‘I Tried Hypnotherapy To Deal With My Driving Phobia—Here’s What Happened’


“Whenever I got into the driver’s seat, dread would consume my entire body.”

By Stefania Sainato [ August 9, 2017 Abstract:

I have a big secret that I’ve been struggling with over the past 13 years: I am terrified of driving. The fear is so crippling and persistent that I’ve turned down plans to go places when I knew there was no easy way for me to get there using public transportation.

The logical, rational part of my brain is acutely aware that driving is a necessity. It’s not that I don’t physically know how to drive—I passed my driver’s license test on the first try. But somehow, this seemingly benign, everyday activity had seized up and taken hold of me. I was paralyzed by what I was convinced was my impending doom, despite the statistical improbability. Whenever I got into the driver’s seat, dread would consume my entire body. My heart rate would accelerate, and my palms would be slick with sweat. Living in Brooklyn, a congested metropolitan area where you can encounter nearly every hazardous road condition imaginable within a 10-block radius only exacerbated the issue.

My phobia is especially baffling because overall, I’m not a scared kind of person. At times, I can be downright fearless. One of my biggest passions is traveling around the world. Some of my favorite adventures include swimming with sharks (without a cage), helicoptering around waterfalls, and zip-lining thousands of feet in the air. How could I metaphorically take the wheel in so many different areas of my life but literally not be able to get from Point A to Point B? There is no deeper sense of shame than not being able to be fully autonomous and rely on yourself.


Given the intimate nature of hypnotherapy, it was important to me to find an accredited therapist with whom I had a great rapport. I spoke to three medical professionals before connecting with Traci Stein, a clinical psychologist. She immediately made me feel at ease, as if I were talking to an old friend. “Beware of people who say they are hypnotists but have little to no training,” she told me. “It’s important to ensure that the person treating you for a particular issue is also licensed and otherwise qualified to treat your concern even without hypnosis.”




Hypnotherapy can get a bad rap from being used for entertainment purposes. We’ve all seen the silly and unrealistic depictions in films like Get Out, where the patient appears to lack any control and is being held in a trance against their will. I later learned from Stein that this couldn’t be further from the truth, since patients are required to be fully conscious, active participants. Regardless of the stigma associated with hypnosis, I went into the process as open-minded as possible because I was willing to try anything to reclaim my independence again.
“Hypnosis can be very helpful for addressing behaviors that are deeply entrenched but unhealthy, such as smoking and overeating. It can also reduce anxiety, shed light on and shift dysfunctional relationship patterns, and help people overcome procrastination,” Stein says.
Stein says that hypnosis can be thought of as a tool to enhance someone’s attention to a therapist’s voice and decrease attention to outside thoughts that could disrupt the goal of the hypnotism. “Patients are highly focused and more receptive to positive suggestions because they are viewing the situation from the perspective of a detached observer,” she says.
In a 2016 study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine discovered that distinct areas of the brain show altered activity under hypnosis, finding changes in brain areas associated with focused attention, somatic and emotional control, and the awareness of a person’s internal and external environments during guided hypnosis sessions.


“I would suggest that someone give it one or two sessions past the initial consult to see if hypnosis feels helpful,” Stein says. “However, if a problem is really longstanding or if the person is conflicted (especially unconsciously), about whether or not they truly want to make a specific change, this may require more sessions and possibly a shift to a more conventional psychotherapy approach.”


Over the next few driving outings, I notice some significant changes. My phobia, which was once equivalent to having someone screaming in my face, is now just a measly whisper (“are you sure you want to drive?”). Not only am I much calmer but I’m also able to listen to constructive feedback and be more aware of my driving mechanics. The most exciting development as a result of this experiment is that I have a strong desire to get in the car and drive now.
“I’ve definitely had cases where the person was both highly hypnotizable and really motivated to make the change. These factors, plus having positive expectations about hypnosis all led to very profound and rapid results,” Stein says.

