Signs and Symptoms

Adverse Signs and symptoms of cocaine use include:

  • Increased agitation.
  • Effusive enthusiasm.
  • Disinhibition.
  • Increased movement (i.e. hyperactivity).
  • Increased common cold-like symptoms and/or nosebleeds.
  • Signs of involuntary movements (i.e. muscle tics).
  • Changes in concentration and focus.

More serious effects of cocaine abuse are heart muscle damage. Cocaine may cause damage by inducing cell death in the muscles of the heart. Intravenous cocaine use can lead to inflammation of the inner tissues of the organ (endocarditis).

  • Inflammation of heart muscle.
  • Rupture of the aorta, the major artery leading from the heart.
  • Severe declines in health and life quality due to reductions in cardiac function or severe blood loss.

Cocaine-induced heart failure or damage may also increase the risk of stroke, or brain damage resulting from interruptions in the blood supply available to the brain.

The abuse of this drug is also associated with kidney damage. The prolonged use of cocaine is thought to be related to the inflammation of important microstructures within this organ.

Cocaine and Changes in the Brain

Cocaine abuse is also associated with changes in brain chemistry over time. These changes are associated with the increased ‘need’ for cocaine over time, as well as behavioural abnormalities that may result from taking cocaine. These behavioural anomalies associated with its effects may include:

  • Unusually erratic behaviour (which may even result in unintentional trauma incurred during accidents).
  • Psychotic symptoms.

Even users who regard their use as ‘recreational’ are at risk of neurological changes that affect their lives. ‘Recreational’ use is associated with the decreased ability to regulate and control behaviour, leading to reduced abilities to control movements, react to environmental stimuli and carry out daily activities. Long-term  use is also associated with deficits in cognitive performance, attention, and decision-making abilities.

Other risks stemming from abuse include infectious conditions such as HIV or hepatitis C (HCV). These risks are related to the injection of cocaine, and the adverse effects of irresponsible and non-sterile needle use.

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New Service – at Studholme Medical Centre.

We now provide private Counselling, Mindfulness, Psychotherapy, Clinical Hypnosis and CBT/NLP/EFT.  Services are now available at Studholme Medical Centre on Monday from 10am to 4pm and are Chargable.

Both Alan and Kate of Wise Blue Owl Therapy have a wealth of experience in emotional and mental health services. Alan and Kate  were the founders of the Changez Charity organisation, which held Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP Secretary of state for business, at the time, and was famed by being one of the charities Kate Middleton, (Duchess of Cambridge) had shown interest in becoming involved with in 2011. (2011 news article link) 

 

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 Anoxeria nervosa

anorexia and bulimia help surrey

Anorexia nervosa is a serious mental health condition. It’s an eating disorder where a person keeps their body weight as low as possible.

People with anorexia usually do this by restricting the amount of food they eat, making themselves vomit, and exercising excessively.

The condition often develops out of an anxiety about body shape and weight that originates from a fear of being fat or a desire to be thin. Many people with anorexia have a distorted image of themselves, thinking they’re fat when they’re not.

Anorexia most commonly affects girls and women, although it has become more common in boys and men in recent years. On average, the condition first develops at around the age of 16 to 17.

Read more about the causes of anorexia.

Signs and symptoms of anorexia

People with anorexia often go to great lengths to hide their behaviour from family and friends by lying about what they’ve eaten or pretending to have eaten earlier.

Signs someone may have anorexia or another eating disorder include:

  • missing meals, eating very little, or avoiding eating any fatty foods
  • obsessively counting calories in food
  • leaving the table immediately after eating so they can vomit
  • taking appetite suppressants, laxatives, or diuretics (a type of medication that helps remove fluid from the body)
  • repeatedly weighing themselves or checking their body in the mirror
  • physical problems, such as feeling lightheaded or dizzy, hair loss, or dry skin

Anorexia can also be associated with other psychological problems, such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, alcohol misuse, and self-harm.

