Sleep, Anxiety, Stress & EMDR.

Today's busy lifestyles can often lead to high levels of stress and anxiety, which can impact negatively upon our sleep patterns and how we interact with those around us.

By using Hypnotherapy to relieve your stress levels, you are dealing with the root causes and how you react to them, rather than simply masking their effects.

At Transform Hypnotherapy, we can also teach you relaxation techniques that will help you deal more easily with future situations that may have previously caused you to feel anxiety.

There are two main areas of poor sleeping patterns: not being able to fall asleep easily, or not being able to stay asleep. Often it is a busy brain that keeps us awake, feeling frustrated and fidgety, though there are many other causes and symptoms. By using hypnosis, we can help relieve these symptoms so you can enjoy a restful night's sleep again.

We recommend a two-session package initially to deal with issues relating to stress and sleep, and daily listening to your personalised session recording for at least the first 4 weeks.

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach designed for working with distressing or traumatic memories. The theory behind EMDR is that many psychological difficulties are the result of distressing life experiences which have not been stored in memory properly and are said to be unprocessed or blocked. These traumatic memories may need some help to become processed, and EMDR is one way to do this.

What is special about trauma memories?

Normal memories are stored by a part of the brain called the hippocampus. You can think of the hippocampus as a sort of librarian which catalogues (processes) events and stores them in the right place. However, some traumatic events (such as accidents, abuse, disasters, or violence) are so overwhelming that the hippocampus doesn’t do its job properly. When this happens memories are stored in their raw, unprocessed, form. These trauma memories are easily triggered, leading them to replay and cause distress over and again.

There are a number of steps to EMDR treatment, but some of the key stages are to:

Identify a negative belief about that worst moment. Think of a troubling memory, then identify an image of the worst moment of that memory. Identify emotions and bodily feelings linked to that moment.

Think about the image & belief while at the same time making left-to-right eye movements as led by the Practitioner.

To allow your mind to ‘go with’ whatever comes up and just notice what happens.

This process will be repeated until the memory causes less distress and is processed in a normal way (this may happen in one session, or may take more than one session).

EMDR is not hypnosis and the client is in an eyes-open wide-awake state throughout the session. However I do like to use Hypnosis at the end of each session to integrate the positive changes we have made and to ensure the client leaves in a calm and relaxed state.





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