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Have You Been Here Before?

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Have you ever experienced the feeling of knowing someone you’ve just met or recognising a place you’ve never been to before? Perhaps you have a connection with them in a previous life. Even people who have no belief in past lives are heard to say ‘I must have done something really bad in a previous life to keep suffering like this’. Albeit that it is not as simple as this there may be some truth in the statement – karma is not about judgement and often those who suffer the greatest are learning at ‘postgrad’ level!

Past Life Regression was probably discovered accidentally by hypnotherapists directing the client back to the first time they experienced something. We now take this step intentionally to reveal deeper seated problems, repetitive behaviours or unexplained phobias and illnesses.

Past Life Regression can be an extension of Regression Therapy or a ‘tourist trip’ to a past life. Where it used as a therapy it can alleviate problems that have been affecting your life for which there seems to be no cause or for understanding experiences that have seemed to blight your life.

It is common for people to describe pain in ways that reveal their understanding of its origin – a pain in the shoulder ‘like a knife in my back’; headaches like ‘a band being tightened around my head’. Most of us have no experience of these in this life, however, under hypnosis, if we are taken back to the origins of these experiences, our subconscious can take us to a life where these things actually happened to us. By understanding the true origins of these pains and understanding the connection with this life these pains can completely disappear.

 Reincarnation is the basis of many of the worlds spiritual beliefs including  Buddhism; Hinduism; Sikhism; Gnostic and Esoteric Christianity, to name but a few. I have found that more and more people, especially children, have some memory of a past life, although they are not always encouraged to trust that memory because of the wider spiritual connotations and so begin to forget the memories.

 It has a beautiful logic to me and answers all the questions that I could find no other sensible solution to, including déjà-vu; karma (probably the most misunderstood); intuition; energy or spiritual healing; not forgetting ‘why are we here?’; ‘why is life unfair?’

 It is not necessary for you to believe in reincarnation for Past Life Regression to work for you. Modern psychology doesn’t seem to have a lot to say about this – some say that it is a metaphor that your subconscious has constructed for you to understand your problem – whatever you believe, it can have remarkable results with a wide range of physical and emotional problems that have no clear source. Often it can be a deeply profound and life changing experience.

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Can Hypnotherapy help me with Cancer?

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How can hypnotherapy help with Cancer? For a start we are not suggesting that hypnosis will cure cancer and yet we can do much to help towards that end and much recent research suggests that your thinking can affect your health on a cellular and even genetic level.

If you consider some of the problems that hypnotherapy is known to help with you will start to see how we can help with Cancer: Anxiety, Depression, Fear, Insomnia, Pain, Self Confidence, Stress, even stopping Smoking…

Cancer is one of those illnesses that need to be treated holistically because it involves the mind, body and spirit of the patient. The doctors will focus on the body but a greater part of any possible cure is with the patient’s mind and spirit. Neither the doctors nor the treatments cure anything – the body itself does that. Take a moment to think about that. The body has produced this illness itself. No one ‘catches’ Cancer and, although there are things that will make it more likely that you get Cancer, none of them ‘give’ you Cancer. There are people who have  smoked all their lives who don’t get lung cancer, people who spend every day out in the sun, with little protection, who don’t get skin cancer and women who are genetically highly likely to get breast cancer who never do. It is something within the body which seems to flick that switch to produce cancerous cells. Conventional treatment is aimed at killing the cancerous cells. Is anyone working on flicking the switch back off?Otto Warburg quotes

There is now sufficient data to show that there is a connection between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body. Simply put this means that stress and anxiety can lead to actual health changes, and vice versa. Hypnotherapy can work to reduce stress and anxiety, help speed recovery after chemotherapy, surgery etc. and provide guided visualisation of the immune system to help boost its effects.

Cancer and Regression Therapy

Some of the first thoughts and feelings people have when they are faced with a diagnosis of Cancer are “Why me?” “What did I do to deserve this” “Am I going to die?” Anger and worry and sadness are natural reactions but they can hinder the healing process. I have found that Past Life Regression can be extremely helpful in coping with these worries and emotions.

This is part of the spiritual healing that can give patients a different perspective of their illness. Whether it is the understanding that Cancer is not a punishment for any wrongdoing, or the realisation that there is a purpose – and it is your purpose, your plan and your learning. As a part of palliative care it can help towards an acceptance of the cycle of life and death and, as part of the healing process, it can be enlightening to experience the realisation that you have lived befoGilda Radner Quotere, and may have connections with people you know in this life over one or many lifetimes.