Bulimia

Bulimia is an eating disorder and mental health condition.

People who have bulimia go through periods where they eat a lot of food in a very short amount of time (binge eating) and then are deliberately sick, use laxatives (medication to help them poo) or do excessive exercise, or a combination of these, to try to stop themselves gaining weight.

Men and women of any age can get bulimia, but it’s most common in young women and typically starts in the mid-to-late teens.

Symptoms of bulimia

Symptoms of bulimia include:

  • eating very large amounts of food in a short time, often in an out-of-control way – this is called binge eating
  • making yourself vomit, using laxatives or doing an extreme amount of exercise after a binge to avoid putting on weight – this is called purging
  • fear of putting on weight
  • being very critical about your weight and body shape
  • mood changes – for example, feeling very tense or anxious

These symptoms may not be easy to spot in someone else because bulimia can make people behave very secretively.

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Hypnosis for pain

Therapies that are mind-body linked are often recommended for those dealing with long-term pain. Stress and anxiety are common side effects of pain and can even make the sensation feel worse. The way the mind responds to pain also links to the perception of physical sensations.

Helping to reduce anxiety and stress and change the thought patterns related to pain can therefore make a huge difference to pain perception. For this, many opt for hypnotherapy.

When you are under hypnosis you focus on relaxation and letting go of distracting thoughts. This temporarily tunes out the conscious part of your mind, opening you up to the power of suggestion. At this point your hypnotherapist can make suggestions to encourage pain relief. Most hypnotherapists will also give post-hypnotic suggestions, allowing you to carry out self-hypnosis after your sessions end.

Rather than convincing you that your pain doesn’t exist, hypnosis for pain aims to manage any fear and anxiety you may have relating to your pain. It also helps to reduce stress and relax the nervous system to help it become less reactive to pain.

Hypnotherapy for pain also refocuses your mind away from the pain and onto something more pleasant. For example, many hypnotherapists will ask you to imagine that you’re somewhere nice, like a beach. Using visualisation techniques you may be asked to describe the place in more detail. Thinking about what the sea looks like, the warmth of the sun and the feeling of sand between your toes will help to distract you from your pain.

The nature of hypnotherapy means it may not work for everybody. However, it is a natural therapy with no side effects, so it is certainly worth trying. Many people say it is an effective tool to use as part of their chronic pain management plan.

The number of sessions you’ll need will depend on your individual circumstances, however hypnosis usually lasts between 2 or 4 sessions for those it is going to work for.

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One in four of us dreads a visit to the dentist, but there are ways to overcome your fear

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 If you’re anxious about seeing the dentist

Being afraid of the dentist means different things to different people. Maybe it’s the thought that treatment will hurt, or that the sounds and smells bring back memories of bad experiences as a child.

People who are scared of the dentist often call us for help because they’re at the end of their tether. Their teeth don’t look nice any more or they’re in a lot of pain with toothache, and they want to make the first step to seeing a dentist and getting their teeth sorted out.

Some people have such bad dental phobia that they haven’t seen a dentist for years. It’s common for us to hear from someone in their twenties or thirties or even older who hasn’t been to the dentist since childhood.

If you haven’t seen a dentist for several years because of fear or anxiety, be reassured that you should find the experience more bearable nowadays.

Most people who are scared of the dentist have bad memories from childhood of the smells and sounds of the surgery.

 

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Hypnotherapy for panic disorders in Surrey

A person suffering from a panic attack can experience unexpected intense feelings of fear. These are often accompanied by physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, dizziness, breathlessness, chest pain or stomach pain. Panic attacks can be extremely distressing as they can happen when least expected. They also can cause feelings of embarrassment and shame, especially if the attack happened in a public place.

