Shy bladder and hypnotherapy

Shy bladder and hypnotherapy Shy bladder, also called paruresis, is something that affects 4 million people in the UK, men and women alike. Mostly it’s minor inconvenience but for people like Darren* it can become something much worse. Anxiety about other people being present when he was urinating had increasingly affected his work and his social life.

Tinnitus and hypnotherapy

Tinnitus affects one in ten of us. It can be heard as humming, or hissing or whistling, but for Malcolm* it was a constant buzzing noise. He’d recently retired and he told that “It’s driving me demented – this buzzing noise all the bloody time”.

Body Integrity Identity Disorder

Many people are unhappy with aspects their appearance or parts of their body. For people with Body Integrity Identity Disorder their distress is much more serious, as they believe that parts of their body literally do not belong to them – and may see amputation as the only cure.

Experiencing time backwards

Phrases like “I’ve put the past behind me” or “You’ve got a great future in front of you” show how ingrained the idea of time moving forwards is.  So what would it be like to experience time backwards – with your past as lying in front of you, and the unseen future behind you?

5 ways to kill an earworm

That recurring loop from “Can’t get you outta my head”, “Pokerface” or “The Chicken Song” that keeps repeating in your mind is called an earworm. But why do we get them, and more importantly how do we get rid of them?

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a word that’s bandied around a lot, and linked to everything from yoga to stress in the workplace. People who come to see me may have heard of it but often they aren’t clear about what it is. This post explains what I mean when I talk about mindfulness, both in my sessions and in these blog posts.

Stream of consciousness – hypnotherapy for IBS

I see a lot of people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) as learning to relax and reduce stress and anxiety levels is a large part of managing the condition.  When Frances* came to see me she told me that she had managed to reduce the stress in her life, and so she couldn’t work out why her IBS was so bad.

Resit stress – coping with exams

Nicola* was one of my more challenging cases – although she had a very clear idea of what she wanted to be able to do she also was also very doubtful about whether I, or hypnotherapy, could help her.  She had struggled with exam stress the previous year and now it was time to resit them, but her revision was going badly and she was more worried now than she had been at the same point last year.

Public speaking and the “Spotlight Effect”

People who have tried public speaking, or networking, and hated it will often think that their nerves or discomfort were obvious to the audience or other attendees.  This “spotlight effect” is in fact the combination of a number of mental processes – and some of them are surprisingly easy to overcome.

Distinctly under par – hypnotherapy for job interviews

Daniel* came to see me about his nerves in job interviews. “The last couple were terrible – I was either babbling or sitting there in silence” he told me, “and the last promotion that came up work didn’t give me an interview – twenty five years I’ve been there and now they don’t value me either.”