Emotional Freedom Techniques is one of the main modalities of Energy Psychology. EFT combines cognitive and exposure techniques with acupressure to reduce a range of issues like anxiety, depression, PTSD, phobias, sleep issues and addictions. Over 110 randomised control trials have been conducted, mostly in the last decade that demonstrate beneficial results (Feinstein, 2018, Published […]
Hypnotherapy, does it really work?
Occasionally someone asks me, “does hypnotherapy really work?” Well clinical research has shown that hypnosis is effective in dealing with a wide range of issues. Like stop smoking, lose weight, reduce anxiety and pain, sleep better, reduce exam anxiety or compulsive behaviours. A list of scientifically based research articles are cited in the Research section at this site.
Generally speaking, if people are able to go into a relaxed state – a trance state, then hypnotherapy will be effective for them. Most of us go in and out of trance states during our normal, waking life. It happens quite naturally when we are focusing on something we enjoy, like a favourite book or tv program. It can happen when you are driving home and because you know the way home so well you arrive and not remember how you did it because you were on automatic pilot. You were in a relaxed, trance state and your brain waves are slowed down to alpha level.
A relaxed state allows the unconscious mind to receive the powerful positive suggestions. This enables people to easily make changes in their behaviour, like giving up smoking and forgetting about the urge to smoke or overeat etc. This relaxed state also regulates and calms our emotions. Many of us have strongly conditioned emotional memories and when we focus on them, or worry about those issues it makes the neural bundles stronger. The same applies when you learn a new language and you keep repeating the foreign words and phrases. The repetition of focus make those neural bundles, the memories stronger. This allows you to remember those new words and phrases and come easily to your mind.
And this is an important point to understand that when we focus on something, we make it stronger. The concepts of Mindfulness and the Law of Attraction are similar. What you focus on, think, feel, tune into, becomes stronger. People hypnotise themselves to perform well or poorly at a job interview for example. They can rehearse their answers to the usual job interview questions and imagine they’re calm and relaxed and performing well. All that thinking, focusing, worrying or rehearsing is making the neural bundles in your brain stronger. So hypnotherapy is a technique that supports the mind to achieve your desired goals.
Many people come to see me for alcohol, cannabis or nicotine dependence. Sometimes they may be using methamphetamines, usually on weekends or for longer binges. All of these substances change a persons neurochemistry. And accept for LSD or cannabis, which are hallucinogenes, the rest of these substances fall into two different camps – sedatives or […]
When summer comes around and we look in the wardrobe and try things on that we haven’t worn for several months we can be surprised about how some items don’t fit as well as they used to. A favourite dress, skirt or shorts can reveal more bumps that we feel comfortable with. Maybe your doctor […]
Over half of Australian adults are overweight. Most of it’s due to consuming too many refined carbohydrates found in processed foods like biscuits, cakes and takeaways. They are high in calories, low in fibre, and it turns into fat! Sometimes people are drinking too much alcohol, which is high in sugar, carbohydrates and it turns into […]
Many clients come to see me to lose weight and stop unhealthy food cravings. For some of them, it becomes clear in the first or second session that there was an issue from childhood that caused them to feel anxiety, and still has an impact on some aspects of their life. They may have witnessed domestic violence, been mistreated by one […]
A couple of months ago a client came to me wanting to lose weight. They had some back pain and concerns their health would deteriorate in retirement. We identified her cravings for sugary foods and after two hypnotherapy sessions, and listening to an audio between sessions, she lost half a stone. She said she still […]
Many clients come to see me for weight loss. Although everyone is different, there are some typical reasons why people gain weight. Recently, I saw a client who said they were overeating sugary foods. They wanted something sweet after lunch and dinner, and biscuits with tea or coffee in between meals. After one session they said […]
Hypnotherapy is a great way to reduce stress. It taps into the power of your unconscious mind and allows more ways to relax, and soothe your nervous system. Sometimes, people see a hypnotherapist as a kind of last resort. They have experienced talking therapies, with a counsellor or psychologist. Maybe they have been prescribed medication, which they have […]
A study by Dawson Church et al. (2012) published in the Journal of Nervous Mental Disease showed that a single session of Emotional Freedom Techniques proved to be more successful in reducing cortisol levels in the blood compared to a psychotherapy session, or no treatment. The EFT subjects showed a 58% reduction of anxiety, 49% reduction […]
Recently I helped a young man, John, overcome his spider phobia. He had this to say about his experience. “I have had a spider phobia for more than 20 years. It all started one Saturday night when I was having a sleep over with a mate and we watched the film Arachnaphobia. The two of […]