Full article available at:  http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/hypnotized-for-phobia


Hypnosis and Teen Depression


  • In Health
  • August 7, 2017
  • Jim Arvantes
  • Can if work for your child?


    shutterstock_264524723When Rosemarie’s daughter, Emily, began suffering from acute bouts of depression and anxiety as a seventh-grade Loudoun county student in the fall of 2014, Rosemarie sought various forms of traditional and non-traditional therapies for her daughter. During a two-year period, Rosemarie took Emily to a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a counselor, a social worker, a chiropractor and even a Reiki Master.

    The transformation has been incredible.

    Emily’s condition improved to an extent under the care of these professionals but she could never pull herself out of a prolonged depression, and as the years passed, Emily began to believe that she would just have to live with major depression as a part of her life. As a last resort her mother Rosemarie, acting on the recommendation of a friend, turned for help to Cynthia Chauvin Miles CHT, a certified hypnotherapist and the co-owner of National Hypnosis in Northern Virginia.

    “I am a child of a medical professional, a social worker myself, and I am pretty well read,” says Rosemarie. “I know about hypnotism, but I never really considered hypnosis beneficial for anxiety or depression. The transformation has been incredible.”

    Emily saw Cynthia for the first time in mid-September and two more times in the fall and after just three visits, “The transformation has been incredible,” says Rosemarie.

    Before undergoing hypnotherapy, Rosemarie described Emily as “sad, withdrawn and suffering academically.” Emily is now “more positive and able to pull herself out of the doldrums when she starts feeling depressed,” Rosemarie says.  “She is a better self-advocate for herself, and she is doing better in school. It was amazing the changes we saw in just a short period of time.”

    Rosemarie’s circuitous path to discovering hypnosis for her daughter’s condition is typical for thousands of Americans. Many people have misperceptions about hypnosis, believing it is outside the norms of accepted care. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth as major medical institutions such as Stanford Health Care, and the National Institutes for Health have been studying hypnosis and its efficacy both as a treatment and as a complement to existing treatments.

    As a result, the public’s perception of hypnotherapy is starting to change. Increasing numbers of mental health professionals are starting to integrate hypnotherapy into their practices to treat their patients, but still many patients and wellness professionals don’t fully understand it’s potential.

    “I can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard, ‘I really wish I found you first.’”

    “This trend is likely to accelerate during the next 10 years,” says Jon Miles CHT, a certified hypnotherapist who co-owns National Hypnosis with his wife Cynthia, “This is a major goal for National Hypnosis, moving hypnotherapy to the beginning of a client’s decision cycle. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard, ‘I really wish I found you first.’”

    Jon compares hypnotherapy with how acupuncture, massage therapy, and chiropractic care were viewed 25 to 30 years ago. “Back then, many people thought of these therapies as nontraditional forms of care, but that perception changed over time as more and more people found success with these therapies, and eventually, these techniques became standard.”

    Jon says hypnosis is an effective treatment for some conditions and effective complements for many others. “It can be a treatment for someone who has a phobia or a person who is struggling with stress and anxiety,” Jon explains.

    Rosemarie noticed dramatic differences in how her daughter handled challenges soon after she began meeting with Cynthia. In one instance, Emily was having a difficult time with a friend, “Normally, she would feel stuck and uncomfortable about how to resolve it,” Rosemarie explains. “But in this situation, she made a determination about how to handle it.”  Emily followed through and “is now happy with the outcome,” says Rosemarie.

    On two other occasions, Emily attended a high school football game and a homecoming dance when she had not made plans to attend the events in advance.  “These were steps Emily was not comfortable taking before,” Rosemarie says.

    Rosemarie is careful to point out that Emily’s life “is not perfect,” and she does not consider hypnotherapy “a magic cure-all.” She suspects that Emily may have to go back and see Cynthia at some point. “I don’t think these kinds of chronic things can go away completely without some support,” Rosemarie says. “But Emily hasn’t expressed any of the same level of anxiety or sadness she was expressing before seeing Cynthia.”

