Anxiety Therapy

To feel nervous or slightly worried about the future, about meeting people, about illness, about performing, about not being good enough… This is understandable. But when the level and frequency of nervousness increases and becomes anxiety, this can have a crippling impact on your life. Anxiety can grip and hold you back from being yourself around other people. You may even find it gets to the point where you don’t want to leave your house.

You may feel overly worried and nervous about:

Right away, I will discuss and show you clearly how to identify where and how these thoughts led you to experience anxiety. We then focus on how you want to feel, and what life will be like without the anxiety.  I then work with you to reduce your stress and anxiety levels by using evidence based techniques.

I know personally how difficult it can be to take that first step and get started with a therapist. 

I commit to doing everything I can to make your next steps as simple and easy as possible. 

 

I’m glad you’re here, and I want you to know now that things can start getting better for you today. Get Started Now. 

Depression Therapy

Self-esteem is how we perceive ourselves; what we think about ourselves and how much we value ourselves. Our self-esteem is made up of thoughts and opinions, often formed in our early years, about who we are and what we’re capable of.

At the root of lack of confidence and low-self-esteem is a common mistake: we unconsciously accepted the negative or untrue input from influential figures in our early lives. This negative content in our subconscious reduces our confidence and leads us to expect experiences and interactions that reinforces our low opinion of ourselves.

Our thoughts condition our experience, with roughly a third of our thoughts being the same every day, so what we repeat to ourselves everyday has a huge impact on our levels of self-esteem and confidence. The result is a vicious cycle in which our negative core beliefs about our intelligence, appearance and abilities undermine our confidence and self-esteem. This affects some or all areas of our life, including our health, relationships and work.

Having a poor sense of self-esteem can have a huge impact on our happiness. It makes it difficult for us to recognise our strengths and what we’re good at, which can hold us back in both our personal and professional life. When we don’t think we’re capable of much, we avoid trying new things and can find ourselves trapped in our comfort zones.

If you have low self-esteem and a lack of confidence, you may experience some/all of the following:

  • ongoing anxiety and worry
  • comparing self negatively with others
  • strongly self-critical
  • perfectionism, need to be in control
  • negative thinking
  • aversion to change
  • frustration
  • procrastination
  • low energy, disturbed sleep and digestion

negative effects of harmful coping mechanisms eg (comfort eating/drinking, smoking, working too much)

NB: Regardless of the cause, it’s important to know that positive change is possible.

It’s worth noting that a lack of confidence and low self-esteem is often a key element in the formation of anxiety, phobias, depression, weight control and eating disorders, and addictions. So, increasing your self-esteem and building your confidence can be the start of positive changes in many areas of your life.

How hypnotherapy can help with low self-esteem and lack of confidence

Hypnotherapy is uniquely suited to working with the content of the subconscious, so can be very effective for helping you improve your confidence and self-esteem. The aim of hypnotherapy is to ‘talk’ directly to your subconscious, change negative thinking patterns and encourage more positive responses. During the deep relaxation of the hypnotic trance – AKA Hypnosis, the subconscious is more open to suggestions and receptive to updating your views of yourself using words, images and emotions, for the most powerful transformation that allows you to correct past distortions and negative input.

As a result, you become more able to challenge old, negative views, and start to perceive yourself accurately and positively, in more areas of your life.

Sleep Better

“AMAZING BREAKTHROUGH! Scientists have discovered a revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory and makes you more creative. It makes you look more attractive. It keeps you slim and lowers food cravings. It protects you from cancer and dementia. It wards off colds and the flu. It lowers your risk of heart attacks and stroke, not to mention diabetes. You’ll even feel happier, less depressed, and less anxious. Are you interested?”

― Matthew Walker, Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams

Do you struggle to get to sleep or to get back to sleep when you wake up? Have you tried sleeping medications but want to stop relying on them? Are you low on energy, stressed, unable to focus and irritable?

Most adults need 7 or more hours of sleep each night. When we don’t get this, there’s a high likelihood that a range of negative physical, mental and emotional effects ensue.

They can be chronic or intermittent. They can range from being unable to go to sleep at all, to not being able to fall back to sleep if/when woken. Sleep disturbance is common in people who are overly stressed or suffering with depression and/or anxiety.

During a course of Hypnotherapy, it is common that sleep disturbances subside, and sleep patterns improve. This improved sleep then helps improve the other issues that may be troubling clients i.e. stress, anxiety, poor performance in sport/ work, low mood etc..

