If you are struggling with any of the following issues then I can help you to overcome your problem and lead a happier life.  I offer a free phone consultation and a discreet and confidential therapy service in my private practice in London Bridge and Stoke Newington.

ALCOHOL PROBLEMS

AlcoholIs Alcohol starting to cause you more problems than it was solving?  Let me help you to regain your life with Clinical Hypnotherapy.

Do you find that you turn to a drink as a way to deal with stress, that you intend to have ‘just one glass’ and end up drinking a bottle of wine or that your ‘one quick pint’ after work turns into an evening session, that too often your intentions don’t match up to your actions.  Is your alcohol consumption costing you more than the price of a drink by:

  • Adversely affecting your ability to function efficiently
  • Having a negative affect on your relationships
  • Slowing your memory and cognitive processes so they are less responsive than they used to be?

If the answer to any of this is ‘Yes’, let me help you with Hypnotherapy to find out the root cause of why you are turning to alcohol, change your relationship with it and learn some simple techniques to help you manage your life in a more positive way.

I have worked for several years in a Treatment Centre for alcohol abuse and have gained a vast experience in how alcohol any one of us can slip from an occasional drinker to a problem drinker due to a variety of outside factors.

OVERCOME ANXIETY

anDo you suffer from any of the following symptoms:

  • Heart pounding or racing (palpitations)
  • Feeling tense in your body and/or muscles (headaches, neck & shoulder pain)
  • Increased rate of breathing (short and sharp breathing) or hyperventilation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Feeling nauseous, sick or faint

When stress becomes long-standing, physical symptoms of anxiety fade away or become less prominent. However, these are replaced by a variety of psychological symptoms of anxiety, including:

    • Negative thoughts
    • Feeling that you may become seriously ill
    • Feelings of low mood

  • Thinking that you are losing control
  • Loss of confidence
  • Difficulty sleeping

STOP YOUR COCAINE HABIT

LET ME HELP YOU GIVE UP YOUR COCAINE HABIT!

Let me help you recover from your Cocaine Habit with Clinical Hypnotherapy so that you can get your life back on track and start to feel in control again.

Cocaine is so easy to get these days in certain situations, that it makes it easy to tell yourself it’s ok.

But it’s not!  A) It could kill you – literally… and B) it’s illegal.

Here’s the problem, you already know it is illegal and probably know it ‘could’ kill you but like cigarette smokers know smoking can cause cancer, it won’t stop you.

You can’t stop on your own can you?

I can help you to stop so that you will feel like a weight has been lifted and become free to live the life you deserve.

Cocaine affects the dopamine transmission in the brain, which creates an addictive craving.  In fact, it creates a craving just watching someone else take it.

With Hypnotherapy and a really helpful mix of EFT, NLP, CBT techniques and Counselling, I can help you to get to the root cause of why you are resorting to Cocaine and more to the point, why you can’t just give it up on your own, now that you want to.

Health effects of Cocaine use

 You may experience some or all of the following depending on your physiology and how much or often you use the drug.

Short-term effects:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature
  • Contracted blood vessels
  • Increased rate of breathing
  • Dilated pupils
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Nausea
  • Hyper-stimulation
  • Bizarre, erratic, sometimes violent behaviour
  • Hallucinations, hyper-excitability, irritability
  • Tactile hallucination that creates the illusion of bugs burrowing under the skin
  • Intense euphoria
  • Anxiety and paranoia
  • Depression
  • Intense drug craving
  • Panic and psychosis
  • Convulsions, seizures and sudden death from high doses (even one time
  • Cocaine causes heart, kidney, brain and lung damage.

Long-term effects:

    • Permanent damage to blood vessels of heart and brain
    • High blood pressure, leading to heart attacks, strokes, and death
    • Liver, kidney and lung damage
    • Destruction of tissues in nose if sniffed
    • Respiratory failure if smoked
    • Infectious diseases and abscesses if injected
    • Malnutrition, weight loss
    • Severe tooth decay
    • Auditory and tactile hallucinations
    • Sexual problems, reproductive damage and infertility (for both men and women)
    • Disorientation, apathy, confused exhaustion
    • Irritability and mood disturbances

  • Increased frequency of risky behaviour
  • Delirium or psychosis
  • Severe depression
  • Tolerance and addiction (even after just one use)

HOARDING OR COMPULSIVE SHOPPING

Have you thought that you may have a problem ‘hoarding’? Do you find yourself keeping or buying things ‘in case you may need them in the future’?  Do you find it hard to let go of things even though you may not have used them for years, decades even?  Is your home becoming a sort of prison because you can’t move around easily or there are rooms you can’t use because they have become a storeroom?  Does the thought of getting rid of any of your possessions fill you with dread and make you feel anxious – frightened even.

If you think you may be a hoarder (and perhaps a compulsive shopper) you may not be as isolated as you might think.   Serious hoarding problems are present in at least 1in 50 people, but they may be present in as many as 1 in 20.

With Hypnotherapy and Counselling, I can help you to understand you’re the root cause and help you to come to terms with the these issues at a pace that is easy for you to deal with, so that your feel less anxious and more able to manage your life.

