Anxiety: how long does it take to recover ?

We are all different, but so similar in our suffering, the main difference can be how long we have suffered, as the person who has suffered many years may have built up more habits of avoidence, safety behaviors that they find harder to break then someone who has suffered a few months. Also the person who has suffered longer may have more memory of suffering and they may have fallen into a life where they have forgotten what it was like to feel normal, where the person who has suffered a few months, still has these feelings of normality close to them.

YOU just need to reverse the procedure. This takes you on to reversing habits, You certainly had developed many avoidence and safety behaviors and You have to go against your instincts and change these habits, not run away when you fell overwhelmed, not shy away from meeting new people, not putting off going places and let anxiety rule what you did and did not do.

Don’t wait to feel better to live your life and go places, live your life with anxiety present and all that goes with it, this is when you will begin to feel a shift. You are living a normal life and not hiding and shying away from how you feel, the more normal life you pack in the more normal you will begin to feel. Nothing is gained through safety behaviors or avoidence as you are saying ‘I don’t want to feel that way’ I will avoid, this attitude will always make a feeling the enemy, something to run away from, your body and mind will always go along with the message you send it.

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You will find that you feel so far away from recovery one day and so near the next, again this is down to memory of past suffering. The smallest thing may have you feeling anxious or down again, the problem is when you feel anxious again it can hit us harder than before, mainly as we had felt some freedom, we thought this damn thing had gone forever, we may try and fight and scramble to how we felt the day before, if not then we must find out why we felt great yesterday and damn awful now, there must be a reason, what have you done wrong? Well nothing at all, you must go through this up and down process, no one can expect to suffer for so long and not have bad days, it is your mind and body going through a process of recovery. At one time you may have felt no good days, so just feeling moments of normality should tell you that you are on your way, a change is happening, but don’t expect that change to be plain sailing, it is an up and down affair, the doubts will resurface, the willpower may weaken, you may feel as bad as ever at times, but be o.k with this, remember your body and mind is just going through a process of reversal.

In time you will have more good days than bad, memory of past suffering is not as raw and memory of feeling normal starts to surface, new habits begin to surface, going here and there and not avoiding becomes second nature, you no longer have to try. Not worrying daily about how you feel becomes second nature, not analyzing how you feel becomes your new habit, living your life alongside anxiety becomes easier, at first you may have had to drag yourself there as the old you wanted you to hide away, not now, it’s become your new habit to live alongside how you feel and not let anxiety make decisions for you.

You need to get the point across that symptoms need not to viewed as a problem anymore, something to avoid, pull away from, the enemy, with this attitude they will always be something to get rid off, to pull away from, they will have you thinking ‘How do I get rid of this or that?’ It is the same with someone who struggles with anxious thoughts, these maybe scary, question our existence, etc, the thought is not important, they are anxiety based and rely on your hate and belief that they are real of them to stay in the cycle. ‘I must not think that’ , ‘Oh I think it therefore it must be real’ , ‘Am I going crazy?’ you may pull away from a thought, try and forget it only to find it sticks, this is because you are anxious about that thought, paying it all the respect it needs, this may end in ‘Oh how do I stop thinking this way?’ The far easier way is to no longer see them as a problem, let them shout loud, but understand they are not real and just anxiety based,

Start to go for a long run, you would come back having burnt off all your excess adrenaline and you would feel great with a clear mind and in this short time you could view reality.

The whole point like any symptom is to stop seeing them as a problem, you will always have anxious thoughts, whilst your are anxious about them. You will always struggle with talking with others if you keep avoiding eye contact or make excuses to run away, you will always struggle with going places if you give in to how you feel and make excuses not to go. You need to stop seeing how you feel or think as a problem, see it as normal in the circumstances, which it is for now. If you view your thinking with this new attitude, then the next anxiety thought will not hold such importance, it will just be something you move on from, knowing it is just anxiety based and not important in the slightest, you wont need reassurance about your sanity, you will understand they are not real and wont feel the need to not think this way. The shift in attitude is not to care what you think or how you feel at any given time, I don’t mean you have to like it, but begin to be o.k with it, take the stress and anxiety out of how you think and feel. It is only when start to do the opposite that changes came about.

It really is a process you cannot rush and the answer to the Question ‘How long does it take to recover from anxiety?’ There is no time limit, it can depend on how long we have suffered, how we deal with bad days, our new attitude to how we feel, how much we are willing to go towards how we feel, not letting anxiety rule what we do and do not do. Putting a time limit on recovery just leads to you watching your progress, time limits lead to disappointment, time limits lead to impatience. Recovery time depends on a few factors and the only thing that is important is to give your body and mind as much time and space as it needs to recover. The less pressure you put on recovery the better, don’t see it as important, that is when recovery will just creep up on you.

Full recovery for is not one day feeling great and never having a bad day. It is a process,and you will start to have more good than bad days, your mind will start to be clear and clear.

You could still have an awful week, you just go with them and they soon pass.

Your mind would have the odd day where thoughts are labored, but nothing like before.

How hypnotherapy works.

Scientists commonly explain just how hypnotherapy works.

Hypnotherapists have known for generations the things which science is now beginning to explain. Chabris & Simons, Gladwell and Kahneman, Norman Doidges and more have all brought scientific methodology to bear on the problem of the unconscious. Their findings have confirmed what any hypnotherapist could have told them many years ago.

The human mind is constantly searching for heuristics (rules of thumb) by which intuition can guide us safely through life. It’s no use, for example, wondering if the lion is dangerous.

 

The brain adopts a simple heuristic which states that anything big which leaps out at us will present a danger. We run without thinking. If something hurts or upsets us, we quickly learn to avoid it in the future. If something is true once, it’s very likely to be true again. Or so we think.

These rules of thumb are generally very helpful and so we pass through life without being aware of quite how many we have picked up. They become automatic and unquestioned. We are unaware of them in most cases. Sometimes, however, they are quite wrong in their assumptions and it is these which cause us problems.

Hypnotherapy, in the hands of the skilled and ethical hypnotherapist, can help us to access the programs which run behind the scenes in our brains. Once they are identified they can be rewritten. All the bugs can be removed. You could learn to see things in different ways. You could learn to question the assumptions you make. You could learn to re-write all those programs which run unnoticed, within the unconscious portion of your mind.

To find out how, to discus how hypnotherapy can be of help to you, contact me at  604 202 7938.

Regain your confidence with walking.

Regain your confidence with walking. Hypnotherapy could help you.

Losing confidence is a common consequence of a nasty fall. Hypnotherapy could help you to recover your poise.

Toddlers need to make an effort to walk. As children and adults it should be easy. Sometimes, however, it becomes more of an effort than it ought to be and sometimes our own brains and their fears get in the way.

I seem to be taking on a new genre of client recently. I’m now using hypnotherapy in Vancouver to help people recover their confidence with walking after a fall in the home.

It’s a scary thing to fall after a lifetime of carefree and effortless walking. It can feel as if things will never be the same again. Independence is a treasured commodity at all times but never more so than when it seems as if it might be coming to an end.
The worse the fall, of course, the greater the danger that our confidence in our ability to walk from A to B will be severely impaired.
It needn’t be this way, however, you can learn to undo the damage and to recover your confidence. Hypnotherapy in Vancouver could help you to regain your confidence, your independence and your life.

But isn’t fear a good thing after a fall? Shouldn’t we be afraid so that we’re more careful?

At some stage we may have to recognise that our days of running through fields and dancing without a care have come to an end. At some stage we may have to start taking that little bit more care.

We may, as age creeps upon us, need to learn to be a bit more cautious in what we do with our bodies. Fear, however, may well be a step too far and it can even become counter-productive.

Walking becomes a subconscious act once we learn it in our infancy. When you first learned to walk you had to consciously learn how to co-ordinate a centre of gravity with dozens of muscle, tendons and joints. Once earned, however, you simply willed yourself to walk to a certain point and could do it without a thought.

After a fall, however, many people go back to walking consciously, taking so much care over their movements that they interfere with their body’s learned ability to co-ordinate its movements without thought. We thus make future falls more, not less, likely.

