feelings you feel will be attributed to the environment. Environment means people around you.

What You Can Anticipate From An Appointment

Each hypnotherapy Newcastle appointment with Nigel is a totally individual experience however as a minimalist basis for treatment we will most likely explore the following : How you do anxious? The most common way people make themselves anxious is talking to themselves, with the inner voice, in the following ways.

  • Talking at a way rapid speed
  • Beginning What If statements

Talking rapidly seems to have all of the ingredients to make you think faster. Beginning What If sentences and not finishing them or taking them to a logical extreme will tend to send the brain reeling and searching out answers, often unconscious and causing more anxiety.

By knowing how you do anxious thoughts you are now in a position, which will require effort on your part, to begin to learn how to make your self feel better.

We will find where you feel anxiety in your body of you have anxious arousal and use hypnosis as a body relaxation and combine this with hemispherical activity balancing exercises.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle for Anxiety, to help you relax your worrying mind, relax your body and learn some new strategies so you can worry less and strat living a more mentally calm emotional life. Call Nigel now on 0770 481 8467.

 

 

 

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Newcastle Hypnotherapy Weight Loss – Nigel Hetherington

Hypnotherapy for weight loss in Newcastle and the North East because so very many people want the body beautiful and their idealised body shape. There are essentially two reasons people want to lose weigh. Obviously there are the physical aspects but there are also the psychological ones.

Hypnotherapy in Newcastle for weight loss is honestly not just about losing weight. There is a required focus on what losing weight will actually accomplish and mean for any client. What are the deeper values you will need to access when your size or shape changes because your psyche has changed in a way that supports a different set of psychologically driven eating behaviours?

Hypnotherapy Newcastle Weight Loss

Psychological Hunger – A Deeper Metaphor

There are two areas in the brain that are responsible for the biological trigger of eating and stopping eating. In the limbic system the hypothalamus, a cluster of dense functional neurons about the size of a grape mediate our physical appetites.  The ventromedial and lateral nuclei respectively monitor rising and falling glucose in the body and as so create the feeling of satiation and hunger.

Because the brain has evolved to utilise the same circuitry for both physical and abstract navigation in the world of body requirements and social and cultural requirements there is almost certainly a hunger for the psychological needs as well as the biological ones. Eating to excess or hungering for something other than food will be very easily confused neurologically.

If we eat food that is rancid we feel disgust and that same brain region, the insular cortex,  is also where we ‘feel’ moral disgust.  We feel the need for food but we can also feel other needs that are psychological. In order to satisfy a psychological need it is no surprise that we eat to alleviate the feelings of wanting something to satisfy the soul.

Why People Eat To Excess

It could be argued that eating is one way to combat negative feelings, that means when you are upset or ‘depressed’ it is likely ( 66% ) people become hyperphagic that is eat more carbohydrates to feel better and only one third of people when depressed become hypophagic eat less. Feed a cold and starve a fever.

This in the very general sense has everything to do with temporary moods or equally long term feelings of deprivation which causes mood to swing. Swing left, right and off centre. Eating something with carbs or sugar really does taste very good and albeit temporarily, is a stress reliever. The problems begin when eating becomes a comforter for stress and negative emotions. This is a really short term solution and not the most healthy by a long way.

In the US recent statistics suggest that over one third of people are obese. That is not just a bit overweight this is FAT! Being obese has massively strong correlations to health problems. Food is so very easily available and almost effortless to obtain. Think about all of the packaged ready meals or the ubiquitous all-you- can- eat buffets that attract so many people to sit a graze like happy cows chomping and gobbling up food.

Yo-Yo Dieting And Failure

Is this you? Begin a very well intentioned diet plan, stick to it for a day, a week or a month and then lose steam? Buy the latest dieting book, maybe even read it, and still hating being fat? Start stop,start stop … Yo-Yo! Self help books, self help audio and self help video all sell two things … hope and a miracle cure.

The self help library of products is a multi-million industry and unless you do actually do the exercises and practices as described is just filling the pockets of people other than you in terms of getting what you really want.

What you need to do is create long term and self powered, self motivated ways of creating the you you want to be and living the life you want to live. The crux for me is connecting and sponsoring a very real and honestly motivating psyche or mental state that powers your new behaviours and habits. In effect a new you that has access to the deepest reasons and motivation that drive forward the behaviours that make you take care of and nurture who you are.

What is often missing in all the failed attempts is a conscious understanding of why you need to lose weight and a really very long term commitment to investing in your health, happiness and personal evolution.

A Way Forward – Weight Loss Psychology

Before you seek any psychological, hypnotherapy or counselling ask yourself the following questions and you will already have one foot in the door to a lasting change.

  • What does losing weight actually mean?
  • What is important about losing weight?
  • What are the real important factors here?
  • What is driving me to lose weight?
  • What will be different when I have lost weight?
  • Where is this leading you towards?

When you have answers and this will equate to a honest and long term motivation, the kind that can prevent the Yo-Yo dieting trap and start you on a way forwards in life that is, as you think about this now, is not really to do with weight loss but instead becoming more of who you want to be …

Hypnotherapy Newcastle for weight loss and the personal evolution of your self that is much more of a living embodiment of a happier and healthier you. Call Nigel Hetherington of 0770 481 8467 for a free  consultation which will take about 20 minutes of your time and discover what weight loss really and honestly means for you.

 

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Hypnotherapy Newcastle Phobia – Nigel Hetherington

Hypnotherapy Newcastle for helping you break free of debilitating phobias and fears. Phobias are known as irrational but they are perfectly rational when you have a conscious understanding and a neuro biological basis of how they are formed. Hypnotherapy Newcastle can help you to be free of phobic responses.

A true phobic response, should you see one or worse experience one, is really very dramatic. You will see and witness a person loosing all control of normal consciousness and watching them experiencing feeling the completely debilitating experience of a full blown traumatic stress response. This is clearly not the same as feeling fear albeit debilitating.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle Phobia

What a vast majority of clients I see for what they called phobias are really fears because a phobic response will activate a full freeze, flight or fight ( in that order ) response. A phobic response will feel like terror and your autonomic nervous system will pretty much take full control of you and as a result you will be quite literally incapacitated.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle is a psychological and neuro biological method for helping you to break the tyranny of ‘irrational’ phobic responses by attempting to rewire your neural networks that are responsible for phobic responses. There will be a trigger or triggers that cause the phobic response. Hypnotherapy Newcastle to help you de-couple your phobia triggers.

Phobias and Fears

Phobias and regular fears tend to be formed with a single or multiple occasion conditioning where there is both a stress response and activation of the amygdaloid bodies in the limbic system.  The amygdala is involved in a kind of less than conscious memory ( fear, phobic response ) and activates when a person feels fear or experiences a phobic response.

During a major stressor ACTH is poured out from the pituitary and causes release of glucocorticoids from the adrenal glands. When we survive a threatening or dangerous situation it is of high certitude that the levels of stress hormones, glucocorticoids in the body during and after the trauma are massively elevated.

For a phobic response to now be laid down neurologically speaking there needs to be a link, a connection between the the feelings in the body and some trigger. The trigger really could be just about anything and this is where the notion of an irrational phobia comes from.

other times the trigger is well known and seems to have an obvious link,  for instance, a spider for a person having a phobic response to spiders.  The traumatic incidence here could have been a child hood event where as a child a nest of 100’s of spiders fell into their hair and face.  The sympathetic nervous system explodes into action, a child terrified and the trigger is neurologically hard wired in.

Hypnotherapy in Newcastle, North Shields , Morpeth and Hexham for helping you break free of phobias using hypnosis and NLP from Nigel Hetherington. Call 0770 481 8467 for a free consultation.

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Hypnotherapy Newcastle Depression – Nigel Hetherington

Depression is described as a loss of the ability to feel and experience pleasure. Not being able to experience joy and pleasure is also known as anhedonia.  Hypnotherapy Newcastle opens the possibility of helping you move back towards feeling OK and taking the next steps to have a more colourful life.

Hypnotherapy for depression in Newcastle can help because depression is both a biological and psychological condition where the emotionally pleasurable texture of life is drained away and colours fade to grey. Major depression is likely to affect approximately 15% of people in the course of their life.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle Depression

Symptoms Of Depression

  • Feelings of guilt
  • Loss of libido
  • Feelings of remorse
  • Sad thoughts and ideation
  • Lack of energy

Some 50% of depressive symptoms without any recognisable loss experienced in life can be attributed to poorly functioning thyroid gland which can be treated with medication and your doctor should be able to make this diagnosis.

Ruling out thyroid gland problems, psychologically ( and biologically ) based depression is a response to loss; loss of a loved one, loss of status and loss of material possession. The good news, even in the face of one of the most horrendous psychological diseases is that most people will recover quite fully in about six months.

Neuro Architecture Of Depression

There are several components that are creating the neuro biology of depression. The anterior cingulate gyrus in the frontal lobe can be thought to be ‘whispering’ sad thoughts to the rest of the brain especially the limbic system. The limbic system creates the negative feelings of sadness and guilt that are associated with depression.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle may be able to help you shift through the stages of depression faster and into recovering you deepest sense of self and feeling pleasure again.

It is thought that at least three neuro transmitters are related to depression and specifically to specific aspects of depression.