    Rosemarie and Emily are now proponents of hypnotherapy in general and National Hypnosis in particular.

    “We are very happy we had the opportunity to work with Cynthia,” says Rosemarie. “We would encourage others to try it.”




Can Hypnotherapy Treat Symptoms of ADHD?


If you’re looking for an alternative way to treat ADHD symptoms like anxiety, hyperactivity, and sleeplessness, hypnotherapy could be the answer.

There is no scientific evidence supporting hypnotherapy as a treatment for symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) like inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.
Still, hypnosis might merit a slot in your treatment strategies, especially if you experience anxiety and sleep problems, as many others with ADHD do. Clinical studies suggest that this long-accepted therapy can be useful.
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‘I thought I was dying’: Woman, 35, claims HYPNOSIS cured her genetic stomach disease which left her bedridden and unable to eat anything

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  • Amber Ponticelli claims hypnotherapy cured her gastrointestinal disorder 
  • She was diagnosed with idiopathic rapid gastric emptying, which left her unable to eat or drink for months 
  • Experts say the therapy reset the connection between her brain and her gut
  • Most gastrointestinal diseases are hard to treat and don’t respond to medicine
  • In hypnotherapy, the patient is put into a meditative state that changes how symptoms are perceived and normalizes gut function
  • After months of treatment, she is back to work and eating her favorite foods 

A woman claims hypnosis cured her genetic stomach disease that left her unable to eat or drink for months.

Amber Ponticelli, 35, lost 20 pounds and was left bedridden after being diagnosed with idiopathic rapid gastric emptying, a genetic condition that causes diarrhea, vomiting, pain and acid reflux.

After months of seeing gastroenterologists and receiving traditional treatment, it was recommended that she seek hypnotherapy to help with her symptoms.

Experts say the therapy, in which the patient is hypnotized, reinforces the link between the gut and brain function, which has become a hot topic in health research in recent years.

It appears to support research showing how our perception of gut health can influence our digestive system. digestive_022715_sm

‘It was severe and there wasn’t a protocol or treatment that was known to help. Over time I tried different medications, lifestyle and diet changes, it still wasn’t enough,’ Ponticelli told DailyMail.com.

‘I was in my 20s and was unable to function for multiple years. Medical hypnosis is a great tool that compliments regular treatments. In my opinion it should be part of a normal protocol in GI disorders,’ she said.

Ponticelli, who lives outside of Chicago, said she began experiencing symptoms and receiving treatment in late 2007, and by the time she found something that worked, it was spring of 2009.

‘I was so ill by then it took a while to get my life back,’ she explained.  ‘It [medical hypnosis] was the missing piece of the puzzle for my recovery.’

Idiopathic rapid gastric emptying is associated with functional diarrhea and functional dyspepsia. It isn’t known what causes the disease, but can cause nausea, vomiting, bloating, cramping, diarrhea, dizziness and fatigue.

The condition is difficult to diagnose, and generally requires a process of elimination.

In most cases, a patient will drink a colored medical dye and then be examined with either an x-ray or gamma cameras that can detect activity in the gut.

More common gastrointestional conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease, are also detected through process of elimination.

Once diagnosed, the disease is typically treated with a combination of lifestyle changes and medication. Those medications vary based on the specific disease, but might include digestive enzymes, laxatives, antacids or antidiarrheals.

Dr Olafur S Palsson, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders, told DailyMail.com that most gastrointestinal diseases are difficult to treat and don’t respond to medicine.

‘Hypnosis readjusts the brain to gut connection,’ Dr Palsson explained. ‘What most people don’t realize is that the brain controls the digestive system quite a bit, and plays a big role in its functioning. So the hypnosis resets that control of the gut.’