Why do panic attacks happen:

With people who suffer panic attacks normally due to some previous bad experience or trauma. or have be hiding or working around their true feelings and emotions. The fight or flee system then simply gets out of calibration. Ie that fight or flee decision making decision and level is not in sync. A panic attack is based on adrenaline kicking in at an inappropriate time. Adrenaline kicking is is a normal and needed part of human functionality that serves as the fight or flee emotional make up of every normal person. It is there to serve the purpose of if in a danger situation should we arm our self mentally & physically to fight that danger or should we run from that danger. We have to make a split second decision subconsciously on which of those two courses of actions to take.

Panic attacks can be easy to cure with hypnotherapy:

Panic attacks and panic disorders, also often referred to as anxiety attacks are reasonably easy to cure by seeking out the right kind help. Removing the fear and letting you be happy again.

Clinical hypnotherapy is one of the most effective ways to cure panic attacks. Any experienced clinical hypnotherapist will cure panic attacks in 1 to 3, 1 hour sessions with high success rate.

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Stress management

Stress is a natural, though sometimes unwanted or irrational, emotion that everybody experiences from time to time.

Stress experts describe the emotion as a primary, natural emotion which has evolved as a way of surviving and protecting yourself from what is considered a wrong-doing.

Some common triggers for stress include:

  • Grief and/or sadness, loss of a family member, friend or other loved one.
  • Rudeness, poor interpersonal skills and/or poor service.
  • Tiredness, since people may have shorter tempers and be more irritable when tired.
  • Hunger.
  • Injustice: for example infidelity, being bullied, humiliated or embarrassed, or being told that you, or a loved one, has a serious illness.
  • Sexual frustration.
  • Money problems and the stress associated with debt.
  • Some forms of stress, unrealistic deadlines and things beyond our immediate control such as being stuck in traffic.
  • A feeling of failure or disappointment.
  • Becoming angry as a result of taking drugs or alcohol, or when withdrawing from such substances.
  • Having a crime committed against you or a loved one: theft, violence, sexual offences but also more minor things such as a feeling of being treated inappropriately.
  • Being either physical or mentally unwell, being in pain or living with a serious illness can lead to feeling angry.
  • When we are angry, our bodies release the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, the same hormones released when we encounter stress.As a result of these releases in hormones our blood pressure, pulse, body temperature and breathing rate may increase, sometimes to potentially dangerous levels. This natural chemical reaction is designed to give us an instant boost of energy and power and is often referred to as the ‘fight or flight’ reaction. This means that the body and mind prepare for a fight or for running away from danger.However, people who get angry often cannot manage their anger effectively and can become ill, just as stress that is left unresolved may make you ill. Our bodies are not designed to withstand high levels of adrenaline and cortisol over long periods or on a very regular basis.

Some of the health problems that may occur as a result of being angry regularly or for long periods of time can include:

  • Aches and pains, usually in the back and head.
  • High blood pressure, which can, in severe cases, lead to serious complaints such as stroke or cardiac arrest.
  • Sleep problems.
  • Problems with digestion.
  • Skin disorders.
  • Reduced threshold for pain.
  • Impaired immune system.

Stress can also lead to psychological problems such as:

  • Depression.
  • Reduced self confidence.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Alcoholism.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Self-injury.
  • Sexual problems

It should be clear, therefore, that, anger can be detrimental to health. If anger is (or becomes) a problem should be managed.

Hypnotherapy for Stress

Hypnotherapy can help those with Stress management problems in several ways. The initial aim of the hypnotherapist will be to understand the root cause of your anger.

As previously mentioned, anger management problems often stem from past experiences. These experiences can shape your behaviour and belief system. So while you may think another person or situation is causing your anger, it may well come from yourself. Once this is understood, your hypnotherapist can begin work changing this.

To do so, your hypnotherapist will work on a conscious and unconscious level to help change your negative thought processes. Doing this may involve relaxation techniques and suggestions from your hypnotherapist to help control your anger.

The hope is that this will change your reaction to anger triggers. Instead of feeling overwhelmed and angry, you should feel calmer and more relaxed. Feeling calmer in stressful situations helps you to think more clearly so you can react in a more appropriate way.