Serotonin is thought to have affects relating to the feelings of sadness and remorse being linked to thinking sad and guilt laden thoughts. Noradrelanin is thought to have affects relating to lack of energy and Dopamine is thought to have affects relating to the lack of experiencing pleasure.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle for help breaking free from depression.  For a free consultation to see how hypnotherapy Newcastle could help you call consultant hypnotherapist Nigel Hetherington now on 0770 481 8467.

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Newcastle Hypnotherapy Erectile Dysfunction – Nigel Hetherington

Hypnotherapy in Newcastle for men’s help with sexual impotence. Men’s erectile problems are common though they aren’t usually discussed openly.

The most common cause of men’s erectile dysfunction is excess stress. Stress accounts for around 50% of male impotence. When you have affective methods to manage stress you are far more likely to be able to gain and maintain an erection. It can be hard to seek professional help.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle with Nigel Hetherington offers a discrete service using hypnosis and NLP to help you both relax and change your response to stress. Newcastle hypnotherapy can help alleviate male impotence and erectile dysfunction.

When we are relaxed and calm there is much more, if not all, parasympathetic nervous system activation. The parasympathetic system is what is activated after a meal, during sleep, relaxing or when meditating. When people are stressed it is sympathetic nervous system that is activate.

For a man to gain and maintain an erection, the parasympathetic nervous system must be activated.  This won’t happen if you are worried, nervous or hyper anxious about your sexual performance.

Impotence problems can naturally compound because being impotent is stressing in and of itself. It can be embarrassing as well as feeling guilt and shame.

How Hypnotherapy Newcastle Can Help

Being able to discuss your problem is usually a big relief and being able to have straight talk with a professional can actually ease a burden. Undiscussed problems of this nature can be quite inflationary in terms of anxtious apprehension so being able to talk about it can begin a change process.

There are two essential steps in dealing with what is know as psychogenic ( stress related ) impotency and to have some ideas and indications as to whether excess stress is the culprit.

Firstly using hypnosis to strengthen your responses to stress we are attempting to make you more robust to non-sexually related stressors. This can mean having better outlets for work and relationship stresses and feeling more in control of your own life.

Secondly hypnotherapy in Newcastle is used to de-couple previous problematic memories and feelings guilt and anxiety that is directly sexually related. Using hypnosis and NLP to create positive ideas and body responses that can reorganise and  straighten out your thoughts so you can relax into the mood you really want to achieve.

Identifying Stress Related Impotence

You will most likely have a very accurate idea of the stress levels in your life – if you are honest with yourself. You will know whether erection problems occur only when you are with a partner or on your own or both.

Additionally you can use Holmes and Rahe’s scale of major Life Events to explore your own ‘subjective’ stress scale day to day measures. When you believe that stress or some psychological basis is causing impotence then hypnotherapy may well be a real solution for you.

When adults enter the later, deeper stages of sleep, REM sleep they get erections. Getting erections in sleep very much suggests stress related erection problems when you are awake. So…

You can do one more personal experiment to see if your impotence has a psychogenic or stress related basis. Take a thin strip of paper or a long cigarette paper using just the adhesive part and fit this to the penis before sleeping.

This should be fitted to wrap around the girth and be loosely affixed. The fixing could be a sliver of sellotape or a dab of Pritstick glue or the natural adhesive gum on a cigarette paper.

The idea is, the ring of paper you have fitted around the girth ( think of a napkin holder ) will open or break if you experience an erection during sleep.  Check if the lightly attached paper has broken during your sleep.

Hypnotherapy in Newcastle for erectile dysfunction and stress related impotence with consultant hypnotherapist Nigel Hetherington. Call now for a free consultation on 0770 481 8467.

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Newcastle Hypnotherapy Procrastination – Nigel Hetherington

Hypnotherapy Newcastle for creating positive New Year habits where you can get more done so you can be more successful. Hypnosis in Newcastle 2013 specifically for stopping procrastination. Newcastle hypnotherapy helping you to mind shift into getting your tasks and goals completed.

Procrastination literally means putting off until tomorrow. People procrastinate for a million different reasons  like a lack of energy, not being motivated or a surprise invitation to the cinema. It could even be being overwhelmed by our task to begin with, not knowing how to begin.

Most of us actually do have really valuable and important goals and tasks to complete. They will most likely benefit others as well as ourselves. Newcastle hypnotherapy is one way you can address your procrastination and make positive changes in attaining your goal.

This is a short clip from a Clinical Hypnotherapy training in Newcastle upon Tyne.

We all have task or goals we want to complete. Sometimes for whatever reason these are put off and we do something else instead.

This looks like this : “I want to do ‘X’ but do ‘Y’ instead

Procrastination really only becomes a problem when regular procrastination mounts up and almost nothing gets done. And like most developing habits the longer it goes on, the harder it seems to break the habit.

  • I want to be slimmer but I eat chocolate every night instead
  • I want to complete my study but I watch television instead
  • I want to do public speaking but I shy away instead
  • I want to finish writing my book but I have a cup of tea instead
  • I want to share my views  with my boss but I bite my tongue instead

The premise for this particular technique is acknowledging and valuing each behaviour individually and in its own right. Using physicalised postures for each behaviour and in a hypnotic trance slowly alternating between the two.

Neuro Biology of Procrastination

This is easy to understand on one level. In terms of doing a behaviour the neurotransmitter dopamine plays a big part in motivating us to take action. If we consider the choice between two tasks, simplistically, we will do the one where we are most motivated.

Having a real sense of what will happen positively as a result of you completing your goals and tasks will increase your motivation.

Our frontal cortex also has a role to play here, so it’s not as simple as just dopamine. The frontal cortex helps us choose to put off short term pleasures now in favour of long term pleasures and rewards later on. This is about will-power. The antagonist here is most likely the limbic system which is concerned with much more immediate rewards and pleasures.

So in valuing both behaviours, we could say one more limbic and one more frontal cortex and acknowledging the positive aspects of both actions, the intention is to create a more agreeable balance in what you are doing.

Newcastle hypnotherapy for help with procrastination and completing your goals and outcomes. Easily accessible for Hypnotherapy in Sunderland | Hypnotherapy Darlington | Hypnotherapy Durham | Hypnotherapy Northumberland

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Hypnotherapy Sunderland Trauma Resolution – Nigel Hetherington

Sunderland Hypnotherapy and Newcastle Hypnotherapy for professional help in dealing with a past trauma and flashbacks that are still impacting very negatively on your life. Hypnosis in Sunderland and Newcastle that can help you de-couple painful and emotionally charged memories so you can let go of psychological pain and move forward unburdened of the past.

I want to define trauma here, in the context of hypnosis for trauma resolution in Sunderland, so let’s call trauma, as being an event from the past that is projected mostly here in the now, causing negative emotions and suffering in the present. Or, again something from the past that occasionally surfaces, creates havoc, and then, recedes into the depths, like a virus, waiting to surface again in the future.

A trauma can take many forms. Trauma can be physical or psychological or both. Trauma resolution using hypnosis can be used to de-couple the negative or unwanted, often prolonged and uncontrollable emotions and feelings associated with a traumatic episode.

A traumatic incident is a major stressor and that means a massive stress response. Our bodies are made to help us survive the kind of life or death experience that we will either survive or we won’t; for most primates its either over or its OVER. Its not the same for most humans.

Stress Response and Trauma

From any immediate environmental danger our bodies will respond appropriately by shutting down our digestion, make our mouths dry and diverting all available energy to our muscles, specifically our running muscles in our legs. Our system will literally tear all available stored energy reserves from our liver and muscles as glucose and fatty acids which are transported in our blood to our working muscles. All in about fifteen seconds.

Before this happens and is registered, we will feel the adrenalin response. With a major stressor within about two seconds our sympathetic nervous system is pouring out both adrenalin and noradrenalin all over the body. This creates the very familiar gut clenching, pant filling fear and at the sharp edge of danger adrenergic  response we are all very familiar with.

Bazoom! A technical term, for all the life saving chemicals creating a stress response in the body that could imprint on our nervous system as a traumatic episode.  Problems begin when we re-experience this same bodily survival experience remembering and feeling emotionally aspects of the episode when it is over and there is no real physical danger; Remembering and feeling aspects often again and again in inappropriate circumstances and this is said to be a trauma re-expreience.

Psychological to Physiological Stressors

The initial imprints of physiological and psychological traumatic experiences will alter the nature of how a memory is stored. Highly stressful situations depress one particular type of memory and enhance another. In a high stress response situation, the body will be drenched in an endogenous hormones known as glucocorticoids.

A stress response will have the limbic system, particularly the amygdala, more energetically activated.

The amygdalae are flighty birds. They sit on a lonely beech, letting the waves wash over them passively. But when you approach, no matter how carefully, they take to the air. The amygdalae send the hypothalamus chemical messengers which in turn activate the ANS, producing more glucocorticoids.

Feeling The Trauma Long After It’s Passed

Recurrence of stron negative emotion or reliving traumatic experiences, long after the actual incident has passed is not uncommon. There may be environmental triggers, internal thoughts or some combination of these that re-activates your memories and unleashes the same chemicals of the ANS and limbic system activation and you re-experience the trauma.

Hypnosis and often Eye Movement Integration can be used together to help you de-couple the negative emotions from the traumatic problem memory.

What A Personal Hypnosis Session Will Be Like

It is important you know that not everyone can be hypnotised. Many people can be hypnotised. The people who can be hypnotised do experience different depths of trance.

If you are a person who can’t be hypnotised there are many other ways to help you de-couple traumatic memories, eye movement integration being one.

