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Hypnotherapy for Athletes & Sports Motivation

Hypnosis can be an incredibly powerful tool for athletes both for therapeutic and performance enhancement purposes. Sports hypnosis is simply hypnotism directed towards improving sports performance. Hypnotherapy is used by all levels of sports people today, from amateurs to top level professionals, and is getting successful results in just about every type of sport.

Farhana came to see me because she was worried that her addiction to sugar especially chocolate and sports bars would prevent her from competing in her first body building competition. She was working very hard at the gym refining and building up her muscles. As a body builder in training for a competition she was required to stick to a very strict diet of mainly protein, carbs and vegetables.  She was very dedicated and careful preparing the correct meals but she had no will power over her craving for chocolate. The strict diet that is required for competition body building takes a great deal of discipline and she was struggling. It’s important to regulate the diet by eliminating all junk foods, sugar, bread, high carbohydrate drinks, regular soft drinks and to cut down on high lactose milk products in order to build up the muscles.

The type of therapy I used with Farhana was Resource Therapy, this is a powerful and brief therapy based on the premise that the personality is composed of separate parts, rather than being a whole. These parts (which everyone has) are called ego states. While the client is in a deep state of hypnosis I work directly with the states that can best benefit from change, rather than merely working with an intellectual, talkative state. In Farhana’s case the part that was causing her to crave sweet food was a childhood state. She also had a positive determined state and once we resolved this inner conflict between the two states she no longer craved sweet food.

We are each made up of a number of different states; each has its own feeling of power, weakness, emotion, logic, or other personal traits.  When we say, "Part of me wants to," we are talking about an ego state.  When we say, "I feel at peace with myself on this issue," we are talking about our ego states agreeing, not having an internal struggle. Our various states help to make our lives rich, productive, and enjoyable.  A state harbouring pain can cause unrest and unwanted emotional reactions.

I also worked with her to increase her motivation and self-confidence during the competition and so it was no surprise that she WON!  

“As a bodybuilder competitor I had a massive addiction to sugar, which has a negative effect for health and specially my sport. Studies have shown that sugar can be as addictive as cocaine. My addiction for sugar streams from childhood and it correlates back to my stress as a child. I tried many ways to get it under control but none of them worked. Hypnotherapy was recommended to me by a friend and I found Lorna Jackson.

The results I received from the therapy were truly amazing, which has given me the ability to prepare for my first bodybuilding competition which I won. Thanks to Lorna, without her help this would have been impossible to achieve. I highly recommend other athletes to give Hypnotherapy a go.”  Farhana Ahad.

Disclaimer: (Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person).

Video Gaming Addiction

Hypnotherapy for Video Game Addiction in Brisbane and the Gold Coast

Are you concerned at the amount of time you, your child or someone close to you are spending playing video games.

The video game industry has become more prevalent and increasing affordability and accessability to this technology has made it easier to build a habit of video gaming.

The habit of video gaming is similar in nature to that of compulsive gambling.

If you or a loved one is spending hours a day playing video games it could be that video gaming has developed into an ongoing habit.

9 Signs that video gaming has become a habit:
1. Constantly feeling the need or compulsion to be preoccupied with video games;
2. Becoming withdrawn, distracted, aggressive or frustrated if the video games are taken away;
3. Increasing urge to spend evermore time engaged with video gaming;
4. Having tried a number of times unsuccessfully to control the need to play video games
5. General loss or disinterest to participate in previous hobbies, sports or interests except for video gaming
6. Continuing to play video games even though having knowledge of associated problems
7. Lying to others regarding the amount of time spent playing video games
8. Using video games to escape or relieve stress, to relax for extended amounts of time
9. Losing a job or a relationship, perhaps procrastinating on completing educational assignments, missing sports, etc in order to play video games.
Source of 9 Signs that video gaming has become a habit:
Daniel L. King, Paul H. Delfabbro. The cognitive psychology of Internet gaming disorder, doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2014.03.006

Hypnotherapy can help video game addiction, reducing the urge to play and to help to get your life back on track. Often help is needed to overcome any underlying causes the may be contributing to this compulsive habit. Lorna Jackson is a skilled hypnotherapist with many years of practical experience helping her clients end bad habits for good.

*Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee specific results. Results can vary from person to person.

Phobic Aversion to Eating Vegetables and Fruit.