Furthermore, we tend to shy away from things we fear. We may choose to walk less or to use artificial aids, both of which can weaken our memories of walking freely and with confidence. We can become dependent upon a frame or sticks and so forget that we can relearn to walk without them.

Hypnotherapy could help you to regain that confidence.

I use hypnotherapy in Vancouver to help people reconnect with their bodies and with their body’s relationship to the ground they walk upon.

I help people to get back their confidence, to remember the days before the fall, and to begin walking freely. Of course, we may need to maintain an increased respect for our body’s frailty. You may have to resign yourself to identifying a little more with the tortoise than the hare but you can learn to let go of the fear. You can regain enough confidence to begin walking more freely than you once thought possible.

Hypnotherapy could also help you with co-morbid problems such as depression, generalized anxiety or a wider sense of hopelessness. If your fall has knocked the wind out of your sails then hypnotherapy could help to put a spring back into your step.

If you’d like to hear more of how hypnotherapy could help you then please do give me a call. I’d be glad to listen and to explain how I could help you. You could call at   604 202 7938.

Emotional abuse is the poor relation. Hypnotherapy could help to put it right.

Emotional abuse is the poor relation. Hypnotherapy could help to put it right

Children begin as completely emotionally unrestrained

A great deal of literature has been written on sexual and physical abuse. Teachers, doctors and social workers are all trained in how to spot signs of these things and to report them to the proper authorities.
Emotional abuse and neglect, however, is less often noticed. It is, in fact, hardly even appreciated as being abuse. People are more likely to shrug it off with a ‘that’s how things were back then’ or something similar. They simply tell themselves that they ‘should be over it by now’ in a way which would seem positively callous if they were talking of somebody else who had been abused sexually.
Let’s begin with a mantra: ‘abuse is abuse is abuse.’ Say it again! If you were a victim of emotional abuse then you went through something which no child should have had to endure.
I use hypnotherapy in Vancouver every week, helping people to overcome the consequences of emotional abuse. You could learn to let go of the past too.

Children are, by default, emotionally transparent. They begin with no inhibitions whatsoever with regard to letting their parents know of their emotional state.
I was in a supermarket earlier today and two children in the next aisle were letting the whole world know, with every ounce of strength in their lungs, how unhappy they were.

On Christmas day morning it’ll be a different story. They’ll be leaping about in excitement at the prospect of presents.
Young children, when permitted, are emotionally unrestrained. They swing from peak to trough in an instant.

An important aspect of growing up is learning how to regulate emotions, learning how and when it is appropriate to exhibit them and learning how to remedy the negative emotions of anger, upset and envy etc. We learn this from parents, watching them carefully and being gently corrected when they judge that we ought, by now, to know a little better.

What happens if this process is disturbed by emotionally violent or un-nurturing parents?

But what if parents refuse to allow children to give vent to their emotions? What if every tear is greeted with indifference or protests of “don’t be silly,” “I haven’t time for this” or “you’re a big girl now, stop crying”?

What if a child’s excitement at a new toy or cartoon is discouraged through admonitions to “calm down” or “stop making so much noise”?

All parents find themselves doing this from time to time, life being so very busy and pressured, but what if it is a constant approach to child-rearing?

Sue Gerhardt in her ‘Why Love Matters’ explains the ‘what ifs’ of such scenarios. The development of the infant brain is interrupted. Regions of the brain remain under-developed and the child’s emotional.

Children learn to hide emotions away.

Children who find their emotions dismissed in such a manner soon learn to hide them away, to suppress and disown them. The penalty for such emotional neglect can be one of becoming estranged from all emotion. The child never merely sweeps them under the carpet.

People are, of course, emotional beings and those who lose touch with this aspect of what it is to be human will often encounter all kinds of problems with emotional health, relationships, anxiety and anger.

They will often experience anxiety and anger in their full “glory” but happiness will appear muted and stunted. These habits and effects don’t just end with childhood, of course, they last until anxiety, depression and anger eventually force their way to the surface.

It doesn’t have to be this way, however. The brain is infinitely malleable and can learn to make good the damage done in early childhood. New ways of dealing with emotions can be learned. The past can be allowed to fade away, into the past, and people can learn to open up to joy, to hurt, to love in new and exciting ways.

How can hypnotherapy help?

A mindful approach to hypnotherapy can help victims of emotional neglect reintegrate their emotions.
It can be relatively long and difficult work but it is entirely possible to bring back into consciousness, and thus under control, those emotions which have been hidden away for so long that they’re all but forgotten.
It is possible to undo the damage to self-esteem done by poor parenting. It’s entirely feasible and if you live in or near Vancouver then please consider giving me a call at 604 202 7938.

If you suffered emotional abuse as a child and are still suffering from anxiety, anger, depression and poor self-esteem then hypnotherapy could help you. If you’re fed up of wrecking relationships or are tired of using alcohol and/or drugs to dull the pain then hypnotherapy could help to provide a better solution. You can recover I’d be glad to help you.

Stop telling yourself that ‘other people had it worse’ or that you ‘should be over it by now’. It hasn’t helped you, has it? Bullying yourself and belittling your experiences only makes things worse. Get in touch. Let’s deal with it once and for all.

Get in touch and we’ll discuss how hypnotherapy could help you

If you think this describes you then please do consider getting in touch. You can learn to get back in touch with your emotions. It will improve every aspect of your life. Call me at  604 202 7938,

Celebrity and Hypnotherapy.

It has become commonplace for hypnotherapists to state that Lilly Allen used hypnotherapy for weight loss. Hypnotherapy, in the hands of a skilled hypnotherapist, can help identify the causes of weight gain and support the client through the process of adopting a healthier attitude towards food, exercise and weight. I’ve used hypnotherapy in Vancouver and other locations for this purpose. If you’d like to lose weight then you could achieve it too. Anything Lily Allen can do, you can do too.

Lily Allen’s use of hypnosis, however, isn’t as much of a marketing success story as many hypnotherapists imagine. People often expect cash-rich celebrities to adopt esoteric and bizarre “solutions” to their issues. How many actors and celebrities do you know who have turned to minor religious cults, for example?

Hypnotherapy isn’t just for celebrities. It can help you to achieve your goals too.

Well, for what it’s worth, below is a list of famous people who have turned to hypnosis and hypnotherapy for help. The names may surprise you but they pay testament to the fact that hypnotherapy can be of use to us all. It isn’t strange or weird or only for the kooky among us.
Did you know, for example, that Winston Churchill used hypnosis? He used post-hypnotic suggestion to defeat feelings of tiredness during WW2. Hypnosis allowed him to remain awake throughout the night, in times of great stress, focuactors use hypnotherapy to improve their performance. You could benefit too!sing on his work rather than on his exhaustion.
Kevin McBride, a famous Irish heavyweight boxer, used hypnosis to focus his mind before a fight.
Tiger Woods used hypnosis to improve his golf. If only he’d also turned to hypnotherapy  for other issues; perhaps his golf wouldn’t have suffered so much of late. Another famous golfer, Jack Nicklaus, has also used hypnosis to focus his mind before a big competition.

Boxers, singers, Prime Ministers and actors used hypnotherapy in order to improve their performance. You could benefit too.

In 1956 the Russian Olympic team took eleven hypnotherapists with them. We all know how formidable the Russians were as a sporting nation.
Phil Jackson, Head Coach of the Chicago Bulls, used hypnosis with his team. They won six NBA championships.
Other famous users of hypnosis / hypnotherapy include Jackie Kennedy Onassis, who used hypnosis to relieve her grief over the death of JFK.
Kevin Costner used a hypnotherapist, during the making of “Waterworld” to help him with sea-sickness. Matt Damnon, Charlize Theron, Aston Kutcher, Mark Knopfler, Drew Barrimore and Ellen Degeneres have all used hypnotherapy in order to give up smoking.
Love them or hate them, these people are all successful in their fields and they all know how to make, save and spend their money wisely. If it’s good enough for you, it seems, it’s good enough for them!
Nerves, performance, depression, anxiety, addictions, OCD and so much more: hypnotherapy could help you to become a more effective, happier, calmer you. Wouldn’t that be great?