What are the signs of compulsive hoarding?

  • Difficulty getting rid of items
  • A large amount of clutter in the office, at home, in the car, or in other spaces (i.e. storage units) that makes it difficult to use furniture or appliances or move around easily
  • Losing important items like money or bills in the clutter
  • Feeling overwhelmed by the volume of possessions that have ‘taken over’ the house or workspace
  • Being unable to stop taking free items, such as advertising flyers or sugar packets from restaurants
  • Buying things because they are a “bargain” or to “stock up”
  • Not inviting family or friends into the home due to shame or embarrassment
  • Refusing to let people into the home to make repairs


This may seem an insurmountable problem to you, or, you may not think you have a problem and that it is others who have issues rather than you.  Whatever your perspective on the matter may be, we can talk about it and see how I can help you with Hypnotherapy.

 

FEAR OF FLYING

FlyingDoes the idea of getting on a plane fill you with dread?  Does even an airline advert cause you to feel anxious, sweaty, have palpitations?

With Hypnotherapy, I can help you get to the root cause and overcome your fear of flying so that you can feel free to enjoy your next holiday or business trip without anymore worry, anxiety or even fear.

Physiological symptoms of Fear of Flying may include:

    • Muscle tension; tremors
    • Heavy, laboured breathing
    • Heart palpitations; chest pain
    • Abdominal and intestinal discomfort

  • Sweating, weakness, dizziness, prickly sensations, dry mouth, flushed or pale face

 

LOW SELF ESTEEM

Self esteemDo you find you:

  • Lack confidence
  • Feel insecure
  • Don’t feel good about yourself
  • Set high standards for yourself
  • Constantly worry what others think
  • Criticise yourself over almost everything from looks to work to relationships
  • Avoid all sorts of situations and challenges

Then you may be suffering from low self-esteem.

How can Hypnotherapy help you change and gain high self-esteem?

With Hypnotherapy, I can help you to look at the negative messages you have received and stored in your subconscious mind and create new positive connections making working with you in deep relaxation to help you ‘repair’ your negative thinking.

Let me help you to get to the root cause of your low self-esteem and teach you new skills so that you can regain your self esteem and make the changes you want in your life.

What is low self-esteem?

Self-esteem is how we see ourselves.

  • When we have healthy self-esteem, we tend to feel positive about ourselves and about life in general. It makes us able to deal with life’s ups and downs better.
  • When our self-esteem is low, we tend to see our life and ourselves in a more negative and critical light. We also feel less able to take on the challenges life throws at us.

We all feel a bit negative and worry about what others think at some time in our life, but when low self-esteem becomes a long-term problem, it can have a harmful effect on our mental health, our relationships, our work and our lives in general.

What causes low self-esteem?

Low self-esteem often begins in childhood. Teachers, friends, siblings, parents, and even the media give us lots of messages – both positive and negative. But for some reason, the message that you are not good enough sticks.

You may have found it difficult to live up to other people’s expectations of you, or to your own expectations.

The problem with thinking we’re no good is that we start to behave as if it’s true. “Low self-esteem often changes people’s behaviour in ways that act to confirm the person isn’t able to do things or isn’t very good,” says Chris Williams, Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow.

If you have low self-esteem or confidence, you may hide yourself away from social situations, stop trying new things and avoid things you find challenging.

“In the short term, avoiding challenging and difficult situations makes you feel a lot safer,” says Professor Williams of the NHS, “In the longer term, this avoidance can actually backfire because it reinforces your underlying doubts and fears. It teaches you the unhelpful rule that the only way to cope is by avoiding things.”

Living with low self-esteem can harm your mental health, leading to problems such as depression and anxiety.  You may also develop unhelpful habits, such as smoking and drinking too much as a way of coping.

 

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Public speakingIf you have ever thought that you would rather die than have to speak in public you may not be alone, according to a survey on common phobias.

An article in The Times stated that in a survey of 2000 people, the fear of public speaking was found to be a more pressing concern than death, according to a ranking of society’s most pervasive fears. Only the loss of a family member was deemed a more terrifying thought.

 

 

SMOKING

smokingDo you want to be free of the Bondage of smoking cigarettes or even Vaping?

As an ex smoker of up to 40 cigarettes a day, I know the difficulties you may face.  I gave up nearly 25 years ago but I can still recall having to break my journey to have a cigarette, or feeling isolated by smoking a cigarette outside, when everyone else was inside. I can remember the bondage of my addiction and the relief at overcoming it.

Let me help you to Stop Smoking with Hypnotherapy

Let me help you to overcome your addiction by using ‘Hypno-Quit’, my trademarked method for stopping smoking, which has proven particularly helpful to smokers who have tried everything else.

By using Hypno-Quit Hypnotherapy for Stopping Smoking I will help you to find your triggers and root causes and give you new ways of managing those moments when you would have picked up a cigarette.

 

STRESS

StressDo you feel anxious, irritable or suffer from low self-esteem. Does your head sometimes feel like a washing machine with thoughts racing round and round?  Do you constantly worry or go over things in your head. Do you notice that you lose your temper more easily, drink more or act unreasonably?  You may be suffering from the stress.

