Hypnotherapy can be an effective treatment for stress and stress related problems. In a state of hypnosis, stress can be managed by learning to modify your reactions to events and situations. Of course, results will vary from person to person as with any therapy. In my experience the difference between success and failure is mostly down to the client’s level of motivation, which is why no therapist or doctor can ever guarantee success.

WHAT IS STRESS? Stress means the total demands made upon the mind and body by situations and activities. Stress can be beneficial as well as harmful. It is beneficial where it “stretches us”, motivating us to “rise to the occasion” and discover our own strengths. This is one reason why many people freely choose very stressful occupations, such as the Armed Forces, when they could have settled for a less demanding life.

STRESS AND ILLHEALTH. Stress becomes harmful when the demands on the person exceed their capacity to handle. The stress may be too intense, or too prolonged, especially if there is no end in sight. At this point the individual becomes exhausted, and cannot even feel pleasure. The individual feels emotionally flat or irritable, and cannot think or remember. A vicious circle thus develops, because the person cannot use his intelligence to deal with what is stressing him. Prolonged stress causes physical diseases such as high blood pressure and heart problems. Read “Hypnosis and Physical Problems”to learn more.

HYPNOTHERAPY , COUNSELLING, AND STRESS. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), which is a combination of Counselling and Hypnotherapy, is an excellent way of learning to control your emotional reactions. Click here for the contact form to book your free initial consultation at my office. There I can assess your problem and agree a plan of treament for you. By calming yourself mentally and physically, you can reduce stress levels and enhance your mind’s problem-solving capacity. Counselling can then help you make rational decisions about the issues that have been stressing you. It is best to learn to control your emotional and stress reactions before making important decisions. Read “How Does Hypnotherapy Work?” to learn more.

STRESS IN MODERN LIFE. Modern life is so different to the lives of our ancestors, that our brains are just not equipped to deal with modern stresses. Everyone has their limitations, and while counselling and hypnotherapy extends our limits it cannot do away with them completely. Some people may need to reconsider their own lifestyle and priorities, if they have reached their maximum capacity to deal with stress.