Get in touch to find out how hypnotherapy could help you. Hypnotherapy and hypno-psychotherapy is an ideal modality for all manner of psychological issues. You needn’t be millionaires or celebrities to benefit. Anybody can enjoy the benefits of hypnotherapy. If you find yourself unable to deal with a problem alone, contact me at 604 202 7938

Hypnotherapy for children.

Their imaginations can invent anything.

Imagination has driven the world forward since the dawn of human history. We’ve used it to imagine the solution to a problem and then to put that solution into practice. We’ve used it to create the most soaringly beautiful works of art, the most glorious literature and we’ve used it to create monsters. Imagination can be the source of wondrous beauty and of blood-curdling terror.

Hypnotherapy uses it too.

Children are born with an endless imagination. School and reality can, all too often, drive it out of them. Lucky, indeed, is the child is the child who grows to adulthood with his or her full capacity for imagination intact.

However, sometimes an imagination can be a double edged sword. I have used hypnotherapy in Toronto, Vancouver and other locations  to help children free themselves from problems which their own imaginations have created.

For example…

I saw a new client this evening, a ten year old boy who finds it hard to both get to sleep and stay asleep.
It turns out that he saw some lights shining through the rain on his bedroom window and, in an instant, he created a terrifying backstory to the image which his brain created for him.
Imagination caused him to invent all kinds of nastiest which left him so terrified that he refused to go to bed on his own from that point on.
I can remember, as a child, watching Jaws on TV. My imagination was so strong that I was, from that point, scared to go to the toilet for a few days. Water, all water, was scary!

Their imaginations make them ideal subjects for hypnotherapy

Children have fantastic imaginations. This is why they’re so awesome at hypnotherapy. Their imaginations, however, can get them into trouble and this is when they come to see me.

Once we establish how their imaginations have become a bit naughty and have invented a problem, they can begin to take control and to imagine the solution…

Their imaginations can uninvent almost anything too.

In this case the problem is also the solution. When children can imagine themselves into a problem they can also imagine themselves out of it. Hypnotherapy can guide them through this process.

I’ve only seen my new client once. Already he’s feeling better about bedtime. Soon he’ll simply forget he was ever afraid of anything.

If your child has dreamed up all sorts of nastiest then I’ll be glad to help him or her imagine themselves free of it. Happy children grow into happy adults. Your child deserves the chance to leave his or her fear behind them.

What else could hypnotherapy help a child with?

Other little boys and girls have used their imaginations to resolve enuresis, or bed-wetting. They’ve used their imaginations to rid themselves of the fear of ghosts, to lose their fear of SATs, to get rid of recurrent nightmares, to lose their fear of swallowing or new and unknown foods and much more besides. Give me a call to find out if I could help your child too.

Hypnotherapy has helped plenty of children. Your child can find peace too.

If your child has unwittingly used his imagination to create terror then rest assured that he has a very strong unconscious mind which could be used to reverse the process. You needn’t suffer your child to go to bed scared every night.

You needn’t have him or her in bed with you, disrupting your own evenings and sleep. Hypnotherapy could help your child, just as it has already helped dozens of children in Toronto, Vancouver and from other locations.

Call Lazzaro at 604 202 7938

How we see things.

How we see things.

How good is your brain at seeing what’s really going on? Watch the video and find out!

Our brains are very good at seeing what they believe they should see but we’re not so great at seeing what’s actually there.

If you watch the video you’ll notice that you can’t help slipping back into ‘seeing’ whole people where there are only halves. You know that this is simply a clever example of default human perceptual mechanisms but you won’t be able to help it. It’s how our brains work.

It’s simply unrealistic for our brains to consciously consider every piece of information received every minute of the day. Our brains thus seek patterns and when we see something which represents a part of a familiar pattern, our brains merely join the dots and fill the gaps. This is how this particular illusion works.

But why do we see faces in clouds?

 

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The brain can’t bear chaos. It’s like a Sergeant with OCD. It demands that things take an orderly shape. So when we see an example of randomness our brains scramble to make sense of it. it’s a process called ‘pareidolia’ and is one of the most interesting concepts in psychology, in my opinion.

It could save your life one day. How else would you spot that leopard in the grass? Your brain seeks to identify patterns even when they’re not there. That’s why arachnophobes jump out of their skins when they see a black smudge on a wall out of the corner of an eye.

Pareidolia is a fantastic thing but it hasn’t always worked in my favour. I once attempted to demonstrate the effects of pareidolia in a presentation, utilizing all manner of phallic innuendo: visual, verbal and so on. I carefully explained the process through which they turned my innocent use of a banana and squirty cream into a phallic object and a sexual ‘event’ and still a handful of them voted me down. Bah! More fool them! They prove my next point.

Believe what you want to believe! See what you want to see!

 

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The tube is going both ways!

Oh no it’s not, it’s only going in one direction. Say what you like, only one direction of travel is actually taking place.

However, some people spend their entire lives telling themselves that their perception is unalterably true. Those people who come to see me for hypnotherapy in Vancouver spend their lives like this.

They see the world in their unique way and it either works for them or they adapt their lives in order to live around the distortion.

An agoraphobe may, therefore, build a life lived entirely indoors, safe from the outside world. The outside world is scary and impossibly dangerous, after all. For as long as that way of living remains tenable, the illusion stays unchallenged and, indeed, strengthens over time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whatever you see, it’s certainly not reality. There’s no such thing

We all have individual lives, pasts and personalities. We’ve all learned to see the world in a certain way. Vision doesn’t take place in the eyes but in the brain. The brain has to interpret the visual signals sent by the eyes and these interpretations are open to error. Some people see the world as beautiful. Some people see it as dark, menacing and brutal.

Whatever we believe, confirmation bias works to help us maintain our belief. We will screen out conflicting information and focus upon that which confirms our beliefs as true. Most of this will be done unconsciously. We never even notice that there are different ways of seeing things.

Sometimes, however, we do notice that something is wrong but we just can’t work out what it is. Look at the following picture:

Your mind doesn’t see everything as it truly is. We see what we look for

As you look at this picture your brain keeps trying to make sense of it. You may, at times, think you’ve resolved it, only to find that certainty disappears. Hang on a minute…

There’s no answer to this drawing. We want it to be a coherent shape but it can never be. Why should it have to be? You see what appears to be a triad of cylinders and demand that they conform to your expectations. Why should they? You’re the problem, not the drawing.

My clients will frequently come to me when they tire of trying to square this circle. Their perception of the world no longer works, the way they see themselves becomes too painful. Their way of life becomes too hard and they want to change.

Cats see in black and white. Bats have little sight and see by ultrasound. Bees see using ultraviolet light. I am a touch short sighted. I don’t wear glasses unless I’m driving because I quite like my world a little bit fuzzy. None of us see the world as it really is. When our distorted view of things becomes too costly, we could all use a little help in order to change.

The very act of picking up that ‘phone is an instance of change. Why pick it up if there’s no hope, if you really are as hopeless as you’ve always thought?

No, the act of picking up a ‘phone or sending me an email is an admission that you have things all wrong – that there is a different way of seeing things. You’re now seeking help in order to find it.

Hypnotherapy is great at helping us to change our view of things. Hypnotherapy helps people to see that they could think, feel and behave differently. Hypnotherapy helps to access those parts of the mind which we have spent a lifetime in programming to see things in a distorted fashion. You can change how you see yourself. You can change how you think, feel and behave. Hypnotherapy can help you.

This video of people seeing colour for the first time is really quite moving. Many of my clients feel similarly shocked when they manage to change how they see their own selves. When they manage this there’s nothing else for it. Their behaviours, feelings and thought patterns change too. Others have done it. Ho about it? You could, too! Give me a call at 604 2020 7938 could do with seeing things differently. Best wishes.

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Take the Chill Out of Winter

Bring out the cosy duvet and fuzzy bed socks: winter is here. As the sun sets earlier and the temperatures drop, many of us soothe ourselves with unhealthy comfort foods and hibernate. But we aren’t bears that check out until spring: we humans need to keep our bodies moving and nourished daily. There are simple things we can do to keep moving and get the right nutrients to boost immunity and moods this season.

