Shrewsbury Wellbeing Hypnotherapy & NLP GHR GHSC


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I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist and I post frequent Blogs about how Hypnosis can help with a large variety of conditions.

By Drew Rhys Williams, Feb 22 2017 12:31PM

Why is it so difficult to make a change in behaviour? Is the habit of a lifetime just too hard to break? There are often things that we would like to achieve, ranging from little tweaks here and there, to major system overhauls and yet we find ourselves stuck and unable to make the changes and alterations that we believe we need. We often make a determination to see something through but we don’t have the motivation to carry it out. We have lots of good intentions but life sometimes gets in the way. The first important and positive step forward is to admit to ourselves that we want to make a change. The next important thing is to galvanise ourselves to create the willpower and strength to carry it out. This is the frequently the long awaited wake-up call that we are looking for. The first thing is to understand we have a problem or issue, the second thing is to find a strategy or to seek help in order to carry it out. This is a place where hypnotherapy and NLP. can help. Hypnosis can offer a very powerful means to boost your confidence and self-esteem. It offers suggestions that are working in collaboration with your innermost desires and needs and operates on a conscious but also unconscious level.

I think a major motivational obstacle is fear of the unknown, the practicalities of altering behaviour are uncomfortably out of our collective comfort zones. It can be dominated in part by fear of failure and because we are frightened to fail we refuse to try. This is important and so I am going to repeat it, because we are frightened to fail we refuse to try. We are often afraid what our friends and family will think or believe about us. This is understandably a major issue because who wants to try to make a major change only to be rewarded with unhelpful comments or criticism? It is easier not to do anything rather than try to make a change and face lots of negativity. And so it really is understandable that change is hard to achieve. This is again an area where hypnotherapy and NLP can help to boost confidence, to anchor positive states and to help rid ourselves of unwanted and unhelpful past beliefs that we are holding on to.

One very simple solution to achieving change is to use an effective NLP exercise and so if you are feeling stuck and do not know which way to turn then simply ask the four following questions:

What would happen if I did?

What would happen if I didn’t?

What wouldn’t happen if I did?

What wouldn’t happen if I didn’t?

For instance, if you are dissatisfied with your job and want a change but are afraid to do so, then apply this desire to change your job to the four questions and be totally honest in your answers. What would happen if you did apply for a new job? What would happen if you did not apply for that new job? What would not happen if you did apply for that new job? And what would not happen if you did not apply for that new job?

At first these questions may not appear to be straight forward, but if you are willing to think them through and apply them, then they allow you to see any issue from a new perspective. Sometimes this new perspective is all that you need to create and achieve change. This is just one simple NLP strategy and there are many more available and along with the positive suggestions and confidence boosting techniques that I can offer you at long lasting change is definitely possible!

By Drew Rhys Williams, Dec 31 2016 06:04PM

Fed up with dieting, only to pile the pounds back on, want to make a real change, hypnotherapy can help…

Let’s make no bones about it, losing weight is something that a lot of people would like to do. After the recent festive indulgencies of the holiday period, it is something that many would like to put into progress in the New Year.

However, sometimes even the thought of dieting, or cutting down, making changes to our eating and drinking habits are uncomfortable and frightening. Frequently because we are worried that if we announce what we want to do and we do not achieve it, then we will be considered a failure by our family and friends and this becomes our excuse for NOT doing anything in the first place.

But to quote a cliché here, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” What exactly does this mean? – well, a long term plan, a long term change or alteration just does not happen overnight. It happens over time.

My suggestion would be to take small steps. A few years ago I took on an allotment and the advice that I was given by an old allotment faithful was not to try and achieve everything at once: just dig up some weeds, clear the soil and plant some seeds. And then when you have done this and seen some success then take on the next bit of allotment. If you try and do it all in one go, it can be too difficult because it requires a lot of effort and you do not see the results at first and you will become downhearted before you can achieve any success. So it’s better to concentrate on a small area, deal with that, see the results coming and then feeling happier with the results coming in, then start on the next bit and so on and so on.

Motivation is essential when trying to lose weight and we all know that small steps forward equals long term results. Hypnotherapy can help you change how you feel towards food and transform negative beliefs and habits helping you to become slimmer, healthier, giving you the power to reduce and manage your weight. And over time all of these efforts are achievable because they are gradual, they are not so black and white. Small steps forward are possible because they are precisely bite sized and achievable.

So now we know Rome is not built in a day but over time. And this is the same with weight loss. If you are worried that you cannot do it or it will be too hard, then hypnosis can help you take that small step forward. Within a short amount of time, if you are faithful to what you have set out to achieve, then with your desire for long term change, you will begin to see those results come in and become successful.

It is totally within your power to achieve what you want to achieve if you set yourself realistic goals and stick to them. Hypnotherapy can help to boost your confidence and self-esteem. Soon the small steps forward that you make, will help you feel more positive about yourself as you begin to manage your eating habits and weight loss more successfully.

By Drew Rhys Williams, Dec 11 2016 02:35PM

I have recently completed a specialist hypnotherapy course for IBS (at Skills 24), which contributes to my continual professional development as a Clinical Hypnotherapist. I am passionate about finding and researching up to the minute ways of helping clients create solutions to their problems. IBS can have a profoundly significant effect on sufferers’ lives. I would encourage anyone who thinks that they have IBS to obtain a formal diagnosis from their GP or family doctor in order to rule out anything more sinister. Once you have a formal diagnosis then you have positively identified what you have and this gives us an idea of how best to deal with it.

To date there have been many clinical trials worldwide and abstracts written on IBS & Hypnosis. Many have had their findings published academically in highly respected journals like the BMJ, which detail the effectiveness of using hypnosis in treating IBS. The NHS webpage on IBS states that “hypnosis is used to change your unconscious mind’s attitude towards your symptoms”.

This would suggest that you can positively re-frame your attitudes and feelings towards your IBS. Many sufferers accept their situation and stoically feel that they have to put up with it but this does not have to be the case. You can change your attitude to your illness so that you do not have to feel helpless and stuck within the vicious cycle of its symptoms and all of the stresses that it brings with it.

Many people accept nowadays that the mind and body are inter-related and are one and the same and that a positive change in thinking has a corresponding effect on how the body behaves. If we change the way we deal with stress, begin to understand how we make ourselves stressed and then alter our behaviour…the likelihood is that we will not become stressed in the first place. We can begin to practice relaxation by creating personal strategies and recognising our personal stress triggers. As stress is a significant component surrounding IBS, it would be logical to suggest that less stress would equal fewer symptoms and less flare ups of IBS. By realising that there are solutions, we realize that we are no longer helpless and can create a level of control to help overcome or diminish our IBS, making it become manageable.

Hypnosis can offer significant help on how to reduce the symptoms of IBS. Sometimes we can get stressed about the very thought of getting stressed. An individually tailored treatment can offer solutions and strategies that are personal, helping to promote relaxation, rebalancing the mind and body and re-framing how you feel about your IBS, helping to change the limits that it puts upon your life. Once a session of hypnosis has been undergone, then all it takes is a little bit of ‘time out’ every day. Just a few minutes every day and with practice, you could get your life back on track, see positive results and manage your IBS successfully.

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