If you are expecting baublery you will be disappointed. There won’t be any spinning discs on the ceiling, there won’t be any modified karaoke machines or swinging pocket watches.

It may surprise you but I won’t guarantee or even say that I definitely can help you. This is because that question can only be answered after our initial hypnotic session together. I do find it a little unsettling to read that some hypnotists are claiming they can cure any phobia in minutes or heal any trauma within five sessions.

Prior to any session we will have a phone conversation. This is completely free and can take up to 25 minutes.

Hypnotherapy in Sunderland for trauma resolution. Sunderland and Newcastle hypnosis for trauma relief from professional hypnotherapist Nigel Hetherington. Contact Nigel for help dissolving trauma and flashback using hypnotherapy in Northumberland | Durham | Darlington and Teesside.

 

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Hypnotherapy Newcastle Stop Smoking New Year Resolutions – Nigel Hetherington

Hypnosis in Newcastle to stop smoking using hypnotherapy and neuro linguistics. Every New Year huge numbers of people want to stop smoking. Some succeed and some do not. Hypnotherapy to Stop Smoking may be the way for you to succeed and stop smoking using hypnosis in Newcastle.

New Year resolutions to help you stop smoking with professional assistance using clinical hypnotherapy in the North East, Newcastle and easily accessible from Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Durham, Teesside and all of Northumberland to stop smoking using hypnotherapy.

Nicotine Is Massively Addictive – Why It Is Hard To Stop

Nicotine, through smoking, imbibing, is one of the most difficult habits to break free of. It is difficult so stop because when inhaling nicotine, through a bio-chemical process, we activate the Nicotinic receptors, the receptors in the brain that respond to and communicate with Acetylcholine.  Acetylcholine is a neuro-transmitter that is used in the body to move muscles and in the brain to stimulate memory.

Nicotine is an exogenous ( externally administered ) chemical that mimics the Cholenergic, specifically acetylcholine receptors in the nervous system and neurologically ‘feels’ very  good. This is very bad new when you want to quit smoking because when a person smokes there is a large release of nicotine and your neurons love this stuff. They are partying like they have won the lottery and jumping and dancing, stewing in excess excitation and activity.

Unlike cocaine, heroin and most addictive drugs there is practically no loss of identity, no loss of coordination and nicotine is not a huge euphoriant, in other words, when smoking, you will not feel particularly blissful or loved up.

There is no massive come down, a technical term for feeling psychologically and physically fucked the next day where brain neurons are massively down-regulating to a normal way of working. No, there is just the nagging craving for another smoke.

It is also bed news because when the initial flood of nicotine that activates all the nicotine loving receptors recedes, those poor receptors begin screaming for more, more MORE! This is why it is both physically and psychologically difficult to stop for long periods.

But there is good news. After stopping for a little while, just days in-fact, your neurons get back into the swing of normal neurological operation.  And in these few days your brain neurons are plastically beginning to unwire and unconnect the habits that have enslaved you.

Newcastle Hypnotherapy to Stop Smoking

Here are some things you might like to know about what will and equally importantly what wont happen in a session together.

Firstly not every one can be hypnotised. This is a fact and any experienced and honest hypnotherapist will confirm this to you.  I find it a little unsettling when I read statements on other hypnotherapist web sites that say ‘ anyone can be hypnotised’ ‘and you will stop smoking in one session.’ If you cant be hypnotised then there are many other ways you can stop smoking and sometimes it can take several session.

I do not charge an exorbitant fee just for people who are wanting to stop smoking or weight loss for that matter. All of my sessions are the the same price and same duration. The processes I utilise to help you and ways of working together do not necessitate a fee per unique service. To me this would count as a particular immoral cashing in on people, some who can be desperate to make changes. And of course each to their own!

I don’t use baublery in hypnotic sessions. There will be no spinning disks on the ceiling. There is no glorified karaoke machine and ‘special’ soothing music as I regard these as unnecessary gimmicks. I don’t use scripts. Each session is totally unique and as much as possible is a co-created hypnotic space where my objective is for you to really get the changes you have come to make.

There is no one best way to stop smoking for everyone. There is most likely a good way for your personally. Some people can quit there and then in one session. Other people will begin to reduce their smoking perhaps removing one or two cigarettes per day, perhaps only one half a day.

Before we meet and do any hypnosis, you are required to complete a questionnaire and have a telephone conversation with me. This is so our session together can fully concentrate on you making the changes you want. Working with the events and stressors that make you smoke the most, understanding your reasons for quitting.

Additionally you are obligated to refrain from smoking for at least 24 hours before our session together. Why? Simply because I want you to be desperate for a cigarette. I want you to be in the emotional space and deep craving for a smoke so we can work on that sensation that causes many people to have a cigarette. This makes sense because it is the craving you are desperately wanting to dissolve. This way we work directly with the problem state.

Transparent pricing, no extra fee for this ( or weigh loss ) all sessions are £123 for 2 hours. Stop smoking with Newcastle Hypnotherapy in the New Year. Make 2013 Stop Smoking new year resolution much more achievable and realistic with Newcastle Hypnosis. When you know and are committed to stop smoking in Newcastle using hypnotherapy … do something about it.

What You Can Do Next – Hypnosis Stop Smoking Selection

My suggestion is to look at various web sites, contact various hypnotherapist and discover who you feel is the right person to really help you. Nigel Hetherington Clinical Hypnotherapy in Newcastle to Stop Smoking.

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Hypnosis Newcastle Anxiety – Nigel Hetherington

Hypnotherapy Newcastle for Anxiety problems such as excessive worry, guilt and remorse. Newcastle hypnotherapy for common anxiety disorders such as obsessive compulsive disorder ( OCD ), trauma, intrusive traumatic memories and flash backs.

People with problematic anxiety disorders often describe their problems as ‘preying on their mind’. Anxious people will also describe their symptoms as ‘tying their stomach up in knots’ and occasionally ‘feeling skitish’ as well as ‘having a looming sense of dread’.

The embodied sense of unwell is not experienced as some cerebral thought process but is instead felt physically and emotionally in the body. If you consider some of the terms commonly used by anxious people to describe their problems we discover many of those terms are metaphorical in their literal description and are of an embodied physicalised sense.

What Does That Mean You May Be Asking? Good Question!

Well, predators like lions, tigers and bears prey on or stalk their food. We can tie a rope up into knots and it’s people or clouds that can  loom upon us but…

In the context of Anxiety, there is no literal tying up of our stomachs in knots; there is no physical being looming on us and there is no physical predator preying on our minds for their lunch of emotional nutrition, not even an metaphorical energy vampire! AND we can quite literally act as though this metaphorical descriptions IS true.

Neuro Biological Components Of Anxiety – Brain Stuff

Refined brain scanning of neuronal activity in many studies has shown, as a body of evidence, that there are certain brain nucleoli involved in most types of anxiety. Interestingly they are other brain nucleoli involved in more positive reports of psychological states. The research backs up the common knowledge that certain kinds of activities that mediate the common terms to describe ‘good states’.

It makes perfect sense that, when removing neuro-biological pathology there are ways of thinking and behaving that create negative states. Just as much as the obverse, in that there are ways of thinking and being that promote ‘positive states’.

OK, brain scanning ( fMRI ) has shown that there is increased activity in the lateral-pre-frontal cortex ( PFC ) and the dorsal anterior cingulate ( dAC ); relating the unexpected to negative emotional moods, very much like the well documented OCD loop. The interesting idea here is this activity can have a brain hemisphere dominance.

When we are anxious, it is well known or suggested that doing some, any, menial distraction activity ( I define menial as a left brained, attention consuming ) such as adding columns of numbers, organising books or doing meditation. These could be called displacement activities. They provide a temporary relief from worrying thoughts that create undesirable feelings that accompany anxiety.

A more permanent solution is to learn how to change the thought patterns that create anxiety in the first place. Anxiety and stress go hand in hand when people have the following kinds of experience.

  • Lack of certainty about the future
  • Lack of control in situations
  • Poor social support
  • Lack of outlets for stress

What Can You Do To Help Yourself?

How is it that people in a comparable situation to you can feel OK and calm what you would have been anxious? Well in a nut shell they think differently. Understanding how you think is a very positive first step in changing how you feel. They don’t have quite so much amygdala arousal.

A significant proportion of people I work with create their own anxiety by talking to themselves. Not necessarily out loud but by the silent thoughts that are generally ruminated as ‘what if …’, ‘this is going to be bad …’ BUT it is the same kind of thoughts, that with practice, can generate a much more positive outlook on life.

  • Feel more in-control of your life
  • Be more comfortable with insecurity
  • Engage your friends and peers
  • Discover outlets for stress

Hypnosis And Psychotherapy As Solution

Hypnosis Newcastle can help you to feel more at peace and at the same time, with practice and dedication, help you run your own bran and thought patterns, in ways that promote more acceptance and INFLUENCE of your wellbeing. Newcastle hypnotherapy for anxiety to it’s opposite.

A question I often begin with, with clients is, imagine you were having a perfect day, how would that be? And I have clients describe their perfect or better days. Think about it this way; You create your own ideas about how life is going to be, and that is anxiety or its opposite.

You can learn how to nurture your thoughts, with practice, as to how you want to live anxiety free or more free and enabling. It does take practice and hypnotherapy Newcastle is not usually a miracle cure it is one step to you taking control of your life.