When our body temperatures drop, eating and drinking habits change. There’s a biological reason for this: we will eat more to boost our body temperature and produce inner heat. You may find when you exercise outdoors in winter and shiver, you race to find warm food. We burn up to 400 calories by shivering. So we naturally want to eat more in winter, but our food choices make the difference between extra kilos and fitting into summer swimwear. The opposite of this is our sense of thirst decreases in winter because we aren’t sweating as regularly, so we tend to drink less and become dehydrated. We may feel more fatigued and experience mind fog from loss of fluids.

Moods in winter may be affected by seasonal affective disorder, a type of seasonal mood, in which less sunshine contributes to low moods and lethargy. We may not be getting enough of the hormone vitamin D which comes mainly from the sun. Optimal vitamin D levels are important for functions including moods, immunity, hormone production, strong bones and muscle recovery. Early nights mean less time spent outdoors in the sunshine in winter, which may leave us feeling down, so we tend to boost moods with alcohol, caffeine and junk foods. While these provide momentary ‘pick me ups’, they do not provide sustained energy and mood support.

Given our bodies crave more calories in darker months, healthy winter foods could include:
Hearty soups and stews, made with a variety of vegetables. By filling up on a variety of vegetables, we feel fuller for longer. Try turkey, beef or vegetarian chili for a satisfying dish.
Vitamin C-rich citrus fruits for extra immune-boosting benefits. Grapefruit and mandarins are great winter choices, which can be juiced or added to smoothies, or even squeezed into hot mugs of water and sipped for an invigorating start to the day.
Healthy fats, such as olive or avocado oil drizzled on vegetables, or white fish or salmon steamed and topped with butter and herbs with steamed veggies on the side. Nuts, boiled eggs and seeds are healthy snacks for in between meals. Omega 3 from oil, fish and nuts help supports our brains, hearts and may even help deter winter dry skin and eczema.
Root vegetables like kumara, celeriac, garlic, onion, parsnips, beets, carrots and baby potatoes. These ground-based veggies are full of fibre, antioxidants, vitamin C, B and A for immune system support.

Because we have less thirst, winter drinks could include:
Fresh slices of ginger or lemon in hot water with a teaspoon of manuka honey for vitamin C and antibacterial properties, and a pinch of cayenne pepper for metabolism boost. Ginger is also wonderful for our circulation.
Hot turmeric milk – with almond and coconut milk, a dash of turmeric, and a pinch of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg – is a body warming drink with antioxidant properties. In colder months, joints and arthritis may feel stiffer, but turmeric and ginger have anti-inflammatory properties and may help make joints more mobile.
Dried rosehip and hibiscus tea contains flavonoids, antioxidants and high levels of vitamin C, making this an excellent choice for immunity support.

Winter nutritional supplements recommended:

Vitamin D, 5000 IUD daily is my recommendation for the winter months, due to the lack of skin exposure to sun. This is important for everyone, but particularly critical for darker skin as there is a tendency to absorb less vitamin D naturally from the sun with more melanin pigment in the skin.
If not consuming fatty fish at least twice weekly, 2000mg of pure omega 3 fish oil is recommended for its potential boost to brain, heart and skin health in winter. Topical application of plant or mineral-based skincare helps to restore moisture due to the impact of dry air from heaters.
Zinc, vitamin C, astralagus and echinacea can all be helpful immune supporting nutrients.

Winter exercise tips include:

If getting outside, layers of clothing to keep body heat in and remove as you warm up. Amazingly our bodies can heat up to tropical level by wearing the right clothing during aerobic exercise even in the coldest weather.
Interval training is a good option to help contribute to weight loss and boosting testosterone for men. This means jogging at a good pace to get the heart moving for 1 minute, then walking at a moderate pace for 3 minutes. Repeat three times. Incorporate a 10-minute warm up and cool down of gentle walking to this 30-minute total programme. Try this 3 non-consecutive times weekly.
If you prefer to be active inside, buy a yoga mat and search on YouTube for free workouts, or seek out a good set of weights you can store in the back bedroom or garage and do a 30-minute resistance set. Music motivated? Turn up some of your favourite beats and boogie for a good 20-30 minutes straight to burn some serious calories or find your local Zumba class for a more social time.
For best results, aim for 4-5 times weekly exercise of 30 minutes’ duration.
Don’t forget if you are about to do aerobic exercise, drink two glasses of water prior to activity and one glass just after to keep hydration in check.

Combine the above tips with 8 hours of sleep nightly, warm baths to support circulation, hot stone massages and saunas, daily pet cuddles, and regular 15-minute mindfulness/meditation practice, and you are on your way to resisting hibernation and choosing the most proactive, healthy winter yet. Keep warm and enjoy!

 

Work Place Stress The Symptoms

According to the Health and Safety Executive, some 440,000 people reported work related stress last year which counted for almost 9.9 million days lost due to the condition. That’s a lot of days. Did you know:

“All employers have a legal responsibility under the HSaW act 1974 to ensure the health and safety of their employees, and this includes minimizing stress-related illnesses.”

Now, it is all well and good understanding that, but how do you begin to ensure that this is the case? I mean, it isn’t as if stress can be seen – or can it? Do you have any of the following symptoms?

feeling that you can’t cope
being unable to concentrate
lacking confidence
a loss of motivation and commitment
feeling disappointed with yourself
indecisiveness
You might also have emotional symptoms, such as:

negative or depressive feelings
increased emotional reactions (for example, you’re more tearful or sensitive)
irritability or having a short temper
feeling overwhelmed
mood swings
You may also get physical symptoms, including:

diarrhoea or constipation
aches and pains
indigestion and nausea
headaches
weight changes
chest pains or tightness in your chest
Your behaviour might also change and may include:

eating more or less than usual
sleeping too much or too little
isolating yourself from others
drinking alcohol, smoking or taking illegal drugs to relax

How would you know if the symptoms were due to work or other ‘stuff’ going on in your life? Well, do you take work home? Never able to get things finished? Miss appointments? Work longer hours or miss holiday entitlement? If you are answering yes, then you are most likely suffering from work induced stress.

Working with hypnosis – I can assist you to achieve a deep relaxation, a de-stress – and a re-charge. We will explore the options to reduce this overwhelming feeling and build the strength back. You are not alone – there are many people who just need a little support to feel more in control once again.

Hypnotherapy can help and is an easy, enjoyable and very relaxing way to beat stress.

Ring me to find out more.
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Three tips for healthy digestion

You are what you eat’ is a well-known adage, but perhaps a more accurate phrase is, ‘you are what you digest and absorb’. Optimal digestion is undoubtedly the foundation of health. Here are three signs your digestive system needs support and strategies that can help.

You have no appetite:

If you wake with no morning appetite or the thought of food in the morning leaves you nauseous, then chances are your liver could do with assistance. Traditional medicine has considered a poor appetite in the morning as a sign that cleansing is required. The liver is at its busiest whilst we sleep, packaging up metabolised, redundant or harmful substances for excretion. When this process works seamlessly, you wake with a healthy morning appetite and abundant digestive juices, ready to ‘break the fast’. However, when impeded due to too many liver loaders (alcohol, processed foods and sugar) or a lack of nutrients that facilitate detoxification, a sluggish digestive system can result.

The strategy: Bitter plants
Bitter plants may help those with lack of appetite. Bitter flavours stimulate digestive chemicals and liver function, and for this reason we suggest taking them before meals, especially first thing before breakfast. As well as helping to restore appetite, the daily cleansing helps support your body to function as best as it can. Our favourite bitter plants are globe artichoke (cynara scolymus), dandelion root (taraxacum officinale) and St Mary’s thistle (silybum marianum).

Frequent bloating and gas
One of the most uncomfortable digestive symptom – frequent bloating – is caused by improper digestion of food. A lasting solution must address the root cause – this may be lack of digestive enzymes or a taxed liver, poor food choices, stress, or an incorrect balance of gut bacteria.

