Addictions and Habits
Addictions can include-
- Legal Highs
- Drugs/ Stimulants
- Drugs/ Prescription Medication
- Food, be it eating too much or too little
- Skin picking
- Hair pulling
Please contact to arrange a time for your free telephone assessment (around 15 mins)
Treating a phobic response is surprisingly easy, often people will respond in one session.
Phobia treatments include-
- The dark
- Rodents/ mice or rats
- Other people driving
Kate will meet with you for your first session and complete a full assessment to establish if there are any underlying concerns that might affect treatment. In the second session effective treatment will be completed.
Anxiety can take many forms, ranging from mild anxiety ahead of a specific event or in extreme cases panic attacks and severe social avoidance.
Physical- increased heart rate/ shallow speeded up breath/ trembling/ muscle spasms/ restlessness an increase in sweating/ tummy disturbances. This is partly due to the body releasing adrenaline.
Thinking- panic/ dread/ danger/ difficulty focusing/ unable to think clearly/
Safety behaviour- avoiding the things that make you anxious/ problems sleeping/ desperate attempts to solve everything/ repeating tasks e.g. checking the door is locked.
Panic attacks – This is when suddenly someone will feel extreme distress and fear often characterised by rapid breathing/ chest pain/ rapid pulse/ shaking etc.
Symptoms of depression can include low mood/ poor sleep/ poor appetite or eating too much/ reduced ability to concentrate on things like TV or reading/ reduced enjoyment in things/ irritability/ and avoiding social contact. Perhaps you have been feeling this and thought it was just a little stress, you may have been feeling less motivated of late, this too can suggest depression.
Treating depression can include utilising anti-depressants and psychological therapy, it is important that people don’t expect the tablets to do everything. At least 50% of how you recover is on what you do yourself to manage the symptoms. Therapy can include systematically treating symptoms, using solution focussed approaches and also understanding the core beliefs that a person has developed that might perpetuate the negative thinking patterns.
Ensuring that you look after your mind and body will help you to build resilience and guard against relapse.
Persistent Physical Symptoms
Mindfulness/ Hypnosis and EMDR are now routinely utilised by health psychologists to help people manage their pain in terms of both acute and chronic pain.
Mindfulness approaches typically take an approach of gradually focussing on different parts of the body, doing one thing at a time and constantly re-focussing. This can allow the individual to take control of their symptoms the distress caused by this and also prevent the mind from running ahead in time catastrophizing around never being free of pain.
Hypnotic approaches for pain relief typically take three forms:
- Via direct suggestion to unconscious mind to create change.
- By encouraging and supporting a patient to dissociate – where the patient is encouraged to ‘go elsewhere’ in their mind and leave the pain behind
- My favourite approach which allows the client to use their own imagination to create personal approaches and resources- a more eriksonian approach.
- EMDR- has a specific pain protocol that is used to magically manage the relationship with pain.
It is becoming more common to treat skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema with combined treatments including skin treatments via your dermatologist and psychological therapy to treat stress to improve the problem, often not readily available on the NHS.
If you are suffering a break out in your symptoms these often make the sufferer feel that they are out of control, they will feel increasingly anxious about the physical appearance of the skin, developing a cycle of anxiety- increase in symptoms- itching- worsening of symptoms- increased anxiety etc. Stress is known to be linked to skin conditions. Therefore, by treating the anxiety an improvement in symptoms can be demonstrated.
Treating the trigger of the problem can help, even when the individual is not aware of it, through regression in hypnosis this can be understood and then treated with hypnosis or any of the other treatments offered, for example if it’s trauma related using EMDR.
Treating the symptoms
- There may be confidence issues brought by the self-conscious element of having the condition.
- Using visualisation techniques to help the client imagining being in the sunlight can reduce the need to use ultra-violet treatments
- Anaesthetic techniques to support clients using self-hypnosis can manging the itching which leads to further degeneration on the skin are also highly effective.
When considering your performance in any area self-doubt plays a part, being able to relax when performing ensures that you give your best, think about a situation in your life when you are completely relaxed and focussed, it might be a task you do all the time, that is second nature. In these situations you perform perfectly and without self-doubt, you succeed.
- Marathon running
The most successful people in life don’t just train their bodies to succeed they also train their minds. They will spend time visualising success. This includes in sports, in interviews and in relationships.
PTSD and Trauma
When something terrifying and unexpected happens to us the unexpected and destructive experience can get locked into the body/ mind and can result in physical or psychological symptoms which affect our ability to function.
A person may constantly feel like something terrible is about to happen, they will constantly check out of windows and be on ‘red alert’/ might be irritable or easily get angry/ easily emotional/ anxiety symptoms/ physical reactions pulse racing/ nausea etc. Mood swings, symptoms of panic and reduced concentration/ nightmares and flashbacks to the event will also be present. Similar to panic and phobic responses someone might withdraw socially, avoid certain situations particularly those associated with the trauma.