EMDR. What’s good for the forces can be good for you too

There has been considerable media comment of late about a therapy called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing). It is one of the methods of choice for treating members of the armed forces who have had traumatic experiences in war zones, and has proved highly effective for treating anxiety and some aspects of depression too. Unlike many therapies in common use, EMDR has been thoroughly clinically validated and millions of people have been able to banish unwanted negative emotions and put them in the past where they belong.

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John had underlying feelings of anxiety that had plagued him for years and made every day a misery. EMDR was an important part of a treatment plan that enabled him to understand how he was producing the anxiety, change his attitude to work and relationships and learn how to maintain a state of calmness and peace.

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Personalised hypnosis that makes a difference

How often do you want to do something and then find it doesn’t happen? This is because part of your mind – obviously in this case a more powerful part – has other plans. And this part tends to be subconscious, so called because you are not really aware of its workings. Yet most of your bodily functions such as breathing, heart rate, sweating, temperature control, sex drive are controlled by it, and all of your long-term memories and habits are stored there.

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One of my clients was a highly successful businessman who always excelled at everything he did. Over a period of time he found himself to be depressed and completely lacking in energy. Long lists of things had built up and he just couldn’t be bothered to do anything other than watch TV. His family life started falling apart and life became a vicious circle with one problem leading to another.

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Depression – new ways of thinking

For those people in a depressed state, it is encouraging for them to know that there are things they can do today that will make tomorrow better.

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We all know that there are degrees of depression - from feeling slightly down – to being in the depths of despair. There are many different theories about its causes and possible cures. The World Health Organisation predicts that depression will become the second most debilitating condition worldwide by 2020 (currently fourth behind heart disease, cancer and traffic accidents).

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Gain inner confidence through hypnotherapy

Most of us have experienced irrational fears that prevent us enjoying our lives as fully as we would like. Fear of going into a supermarket. Fear of going into a crowded room. Fear of flying. Fear of getting too closely involved in a relationship. Fear of public speaking.

Sometimes we cope with these fears through outward bravado. Sometimes by smoking or drinking too much. Often by avoiding the situation.

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I have worked with many people who are fine and confident at work yet who feel out of their depth and inadequate at home. This can result in difficult relationships with the family. Others are fine when they are in the bosom of the family yet they feel exposed and defensive at work, or at social occasions.

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The power of belief

A frequent quote from Henry Ford, the founder of Ford cars is “Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right”.

What we do or do not believe about ourselves and others has a powerful effect on our lives. The most common reason that a hoped for change, such as losing weight or stopping smoking, fails to happen, is because there is a fundamental belief getting in the way and preventing the change.

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Jane had tried to stop smoking many times and each time had only managed to do so for a short period because she became anxious and upset – far more so than any symptom of nicotine withdrawal would warrant. During discussion it transpired that her mother had briefly taken up smoking at a critical point in her life, when Jane was a young girl. As a result of this Jane had formed the belief that you need a cigarette in order to manage stress (and therefore that you couldn’t manage stress without one). Once this belief had been identified and dealt with, Jane was able to stop smoking.

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