The strategy: carminative plants

Medicinal plants are a wonderful ally for anyone with bloating. They bring symptomatic relief whilst also improving the overall function of digestive organs. In many countries there is a long-standing tradition of consuming carminative plants as a medicinal tea following meals to promote the proper breakdown of food and relieve the discomfort of bloating and gas. ‘Carminative’ means to expel gas from the stomach or intestines, thus relieving flatulence, abdominal pain or distension. Rich in essential oils, the main action of these plants is to soothe and settle the gut, reducing inflammation and coordinating gut contractions. A good quality carminative plant will have an almost immediate soothing effect on an unhappy gut. Our favourites are peppermint (mentha piperita), fennel seed (foeniculum vulgare) and aniseed (pimpinella anisum).

You’re tired all the time
This is a surprising one, but second only to sleep problems, poor digestion is one of the most frequent reasons for sub-optimal energy. If underlying health problems have been ruled out and you sleep deeply but are still tired, then the next step is to look at the quality of your digestion.

The strategy: a comprehensive approach

Start by introducing bitter plants before meals (St Mary’s thistle, globe artichoke, dandelion). By stimulating digestive juices, nutrients from food can be more effectively absorbed by the body and utilized for the production of energy.

Next address how and what you eat. Eat slowly, mindfully and not too much. Avoid drinking large amounts of fluid, coffee or alcohol with your meals, since all of these will affect absorption. Focus on real, whole foods, omitting processed alternatives that are lacking in nutrients.

Usually one or a combination of these strategies will be enough to improve energy if you have sub-optimal digestion.

 

 

 

Changing the world together

Hello,I have been watching today the announcement by Mark Zuckerberg that along with his wife, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, that they are going to be pledging $3B to fighting diseases for our children – I think that this is an important announcement which is going to drive success and something I was excited to hear about. Anything to fight the cruelty of disease is a good thing. Then I asked myself, but what about helping people and children now. Those who don’t have enough food or shelter – those who are living day to day fighting for their family and children’s survival. The homeless on our streets needing help, a cause I support and back.

There is a lot of trouble and violence around the world today – The Middle East – Africa – The Far East – all ready to put the survival of the human race to test.

Now, I am realistic. I am unable to change the world – I have a utopian view that perhaps we should be fighting for health and happiness, love and peace all around the world and feel saddened by the way that politics doesn’t seem to do politics effectively maybe there are those of course who have a differing agenda, those who lack conscience and morals, ethically bankrupt. Again, I can do nothing about them.

So what can I do? I can help my bit of the world. Those that seek my support and help, in whatever they choose – be it a personal issue that’s really limiting their enjoyment of life, or indeed a professional issue that they wish to explore how to overcome. I am always happy to assist and will continue to do so – doing a job I love and helping change people for the better.

If you would like to see how I have helped people change through hypnotherapy and coaching in Vancouver B.C., Canada – see the testimonials on my web site or on google.

Thanks for reading this – let’s help change the world to make it a better place – and the last word goes to Mark Zuckerberg – “together we have an opportunity to leave the world better than we found it.”

Skin Conditions In Children’s

Here in our Hypnotherapy clinic in Vancouver I often see many children, particularly teenagers, expeskin-diseaseriencing skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. These young people may have been put on a variety of medications by their doctors that often have only limited effects and can cause additional side-effects or even exacerbate the condition.

There are many causes of skin conditions including genetic polymorphism, infected intestines with bad bacteria or viruses, poor diet, allergies, nervousness or the result of poisoning or medications.

Doctors and even specialists can often prescribe an array of medications because they simply do not know what else to do or their training has only been centered around prescribing drugs. The parent, desperate for a solution, may follow blindly, trying regimes for years that yield no or little results. Meanwhile, the child may go from bad to worse.

Children develop their own immune system around 18 months old at the time when most weaning stops and they move onto solid foods. As children grow, it is important they get a wide range of nutrients to build their healthy body.

The wrong foods, such as high saturated fats and sugars can cause cardio vascular disease 60 years later and in the meantime they slow the liver down from expelling sufficient toxins from the body.

The liver, with the gut, is the seat of all health in naturopathic medicine and if it is not functioning at high capacity, the body begins to push toxins out through the skin.

Many children may be sensitive to particular food groups, species or genus. In healthy children, those foods may be tolerated, but in children with an unbalanced gut, there may be a disturbance in the wall of the gut. This allows toxins and allergens to leak directly into the blood system, which then move to the rest of the body, causing an allergic reaction on the skin.

For some children, this is present from birth but for others it may emerge later in childhood. As a hypnotherapist, I take a great deal of information from the family to screen for the causes of inflammation, irritation and allergic reactions in the child. While children are generally hardy creatures, we all encounter foods that may not be right for us.

Emotionally disturbed, nervous or stressed children may experience damage to their guts due to tension that puts them into the fight or flight response when proper digestion and the correct immune responses are suspended.

Not only must the children be treated physically, they also need help to redress their emotional wellbeing. As a clinical hypnotherapist, I find children marvellous hypnotic subjects who respond very well to hypnotherapy to help reduce their stress or anxiety and therefore restore good gut health.

What you can do for your child who has a skin condition:

• See a naturopath who works with children and skin conditions
• Be prepared to do a great deal of monitoring of your child in order to analyse what is happening to them so the cause of the skin condition can be worked out
• See a hypnotherapist, Make the experience a happy one for your child and remain calm,
• When you are asked to follow a treatment plan, follow it to the letter without exception
• Do everything you possibly can to support your child and the changes they will need to make
• Enlist the help of your family, friends and the school in helping your child stay with the treatment plan

Help For Tinnitus-

From a medical perspective tinnitus is classified as a condition, not a disease. In other words it is not contagious, even though there is a suggestion that there may be familial patterns of occurrence in some families. You may experience uncontrolled and unwanted sounds such as ringing, hissing, clicking, rushing, roaring, pulsating or tapping.

Tinnitus is, however, more than one condition because the causes, signs and symptom may occur differently for each individual. Although we list different kinds of tinnitus, every patients’ experience is unique, so from a naturopathic perspective they must be helped as individuals as there is no one singular, overall treatment.

There are three main causes and theories of tinnitus:

• Persistent unwanted sounds due to trauma and damage to the ears

• Loss of and damage to hearing due to salicylate sensitivity and reactivity

• Misperception of phantom hearing noises in the brain mainly due to hearing loss

<strong>Trauma and damage to the ears</strong>

Traumas to the hearing system, loss of hearing, tinnitus and the exacerbation of tinnitus occurs due to exposure to extremely loud noises, persistent exposure to loud noises, heat damage to the ears due to very high temperatures or chronic infection, stroke, chronic sinusitis, lymphedema, congenital birth defect, head trauma, continual exposure to air presume changes such as those encountered during airplane flights, compression and damage to the nerves, poisoning, malnutrition, and dysfunction of hearing-related processing centers in the brain.

<strong>Salicylate sensitivity and reactivity</strong>

The second theory of tinnitus is that some people are highly sensitives to salicylates found in food and when they have not consumed those foods their tinnitus reduces considerably. Salicylates can cause deafness which is why people with tinnitus should avoid aspirin, along with other drugs, foods and herbs containing high salicylates.

The list of plant-based foods containing salicylates generally comes in different levels: <em>no, low, medium and high</em> salicylates. Compose your diet from the <em>no and low</em> salicylate list with just occasionally something from the medium range but never from the high range.

These foods would include banana, pears (peeled), bamboo shoots, cabbage, celery, lentils, lettuce, poppy seeds, hemp seeds (if legal in your state), carob, pawpaw, papaya, cashews, hazelnuts, pecan nuts, sunflower seeds, vanilla, lime, swede, leek, mung bean sprouts, red cabbage, shallots, figs, lemon, mango, passion fruit, persimmon, red delicious apple (peeled), rhubarb, soy oil, sunflower oils, rice and soy milk, dandelion tea, millet, buckwheat, oats, barley, rye, brussels sprouts.

When formulating the way you eat, it is important to include all the colours so you get all the vitamins and minerals you need, such as red cabbage for anthocyanidins that unblock vessels; shoots, sprouts, nuts and seeds which are rich in amino acids; swede for carotenoids which are antioxidants and precursors to vitamin A; greens such as brussel sprouts which are superfoods containing vitamin C, K E, some B’s, folic acid and B6.