Hypnosis Newcastle for anxiety relief and ways of, in one step at a time, or radically changing what was you anxiety response to a more centred and easier way of being. Hypnosis Newcastle avec Nigel Hetherington

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Depression Hypnosis Newcastle – Nigel Hetherington

Newcastle hypnosis for depression with Nigel Hetherington offering you ways to stop the feelings of depression which can include emotions like guilt, loss and feeling somehow you deserve to feel this way as well as physical symptoms such as lack of energy and pain. Why consider hypnotherapy Newcastle? Because it is a drug free alternative to lifting depression using hypnosis.

Experiences of Depression

  • Inability to experience pleasure
  • Many or most experiences are negative
  • Feelings of guilt and grief
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Experienced recently four or more  major life changes
  • Poor sleep patterns

We are all used to hearing the word ‘depression’ in everyday conversation. The word is in very common use and is used to indicate the natural response to loss or probably even more commonly a blue mood. Reactive depression is the perfectly normal response to loss. Loss defined in this way could be a partner, self belief, possessions, health, a job or even freedom. With reactive depression people will usually make full and complete recoveries given enough time and support.

Clinical depression is very different. Clinical depression is defined as two or more weeks of unabating depression symptoms which may be in response to loss as defined above or could be caused by other origins. Clinical depression is characterised by anhedonia and that means the loss of the ability to feel and experience pleasure from friends, eating, sex and even sun-rises.

It is probably almost inconceivable for anyone who has not been or seen someone who is clinically depressed to really get what anhedonia really is but in fact all of the thousands of ways most people have the good emotional texture of life is missing; there is no pleasure to be had at all. And this is what makes clinical depression such a terrible and destructive dis-ease.

In addition to a heavy tax on pleasure there is one more down side. There is a great deal of negative and unpleasurable experiences, thoughts and emotions that adds more and more straws to an already overstressed back.

While a clinically depressed person may look and appear to be quite still and energy-less this can most often be quite far from the truth.  Often ( 50% ) a clinically depressed persons blood work will reveal high levels of glucocorticoids. Glucorcorticiods are endogenous steroid hormones released from the adrenal glands in response to AdrenoCorticoTropic Hormone  ( ACTH ) which is itself released from the pituitary gland in the brain.

The human stress response essentially has two parts. The first is a very rapid, seconds, release of adrenalin and noradrenalin from nerve endings to organs and muscles. The second is the release of hormones into the blood stream that mobilise energy and muscles to save life. This second stage begins around 15 seconds and takes minutes to fully activate. The slower, second stage glucocorticoid part can last for many minutes, hours or even days in the body.

Prolonged exposure to glucocorticoids turns off the immune system, tends to stop sexual reproduction and turns of the rest and repair bio-mechanisms in the body.  If this is not all bad enough, with clinical depression, sufferers tend to give up the ghost and think that no matter what they do they won’t get better and often take on the attitude that no matter what is tried it wont get any better.

If this paints a picture in shades of grey with all the missing vibrancy of life missing then it is pretty accurate but … it’s not all bad news. Research suggests ( Time to recovery, chronicity, and levels of psychopathology in major depression ) that many people make complete recoveries within six months to a year and some within 3 – 6 months when aided with professional help. This is a statistic and faster recovery is possible.

For professional help using hypnotherapy for treating depression in Newcastle, North East England, Durham and Darlington. Lifting the blues without drugs hypnotherapeutic solutions without tricyclics or SSRI’s.

Call Nigel Hetheringon 0770 481 8467  : Newcastle hypnotherapy depression

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Newcastle Hypnosis Redressing Self Sabotage – Nigel Hetherington

Hypnotherapy in Newcastle upon Tyne for Self Sabotage problems. Self sabotage is the sense of almost achieving your goals, outcomes or dreams and again and again you do something that ruins or seriously jeopardises all your hard work and effort. Utilise hypnosis in Newcastle to redress your inner saboteur.

Developmental psychologists like Piaget, Gilligan, Gardner and Keegan have proposed stages of personal evolution and development for individuals.  Long term studies have validated their models and as such can by understood as a kind of generic road map for the normal development of each of us.

As we grow and evolve from small children into adults we all learn a great variety of way to cope in the world. These coping mechanisms take the forms of behaviours, ways of thinking and emotional response. Very often our environment shapes the coping behaviours we learn.

All of the learned behaviours and emotional responses we learn as children and adults are essentially fit for purpose. As children we learn ‘a cry’ behaviour can get us many different responses such as attention, being fed or changed. Emotional explosions as temper tantrums can get us attention, detained or even what we want.

As we grow in age our limbic system, the control centre for our emotional cocktail of urges and impulses is tamed and socialised by our higher order brain parts, our neo-cortex. The orbital frontal cortex, as we age, is responsible for checking the consequences of our actions and mediating our impulses. Our pre-frontal cortex is involved in executive functions like behavioural appropriateness and adaption. This area of the brain is strongly influenced by emotion.

Our higher brain regions are not generally fully myelinated until mid twenties. Before this time our brains are not working as efficiently as they can. Myelin is a fatty deposit on our neurons that helps the neurons in the brain and peripheral nervous system fire faster.

Usually as we continue on, growing up and evolving we become more socialised and learn additional behaviours and emotional displays that continue to work well for us. Self sabotaging behaviours on the other hand tend to have been a part of a persons way of being for a long time. A coping behaviour that has never yet had the proper conditions to evolve and grow.

Imagine if as a child you had had to learn to be quiet when a parent was angry because if you spoke up or made a noise something not nice happened. If that learned response never had the change to be updated you may have real trouble expressing your emotions when for example a spouse, friend or a employer makes emotionally charge unreasonable requests or loses their temper with you.

When emotions fly and stress is high it becomes more difficult to use your rational brain to mediate your responses and behaviours. In these situations the old coping mechanisms can and often do come back in full force. In a really stressful, high intensity hyper charged emotional situation the saboteur within can come out and make a special appearance.  This is usually an over the top, undesired behaviour.

The OTT response of the inner saboteur can be triggered in a variety of  ways, different and unique to each person. This inner spoiler usually manifests in one or more of these ways :

  • Overly or Underly emotional response
  • Excessive or Missing behaviours
  • Procrastination
  • Addictions

Your Inner Saboteur Is Your Ally

We have all registered with the term self-sabotage when some part of us, a behaviour or emotional bomb scuppers our best laid out plans. It goes against rational explanation and is counter intuitive but what if that inner saboteur was actually trying to help?

It’s the very beginning of the 19th century. In Europe the Industrial Revolution was well in swing. People are losing their jobs to machines that are labour saving but costly, very costly to the common worker.

In 1801 the Jacquard loom is one such machine that is beginning to take people’s jobs from them. As a way of rebellion, textile workers threw their wooden shoes called sabots into the machine loom and broke the guts and moving parts of the machine.

This destruction of machines by the wooden shoes or sabots became known as sabotage. This was indeed a purposeful act to attempt to accomplish the safeguarding of jobs and peoples livelihoods.

What Is The Inner Saboteur Really Trying To Do?

Let’s consider your inner saboteur as like a part of you. A part that is responsible for the behaviour of sabotaging and more importantly, responsible for the intention that drives the behaviour.

It is quite likely that the particular behaviour was learned a long time ago in the past and at that time the behaviour was adaptive and was both positively intentioned and productive. Now the behaviour causes emotional and psychological pain.

As an example, take the positive intention of a drug addiction. It may have been initially to experience pleasure and fit in with friends. Now the behaviour no longer serves the intention but the intention is still the same.

As another example, take eating a certain kind of sugary carb food. The initial intention may have been to feel better after sickness or mild depression. Now often eating the same kind of food leads to increased weight and lack of self-esteem. The intention is still the same but the behaviour doesn’t work in favour any more.

Self sabotaging behaviours are like being stuck in a rut. You get so far in the right direction but then you end sliding back. Its like a vicious cycle. And a good way out of the rut is to do something really quite  special and counter intuitive.

In a Newcastle hypnotherapy consultation you will discover the intention is positive and thank the part for all of its good intentions. Forgiveness, forgiveness of the self and taking responsibility, not blaming others, is a particularly affective way to dissolve the prison of past conditioning.

Sabotage can indeed be perceived as a disruptive or destructive behaviour yet the purpose or intention of that behaviour is very well intentioned. Here we make a distinction between a person and their behaviour, a behaviour and the driving intention behind behaviour.

The intention that your inner saboteur is carrying out is fundamentally honest and good. The resulting behaviour is of course not appropriate to you today.

Hypnotherapy in the North East and Newcastle upon Tyne. For professional help in transforming your inner saboteur into an inner resource and source of strength using Newcastle Hypnotherapy contact  : Nigel Hetherington : 0770 481 8467

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Hypnotherapy Newcastle Addiction Treatment – Nigel Hetherington

Newcastle hypnotherapy for addiction treatment in Northumberland, Hexham and the North East of England. Help to stop smoking using hypnosis and NLP in Newcastle and additionally stop problematic addiction hypnotherapy for pornography, gambling and addictive drug use in Newcastle with hypnosis.

In September 2012 I was invited to discuss hypnotherapy in treating stop smoking for a local radio station as part of a discussion relating to the Stoptober 28 day challenge the UK government is promoting this October.

Within minutes of arriving at the radio station I was asked if I would work with one of the team to help them stop smoking. Pretty predictable for a story right? I immediately said YES, providing the person really wants to stop smoking and is honestly committed to quitting. Anything less is a waste of two peoples time.

