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If life is ticking along nicely, then thinking about seeing a therapist, is probably not even on your radar, why should it be? Well, one reason could be that therapy is not always about fixing problems or issues, sometimes it's about making a good life even better! That said, that rarely is the reason a client makes an appointment to see a therapist. So, making a good life better is most usually the phase that follows the completion of a successful therapy! Because of that, this article will focus on the main types of reasons that clients come to see me. Most of my clients come looking for a solution to a variety of conditions, things like anxiety, stress, depression or low self-esteem but even those clients who come for other reasons, e.g. confidence, public speaking, a phobia, to stop smoking, insomnia or a relationship issue etc. anxiety or stress are almost always a factor at some level.  So, a generality, I am always on the lookout for signs of anxiety or stress, as well as symptoms of mood fluctuations or depression. The reason for this is both logical and rational, it is because chronic anxiety or stress (fight or flight) are conditions that impair the way the brain functions and in order to address any underlying condition, one must first do all they can to the normalise brain's functionality. This is exactly what doctors attempt to do with medication. However, they do it in the hope that if normal brain function is restored, then everything else will fall in line! Experientially, I have found that to rarely be the case, therefore, therapy aims to address the underlying issues that caused the brain's dysfunctionality!

This is often where psycho-therapeutic interventions and the medical model diverge. When working with psychological issues, the client's memory (both conscious and subconscious) of their history plays an important role in their ability to recover. However, it is not uncommon for their recollection of the past to be sketchy, although occasionally, you have a client who can reel off the story of their life, like they were reading it from a journal. When it comes to the types of memories that develop into a life issue, many of these are formed when we are very young and more often than not, they are stored in emotional memory systems, known as implicit (non-declarative) or procedural memories. This type of memory often forms outside of conscious awareness and neither requires your attention or permission to become active. A good example of this can be seen in someone with a spider phobia (arachnophobia). Logically speaking they almost always know that a spider won't hurt them and even though in some countries spiders will hurt you, very few people have a spider phobia! So, if they know this logically, rationally and analytically, then obviously, they should be able to eradicate the phobic response, right? No, is the right answer and the reason is that the fear of spiders is part of the implicit emotional memory system which operates outside of conscious logical processing. Many of the issues that my clients face are a consequence of this type of emotional memory and sometimes the memory can have a latency that makes it dormant for many years. The reason for this is often a consequence of the memory being stored/learned at a young age but without context. At some point in life, that old memory is recalled and gains context and from there, an issue develops. To give this some context, I have had many clients present with a fear of flying but flying was not the problem, it was merely an experience which triggers an emotional response and I have effected a cure without even the mention of anything to do with aviation!

The most effective type of therapy I provide, to bring about the resolution of the above life issues, is hypnotherapy, although I have developed my own unique way of delivering hypnotherapeutic interventions, which I call Trans4mational Therapy! Although, generally speaking, hypnotherapy would be better described as Hypnosis-Therapy because it is a two-part process, part 1 being hypnosis and part 2 psychotherapy, i.e. the introduction of a psychotherapeutic intervention through the medium of hypnosis. I believe the phenomena we call hypnosis occurs when the brain is in specific brainwave states, e.g. theta and delta brainwave states and while similar to sleep states, there are subtle differences (and you can read more about that here). During hypnosis, in these sleep-like states, the brain consolidates and reconsolidates memory and since all human difficulty or trauma is a consequence of the activation of memory, emotional or otherwise. Memory or the enactment of a specific response to novel stimuli is usually based on a subconscious evaluation of a past memory. And even though we seemingly learn to be more adaptable, through exposure and experience, this, I believe, creates the illusion of a novel response to a novel stimulus. The reality seems to suggest that somehow our memory database, still plays some role!.

A number of people, including some hypnotherapists, seem to believe that if you merely close your eyes and think or visualise something, that you are in hypnosis, I disagree with that view and, if you are interested, I go into that in much more detail in the link in the paragraph above.

So, to recap, therapy can be seen as any method of therapeutic intervention that brings about a change in brain function that can be observed personally through introspection and externally and experientially by observation, be that through self-awareness or a third party. But hypnotherapy is both quicker and just as effective, if not more so! Thus therapy creates a change in feeling, thought and behaviour. Ultimately that leads to the awareness of feelings that life is now infinitely more peaceful, pleasant and purposeful!

So, if you wish to discuss any issue you, a friend or a loved has, please take advantage of my free consultation, after all, the only thing to lose, is the problem?  

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