Emotional release and Trauma therapy

As a holistic trauma practitioner, I work with you to support your healing and growth using a variety of psychosensory therapies (psychological + sensory) to release stuck emotions and the imprint of traumatic memory (which may result in a variety of symptoms like anxiety, chronic pain, etc). I have designed a unique protocol which includes a combination of therapies; some I use may include but are not limited to:

  • EFT (tapping)
  • Havening
  • Hypnotherapy
  • EMDR (Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing)
  • Wellbeing coaching

I work using the body because this is the language of your unconscious beliefs and memories which shape your behaviours in the present. What I offer is not a talking therapy, although we will gather information at the initial consultation and, of course, we talk about your issues to ascertain where you are currently in life and where you would like to be. Because my focus is trauma-informed I often discuss the effect on you of past incidents in your life to get a picture of you as a person. I have found that many people have traumas or unresolved emotions and these shape the way the brain responds to stress and hence gives you symptoms which may be seemingly unrelated. To get to the bottom of the symptoms we have to address the root cause and this is my aim in therapy – to help you identify and resolve them bodily.

These therapies are described in more detail below.

I offer a free 20 minute no obligation phone consultation so do give me a ring to discuss your issues.

Emotional Freedom Technique – EFT

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), is a fantastically simple but powerful technique for managing your emotional health and releasing any negative emotions you may have built up that cause pain, dysfunction and stress. It is an energy psychology method based on tapping specific areas of the head and body in a particular sequence whilst focusing on the problem. It sounds strange but curiously it works!. Psychologists believe it stimulates the emotional brain (limbic system) causing it to re-wire and break the link between certain stimuli and the stress response. So, thoughts that would once cause you anxiety or pain suddenly have no effect. It is finally receiving the mainstream recognition it deserves for healing all sorts of common issues.

According to world renowned integrated health expert Dr Mercola “Clinical trials have shown that EFT is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, your body can often rebalance itself and accelerate healing of both emotional and physical problems.”[i]

The wonderful thing about EFT is that it gets results quickly – in as little as 10 minutes of tapping you can release pain (even physical pain – most pain has some psychosomatic component), distress and fear. It treats everything from phobias, cravings, musculoskeletal pain, emotional blockages, etc,) And furthermore it is a wonderful self-empowerment technique that once learnt can be done by anyone at home.

[i] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/04/04/eft-benefits.aspx?

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing – EMDR

Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing is a safe, fast treatment for all manner of phobias, anxiety disorders, and other emotional aspects of trauma. It is unparalleled in the treatment of Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD ) but is very useful too for any stress-related reaction which is limiting you e.g. anxiety, chronic pain, panic attacks, social phobia, etc.

It uses the brain’s ability to process traumatic memory stored in the limbic system of the brain by following left to right movements of the therapist’s hands. If this sounds far-fetched then think of how REM sleep works. During this period of sleep the eye are seen to be moving rapidly and scientists believe the purpose of this is to process the day’s events, processing the information and discarding that which is not needed so as to preserve brain function (or it would be overwhelmed).

However in traumatic processing (defined as a situation where helplessness is present) memories are not able to be processed. They are stored in a part of the brain called the limbic system in an ancient survival mechanism which links the emotion to the experience so that you can avoid it in future. Unfortunately because you are never able to discharge those emotions (they remain ‘frozen’ in time), these memories then are hard-wired into the brain, waiting to trip us up whenever we experience the same emotion I in later life.

In summary traumatic memories are:

  • Present –they feel like they are happening now!
  • Persistent – they do not diminish with time
  • Permanent – they are hard-wired

These traumas may be ‘big-T’ traumas like abuse, abandonment, an accident, bereavement, divorce or they may be ‘small-traumas like an unloving parent, being uprooted often, bullying or harassment at work or school. The originating trauma is usually in childhood but subsequent traumas may exacerbate the situation by triggering the memory. For instance most soldiers who got PTSD had suffered some form of abuse in childhood (Ref). Unfortunately those early experiences subconsciously landscape the brain for trauma (i.e they make it more likely to re-occur as the neural pathways are reinforced).

EMDR uses subconscious process to discharge these memories so that they no longer have the emotional pull – you do not ‘forget’ what happened but you are no longer disturbed and reactive to them. It is like spring cleaning your mental attic. You feel lighter and mentally fitter to tackle your current life without being drained by events of the past.

