Anxiety And Panic Attacks Now Conquered Over Skype With Hypnotherapist Graham McDowell of The Focus Clinic.
The Focus Clinic announce new online service to help sufferers of Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and Fears or Phobias. Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist Graham McDowell explains “As long as you have access to the internet, you can now get help wherever you are. On the website there are free hypnosis downloads, helpful videos, a unique self assessment section and most importantly, direct access to effective professional therapy, via Skype Video Chat”
Many of us will have experienced a bit of Anxiety around travel, but for some, this develops into crippling Anxiety and Panic Attacks that can ruin holidays and lives. Graham McDowell, Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist of The Focus Clinic has launched a new specialist online service to help. He is now working with people Nationwide via Skype video chat and two clients have shared their inspiring stories.
Andy, a 45 year old consultant explains; “I returned from France struggling very badly with Agoraphobia, OCD and General Anxiety. I was on sleeping pills and frankly was a total mess. The NHS said join the queue, so I was really down in the dumps, depressed, stressed, anxious with terrible intrusive thoughts.”
“I found Graham McDowell by accident online and was deeply cynical. I thought it was going to be the worst investment I'd ever made. However, it turned out to be anything but a waste of money. As cynical as I was Graham worked with me to face my fears, understand what was going on and realise I was neither a failure nor somebody weird, I just had some issues and a brain not working quite as it should. Just two months ago, I could only get on trains if the next stop was less than 10 minutes, I didn't like driving anywhere and I had a pathological fear of ferries, in fact my wife had to drug me to take me through the Channel Tunnel, mad!”
“Working with Graham, taking on board his advice, encouragement and kick up the backside sometimes, I have faced my fears and learnt to take back control. There is no miracle cure, it is a lot of common sense. I am now driving around happily, travelling on trains and even sent Graham a picture of me enjoying myself on a Ferry, all unheard of just a few weeks ago.”
Fifty year old business woman Georgina continues, with her story, “I hated flying. The thought filled me with dread. Talking about it made my stomach clench. I did everything to avoid it, holidays were a nightmare. Then I had to make a trip where flying was unavoidable. I resorted, somewhat sceptically, to hypnotherapy because I couldn't face the weeks of miserable anticipation.”
“In the first session Graham asked questions to ascertain whether I had a phobia of flying, or whether it was a more general anxiety. ‘How do you feel about boat travel?’ Err, I have to sit next to the emergency exit. ‘What about trains?’ Umm, won't sit in the front carriage. ‘Cars?’ OK as long as I'm driving, won't let anyone else drive me. ‘Buses?’ Fine in town, I avoid coach travel though. ‘Tube trains?’ Only Circle & district lines as they're nearer the surface. ‘Ever had IBS?’ Oh yes. ‘Sleep OK?’ Not really. You get the picture”
“Graham said to listen to his sleep recording at bedtime using earphones and I'd probably drift off to sleep. Hang on, I said, what if I strangle myself with the earphone cord? We had a LOT of work to do. Graham drew
diagrams to explain what was going on inside my head and assured me that if I followed his advice then I would be able to take a flight without this ridiculous fear, and I decided to believe him. After the first session I felt better about the prospective flight and I'm smiling now just thinking about it.”
“I listened to the relaxation track, didn't strangle myself and slept through the night for the first time in years. Over a few weeks Graham helped me take control of my thoughts and gradually I started having small successes. It wasn't all about travel - you don’t dwell on what's gone wrong in the past or what might go wrong in the future, it's about what you could be doing now to make you feel happy. I started to be better organised and less stressed generally. But the travel improved a lot. I took a trip on the Bakerloo line without hesitation. I let my 17 year old daughter drive me 40 miles along a dual carriageway and I almost fell asleep. That would have been unthinkable before. Sleep was so much better. I even started to look forward to the trip I had to make.”
“When the day of the flight came, it was a complete Doddle. I didn't feel nervous at all. The best bit was that I could enjoy the trip without spending the whole time abroad dreading the flight home. I am so much more relaxed about travelling. Tomorrow, I am actually going on a cruise and I'm really excited, even though my father's driving me to Southampton!”
So, how is this remarkable level of change possible? Graham explains; “In simple terms, it’s not the events in our life that create the perception of crisis, it’s how we choose to think about those events. If we change how we think, we change how we feel. And, by changing how we feel, we change what we can and can’t do, what is and isn’t possible.”
Full details of Skype video chat sessions for Anxiety, Panic Attacks, OCD, Anger and Depression along with free hypnosis audio downloads, videos and online self assessment are available at www.TheFocusClinic.info or call Graham McDowell on 01392 580885.
Hypnotherapy can help those suffering with depression and anxiety whatever the weather!
As the winter season comes to an end, a local hypnotherapist is highlighting how hypnotherapy can help clients who might be suffering after a long hard winter.