He explained that the patient is put into a meditative state and then talked through therapeutic suggestions and guided imagery during a session.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4683196/Woman-used-HYPNOSIS-cure-stomach-disease.html#ixzz4oGeX9Cq4
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ENTERTAINMENT Love Island’s Chris Hughes Opens Up About Struggles With Anxiety

logo-uk-5f9485f10bd303d78382da2ff8bbfc2b.pngAsh Percival Entertainment Editor

‘Love Island’ contestant Chris Hughes has opened up about struggles with anxiety, revealing how he was once crippled by it in the middle of a cricket game.

The reality TV star won praise for displaying his emotions during his stint on the ITV2 series, having penned an Instagram post about his mental health prior to entering the villa.

Speaking to HuffPost UK and other journalists upon returning to the UK following Monday (24 July) night’s final, Chris spoke candidly about how hypnotherapy sessions helped him to overcome the illness.

“I had a hypnotherapist and had a load of sessions with him, and he sorted it out,” he said.

“I was at a time where I had anxiety over feeling anxious. I had a 9-5 job and when it got to half four, I would start feeling anxious not wanting to go home from work, which was really weird. When I got home, I just felt like shit.

“It wasn’t until I spoke to my mum that I got help.”

He continued: “It doesn’t reoccur much any more, but I had it when I was playing cricket actually, and I broke down in the middle of a cricket field one day, which was about a year ago.

“It was fine in the villa, but I did speak to a few friends and family about it before, but it didn’t affect it really.”

His girlfriend Olivia Attwood, however, admitted she had struggled with her mental health during her time on ‘Love Island’.

“It was tough,” she said. “One of my things is that I’m really impulsive, so I act on impulse and have no filter. I think it’s good to be that way because to bottle all your feelings up is quite unhealthy. But if I felt sad or vulnerable, I just pretend I’m angry.

“Jamie had to literally sit me down one morning and give me a therapy session.”


Full article available at: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/love-island-chris-hughes-anxiety_uk_5977b887e4b0e201d5793ab7

How One Session of Hypnotherapy Finally Ended This Woman’s Debilitating Fear of Spiders

Before she discovered the practice, she nearly suffered a heart attack every time she spotted a spider.

By Kim Fredericks  medium-logo


Like many phobias, Clearwater, Florida-based general surgeon Jamie Daniel’s fear of spiders began after a traumatic event. While she was sleeping, a Jumping Spider had made a nest in a fold of the sheer curtains in her bedroom. “When I woke up there were what seemed to be a billion baby spiders crawling all over me!” she says. While the event happened when she was just 11 years old, she developed a paralyzing fear of spiders that affected her for more than 30 years of her life. Some people may scoff at this kind of fear, but phobias are very real and come in all types. “Anytime I saw a spider in the house I’d shriek and jump up on the furniture. I’d spray them with Aqua Net hair spray, and if that didn’t work, I’d use hair spray and a lighter like a flame torch.” But as with many phobias, fears, or bad habits like nail-biting, hypnotherapy ended up offering a solution.

Daniel’s way of killing a spider may have been on the extreme side, but her fear was real. Seeing a spider would send her into a panic, making her palms sweat, raising her heart rate, and causing her to flee the room. “I couldn’t sleep if I knew there was a spider in the house,” she says. If she saw a spider crawling along the interior of her car or on the windshield, she would have to pull over. “My fear was so bad that I almost wrecked my car more than once.”

Her fear was irrational, Daniel freely admits, and she lived her life trying to bury or overcome her fear of spiders on her own—with no success. In May 2016, Daniel took action by volunteering to be hypnotized on WFLA’s Daytime news show by hypnotist Richard Barker. “I had always been skeptical of hypnosis and was not sure that I would be able to be hypnotized,” says Daniel, “But I have always been arachnophobic and it was causing a lot of anxiety, so I thought ‘what the heck,’ I’ll step out of my comfort zone.”

