How I installed iOS 9.3.1 without issue (Metaphor for Life)

How to change your Life

Upgrading the Software of your Life

My Cousin had issues with iOS – the 9.3 update on his iPhone. His browser simply stopped functioning.

He had my sympathy: I had installed El Presidente on my Mac Mini the moment it was available. My Email stopped working!

So when iOS 9.3 became available after extensive beta testing I waited. Apple Allen my compadre and local Apple Mac guru had lambasted me for the El Presidente error. Me of all people! Yes he was right .. it keeps him in Business! “NEVER install .0 of ANYTHING always wait for .1!” His words ringing in my ears. But he is right!

Years ago I installed Windows 3.0 and suffered the then institutional arrogance of Microsoft as they blamed all errors or bugs on the user. It took forever for Windows 3.1 to arrive and the “blue screen of death” became, at least, less regular.

The computer still crashed, usually in the middle of something important, but at least it was less frequent. These days with a considerable experience under their belt, or using the Apple approach you keep a grip on the Hardware so you don’t try to serve every variant of a computer, then you see less and less “bugs”. Bugs are errors in programming that lead to computers cashing or not working in the most useful way.

The term “bug” comes from Grace Poole. She was a Computer Engineer back in the days when the largely mechanical computer filled a warehouse. One day the Computer was not working as it should. She searched and searched and found that one of the electrical relays had squashed a bug which prevented it closing thus affecting the whole computer’s ability to function well.

Hypnotherapy colleagues will recognise the hoary old chestnut by now! Some of us have used this as a metaphor to help our clients understand why they are having challenges that seem insurmountable.


I had a client not long ago – a 96 year old Woman. Her very real problem was that she would, in the middle of the night, seemingly wake up and throw herself physically out of bed and scream obscenities at intruders. She was physically hurting herself with this action. Additionally she was embarrassed because usually she did not swear! Her husband said that she seemed to have her eyes open and awake.

I assured her that she had not lost the plot. That this was actually dodgy programming. She was unconsciously trying to address something. We had to find out what that something was and address these “night terrors.”

I had seen this before in a Young Woman who hallucinated a river running under her bed. She would stand there with her eyes wide open convinced there was a river in the room. Her partner learned to get towels from the bathroom and gently suggest that the flow was stopped. In the morning she would often not recall this.

It seemed like Hypnagogia. Wikipedia talks of the symptoms being:

“Transition to and from sleep may be attended by a wide variety of sensory experiences. These can occur in any modality, individually or combined, and range from the vague and barely perceptible to vivid hallucinations.”

These hallucinations may be auditory, physical, visual, or involve taste or smell. A person may feel that they are held down. They might hear loud bangs or people talking. They might see vivid and very real visions. For her it was intruders in the house.

With this lady the approach that worked best with testing was to address anxiety and stress and help her reprogram the way she went to sleep. We also addressed some childhood issues. I taught her a “going to sleep routine” I gave her an understanding of the phenomenon and gave her strategies to address stress and anxiety. The phenomenon stopped.

This seems to hold true of many situations and challenges so this is just one example or rooting out dodgy programming of oneself and finding a better software upgrade with the help of the Hypnotherapist and NLP or other Practitioner.

My iPad is running more smoothly and seems fairly issue free so far. I tend to work with clients through a course. I have a lot of experience in cases such as weight loss, the hypno gastric band, trauma, anxiety, stress and panic and other areas so we START at the 0.1 version of the software and enhance it as issues emerge. Sometimes a client will come to me with some rare variant or unusual combinations of problems and we will work together to find an approach that works.

An example of the latter was a Senior Medical Doctor who asked me to work with him and his Specialist. He had a Stroke. His left hand side was not very usable and extremely painful. He described it as being: “Like standing Naked in an Arctic Gale!”

It took a while but we found that for him imagining turning down the pain on a dial and turning up the healing helped with the level of pain. We found that visualising warmth travelling down the left side also seemed to help. We utilised something called autogenic healing. I suggested that his right hand side could remember what to do and could teach his left hand side how to burn new neurology to repair the left hand side.

When we decided that he was on the right route: he had control of his pain with minimal drugs for pain relief (before .. morphine had barely touched it!). He also had some limited movement.

What we do is complementary to other interventions but I believe that we truly can assist the healing process and move beyond habits addictions or challenges.

So if you are interested in exploring how your subconscious / unconscious software can be updated – talk to me!

Graham Howes Advanced Hypnotherapist in Colchester Essex and Ipswich Suffolk

How to upgrade your Life

How to find success

How to Find Success

Failure is often misunderstood and people find it devastating that they failed. They judge themselves as a lesser person because by their terms it didn’t work. In Hypnotherapy we work with the notion that: Failure teaches us to do better.

As Samuel Beckett put it: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”

So Failure is not a bad thing. “If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” ― H.G. Wells.

How you deal with Failure is a mindset. So the same can be said of success.

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If you set yourself an achievable goal you can succeed. If you succeed your Confidence grows. If your Confidence grows you set yourself something more ambitious – and you keep going no matter what. The failure teaches you and the success empowers you.

Hypnotherapy and NLP helps you with finding how to focus and concentrate on finding positive outcomes

I am a hypnotherapist based in Ipswich Suffolk and with Hypnotherapy practices in Hadleigh Suffolk and Colchester Essex. I have been motivating people in those practices, in Harley Street, and at places of Business, Drama Schools and on TV. So I strongly believe that you too can find your success by changing your mindset.

If you think negatively studies show that you will probably get what you seek:

“I will never get that job!” No, you won’t if you program yourself not to have a chance.

If you think positively you start to look for solutions not problems:

Some people are very good at telling you all the reasons why something won’t work. People are less good at finding and focussing on all the reasons why it might work or will work. If you are solution focussed and you learn how to “go into the zone”, where you relax and look for solutions, then your powerful experience will help you find the solution.

Indian Proverb: “How do you eat an Elephant? In small bites.. ”

You break any challenge down into chunks and find resolutions for each challenge. Hypnotherapy and NLP teaches you how to do this. This is useful because many people are paralysed by fear or anxiety or stress.

Buddha: “Fear is the Mind Killer”

If we are dominated by a fear of what MIGHT go wrong we don’t take positive action based on sound judgement. We go into fight or flight mode and become unable to take positive action. If we learn how to relax breathe and go into the zone – we will resolve most problems – or as I prefer to say “challenges”.

Change your mindset and change your Life – you can LEARN how to find your success by making it happen.

