Exam Anxiety? Hypnosis can Help

Using Hypnosis for Exam Anxiety Through many years of working as a teacher from key stage one all the way through to adult pre-access learning, a common theme occurred throughout. When faced with exams or tests of any kind, many students fail to produce their usual standard of work and under-perform in the exam setting. This surprisingly common trait is one that holds students back because the education system fails to recognise their potential. In the most extreme cases just the mention of an exam could trigger severe reactions including shaking hands, feelings of sickness and a complete inability to recall facts and write coherently. This was often experienced by students who were entirely capable, but who struggled with the exam setting and the pressures that this applied. Stressful Examination Some students can become so stressed in exams that they cannot recall or repeat facts and processes that they have clearly demonstrated an understanding of previously. The shift in ability to perform is clear to see with the shift in pressure that is applied by the exam setting. In a society that relies so heavily on certification in all walks of life there is no escape from this performance anxiety and it can very significantly hamper the progress of careers. Learning may be disrupted by the fear of failure and for those who suffer this burden it can be a significant challenge in all walks of life. Effective Learning For effective learning to occur, students need to be able to follow a process of understanding, sorting and organising information, but anxiety can disrupt this process, making it impossible to...

The Richards Trauma Process: Effective Anxiety Relief

Many of us are unaware that we may be suffering from the affects of trauma and the impact that this could be having on our lives. Trauma is often classified into two groups, the first being the result of life threatening events, and the second caused by accumulated, less dramatic events that over time has compounded into underlying trauma, both of which take an emotional toll. What are some of the main causes of underlying trauma? Some of the core reasons that underlying trauma may develop range from growing up in a poor home environment to having a dysfunctional marriage, dealing with high-stress work environments or even being severely bullied at school. While we may learn to live with trauma, over time it accumulates and often comes to a head, which is when it can’t be ignored anymore. This is why The Richards Trauma Process is vital, as it’s a process used to effectively resolve both extreme trauma and trauma related issues. How is trauma resolved through The Richards Trauma Process?  TRTP™ is a structured form of therapy that treats trauma and the corresponding issues that are often the result, such as depression and anxiety, as well as fears and phobias. A dynamic treatment, TRTP™ involves different components, including: • Choice therapy • Mindfulness • Dream rehearsal therapy • Parts therapy • Hypnosis for anxiety • Emotion focused therapy • Motivational interviewing • Cognitive therapy • Ego-state therapy Hypnosis is a crucial therapy for dealing with trauma and anxiety in the subconscious. With both extreme and underlying trauma there are often unconscious beliefs that leave trauma sufferers stuck in...

Anxiety About the New Year Ahead

Anxiety About the New Year Ahead We are now a month into the New Year. All those New Year Resolutions, how are they going? Plenty happened in just a month, to knock you off track.  We recollect on what we intended to do.  Up comes the WHY.  This is a question that only you can answer, maybe you need to look at what has happened, look a little deeper into yourself.  The fact is,  2015 is in the past, 2016 is now in the present. What has happened in the past you can’t change it.  What it is doing, is creating anxiety about the future.  I like say to my clients, “Your have never made a mistake in your life” they usually look at me in disbelief and think what a stupid question. They then say, “of course I have”.  I reply you have had lessons and experiences. Thinking they have made mistakes and i t’s all their fault.  Creates anxiety, that the same will happen in the future. When you realise, what you considered as mistakes, are really valuable lessons.  You are more prepared for that roller coaster ride into the future.  The anxiety dissipates away, it’s replaced by positive thinking, you have learned very valuable lessons.  A popular quote “you learn something new every day”.  Another quote “mistakes are the stepping stones for your future.”  When you take these facts on board, the anxiety is replaced by positive thinking. Negative thoughts about what has happened in the past, will set the path of what is going to happen in the future.   Creating anxiety.  Positive thoughts that that you...

Taking the Stress out of Achieving your New Years Resolutions

New Years Resolutions I am writing this blog, on the 1st January 2016. I can visualise the thoughts of thousands of people, making their New Years Resolutions. Why not it’s, naturals and it’s a positive step into the New Year. How resolute are you and can you keep them? There is no reason why you can’t. Why not let the power of hypnosis help you. I am speaking from experience of many years of practicing hypnotherapy. There is a lull just before Christmas and during Christmas week. In fact if a client wants help to lose weight, just before Christmas, I advise them to wait until the New Year. If they go ahead, making commitments, just before the festive season. They are only going to torture themselves during the Christmas period. Getting stressed and frustrated at the parties that welcome in the New Year. This creates stress and anxiety. Just imagine going to a party, drinking soft drinks and nibbling on healthy food, that’s if there is any healthy food available. You are going to feel the odd person out and not joining in. If there is a medical reason, that is different. If you over indulge, that’s better, giving that added impetus why hypnosis to help you? Because in the hypnotic state you are gaining even more control, than in the conscious state. Your subconscious is like a computer, better than any computer that Microsoft or Apple ever produced. It has all the fact of your life, from the day that you were conceived until now. Computing all that information and giving you the answer that you require....

Drinking, Smoking, Eating, Gambling – Each Is Temporary Relief

Smoking, Over Eating, Gambling, Drinking too much Alcohol Each is a Temporary relief for stress and anxiety This is a statement which is very relevant to the festive period. Also any other time when you are feeling stressed and anxious. You always pay for it later. It goes to the basic rule of cause and effect. The question WHY? Why do we over eat, over drink,  gamble excessively and smoke? I must point to the fact that all the above indulgences are perfectly OK in moderation. It’s the excess that’s the problem. In moderation it gives spice to life, some excitement, makes life worthwhile. It takes away the dullness and mundane periods of life. Temporary takes away the stress and anxiety. The age old saying “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. It’s when you rely on the excesses of the above, where the problem is created. The over indulgence, the relief is tempory, you pay for it at a later date. I see it so many times in my therapy. Hopefully I catch them in time, before it has ruined their health, sometimes their relationships and can also be their career and their future. Back in the days of the sailing ships. The captain know the crew would get blind drunk and legless on the last night ashore, before they sailed the following day. The following day, before they set sailed the ship just anchored, did not sail till the following day. The captain knew the desires of the crew and the ports had all the facilities to provide for those needs and to excess. The crew...

Addicted to Excess Alcohol, Gambling or Smoking?

Time to make a change to your life and take away the Stress & Anxiety My pre Christmas blog. I pride myself that I talk to my clients in reality not morality.  I also say to my clients, you have never made a mistake.  They always look back in disbelief, as much as to say, what a stupid question!  I then say, you have had lessons and experiences. If you have done something and it has gone really ‘pearshaped’, you come out of it as a much wiser person.  Mistakes are the stepping stones to success.  Or should I reword it and say, experiences are the stepping stones to success. My clients come to me for help when their life has gone out of balance and they are out of control, they have become addicted. That creates Stress and Anxiety in their lives.  If someone is addicted to smoking, drinking alcohol and gambling and they are not harming anyone, I personally can’t see a problem.  They have the right to do that. This message I think is applicable, especially during the festive season. You are going to enjoy a few drinks, go to the races have a flutter, play the poker machines. It’s when it gets out of control and you become unbalanced, that you have a problem, then stress and anxiety is created.  Notice I left out the cigarettes, cigarettes are additive, you are either a smoker or a none smoker. I have witnessed on several occasions, a person has quit smoking, even after several years, they just have one cigarette, they are back in the trap. Smoking, usually starts...