Wanting to stop any drug addiction requires two essential elements; One an honest desire to stop and two, discovering genuinely meaningful reasons to stop. More on this in a few paragraphs …

The process of addiction is practically always like this. A person tries some behaviour like smoking, internet pornography, cocaine, gambling or buying shoes and discovers they both like and want to do it again.  Over time the behaviour becomes a part of that persons ‘normal’ repertoire of behaviours.

Liking and wanting are two different kinds of desire and crucially when wanting to stop an addiction a person wants, that is the addiction,  but does not like their behaviour. Now here is the kicker and of course some may well disagree.

An addiction is only a problem when the addict goes through cycles of, lets call it drug abuse, when they want to partake and afterwards hate themselves for having partaken. They love it when they are ‘high’ on spending, arguing, snorting or eating to excess AND THEN the down cycle is self loathing, disgust or promising to whatever deity is available at the time that it will never happen again … and then the cycle begins again.

If there is a cycle of ‘never again’ but again comes, then there is a problem. A problem of the psyche and problem in behaviour. This is the time to request professional assistance in stopping.

How An Addiction Is Created

It’s simple,  you do or try something you like or equally do something that displaces a stress response, like going to the gym, having a pint or smoking something.  Do it enough and BAM you have created a dopaminergic ‘reward’ for some behaviour. Reward is largely encouraged by the dopamine mesolimbic pathway ‘I want or can do this’  and satiation by a whole load of endorphins in the ‘that was good’ pleasure response brain pathway.

With repetition of an, in this case, addictive behaviour, there is a protein called DeltaFosB which builds up and remains long after the problematic behaviour. And this protein massively increases the desire for addiction and for a period of time, a long period, remains and alters basic genetics, promoting the problematic behaviour. The more you do a behaviour, the more DeltaFosB builds up and perpetuates a viscous cycle of addiction.

It works both ways. Good and health promoting behaviours like running or going to the gym or learning cool new things also promote a build up of DeltaFosB and in this way our bodies really don’t know the difference between good practice and potentially damaging practices. It comes down to a realisation of how we want to live our lives and the behaviours we choose or become addicted to.

There are two pleasure components Desire and Satisfaction, that’s wanting it and Yum, got it. The first is a drive to do a behaviour and the second is a ‘reward’ for having done the behaviour.

In terms of addiction, with increased exposure to something pleasurable we will very naturally want more. This is akin to the more of something that feels good, or equally calms a stress response, and very importantly as a result we cognitively know this is good, we derive a huge benefit that is long term and supports our life well. Here is the obverse.

In drug addiction increased exposure leads to tolerance and then means a person needs more of the drug to get the same affects, this is done by way of down regulation of the neuronal synapses and equates to a need more to get the same feeling. Additionally there is an increased sense of wanting more as it seems to make life better, but long term it does not.

Right, So How I Choose Who I Work With

OK, remember the radio station? The person in question who ‘wanted’ to stop was offered by the radio presenter as a candidate. This is a potential RED FLAG for me because they did not seek this for themselves.  I usually reject second hand requests for help in any form of therapy, why? Because it is someone else’s ideas of what another person needs.  So I asked a few questions as to why they wanted to quit. Their answers were kind of OK, BUT, I was really unsure so … Here is what I did.

I did the same structured interview as I do with any potential client. Have them return a questionnaire and arrange a call to check commitment to make a positive change. My email requests all clients to book, that means pay, in advance having has a conversation to determine, amongst other things a potential clients desire to make changes in their life.

I received a call from the radio presenter, not the client,  ( Another RED FLAG ) querying the request for payment. “I thought it was for free?” “No, I replied I do not provide a service for free, there has to be a psychological buy in for change”.

I hope you understand there is a very real equation in that change has a value. Now this potential client, a person who is on a substantial wage, described themselves as a ‘guinea pig’ for a stop smoking treatment. This description of themselves felt very wrong. Imagine describing yourself as a guinea pig?

Said radio presenter said that their company had no budget for this and assumed my services were for free. I invited the potential client to pay for it themselves. A relatively small cos, £123,  for a life change on 20+ cigarettes per day.  I have heard nothing back.

This to me indicates no real desire or investment in stopping smoking. This is not the kind of client I am interested to help stop smoking with hypnotherapy in Newcastle because primarily they have no demonstrable desire to stop, it was just a story for the radio station. Incidentally my interview has not been used.

NHS Stop smoking website : Stop Smoking Hypnotherapy Nigel Hetherington in Newcastle upon Tyne and Northumberland

When YOU want to stop smoking get in touch and make a commitment to your future so you can be free from a legally available drug that our government legitimises by a huge income in taxes that in monitory terms provides a government income which outways, by a large extent, the hospital costs for people with smoking related diseases.

Stop Smoking Newcastle Hypnotherapy : Newcastle upon Tyne Nigel Hetherington : 0770 481 8467

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Weight Loss Hypnotherapy Newcastle – Nigel Hetherington

Have you ever wished that you got into something right at the very start? OK, that didn’t happen … BUT …

Is Hypnotic Gastric Banding the ship that has already sailed in hypnotherapy? If so, here is the little ferry boat to take you on board.

Hypnotic Gastric Band Newcastle - Nigel Hetherington

My co-trainer Ian Walshaw, an extremely experienced Gastric Band Hypnotherapist, believes there is going to be a massive wave of new interest in Gastric Band Hypnotherapy in the 2013 new year. Because in order to take advantage of this renewed interest you have to be ready to take that advantage and this is your opportunity. Now.

If you are not already offering Hypnotic Gastric Banding ( HGB ) to your clients, friends and family, but you know other change professionals and hypnotherapists surrounding you who have lots of weight loss clients perhaps you are wishing that you could be offering an even better service, then now is your opportunity to do more than that. before this tide of change and this ship sets sail again. Come aboard.

Every day in the news there is some story re the dangers of obesity, gastric band surgery is incredibly difficult to obtain on the NHS. Plastic surgery companies in the UK charge approximately £6000 for gastric banding operations and people pay for this this hand over fist to lose weight more easily.

In fact, the weight loss industry in the UK is worth billions of pounds because in the words of one of Ian Walshaw’s colleagues that he taught the HGB process “I have never met people so prepared to pay anything to resolve their problem“.

Ian Walshaw & me, Nigel Hetherington, are both vastly experienced in the real world of successful hypnotherapy techniques, and we have teamed up to offer this unique training and learning experience.

Your HGB training will take place over two days and offer hands on practical training that is specifically designed to give you a full experiential education in HGB and to answer all your questions about how to and what if’s so ensuring that the first time you take someone through HGB process you will be as powerful and effective as you can possibly be.

In order now to do this, you will be guided through a four session format that creates the HGB sequence. If you have your own issues regarding weight loss you can use this as your own unique opportunity to take advantage of the HGB process for yourself. Not only will you complete the process just like a client, each step of the process will be addressed in to specific details so that you know and understand each section implicitly.

You will you learn the formation of each section step and you will be shown the resources and implements that you will require to create your own audio tracks to give to your clients including where to source the sound effects and theatrical aspects to the HGB operation session so you can inject such a level of reality into the process that the unconscious mind simply cannot tell the difference between this process and real gastric banding surgical operation.

Nigel Hetherington is going to specifically deliver modules on the neurology of weight loss so that you can predict and negate you clients resistance before it arises.

We believe that this is going to be the most comprehensive HGB training available in the UK. At £80.00 it represents fantastic value, you will not be tied into any groups or organisations like your competitors may be but you will be able to take advantage of their advertising.

This training is suitable for anyone with experience in using the practical aspects of hypnotherapy from beginner to advanced. So do you know that in January 2013, Paul McKenna is releasing his new book on Hypnotic Gastric Banding. Paul Mckenna is a worldwide phenomena in the field of hypnosis and he comes with a multi million pound advertising and marketing team.

It is our view that come January HGB is going to be in every newspaper, on morning TV and in the bookshops. People who for years have felt powerless in relation to their weight loss are going to once again have the process brought into their awareness and they are going to be seeking help from people just like you.

So don’t miss out on this unique opportunity because, we don’t know when we will be able to take advantage this international marketing campaign again.

There are 11 places currently available for this training. Book now. Go on … Book NOW!

Jesmond Dene Conference Centre
Newcastle upon Tyne : NE7 7BQ

December 1-2 2012Training Course Fully Booked – Next Training 2013

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Stop Smoking Hypnotherapy Newcastle – Nigel Hetherington

Hypnosis and neuro linguistic programming, NLP North East and Sunderland to stop smoking using hypnotherapy & NLP can help you overcome one of the most legally available and most addictive substances, nicotine and habit.

During the second world war one man discovered that he had a real MEANING to go on living under the harshest of conditions. Conditions of virtual slavery, torturous treatment, malnutrition and the likely hood of certain but early death. This man was called Viktor Frankl and we will return to Viktor in a short while.

In the 1950’s it was socially acceptable to smoke, it was trendy and the risks involved were, like drinking irradiated fluids for health, were unknown. Using Newcastle hypnosis for stopping smoking could help you raise your quality of life by stopping smoking. Why? Because statistically you will live longer and have more money over time to do more of the things that are honestly more meaningful to you. Check out CancerResearch.org for some very captivating statistics regarding smoking.

Smokers tend to smoke between 10 and 60 cigarettes per day. 10 cigarettes per day cost around £5. If you add this monetary cost up over a week that is £35 per week, over one average month that is close to £150 and over one year, more than £1500. Now if you smoke 20 a day that is 3k per year … what would you do with an extra £3000 per year? Or how would you occupy your time and extra cash?