Tall to me for FREE to learn how to find YOUR success: 07875720623



Graham Howes Advanced Hypnotherapy and NLP in Ipswich and Colchester



George Martin Dies – and the World is a Little Poorer

How Sad that George Martin the “Fifth Beatle” has died.

The Creative Genius Who Moulded The Beatles and Made their Musical Dreams Masterpieces has died aged 90

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George Martin contributed hugely to the Beatles sound and made their ideas work.

It is said that Jimi Hendrix could not achieve the “sound that was in his head” and so Hendrix’s Producer asked George Martin who pointed him towards some electronic effect from the 1940s. With a little updating Hendrix’s sound was born.

Sir George brilliantly combined awesome technical knowledge with innovative thinking and was also an accomplished Musician who could score a piece as required.

The Producers’ Producer, and so quiet and modest, how did he move from Peter Sellers Comedy Records to The Beatles? Well at bottom he had skill and could turn his hand to anything.

He is part of the DNA of what is excellent in Music. If nothing else he moulded the Beatles into probably the biggest Band ever. Each Beatle track was a polished gem: “Before George Martin people recorded music. After George Martin people Produced music.” The World has lost a little radiance today.

The Top 5 Misconceptions About Hypnotherapy

5 Hypnosis Myths Explained in relation to Hypnotherapy 

Hypnosis has been around for most of our time as humans in some way or other. The Shaman would use Trance for Healing and Instruction. Greeks and Egyptians had versions of Dream Temples of Healing.

In the last few hundred years our understanding of trance and hypnotic techniques and applications of hypnosis for therapy have increased. Despite this many people still think some pretty strange things about hypnosis involving something very like Hypnosis..


Here are my top five things that people have got wrong about hypnosis ….

Hypnosis Myth Number One: All Hypnosis Is The Same

There is a huge variety in the different styles and techniques that come under the banner of hypnosis. You could see two different hypnotherapists for the same issue and they may take completely different approaches to your issue:
The two main approaches when using hypnosis are ‘authoritarian’ and ‘permissive’ –

Authoritarian hypnotic techniques are direct and instructive and is not for everyone – not everyone wants to be told what to do.

Permissive hypnosis is subtle and works with the client to find a way forward utilising the clients own ability to see their issue in a new light. We work to find strategies to change the script!

Hypnosis Myth Number Two: Subliminal Messages Work While I Am Asleep

This misconception has lingered for a while, not just in the field of hypnotherapy but also in advertising. By definition you are unaware of subliminal messages. If you do become aware of them then it isn’t subliminal.
If this method did work then if you fell asleep watching the news you should still know what happened in the world when you woke up. This does not happen.
However, when you are in trance you are not asleep. It may feel that way because that seems the closest thing to your experience. Quite a few clients tell me that they fall asleep and when I gently point out that they are losing weight /stopped smoking / moved beyond the issue they have to concede that something must have been happenings! Actually trance is a state of focussed awareness. When Jessica Ennis Hill is participating in a race she talks of going into the Zone. She means this state of focussed awareness similar to when you watch a film or sports event and don’t notice anything but the event that you are “lost” in. When you are in trance it is possible to hear messages and ideas without having conscious awareness of them. With this knowledge you could then find your thoughts, feelings and behaviour changing. This happens because you stop referring to the old habits and cravings and start looking at your Life in a new way.

Hypnosis Myth Number Three: Not Everyone Can Be Hypnotised

Everyone can and does go into trance, pretty much every single day. Every time you really concentrate and drift away distractions you are utilising trance. A good hypnotherapist who takes the time to find out about you as a person and who has experience and a range of skills in helping people will have a much better chance of helping someone be in a hypnotic state of mind.

There is also an element of co-operation though. If you don’t want to be hypnotised you could sit there with your eyes closed and in your head just say “No, I CANNOT be hypnotised. I’m not going to drift off, I’m not going to go into trance!” and it almost certainly won’t happen. But then what is the point in going to see a hypnotherapist if you are not willing to be hypnotised. It isn’t Mind Control and you won’t be doing the funky chicken in the therapy room! When a good hypnotherapist works with someone who wants to make an achievable change there is a great chance that change will happen.

Hypnosis Myth Number Four: You Are MADE To Go Into Trance By Someone Else

“All hypnosis is self hypnosis.” You hypnotise yourself, all the time. For example when you convince yourself an injection will hurt and and imagine just how painful it will be before the event you make it much more likely to hurt. This is a sort of negative self hypnosis. A hypnotherapist will help you to go into trance but won’t make you do anything. Think of it as more of a partnership between you and your hypnotherapist.

Hypnosis Myth Number Five: You Are Not In Control When You Are In Trance

This is a big fear of some people and can mean that they don’t ask for the help of a hypnotherapist when it could be the most appropriate and useful method of personal change. The reason they don’t ask for help is because they are afraid that they won’t be in control.

Some people worry that they will blurt out their secrets when in trance. Some people worry that they won’t like the feeling of having someone else making their decisions for them (which doesn’t happen anyway).

This kind of thinking often affects people who describe themselves as “a bit of a control freak”. The truth of the matter is that people who like to be in control actually often make the best hypnotic subjects as they know themselves, their thought and feelings in a lot of detail which means that they can provide great insight into their situation which helps the hypnotherapist find the most appropriate and effective method of help.

In any case a Professional Hypnotherapist should be on a Professional Register like the GHR and regulated by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC). Some are also approved by the CNHC Complementary National Healthcare – a gold standard of approved practitioners.

I use Hypnotherapy with Hypnoanalysis and NLP to help you most efficiently change your life and move forward free of those habits traumas restrictions fears phobias or issue.

If you have any questions about hypnosis and hypnotherapy which are not answered here or on my FAQ page please do get in touch using the details on my contact page.

I am more than happy to provide a free phone call – call me and leave a message or text 07875720623 to help you make an informed and educated decision about whether hypnosis is right for you in confidence.

Graham Howes Professional Advanced HypnotherapIST – Hypnosis and NLP in Ipswich Suffolk Colchester Essex and by Skype Worldwide – GHR Registered GHSC Regulated CNHC Approved


What to do when your Gastric Band is Failing

What to do when the Gastric Band is Failing to Curb Obesity

I have had an influx of people, classified with obesity, who have had a real Gastric Band fitted. They have had the Bariatric Surgery but are sadly still trying to over eat.