Hypnotherapy ultimately relaxes and focuses your mind and helps your nervous system to get out of the state of over-stimulation i.e. stress, anxiety etc., and into a calm, levelled, relaxed state. During hypnosis, when in a deeply relaxed and calm state, suggestions are made reducing stress and anxiety and keeping that negative stimulation throughout your nervous system to a minimum.

Which every client receives at the end of the first consultation- keeps your mind, nervous system and stimulation levels low and relaxed. This has a positive impact especially when you are having trouble going to sleep or falling back to sleep again after being woken up. This results in clients learning to deal much better with stress, improves confidence, reduces anxiety and gives clients the energy to make other positive lifestyle changes i.e. weight loss, disciplined and mindful consumption of caffeine/ alcohol/ junk food, less TV and social media before sleep, amongst many other examples from clients. Generally, clients report to have improved sleep within 3-5 sessions, and they feel more in control, feel calmer and relaxed throughout the day.

If you would like to get consistent, good quality sleep, you can book an appointment by contacting me via the WhatsApp button on this page, or by email: barry@settleyourhead.com and I’ll get straight back to you with available times for a first session.

Sports Performance

To consistently win at sport, one needs to have a tremendous desire to win and to believe one is worthy of winning. Both of these qualities are mental qualities, and it’s important to realise that winning starts in the mind. All the exercise in the world won’t give you the motivation you need to win.

“Sports Hypnosis is a way to unlock that potential for athletes, and to deal with other problems that can slow them down that vital fraction of a second, such as pre-competition nerves, lack of self-esteem, or some more general anxiety. A surprising number of athletes have used hypnosis or similar techniques (especially visualisations) to improve their performance. It was used to instil the ‘killer instinct’ in Ingmar Johansson in 1959 so that he could win the world heavyweight boxing championship against the formidable Floyd Patterson by a knockout in the third round.”

Source: Hidden Depths: The Story of Hypnosis, Page 339

Mike Tyson’s trainer, Cus D’Amato, used the services of a hypnotherapist for over 20 years, including the lead up to the Tyson-Spinks fight in 1989.

High profile trainers Joey Fariello and Teddy Atlas also send their boxers to a hypnotherapist, John Halpin, to build an exceptional fight mindset.

Just as we need to train and ‘program’ our body so that it can perform at it’s best in a given field, we also must do the same with our mind.

Hypnotherapy for sports performance allows clients to relax and focus their mind, before and during competition, and in training, and enables them to let go of limitations brought on by stress, anxiety and/or negative, doubtful thinking. Lack of self-belief can lead to sports performance anxiety aka ‘Choking’. Performance anxiety is where the stress and pressure that comes with competitive sports leads to a decrease in overall athletic performance.

Hypnotherapy improves performance for both amateur and professional athletes. Like wanting to improve physically in the gym, an athlete must want to improve their mental game to get the very best results. This can work for individuals and teams.

Hypnotherapy for Sports performance can help:

If you want to perform better in your sport, then rest assured with a significant experience in competitive sport combined with my passion and knowledge of hypnotherapy and performance psychology, you can be sure to see positive results, if that’s what you want. I use specific performance-related hypnotherapy techniques, over and above standard sports visualisations, to enable you to get the very best of your game, whatever it may be.

Please get in touch and book an appointment, If you want improve and perform at your best in your sport, by contacting me via the WhatsApp button on this page, or by email: barry@settleyourhead.com and I’ll get straight back to you with available times for a first session.

Improve Work-Related Performance

The Health and Safety Executive carried out a survey revealing that over half a million individuals in the UK believed that they were experiencing work-related stress at a level that was making them ill, so don’t think you’re alone on this one.

Workplace stress is now the single biggest cause of sickness in the UK with over 105 million days lost to stress each year costing employers over £1.5 Billion.

The negative psychological, physiological and emotional effects of mental pressure from the workplace can have a major impact on your relationships not only with co-workers and managers but it can affect your personal relationships, physical health, sleep patterns, and home life too.

Using psychotherapy and solution focused Hypnotherapy techniques helps you calm your mind, relieve stress, sleep better, focus, raise concentration levels, enhance motivation and allows you to perform at your optimum level. It can help you overcome phobias like the fear of public speaking, giving presentations, speaking up in meetings, anxiety about interviews or any other performance related anxiety or nerves. Additionally, when your mind has settled and you can much more easily focus on tasks through to completion, you also overcome the tendency to procrastinate, and your confidence levels turn right up resulting in a bolder and more successful you.

