Although he was less than half my age there wasn’t much Tom* didn’t seem to have done – bungee jumping, white water rafting, tandem skydiving. So it was as much a surprise to him as to me that he was sat in front of me because his travelling had come to an abrupt halt. Tom had come to see me for hypnotherapy for travel sickness.
Greg* was a very fed-up young man. “I just feel that I’ve made a stupid decision. If I could I’d go back in time and change things. Is that something you can help me to do?”. I work in a therapy room not a Tardis, so time travel is out. But therapy does enable people to make changes, so I asked Greg to tell me more.
Hypnotherapy for fainting – a case study
Tess* was a little
hesitant when she rang me. “I don’t know
if you’ll be able to help me, but this has been part of my life so long. Can you help with hypnotherapy for fainting?
Only it rules everything I do.”
fainting all the time isn’t healthy or normal, and I’d be sending anyone to see
their GP urgently rather than seeing them.
What came out about Tess though was a bit more nuanced than that.
“I fainted a lot as a
little girl, and sometimes my mum would find me in my room or I’d come round and
find myself on the floor. At first they
thought it might be epilepsy but it turned out to be something else
entirely. They realised that the
sensation of brushing my hair excited my nerves and caused me to faint.”
As strange as that may
sound it’s more common than people realise.
Called syncope, or sometimes ‘fainting and falling’, it’s a recognised
medical condition. But I wanted to find
out more about why it was still affecting Tess’ life so much.
“My mum became very
protective. She made me have a pixie
crop so I didn’t have to brush my hair, and kept telling me I had to be really
careful. I never had my hair washed at
the hairdressers, but that didn’t seem enough for her. She wouldn’t let me go on sleep-overs, and I
lived at home still when I went to uni.
I’m terrified of fainting again, and I’m wondering if you can teach me
how not to faint?”
I asked Tess when the
last time was that she had fainted.
“Eight or nine years ago” was the answer. “I don’t need to teach you how not to faint,”
I told her, “I need to teach you to forget to be afraid.”
Like so many […]
Kim* was very on edge when she came to see me. “My anxiety’s 9 out of 10 if you’re asking” she told me, “and I’m terrified you’ve got some needles in the room somewhere, ready to show me.” Kim was phobic about injections, and it had taken her a lot to come and see someone.
“I don’t even think that I should be here if I’m honest” Barry* told me. “My wife said that I should see you about my thoughts, but to be honest I don’t think there’s anything wrong with them.”
I’m contacted by a lot of people who say they have dental phobia. A large number of them turn out to not like going, but it doesn’t stop them seeing the dentist or having work done. Alan* though was at the very opposite end of this reaction.
“I’ve been meaning to come and see you for ages” Jackie* told me, “but…” “But life gets in the way?” I asked. “No, I just keep putting it off”. Which was exactly what Jackie wanted to see me about -procrastinating.
Anna* was sceptical when she came to see me. “You’ve been recommended by a few people” she told me, “but I don’t really think you can help me. Can you provide hypnotherapy for sweating problems?”
Jane* was terrified when she came to see me. Not of me personally you understand, but of what she was convinced was wrong with her.
Charles* was angry when he came to see me. He was angry to have been asked to come, angry to be there, and angry to have to be expected to talk to me. He didn’t have to be angry though – as I reminded him, he didn’t even have to be there.