Hypnosis is a deep state of relaxation: a wakeful state of focused attention and heightened awareness. In a hypnotic trance we are more open to positive suggestions to change our behaviour to the way we want it to be. Clinical hypnosis takes our cognitive processes, values and events that are already part of us and utilises them to create positive change. We can experience hypnotic like trances in everyday events when we are daydreaming or on autopilot, often experienced when dreaming about being on a lovely holiday or going on a familiar car journey. In hypnotherapy the therapist can refocus your attention in a more optimistic and positive state to direct you to positive change. Hypnosis is not sleep and you will always be in control. Hypnotherapy can be beneficial if you are experiencing signs of anxiety, depression, sleep problems or addictive behaviour. The NHS guidelines recommend clinical hypnotherapy for the effective use of alleviating uncomfortable symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
I visited Paula having exhausted all the recommendations from my doctor. Friends had previously talked about positive experiences they’d had with hypnotherapy so I decided to give it go. I had been grinding my teeth at night and clenching my jaw during the day when stressed for about 2.5 years. Initially, fitted with a very basic mouth guard for night times the pain became unbearable. After an MRI the doctor referred me to the Eastman Dental Hospital with sever degenerative and irreparable damage in both jaw joints caused by my bad habit. Numerous arthroscopies under general anaesthetic did nothing but after a few sessions of hypnotherapy with Paula I was able to understand what was going on in my life was crucially connected to the grinding and clenching. Paula spent time not only hypnotising me but working through my anxieties at the start and end of the sessions. We pin pointed issues and Paula helped me to think of ways I could improve my situation. She recorded the sessions so I could listen to these when I had a spare 20 minutes in my day and signposted me to useful mindfulness resources I still use today for my own wellbeing. Together with some steroid injections the pain has diminished and I don’t appear to be grinding and gritting at all! Thank you Paula.Tessa