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This month our local Hypnotherapist Liane Ulbricht-Kazan is focusing on how Hypnotherapy can help people to achieve their goals and get more enjoyment out of life as we head in to Springtime.

Winter can send us into a state of physical and mental “hibernation”, and although many people look ahead to the arrival of Spring with great optimism and pleasure, for many people (for example those suffering with depression) the lighter evenings and longer days can in fact create more feelings of loneliness and low mood, as the days seem longer with less opportunity to “hide away”.

Liane explains, “This is a good time of year to take stock and give ourselves the opportunity to have a kind of mental “spring-clean”. What do I mean by this? It’s about coming out from that hibernating, wintery mind set and having a really good clear-out of things that might be holding us back.”

“Negative self-talk can prevent us from doing things we want to do or from behaving and acting in a positive way. Our minds cannot differentiate between imagination and reality, so if we keep thinking about things we should have done, or tell ourselves we will never be able to do something, that negative repetition impacts on us and becomes a habit- to think we can’t rather than think we can.”

Let’s take as an example a meeting. Intellectually you know the meeting is going to go ok, they generally do, but you start thinking about things going wrong. You think about it 50 times? The actual meeting goes quite well but in your mind you have attended 51 meetings and 50 have been disasters. Therefore, even though the meeting went well, you will feel anxious about the next meeting as the score is 1 positive to 50 negative experiences.

The good news is that we can change these negative thoughts and habits into more positive ones – we just need to know the tools with which to do so”

Just as we start to sort out our summer from our winter clothes, or sort out our clutter at home, we can sort out old thoughts, feelings and issues and re-evaluate them – are they useful to us anymore? And how can we do this anyway? Liane suggests that Hypnotherapy can really help people to move forward in a positive way and put those negative thoughts and feelings away; not just for Spring and Summer, but for good.

She explains, “Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) is a modern, research-based combination of Psychotherapy and Hypnosis, aimed at encouraging people to focus on how they want things to be. It’s great for people who have negative or self-critical thoughts or experiences that inhibit them from getting the very best out of themselves. SFH is a forward looking approach that is really effective in lowering stress and anxiety levels, and also helping with the replacement of negative habits and behaviors with positive ones.

“To be physically healthy, we have to be mentally healthy, and more people recognise these days that medication alone or “just getting on with it” may not be enough and want to make change happen in an ongoing, realistic and sustainable way. SFH can help you learn how you can use your full mental resources to achieve your goals and give you tools that you can use right now, and for the rest of your life.”