Karen Thomas HPD DHP SFBT NCH MNCH GHR
2, Merthyr Road
02920 617700 / 07503 423374
Do you feel angry or out of control? Is a past event or trauma preventing you from experiencing happiness and moving forward? Is substance abuse causing you to feel miserable... or maybe you have low self esteem or feel lacking in confidence? As a psychotherapist/hypnotherapist DHP, HPD, MNCH who also practices 'Havening' I specialise in helping people overcome their trauma, anger, drug addictions, anxiety, depression, phobic responses,need to smoke or their need to eat to excess . I am passionate about helping people get their lives back on track to experience more joy in their lives. Hypnotherapy is drug free with no side effects and is widely recognised as the most effective and powerful way to bring about positive changes in your life. Using Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) I can successfully treat clients for a variety of issues. I also practice 'The Havening Technique', which is effective for people who have experienced a trauma, are angry or emotional still about a past event or are suffering from a phobia. This technique is based on neuroscience and until recently, traumatisation encoded enduring memories, emotions and sensations in our body and mind that created lifelong distress. This encoding requires a biological process - a traumatic encoding moment produces a physical alteration in neural tissue. It is what is referred as traumatic memory. In order for an event to be encoded as a trauma, powerful emotional forces need to come into play. The most primitive and powerful emotions, fear and defensive rage are called reactive....this means that they occur without thought. There are also emotions that require thought, called reflective emotions such as guilt, shame, frustration, jealousy, revenge and hatred. Finally there are emotions that last for a while and originate in the sensory parts of our brain. They nourish our lives. These routine emotions include happy, sad, inspired, worried and so on. Both reactive and reflective emotions have the potential to be encoded as a trauma and thus sustained over time. Since all emotions are stressors, traumatisation produces an inescapable stress. This has immense implications in how we live our lives. Havening is a way of decoding the traumatic event and involves the application of sensory input to generate an extrasensory response to produce a beneficial change, either transiently or permanently within the brain without the use of drugs.
Anger is a primitive biochemical response in our brains and we have evolved because of it. Anger has a function, without it we would probably live in a perpetual state of entropy. Anger is closely associated with will and will is directly linked to our spirit. When we talk about someone being 'high-spirited' or having lots of spirit we mean that they are alive, energised and motivated. They use healthy aggression to get things done. Anger drives us to make changes and accomplish things personally and globally. It motivates us to speak up and communicate our feelings, to define our boundaries and protect ourselves from being taken advantage of. Healthy anger gives us a voice.However the shadow side of anger is abusive of power, can be cruel, destructive and painful. It can cause a tremendous amount of pain for ourselves and for others who are on the receiving end. Angry people are sometimes not aware of the impact of their aggression on others. Anger can be equally dangerous when it is passive -so much energy goes into keeping the lid on their anger then it is only a matter of time before they explode or become calculating and hostile. Anger is fear based - often as a result of past hurts, self loathing and feelings of failing or deep insecurities that have not been dealt with. Hypnotherapy is an effective way to treat anger and enable individuals to express their anger more healthily.
ALCOHOL OR DRUG ADDICTION (including COCAINE, CANNABIS, AMPHETAMINES, PAIN KILLERS)
Are you using alcohol or drugs as a way of self medicating, blocking out pain in order to feel better about yourself...is it having the opposite effect? Drinking alcohol and taking drugs can act as a quick 'fix' for our problems but will eventually create more pain for ourselves long term - the very thing we are trying to avoid.
Even if you have tried in the past and failed don't despair...hypnotherapy is a powerful tool to overcome drink and drug addiction.
Depression is common. Symptoms can affect day to day life and become very distressing. Hypnotherapy has proven to be one of the most effective ways to treat depression quickly and without side effects.
The truth about depression and how to lift it
It may have started gradually but you slowly become aware you are feeling miserable a lot of the time. The world seems less colourful and you cant keep your mind on what you are doing. Worries go round and round in your head and you cant get to sleep because of them or you wake up too early thinking about them. Whenever you do wake you feel exhausted and cant motivate yourself very much, sometimes just wanting to stay in bed and make the world go away. You may feel restless, pacing up and down in a state of agitation and despair. Perhaps you cant eat and the simplest of things will seem too overwhelming to do. Nothing seems funny anymore and the pressure can feel so physical, weighing down on your shoulders and eyelids. You have lost all confidence in your ability and feel useless. You may be scared to be alone or have suffered a panic attack. Your biggest fear is that it will never ever end and the thought of suicide may well have crossed your mind, or you may even have attempted it. If you are suffering from depression some of these experiences may strike a chord with you and you may have others of your own to add. When you get that low you may feel in the grip of a illness so great you are powerless to stop it from consuming you, however this hideous soul destroying experience can be banished and totally annihilated. For some people depression is driven by guilt (If only...), Anxiety founded or unfounded ("What if I get made redundant, fall ill ect") or for others it can be anger (" If the Hospital treated my mother better she wouldn't have died"). Some can be a combination of all 3.