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Since the session, spiders no longer paralyze me—I see spiders at my house and I no longer get tachycardia or freak out,” says Daniel. “I don’t love them, but I can tolerate them.” As for hypnosis, it took just the one session to learn how to deal with her fear of spiders and she now considers herself a believer of the practice of hypnosis. “I learned that the brain is a powerful thing.”

URL: http://www.rd.com/true-stories/inspiring/hypnotherapy-fear-of-spiders/

These 4 Women Say Hypnosis Changed Their Lives

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July 11, 2017
Suspend your disbelief about hypnosis, and while you’re at it, forget about swinging watches and the phrase “You’re getting sleepy.” Despite the fact that people have been using hypnotherapy for decades to help them ditch behaviors like overeating and smoking—and that major medical organizations recognize it as valid therapy for a range of health issues—it’s still viewed as mental sleight of hand, a tool of stage performers, not doctors. But thanks to a spate of recent research—most notably a study that showed, via MRI imaging, how the brain actually changes during hypnosis—the practice has gained more legitimacy and is often combined with talk therapy or meds. Now, “people are signing up for it at the recommendation of their physician,” says health psychologist Laurie Keefer, Ph.D., director of psychobehavioral research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.
During a session, a therapist will ease you into a hyper-focused relaxed state (by having you concentrate on, say, soothing words), then give you suggestions to help you conquer your health problem. You’ll be physically alert but mentally calm, similar to what happens when you are driving and reach your destination but don’t remember how you got there. Here, why over a half a million people couch-surf away what ails them each year, and what you can expect.


New York City writer Patricia Morrisroe could fall asleep easily. But four hours later, she’d be up again, her mind reeling. The problem started in childhood and gradually worsened. Patricia tried cognitive behavioral therapy and meds; when they didn’t help, she decided to visit a hypnotherapist. Patricia was hypnotized once, then given a recording to listen to nightly. Immediately, the then 50-year-old had what she describes as “the best sleep of my life.” The results wore off after 10 days (Patricia’s hypnotherapist suspects this is because she was only partly susceptible to hypnosis; about a third of the population can’t be hypnotized at all), but many people see results as long as they listen to the recording.

People with stress-linked sleep disturbances are great candidates for hypnotherapy, says psychotherapist Marty Lerman, Ph.D., author of Mindshift. That’s because hypnosis can teach you how to acknowledge and release spinning thoughts. The payoff: A study found women who listened to hypnotic suggestions for sleep (such as a fish swimming deeper into water) at night experienced up to 80 percent more restorative slow-wave sleep compared with when they heard a nonhypnotic text.

That stress connection is why you’ll see the best results if you have a session or two with a therapist who can tailor a recording to your specific stressors. For example, if a jam-packed schedule is stealing your Zs, she might include a statement like “You have time to complete all your daily tasks.” Nonpersonalized sleep hypnosis apps are okay, say experts, as long as you choose one that’s been created or vetted by a certified hypnotherapist (check the description in the app store). Try Sleep Well Hypnosis (free), a 25-minute session you listen to nightly; it promises consistent, deep sleep in one to three weeks.


When she was 25, Amber Ponticelli started getting sharp abdominal pains every time she ate. ER and gastro docs thought she had IBS, but their suggested dietary tweaks (like eating six small meals a day instead of three large ones) didn’t ease her symptoms. Finally, an M.D. diagnosed the culprit: rapid gastric emptying, a condition that causes the body to force undigested food through the gut. She was referred to a doctor who was using hypnotherapy to treat GI patients. Amber didn’t have great expectations, but the now 35-year-old Chicago Pilates instructor was desperate.

People with gut problems often find relief with hypnotherapy—on average, 75 percent of women get significant relief after treatment and more than 80 percent continue to feel better for up to six years later—because of the close link between mind and gut, says Olafur Palsson, Psy.D., a professor of medicine at The University of North Carolina’s Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders in Chapel Hill. The brain sends signals to the gut to influence how much it should contract or relax to move food through your intestines. But sometimes that message can come across too intensely (which can lead to diarrhea) or not firmly enough (resulting in constipation). Hypnotherapy can help iron out these mind-gut missives so your intestines contract properly, says Palsson.

