Pain is a natural human mechanism and fundamental to our survival. It is our body's way of telling us that we are being hurt and that we need to take action.
However, when pain serves no useful purpose – for example from a chronic condition, then we need some way of managing it. Chronic, persistent pain can make our lives feel almost unbearable resulting in poor sleep, fatigue, anxiety and depression.
While the source of the pain may be located somewhere in the body, signals have to reach the brain before we become aware of this. In fact, pain is both physical and psychological. The fact that people can continue to feel pain in an amputated body part clearly shows that the brain is capable not only of interpreting pain messages from the body, but that it can also initiate these messages independently of a physical cause. This pain can feel as real as pain coming from an injury.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy helps by creating a more positive mindset to help cope with symptoms and Hypnosis is extremely beneficial for pain control and pain management.
It can alter the brain's perception of the pain message; it can turn down its intensity and enable the body's natural pain control mechanism to initiate. The techniques can also be used outside of the sessions to self manage.
In our Initial Consultation, I will give you an understanding of how our brains work and why we think and behave as we do. It’s incredibly powerful to have this understanding and enables you to make the first step towards change and help break the vicious cycle of negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours that help create the environment in which pain may easily overwhelm.
When we step back from a negative situation and understand why and how our thoughts and feelings influence us, that awareness can be the first step into making positive choices and change.
In subsequent sessions using a combination of "talking therapy" techniques and hypnosis, I will help you to move further out of this negative mind-set and bring back a more balanced perspective on life, increasing your positivity and helping you feel calmer and more in control.
We will focus on how you want to feel (and not how you don't) and identify the steps needed to get you there, all of which will be personal and appropriate to you.
If you feel it's time to act, please contact me to make an appointment or simply to have a chat.
Thank you for visiting! Please note that I am now practicing in Stockbridge, having moved from my previous clinic in Chandlers Ford. Google is still showing the old address, but I hope that this will be corrected very soon.