Category Archives: Hypnotherapy Phobia

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle Phobia

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.

 

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.