Each session, Amber would stare at a penny glued to the ceiling to help her relax. Then her doctor would describe a soothing location and say how Amber should tap into it to ease her symptoms (think: being on a beach and feeling the warm sun moving through and healing her intestines, and her stomach acting like the waves, breaking down food).

Amber saw her symptoms ease up immediately; the majority of people find relief after six sessions (most women have one every other week over the course of about three months). People who begin to experience pain again (to date, Amber hasn’t) can go back for “tune up” visits or listen to a taped session provided by their doctor or therapist.


Twenty-five-year old Megan McGovern has relied on hypnotherapy to help manage her anxiety for nearly a decade. She first tried it when a therapist suggested it as an alternative to medication. It was good advice: Research shows adding in hypnotherapy can make regular therapy sessions for depression or anxiety significantly more effective.

“My first time, I was worried I would be out of control of my body or say something embarrassing,” says the Denver resident. But that wasn’t the case. Once Megan was put into a relaxed state, her hypnotherapist talked her through ways to release negative thoughts. When Megan was anxious about an upcoming trip, her therapist helped her envision going through the process—packing her bags, driving to the airport, getting through security, boarding the plane, the actual flight—without anxiety. It worked; she was far less tense than usual during her trip.

Hypnosis is similarly successful for depressed individuals, who often receive messaging geared toward identifying and releasing uncomfortable emotions (“As sad feelings surface, you can let them go”). When hypnosis is incorporated into cognitive behavioral therapy sessions, it usually reduces the number of sessions needed by at least half, compared with using behavioral therapy alone.

Today, Megan’s anxiety is managed with self-hypnosis, a technique she learned during her sessions. She relaxes her mind, then repeats some of her therapist’s frequently used phrases in order to guide herself through whatever upcoming stressful situation (like going to the dentist) she’s facing.

PAIN pain

Rumor has it Gisele Bundchen and Kate Middleton used hypnotherapy to ease labor contractions sans epidural. The Gisele anecdote, together with the documentary The Business of Being Born, helped convince Lauren Fong Barlow, the CEO of a Los Angeles digital production company, to enroll in a hypnobirthing class when she was five months pregnant.

For the next four months—and during the 36-hour unmedicated birth of her daughter—she listened to recordings and birthing affirmations (e.g., “My muscles are working in harmony to make birthing easier”) recommended by her teacher. During delivery she had periods of discomfort, “but I was never in pain or screaming,” says Lauren, now 37 years old.

Experts aren’t positive how hypnosis helps with labor pain, but Palsson suspects it may lessen the so-called fight-or-flight response, which can cause muscle tension that makes it harder for the baby to move through the birth canal.

Baby-delivering pains aren’t the only ouch hypnosis can heal, though. Studies show it can lessen the chronic pain that comes from conditions such as fibromyalgia or even a years-old injury (to, say, your back or ankle). Here’s how: Typically, when you’re hurt, the nervous system sends pain cues to the brain until the problem heals. But with chronic pain, the neurons misfire, making the signals—and the agony—continue. Hypnotherapy can help tamp down these signals,” says David Patterson, Ph.D., a professor of psychology in the departments of rehabilitation medicine, surgery, and psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle.

So if you see a hypnotherapist for that bad back, her suggestions might be about ways to ease or completely get rid of the discomfort. (One example: Telling you to imagine you’re putting your spinal pain into a series of progressively larger boxes, locking each one shut, then putting the last box on a train to take it away for good.) Most patients with chronic pain report feeling less achy after a single appointment and significantly better after about four sessions.