Stress management hypnotherapy can also help with some of the symptoms of anger. For example, if you are suffering from anxiety, stress or depression hypnotherapy can be helpful.

The number of anger management hypnotherapy sessions you’ll need will depend on your individual circumstances. It is likely that your hypnotherapist will teach you some self-hypnosis techniques and relaxation tips. You can use these at home when you feel angry or stressed to help you control your anger in the long-term.

 

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Anger management

Anger is a natural, though sometimes unwanted or irrational, emotion that everybody experiences from time to time.

Anger experts describe the emotion as a primary, natural emotion which has evolved as a way of surviving and protecting yourself from what is considered a wrong-doing.

Mild anger may be brought on by feeling tired, stressed or irritated, in fact we are more likely to feel irritated if our basic human needs (food, shelter, sex, sleep, etc.) are not met or are jeopardised in some way.

We may become angry when reacting to frustration, criticism or a threat and this is not necessarily a bad or inappropriate reaction.

We can also feel irritated by other people’s beliefs, opinions and actions and hence anger can affect our ability to communicate effectively – making us more likely to say or do unreasonable or irrational things.

Being unreasonable or irrational can lead others around us to feel threatened, resentful or angry themselves and, again, these can all be barriers to effective communication.

Anger can also be a ‘secondary emotion’ to feeling sad, frightened, threatened or lonely.

It is useful to try to understand why you (or somebody else) is feeling angry at any given time so that the root causes can be addressed and problems solved.

Anger can be expressed in many ways; different types of anger affect people differently and can manifest to produce different actions and signs of anger. The most common signs of anger are both verbal and non-verbal.

It can be clear that somebody is angry from what they say or how they say it, or from their tone of voice. Anger can also be expressed through body language and other non-verbal cues: trying to look physically bigger (and therefore more intimidating), staring, frowning and clenching of fists.  Some people are very good at internalising their anger and it may be difficult to notice any physical signs. It is, however, unusual for an actual physical attack to transpire without ‘warning’ signs appearing first.

At a basic instinctual level anger may be used as a way to help protect territory or family members, secure or protect mating privileges, protect against loss of food or other possessions, or as a response to other perceived threats.

Some common triggers to anger include:

  • Grief and/or sadness, loss of a family member, friend or other loved one.
  • Rudeness, poor interpersonal skills and/or poor service.
  • Tiredness, since people may have shorter tempers and be more irritable when tired.
  • Hunger.
  • Injustice: for example infidelity, being bullied, humiliated or embarrassed, or being told that you, or a loved one, has a serious illness.
  • Sexual frustration.
  • Money problems and the stress associated with debt.
  • Some forms of stress, unrealistic deadlines and things beyond our immediate control such as being stuck in traffic.
  • A feeling of failure or disappointment.
  • Becoming angry as a result of taking drugs or alcohol, or when withdrawing from such substances.
  • Having a crime committed against you or a loved one: theft, violence, sexual offences but also more minor things such as a feeling of being treated inappropriately.
  • Being either physical or mentally unwell, being in pain or living with a serious illness can lead to feeling angry.
  • When we are angry, our bodies release the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, the same hormones released when we encounter stress.As a result of these releases in hormones our blood pressure, pulse, body temperature and breathing rate may increase, sometimes to potentially dangerous levels. This natural chemical reaction is designed to give us an instant boost of energy and power and is often referred to as the ‘fight or flight’ reaction. This means that the body and mind prepare for a fight or for running away from danger.However, people who get angry often cannot manage their anger effectively and can become ill, just as stress that is left unresolved may make you ill. Our bodies are not designed to withstand high levels of adrenaline and cortisol over long periods or on a very regular basis.Some of the health problems that may occur as a result of being angry regularly or for long periods of time can include:
    • Aches and pains, usually in the back and head.
    • High blood pressure, which can, in severe cases, lead to serious complaints such as stroke or cardiac arrest.
    • Sleep problems.
    • Problems with digestion.
    • Skin disorders.
    • Reduced threshold for pain.
    • Impaired immune system.