Avoid processed, frozen and packet foods and try to buy organic as the nutritional content is far higher. You may also need to supplement with iron, B12, vitamin D and magnesium depending on your blood tests. Refrain from caffeine, alcohol and smoking as all of these will increase the effects of tinnitus directly or indirectly.

In putting your diet together, you must do the research on what foods come under the low and no salicylate list. Then you need to use the test and measure principle. Write down everything you eat and drink. Every day record your level of tinnitus with 1 being mild and 10 being high. Do not stray from your diet and over a long period you will find what foods are working for you and which ones are not.

<strong>Phantom sound theory</strong>

The third theory of tinnitus is the phantom sound theory. It posits that part of the brain fills in what it thinks are missing sounds in reaction to the loss of incoming sound due to deafness. This theory cannot, however, explain why deaf people may suddenly experience tinnitus. Researchers have found that people do not experience tinnitus during dreaming or when moving in and out of sleep.

<strong>Treating tinnitus from a naturopathic perspective</strong>

It is import to closely monitor diet for someone suffering tinnitus to eliminate high salicylate rich foods which irritated the condition and makes it worse in many cases. The diet must be anti-inflammatory and high in nutrients. Unfortunately, nearly all doctors and most dietitian do not have the knowledge and time to put such diet together for patients because it needs to be individualized for each patient due to possible other allergies that may be present.

It is also important to run several tests with patients to screen for malnutrition and toxic overload which may be making the problem worse. If you are spending anything of up to $15,000 for hearing aid it will be no good to you if you are not dealing with bodily dysfunction that may have caused or are making the tinnitus worse.

Naturopaths take ask you a hundred and one questions and more. We are information collectors that helps us find out what is happening with your body. You can cope with tinnitus far better and even in some cases eliminate it when you work with profession to find out what is irritating the tinnitus and what makes it better.

<strong>Hypnotherapy to treat tinnitus</strong>

<strong>Hypnotherapy</strong> has the ability to help you change and re-contextualise all your sensory experiences fast because those experiences take place in the brain, not in your ears. This includes actual sound and perceived sound. What is also important to be aware of is that stress increases tinnitus and its discomfort and the ability to relax reduces the tinnitus.

In an integrative model of treatment, clinical hypnosis can also reduce stress, anxiety and depression to such an extent that the tinnitus disturbs you less and at times not at all.

The most important thing to remember is: Do not play amateur clinician. Work with a plant-based medical nutritionist and seek a professional <a href=”http://www.naturalhealing-clinic.com/”>hypnotherapist</a> who works with tinnitus ( <a href=”http://naturalhealing-clinic.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>The Natural Healing is located in Vancouver B.C, and Lazzaro Pisu is one of the best Hypnotherapist in Canada </a>).

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Healing From Sexual Abuse

Healing the effects of sexual abuse:

Have you or someone you know been affected by sexual abuse? Do you know that hypnotherapy is highly effective at healing the effects of sexual abuse and returning the Self to wholeness? In my hypnotherapy practice over the years I have seen many clients who have suffered sexual abuse in one form or another, either as a small child or an adult. Predominantly of course, most of those clients have been female, but males are also often affected. Whether male or female, young or old, the effects of sexual abuse are often crippling, particularly if the abuser is a parent or a family member. No matter how young they are, children inherently understand that their parents and family members are there to protect them, not abuse them. The obvious fallout from such experiences manifests itself as sexual problems in later life, huge issues over trust, and hyper vigilance (anxiousness, on the constant lookout for threats). Because the person is victimized and normally too frightened to react, or too small to fight back, (or even told that such events are “normal but secret”), they will often take up the identity or archetype of the victim. This can often lead them on to other victim-identified lifestyle choices such as alcohol or drug dependency or poor choices when it comes to choosing suitable life partners resulting in continued abuse. This of course, is all bad enough.

However what surprised me the most when I started to work with sexual abuse clients is that they themselves carried the energies of guilt and shame, along with feelings of dirtiness and of not being deserving of all the good things in life. I wondered why this was the case, as these clients had not done anything wrong themselves and had nothing to feel guilty about at all. Initially I saw that a huge distortion had taken place within the remembrance of the event.

 

One lady in her mid forties told me that she felt so ashamed of herself, and had always carried feelings of stupidity and weakness because she felt that she should have been able to a) stop the abuse from happening by physically pushing her abuser off her, and b) get out of the room the abuse took place in. We talked about the event itself and my client told me not only was her abuser old, tall and grossly overweight, but that she was locked into the room and she was only four years old! My client had a daughter aged five. I asked her if she thought her daughter could wrestle an abuser off her and escape from a locked room. She replied, “Of course she couldn’t!” I asked why then, she believed that she should have been able to do this. She looked at me blankly and just said, “I’ve never thought about it like that. I have always felt bad that I couldn’t do anything about it.” So this was food for thought for my client. Sadly, I have heard the same story many times over. Guilt also results from any pleasure which may have occurred during the event. But as I point out to my clients, our sexual organs are made to respond to stimuli, rather like a light switch being turned on and off, they do not determine the source of the stimuli and decide whether to work or not. It is entirely natural for these organs to feel pleasure; so again, there is no need to feel guilty.

But as I worked with more and more clients, I saw that the shame, guilt and self hatred were deeply ingrained and that they were huge barriers to healing and occurred no matter how much understanding the client had. And then during a hypnotherapy session with a client one day I came to understand why such emotions are so prevalent to those who had experienced sexual abuse. I discovered that in most cases, during the sexual act, the abuser energetically “dumps” their guilt and shame onto their victim, so they do not have to feel or deal with those distasteful emotions. So the shame and guilt the clients were feeling were not actually their own shame or guilt! But because that energy was residing within their own energy field, they interpreted it as their own, and take ownership of it. Once I started to educate the clients that this energy did not belong to them at all, they were very keen to rid themselves of it, and they made great progress as soon as it was removed from their energy fields.

Sexual abuse affects a person on all levels of their being. The conscious, subconscious,

unconscious, energetic, emotional, mental and physical levels are all affected. In addition, the soul or spirit is also affected. Soul loss usually occurs as a protection mechanism while the event is occurring. Afterwards the abused will be “less than” – reduced and numbed in some way. This actually occurs to help the person cope with what has happened to them, or what sadly continues to happen to them. But of course, in order for true healing to take place, once the emotional, mental, energetic and physical aspects have been healed, soul retrieval is necessary to return to the Self back to wholeness. This is why hypnotherapy is highly effective at healing the effects of sexual abuse as it provides healing on all levels of a persons being and restores them to wholeness with soul retrieval techniques. I have seen hundreds of clients not only move forward with their lives but also create lives they love, forgiven and forgetting their abusers and living the lives that they always dreamt of living. If you have experienced sexual abuse, please know you are not alone, that you have nothing to feel guilty about and that the effects can be fully healed so that you can move forward. I know that you may not have told anyone about what happened to you before, but it is really is nothing to feel ashamed of and the most important thing is that you receive the healing that you need. I would be happy and honored to assist you on your healing journey if you would like to contact me.

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Your Session,How Does it Work?

Hypnosis is a talking therapy. It uses words to help the client to change their behaviour. Our first session will start with the taking of a detailed client record to understand the client and their problem. Sessions may vary in length between one hour and 1 1/2 hours. Smoking is normally dealt with in two sessions. Other problems might be dealt with in a single session but more commonly take several, depending on their complexity. However, a  consultant  hypnotist expect to help their clients (assuming that it is a problem which can be helped with hypnosis) in relatively few sessions compared, say, to traditional psychotherapy where it may be usual to have weekly sessions for a long period of time. A hypnotist will normally expect to see some beneficial change in the client after three sessions.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER TAKING THE CLIENT RECORD?

