Other therapies – Hypnotherapy Sydney
Body focused repetitive behaviours & more

Hypnotherapy can help with a variety of issues

Hypnosis can be used quite effectively to treat a variety of BODY-FOCUSED REPETITIVE BEHAVIOURS (BFRB’s) that are on the obsessive-compulsive disorder spectrum.

Such as skin picking disorder (Dermatillomania), nail biting (Onychophagia), hair pulling (Trichotillomania) & teeth grinding (Bruxism). Also other psychobiological conditions such as; pain management, Tinnitus, chronic fatigue, burnout, IBS and more.

There are two major ways we can utilise hypnosis. The first is to work on the ‘mindset’, this is a powerful strategy in its self.
This could include regression techniques that can help resolve and release issues from the past that hinder a person throughout their lives.

The second, by use of direct suggestion. It’s possible to communicate directly with the subconscious and recalibrate the immune system. This can help with issues such as accelerating a slow healing process, or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for example.

So, if there are other issues that you’d like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to contact me by phone or email.

Bruxism is the involuntary grinding, clenching, and gnashing of teeth, most often done unconsciously and mainly during sleep, but occasionally during the day as well. It can lead to permanent dental damage as well as a variety of unpleasant side effects, such as regular headaches, neck aches, and jaw pain.

Bruxism can occur as a side effect of medications or psychiatric conditions such as depression or anxiety. There are also links with antidepressants and recreational drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy.

Hypnotherapy has been well documented as an effective approach to dealing with bruxism. It works by inducing a relaxed state of the mind and bringing awareness of the condition as well as addressing the underlying causes, which can sometimes include complex and deep-seated emotional and physiological issues.

Clinical hypnosis will help you to sub-consciously learn to break the habit and will dissolve the root cause of problems that caused your clenching and grinding, as well as helping you to learn effective coping strategies for stress and relaxation.

Also learning self-hypnosis can not only help you to relax regularly, it can also help you to develop more positive strategies for coping with daily stress. All BFRB’s are usually unconscious habits, and the hypnosis works by re-programming the sub-conscious mind to replace your BFRB response for something else that is far more relaxing and positive.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The irritable bowel syndrome is a condition more frequently occurring in more developed countries. About 10 to 20% of all people now suffer from the syndrome, which causes abdominal pain. If no evidence of a other symptoms can be detected (such as lactose intolerance, intestinal inflammation), the irritable bowel syndrome is diagnosed.

The cause of an irritable bowel syndrome seems to be the altered pain perception of the intestine. Important is the neurotransmitter serotonin (a “nerve messenger”, which acts mainly in the brain). This messenger is not normally absorbed and released even when depression and unnatural pain occur. Serotonin also acts on gastrointestinal activity, so there is a link between serotonin and pain in the abdomen. The symptom of irritable bowel syndrome results from a combination of local effects such as damage to the intestinal flora by antibiotics, nutrition and systemic effects such as serotonin levels and thus also psychological stress. In some of the affected clients, the irritable bowel syndrome occurs after a stomach / intestinal infection and antibiotics. The irritable bowel syndrome is nowadays regarded as a psychosomatic disease because psychological factors are of proven importance in the development and course.

The effectiveness of hypnosis in irritable bowel syndrome has been demonstrated by the analysis of controlled and randomized studies of the highest scientific standard. 87% of patients treated with hypnosis benefited from the therapy. In most studies, as well as an improvement in the irritable bowel syndrome, an improvement of the psychological complaints was achieved. In contrast to drug therapy, treatment efficacy was also shown years after treatment with hypnosis. This underlines the long-term efficacy of therapeutic hypnosis, which treats the causes of the disease and not just the symptoms.

Hypnosis is the aid to an improved handling of the ear noise. Hypnosis can help people suffering from a decompensated tinnitus to turn it into a compensated tinnitus, a tolerable ear noise.