There are 9 considered symptoms of depression:
1. Depressed Mood
2. Loss of pleasure or interest in usual activities
3. Disturbance of appetite
4. Sleep disturbance
5. Feeling agitated or lethargic
6. Loss of energy
7. Feeling of worthlessness or guilt
8. Difficulties in thinking
9. Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
It is a myth because despite millions of pounds being invested into genetic research and gene mapping, no 'depressive' gene has been found. The fact that depression has increased so strikingly in modern times affecting people of all ages tell us something crucial about depression. Genes don't change that fast and what has changed dramatically is our society. Its not the events in ones life that affect us but how we perceive them. Sometimes depression has an unexpectedly straight forward explanation and it isn't the one you might expect. This is because the emotional arousal caused by so much miserable worrying keeps us in our 'primitive' brain and prevents you from seeing what is obvious to other people. The good news is that one of the most effective ways of beating depression is through 'hypnosis'. Hypnotherapy may help identify the causes and origins of the depression. Once this occurs people often describe is as "a weight being lifted" or a "light going on". Hypnotherapy can also help you recognise any patterns of negative thinking you may be caught up in and help change them. Hypnotherapy can help you replace old thinking patterns with more useful ones and to understand the impact of your past, to focus on the present in order to work towards the future you desire. The amount of sessions needed can be from 6-12 depending on the severity. There is a free telephone consultation offered up to 20 mins to established how we go forward in helping you.
Quit Smoking Now.
Have you wanted to give up smoking but felt you couldn't break the habit? Have you tried giving up and felt frustrated when you relapsed back in to the habit? Do you feel that you will have this habit forever? You are not alone but look no further: "Hypnosis Patients Twice As Likely To Remain Smoke-Free" After Two Years Study of 71 smokers showed that after a two-year follow up, patients that quit with hypnosis were twice as likely to remain smoke-free than those who quit on their own. Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Wynd, CA. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005; 37:3, pages 245-250.Hypnosis More Effective Than Drug Interventions For Smoking Cessation Group hypnosis sessions, evaluated at a less effective success rate (22% success) than individualized hypnosis sessions. However, group hypnosis sessions were still demonstrated here as being more effective than drug interventions. Ohio State University, College of Nursing, Columbus, OH 43210, USA Descriptive outcomes of the American Lung Association of Ohio hypnotherapy smoking cessation program. Ahijevych K, Yerardi R, Nedilsky N. Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit - "New Scientist".
Smoking actually increases stress and anxiety, so when you light up a cigarette to help 'distress' you, you are doing the exact opposite. Smoking increases heart rate and interferes with the production of serotonin - the essential neurotransmitter needed for our mental health and wellbeing. It is indeed no wonder that people who smoke throughout their lives are more susceptible to develop anxiety and clinical depression. Once a person quits however their serotonin levels can go back to 'normal', they can be more in control of their emotions thus getting their lives back on track. The tobacco companies would have us believe that smoking is highly addictive, however this is a myth as about 10% is addictive the rest is in 'the mind'. Hypnotherapy along with NLP is a non invasive powerful tool that can help change your perceptions about smoking, enabling you to quit the habit, removing any desire permanently - changing habits you no longer need or want for a healthier happier you.
There's no denying it: trying to lose weight can be a long and challenging journey. If you've ever tried and failed to lose weight before then you probably know just how frustrating it can be - especially when feelings like stress, low self-esteem, sadness and boredom crop up
So how does hypnotherapy for weight loss work?
1. In hypnotherapy we coach clients. I will guide you into a state of deep relaxation.
2. Once your body and mind are in relaxation mode (much like a daydream), I will be able to access your unconscious mind (the part of us that works all the time but that we're not necessarily aware of i.e. innate instincts and survival mechanisms).
3. Soothing, carefully worded scripts can be used to explore a client's reasons for overeating and suggest new ways of thinking through visualisations. You have the control to reject any suggestions you don't feel happy with without any guidance from hypnosis.
It might be hard to imagine a world where you'd happily turn down your favourite food for something healthier, but with certain hypnotherapy techniques it may be possible to change your thinking patterns and gain control over cravings in a way that doesn't depress you. By targeting the unconscious mind with powerful suggestion techniques, through hypnosis, we will help you develop a new, positive relationship with food and exercise. The aim is to make you feel confident about your body, change any negative thoughts about eating and help you lose weight healthily and responsibly without impacting your emotional wellbeing.