The problem is that it usually works when you put the physical intervention of a Gastric Band or a Gastric Bypass etc BUT if the patient did not deal with WHY they overeat then they will often be in a worse position! They will crave to overeat … but the Gastric Band, at least in most cases, stops them from doing that. So what do they do if they crave to eat? They get creative.


The Band has little impact if they are a Sugar Addict or simply need the tranquilliser of Binge or Comfort Eating or Grazing!

Clients have admitted blitzing food in a liquidiser to get past the system. Puréed Fish and Chips anyone? And sugar is not affected by the Band! So the weight stays on and the addiction to eating to feel comfortable.

How Hypnosis NLP and Hypnotherapy can help with a Real Gastric Band

I have a great deal of experience with the Virtual Gastric Band or HypnoGastricBand Hypnosis – sometimes known as Hypno Band – so now I am offering an after care service to deal with the overeating.

We will find strategies for such things as stress, boredom, anxiety, worry, depression and more.

We will deal with the addiction – if that is what drives the excessive eating or drinking.

Together we can tackle the chocolate or sugar or alcohol addiction.

Together we can tackle all the underlying reasons driving the overeating so that, with the Gastric Band, you get the overeating and obesity under your control.

We look at HOW to tackle the obesity.

Which means that the Gastric Band can finally do it’s work and curb the appetite.

Graham Howes Certified HypnoGastricBand Practitioner Advanced Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner in Ipswich and Hadleigh Suffolk and Colchester Essex GHR registered and GHSC regulated CNHC approved

Click Below for more information or text or call me for a FREE CONSULTATION and ASSESSMENT on: 07875720623

Hypno Gastric Band in Ipswich and Hadleigh Suffolk and Colchester Essex or by Skype

Why you should stop smoking and how you can effectively quit smoking

Why there’s no such thing as a ‘calming cigarette’: Smokers are 70% more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression – but quitting can reverse the damage

  • Quitting smoking could help people combat anxiety and depression
  • A year after quitting, smokers’ anxiety levels were same as non-smokers
  • Previous study found quitting has same benefits as taking antidepressants

Smokers are around 70 per cent more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, a study has revealed.

Researchers said quitting smoking could help people combat the conditions, thereby improving their mental health.

They found that levels of anxiety and depression reported by long-term ex-smokers were indistinguishable from people who have never smoked.

They were also much lower than current smokers.

The study looked at 6,500 people over the age of 40.

It found that 18.3 per cent of smokers reported suffering depression and anxiety, compared with 10 per cent of non-smokers and 11.3 per cent of ex-smokers.

The research, described as the first of its kind to compare the prevalence of anxiety and depression in smokers, non-smokers, and long-term ex-smokers.

The latter group is defined as smokers who have quit for longer than a year.

Experts behind the new study said it dispels the commonly-held perception that lighting up helps relieves stress.

Lead researcher Robert West, professor of health psychology at UCL (University College London), said: ‘Our study found that long-term ex-smokers have similar prevalence of anxiety and depression to non-smokers and considerably lower levels than smokers.

‘Quitting smoking could be the key to improving not only your physical health, but your mental health too.’

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) released the findings ahead of No Smoking Day on March 11.

Associate medical director of the charity, Dr Mike Knapton, said: ‘There is a belief from many smokers that smoking reduces anxiety and stress, which is in turn causing many smokers to put off quitting.

‘Yet, instead of aiding people to relax, smoking increases anxiety and tension.

Previous research has found that quitting smoking can be just as effective in tackling depression and anxiety as taking antidepressants

‘When smokers light up, the feeling of reduced stress or relaxation is temporary and is soon replaced by withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

‘While smoking temporarily reduces these cravings and feelings of withdrawal – which are similar to feeling anxious or stressed – it does not reduce or treat the underlying causes of stress.’

Nearly one in five UK adults smoke, according to the BHF.


Smokers are more likely to commit suicide than those who never take up the habit – and the chemicals in cigarettes may be to blame.

Previous research has indicated that smokers are more likely to take their own lives – but it was thought this was because people with psychiatric disorders also tend to smoke.

Researchers from Washington University, St. Louis, suggested the nicotine in tobacco could trigger psychiatric disorders – or make them more severe.

Research published last year found that quitting smoking can be just as effective in tackling depression and anxiety as taking antidepressants.

In fact, the effect of quitting was the same, if not bigger, than for the tablets.

The team, from the universities of Birmingham, Oxford, and King’s College London, analysed 26 studies for their research.

Writing online in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), they said they found people who quit smoking experienced a significant drop in anxiety, depression and stress.

The effect was the same among the general population of smokers as those with a diagnosed mental health problem.

The researchers said: ‘Both psychological quality of life and positive affect significantly increased between baseline and follow-up in quitters compared with continuing smokers.

‘Smoking cessation is associated with reduced depression, anxiety, and stress and improved positive mood and quality of life compared with continuing to smoke.’

Make an appointment in Frinton on Sea Essex and Ipswich or Hadleigh Suffolk or by Skype

Tel / Text: 07875720623

An alternative to dieting – how to really lose weight

How to Lose Weight without Dieting – Is this the answer you’ve been looking for?

Diets Don’t Work

Studies show that 98% of people find that diets don’t help long term – all the books, clubs, new diets, shakes, meal replacements, raspberry ketones pills – MIGHT help you lose weight short term – but nutritionists say that nearly ANY starvation or restriction diet will help short term but that really you need to target long term your “normal eating” because every time you get bored and go back to your “normal eating” you often put on weight, or worse, put on EVEN MORE weight!

Weight loss hypnosisTackling why you overeat

I believe that you need to tackle WHY you overeat and motivate yourself to put in place some easy strategies to naturally lose weight. Restriction or Replacement or Starvation diets are often not healthy long term and can stimulate the body to defend itself from attack by making you eat MORE.

You need a no nonsense approach based around proper nutritional best practice. It’s confusing about what you should and shouldn’t be eating, how many calories and carbs, what exercise? Is Red Wine good or Bad? Must I stop eating chocolate?

If you feel like a dieting failure – then the dieting industry loves you because you are the ultimate repeat business! You believe it is all your fault when actually it has been known for a long time that diets don’t work well long term for many people.

You are not lazy, stupid, weak-willed or undisciplined – you’ve just picked up some bad coping habits that make you larger than you need to be.  This means that you are putting your system under severe strain from all the extra weight – it is like carrying around bricks in a rucksack!

And there are risks with obesity that are well known; cardio vascular trouble, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, bad backs and knees, blood pressure and even cancer and depression!

And it isn’t your fault if diets don’t work for you. There is a way of losing weight and keeping it off permanently.