When you stop smoking it must be for a deeply meaningful reason

You could choose to stop for your health, your children, to live longer BUT there has to be an honest, well contrived and purposeful MEANINGFUL reason. Viktor Frankl found a deep meaning to live. Using hypnosis to Stop smoking will help you discover a deep meaning to quit. In order to stop smoking you have to WANT to stop and want to stop for deeply meaningful reasons.

In order to stop smoking using hypnosis, or at least being able to have some seriously informed consent and choice as to when to smoke and as well to choose not to smoke, there are two very important factors that come into play.

FACTOR ONE : Addictions are usually quite difficult to stop

It is usually very difficult to stop smoking cigarettes after smoking for a long time. A cigarette will supply the addict with comforting feelings, seem to reduce stress and like any serious addiction there is a biological and neurological component. There is an emotional component and there is a socially acceptable component. There are lots of reasons to keep smoking BUT the key here is finding enough meaningful and future oriented why’s to QUIT.

FACTOR TWO : Your body craves what you are addicted to.

If we eliminate ( just for the moment ) stress and how smoking calms you for a moment there is a craving that is both physiologically ( addiction ) and psychologically ( addiction ) biologically requested. When you smoke you inhale nicotine, granted inhaling a cigarette does not provide a massive nicotine burst, but even that tiny weeny bit is enough to make you crave more. Nicotine binds to the Acetylcholine neurons in your brain and affects the mesolimbic dopamine pleasure centre in your brain. This drives the smoker to want to smoke and in doing so releases endogenous opioid pleasure rewards; which do feel very pleasurable.

All addictive behaviours involve a mid brain and forebrain complex know as the mesolimbic reward circuit. This is a dopaminergic pathway from the ventral tegmental area in the mesencephalon to the nucleus accumbens septi. All addictive behaviours and thoughts are associated to this pathway from cocaine addiction to sexual addiction. This also includes alcohol and smoking and gambling.

The Social Govermental Paradox

Stop Smoking BUT you can buy cigarettes from almost anywhere. Why not legalise cannabis or cocaine? The two most personally and socially damaging drugs the are legally available are cigarettes and alcohol. The revenues that our government make from cigarettes and alcohol are massive.

UK government costs such as hospital care, from cigarettes is 2.4 billion what the government makes is over 8 billion. The  UK government makes in excess of 15 billion from alcohol. This would seem like a ‘legitimate’ drug dealers profit rather large. All of this profit is spread out to benefit the rest of the UK in what the government allocates regionally.

How You Can Help Yourself To Stop Smoking

Stopping smoking successfully really does require changing and reframing your behaviours in a variety of situations. A holistic approach will include the successful quitter to discover better ways to alleviate the natural stressors that preclude smoking, will require the successful quitter to change social setting ( at least for a while, about 6 months ) where smoking was the norm. Will require deeply meaningful ways to find a genuine purpose where the smoking behaviour was a thing of the past with future orientated behaviours taking precedence. And most of all a need to stop smoking.

So what Viktor Frankl did, in the context of a likely very short and painful future was, discover in himself a reason to live. That reasons was to present lectures and learning to hundreds of people at an imaginary conference on the psychology of how people can treat other human beings so badly and what can be done to change the world in better ways.

Viktor didn’t get to realise his conference to hundreds of people. He got to lecture to thousands of people and raise human consciousness against the horrors of war. Maybe that’s not for you as everyone would do better at following their own purpose and bliss. So maybe you would just like your children to see how parents can change and maybe you would like to see your children grow up into their adult lives?

For help in stopping smoking using hypnosis in Newcastle you can call me for a free consultation. Get help for stop smoking Newcastle using  hypnotherapy and NLP in Newcastle from Nigel Hetherington.

 

 

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Stress Hypnosis Newcastle – Nigel Hetherington

We all know a little stress or more accurately pressure can be a good thing but when there is regular excess stress on our life we suffer and our quality of life declines. You can use Newcastle Hypnosis for stress reduction and a calmer attitude to life.

The Inappropriate Stress Response

Of all the species on our planet there are only a very select few that can have a completely inappropriate stress response. What is an inappropriate stress response you may be asking?

The human stress response consists of a very rapid mobilisation of energy, glucose that is ‘designed’ to save your life from a life or death episode. At the same time energy storage is stopped adrenalin and noradrenalin are secreted from the nerve endings of the sympathetic nervous system and glucocorticoids from your adrenal glands on top of your kidneys as all hell breaks loose.

Your heart beats faster, your pupils dilate, your blood pressure increases, your interest in sex is gone you could outrun a charging rhinoceros or at least you are all geared up to do some such escape. This is the problem with stress and way to much of it. For most of us we will not be running from elephants tigers or bears and in no way will our life be in any real danger.

The inappropriate stress response is the mobilisation of all the glucose you require to escape a charging raptor when your boss ask you to work late or you are in a traffic jam or you are worried about that meeting presentation you have to do next week.

Regular and repeated activation of your stress response is not good news for your long term health. Remember the stress response is ‘designed’ to save your life. It is a costly process. In a bout of stress the immune responses are put on hold. You don’t need them if you are going to be eaten by a pack of hungry lions.

The hormones / neurotransmitters adrenaline and noradrenaline take mere seconds to activate in the body. Glucocorticoids take minutes to act and stay in the system much longer. With repeated stress responses to the likes of bosses, exams, anxiety or public speaking the glucocorticoid hormones in the body may be on high alert for a long time, days, weeks perhaps even longer.

There have been links established between depression and high levels of glucocorticoids as well as links between anxiety and noradrenalin and adrenalin. With anxiety, depression and hypertension being some of the top diseases being overly stressed can make more likely, here are a few more :

  • Heart Disease
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Irritable Bowel Symptom
  • Ulcers
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Acid Reflux
  • Immune Suppression
  • Disturbed Sleep

But it is not all bad news. You can right now take steps to alleviate a completely over board stress responses which could right now begin to extend your life. The simplest and one of the best things an individual can do is take up meditation. Learning to meditate for just 10 minutes in the morning and evening will be paying you back wonders in a very short time.

Moderate exercise is also considered to be very good in managing an over active stress response and in an of itself being good for your body and immune system. I recommend joining a gym and or personal trainer for a weight lifting routine.

There are several well documented outlets and conversely inlets for out of proportions stress responses, how our bodies respond to stressors in life.  It is particularly interesting that all of these outlets / inlets are in your control, especially the ones relating to perceptions.

Professor Sir Michael Marmot over a 40 year period followed some 28,000 British civil servants. He followed their health from top manager executives to billy the tea boy.  A similar study by Professor Robert Sapolsky on Baboons over decades show similar predictors for high stress. Is this you?

  • Little social support
  • Low perceived control in life
  • Few outlets for your frustrations
  • Unpredictable environment

For help dealing with the psychological aspects of stress using hypnosis and nlp you can call in confidence for a free consultation. Get help for anxiety worry and inappropriate stress hypnotherapy Newcastle from Nigel Hetherington.

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Anxiety And Your Attention – Nigel Hetherington

Anxiety is a feeling and emotion that indicates to the sufferer that everything is not right. Being overly anxious will drain and deplete energy and to excess can cause illness and wear the immune system away. Hypnosis Newcastle is an affective way for people to learn to change the feeling of unease in a variety of situations. Anxious people are not anxious all of the time, attention is not always directed at anxiety and Newcastle hypnotherapy can teach you ways to direct your attention on what is more important.

In order to know you are anxious your attention must be directed to consciously recognising the feeling and then consciously labelling or naming the physiological feelings that you call anxiety. Anxiety by definition is felt in the now and is directed to events and situations that are in the immediate or long term future but, the feeling is in the now and so it steals attention.

Anxiety is about uncertainty and the more anxious you are, the more you do it the more neurological responses you will have anticipating anxiety.

What You Have Learned To Expect = Dopamine

Dopamine is the neuro-transmitter that is largely responsible for for motivation to get you to a particular response. Dopamine is not discriminatory between a desired or undesired response … it is basically a motivator. Did you know, like any addiction your body can crave a stress response? The more unsurity about a ‘known’ reponse, the more dopamine. Anxiety is all about unsurity.

We can only have conscious appreciation of our state, in this instance anxiety, by registering and then labelling this emotion linguistically and in comparison to our past experiences. Our emotional or limbic brain, particularly the pituitary gland, stress hormones and amygdala are key neurological players here. The more worry, the more reactive response the bigger the snowball effect.

Anxiety is a form of anticipation. Anticipation can be positive or negative and what comes next should surprise you; both negatively and positively.

There is research that conclusively proves that having mastered one kind of experience, when you anticipate it again in the same kind of environment and situation when the words maybe or could be, that is when it is a 50% likely hood you are massively more likely to experience just that. Now this has a huge affect on your dopamine production. And it is dopamine that is your motivation to draw you to a specific experience. This is shown in the graph above.

Individual triggers for anxiety responses do naturally vary from person to person and will include two distinct categories of ‘behaviour’. These two categories can be conceptualised as a reactive responsive or meta-response to feelings labelled as anxiety and proactive behaviours that can generate the anxiety feelings in the first instance. Both types of response have a huge amount influence based on where an individual learns to put their attention.