Hypnotherapy for Stress
We have all experienced stress at some time in our lives whether its to do with our job, worrying about money or relationship issues. We all need a certain amount of 'stress' to help with motivation and getting things done, however too much stress can debilitate us and prevent us from focussing on what is important resulting in us running around like 'headless chickens', having a detrimental effect on our health and well being. Hypnotherapy is effective for treating stress in order for us to carry out tasks calmly and efficiently.
There are many things in life that need to cause some fear. Fear is a natural part of life - a healthy warning sign that there are things in the world that represent danger. So the problem isn't fear but 'Irrational Fear'. The problem is when your fears cause you to change your lifestyle which can debilitate you or cause you pain despite the awareness and reassurance that it is not dangerous. When you have something or many things that cause you intense, irrational fear then you have developed a phobia. Phobias can come in many guises such as a phobia of spiders, snakes, going out, heights, lifts, flying, buses to name but a few. It is important to remember that a phobia is behaviour that is learned and it can be unlearned. Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool to overcome any phobic responses effectively and without any side effects.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the renowned Gold Standard Clifton Practice for Hypnotherapy and I am qualified to practice Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy, DHP, HPD, MNCH.
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
- Addictions *
- Alcohol abuse *
- Anger management
- Anxiety *
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome *
- Depression *
- Drug abuse *
- Eating disorders *
- Exam stress
- Fear of flying
- Food addiction *
- Gambling addiction *
- Insomnia *
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Low self-confidence *
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessions and compulsions *
- Pain management *
- Panic attacks *
- Phobias *
- Post-traumatic stress disorder *
- Public speaking
- Quit smoking
- Relationship issues
- Sex addiction *
- Sexual issues *
- Sleep disorders *
- Sports performance
- Stress *
- Stuttering *
- Tinnitus *
- Weight loss
* If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have one of the medical conditions starred above, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies or treatments.
Other areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
Traumatic events such as rape, mental abusevents, physical abuse, sexual abuse, events during war or witnessing a particular event that induces trauma.
Please call me for a free telephone consultation in complete client confidentiality.
- Hourly rate: £60
- Concessions: £50
- Smoking Cessation 2 hour Treatment £150
- Addiction - 6 sessions
- Irrational Fears/phobias (1-6 sessions)
- Confidence Building (4-6 sessions)
- Weight Issues (4-12 sessions)
- PTSD (3- 6 sessions)
- Mild Depression (3 - 12 sessions)
- Severe Anxiety (3 - 12 sessions)
- Smoking ( 2 hours )
The Havening Techniques®Event Havening
In this method, the client imaginally brings to mind the event that causes distress. The individual then rates the distress on a scale from 0-10 (called an SUD, Subjective Units of Distress scale). Havening Touch® and distraction techniques are subsequently employed. The purpose of Event Havening is to remove the distress caused by the recall of the traumatic memory.
This is most often used at the end of a session. Here, the individual chants the word "hopeful" while receiving Havening Touch®. The therapist adds words after each chant. Words such as "I am healing", I am recovering", "My pain has eased","I feel good", "I am good enough. Or, " I am strong","I can do this, I will heal", "I will recover".
One of the most remarkable finds involving Havening Touch® is that it allows the client to take control of the event in their minds and imagine a positive outcome to the event. For example if a client had been trapped in a circumstance, one could offer a different outcome while Havening Touch® is applied. The idea that we can alter the outcome has powerful implications for the treatment of trauma. It has allowed people to distance themselves from the event to such an extent they can move on.
This is a very difficult type of Havening and requires intimate knowledge of the clients' circumstances. It is never used at the outset. Here, a trained therapist or counselor takes on a role of an individual that is a powerful component of the traumatic event and speaks to the client while applying the Havening Touch®. For example, a child who has died can speak through the therapist. The speech should be comforting and informative. After some of the traumas have been removed, and the client is amenable, they can be coached. .
In this process the client chants a word or a phrase that is associated with a traumatic event. The word chosen is proceded by a the non-spoken "I am"... scared, afraid, angry, ashamed, guilty, alone, ect. Without Havening Touch®, emotionally related events remain separate, but when Havening Touch® is applied during chanting, these events become bound and are brought to consciousness and removed.
In this approach the client seeks something they find positive about themselves. The word or phrase, like in Transpirational Havening, has a preceeding unspoken "I AM"... worthy, strong, a good boy, etc. Once chanting begins, Havening Touch is applied for about 3-5 minutes.
Self Havening is explained to the client after a session, so they are able to apply it to themselves after treatment.
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Monday 10.00 - 20.00 Tuesday 14.00 - 20.00 Wednesday 12.00 - 8pm 20.00 Thursday 18.00 - 20.00 Friday 9.00 - 18.30 Saturday 10.00 - 16.00