    Anger can also lead to psychological problems such as:

    • Depression.
    • Reduced self confidence.
    • Eating disorders.
    • Alcoholism.
    • Substance abuse.
    • Self-injury.
    • Sexual problems

    It should be clear, therefore, that, anger can be detrimental to health. If anger is (or becomes) a problem should be managed.

Hypnotherapy for anger:

Hypnotherapy can help those with anger management problems in several ways. The initial aim of the hypnotherapist will be to understand the root cause of your anger.

As previously mentioned, anger management problems often stem from past experiences. These experiences can shape your behaviour and belief system. So while you may think another person or situation is causing your anger, it may well come from yourself. Once this is understood, your hypnotherapist can begin work changing this.

To do so, your hypnotherapist will work on a conscious and unconscious level to help change your negative thought processes. Doing this may involve relaxation techniques and suggestions from your hypnotherapist to help control your anger.

The hope is that this will change your reaction to anger triggers. Instead of feeling overwhelmed and angry, you should feel calmer and more relaxed. Feeling calmer in stressful situations helps you to think more clearly so you can react in a more appropriate way.

Anger management hypnotherapy can also help with some of the symptoms of anger. For example, if you are suffering from anxiety, stress or depression hypnotherapy can be helpful.

The number of anger management hypnotherapy sessions you’ll need will depend on your individual circumstances. It is likely that your hypnotherapist will teach you some self-hypnosis techniques and relaxation tips. You can use these at home when you feel angry or stressed to help you control your anger in the long-term.

 

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Gambling has one of the highest suicide rates in the world

Gambling is one of the most destructive habits in the world. It doesn’t destroy your liver. It won’t give you lung cancer. Even after a real bad run of bad luck. You can be reasonably sure that you won’t be stretchered away, having expired with a mouth full of vomit. No harm done. It’s only money that is the belief

Experts of addiction point out that problem gamblers are subject to is a mix of messy contributing factors and associative disorders. “We’ve known for along time that problem gambling is not a standalone issue,” says Dr. Rachel Volberg, President of Gemini Research, which conducts gambling-related studies. “Problem gamblers are likely to have other substance abuse issues, usually alcohol and tobacco. Depression and anxiety are also prevalent among problem gamblers.”

In terms of the gambler’s tendency toward suicide, however, these factors serve only to cloud the issue. The most reliable killer of people with gambling problems can be summed up in a single word: debt. Because once negative equity enters the picture, gambling addiction moves into a category of its own.

Research

There is now plenty of research that shows more scientific evidence for hypnotherapy than any other complementary therapy by using hypnosis.   Enough studies have now accumulated to suggest that the inclusion of hypnotic procedures may be beneficial in the management and treatment of a wide range of conditions and problems encountered in the practice of medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy.

Studies

Success Rate for Smoking Cessation 90.6% successful:  Using Hypnosis University of Washington School of Medicine, Depts. of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2010 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J.

87% Reported Abstinence From Tobacco Use   With Hypnosis  Performance by gender in a stop-smoking program combining hypnosis and aversion. Johnson DL, Karkut RT. Adkar Associates, Inc., Bloomington, Indiana. Psychol Rep. 1999 Oct;75(2):851-7. PMID: 7862796 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

81% Reported They Had Stopped Smoking After Hypnosis  Texas A&M University, System Health Science Center, College of Medicine, College Station, TX USA. Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2004 Jan;52(1):73-81.

Patients using Hypnosis, Twice As Likely To Remain Smoke-Free After Two Years  Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Wynd, CA. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2001; 37:3, pages 245-250.

Hypnosis More Effective Than Drug Interventions For Smoking Cessation  Ohio State University, College of Nursing, Columbus, OH 43210, 2003 USA Descriptive outcomes of the American Lung Association of Ohio hypnotherapy smoking cessation program. Ahijevych K, Yerardi R, Nedilsky N.