If you have not been in hypnosis before, the consultant hypnotist will want to explain hypnosis to you, and answer any questions you may have, to ensure that you are entirely comfortable about the process. Sometimes people who have seen stage hypnosis shows do not realise how pleasurable, in fact how ordinary, a hypnotic trance can be. Everybody is different, but most people feel a pleasant heaviness in their arms and legs; a feeling that while they could move them they would rather not bother. Your eyes will be closed and there may be a similar feeling in the eyelids. You can hear everything that is going on around you and, in particular, the voice of the therapist, but other sounds will start to seem less relevant, your mind may drift a little and you may not be sure whether you have heard everything that has been said. It is your conscious mind that is having this doubt; your unconscious mind will have absorbed it all.

NOW THAT YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH HYPNOSIS, WHAT NEXT?

There are a number of hypnotic trance phenomena but the most relevant one for the client to understand is the posthypnotic suggestion. This is a suggestion made to the client while in trance but which will continue to affect the client and influence his or her behaviour when out of trance. At a first session, hypnosis may be used to start giving suggestions for change, or it may just be used for relaxation and to prepare the client’s subconscious mind for change at the next session. Either way, the consultant hypnotist is likely to take you into a hypnotic trance during your first session. Most people find that the immediate effect — the feeling that you have while in trance — becomes stronger each time you go into trance

THE HYPNOTIC PROCESS

There are a large number of ways of inducing a hypnotic trance, some fast and some slow, some just using words and some physical actions. Once a person has gone into trance the  consultant hypnotist  will often use a further script to deepen the trance. This may be done with visual imagery, encouraging the client to imagine a garden, a beach or a mountain walk; or it may use an awakening of early memories; or it may be by confusing the conscious mind in some way so that it becomes preoccupied or, alternatively, chooses to go off duty. Whichever way is chosen, the effect is to create a deeper relaxation of both body and mind, giving easier access to the subconscious mind. At this point the hypnotist will start to give suggestions, which may be direct or indirect, knowing that they will be taken on board by the subconscious mind, without interference from the logical, rational, conscious mind.

LATER SESSIONS

The consultant hypnotist may well teach you self-hypnosis. This is a simple technique which you can use to relax in your own home. While relaxing you can reinforce the suggestions you have been given, you can review your goals and give yourself more motivation, or you can simply relax (very helpful for insomnia). Your consultant hypnotist may ask you to do certain tasks between sessions, such as keeping an eating diary if you want to reduce weight, or doing something which you previously had a reluctance to do if you have a phobia. In some cases the consultant hypnotist may give you a CD containing the suggestions which you have already been given in trance. The reason for the repetition, whether in self hypnosis, or listening to a CD, is that the subconscious mind is affected by compounding and will give more weight or importance to a suggestion received many times. The advertising industry knows all about this!

WHAT CAN HYPNOTHERAPY HELP YOU WITH?

Because  hypnosis works by offering ideas for change to the subconscious mind it can be helpful with any behavior or disorders caused by, or affected in some way by, the state of the client’s mind. This turns out to be quite a long list of psychosomatic or psychogenic conditions, some of which are listed below. However, if you have some problem which is not specifically listed, and you wonder whether hypnosis can help you you only have to ask, see Contact. Although hypnosis can be a very effective way to help you, the client, you must remember that it should not be thought of as a magic wand! Neither you nor the consultant hypnotist will know everything that is in your subconscious mind; every client is unique and, while the session will be tailored to you as an individual, the consultant hypnotist  is not omnipotent.

 

CHANGING UNWANTED BEHAVIOR 

Many of us are creatures of habit, and when it is a good habit that can be very helpful by ensuring that we do things which are necessary or beneficial. But when it is a bad habit, or one which we no longer think is good although we may have thought so at one time, then we seem to be a prisoner of our past. Despite all our good intentions to change we find that will power is not enough. Our logical minds know that we should change our behavior but somehow it is just too difficult, and each time we try to change, but fail, this reinforces in us a feeling that we cannot change. Both hypnosis and NLP provide excellent ways of breaking the cycle of failure and so can help you to make the change that you want to make. This is an important point — you must want to make the change — and it is not sufficient for somebody else (e.g. a parent or spouse) to think that you should make the change. If your heart is not in it the change is unlikely to happen. Examples of behavioral change: Smoking cessation Over eating and weight reduction Insomnia Nail-biting Blushing Addictions Alcohol .

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Often if we look at people who are more successful in life we realise that it is not because they are more intelligent, rather it is because they are more confident and better motivated to achieve their objective. In their own mind they have convinced themselves that they can succeed and, as a result, they do succeed. Achieving a more positive attitude of mind is a normal part of any hypnosis session. Of course, the goals that we set ourselves must be reasonable bearing in mind the skills that we have and the effort that we are prepared to put in. Failure to achieve our goals, or a conflict between work pressures, life pressures and the time available, can lead to stress. The more stressed we feel, the worse we perform and a vicious circle develops. Hypnosis, with its emphasis on relaxation, can be a potent force for change when allied with better goal and priority setting, leading to management and reduction of stress. Under the wide heading of personal development we can list:

  • Building self confidence and self-esteem
  • Encouraging relaxation
  • Stress management
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Relationship problems
  • Reduction of anxiety
  • Exam preparation
  • Driving test preparation
  • Assertiveness
  • Life coaching and goal setting
  • Sports or artistic performance enhancement

 

 

Hypnosis Can Help You

Whatever your goal…hypnosis can help.

Hypnosis is recognized by the medical profession as a useful and powerful complimentary therapy… * In 1955 the British Medical Association issued a report stating that hypnosis was a valuable medical tool. * In 1958 the American Medical Association recognized hypnosis as a viable scientific modality. * In 1962 the American Psychiatric Association recognized that hypnosis was a viable modality to treat some psychological problems.

Our subconscious mind is always at work, absorbing and recording all what we see, hear, touch, smell, taste and say every second of every day of our lives>.You know the feeling…there is something in your life that you would like to change or improve upon…but you have not found the right way to do so yet. At least, until now…During hypnosis we access our subconscious mind to resolve our problems quickly and forever. When we experience hypnosis, we do NOT lose control at any time and remember the whole experience, if we so wish.

Hypnosis -Depression

Hypnotherapy is one of the most effective treatments for depression . Depression is a condition which can sneak up on you without you realizing it. You may find that you gradually find less and less enjoyment in doing things that you previously enjoyed. Depression is something we unconsciously “do” rather than “have”. As people, we develop many different behavior which are unconsciously driven to protect ourselves from pains and fears. Or we may find certain emotions unbearable.

As we develop as children, we form both conscious and unconscious beliefs about ourselves and different aspects of the world around us. As adults, we tend to play out “scripts” to prove those beliefs we developed in childhood to be correct.
Hypnosis used to help with depression allows us to access those unconscious beliefs and world-views that were formed in our younger years. For example, if we grow up forming the belief “I’m not good enough”, we will feel incapable of handling the ups and downs of general life. Or we may feel as though nothing goes right for us. We may then, at an unconscious level, go about “proving” that we are not good enough to get that better job, or to be in a loving relationship. If we grow up forming the belief that “people will hurt you if you let them get close”, then we will unconsciously protect ourselves from getting hurt by keeping people at a safe distance. This keeping people at a distance then leaves us feeling alone, isolated and not good enough.

Hypnosis is an effective treatment for depression where hypnosis is used in conjunction with other modalities of technique to uncover those unconscious beliefs and also the earlier experiences that helped to form those limiting beliefs. Hypnosis gives access to the emotions experienced at the time; and so enables you to untangle yourself emotionally from those past experiences. Hypnosis can also help with depression by using the state of hypnosis to rehearse new strategies. Hypnosis  can be used to build new neural pathways in the brain so that you can overcome depression and get on with the task of living and enjoying your life.

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Your First Hypnosis Session

Hypnotherapy is a talking therapy. It uses words to help the client to change their behaviour. Our first session will start with the taking of a detailed client record to understand the client and their problem. Sessions may vary in length between one hour and 1 1/2 hours. Smoking is normally dealt with in two sessions. Other problems might be dealt with in a single session but more commonly take several, depending on their complexity. However, a  consultant  hypnotist expect to help their clients (assuming that it is a problem which can be helped with hypnosis) in relatively few sessions compared, say, to traditional psychotherapy where it may be usual to have weekly sessions for a long period of time.