Reactive behaviours to anxiety are the ways of thinking, behaving and worrying about anxiety that is already being experienced and then will logically create the next consequences that are being predicted as almost inevitable. This is a reaction to stimulus and with practice and dedication can be greatly diminished because people can, with practice and guidance learn new ways to respond.

Proactive behaviours to create anxiety are like cognitive exercises, such as worrying ahead of time, taking to yourself in rapid and unfinished sentences and hyperventilating that can all activate the reactive response that activates the sympathetic nervous system, speeds up the heart, releases glucocorticoids, adrenaline and gives that all too familiar body response that we call anxiety.

Anxiety can be pretty much summed up as a neuro-physiological stress response that is completely out of proportion and inappropriate response relevant to what is actually happening in the moment. For example imagine a person that is anxious about public speaking and is in one moment speaking publically, any anxiety response in that moment of public speaking is not about public speaking.

Anxiety is the thief of attention. It is a very much learned response and because we are, as a species, extremely good at learning once you have that pattern it can be the first and easy approach to a variety of situations. But being very good at learning, with some determination, practice and focus of your attention you can learn to have a very different and much more appropriate response.

OK so What Can You Do?

It is very simple but not necessarily very easy because making lasting changes and incorporating them into a life style that is salubrious ( look that word up ) will take some more effort on your behalf. And it is very worth your while.

I work with a great deal of clients who’s lives are so demanding they come home from work from massively stressed jobs and quite literally switch off from themselves, their partners, their friends and children. I also work with people who are seriously anxious about their relationships at home and at work so how they are with people and upcoming situations. Here is what you can do.

  1. In stead of knowing and anticipating anxiety, consider you maybe ( 50 % ) wrong about anxiety and that upcoming situation will be more or less OK.
  2. If the worst comes to the worst … acknowledge it and consider what you can do instead.
  3. Take up a regular exercise like running, weight lifting or meditation; and notice over a week and a month having done this how much more able you are managing.
  4. Notice when you are talking to yourself and stop! Put your attention outwards and be present. This does take practice and the paybacks are massive. This is a very much get out of your own head routine.
  5. Do some proactive relaxation. Lots of FREE hypnosis audio’s here.

So if none of these suggestions are for you, you do want to learn to stop anxiety and be more relaxed and present in your day to day situations then consider professional hypnotherapy Newcastle. Not expecting a one session turn around for 20 years of anxiety and making a commitment to change with Newcastle hypnosis with Nigel Hetherington can help you to to learn much better ways for coping with day to day anxiety triggers and stressors. Hypnosis in Jesmond and now Newcastle City Centre at week day lunch times. Anxiety? Act Hypnosis Newcastle solutions.

 

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Newcastle Hypnosis for Guilt – Nigel Hetherington

Guilt can be a terrible emotion to live with. Hypnosis Newcastle is a way for you to release the often sharp and cutting emotional pain of guilt so you can let go of the past and move on and forward. Newcastle hypnosis can help you learn from your past and keeping the very useful learnings let go of what can be a crippling emotion we call guilt.

When people experience the emotion guilt it can be for a number of reasons. Firstly guilt can be about inaction or action. Guilt can be related to behaviour, thought or both.  Guilt can be experienced by breaking your own personal promises as in yo-yo quitting ( eg dieting, addictions, spending or arguing ) and is very much related to unresolved conflicts of your own personal values.

We can understand guilt and shame to be related to transgressions, that is to say, things a person has or has not done that are not in line with what they believe ( or worse are told ) they should or  should not have done. This feeling is directly related to values be they your own or cultural norms.

A person experiencing guilt re-running past memories, often talking to themselves and as a result feeling very bad. Bad physically and bad emotionally.

Guilt is a Type of Anxiety Disorder

One of the characteristics of anxiety is that a brain scan will often reveal that one hemisphere is more electrically active than the other. Having a real physical sensation accompanying the guilt thoughts would be characterised as anxious arousal and the majority of the activity would likely be found in the right hemisphere.

Guilt is a circular emotion in that the thoughts and feelings repeat much like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Obsessing about guilt may well be linked to  OCD. In OCD there is a great deal of internal mental activity that is tiring and emotionally charged.

Neurologically there is a circuit in the brain that fires with obsessive thoughts. Nerves in the caudate fire creating the urge to ‘do something’. The caudate is responsible for learning and for kinds of ‘automatic thinking’ like ‘remember to wash’ or ‘is the oven off before leaving the house’. Next the orbital prefrontal cortex is activated which gives the feeling that something is wrong. Then the cingulate cortex is activated which keeps attention focuses on feelings of unease.

The amygdalae will be activated because of stress hormones circulating in the brain and bloodstream. Guilt is a very hungry emotion in that it eats up energy, demands an inappropriate stress response and diverts mental energy.

Prolonged worry, stress and anxiety can deplete the brains neurotramsmitter dopamine which in extreme cases could lead to depression.

Stressing about something is stressing. Excessive stress activates the sympathetic nervous system and this in turn releases adrenaline and glucocorticoids which over time impair the bodies immune system along with the general care and repair mechanisms of the body. In short stress in excess as in excess guilt is really bad news for health, both physical and mental.

Possible Historical Origins of Guilt

In the history of the western religion Christianity the idea of original sin is very closely linked to guilt. On committing a ‘sin’ the resulting feeling will be ‘guilt’ and ‘sin’ here is defined as failing to act in accord with some deity’s rules about how you should live your life. A member of the religions organisation can then help the sinner atone and remove the ‘guilt’.

Guilt or the idea and feelings associated with guilt have been used for thousands of years to control populations of people. As well meaning parents of children and of institutions tell people “you should feel guilty for that!” to attempt to control behaviours or even thoughts.

Approximately 50 years after the birth of Christ ( aka Jesus, Yehoshua ben Yosef ) Saul or later St. Paul after his revelation went to find people who would listen to his message. Paul developed real listeners and followers in Corinth.

Joseph Campbell has postulated the debt and repayment theme in modern Christianity is because the people who propagated the eastern Gospels ( which became the western bible ) where the money lenders of Corinth. So it may be that the worshipping Christ to redeem ourselves before god may have originated in the credo of the merchants of Corinth.

Ignorance and Enlightenment – Remorse Not Guilt

The spirituality of the East has nothing to do with debt and repayment. Instead the Orient in terms of spiritual or some may say religious practice is about Ignorance and Enlightenment.

A great book is ‘The Art of Happiness’ by HH Dalai Lama. One story from the book is regarding a monk that killed himself following a conversation with the Dalai Lama. Although the Lama expresses real regret following on from that conversation there is no excessive guilt, no self punishment, no self induced suffering. A genuine sense of remorse without a crippling feeling of guilt can be a wonderful way to guide your actions in the future.

When dealing with guilt it is incredible important but often most difficult to forgive yourself.  Wisdom comes from great experience and great experience comes from making a huge number of ‘mistakes’. Another way to see ‘mistakes’ are as learnings in action.

Moving Through Guilt By Rethinking What Happened

When anyone who is experiencing guilt, which is by definition about the past, at the time of ‘the event’ they never set out to make themselves feel guilty. Think about it, for anything you may have at one time felt a sense of guilt about, at that time you probably did not before hand say something like “I am going to do this ‘X’ and I will feel so guilty about this afterwards BUT I’m still going to do it anyway.” Or maybe you did! At that time you were in accordance with some higher level value that you may not have been conscious of.

No, at the time you were, whether you realised it then or now, acting out on some personal value that you have. Let’s call a ‘value’ some kind of experience you want ( should do ) or don’t want ( shouldn’t do ) that is important to you.

So at the time, if you come to think about it this way, you were acting in accordance with your values. Now, guilt is a reflexive emotion that now as you look back there is a sense of regret and when it is intense enough, that is to say it conflicts with one of your values now you experience guilt as a strong and negative emotion.

As you begin to let go of the feelings of guilt you will not forget what happened. You will begin to feel differently about what happened but you will use your learnings like a behavioural guide. You can let go of the guilt and allow yourself to experience the real value you were acting out from. Recognising this value and acknowledging that you can both change your values so that as appropriate you can either choose a different way in the future or as appropriate become comfortable in your ways of being.

Sometimes it is very difficult to do this yourself and when you really do need help in transforming guilt into something akin to compassion for yourself Hypnosis Newcastle can help you. When considering hypnosis in Newcastle it is important to understand that the intention is to help you change your feelings about yourself for some event or events in the past. You will not forget those events but use these experiences in ways that can help you live a fuller life.

For professional Newcastle hypnosis for moving on from guilt telephone Nigel Hetherington on 0770 481 8467 or email as described in Booking A Therapy Session Newcastle Hypnosis.

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Hypnotherapy Newcastle for Weigh Loss – Nigel Hetherington

Stress, comfort eating, comfort drinking add up over time to overweight, unhappy and potentially unhealthy people. Hypnotherapy Newcastle offers alternative ways to help you change habits of overeating and excess alcohol and manage the stress in your life. Newcastle hypnotherapy for weigh loss can help you create better ways to cope with stress and lose weight. Hypnotherapy is not a magic fix this requires a real and genuine commitment to make changes.

Comfort Eating Is Weight Addition

We have all heard the term comfort eating but what does it actually mean. Well for once the term is quite self explanatory. Eating brings comfort, so we can safely assume that life is uncomfortable or stressful to the extent that people eat sugary, biscuity, chrispy food substitutes to make themselves feel better. The interesting thing is that this actually works to produce a rather short term feeling of comfort.