It is well known that highly successful people use a range of external expertise and practices to get them where they want to be, which is why they stand head and shoulders above everyone else. Hypnotherapy can not only help people on the way up, but also help top level executives get ahead.

Please get in touch and book an appointment, If you want improve and perform better at your work or in business, by contacting me via the WhatsApp button on this page, or by email: barry@settleyourhead.com and I’ll get straight back to you with available times for a first session.

Take Control of Your Eating, Weight, and Lifestyle Choices

We all wake up at some point saying enough is enough, today I’m going to change things, from today forward I’m going to be healthier, but by 7pm you’re back to your old unhealthy routine…..what’s going on in your brain that’s allowing that to happen? What can you do to change those unhealthy patterns of behaviour?

Understanding why you continue to repeat patterns of behaviour that you know are unhealthy is a very powerful foundation for change.

Most of us know dieting doesn’t really work in the long term but changing patterns of behaviour and reducing stress are the key to long term change.

During each session, clients are given an interesting overview of how the brain works and what areas of the brain are responsible for our thoughts and certain behaviours and patterns. We learn about where unhealthy habits originate, why we make unhealthy, uncontrolled decisions and why our brain lets us over-eat.

As an example, with weight management specifically, we learn about how stress levels can affect our physiology, particularly hormone production. CRH (Cortico Realease Hormone) is one of the first hormones to be released in stress which triggers Adrenaline production. Even low levels of adrenaline results in high energy output to fuel all the tense muscles, and high levels of brain activity. Following that, Cortisol is released into the blood in order to increase appetite to replenish high energy outputs, used from adrenaline. Cortisol has a much slower release and lasts much longer in the body resulting in higher, long lasting appetite levels. Continued stress and too much Cortisol favours fat storage, instead of using fat for energy, and will generally store most of it in the abdominal region. Additionally, abdominal fat also has more Cortisol receptors so you can actually produce more stress in the body. So, more fat, equals more stress, equals more fat and so on. So we need to reduce stress and Cortisol levels. Hypnotherapy is uniquely positioned to do exactly that, and results can be incredible and long lasting.  

It’s important to note; just like physical exercise, there is no magic wand here. Changes happen because you want it to.

I use a combination of psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy to achieve these changes for clients. Psychotherapy itself is a powerful and beneficial practice and its positive effects are greatly enhanced by the application of hypnotherapy. This empowers the subconscious mind to make lasting positive changes.

We focus on what you want to achieve each week and reinforce that focus in the subconscious through relaxing Hypnosis. Incredible changes can and do happen when the mind is relaxed and focused on what you want your new patterns of behaviours to look like.

When a client feels in control of their decision making, happier and more confident, weight management is just one of the changes they make in their life. Clients then often recognise other patterns of behaviour that can be positively changed.

Weight and health management is an area of great personal interest so please get in touch and book an appointment, If you want to improve your lifestyle choices, by contacting me via the WhatsApp button on this page, or by email: barry@settleyourhead.com and I’ll get straight back to you with available times for a first session.

 

Reduce Nerves & Overcome Phobia

Phobias develop when someone has an exaggerated or unrealistic fear surrounding a certain situation or object. Phobias can restrict a person’s life and cause high levels of prolonged stress. A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder.

Fear is a survival instinct. It is a natural and healthy response we all have to danger. Fear is there to help us avoid and escape threatening situations. Phobias are different. A phobia is more intense than a fear. Phobias can lead to severe anxiety causing panic attacks for some people.

Many phobias exist in our subconscious minds and are learned response patterns. Often people feel the symptoms when they come in contact with the phobia, but for soe people, simply thinking about the phobia can trigger symptoms. When people come across the source of the phobia, they’re likely to feel incredibly scared, nervous and anxious. Additionally, people may also feel physical symptoms of fear and anxiety, like:

Hypnotherapy is a powerful practice for helping you unlearn the fear response, build up your exposure to the phobia and over time ease the associated anxiety.

Phobias generally fall into two categories, specific phobias and non-specific/ complex phobias.

Are centred around a specific object, animal, situation or activity. These tend to develop in our youth. Examples of specific phobias include:

  • Animal-related phobias (Spiders, snakes, dogs, cats, rats, mice, etc.)
  • Environmental phobias (heights, germs, water etc..)
  • Situational phobias (flying, driving, dentist etc..)
  • Sexual Phobias (fear of getting a sexually transmitted infection or performance anxiety)
  • Others (injections, blood, vomit, certain foods etc.)

