Anxiety can manifest in many ways: Panic Attacks, Bruxism, Migraines, racing thoughts... the list is long. Hypnosis can be highly effective in dealing with these issues. We use advanced techniques to ensure you can release that anxiety in the minimum amount of sessions. Typically panic attacks, for example, can be resolved in just six sessions.
While no one fully understands what causes migraine there are many factors associated with migraine which can be helped with hypnotherapy. In fact, hypnosis is clinically proven to be a highly effective treatment for migraine. I have spent many years researching this area and have achieved excellent results. During your consultation we will cover crucial components connected with your migraines to enable you to manage your migraines more effectively. Generally, six consultations are recommended.
Is running your business causing you sleepless nights and/or anxiety? Problems with creativity? Is stress becoming an unwelcome occupier of your mind? Whether you suffering a temporary block or having ongoing problems with work related issues or personal issues hypnosis can help release those blocks and help get you back on track.
Is your weight affecting your health adversely? Would you like the help of a sport psychologist to set attainable and sustainable weight loss targets? Hypnosis can help to keep you focused, decrease cravings so that it is easier to say ‘no’ to junk foods and all around make weight loss very easy. A six session programme is recommended and most people notice a positive improvement even after the first session.
Psychology for Athletes
Whether the issue is burnout, or dealing with anxiety or something else that is holding you back, we have years of experience in assisting professional and amateur athletes.
Exam Stress can be devastating. Hypnosis can help calm the mind, improve focus and reduce exam stress. Like most hypnosis sessions, a positive improvement is often evident even after the first session. A six session programme is normally recommended.
Clinical trials have shown that hypnotherapy is an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Your consultations here at The Galway Clinic will involve 8 to 12 consultations over three to four months, following recommended protocol for the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Over this time period you will learn the required skills designed to address relevant lifestyle and psychological factors. A study undertaken by Whorell, Prior and Faragher (1984) at Manchester University found that hypnosis has the capacity to influence gastrointestinal function. Examples of changes cited in the study included strengthening of contractions in the distal colon, influencing gastric emptying, alteration of gastric acid secretion and gastro colonic response to food, reduction of abdominal pain and digestive symptoms. In summary, gut directed hypnotherapy enabled patients to improve their bowel habit. Study results have indicated that up to 70% of patients report maintained improvements up to five years on.
The use of hypnosis to assist with embryo transfer may significantly improve the IVF/ET cycle outcome with respect to clinical pregnancy rates and increased implantation.
Levitas, E., Parment, A., Lunenfield, E., Bentov, Y., Burstein, E., Friger, M, Potashnik, G. (2006)
Stress and IVF 100 women who participated in IVF treatment were randomly assigned to a mind/body stress reduction programme such as self hypnosis or to a control group. 52% of those who completed the mind/body stress reduction programme were successful with their IVF cycle compared with 20% of the control group.
Domar, A.D., Rooney, K.L., Wiegand, B., Oral, J., Alper, M.M. Brian, M., Berger, B.M., Nikolovski, J. (2011).
Once you have made the decision to quit smoking hypnosis can make it a much easier process. Most people find that they have no cravings and find it much easier to stay on track.
Do you have a forthcoming presentation, best man’s speech or an opportunity to speak in public? Does your heart race when you need to speak in front of a group? That is your flight or fight response kicking in. Hypnosis sessions for public speaking are directed towards decreasing cognitive and somatic anxiety. We will work on increasing your confidence, decreasing any fears or anxieties you may have about the task and use positive suggestions to enable you to deliver your presentation or talk calmly and with authority.
Psychology for Chronic Pain
With chronic pain it’s normal to integrate psychological intervention with your physiotherapy treatment. Pain has a psychological component. When people remark ‘it is all in your head’ this is not too far removed from the truth. The brain is the primary area where pain is interpreted. Sometimes the pain signals are reflective of tissue damage but increasingly we are becoming aware that the intensity and chronicity of the pain experienced is not always indicataive of damage to tissues. Hypnosis has successfully been used to decrease pain intensity, inspire a more positive mindset and decrease the disability associated with pain.