Hypnotherapy

Do you wonder what it would be like to live a life that is joyful, self-confident and free of anxiety? Hypnotherapy allows you to change your mental programme and release subconscious beliefs to enhance health and wellbeing and give you the life you deserve. It has proven efficacy for:

anxiety, depression

insomnia

chronic pain, IBS

skin conditions

headaches, migraines

weight management

habits and addictions

self-esteem and confidence issues

Not just for stopping smoking, did you know hypnotherapy can help people with all manner of physical problems from back pain and PMS? It has been described by a leading research scientist as ‘one of the most profound ways to treat pain’1. Most physical illness and particularly chronic pain and fibromyalgia, have unresolved subconscious emotions at their core and can be treated this way2. Indeed, with a special interest in Chronic Fatigue-related syndromes (CFS) and trauma, I have developed a bespoke protocol which uses hypnotherapy as one of the tools in which we release the unconscious drivers of pain and illness. see my specific CFS page on this multi-factorial disease.

However hypnotherapy is profoundly helpful with a range of issues. Perhaps you or a loved one might need help dealing with the shock and feelings of helplessness when diagnosed with a serious illness. Even a cancer diagnosis, which can be terrifying, is more easily tackled with the right mindset and help to support treatment options. You will be amazed how much more easily healing can progress once these mental/emotional factors are tackled.

Most of our ideas about ourselves are downloaded early in life between the ages of birth – 7 years and therefore are influenced by our parents and peers. Many of those ideas are incomplete and inaccurate – they therefore limit us in subtle ways. If, for instance, we have an idea we are not worthy, we behave accordingly and undermine ourselves in our work, relationships and health. We will never achieve our ultimate potential in life. It is time to take control and update the programme!

Hypnotherapy is an amazingly powerful technique for exposing and ultimately changing these unconscious beliefs. Using a planned protocol of 3 – 6 sessions (agreed with you at the start and depending on your issue) we work together to give you the tools to overcome your issue. Unlike traditional psychotherapy, hypnotherapy is quick and powerful – you will be amazed by the results in just a few sessions. Hypnosis is not strange or scary, it’s simply focussed attention (usually accompanied by relaxation). Don’t be guided by what you see on TV either – you cannot be made to do anything you don’t want to do, you will always be in complete control.

Download my free ‘Introduction to hypnotherapy‘ pdf on the downloads page for more information about what is involved. See Consultation page for more info on prices.

1 Dr Allan Basbaum, The Science of Pain, University of California – see www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TN1r25wAoI and The Brain and Pain www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQS0tdIbJ0w

2 Pain may seem an unlikely target for hypnotherapy but in trials it has been shown to be a very powerful intervention for pain. Pain as a sensation does not reside in the body but is created in the brain. Hence anything that alters that sensation can alleviate the pain. There is even a school of thought, promoted by doctors such as Dr John Sarno, that most intractable back and shoulder pain is psychosomatic in origin, created by the mind as a distraction from emotional pain. I recommend his book The Mindbody Prescription for a fuller description. Suffice to say I have had considerable success with this technique.- provided of course other causes have been ruled out. See my free download on hypnotherapy for chronic pain by signing up to my free downloads page

3 For my full qualifications see the About page

4 The 9 month Chrysalis Effect online programme is a specially developed programme for releasing the pain and fatigue of Chronic Fatigue Syndromes and chronic pain.

 Wellbeing Coaching

Do you sense that you are ‘stuck’ in some way physically, mentally or spiritually?

Are you searching for more meaning in what you do but seem to lack the tools to get there?

Do you want to engage with life more fully?

I am a fully qualified Wellbeing Coach with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM),  and am informed by personal experience through my own health journey through illness and turning my life around.

Maybe you are aware that you want to feel better/ enjoy your life more but are not sure why you still procrastinate, self-doubt, eat badly or fail to exercise. This can be an issue for any of us but particularly if you are in recovery from a chronic condition or have had significant changes in your life recently and would like to get a better focus. Together we can look at your issues to:

  • Enable you to clarify your vision, life purpose, values, goals
  • Support you in making energetic shifts and long term changes
  • Challenge unsupportive thoughts, beliefs and behaviours effectively
  • Help you to honour your own wellbeing above all else
  • Improve health outcomes and actively prevent and reduce health risks
  • Live with greater awareness, clarity, balance and vitality
  • Deal with challenges, such as ill-health in a positive and life affirming way
  • Define clear health and wellbeing goals
  • Create a personalised health and wellbeing plan

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