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Life happens. Sometimes good and sometimes not so good. This is an exploration of life and all that interests me. I am a therapist working in Norwich, Norfolk, UK. I'm fascinated in the world around me and how people deal with and relate to it. I like to further my knowledge of people, psychology and more. Please join me on my journey.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Positive effects of Hypnosis - could it be a standard NHS technique?

Hypnosis could become a standard technique on the NHS

A report by the Royal Society of Medicine (hypnosis and psychosomatic medicine section) said that Hypnosis could become a standard technique on the NHS to treat a range of conditions. It said it can be used to relieve pain and treat stress related conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome. 

I was pleased to see that hypnosis (and talking therapies) is considered a viable option. From my perspective I agree hypnosis particularly works well with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  Focusing on relaxation, on emotions as well as the physical symptoms.  In fact I would like to challenge anyone to change my belief that the mind and body are totally connected! In my late teens and early twenties I suffered IBS.  Whilst I had some food intolerances that made it worse, I was also very unhappy at work at the time. I'm certain the stress I felt back then was a factor in making me feel unwell. It felt like a vicious cycle.  
A therapist should have sufficient training and supervision to help their clients.  An important thing for anyone considering hypnosis is that their therapist can do it well.  They should belong to a recognised regulatory body and adhere to any guidelines laid out by that organisation.  I belong to the General Hypnotherapy Register and (in my work as a therapeutic counsellor) to the National Counselling Society.  I receive regular supervision for my work.
Of course, a therapist can learn much from working with clients and also get an understanding of how their practice is going through feedback from those clients. If my clients are happy, then I am happy! In the last 6 months I had feedback telling me about reduced stress, better ease at falling asleep (and staying asleep), feeling more positive about themselves and life in general, greater assertiveness, greater confidence,  managing pain, losing weight.   I work on a tailored-to-their-needs approach with clients. 
I've been able to see first-hand how hypnosis and the use of 'talking therapies' gets positive results.  The old expression of talk is 'cheap' has moved with the times.  Talk is 'value for money', is more like it.


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About the Author: Angie works as a hypnotherapist, counsellor and coach at the Norfolk Clinic Complementary Healthcare Clinic, 38-40 Magdalen Road, Norwich, NR3 4AG. 

Call Angie directly on 07773 610816 or email info@angiegiles.co.uk 
Angie offers a free initial consultation to find out more. 

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