Cancer touches nearly everyone’s life these days and I am no exception having lost both my parents and other beloved members of my family. For this reason I give concessionary rates to sufferers and will arrange to visit them where necessary.

Please Contact me if you or a loved one are suffering.

How do you choose a Hypnotherapist?

How do you choose a Hypnotherapist?

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As a Hypnotherapist in private practice, as you can imagine, I tend to keep an eye on what is happening in my own area; whether there are any new Hypnotherapists, their methods and what they are saying on their websites. In business terms, these are my competition, although I personally feel that, as more people begin to realise the power of hypnotherapy to produce results, and fast, there are plenty enough clients to go round. Recently though, I’ve begun to notice some fairly aggressive marketing online, undercurrents of putting down the ‘competition’, and this led me to wonder, if I was looking for a Hypnotherapist, how would I know how to choose one?

Obviously, the first question is, are they qualified?

Once you start looking you will find a range of qualifications such as Dip.Hyp.(Diploma in Hypnotherapy), DCH (Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy)or HPD (Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma), one is not ‘higher’ than the other and they generally just tell you which school or methodology they have been trained in. In the UK there are, by law, no minimum standards required to qualify as a Hypnotherapist, so a qualification may mean, on its own, very little. There are also those that use qualifications that are somewhat misleading. If they are showing a BSc or MSc it is unlikely to be in Hypnotherapy, and may be totally unrelated. There are only a handful of Hypnotherapists qualified to that level in hypnosis as they are fairly new qualifications. The first person in the world to gain an MSc in Hypnosis was Matt Jacobs, only a couple of years ago (and one of the visiting lecturers on the MSc in Clinical Hypnotherapy that I am studying). If these qualifications are related they will be making a point of telling you.

There are a variety of professional bodies to which properly qualified Hypnotherapists can join. These various bodies have their own criteria for acceptance; those that only admit ‘healthcare professionals’ (doctors, dentists etc.) such as British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH), those that demand a specific level of training, such as the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) and a few which are little more than umbrella organisations for affiliated schools. The GHSC is currently the largest professional body in the UK and its training level is quite stringent, it also demands that all its members continue their professional development.

There is also a government body, the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council which suitably qualified Hypnotherapists can belong to, although many (myself included) do not wish to join as we consider that hypnotherapy is not a ‘complementary’ therapy (a word often used interchangeably with ‘alternative’) and that other therapies registered by them have little or no evidence base for their practice.

So, yes, check their qualification and if they belong to one of the professional bodies, check the criteria for training and membership. Almost all demand Continual Professional Development so they should be showing some updating of their skills, especially if they’ve been practising for many years.

Often you will see Hypnotherapists claiming that you can feel assured that they are ‘fully insured’. Yes, absolutely they should be, but I would think it is highly unlikely that anyone would set up in any business these days without being fully insured!

Longevity…does being in the business for 15 or 20 years actually mean anything? It may. When I had been working as a Hypnotherapist for about 5yrs I met someone who, rather snootily, said that they had been doing it for 20yrs. I later discovered that this person only worked (very) part time as a Hypnotherapist and had possibly seen less clients in that 20yrs than I had already seen in my 5yrs. Beware those that can only see you in the evenings or at weekends (that doesn’t mean dismiss them out of hand, they may just be winding down after a long career!). Also, don’t assume, because they have their practice in healthcare establishments that they are better qualified, some of these places hire out consulting rooms just as they’ll charge you for parking.

Finally, there are different methodologies in Hypnotherapy: Traditional (or Suggestion) Hypnotherapists, Regression Therapists, Solution Focused, Ericksonian, Cognitive Hypnotherapists, Hypnoanalysis etc. Many Hypnotherapists can be protective about their own ethos, and even sometimes imply that there is something wrong with that of others; however it is really about your preference. My own view is that they all have something slightly different to offer, which is why I have chosen to become qualified in various modalities; Traditional, Regression and Ericksonian and work with other methods, depending on the requirements of the client. To that end I use the description ‘Client Centred’.

Perhaps I’ve made it sound like a bit of a minefield finding the right Hypnotherapist for you but, in the final analysis, almost all will give you a free first consultation so that you can meet them face to face and gain an understanding of how they work and whether they feel right for you. These free consultations can give you the chance to ask them about their qualifications and experience. Don’t feel embarrassed or guilty asking – it’s your money and your health.