A new year! New goals and aspirations!

A new year is a time of re-evaluation. We assess our goals and aspirations. Then we make a commitment. We want to be more active, to feel better and ultimately to look fitter and healthier. This is where accelerated cognitive therapy and hypnotherapy can be very beneficial. I frequently help a person manage their weight by reorienting their relationship to food. Quite often people eat food compulsively. They eat when they’re not hungry or more often eat too much at their regular meals. A program of accelerated cognitive therapy combined with hypnotherapy helps a person be more conscious of their choices, to diminish a guilty relationship to food, to eat less and even enjoy food more. A program of therapy usually involves 4 sessions over 4 weeks and people usually begin to notice subtle but real changes after the second or third session. I concentrate on “embedding” the therapy so that the effects are lasting. Initial consultations are free. Make an appointment. I’m more than happy to help you achieve your weight loss goals.

The NHS Shouldn’t Help Smokers to Smoke

This morning on BBC’s Breakfast program there was a news item that the NHS shouldn’t be in a position to help people to smoke while in hospital. It was pointed out that there’s an irony in the situation where 80 thousand people die in the UK each year from smoking related illnesses, costing the NHS over £2 billion pounds annually, and NHS staff are being compelled to help patients get to designated smoking areas at or near hospitals.

Quite often patients can be seen directly in front of NHS hospitals having a cigarette. The person being interviewed in the BBC news item didn’t suggest completely cutting patients off cigarettes while they stay in hospitals, but while in hospital options and support be provided and/or suggested to help people quit smoking.

I agree with this approach. I also feel strongly that hypnotherapy combined with cognitive therapy be provided as a option to NHS patients to help then quit smoking. Obviously, an NHS patient isn’t going to receive this level of support (hypnotherapy and cognitive therapy) while staying in hospital, although it certainly isn’t impossible, but these forms of effective therapy should be offered as options in a range options. Hypnotherapy provided in conjunction with cognitive therapy could save lives and save the NHS resources at the same time.

Medication Alone Merely Masks

Within the last week, a woman in her 30s arrived in my office for an initial consultation. The woman is suffering with low self esteem punctuated by bouts of severe jealousy. In the course of our discussion, I learned that the woman had been bulimic. At some point while she was bulimic, she mentioned her condition to her GP and her GP offered her medication, nothing else. The woman wasn’t offered counselling, a referral to a mental health specialist, nor cognitive therapy least of all the suggestion to see a hypnotherapist therapist.

Not surprisingly, and I frequently learn this from clients, the woman obtained the medication but made a conscious effort never to take it. People suffering with serious mental/emotion issues with physical symptoms are usually aware that medication alone merely masks the symptoms temporarily. These are often the disappointed and suffering people whom I meet and help.

On the September 4th edition of BBC’s Breakfast program, Professor Ben Bridgewater conveyed the information, based on studies, that doctors don’t always actively listen to their patients concerns and that a “culture of arrogance” or attitudes such as “doctor knows best” still existed.

While asserting that these attitudes are constructively changing, Professor Bridgewater noted that the results of these attitudes can have very serious consequences for individuals and thus the NHS. GP’s attitudes change and many young GPs simply don’t have negative or limiting attitudes towards their patients and are prepared to accept the benefits and limitations of a medication only approach. GPs are sending people to me for either cognitive therapy or hypnotherapy or both. This is a significant step in the right direction.