Ready to coax your brain to better health? If you suffer from a condition that hypnotherapy can help with, doing your research is key because most states don’t require hypnotherapists to be licensed. Ask your primary-care doc for a referral, or contact the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. The latter requires therapists to be health-care professionals who are licensed in their state to provide medical, dental, or psychotherapeutic services, and to have completed at least 20 hours of hypnotherapy training, learning the process of hypnosis for a variety of conditions. Expect your initial appointment to last about an hour and to include more background-gathering than actual hypnosis so that your mental state and the root of your issue can be determined. Sessions (you’ll probably need five to seven) cost about $100 to $150 a pop—though they may be covered by insurance if the therapist codes them as regular psychotherapy sessions.

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of Women’s Health.

URL: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/hypnosis-mind-body-cure



Get a good night’s sleep with hypnotherapy

Posted on 10th July, 2017 by

We are fast becoming a population of insomniacs as health and lifestyle problems like obesity, excessive alcohol and sugary drink consumption, smoking, lack of physical activity, mental health problems, stress at work, shift work, financial concerns, and long commuting impact our sleep patterns.

In general, adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night but the exact amount varies from person to person, depending on age, lifestyle and genes. However, more than a third of Britons sleep for less than six hours a night according to The Sleep Council with modern life blamed for problems we have in nodding off.

But feeling positive about life can make a difference, too, and in the first research of its kind, US scientists found that having a purpose in life results in fewer night time disturbances and improved quality of sleep.

“Helping people cultivate a purpose in life could be an effective drug-free strategy to improve sleep quality, particularly for a population that is facing more insomnia,” said senior author Jason Ong, an associate professor of neurology at the Northwestern University in Illinois. “Purpose in life is something that can be cultivated and enhanced through mindfulness therapies.”

The team now wants to see if mindfulness-based therapies can improve purpose can also improve sleep quality. The new study was published in the journal Sleep, Science and Practice.

Research shows that hypnosis combined with cognitive behavioural therapy is the most effective treatment for insomnia,” says the National Council for Hypnotherapy, the UK’s largest not-for-profit professional body for clinical hypnotherapy with over 1,800 highly-trained therapists across the country.

Insomniacs generally respond very well to hypnosis. A hypnotherapist can create a programme of personalised treatment that identifies your sleeping patterns and teaches you self-management techniques which make a big difference not just to how long you sleep but the quality of sleep you enjoy,” adds the NCH.

So how does hypnotherapy work? Says the NCH: “It’s similar to drifting off to sleep at night, that stage when you are not quite awake and not quite asleep.

“You may feel a sense of weightlessness or you may feel heaviness as all your muscles relax. Everyone experiences it differently, and your therapist will be able to reassure you and help you relax and enjoy the experience.”

Given that stress and anxiety can cause sleepless nights, the NCH adds that, after sessions to be treated for stress and anxiety, people often feel more confident and more relaxed in situations that have previously been challenging or stressful.

“Many people say that they are calmer and that they have more clarity of thought – able to make decisions more easily. People who have experienced side effects of anxiety such as insomnia, find that they are sleeping much better and as a result are able to work more effectively.”

Clinical hypnotherapy can also be successful in helping people quit smoking or other bad habits and manage their weight and what they eat.

It is estimated that insufficient sleep among the British working population costs the economy up to £40 billion a year through lost working hours, the equivalent of 1.86 per cent of the country’s GDP.

So, if you want a good night’s sleep, contact an NCH therapist near you by using the NCH directory. Do that and look forward to a good night!

Get a good night’s sleep with hypnotherapy was last modified: July 10th, 2017 by NCH News

Fear, Phobias – And Freedom!

logo370x84v2Abstract: Have you ever tried to lose weight but found that diets don’t really work – and you blame your lack of willpower? Or you really want to give up smoking but, again, find that nothing works? Are the words ‘I’ve tried but I just can’t do it’ familiar to you?
Do you feel your self-esteem is quite low in these difficult times and you are lacking in confidence? Perhaps you have an important presentation to make, or job interview looming or have an exam to take and you think your self-confidence could do with a boost. Perhaps you have a phobia with a fear of spiders, wasps etc or you’re in desperate need of a holiday – but can’t face flying? Do you feel despair because you think nothing helps?


