I work mainly help people who experience addictions, anxiety, phobia and trauma. I help people when they experience these things as a problem, when they are getting in the way.
Let's face it we are all probably addicted to something. Some people with more severe addictions will have many things they use.
An addiction said to be when something has more control over you than you feel over it. You may experience cravings or physical and obssessive thoughts around the addiction. Sometimes addictions are more in the form of binging behvaiours.
Many additive behaviours are formed in childhood as we attempt to 'self soothe' through an external stimulas. At other times it could just be something we get into doing that that we get enjoyment from, we may then start to use it as a coping mechanism.
Most common are ones I work with are: alcohol, cleaning, cocaine, food, pornoghraphy, social media, work. Hypnosis should be thought of as an aid to helping you get more control. Often behind one addiction there are many more...Hypnosis cannot make you give up if you don't really want to.
What a pain anxiety is! It gets in the way of performance at work, sport and makes just about any interaction feel so awkward. The thing is that anxiety is not coming from your thinking, otherwise you would of thought yourself out of the problem (contrary to what CBT therapists may say). Anxiety rises up from your midbrain & unconscious through to your conciseness which then affects your thinking, it also goes from the midbrain out to your body. Hypnotherapy gets to the root of where the anxiety is coming from to help stop it.
Phobia can either be trauma or non-trauma based.
Trauma based phobia is when a phobia stems from a historical event. E.g you have had a car accident on the motorway and now you fear driving, especially on motorways.
Non-trauma based phobia is when you have a phobia and have no idea where it comes from. E.g you might be scared of worms. You were never attacked by worms - it seems irrational to you, but terrifying non the less.
Trauma & C/PTSD
Traumatic memories often have a lot of emotion accompanying them, they usually have a strong physical element to them also. Sometimes the physcial element can be 'not feeling' or feeling 'shut down'
C/PTSD is when there has been more than one truama, and there is more to the trauma, there may be a sense of grief or loss attached to the trauma.
Hypnosis helps you to to process the trauma more effectively so it does not have a power over you. Hypnotherapy can help when combined with talking therapies. However talking therapy alone may be limited in what it can offer. Sometimes there are no words for the trauma, or simply talking about it doesn't change anything.