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  • Chronic Pain
Stress and anxiety encompasses a range of related issues, such as, low self-esteem and confidence; fears and phobias and insomnia. 
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I enjoy working with people and have 17 years’ experience working with those who are vulnerable and in need of support. I started my career in the caring profession, working with adults living with severe mental health disorders. I eventually moved on to work with children with mental health issues and adults with severe learning disabilities. I have a BSc in Social Work (Hons) and have spent the past 10 years working with families and children in need of support during difficult and complex situations.  I am a qualfied Hypnotherapist and a counsellor in training , currently completing the Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

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by Healing Minds Hypnotherapy (Gail Young) 06 Dec, 2017

Have you lost weight and then piled it all back on again, and then some?

Used sheer willpower to stop yourself from eating that chocolate bar or those cream buns?

How many times have you eventually given into your cravings and found yourself eating even more than before?

Ever used supplement food replacements and lost some weight? But, found that when you returned to your normal eating habits you piled the weight back on?

What about calorie controlled diets? Did you suffer? Deny yourself food? Found that all you thought about was the food that you couldn’t have? Sound familiar? Then, when you reached your goal weight, you thought you could stop your diet and eat normally.  So, you did, and in a few weeks, you gained back all the weight you had lost! And, you were so disappointed with yourself!

Here are 3 things that helped me lose weight and keep it off: -

  1. I looked at my relationship with food.

  • The reason we overeat is usually emotional and this is deeply embedded in our subconscious minds. When we deprive ourselves of the foods that we use as comfort, our natural reaction is to rebel against it. We don’t enjoy depriving ourselves of the foods that make us feel good. So, sheer willpower and calorie controlled diets are usually short-lived and when these diets are over you will go back to eating the same way you did before.

  • When you deny yourself certain foods that you really want to eat you are only controlling your calorie intake and not your relationship with food. When you’re on a diet, your conscious mind actively prevents you from eating the wrong foods. But when the diet is over and you have reached your goal weight you will go back to your old patterns of eating. Why? Because you have not changed your relationship with food and the way you think about eating. Your old programmes are still intact and rise to the surface once your subconscious mind takes over.

  1. I acknowledged the power of the subconscious mind.

  • So, when your diet is over, your subconscious mind dominates and your old eating patterns will re-emerge. Yes, the problem is in your mind – your subconscious mind! To be successful in creating a new healthy lifestyle and losing weight, you will need to retrain your mind. You will need to change the programmes that you developed about food in your childhood.

  • It is only through permanent changes in your subconscious mind that you will experience permanent changes in your life – changes that come automatically and are not painful!

  1. I created a Hypnotherapy weight loss programme that will successfully change your eating habits and help you lose weight permanently.

  • In Hypnotherapy, I don’t ask you to give things up. Instead, I help you to re-assess your eating patterns and to re-programme your subconscious mind. I help you identify your programme that is stored deep in your mind. By doing this you can find out where your programme came from and this will help you to understand your eating habits and to stop blaming yourself for overeating. Once you have identified your programme you can change it through Hypnotherapy .

Now I have a healthy relationship with food and no longer use food as a comfort during times of stress or anxiety. I eat to live rather than live to eat. If you want to change your life and be in control, Hypnotherapy is the solution for you!

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by Gail Young 01 Nov, 2017


Phobias are more pronounced than fears. They are an irrational, intense and persistent fear of certain situations, people, objects or animals. Despite being aware that your fear is irrational, you can’t control the feelings. You may feel that your phobia has gained a firm grasp on your life and that it seems impossible to unlock.  Phobias, as well as, restricting day-to-day life, can also cause a lot of distress.


The phobic reaction may not arise until the source of your phobia is met. However, in some cases, even thinking about the source of a phobia can make you feel anxious or panicky. Phobias are much more serious than simple fears and females tend to suffer more from phobias than males.



You can develop a phobia about anything and everything, however, phobias can be divided into two main categories:

  • Specific or simple phobias
  • Complex phobias






Specific Phobias

Specific or simple phobias relate to a particular object, animal, situation or activity. They often develop during childhood or adolescence and may become less severe as you get older.


Common examples of simple phobias include :

  • animal phobias  – dogs, spiders, snakes or rodents
  • environmental phobias  – heights, water or germs
  • situational phobias  – visiting the dentist or flying
  • bodily phobias  – blood, vomit or having injections
  • sexual phobias – performance anxiety or the fear of getting a sexually transmitted infection.


Complex Phobia

Complex phobias tend to be more disabling than simple phobias. They develop during adulthood and are often associated with a deep-rooted fear or anxiety about a particular situation or circumstance.