Would you like to find out how to eat “normal” amounts of great food and become the weight that you want to be?

I will help motivate some exercise and “intelligent eating” and I will help you deal holistically with the reasons WHY you overeat: these can be many: because of depression, boredom, anxiety stress, trauma and many more.

I have been used this weight loss course successfully with many hundreds of clients – I tailor each to your individual needs. I was in Harley Street and have been at French Complexion in Hadleigh since it opened in it’s new premises. For convenience I am at French Complexion on Sundays – where you will work with me in complete confidence. I am at my Private Practice in Ipswich Suffolk through the week. I also serve Colchester at Tree Room Centre, 11 Trinity Street, in Central Colchester by appointment.

Easy Weight Loss with gastric band hypnotherapy
Easy Weight Loss with gastric band hypnosis

Recent testimonial from Diana L on Facebook

    “Stop thinking about it everyone go and do it ….. Changed my life for the better, I am now 2 stone lighter and my dress size has gone for a 16 to a 12 just brilliant thank you Graham and my personal trainer Trish with her help and the loss of weight I can now run a 5k easily and am now training for a 10K next year……..”

“Just thought you would like to know: I have now lost 3 1/2 stone!” Ruth R

Tel /Text for an appointment 07875720623 in Ipswich or Hadleigh Suffolk or Colchester Essex

Disclaimer: Hypnosis is not a magic wand – we work together to find the best possible outcome. Courses are non refundable

Could Stress be at the bottom of many of our problems in Life?

Scientific research seems to confirm that many problems in Life are caused by stress – and there is a solution:

Stress has been proven at the heart of many problems: addiction, depression, low self-esteem, failures in relationships, at work, in life in general. Stress it seems can lead to Cancer, heart disease and a focus on anxiety or panic which many find paralysing.

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 Why is it so difficult to deal with stress – when it could be the main culprit for many of our health and personal problems?

The answer is that often stress is unconscious, buried deep in our subconscious, but managing our impulses. To get to it and disable the devastating effects on the immune system seems virtually impossible: how to fight a problem that does not even know it exists?

And Stress blocks the natural defensive agents of the body, and thus it becomes susceptible to all kinds of pathogenic viruses and bacteria.

A little Stress is good – when it activates a little adrenaline to identify and deal with challenges.  It is when it gets out of control that we spiral into meltdown and become anxious panicky worried or just plain ill. I have seen clients come in with stuttering and twitches – leaving 90 minutes later completely free of the affliction.

Is there any agent that may act directly on the cause of all our disorders, diseases and failures?

Yes! This is NOT a miracle cure – but acts by simply redirecting the unconscious processes which trigger these responses to try another more beneficent way – and this is where hypnotherapy and NLP can help you remap or alter the way that you process stress. You learn how to anchor a calm state and resolve issues in a relaxed way to find the best way forward every time.

What if you fail?

“So what fail again .. next time fail better”. (Samuel Beckett)

Learn to use perceived “failure” to do it better next time and don’t get miserable about it.

What is stress?

Stress happens when we try to do too much – of course part of this can be handled by changing the way that we handle challenges or problems – but we also should look at why the reaction is one that actually hinders you in resolving the challenge.

We have an ancient mechanism called the “fight or flight response” – which was useful if faced by a sabre toothed tiger intent on making you its breakfast – but not the same for Nigel from accounts wingeing about overspend of your budget. We try to suppress these feelings of sweaty palms .. heart racing .. a slight dizziness – that is actually the worst way to deal with your mind body response to a challenge  – because your unconscious processes will think you obviously needed more adrenaline and more stress chemicals – which makes it worse – so you try to suppress it again and so it spirals up into severe anxiety or panic or other manifestations of stress.

Rather than spiralling into a worse scenario- you can learn how to intervene and train yourself to acknowledge the alert and use the energy productively and calmly to tap into your inner experience and wisdom to find the best solution.

As you learn to process stress more productively and gain insight how to talk to the parts of you that run your mind and body – we can begin to go deep into issues and start to resolve them.

For help with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder see my web page:



Strategies for Stress – Stress Management Hypnosis – Hypnotherapy in Ipswich Suffolk or Colchester Essex


How to move beyond Domestic Abuse Sexual and Physical Abuse Psychological Trauma and PTSD

Hypnotherapy and Neuro Linguistic Programming for Domestic Physical and Sexual Abuse Psychological Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Suffolk and Essex


Domestic Abuse

Finally it looks as if the legislative bodies are taking seriously Domestic Abuse and are considering putting it on the same footing as sexual and physical abuse – so hopefully the dark days of calling it “a domestic” and staying out of it will be numbered.

A Police Inspector told me of a call from a Woman who was being harassed and physically abused by her ex Husband – every time the Police were called he simply wasn’t there. The Inspector decided to stake out the House after yet another fruitless visit. She didn’t have to wait long – after 15 minutes he came strolling out of the woods and walked into the house – she walked into the house and caught him physically threatening the Woman for calling the Police. She arrested him. He went on a charm offensive which she ignored. She looked in the rear view and mirror and caught what she described as a really evil look.

She said to me: “I am sure that I saved a life that day!”

PTSD Psychological Trauma Sexual and Physical Abuse

There is a great assumption that PTSD is suffered by the Armed Forces and yet it is also present in Police Officers, Medical Staff, Accident victims and victims of Domestic, Sexual and Physical abuse.

Often Post Traumatic Stress Disorder will emerge many years after the initiating event and can have crippling effects on the person. Often a smell or sound can be enough to induce a Panic Attack – and the effects may be devastating. Sometimes people will lash out or self medicate with Alcohol or Drugs and have difficulty with coping with every day Life. There are many triggers can induce Fear and severe Anxiety or Panic.

Many sex abuse physical abuse and domestic abuse will also suffer similarly with PTSD.

The good news is that there are treatments for PTSD – one of which is Hypnotherapy and NLP.

I am qualified in PTSD and Psychological Trauma having taken a Continuing Professional Development course with ex Soldier John Hutchings at the Institute of Clinical Hypnosis in 2010.

Previous to that I worked as a Hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner in Harley Street London W1 and have since been working extensively in Suffolk and Essex with many people who have suffered because of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Psychological Trauma such as Sexual and / or Physical or Domestic Abuse.

People who suffer Domestic Abuse, Sexual abuse or Physical abuse, often have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and there are many things that can trigger unpleasant memories – we can gently allow you to put those behind you – we cannot change what happened but we can change how you feel about it with Hypnosis and NLP.