A hypnotist will normally expect to see some beneficial change in the client after three sessions.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER TAKING THE CLIENT RECORD?

If you have not been in hypnosis before, the consultant hypnotist will want to explain hypnosis to you, and answer any questions you may have, to ensure that you are entirely comfortable about the process. Sometimes people who have seen stage hypnosis shows do not realise how pleasurable, in fact how ordinary, a hypnotic trance can be. Everybody is different, but most people feel a pleasant heaviness in their arms and legs; a feeling that while they could move them they would rather not bother. Your eyes will be closed and there may be a similar feeling in the eyelids. You can hear everything that is going on around you and, in particular, the voice of the therapist, but other sounds will start to seem less relevant, your mind may drift a little and you may not be sure whether you have heard everything that has been said. It is your conscious mind that is having this doubt; your unconscious mind will have absorbed it all.

LATER SESSIONS

The consultant hypnotist may well teach you self-hypnosis. This is a simple technique which you can use to relax in your own home. While relaxing you can reinforce the suggestions you have been given, you can review your goals and give yourself more motivation, or you can simply relax (very helpful for insomnia). Your consultant hypnotist may ask you to do certain tasks between sessions, such as keeping an eating diary if you want to reduce weight, or doing something which you previously had a reluctance to do if you have a phobia. In some cases the consultant hypnotist may give you a CD containing the suggestions which you have already been given in trance. The reason for the repetition, whether in self hypnosis, or listening to a CD, is that the subconscious mind is affected by compounding and will give more weight or importance to a suggestion received many times. The advertising industry knows all about this!

WHAT CAN HYPNOTHERAPY HELP YOU WITH?

Because  hypnosis works by offering ideas for change to the subconscious mind it can be helpful with any behavior or disorders caused by, or affected in some way by, the state of the client’s mind. This turns out to be quite a long list of psychosomatic or psychogenic conditions, some of which are listed below. However, if you have some problem which is not specifically listed, and you wonder whether hypnosis can help you you only have to ask, see Contact. Although hypnosis can be a very effective way to help you, the client, you must remember that it should not be thought of as a magic wand! Neither you nor the consultant hypnotist will know everything that is in your subconscious mind; every client is unique and, while the session will be tailored to you as an individual, the consultant hypnotist  is not omnipotent.

CHANGING UNWANTED BEHAVIOR 

Many of us are creatures of habit, and when it is a good habit that can be very helpful by ensuring that we do things which are necessary or beneficial. But when it is a bad habit, or one which we no longer think is good although we may have thought so at one time, then we seem to be a prisoner of our past. Despite all our good intentions to change we find that will power is not enough. Our logical minds know that we should change our behavior but somehow it is just too difficult, and each time we try to change, but fail, this reinforces in us a feeling that we cannot change. Both hypnosis and NLP provide excellent ways of breaking the cycle of failure and so can help you to make the change that you want to make. This is an important point — you must want to make the change — and it is not sufficient for somebody else (e.g. a parent or spouse) to think that you should make the change. If your heart is not in it the change is unlikely to happen. Examples of behavioral change: Smoking cessation Over eating and weight reduction Insomnia Nail-biting Blushing Addictions Alcohol .

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Often if we look at people who are more successful in life we realise that it is not because they are more intelligent, rather it is because they are more confident and better motivated to achieve their objective. In their own mind they have convinced themselves that they can succeed and, as a result, they do succeed. Achieving a more positive attitude of mind is a normal part of any hypnosis session. Of course, the goals that we set ourselves must be reasonable bearing in mind the skills that we have and the effort that we are prepared to put in. Failure to achieve our goals, or a conflict between work pressures, life pressures and the time available, can lead to stress. The more stressed we feel, the worse we perform and a vicious circle develops. Hypnosis, with its emphasis on relaxation, can be a potent force for change when allied with better goal and priority setting, leading to management and reduction of stress. Under the wide heading of personal development we can list:

  • Building self confidence and self-esteem
  • Encouraging relaxation
  • Stress management
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Relationship problems
  • Reduction of anxiety
  • Exam preparation
  • Driving test preparation
  • Assertiveness
  • Life coaching and goal setting
  • Sports or artistic performance enhancement

 

Hypnosis -Depression

Hypnotherapy is one of the most effective treatments for depression . Depression is a condition which can sneak up on you without you realizing it. You may find that you gradually find less and less enjoyment in doing things that you previously enjoyed. Depression is something we unconsciously “do” rather than “have”. As people, we develop many different behavior which are unconsciously driven to protect ourselves from pains and fears. Or we may find certain emotions unbearable.

As we develop as children, we form both conscious and unconscious beliefs about ourselves and different aspects of the world around us. As adults, we tend to play out “scripts” to prove those beliefs we developed in childhood to be correct.
Hypnosis used to help with depression allows us to access those unconscious beliefs and world-views that were formed in our younger years. For example, if we grow up forming the belief “I’m not good enough”, we will feel incapable of handling the ups and downs of general life. Or we may feel as though nothing goes right for us. We may then, at an unconscious level, go about “proving” that we are not good enough to get that better job, or to be in a loving relationship. If we grow up forming the belief that “people will hurt you if you let them get close”, then we will unconsciously protect ourselves from getting hurt by keeping people at a safe distance. This keeping people at a distance then leaves us feeling alone, isolated and not good enough.

Hypnosis is an effective treatment for depression where hypnosis is used in conjunction with other modalities of technique to uncover those unconscious beliefs and also the earlier experiences that helped to form those limiting beliefs. Hypnosis gives access to the emotions experienced at the time; and so enables you to untangle yourself emotionally from those past experiences. Hypnosis can also help with depression by using the state of hypnosis to rehearse new strategies. Hypnosis  can be used to build new neural pathways in the brain so that you can overcome depression and get on with the task of living and enjoying your life.

Vancouver Hypnotherapy & Hypnosis, Life Coaching & Counselling Call: (1) 604 202 7938

After the End of A Relationship

Choose freedom after the breakdown of a relationship

Life is really tough on us sometimes… We choose to be with people that we like and enjoy being with, over time that like perhaps will become love and then you choose to be with that person over a longer duration. Yet what happens when that relationship breaks down? There are many reasons why the break-up has happened and these won’t be discussed here… the fact is that you are now out of the relationship and it feels awful. In fact it is one of the worst feelings that a person can experience. It’s what happens after the break-up that really impacts on us and alters our quality of life.

The above graph shows the various stages of the grief cycle – from shock and denial through to the acceptance and return to meaningful life once again – yet some people seem to get stuck at the stage of being depressed and detached and whilst they seek to find reasons as to what’s happened they are unable to… stuck in their feelings of being overwhelmed and helpless… It is important that you realise that you are not alone, we all go through these challenges and Hypnotherapy can provide relief, release and healing – allowing you to move on. Hypnosis can’t make you forget the relationship or the memories, although this may be what you want – and to be challenging, why would you want to forget? You have had happy times and it’s right to have these happy memories, they define us as people and individuals.

No, it is the response you have to the memories, feelings of content and happiness rather than the gut wrenching feeling of abandonment or jealousy, I am here to help you bring real control and empowerment back, allowing you to feel empowered once again. Indeed, if this is a repeated cycle of behaviour, you may even feel like a failure – this is wrong! Therapy with Hypnosis can quickly bring healing and help you explore what it is you really want and combined with coaching can bring changes to the way that you approach your new future relationships to stop this cycle and patterns of behaviour. It does not matter how old you are, whether you are male or female, in your 20s through to your 50s and 60s, the feelings are the same and you can find effective release from a split in your relationship.

Hypnotherapy can provide a quick, effective, positive result. In most cases you will see change and a difference in one top two sessions and you will get deeper insights into your own beliefs. I will work with you to support you through to normal life, like everyone else. I have helped many people regain confidence, eliminate sadness and the feeling of hopelessness following a relationship slit. Everything you say to me is in complete confidence.

Call me now on 604 202 7938 to free yourself from upset and grief. If you would rather send me an email, please feel free to fill-out my contact form I look forward to hearing from you and helping you.

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