Hypnotherapy Most Effective Says Largest Study Ever:  3 Times as Effective as Patch and 15 Times as Effective as Willpower. Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. University of Iowa, Journal of Applied Psychology, How One in Five Give Up Smoking. October 1992. (Also- republished New Scientist, October 10, 2013.)

Statistics for Addictions

  • Significantly More Methadone Addicts Quit with Hypnosis. 9 4% Remained Narcotic Free A comparative study of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of methadone addicts. Manganiello AJ, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1999; 26(4): 273-9.
  • A  77 Percent Success Rate for Drug Addiction Intensive Therapy with HypnosisUtilizing Hypnosis in the Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders. Potter, Greg, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Jul 2004.
  • Raised Self-esteem & Serenity. Lowered Impulsivity and Anger  American Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy (a publication of the American Psychological Association) 2004 Apr;46(4):281-97

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Hypnotherapy for Insomnia and sleep disorders

 

Hypnosis permits a wide range of choices regarding where and how to help in the patient’s problems. Hypnotherapy is used to manage various types of disorders, and to explore the techniques, and strategies.
Research data available on the efficacy of hypnosis in the treatment of sleep disorders is positive. Acute and chronic insomnia often respond to relaxation and hypnotherapy. Also do nightmares and sleep terrors. There is also successful use of hypnotherapy for  specifically for head and body rocking, bed wetting an sleepwalking.
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Hypnotherapy to resolve fear and phobia

From an unusual fear of crowded locations or open areas to a chronic fear of spiders or social situations, many of us have phobias or above-common fears which reason undue anxiety and can even bog a person down in the manner they behave or lead their lives.

A phobia is a debilitating fear of an object, place, state of affairs, feeling or animal. Phobias are more common than fears. They develop as an exaggerated or unrealistic feel of risk about a state of affairs or object. If a phobia become’s excessive, people tend to organise their lifestyles around keeping off that issue that’s causing them anxiety, as well as restricting their day-to-day existence.

Avoidance

If avoidance of the item, activity or situation that triggers your phobia does interfere with your regular lifestyles, or prevents you from doing things you should or would normally do,if they keep away from certain situations and locations and this avoidance interferes with recurring or reasons anxiety and misery, it is time to seek help.

By way of using clinical hypnotherapy, a therapist will evaluate the extent of the phobia and then using a number of techniques to work with the subconscious mind is capable of quickly and effectively releasing a client of a phobia.

Skilfully combining proven and tested techniques appropriate to your particular problem, you can react in a calm manner when you face the situation or object that you once feared.

Many many people have a phobia, it is an intense fear or feeling of anxiety that occurs only in certain situations. The fear may be of something rational or irrational and many people can live with their fears but others find them quite debilitating and restricting as their life may become dominated by the precautions they take to avoid certain situations.

Social anxieties such as fear of: blushing, business meetings, confrontation, criticism, public speaking, rejection, stuttering, sweating, being alone will impact on work and relationships.

Travel fears such as fear of flyingdriving, bridges, public transport, public toilets, dentists and heights are very common and can cause such inconvenience and restrictions to the individual, their work and their family.

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Teenage anxiety and self harming

All teenagers go through psychological and emotional changes, research show’s there is corresponding structural development taking place in these years. This in its self can lead to anxiety and self harming. Understanding these natural developments that occur in the teenage’s and their effect on behaviour. Learning about hormone’s, sleep patterns, emotional reactivity, memory, attention span, motivation and self confidence helps the teenager. Resulting in helping parents understand why their teenager is behaving in that way, thus reducing family stress all round.