The two most common complex phobias are:

  • Agoraphobia
  • Social phobia



If you suffer from agoraphobia you will feel anxious about being in a place or situation where escaping may be difficult. You might experience intense worry and fear about being stuck in a desperate situation with no help. If you suffer from this disorder you will have an increased risk of developing a panic disorder. Complex phobias are much more likely to affect your well-being than specific phobias. Also, you might develop a number of associated phobias such as monophobia (fear of being left alone) or claustrophobia (fear of feeling trapped, closed spaces). In severe cases, you will rarely leave your home.

Agoraphobia usually results in avoiding situations such as:

  • being alone
  • being in crowded places, such as busy restaurants or supermarkets
  • travelling on public transport


Social Phobia

Social phobia relates to feeling anxious in social situations. If you have a social phobia, you might be afraid of speaking in front of people for fear of embarrassing yourself or being humiliated in public. In severe cases, this can become debilitating and may prevent you from carrying out everyday activities, such as eating out or meeting friends. It often includes a fear of being judged by other people. Over time, you are likely to avoid social gatherings altogether.



This involves a fear of panic or of fear itself. Your fear can come from fearing the panic that is associated with your phobia. By anticipating panic, you raise your stress level and the fear of fear turns into a destructive cycle. You may avoid so many situations in an effort to not feel afraid, that your life becomes very limited.



If you don't come into contact with the source of your phobia very often, it may not affect your everyday life. However, if you have a complex phobia such as agoraphobia, leading a normal life can be very difficult. The following symptoms are common across the majority of phobias:

·      When exposed to the source of the fear, there is a sensation of uncontrollable anxiety

·      A feeling that the source of the fear must be avoided

·      The anxiety is so overwhelming when confronted with the source, that you are unable to function properly

·      Although you acknowledge that your fear is irrational, you are unable to control your feelings

·      Panic and intense anxiety, which may include:

o  unsteadiness, dizziness and light-headedness

o  nausea

o  sweating

o  increased heart rate

o  shortness of breath

o  trembling or shaking

o  an upset stomach







Phobias don’t have single cause, but there are a number of associated factors:

·      It may be associated with a particular incident or trauma

·      It may be a learned response you developed early in life from a parent or a sibling

·      Genetics might play a role


A phobia can develop during childhood, adolescence or early adulthood.

Specific or simple phobias, such as a fear of heights (acrophobia), usually develops during childhood. Simple phobias can often be linked to an early negative childhood experience. For instance, if you're trapped in a confined space when you're young, you may develop a fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia) when you're older.


It's also thought that phobias can sometimes be learnt from an early age. For instance, if someone in your family has a fear of spiders (arachnophobia), you may also develop the same fear yourself. Other factors in the family environment, such as having parents who are particularly anxious, may also affect the way you deal with anxiety later in life.



It's not known what causes complex phobias. However, it's thought that genetics, brain chemistry and life experiences may all play a part in these types of phobias.


A self-help programme to help manage or eliminate your phobia can include:

  • lifestyle changes
  • incorporating relaxation techniques into your daily life

·      Talking to someone you trust. You might find that talking to someone you trust about your phobia can help. It may be that just having someone listen to you and showing they care can help in itself.

·      Joining a support group

·      Seeking professional help


Lifestyle Changes

Making some simple changes to your lifestyle may reduce the symptoms of a phobia, such as panic attacks. This could include:

  • regular exercise
  • eating healthy, regular meals
  • getting enough sleep
  • reducing or avoiding caffeine and other stimulants




Relaxation Techniques

This calming breathing technique for stress, anxiety and panic takes just a few minutes and can be done anywhere.You will get the most benefit if you do it regularly, as part of your daily routine. You can do it standing up, sitting in a chair that supports your back, or lying on a bed or yoga mat on the floor.


Make yourself as comfortable as you can and loosen any clothes that restrict your breathing. If you're lying down, place your arms a little bit away from your sides, with the palms up. Let your legs be straight, or bend your knees so your feet are flat on the floor. If you're sitting, place your arms on the chair arms and both feet flat on the ground.


  • Let your breath flow as deep down into your belly as is comfortable, without forcing it.
  • Try breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  • Breathe in gently and regularly. You might find it helpful to count steadily from one to five.
  • Then, without pausing or holding your breath, let it flow out gently, counting from one to five again.
  • Keep doing this for three to five minutes.





Self-help Group .