Research shows that two thirds of people who are seriously stressed turn to food, eating more than average ( hyperphagic ) to bring some comfort into their lives. The other one third eat less that average ( hypophagic ).

The vast majority of overweight people are overweight because of what they eat and their physical activity or lack of it. A small percentage of people are overweight due to biological / genetic predisposition but this is a very small percentage. The former can then be said to be overweight due to the situations and behaviours that drive overeating and excess sugary drinks. These are explored below.

Now, imagine you are one of these over eaters, eating more than the calories you require each day as a way to cope with stress. Your body will cleverly be storing these extra energy reserves for your future in fat cells, saving them for a rainy day or some hyper stress response or even some heavy exercise. Keep on depositing excess calories in your account of energy reserves and you will keep growing and growing while you keep getting fatter and fatter.

Now imagine that you are using alcohol or some sugary drink in excess. Even more calories, even more deposits into the growing energy bank. Drink too much to ease the stresses of life and you are potentially damaging your memory and ability to learn new things. One bottle of wine each night is equivalent in terms of calories to 12 fried fish fingers, yummy. That can be close to 700 calories from booze alone.

Alcohol also slows your metabolism down so you are using up less calories while you are putting more into the calorie bank by consuming excess. That is putting more in than you are using. For example lets say one glass or red wine is 230 calories playing basket ball for around 45 minutes would use this up.

Of course the above three paragraphs tend to paint a rather grim picture of ways people get overweight by having not so good coping mechanisms of dealing with stress. Though, if this is you, some life style changes can help you lose some weight and deal with stress in a better, healthier way. Newcastle hypnotherapy can help you alter your attitude to eating and exercise and can also, even more importantly help you deal with the causes of overindulging.

Yo Yo Dieting – The ‘G’ Spot factor : An analogy

Another night in; another pizza followed by a bag of maltezers all washed down with some fizzy drink made largely from corn syrup. Short term it even feels good.  The following morning you wake up a bit tired, look in the mirror and the slim lithe and muscular figure of your early years has deserted you and looking at yourself this way, thinking about cholesterol and furring arteries you decide it is high time to take stock of your life now so you live longer and have a much better future.

With the best intention in the world you are going to enter into a new era of your life with much better eating habits and you are even considering exercising too. You are imagining getting into your old clothes without a shoe horn or better yet some new clothes that will make you look and feel great. Excellent!

You leave for work, arrive at work … The day continues …

The Guilt ( G ) Spot is where after promising yourself, your friends and even sometimes god you will never eat another cup cake covered in sprinkles you do and then you do it again. After a good bout of porcine grazing you hate yourself and you are all ready to start again.

Weigh Loss : The Parasympathetic System

A very well known hypnotherapist claims they worked with weight loss and did nothing other that do relaxation over 10 one hour sessions and their clients got excellent results. What was going on and how can you help yourself to lose weight without seeing a hypnotherapist? Just relaxation for one hour is activating your rest and digest body systems. This is called the parasympathetic system and this activates in an absence of stress.

A very good reason for why many people that are overweight is how they cope with excess stress. Remember about 2/3 of people who are stressed are hyperphagic that means they eat more calories than they require. And many of these foods eaten or even the act of eating does reduce stress temporarily.

First step is to make an unbreakable commitment to take just 30 minutes per day for a month to meditate or listen to some hypnosis relaxation. When you really want to do this but again and again you slip back into eating and drinking to excess it is time to think about seeing a professional for help.

If you are already saying I don’t have time for 30 minutes each day, think again.

For professional hypnotherapy in Newcastle for weight loss and dealing with stress contact Nigel Hetherington on 0770 481 8467 or email as described in Booking A Therapy Session for Newcastle Hypnotherapy.

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Hypnotherapy for Stress Newcastle – Nigel Hetherington

Hypnotherapy in Newcastle and Northumberland to help you remove more of the stress and worry from your life. People characterised as Type A personality are more likely to suffer heart attacks because of their response to stressors and  way overly responsive stress response to every day issues. Newcastle hypnotherapy for stress may help you live a longer and healthier life.

Watch Dr Robert Sapolsky exploring some issues around Type A personality and stress response. Type A personality have these kinds of characteristics : Feeling time pressure,  impatient, boiling on the inside while seeming cool to others, regimented and rigid organisation, joyless and hostile to others.

Hypnosis like meditation will activate the para-sympathetic nervous system helping to counteract the effects of over active stress responses. Newcastle stress hypnotherapy because learning to relax much more could extend your life by lowering stress hormones in your body.

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Hypnosis To More Deeply Connect With Your Goals

Hypnosis can connect intention and desire with action. A huge misconception is the idea of manifesting. And that is the problem, without action ideas are just thoughts. You can sit and ponder all you want about an ideal partner, perfect job or changing the world. Unless you act you are only doing a small bit necessary to realising your dreams.

A large component of what anyone that finds both success and deep connection with their outcomes or goals is to actually initially feel them. We can all say “Yes I want X”, “Yes I want Y”, but how often do we actually get round to beginning to make them happen, let alone feeling them happen?

This Newcastle hypnosis, recorded during live hypnotherapy training, is a first part of actualising both emotionally as in feeling your goals and mentally as in having a clear thought . After listening you do need to put your ideas and felt motivations into action.

When we feel our goals, the actual feeling makes them become more than some whimsical pipe dream and become a felt sense of desire and wanting. The feeling is akin to a knowing that our desire has taken root and is growing into something that has both a form and physical sensation.

Our body lets us know about hunger, about sleep and about intimate desire with our loved one. Use this hypnosis trance to invite your body to deeply connect with your most meaningful goals and utilise a felt sense of desire to bring about positive change.

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Newcastle Hypnotherapy : Fear of Public Speaking – Nigel Hetherington

Hypnotherapy Newcastle can be used to overcome public speaking fear with hypnotherapy so you can feel more confident and reorganise to change learned responses to public presentation. A fear of public presentation is a very common stress response and hypnosis is a particularly affective method to overcome a variety of stress responses.

Excess stress is known to cause heart damage and suppress the immune system. So having regular stress responses that are completely out of proportion to the actual situation are inappropriate and potentially harmful. Using hypnosis Newcastle you will be changing how you respond to perceived threat, stress situations as in public speaking or public presentation. The situation won’t change but your response will change so you can get on with presenting congruently.

For many people the fear of public speaking can cause the same kind of physiological response as a life or death situation. Public speaking or giving a presentation is a genuine bread and butter skill that today perhaps now more than ever is essential in bringing the kind of prosperity into you life that you want. Why is public speaking an essential skill?

It is because in practically all walks of life we as professional managers, directors, team leaders as being top class communicators in order to effect selling our ideas and meaningful values. And to do this we MUST be seen to be absolutely congruent.

In order to pitch and affectively communicate your ideas and beliefs to foster and create supporters in business you must be completely congruent. Congruent is the genuine felt sense of you walking your talk and knowing deeply the truth in the messages you are sending out.

Now imagine you do feel and connect deeply with your message BUT you begin to second guess your audience, you are talking to your self on the inside, reflecting on how you are being received whilst you are delivering your presentation, you begin to think the worst … your non-verbal communication leaks out those negative self thoughts and your presentation is not well received.

If you are preforming in a less than optimal and incongruent way OF COURSE your audience will detect this. And they will detect this on several levels of consciousness. Paul Ekman has a globally acknowledged body of research on what is called micro-signals or micro-expression leakage.

To summarise you need to be able to

  • Affectively communicate your values.
  • Influence others and sell your ideas.
  • Perform with confidence and fluency.

Lions Tigers & Bears – The Fear Public Speaking

a natural danger and stress response from an immediate life threatening situation such as an encounter with a lion, tiger or bear will activate your sympathetic nervous system in the following way.

Sensory information from our eyes and ears and possibly touch will be relayed to the information exchange centre of the human brain, the thalamus. This mixed mode of sensory information is then passed through the reticular formation, a small but complex nucleus in the brain stem and on to the amygdala, where fear emotions are heavily processed.  Following on from this the nerve impulses are shunted, very rapidly to the hypothalamus.

Hypothalamic – Pituitary – Adrenal Axis ( HPA )

The HPA can be understood as the stress response pathway. The hypothalamus is the gateway to our bodies homoeostasis system. This means the ways our bodies keep in balance within the system of life. In a life or death situation the hypothalamus mediates some bodily function. So in a potential life threatening situation the hypothalamus begins releasing CRH which in turn causes the anterior pituitary to release ACHT beginning a sympathetic nervous system response.

So all of this neuro transmitter and hormone release in the CNS and PNS now activate the endocrine system which activates the sympathetic nervous system and prepares the flight or fight response. The result of this is the adrenal endocrine release of catecholamines such as  epinephrine ( adrenaline ) and dopamine and the glucocorticoid cortisol. When the flight or fight response is activates we experience the following physiological shifts:

  • Suppression of the immune system.
  • Adrenal response.
  • Pupil dilation.
  • Vasoconstriction.
  • Increased hear rate.

So, clearly a stress response like that described above is completely out of proportion to the situation. The great majority of public presentations will no be life threatening at all. If you will like to change a mild or major stress response to public speaking get in touch to discover how hypnotherapy Newcastle can help you with public speaking.

 

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Newcastle Hypnotherapy Treating Addiction ~ Nigel Hetherington

Newcastle Hypnotherapy to help you beat addiction because at one time in your life you weren’t addicted. You learned addiction. Hypnotherapy in Newcastle can help you unlearn the old habits you desperat