The difference between suicide and deliberate self-harm

More about the difference between suicide and deliberate self-harm is not as clear as we would like it to be. Deliberate self-harm can be common pre-cursor to suicide and children and young people who deliberately self-harm may kill themselves by accident. Although completed suicide is a rare occurrence, episodes of self-harm and suicidal behaviour are not. Early intervention can help to address underlying problems that can lead to such behaviour. Many people who self-harm do not come to the attention of health services and when they do, many do not return or cannot be followed up. As the risk of suicide is considerably higher among people who have self-harmed it is crucial that practitioners are best equipped to give the most helpful initial response in such circumstances.

A sign of emotional distress

Self harming is always a sign of emotional distress and poorly developed coping skills. Whilst it is ultimately damaging and may be dangerous, for many people it provides a method for coping with life. Taking away a person’s means of self-harm can increase the emotional distress and make the situation worse unless professionally dealt with.

Definitions of Self-Harm and Suicide

• Self harm is self –harm without suicidal intent, resulting in non-fatal injury.

• Attempted suicide is self-harm with intent to take like, resulting in non-fatal injury.

• Suicide is self-harm resulting in death Mental Health Foundation 2003.

About 1 in 15 young people in Britain have harmed themselves. This probably means that there are probably two people in every secondary school classroom who have done it at some time. Most young people who harm themselves are between 11 and 25 years. Even though on average can start at around 12 years of age, some children as young as 7 have been known to do it. There are no typical groups of people who self-harm, but about four times as many girls as boys do it. When boys do self harm they may hit themselves or break their own bones to make it look as if they have been involved in a fight or been attacked.

The groups of children and young people who may be more vulnerable to self- harm can include

  • Young people in residential settings such as the armed services,prison, sheltered housing, hostels and boarding school.
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people.
  •  Young Asian women (one study found that the suicide rate in women aged 16–24 years was three times higher in women of Asian origin than in white British women).
  • Those with learning disabilities.
  • People with existing mental health problems.
  • Young people with substance misuse problems.
  • Vulnerable young people who miss appointments and go off the radar.

There are many types of self-harm but these can include

  • Cutting.
  • Burning.
  • Scalding.
  • Banging head and other body parts against walls.
  • Hair-pulling.
  • Biting.
  • Swallowing things that are not edible.
  • Inserting objects into the body.
  • Self-poisoning.
  • Scratching, picking or tearing at skin causing sores and scarring.

Our Teenage Programme

At Wise Blue Owl Therapy we can help them with effective methods to quickly reduce anxiety, panic attacks and self harming. Using a combination of counselling, NLP and clinical hypnotherapy is a powerful way to boost their confidence and results throughout their lives. Additionally we also provide sessions for teenagers experiencing phobias, eating disorders, addictions, sleep problems, bullying, exam nerves, loss of self confidence and relationship problems.

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 Grief / Bereavement Counselling

Losing someone in our lives is a deeply personal event – one that has the potential to affect us in many ways. Whilst most of us will share the same range of emotions and reactions through our grief, this isn’t always the case.

But one thing that is certain, is that simply ignoring the pain and hoping it will go away doesn’t lessen the grief. If you keep feelings buried, it can make it a lot harder to eventually deal with the trauma and lead to deep-rooted heartache.

Of course, there is no textbook way to deal with grief, but if you are finding it difficult to deal with bereavement or loss, there are a number of things you can try to aid the grieving process.

If the bereavement is a relative, it can often be difficult to turn to another family member for support – you can feel pressure to remain strong, to support them . If this is the case, or if you feel genuinely uncomfortable in talking about it to others, try writing your feelings down. Exploring your emotions in a journal or blog can be just as effective – and you can choose whether or not you share it with anyone.

 

How can hypnotherapy help with grief?

Grief is not just feeling sad – there are so many other symptoms of grief that can make life very difficult. Issues such as anxiety, insomnia and depression can arise as a result of grief. You may also experience physical symptoms of grief – loss of appetite, weight loss or weight gain, sickness, fatigue or sleeplessness.

