Case histories

Hypnotherapy for fainting – a case study

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.”

Obviously people
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 […]

Needle phobia – a case study

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.

Hypnotherapy for Impostor Syndrome – a case study

“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.” 

Dental phobia – a case study

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.

Procrastinating – a case study

“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.

Hypnotherapy for sweating – a case study

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?”

Short term memory – a case study

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.

Drinking – a case study

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.

Post natal depression – a case study

Joe* came to see me with the same sort of thoughts that a lot of people have – that he was wrong to feel anxious or depressed. Like them he didn’t simply struggle with his feelings, but beat himself up about being anxious or depressed, and end up feeling twice as bad. And just like them, Joe felt that whilst other people might be different, for him it was definitely wrong.

Hypnotherapy for checking – a case study

“Do you do hypnotherapy for checking things too much? I need to check things for work, but I think it’s got a bit silly lately”. That’s how Jason* introduced himself – and, as he’d say later “with a bit of an understatement”.