Hypnosis is an altered and heightened state of awareness that is sometimes referred to as a trance state. Most of us slip in and out of trance states throughout the day in everyday life. Has anyone ever said to you ‘Hey – you’re away in a dream!’ in an attempt to get your attention? When you day-dream you are at your most relaxed and comfortable. This is often when the best ideas ‘pop’ into your mind – they certainly do in my case!

You may be aware there are two parts to the mind, the conscious and the subconscious. Many therapists use the term ‘unconscious’ instead of ‘subconscious’, and many describe the workings of the mind in great detail. My explanation is very simple:

The Conscious

You are aware and in the present with your conscious mind. It’s the part of your mind that reasons and makes decisions and choices. It acts as a filter to thoughts and suggestions, deciding whether to keep them in the forefront of your mind, or put them ‘on hold’, or to dismiss them altogether. When a thought or suggestion is put ‘on hold’, it goes straight to the subconscious where it is filed away.

The Subconscious

The subconscious is a container for your thoughts. Amongst other things, it houses all the information your conscious gives it to store, like memories and things it can’t deal with immediately.

Unlike stage show hypnotists, during hypnotherapy you are fully conscious and aware at all times. You will never be asked to do anything you don’t want to do – so there will be no flapping around the room believing you are a chicken! You are in control and hypnotherapy sessions give you time for you and no one else; a chance to indulge in the freedom that having time to yourself give you.

Okay, I hear you ask. What can hypnotherapy do for me?

Well, that depends on you. Hypnotherapy gives you time for one of the most important things in your life – you. With relaxing techniques tailored to suit you, you will feel calmer, more relaxed and have a better understanding of your life, needs and aspirations as well as others.


Whether you wish to stop smoking, lose weight, increase self-confidence or overcome a phobia why don’t you contact me to arrange a consultation and take the first step to overcoming this by natural methods – the strength and power of your mind – by contacting me for further information.

We have but one life – so why not try and change your life for the better?

Full article URL: http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2017/07/fear-phobias-and-freedom/

For Tummy Troubles, Hypnosis Might Be the Answer


Sixty million Americans deal with this uncomfortable sensation at least once a month —  heartburn. It’s not only painful, but can be life-altering, or even deadly if ignored. No wonder that heartburn and other gastrointestinal medications are among the most popular drugs on the market. But these “miracle drugs” are far from perfect; some patients report mixed results and long-term side effects.

For patients who don’t get relief from medication, their gastroenterologists are turning to psychologists for help. Hypnotherapy can be an effective treatment for heartburn and other stomach conditions. It’s a powerful alternative treatment, backed with plenty of scientific evidence, that is increasingly being offered at the nation’s leading medical centers. stomach

“There’s a robust amount of literature behind hypnotherapy beginning in the 1980s,” said Laurie Keefer, Ph.D, director of psychosocial research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “We’ve really taken to calling it brain-gut therapy.”

Hypnosis, which exploits the relationship between the mind and digestive system, can also help with conditions like GERD and the inflammatory bowel diseases, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Untreated GERD has been linked to esophageal cancer.
Amber Ponticelli, 35, started having digestive problems in 2007. Initially, she only felt dizzy and weak in the morning, but soon developed severe abdominal pain. Unable to eat or drink for months, she lost 20 pounds and was ultimately left bedridden. After seeing multiple gastroenterologists at leading medical institutions, she was eventually diagnosed with a genetic condition that is associated with many GI symptoms.
“I thought I was dying. I had to quit my job and ended up moving to the city with my boyfriend just to be closer to the doctors I was seeing in the city,” Ponticelli told NBC News.


Studies show more than three quarters of patients experience at least a 50 percent reduction in symptoms. Many are able to stop medication, including popular acid reducing drugs.

Full article available and sourced from: http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/tummy-troubles-hypnosis-might-be-answer-n778556

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