Depression and anxiety are on the increase in the UK, with more than 12 million people going to see their GP with some form of mental health issue each year, with many more struggling on without any form of help. For some people, the dreary days of winter exacerbates their existing symptoms, and for others, depression and anxiety are quite specific to this time of year.
Whilst many seem to relish long days and evenings indoors with their loved ones, for some people this time of year only worsens their feelings of isolation, depression and loneliness, and for others, the struggle to cope with the pressures associated with having a good time, managing finances, family and all of the associated stressors creates a tremendous feeling of anxiety.
What sorts of things cause this “Winter Stress/ Anxiety/ Depression”? Well, it depends as these feelings are all individual, and of course what makes one person sad, anxious or depressed may not affect another person at all.
Typical sources of winter stress can include the general doom and gloom often associated with seemingly endless cold wet weather, financial worries due to increased heating costs and often the effects of lack of exercise due to more time spent indoors, all in all, this can be a very difficult time of year and sometimes the pressure of spending increased time indoors with people (often family) can lead to relationship tension.
There’s been a lot of talk in recent times of environmental factors too, and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is now well recognised with a variety of light aids to assist this condition, such as light boxes which recreate natural daylight.
So it’s not a great time for those who feel depressed or anxious and symptoms can range from increased headaches, excessive drinking, comfort eating, insomnia, trouble concentrating, to mood swings, fatigue and tearfulness. So what can be done to help?
Well, Hypnotherapy can help by assisting people to overcome negative thinking styles while in a safe, supportive environment. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) uses practical, modern and well-researched strategies to help people make significant, positive changes in their lives in a relatively short period of time.
SFH therapists look at what the client wants to achieve rather than on the problem(s) that prompted them to seek change. The approach focuses on the present and future and not on the past. This enables the client to identify possible solutions themselves and work towards them.
Hypnosis itself reduces anxiety and this is done very simply through relaxation and visualisation, allowing the client to focus on the positive aspects of their lives that encourages a shift in perspective.
The Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) has been established to promote the benefits of the Solution Focused approach to improving mental well-being so that the public are more aware of this valuable resource.
Local Hypnotherapist Graham McDowell is a member of the AfSFH and is enthusiastic about how hypnotherapy helps clients at this time of year. “I have been able to help a number of people to deal with increased sadness, depression and anxiety due to the effects of a long hard winter. It is such a powerful and truly positive technique as we are able to work with what the client wants to happen rather than focus on negatives. It’s great to know that we can work with people to proactively help them have a happier life, whatever the weather.”
Hypnotherapy provides support for Asthma sufferers by helping to reduce anxiety
The Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is marking Asthma Awareness Week (6-10 May 2013) by highlighting how the therapy can help clients cope with the condition by reducing their levels of anxiety.
According to Asthma UK, a charity dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people whose lives are affected by asthma, 5.4 million people in the UK are currently receiving treatment for asthma: 1.1 million children (1 in 11) and 4.3 million adults (1 in 12).
There is an inter-relationship between anxiety and asthma – for some people, anxiety can be a trigger for asthma, for others it is the asthma itself which causes anxiety. After all, there are few things more frightening than struggling to breathe. The link between anxiety and asthma can lead to an unhelpful cycle of cause and effect which can be difficult to break.
In fact some of the symptoms of a panic attack (hyperventilation) and asthma overlap making it difficult to distinguish between the two. In some cases, a panic attack can actually lead to an asthma attack in someone who already suffers with asthma.
It’s not just asthma patients who are affected by anxiety – parents, partners and other carers can become anxious if the condition appears to be poorly managed.
Hypnotherapy combines psychotherapy (a talking therapy) with hypnosis and can provide clients with effective coping mechanisms aimed at reducing their anxiety generally. Used in conjunction with a patient’s prescribed medication and treatment regimes, hypnotherapy can help clients deal better with life’s stresses, thus minimising the anxiety which could precipitate an asthma attack.
There is a large body of research on the effective use of self-hypnosis, guided imagery, hypnosis and relaxation in asthma in adults and children. A review of research into hypnosis and asthma carried out in 2000 highlighted that studies conducted up to that date consistently demonstrated an effect of hypnosis with asthma. Although more research is needed, the studies showed that its efficacy is enhanced in subjects who are more “susceptible”, where the practitioner is experienced, when it is administered over several sessions, and when it is reinforced by patient self-hypnosis. Children in particular appear to respond well to hypnosis as a tool for improving asthma symptoms.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) helps to reduce anxiety by assisting clients to visualise their preferred future, i.e. a future in which they are coping better with the problem that is causing them stress. This helps clients to regain a sense of perspective and breaks the cycle of anxiety-asthma-anxiety. The therapy encourages positive thinking by helping clients to focus on solutions to problems, rather than dwelling on the problems themselves.
The Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapists (AfSFH) was established to promote the benefits of the Solution Focused approach to improving mental well-being so that the public are more aware of this valuable resource.