Many people experience anxiety, phobias, fears, stress, panic attacks and other similar problems, often on a daily basis. Some people have these and/or other problems… perhaps a problem controlling food intake leading to weight problems, drinking more than they’re happy with, using drugs, have psycho-sexual problems or other issues. I have successfully helped many people with all sorts of symptoms, issues and problems, using hypnotherapy, specifically Hypno-analysis, here at my practice at Hypnotherapy Portsmouth.
I am often informed by clients that I am ‘the last resort’ for them, most of them having tried other therapies or other forms of help for their problems before trying hypnotherapy. Well, that’s fine by me as I can often help where other approaches may have not.
They may have had some counselling, traditional psychotherapy, ‘ordinary’ hypnotherapy (suggestion therapy a.k.a clinical hypnosis); or they may have consulted their GP about it, yet they still haven’t experienced any significant changes or improvements.
They may have tried NLP, CBT, EFT (tapping), meditation, shiatsu, acupuncture, relaxation or whatever and this may have helped them to perhaps cope with or understand their problems a bit better, or they may have got some temporary relief from them, although they do still have them.
Many clients have thought a fair bit over the years about their problem or talked things through with their friends or family. Some of them may be taking anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications, all with the goal of helping with their problems but they have still got problems.
So, if problems have not been resolved by using any of these approaches and methods then what can they do about them? And where do these problems come from?
All human beings have the ability to (and the tendency to sometimes) suppress uncomfortable and ‘unacceptable’ emotions. Children do this especially, though not exclusively, if they feel that they don’t have anyone they can turn to who will understand and/or help them with their feelings. People who have experienced ‘challenges’ (of whatever type) in their childhood will naturally tend to have more suppressed emotions and therefore have more psychological/emotional conflicts than the average. A lot of people can then often continue to suppress uncomfortable emotions to varying degrees throughout their lives. Whilst this behaviour in adulthood isn’t very helpful, it is the emotions that are suppressed when we are young, which are most often the key to many later problems.
When we are growing up, we have thousands of experiences, most of which we take for granted once we become adults, but they were once completely new. Sometimes these (new) experiences create quite powerful emotions and, if a child doesn’t like these feelings, or they can’t understand them, or they don’t have the ability to process them effectively, it is normal for them to suppress the feelings, so these feelings basically remain ‘unprocessed’ – this may be good for foodstuffs but it isn’t good at all for emotions! 🙂
Sometimes we do this so well that we then can have no conscious memory or awareness of the experiences which caused the emotions at all, even though as adults we can have problems which are connected to them.
These unprocessed emotions cause a (psychological) ‘conflict’ and this conflict can and does produce all manner of problems – anxiety, fears, phobias, panic attacks, physical symptoms (e.g. asthma, eczema, migraines), sexual problems, problems controlling food intake leading to weight problems, or drink problems and much more.
Until the 1950s, this normal process we have of suppressing and/or not properly processing emotions when we are young, (and the resulting conflicts, problems and symptoms caused by this), was well known and widely accepted. However, since that time, there has been a gradual move away from this well-researched and widely accepted ‘theory’ (most psychology experts would argue ‘fact’) by the general medical profession, most of the psychiatric doctors and even some of the psychotherapy professions, so much so that the medical profession tend to now pursue answers to these problems by looking for all manner of genetic, chemical and physical causes (and provides solutions in the form of medications or operations) rather than looking at unresolved emotions. This ‘move’ away from a previously well-known and widely accepted mental and emotional process does not mean that this natural process no longer exists – it does still exist, and some doctors are starting to look at this again but, sadly, it seems to be a slow change.