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A different way to view Stress

Stress is my friend!

Often, when the pressures of life are building up and we are rushing around trying to keep on top of it all we can become exhausted and our bodies start to release stress hormones which keep our bodies on high alert. Sometimes this creates sensations in our bodies which can feel uncomfortable and frightening, for example, our hearts begin to pound and we can find ourselves short of breath! Although this feels alarming it is actually a clever function in our bodies designed to help us meet a challenge! Instead of interpreting these sensations within as our body preparing to ‘freak out!’ and cause us damage we should be viewing them as our body becoming more energised!

These stress hormones are helpful to you,  your pounding heart is preparing you for action, as you breathe faster, more oxygen gets to your brain. Another  hormone which is released when stressed is Oxytocin, often known as the cuddle hormone, as it is released when you hug! It invests your brain with social instincts and makes you reach out more to others, crave physical contact and strengthens relationships by giving you more empathy and compassion. Therefore, in a way, it is urging you to seek support by telling someone when life is hard. Your body wants you to be surrounded by those that care! It also protects your cardiovascular system from the effects of stress, helping heart cells to regenerate and heal quickly from stress damage.

So the message here is: don’t fear stress, see it as your friend! Respond to your instincts by reaching out for help or even connect to others through helping them. There is evidence a plenty to demonstrate that the bodies of those people who spent large portions of their time helping others showed no harmful effects of stress compared to those who didn’t. When you see your stress responses as helpful, it transforms fear into courage!

Stay happy and healthy!


Will Hypnotherapy work for me?

This is a question that gets asked a lot! And I understand why, for no-one wants to waste their time or money but unfortunately this isn’t a question that can be answered with a simple yes or a no. Hypnotherapy may be quite a big investment for you in terms of time, money and effort so it’s natural to want guarantees that it will work.

Most people can be hypnotized although some can take longer than others to relax and use hypnosis effectively. There are a small group of people who may not respond to hypnosis due to their inability to perceive context and implication. Hypnosis is simply an engaging and deepening of the brain’s natural ability to focus and imagine. And in this relaxed ‘altered’ state of mind, the critical conscious mind can be bypassed to access your subconscious mind. Hypnotherapy can be very effective, if indeed life changing in certain cases. However, whether its counselling, coaching, psychotherapy or hypnotherapy, a therapist cannot guarantee a 100% success rate in every case, if they could, no-one would bother to learn, provide or use anything else.

I have a varied set of techniques that can be altered, personalised and adapted to each individual but there are no 2 clients the same. To be 100% sure of a technique being effective, each client would have to have the same type of anxiety or the same issues with weight loss etc. They would all have to have had the same experiences and upbringing, the same motivations in life. For this reason a technique used in hypnosis might work brilliantly for one person but not so well for another. For every different situation there will be a different solution and sometimes this can be found straight away and sometimes it’s not so easy. It has to be applied in a unique way for each individual.

Having said all this I can guarantee you that if you came to see me I would give you 100% of my time and commitment, you would be listened to attentively, treated with respect and only given the number of sessions you really need. Your privacy would be paramount and I would do everything I possibly could to help you achieve what you would like to achieve. In most cases if someone is determined to change and has the motivation and resolve to do so, then the process of hypnotherapy is generally successful!

Please call or email if you would like to come for a consultation with me regarding something you may like to change. I am approachable and ready to help. Call me on 07528637825 or email

 Hypnotherapy for depression

I am a hypnotherapist in Sheffield, (abbeyhypnotherapy) and I regularly deal with depression both with my clients and also some of the acquaintances I know. Recently myself and my partner lost a friend whom we’d known for quite some time. He was consistently an upbeat , happy-go-lucky type of guy, put himself out for others, always the joker, daft as a brush, would do anything to get a smile but was equally laid back, genuine, easy going and seemingly relaxed.

This friend of ours also had an outwardly, enviable life! He was happily married to a devoted wife, who supported him in everything. In fact they were inseparable. He had 3 loving kids whom he adored and was proud of and who felt the same about him. He had a steady job and enjoyed playing in two ,both of which were successful. That would be living the dream for most of us.

However, this friend wasn’t living the dream internally and much to the shock of ourselves and all the music/friendship community he operated within, took his own life! No-one knew there had ever been a problem with depression, even his wife knew nothing until the night before. It has devastated his family of course but has also sent shock waves around the circle of people who knew him. No-one could believe it. He had kept it all to himself. His funeral was attended by hundreds, he was loved by so many.

I firmly believe that if this friend had opened up to others, sought counselling or hypnotherapy, talked about how he was feeling, he would still be here with us and would be starting his journey back to feeling whole again.

I will never know why my friend chose to end his life but there is a way out of the black hole and I urge anyone else feeling depressed in this same way to get in touch and receive help as soon as possible on 07528637825.

A Complete Solution
– The hypnotherapy treatment for depression classically combines addressing the sources of the depression, breaking negative thought cycles, regaining a sense of control and rebuilding self-worth and self-belief.

– Hypnotherapy can also be very useful for inducing relaxation, reducing distraction, maximising concentration, encouraging new thinking, amplifying experiences, and providing access to subconscious thought processes.

Symbolic Imagery in trance
These techniques are generally excellent for handling past emotional experiences, and reducing feelings of guilt, anger, blame, loss, fears, anxieties, etc.

Hypnotic regression
This is usually an excellent and very relaxed way to safely revisit traumatic or disturbing events that may lie at the heart of your troubles. With relaxed, closer attention (in trance), new insights and better perspectives may reveal themselves, that allow you to deal more thoroughly with what has happened and enable you to move on positively.

Call 07528637825 if you would like a chat or would like to make an appointment to help with any depression you may be currently dealing with

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