Frequently, the developing ear sounds are perceived as very burdensome after hearing loss, and those affected also develop anxieties. These anxieties have a tinnitus-enhancing effect and should be treated with hypnosis to interrupt the circulation of distressing ear sounds and anxiety at an early stage. It is important to know that the stressful perception of the ear sounds improves over time. The initial phase usually is the worst. In the initial phase the newly developed ear sounds appear particularly stressful. Focusing on the noise amplifies the symptoms. Over time, the intensity of the noise usually decreases.

If there are no physical causes for ear noises, it can be a tinnitus caused by mental stress. In this case, hypnosis will be used to deal with the stressful factors and feelings in order to indirectly improve the sound of the ear.

By learning self-hypnosis clients have the opportunity to manage the ear noise themselves. Self-hypnosis can be used to reduce stress.

It’s important to note that hypnosis isn’t always a stand-alone strategy and can be used in conjunction with other therapies such as Emotional Freedom Technique, (EFT), or Thought Field Therapy, (TFT), both are similar versions of a specialised “tapping” with the fingers on meridian points on the upper body and hands. The theory behind TFT & EFT is a mixture of concepts derived from a variety of sources. that it can help with a variety of mental and physical ailments utilising the traditional Chinese energy meridians.

Also, medicines, herbal or allopathic. A holistic approach is often needed to effectively treat and these chronic conditions.

Skin picking (Dermatillomania) and Trichotillomania, the strong habitual urge to pull out hair or lashes are stress/habitual based disorders. The urges can feel uncontrollable and worse at times of stress, tiredness, boredom. Or just watching TV or sitting at the computer when your hand starts to wander? You could also be a ‘picker’ or a ‘puller’.

Every pattern is unique.

Hair pulling & skin picking are often unconscious ways to escape from feelings that are hard to process, like anxiety, avoidance, boredom or stress. You may experience a ‘zoned out’ feeling of comfort and relaxation while pulling or picking, but afterward, you experience feelings of guilt or disappointment in yourself. Socially, you may feel self-conscious of the missing hair, which in turn, can stop you enjoying a fuller social life.
Trichotillomania & Dermatillomania affects about 1 in 30 people, so you are not alone, even though it may sometimes feel a very insular, isolating behavior.
These habits generally start between the ages of 9 and 15 and once established, they can quickly become addictive & ingrained. It is a conditioned response that releases dopamine & endorphins (feel-good hormones) in your brain. The more you do it, the more you strengthen the pathways that cause habit. The good news is, by using hypnotherapy and NLP for both Trichotillomania & Dermatillomania. In the hypnotherapy, one can create a new response in the situations where you would normally pull or pick.

Nobody likes nail-biting, (Onychophagia) especially when adults do it, it can be explained as a kind of a compulsion that may cause the destruction of the nails. Habitual nail biting is a common behavior among children and young adults. By the age of 18 years, the frequency of this behavior decreases, but it may persist in some adults. Nail biting is an under-recognized problem, which may occur on a continuum ranging from mild to severe.

Hypnotherapy, how does it work?

Hypnosis connects directly to your subconscious and makes you more aware of what you are doing when you start your particular BFRB. Rather than automatically indulging the behavior, hypnosis makes you become very mindful of what you are doing. This means that you notice your hand reaching towards your mouth, or that you are clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth, or rubbing the skin to feel for imperfections, rather than just automatically doing it. Using hypnosis in conjunction with an existing treatment program has been shown to increase treatment success.

  • Hypnosis can: turn the old unwanted habits into an automatic tapping (EFT) response.
  • Establish a protection from the impact of triggers & stressors.
  • Make the old habits that have felt uncontrollable automatically controllable
  • Enhance relaxation techniques with self-hypnosis training.
  • Increase mindfulness enabling a constant presence and self-observation.
  • Identify and diffuse historical picking or pulling triggers

There is significant and comprehensive research detailing the effectiveness of clinical hypnosis being used as a tool to treat emotional, medical and behavioral problems. Hypnosis requires the client to focus and concentrate on their thoughts, feelings, impulses, and sensations so that you move into a trance state. This mimicking of the subconscious state can help a patient develop an awareness of the sensations, thoughts, and emotions they may experience prior to and during any of the BFRB’s.

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