Many of life’s demands can cause stress, particularly work, relationships and financial problems.  And, when you feel stressed, it can get in the way of sorting out these demands, or can even affect everything you do.

What is stress?

Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure.  Pressure turns into stress when you feel unable to cope.  Stress can be the underlying reason for a wide range of symptoms.

Symptoms of Stress can include:

  • Sleep problems
  • Sweating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling anxious
  • Irritable
  • Low self esteem
  • Racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying
  • Going over and over things in your head
  • Losing your temper more easily
  • Acting unreasonably
  • Drinking more

You may also experience headaches, muscle tension or pain, or dizziness.

It’s not a good feeling and can adversely affect every aspect of your life.

Hypnotherapy will help you to identify the root cause of your stress and I will find solutions to help you change the way you deal with your life’s issues as they arise.

 

SOCIAL ANXITY

“20 million individuals at any one time suffer from some form of social anxiety.  They fear being negatively evaluated in anything they do; fear being rejected; fear being abandoned.” According to Psychology Today.

 

WEIGHT LOSS

Weight LossInfo:

When you have the same foods every day and you literally become intolerant to them, but you crave them to avoid the withdrawal symptoms that occur when you don’t consume them.  The most common intolerances in the UK are to wheat and dairy foods – in that order.  We have cereal (wheat) and milk (dairy) for breakfast, sandwiches (wheat) and lattés (dairy) for lunch, pasta for dinner with maybe yogurt for dessert. No wonder wheat and dairy are our biggest problems.

Most days at around 11am and 4pm we have a blood sugar level dip, its called Hypoglycaemia. It’s that ‘can’t concentrate/must have some food’ kind of feeling and it causes intense cravings for carbs – especially sweets and chocolate etc.  When blood glucose levels dip below normal, your body will do whatever it can to get you to eat something – to get the level back up.

When you get that 11am/4pm feeling – you reach for a biscuit, a packet of crisps or a bar of chocolate. This snack may fill your temporary ‘hunger pang or craving’ but it gives you far more sugar than you need.  As a result, you may release too much insulin (your bodies way of coping with this type of food) and then your blood sugar level dips again.  It’s a vicious circle!

 

SLEEP

Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles.

sleepCommon causes of insomnia include:

  • Concerns about work, school, health or family can keep your mind active at night, making it difficult to sleep. Stressful life events — such as pressure at work, having a presentation to deliver, the death or illness of a loved one, relationships, and concerns over your children, divorce, or a job loss — may lead to insomnia.
  • Everyday anxieties as well as more-serious anxiety disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, may disrupt your asleep. Worry about being able to go to sleep can make it harder to fall asleep.
  • Change in your environment or work schedule. Travel and working late can disrupt your body’s circadian rhythms, making it difficult to sleep. Your circadian rhythms act as an internal clock, guiding such things as your sleep-wake cycle, metabolism and body temperature.
  • Caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. Coffee, tea, cola and other caffeine-containing drinks are well-known stimulants. Drinking coffee in the late afternoon and later can keep you from falling asleep at night. Nicotine in tobacco products is another stimulant that can cause insomnia. Alcohol is a sedative that may help you fall asleep, but it prevents deeper stages of sleep and often causes you to awaken in the middle of the night.
  • You might either sleep too much or have trouble sleeping if you’re depressed. Insomnia often occurs with other mental health disorders as well.
  • Medical conditions. If you have chronic pain, breathing difficulties or a need to urinate frequently, you might develop insomnia. Examples of conditions linked with insomnia include Vitamin deficiency, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, lung disease, overactive thyroid, and a range of other lifestyle related conditions.
  • Poor sleep habits. Poor sleep habits include an irregular sleep schedule, stimulating activities before bed, an uncomfortable sleep environment, and use of your bed for activities other than sleep or sex.
  • Many prescription drugs can interfere with sleep, including some antidepressants, heart and blood pressure medications, allergy medications, stimulants (such as Ritalin), and corticosteroids. Many over-the-counter (OTC) medications — including some pain medication combinations, decongestants and weight-loss products — contain caffeine and other stimulants.
  • Eating too much late in the evening. Having a light snack before bedtime is OK, but eating too much may cause you to feel physically uncomfortable while lying down, making it difficult to get to sleep. Many people also experience heartburn, a backflow of acid and food from the stomach into the oesophagus after eating, which may keep you awake.

Many effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling grumpy and not working at your best, are well known. But did you know that sleep deprivation could also have profound consequences on your physical health?

One in three of us suffer from poor sleep, with stress, computers and taking work home often blamed.  However, the cost of all those sleepless nights is more than just bad moods and a lack of focus.  Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes and it shortens your life expectancy.

It’s now clear that a solid night’s sleep is essential for a long and healthy life.

Most of us need around eight hours of good-quality sleep a night to function properly – but some need more and some less.

Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.

What matters is that you find out how much sleep you need and then try to achieve it.  Let me help you find out the root cause of your Sleep Problems and help you to overcome your Insomnia with Hypnotherapy in Canary Wharf and Stoke Newington

*See my blog article on Circadian Rhythms (insert link here)

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