These phobias can impact a person’s life more than specific phobias and typically surround everyday activities. They stem from deep-rooted anxiety and stress about a particular situation or circumstance.

Is a Non-specific/ complex phobia where a person feels anxious about being in a certain place or situation where they believe it’s difficult for them to escape if they have a panic attack. This can have a significantly negative impact on a person’s life resulting in them avoiding crowded environments, travelling on public transport or even being alone.

is also known as social anxiety disorder, this phobia centres around social situations and interactions. Like Agoraphobia, this too significantly affects a person’s life and well-being, as they may avoid speaking in front of other people for fear of being humiliated and it can sometimes stop people from socialising altogether. It stops some people from carrying out basic everyday tasks like grocery shopping.

Hypnotherapy is a powerful practice for helping you unlearn the fear response, build up your exposure to the phobia and over time ease the associated anxiety.

For Specific phobias I see clients for 4 sessions. These 4 sessions are a specifically structured programme with techniques used in each of the four sessions to unlearn and reframe the phobia.

For Non-specific/ complex phobias, as we’re dealing with deep-rooted underlying anxiety, we tend to work over more sessions, to first significantly reduce the deep-rooted anxiety and subsequent lower-level stresses, then begin the specifically structured programme over 4 more sessions (as with ‘Specific Phobias’).

Please get in touch and book an appointment, If you are suffering with nerve issues, fears or phobias, by contacting me via the WhatsApp button on this page, or by email: barry@settleyourhead.com and I’ll get straight back to you with available times for a first session.

Quit Smoking for Good

“Hypnotherapy is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit” – (New Scientist volume 136)

To find the most effective way to give up smoking, Frank Schmidt and
research student Chockalingam Viswesvaran of the University of Iowa carried
out a meta-analysis, statistically combining the results of more than 600
studies covering almost 72 000 people from America, Scandinavia and elsewhere
in Europe. The meta-analysis results were conclusive showing Hypnotherapy to be the most effective way of giving up smoking for good.

Cigarette smoking is one of the greatest single causes of illness and premature death in the UK & Ireland. Worldwide the number is far greater. Tobacco is killing more than 7 million people each year.

Hypnotherapy is not only effective for quitting smoking but, in the process, can also help challenge unhelpful mindsets and negative behaviour patterns associated with smoking, helping you to live a healthier, more controlled life. Hypnotherapy is successful as it works on challenging the subconscious part of the brain that creates and relies on habits. Contrary to popular belief and the marketing from nicotine substitute companies, physical addiction to nicotine is only about 10% of the problem. Ex-smokers actually overcome this addiction in less than one week. The greatest challenge comes from the deep-rooted habits in the mind. It is these behavioural patterns and habits that we challenge and change through hypnotherapy. This not only enables people to stop smoking but it empowers people to overcome any temptations for good.

Do you want to stop smoking? Really?? Before you make the decision and try to quit, it’s important to recognise why you want to quit and to be sure you are making this decision for yourself. Trying to quit for someone else (a fiend, partner, child, sibling, parent, etc.) or when you’re not truly ready can often lead to relapse, frustration, and feelings of failure. You are more likely to succeed if you truly want and commit to quitting for your own good. This is not a “Let’s try this hypnotherapy thing and see does it work” therapy, nor is it a magic wand, wholehearted commitment to quitting is a prerequisite. Imagine what life would be like without being controlled by smoking? What would you be doing better?

“Haven’t had a cigarette since last Tuesday thanks to you. I was smoking around 30 a day and spending £400 quid a month!”

CS – Belfast

 

Hypnotherapy sessions for quitting smoking takes one session lasting 90 minutes to 2 hours (there is no initial consultation required). Hypnotherapy for quitting smoking is the best way to give up, particularly for people that have tried and failed with other methods before.

If you truly want to stop smoking, please contact me via the WhatsApp button on this page or by email: barry@settleyourhead.com and I’ll get straight back to you with available times.

Reduce Stress in The Work Place – Employee Stress Reduction Programmes

Hypnotherapy helps relieve and manage stress in the workplace, as well as reducing fatigue, negative moods and improving overall work satisfaction, focus and performance.

As you might have read on other sections of this site hypnotherapy is positively impactful in a wide variety of settings and can be adapted to suit the needs of your business and its employees. It can support your employees through difficult periods of change management, increase team performance, reduce stress, reduce fatigue and increase self-esteem and confidence.

If interested, please contact me via the WhatsApp button on this page or by email: barry@settleyourhead.com and I’ll get straight back to you.