Stress is often a subjective idea. What's very stressful to one may be a strong motivation for another; what's too much to cope with for most may be a stimulating adrenaline rush for a few.
Despite these technicalities, we all undoubtedly experience the frustrating, “negative” concept of stress every now and again. It is a normal fight or flight response that has its uses, especially when it encourages us to run from threats. The same applies to anxiety. Yet if it gets to the point where stress or anxiety levels are near constant and wrecking damage on a person’s physical and mental well-being, then this is where it becomes unhealthy.
Unfortunately, in a society that is forever changing at a rapid pace, the latter kind is becoming ever more common. Symptoms can include the heart rate or blood pressure regularly rising above ordinary, stable levels, as well as frequently feeling surges of adrenaline. If given the opportunity to exercise these, such as through sports, people have a better chance of working through them.
But if they are stuck at an office desk, the alternative is often to bottle up the feelings, leaving the body unable to use up the chemicals it has produced. This is what causes the resulting aches, pains, nausea, indigestion and, in the long-term, increased risk of strokes and heart attacks.
A higher tendency to feel depressed, angry, frustrated and other negative emotions is also a common sign of stress or anxiety, as are behavioural changes such as acting overly-defensive, indecisive or withdrawn. It has also been known for people to become more susceptible to phobias and feelings of detachment, as well as an irrational dread that a catastrophic event is soon to happen, for instance, their death.
Causes of stress and anxiety can range from external factors a person has little or no control over, to internal ones that are a product of their own thinking. For the latter, a person could have persistent concerns that they are not going anywhere with their life, that they have too much responsibility to cope with, or some other source of constant worry.
For the former kind, otherwise known as “situational causes”, big events such as losing a job, getting divorced or having persistent problems with money can provoke stress or anxiety if such concerns have built up to a substantial degree. It’s worth noting that even “positive” events such as marriage can also bring upon stress, as the change itself is sometimes a strong enough trigger. Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapy has shown to be very effective a helping people overcome stress and move forward. Using a combination of brain based therapy and hypnosis you can expect to see rapid change.
When we first meet it will be for the initial consultation, I will introduce myself and we will spend some time getting to know each other. We will discuss what you want to achieve from therapy. I will note down some general background and medical information.
I will then explain to you how your brain works and how we use hypnosis to help us move forward. These explanations form the foundations for all that we will do as we go forward. You will be introduced to simple tools and techniques that you can start to use straight away to start making really positive steps to achieving your goals. It is amazing how many of my clients find this session enlightening and rewarding.
Subsequent sessions last for 50 minutes. The first half of the session is spent helping you focus on what you want to achieve. This is called brain based theory and involves understanding how the brain works. It is at this stage you will set a goal to work towards between sessions. This therapy relies upon you being fully committed to change. I will do my very busy to facilitate change and give you a helping hand but ultimately your success will depend on your commitment. Change can be difficult for reasons I will explain but with commitment progress will be made and quickly. The second part of the session is conducted with you on the couch. I will put you into hypnosis and use a combination of relaxation and positive suggestion to begin creating and modifying the neural pathways in the brain. This helps you to start moving forward in your life. My clients really look forward to going into trance as it is really enjoyable.
The actual nature and length of treatment will of course depend on you and your circumstances, but the majority of clients experience a significant change and are ready to cease therapy after 6 to 8 sessions.*
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