A support group gives you the opportunity to share common experiences and methods of coping with others who are facing similar challenges. It is sometimes very comforting to know that you are not alone, and other people may be able to suggest different ways of coping.




What is hypnotherapy?

We experience different levels of consciousness on a daily basis: alertness, daydreaming, moderate trance and deep trance. To be susceptible to hypnotic suggestions and behavioural change you need to be in the last three levels of consciousness.


Relaxation techniques are used to help you to reach the correct level of consciousness for hypnotherapy to take place. Once you are in a hypnotic trance, your body becomes very relaxed whilst your brain is focused and alert.  In this state, your subconscious mind becomes more open to positive suggestions and new ways of thinking.


Hypnotherapy is a safe treatment with no side-effects. Contrary to popular belief, you are in control of your actions at all times. You can’t be made to do anything you do not want to do, or to think something that you do not want to think. You can’t get stuck in a state of hypnosis and you can bring yourself out of the hypnotic trance whenever you wish.



Hypnotherapy works by accessing the underlying cause of the phobia and eliminating your conditioned response to the source. When hypnosis is used to treat a phobia, the initial goal is to discover the initial event from which the phobia developed. The cause is often a traumatic event which occurred at an earlier time in your life, which you may have no memory of. If you cannot remember the initial event, it is likely that this memory has been repressed. Repression is a protective mechanism your mind uses by keeping memory of the trauma out of our conscious mind until we are ready and able to deal with it.


In order to access this memory, you will need to be in an extremely relaxed state. A Hypnotherapist will use techniques to help you become very relaxed and focused. This state of heightened relaxation and focus is referred to as the hypnotic trance. It is during this state that the unconscious can be accessed.


While in this trance state your subconscious mind is very receptive to suggestion, which is what opens the door to bringing about the desired change. A Hypnotherapist helps you to visualise yourself facing the feared object or situation without experiencing any anxiety. As well as this, a Hypnotherapist can guide you in creating new thoughts and responses regarding whatever it is you previously feared.



Also, it is during this trance state that unconscious memories can be unlocked and brought to conscious awareness. A Hypnotherapist can guide you back to the place and time where the distressing event occurred. Addressing this old memory consciously will help you to better understand it as well as begin to see it in a way which is no longer threatening. When this is achieved, the phobia will generally disappear.


The number of hypnosis sessions required for effectively dealing with phobias varies, and depends on several factors. These factors include how long you have had the phobia, how severely the phobia affects you and how determined you are to be free from the phobia. In general, it will take approximately three or four hypnotherapy sessions. However, in severe cases it can take more.


If you suffer from a phobia it is definitely worth considering hypnotherapy as a means of treatment.   about
by Gail Young 26 Oct, 2017

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia Syndrome is a syndrome of numerous pains experienced in tissues throughout the body. It is classed as a collection of symptoms, which includes widespread pain with tender points, chronic fatigue and a poor sleep pattern. Pain and tenderness can be felt all over the body, particularly in the back and neck area. The severity of the symptoms usually varies, as the illness waxes and wanes.

Other symptoms include: -

·    Non-refreshing sleep

·    Waking up stiff and tired

·    Headaches and migraines

·    I.B.S

·    Cognitive disturbances, known as ‘fibro fog’

·    Sensitivities to light, smoke, noise and other environmental factors

·    Allergies

·    Tenderness palpation at 11 of the 18 tender points

·    Widespread pain reported for 3 months.



What causes Fibromyalgia?

It is not fully understood what causes Fibromyalgia and there are no standards tests to identify it. Consequently, Fibromyalgia can go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for many years. As there is no tissue damage that explains the pain experienced with Fibromyalgia, it is thought that a significant part of this pain derives from changes in brain chemicals.


Significantly, Dr Russell at the University of Texas has found that Fibromyalgia sufferers tend to have abnormally high amounts of a neurotransmitter called substance P. This neurotransmitter causes neurons to send pain messages to the brain even when there is no source of pain. Also, Fibromyalgia sufferers tend to have abnormally low levels of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.


Interestingly, physical trauma, muscle abnormalities, viral or bacterial infection, immune system dysfunction, emotional trauma and hormonal change have been linked to the onset of Fibromyalgia. In fact, some researchers believe that cases of Fibromyalgia caused by trauma or serious infectious illness tend to be more severe and have a worse prognosis.



What is Hypnotherapy?

We experience different levels of consciousness on a daily basis: alertness, daydreaming, moderate trance and deep trance. To be susceptible to hypnotic suggestions and behavioural change you need to be in the last three levels of consciousness.