There is more here PTSD and Anxiety states HERE

I use gentle methods to help you turn the trauma into a memory – we cannot change what happened but we can change how you feel about it WITHOUT having to experience the traumatic incident/s again – so that you feel that you can move on with your Life and put the past where it belongs.

Talk to me for a FREE no obligation consultation: 07875720623


Special rates for Emergency Services and Armed Forces – if you are wondering whether this works .. my trainer ex Army John Hutchings had PTSD from his time in Bosnia, the first Gulf War and Northern Ireland – and recovered using this approach and I have many satisfied clients that for reasons of confidentiality I cannot name – this is a sample testimonial from a Senior Officer in the Emergency Services:

“When you told me that I had PTSD I scoffed at you – but you were right … and your diagnosis was not only confirmed independently … but also by my collapse. You helped put me back together and gave me my Life back.

I cannot thank you enough.”

There are some related conditions not listed here but you might find on my Hypnotherapy Treatments page – I work Holistically with you to help you resolve your issues


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Graham Howes ASHPH GHR registered GHSC regulated CNHC Approved Professional Hypnotherapist (Previously in Harley Street) and NLP Practitioner Specialising in Psychological Trauma and PTSD

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Graham Howes Hypnotherapy Hypnoanalysis and NLP for Domestic Abuse, Sexual abuse, Physical abuse, PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks -  Clinics through Colchester, Essex and Hadleigh and Ipswich in Suffolk – Hypnotherapist for Psychological Trauma and PTSD Ipswich or Colchester.

Work Related Stress

NLP and Hypnotherapy: Strategies for Managing Stress and Anxiety


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Understanding Stress and Anxiety:

Stress is a normal, necessary function of everyday life. There is stress when you must meet a deadline, drive in heavy traffic, or run late for a meeting. Stress is a natural and essential component of human existence, and in moderate doses, stress is healthy and beneficial for mental and physical functioning.

During times of stress our brain pumps specific hormones and neurotransmitters, such as cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine. These chemicals are associated with the “fight-or-flight” response in our bodies. When these chemicals are released they excite our nervous system, increase our blood pressure, make our heart beat faster and raise blood glucose levels. Our senses sharpen and we receive “a short-term buzz”, explains psychiatrist Dr. Lynne Tan of Montefiore Medical Center in New York City in an article on mental health for MSNBC. Moderate short-term stress is beneficial because the chemicals released help to strengthen our immune system, improve performance and memory and encourage positive mood. In all, stress helps us to accept challenges, take risks and react quickly in an emergency. Our bodies create a burst of energy and “we’re ready to rock.” [8].

Stress on the body and brain is necessary for us to perform appropriately to situations, however, stress becomes unhealthy when the “fight-or-flight” response becomes overactive and inappropriate. The physical and psychological dangers of chronic stress are prevalent and can affect all aspects of daily life. A human body “doesn’t distinguish between physical and psychological threats,” explains Jeanne Segal, PhDin her article published on, Understanding Stress: Signs, Symptoms, Causes and Effects. For instance, when one is stressed over a busy schedule, argument, traffic jam, or finances “the body reacts just as strongly as if it were facing a life-or-death situation.” [5]. While experiencing high amounts of chronic stress the nervous system continually releases large amounts of hormones. The brain does not get an opportunity to reach a healthy level of homeostasis or mental equilibrium. Thus, the over-activity and excessive stimulation of these hormones, that are supposed to be used for only short-term instances, can kill brain cells and cause many other unhealthy consequences such as high blood pressure, muscle tension, mental and physical exhaustion.

“Chronic stress affects nearly every system in your body,” Segal explains. People who suffer from chronic stress also experience emotional sensitivity and other physiological symptoms such as headache, diarrhea, nausea, restlessness, loss or increase of appetite. Stress can also “suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility and speed up the aging process. Long-term stress can even rewire the brain leaving a person more vulnerable and susceptible to anxiety and depression.” [5].

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Response to Stress Differs:

One must note that every person responses to stress and experiences stress differently. Certified Hypnotherapist Josie Hadley, author of “Hypnosis For Change: A Practical Hypnotherapy: A Therapeutic Tool for Managing Stress and Anxiety: A Manual of Proven Hypnotic Techniques”, explains how some people can handle high stress quite well and do not let stress become debilitating or distracting. Others are driven by constant stress and perform better. However, there are some who are easily overwhelmed and fall apart upon any stressful instance. Additionally, different experiences trigger stressful responses in some people, but not others.

The way people handle stress differs because of factors such as upbringing, individual life experiences, personality, mental state, health, age and gender.

People’s reaction to stress is often times influenced and learned through upbringing. As we grow up we watch our parents and adults interact with their surroundings and certain behaviors become learned as either acceptable or unacceptable according to what we witness and experience. For instance, if a parent always gets stressed and agitated when paying bills the child may make the association that paying bills causes anxiety and this behavior becomes an appropriate response for such activity.

It is important to note that life is changing and there are new social, economical and environmental factors and pressures that our great grandparents, grandparents and even parents have never experienced or were accustomed to overcoming. We must continually adjust to new and demanding factors that cause stress. The average person is more stressed than ever before and stress levels continue to increase each year. In fact, an APA (American Psychological Association) survey found that 44 percent of American adults feel more stressed this year than the previous. [4].


Psychologists say that much of adults’ stress is in Business situations of work related stress or job-related stress. Dr. Paul J. Rosch, clinical professor of Medicine and Psychiatry of New York Medical College Adjunct and University of Maryland School of Medicine,states that job-related stress is increasing every year upon the American worker and costing the job industry billions. “Job-related stress,” he explains, “has been estimated to cost American industry in excess of $300 billion annually, as assessed by reduced productivity, increased absenteeism and escalating medical insurance and workers’ compensation payments.” [3]

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Chronic Stress in Adults:

Chronic stress is a very serious condition that affects mental and physical processes. Chronic stress-related illnesses are the leading causes of most clinical visits for the average American adult today. Unfortunately, during these clinical visits only the client’s symptoms are addressed while stress management and behavioral modification techniques are overlooked. In 2009 a study on stress in America,conducted by the APA,focused on adult chronic health conditions and efforts to make physician recommended lifestyle changes. The study had interesting results: over two thirds of adults in the U.S. have been told by their healthcare physician that they suffer from one or two chronic illnesses, typically high blood pressure and high cholesterol. These adults were told that they need to make lifestyle and behavioural changes. However, only 35 percent of those adults were given techniques for how to make those changes,and less than 10 percent were referred to see another doctor to help assist with those lifestyle changes. Thus, many Americans are suffering from chronic illness and stress-related illnesses but are not receiving the adequate assistance necessary to make appropriate behavioural changes [4].