Hypnotherapy is a popular treatment option which can give you positive suggestions to help cope with these issues – as well as many other symptoms you might be experiencing through your grief. It can reduce feelings of guilt and blame, and help you to find ways of coping in the future.

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Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.

Depression is different from feeling down or sad. Unhappiness is something which everyone feels at one time or another, usually due to a particular cause. A person experiencing depression will experience intense emotions of anxiety, hopelessness, negativity and helplessness, and the feelings stay with them instead of going away.

Depression can happen to anyone. Many successful and famous people who seem to have everything going for them battle with this problem. Depression also affects people of every age.

Half of the people who have depression will only experience it once but for the other half it will happen again. The length of time that it takes to recover ranges from around six months to a year or more.

Living with depression is difficult for those who suffer from it and for their family, friends, and colleagues. It can be difficult to know if you are depressed and what you can do about it.

 

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Relationship counselling

Relationship counselling is the process of counselling parties of a relationship in an effort to recognise, and better manage or reconcile that relationship. Troublesome differences and repeating patterns of stress can put upon a relationship. The relationship involved may be between members of a family or a couple, employees or employers in a workplace, or between a professional and a client.

Couple’s counselling

Couple’s counselling is relationship counselling for a couple,It may differ from other forms of relationship counselling in various regards including its duration. Short term counselling is usually  6 sessions. Long term couples therapy may be more sessions. Couples therapy is more about seemingly intractable problems with a relationship, where emotions and feelings are often the area of problems.

Marriage counselling or Marriage Guidance are old term’s and refer’s to either or some combination of the above.

If you are having trouble with your relationship if it be parent /child, siblings, other family related or work related or having trouble with your couple relationship regardless of sexual orientation’s, straight or LGBT,  then call us on 01784 392449 or use the form below to find out more information or book an appointment. 

 

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Anxiety Disorder Counselling

Anxiety disorders are much more than just nervousness and worrying. They can be quite terrifying as fear about things that other people wouldn’t give to much thought to magnify. Many people with anxiety disorders understand that their thoughts become irrational, but they still can’t stop them.

When you get anxious, you tend to have this pervasive thinking about some worry or some problem and you feel bad about it. Then you feel like you’ve failed, and you move to depression.

Anxiety is a natural human emotion

It’s normal to feel a level of anxiety or to get a little anxious at times, maybe when preparing for a special event or exam or when entering into unfamiliar situations, such as a new job. Sometimes a certain amount of stress is needed for you to perform well and do your best.

However, if anxious feelings grow to an excessive level and are not dealt with, they become a problem. If you’re suffering from high levels of anxiety, you know how debilitating it can be. Anxious feelings can stop you from enjoying your life, limit you in your career, stop you sleeping and relaxing and can even cause actual physical symptoms resulting in illness, if they are allowed to get out of hand.

Anxiety can show up in our lives in different ways and forms but is often characterised by feelings of fear and worry about current or future situations, although often these feelings can be triggered by memories of a past event.  Anxiety can cause the following symptoms;

Panic, fear, and uneasiness
Sleep problems
Not being able to stay calm and still
Cold, sweaty, numb or tingling hands or feet
Shortness of breath
Heart palpitations
Dry mouth
Nausea
Tense muscles
Dizziness

What causes anxiety?

Causes of anxiety can vary- from external factors such as worry about work, study or money, stressful relationships or a traumatic event in our past. Internally, causes can be possible side effects from medication or hormonal changes, during PMT (pre-menstrual tension) or the menopause for example. According to most sources there are five main types of anxiety disorders;

How can we deal with anxiety?

I see a lot of clients suffering anxiety. Anxiety can be quite easy to resolve if you seek out the right kind of help.There are many proven techniques to get this system back in sync these are generally hypnosis based practices, clinical hypnosis, Nuero linguistic programming, because it is the sub conscious mind that needs just some gentle re clarification. . Any experienced clinical hypnotherapist will cure Panic attacks in 1 to 3, 1 hour sessions with high success rate.

 

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