Relaxation techniques are used to help you to reach the correct level of consciousness for hypnotherapy to take place. Once you are in a hypnotic trance, your body becomes very relaxed whilst your brain is focused and alert.  In this state, your subconscious mind becomes more open to positive suggestions and new ways of thinking.


Hypnotherapy is a safe treatment with no side-effects. Contrary to popular belief, you are in control of your actions at all times. You can’t be made to do anything you do not want to do, or to think something that you do not want to think. You can’t get stuck in a state of hypnosis and you can bring yourself out of the hypnotic trance whenever you wish.











The Effects of Hypnotherapy on Fibromyalgia Sufferers.


The first controlled study of the effects of hypnotherapy on Fibromyalgia patients was carried out by Haanan et al (1991). Patients were randomly assigned to a group receiving hypnotherapy or a control group undertaking physical therapy. It was found, that in comparison with patients in the physical therapy group, the patients who received hypnotherapy showed significantly better outcomes on measures of muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance and distress outcomes. These differences were maintained at the 3-month follow-up assessment.


More recently, Bernardy et al (2011) carried out a systematic review of the efficacy of hypnotherapy in treating Fibromyalgia. The researchers supported the theory that hypnotherapy is effective in relieving pain and sleep problems. Furthermore, Picard et al (2013) carried out a controlled trial, contrasting the effects of five hypnotherapy sessions involving fifty-nine women suffering from Fibromyalgia. Again, in comparison to the control group, the treated group reported better improvement on pain levels and a significant improvement in sleep.


Consequently, hypnotherapy is emerging as one of the best alternative therapies in helping people to alleviate many of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia and allowing them to better manage the frequency and intensity of flare ups.


Fibromyalgia Symptoms and the Benefits of Hypnotherapy Treatment


Hypnotherapy can help to reduce pain immediately as well as reducing it in the long term. It is effective in helping you to regain control of your perception of pain.  The hypnotic trance begins with relaxation which tends to automatically reduce pain because the muscles are relaxed. Relaxation also brings on deeper breathing which will move oxygen to the body tissues, again reducing pain.


During treatment, you will be shown breathing techniques which you can use to expel the pain and breathe in fresh, revitalising, energising air. Also, visualisation techniques can help you to develop coping strategies to decrease symptoms and improve your lifestyle.


By learning to control your own pain with the use of self-hypnosis, you can take control of your own life. By taking control of your own life, you will likely develop a more positive mindset and new ways of thinking. Over time, hypnotherapy can help you to reduce the medications you take to manage your pain.


Stress and Anxiety

Hypnotherapy is effective in relieving stress and anxiety symptoms. Through the use of relaxation techniques and hypnotic suggestions, you can learn how to think positively. A positive mindset will help you to manage your symptoms of Fibromyalgia and can make a real difference to your long-term prognosis.


Fibromyalgia sufferers may experience a sense of helplessness and hopelessness, which can progress into a deep-seated depression if not addressed. Living for the present is a skill that you can learn through hypnosis, to help you enjoy the moment and to appreciate each day, rather than worrying about what the future holds.


Sleep Deprivation/Poor Sleep Pattern

Hypnotherapy can be used to enhance your quality of sleep, which in turn, can improve Fibromyalgia symptoms as the body requires rest to heal. Hypnotherapy can also help to change your sleep pattern and over time, may result in a reduction of sleep medication.  




Trauma as a Cause of Fibromyalgia

Past Trauma

As trauma, has been identified as a potential cause of Fibromyalgia, it makes sense that recovery can be aided by dealing with the trauma. The use of hypnotic regression can help you identify the source of the initial trauma so that the hidden emotions are released and dealt with.


Finally, whilst hypnotherapy is not a cure for Fibromyalgia, it can certainly alleviate the symptoms experienced, increase your control over you own body and improve your quality of life.







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K. Bernardy., N. Fuber., P. Klose., W. Hauser. 2011. Efficacy of hypnosis/guided imagery in fibromyalgia syndrome - a systematic review and meta-analysis of controlled trials. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2011. BioMed Central.


H. Haanen., H. Hoenderdos., L. Van Romunde., W. Hop., C. Mallee., J. Terwiel., G. Hekster. 1991. Controlled trial of hypnotherapy in the treatment of refractory fibromyalgia. Pub Med. US National Library of Medicine. National Institutes of Health.


P. Picard., C. Jusseaume., M. Boutet., C. Dualé., A. Mulliez., B. Aublet-Cuvellier (2013): Hypnosis for Management of Fibromyalgia, International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 61:1, 111-123

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