Teens and Stress:

Stress and stress-related illnesses are not just affecting adults but are also affecting teenagers and children. According to a 2009 survey conducted by APA Executive Director for Professional Practice Katherine C. Nordal PhD, health psychologist Helen Coons PhD and Barbara Roth, national director for youth and family programs at the YMCA of the USA, stress is a top health concern for U.S.high school students today. Teens must deal with increasing pressures from peers, school, home-life, finances and other responsibilities. The APA survey explains that many parents do not realize the increased stress children and teens are experiencing. Nearly 45 percent of teens from ages 13 –17 said that they worried more this year, but only 28 percent of parents think their teen’s stress increased. The survey suggests that parents are ‘out of sync’ with what stresses their teens today. For instance, unbeknownst to parents, 30 percent of teens are more likely to be concerned about family finances, but only 18 percent of parents believed this to be a cause of their teens’ stress. [4].

Teens and young children are also dealing with unrealistic ideals and expectations from the media. The media, aiming at young teen consumers, often portrays unrealistic ideal body types, social circles and lifestyles. These ideals are difficult to obtain or vastly exaggerated, leading teens to have poor self-esteem, a negative self-image, and experience higher levels of stress and anxiety.

Furthermore, psychologists say that teens often do not learn healthy ways to manage their stress which can lead to serious long-term health implications. [4]

Stress Response Differs in the Genders:

Research shows that the genders experience and respond to stress differently because of differences in genes, hormonal changes and differing evolutionary instinctual responses. It is important that men and women understand these differences and approach stress management according to individual needs. Therapists must also be sensitive to the differing stress responses of the genders in order to adequately treat patients.

In the United States,“[w]omen have twice the rate of depression and anxiety disorders compared to men”, notes J.J. Wang, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology and Neurology who conducted a 2007 study on the neural responses to psychological stress [9]. Hormonal fluctuations in women may be a possible cause for this high rate. Women experience many hormonal and physical changes throughout their lifetime such as puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. These female hormones can create chemical vulnerability to stress and depression.

Another important difference to be noted is that men’s and women’s brain activity differs when experiencing stressful activities. Dr. Wang’s study shows that during times of stress Men’s neural activity is higher in the areas of the brain responsible for the “fight-or-flight” response. The ‘fight-or-flight’ response causes higher rates of cortisol and aggression encouraging a mental and physical drive to overcome, flee or fight stressful encounters. Whereas,when women experience stress, women have higher rates of brain activity found in the limbic system, the area of the brain associated with emotion and long-term memory. This neurological response during times of stress is called the “tend-and-befriend” response.

Through evolutionary selection women were typically nurturers and child rearers. Women experience a stronger emotional response to stress and have a desire to reach out to others in search of support.

Dr. Wang’s research also found that when men and women performed psychologically stressful activities their brain activity continued long after that task was complete. However, “the lasting response in the female brain was stronger.” [9]. Women’s brains over-activate the stress response for longer more intensive durations than men’s brains. This strong brain activity in response to stress makes women more prone to stress-related illness, anxiety and depression.

Women are also more likely to suffer from a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) than men. Researcher David Tolin, Ph.D., director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Conn., states that women and men experience traumatic events differently as well. According to 290 studies conducted between 1980 and 2005 “women had a twofold higher risk of being diagnosed with PTSD compared to men.”[6]. Interestingly, the study concluded that men were 23 percent more likely to experience a traumatizing event than women. Women are more likely to be sexually assaulted, while men are more likely to be involved in serious accidents or experience physical assaults. Nevertheless, even when men and women experienced the same kind of traumatic events, there is still a higher rate in women than in men.

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Understanding Anxiety:

Anxiety can be defined as a relatively permanent state of worry and nervousness. It is unpleasant feelings of apprehension, uneasiness, or dread causing various physical, emotional, or cognitive symptoms. Anxiety interferes with daily activity making it difficult to function normally and comfortably in surroundings. Approximately 40 million adults suffer from an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders in America. Typically, individuals with one disorder will also have a supplementary disorder. [1].

According to Medical, a website dedicated to informing and educating the public on current medical news and issues, “[a]nxiety disorders affect how people feel and behave and can manifest real physical symptoms ranging from mild to severe.” [14]. They can be debilitating and if left untreated, can lead to serious health and life complications.

There are many different types of anxiety disorders and effect each person differently. The most common disorders are: General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, social anxiety or social phobias, specific phobias, Obsessive Compulsive (OCD) and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

Anxiety Disorders:

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

is when one suffers from excessive, irrational fears about daily life issues: money, family, health, safety, etc. People who suffer from GAD experience worry that is often unrealistic or out of proportion for the situation. [2]. Eventually the person cannot live a normal life because their fear is getting in the way of relationships, goals, activities, career and other daily activities.

Panic Disorder / Anogrophobia

is an anxiety disorder in which there is a sudden rush of fear. The individual suffers from physical and cognitive symptoms typically associated with the body’s ‘flight or fight’ response. Panic attacks occur without logical reason or can be triggered by situations, locations, thoughts, or the actual dread itself of having a panic attack. People who suffer from panic disorders often develop anogrophobia. Anogrophobia is the fear of being in certain places or situations in which help, comfort, or escape may be difficult to achieve upon the onset of a panic attack. [1].

Social Anxiety Disorder or Social Phobia

is similar to the symptoms of anogrophobia where there is a fear of being in a social situation. Specific phobias are irrational fears and avoidance of specific objects, places, or situations.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD

is a disorder in which recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions) need to be preformed or carried out in order to reduce anxiety. Not performing the various task or ‘ritual’ will increase anxiety. [1].

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/ PTSD

is an anxiety disorder often caused by exposure to a traumatic experience that caused physical or emotional harm. PTSD triggers symptoms of fear, dread, persistent unpleasant thoughts or memories, detachment, physical numbness, or sleep problems. [1].

Hypnotherapy is Therapeutic Tool which has been used throughout Human History:

Hypnotherapy is a tool that can be used to help clients overcome and manage their stress and anxiety. Hypnotherapy is known to have been used throughout human history dating back to 3000 BC in ancient Egypt. Hypnosis was used by ancient shamans, priests,and healers to access the spiritual world and induce spiritual and physical healing on the body and mind. [18][19].

Hypnotherapy has gone through many transformations throughout history. Modern clinical hypnotherapy was first introduced and practiced by 18th Century Austrian Anton Mesmer. Mesmer utilized and studied the hypnotic trance for clinical healing purposes and eventually gained the nickname, “Father of Hypnosis”. His name is also the root for the term ‘mesmerism’. [19].

Later in France a ‘fixed-gaze method’ was used to ease the pain of surgery and soon became more popular as a form of pain management.James Braid, a 19thCentury Scottish surgeon also studied the healing properties of hypnosis and coined the terms ‘hypnotism’ and ‘hypnosis’. His research led Dr. James Esdaile, a colleague of Braid, to only use hypnosis as an anesthetic for operations. Together, they studied the scientific healing powers of hypnosis.

Twentieth century French pharmacist, Eduard Coue made real headway in the study of clinical hypnosis. He discovered the use of ‘suggestions’ and ‘suggestibility’ during hypnotherapy. He developed the ‘Laws of Suggestion’ that explain how during hypnosis suggestions must be accepted by the client’s mind in order for mental and physical modification to take place. His famous suggestibility formula was, “Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.” [20]. Soon, hypnotherapy was being used more frequently in medicine. It was also used during and after war time for soldiers suffering from shellshock, pain, stress and anxiety and mental disorders.

Understanding Hypnotherapy of Today:

Hypnotherapy today is used to assist in modifying a client’s behavior, perceptions, emotions and attitudes. By using verbal suggestions,the hypnotherapist helps to reinforce positive thinking, addresses conflicts and encourages mental rewiring. This rewiring helps clients to manage and modify conditions including dysfunctional habits, anxiety, stress-related illness, pain management and personal development. Hypnotherapy is a tool designed for the client’s needs.

Hypnosis should not be confused or compared to sleep. Hypnosis comes from the Greek word ‘hypnosis’ which means to ‘sleep’;however, hypnosis only imitates the actions of sleep. Hypnosis differs from sleep by the level of Alpha waves in the brain. [16]. During sleep, Alpha brain waves are very low, but when under a state of hypnosis the alpha waves are extremely high. These alpha brain waves help the client to become very focused, creative and imaginative and open to new ideas.

Everyone has experienced this hypnotic trance before. William Ray, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Penn State explains, “If you’ve ever been totally engrossed in a book, movie or song and lost all track of time or didn’t hear someone calling your name, you were experiencing a hypnotic trance.” [17]. The creative senses are keenly focused on the task at hand while other senses are dulled or ignored. Thus, nearly everyone can be hypnotized. Anyone who can comprehend verbal direction can be hypnotized. Some people are more hypnotisable than others especially clients “who […] score high in imaginative activities. […]. [T]he best clients are those who are highly independent, intelligent and creative, not those who are malleable and submissive.” [16].
A session typically starts with the client being asked to close their eyes and relax. Closing the eyes helps to minimize distractions allowing the client to concentrate on the words of the hypnotherapist. Then the client may be asked to relax their body from head to toe while imagining themselves somewhere else, somewhere soothing and calm. The client begins to relax by taking the suggestions of the hypnotherapist. These suggestions take them further down into a hypnotic state maneuvering past the analytical filter of the conscious mind. The goal of the hypnotherapist is to access the subconscious mind in order to modify behavior and emotions according to the client’s needs.

When the client enters the ‘trance’ of hypnosis the subconscious mind is open for suggestion without the filters and the blockades of the conscious mind. Their attention is highly focused and the client becomes more responsive to suggestions for their subconscious mind to accept.

Levels of Consciousness:

The mind has two levels of consciousness: the conscious mind and the unconscious;the filter between the two is referred to as the ‘subconscious’ mind. Cognitive neuroscientists have uncovered that “we are conscious of only about five percent of our cognitive activity, so Hypnotherapy: A Therapeutic Tool for Managing Stress and Anxiety most of our decisions, actions, emotions and behavior depend on the ninety-five percent of brain activity that goes beyond our conscious awareness.” [15]. Another way to explain this 5 to 95 ratio of the brain’s activity is to visualize the iceberg metaphor.

The small tip of the iceberg represents the conscious mind, the 5 percent above the surface of the water that we and others can see and experience. The conscious mind is the mental activity that experiences our sense of awareness, our feeling of being awake. Or in other words, “anything that we are aware of at a given moment forms part of our consciousness.” [15]. This state of consciousness is what we use to put on our shoes, what we feel when we step out into the rain, respond to questions in class, or think about our day and make plans for the evening. Our conscious mind is our most familiar state of awareness. The conscious mind also contains our analytical thoughts and is highly critical of the information it receives. It judges experiences to form opinions.

In terms of the iceberg metaphor,just below the waterline represents the subconscious, the state of consciousness that rests between the conscious and the unconscious. The subconscious can be thought as the ‘secretary’ that organizes our thoughts and memories and places them within reach of the conscious mind or places them securely into the depths of the unconscious mind.

Finally, the large mass of iceberg hidden beneath of the depths of the ocean represents our unconscious mind. The unconscious is a mental process that takes place without mental awareness. This is the dynamic and sometimes irrational place where we store all of our repressed memories, feelings, emotions and instincts. It influences our conscious mind’s decisions without us knowing it. The unconscious mind is responsible for making snap decisions, feeling apprehensive about something without knowing the reason, mysterious memories and emotions that may arise in dreams. The unconscious is our “thinking without thinking”. [15].

The unconscious brain activity can be in fact traced through neurological activity in the brain. Any action or thought is created by neurons firing in our brain. This firing of electrical signals connects to other neurons creating what is called neural pathways. One can imagine this action as lightning bolts stretching, streaking and branching across a night sky during a storm. This systematic firing of neurons traveling down a specific pathway creates a neurological code. A neurological code is like connecting the dots, one point connecting to another causing people to react or respond is certain ways.

Suppose an adult man has an irrational phobia of dogs. He does not know where this fear originated. However, his unconscious mind holds a repressed memory of when he was a toddler and was bitten by a dog. When he was bitten new neurological pathways fired, connecting with neurons in his brain associated with fear and anxiety. Now as an adult, he has no conscious recollection of this experience but when he sees a dog the same neural pathway fires and he experiences fear and anxiety.

Understanding how the unconscious determines our decisions can be alarming. In his book,Blink, Journalist Malcolm Gladwell discusses the neuroscience of the unconscious mind and states, “[t]he realization that our actions may not be the pristine results of our high-level reasoning can shake our faith in the strength of such cherished values as free will, a capacity to choose and a sense of responsibility over those choices.” [15]. However, it is important to understand that neurological pathways can be changed. Gladwell writes that “our snap judgments and first impressions can be educated and controlled” through rewiring of our unconscious by changing the neural firing pathways. This rewiring and modification of unhealthy thoughts, mental disorders, behaviors and emotions can occur by the help of hypnotherapy.

Importance of Communication and Building Rapport during Hypnotherapy:

In order for hypnotherapy to achieve the best results, communication and rapport must be built between hypnotherapist and client. Hypnotherapy is just like any other form of therapy in the fact that it is an inmate interaction between two people who are working together toward common goals. Building rapport and having effective communication during any form of therapy makes successful treatment possible.

A lead physician and innovator in the field of psychosomatic medicines, Dr. William Saul Kroger, stresses the importance of rapport between client and hypnotherapist in his book, Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis 2ndEdition. Kroger explains how building rapport in hypnotherapy is also termed the ‘therapeutic alliance’;it is the quality of the positive interrelationship between client and hypnotherapist. (xxxiv). According to Kroger, the hypnotherapist must supply clear details about how they can help the client and how they will be guiding the client through hypnotherapy to reach their goals. It is important that the hypnotherapist“sets the stage” for problem resolution. This stage is essential for providing clear focus, objectives and demeanor of the session. [10].

When effective, trusting communication is established the hypnotherapist and the client will have a clear picture of what the client needs and wants to achieve. Building a trusting relationship creates positive reinforcement that the therapy will be successful.

It is important that the client is not fearful. Some people believe that hypnotherapy is a form of mind control. They fear they will be in such a deep state that they cannot control what they do, thus acting in a way that would otherwise be unacceptable. However, clients are fully capable of making decisions in a hypnotic state and cannot be persuaded to do anything that is against their values or beliefs. Moreover, a client can choose to dehypnotise themselves at any time and will often ‘come out’ of the hypnotic state when the hypnotherapist leaves the room.

Suggestibility Explained:

Suggestion, according to Kroger, can be defined as the uncritical acceptance of an idea. The hypnotist attempts to influence the client’s perceptions, feelings and behavior by asking them to concentrate on ideas and images that may evoke intended effects. The hypnotherapist’s verbal communication is called ‘suggestions’.[11]. When the client follows through with the suggestions offered this is termed the client’s ‘suggestibility’.

Throughout the process of hypnosis the hypnotherapist will continue to encourage the client’s suggestibility, openness and trust in their suggestions. People believe that their actions are produced by the ‘power’ of the therapist, quite the contrary. It is the client who acts because the action suggested by the hypnotherapist is acceptable and appropriate according to their personal beliefs, values and attitudes.

Every action or thought carried out builds upon the latter and the more suggestible the client will become to the hypnotherapist’s advice. For instance, the hypnotherapist will suggest to the client, ‘Close your eyes because you are feeling relaxed and your eyes are getting heavy.’ The client closes their eyes because it is an acceptable, safe and appropriate suggestion. Next the therapist tells the client, ‘You are feeling calm and are dropping deeper into a relaxed state.’ Each safe suggestion onward will become more important and essential in the hypnotherapy process. Much like a domino effect, one suggestion after another is accepted and suggestibility grows, this is often referred to ‘hypnotic induction’. Through this process, there is a building of rapport between the client and the hypnotherapist. The suggestions acted upon will help the client become more relaxed, will open the subconscious mind, helping the client become more creative, imaginative and centered on the words and ideas suggested.

It is important to note that suggestibility in no way means persuasion and does not imply that one is inherently gullible. As previously mentioned, the best clients for hypnosis are those who are independent, intelligent and creative.

Hypnotherapy: Proactive Management for Stress and Anxiety:

Stress and anxiety are rapidly growing medical concerns and anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications are some of the most prescribed drugs in the United States.

Anti-anxiety and anti-depression drugs supply the brain with chemicals such as serotonin, in an attempt to correct chemical reactions in the brain. However, these drugs can come with adverse side effects such as suicidal thoughts, withdrawal, nausea, weight-gain, drowsiness, aches and pains. Moreover, research suggests that some of these medications have not proved to be much more effective than a placebo and people still run the risk of remission and relapse of their conditions. [20]. A study released by the government in 2006 showed that fewer than 50 percent ofpeople become symptom-free on antidepressants, even after trying two different medications. [22]. In addition, nearly 30 percent of clients experience remission of their anxiety and depression even when on the medication. [21]. The risk-to-benefit ratio is sometimes in question when taking medication to treat mental disorders especially in cases involving children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with additional medical conditions.

Hypnotherapy can provide a safe alternative approach for managing stress and anxiety. The benefit of hypnotherapy is that it requires no medication and has no dangerous side effects. Hypnotherapy does not artificially supply or block chemicals in the brain but works to naturally modify the brain’s neural responses to stress and anxiety. It is a therapeutic tool that requires and encourages focus, relaxation and behavioral modification. By accessing the subconscious and moving past the analytical fears and critical self-judgments of the conscious mind, clients are able to rewire neural pathways in their brain changing their thoughts and behaviors.

Hypnotherapy focuses on the fascinating mental and physical power of the brain and its connection to the body. The brain is the body’s powerhouse, monitoring and regulating mental actions and reactions. The brain receives sensory input like vision, hearing and taste and it analyzes data and output. It allows us to walk and talk and tells us when we are angry or stressed, cold or hot or hungry. The brain controls our heart, our breathing and all other unconscious independent process like the release of essential hormones that affect mental and physical functions. Hypnotherapy uses the power of the brain to change mental and physical processes.

Another benefit of hypnotherapy for stress and anxiety management is that hypnotherapists focus on the desired results and positive rethinking by offering mental and physical strategies for managing symptoms. Each session is specifically designed to positively address the client’s needs and promote rapport between client and hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapy does not place blame or points fingers;rather it provides proactive solutions for behavioral modification.

Hypnotherapy imbeds positive rethinking in our subconscious and unconscious mind. How we respond to stress and stressful situations can be altered by the change of our mental thoughts. Neural pathways, that at one time led to the center of the brain responsible for anxiety and stress, are reverted to different pathways resulting in a feeling of ease and control.

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Acknowledgments: Hypnotherapy: A Therapeutic Tool for Stress and Anxiety Management was researched and written by writer/editor Jessica L. Engman.

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