Clinical Hypnotherapy Helps With Phobic Aversion to Eating Vegetable and Fruit

I recently saw a client in my Brisbane clinic who wanted to be able to enjoy eating fruit and vegetables. This young woman was in her early twenties and struggled daily to eat any type of vegetables or fruit. This phobia caused her to feel very self conscious when dinning out at social functions. Her health was also beginning to suffer from a lack of proper nutrition in her diet, and she was losing weight. 

During the pre talk I discovered that she had been traumatised by her father from her early childhood. He was extremely health conscious and controlling and had tried unsuccessfully to force her to eat vegetables many times. She had developed a phobic reaction to them and was unable to eat them at all because they caused her to gag. She had also lost confidence in herself, experiencing extreme low self esteem, and bouts of anxiety and depression. 

During the first session, using the skills I have developed over the years as a regression therapist I was totally able  change this phobia that was controlling her life. She realised while in hypnosis that at a very young age she was scared of her father and fearful of getting into trouble. Because of this fear she decided not to make any decisions at all, in her child’s mind it didn’t matter what she did, she got into trouble anyway. So she decided to sit on the fence, which actually meant this child part decided never to eat vegetables or fruit. We continued negotiating with this child part and once her subconscious mind fully understood the reasons behind the avoidance the shift was immediate. I then asked the child part if she wanted to eat the vegetables and she smiled as she said yes, she was ready to try them now.

After I brought her out of hypnosis I asked her how she felt about vegetables and fruit, she replied that she was looking forward to going home to try some. She was curious as to how they would taste.  

When she returned for her second session a week later, she seemed like a totally different person, her face lit up with a big smile as she told me she went home after the first session and ate some pumpkin and carrots with her dinner and since then she has been trying different foods and really enjoying them. 

After only one session this client had experienced such a profound change, and when she finished the four session program she felt confident that she was well on her way to better health. Her self confidence had also increased, the anxiety and depression had subsided. She was socialising more and planning a trip overseas, which was something she had been fearful of doing in the past.

In childhood, when we return to a coping skill over and over again the brain grows according to the stimulation it has received. This clients coping skill was avoidance behaviour, so that she wouldn’t get into trouble from her father. The combination of axon and dendrite growth and trained synaptic firings creates a physiological Resource State, a personality part with the intellectual and emotional traits that were used during its forming. Most pathologies can be healed by regressing to discover the cause. When this client ate food she reverted to her child resource state that had decided not to make a decision about vegetables one way or another for fear of getting into trouble and this lead to the habit of avoiding vegetables and fruit.

Disclaimer: (Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person).

Food Cravings Resolved

Resource Therapy Session for Weight Loss

With some of my weight loss clients I need to find out the cause of their cravings to change them permanently. This particular client craved snacks while watching television in the evenings. She described this craving as a feeling in her mouth that was looking for something sweet and crunchy to eat.

I asked her to tell me about the last time she felt the urge to eat when she wasn’t hungry and she told me she was sitting on the couch watching television feeling distracted because of a craving for food. I encouraged her to tune in to the feelings of being distracted and thinking of food and to tell me more about this.

She said her mind kept going away from the television show, and thinking of having something to eat. I asked to tell me what she felt when this happened and she said she felt frustrated.  She knew she wasn’t hungry and shouldn’t need to eat, or want anything but the thoughts keep distracting her.

After asking her again how she felt in her body, she said she felt fidgety and kept moving around in her chair, but she still didn’t know if this was because she wanted to eat something or if it was something else.

I asked her to tell me how this fidgety feeling felt and she said she didn’t feel settled.  I encouraged her to go even deeper into the fidgety unsettled feelings and she said that her mouth wants the food but her head is frustrated because part of her didn’t want to eat anything. She felt really frustrated because she knew she wasn’t hungry.

I guided her back to the time in her life where the restlessness in her body began, the feeling of needing and wanting something. 

Her story emerged slowly and began with her seeing an image of her dad in her mind, she described this image was like a picture in the air of her dad just before he was sick. She was about age 20 and told me they always had snacks in the house before dad got sick. Her mum liked something salty to eat while watching television and there would be packets of chips, biscuits or something else in the pantry. But when dad got sick they didn’t get them anymore because dad wasn’t allowed to eat those kinds of foods because of his heart condition.  It wasn’t hard not to have them back then because she wanted her dad to get well.

I guided her back further to another memory in her life to where she first began to eat the snacks while watching television.

She went back to age 10, her family had just moved to the city from the bush and she said there wasn’t any place to buy snacks when they lived in the bush, they hardly had them back then. Having snacks was like a special treat and it was easier to buy now they lived in the city because the shop was just around the corner to where they now lived. They could just walk to the corner shop after school, and she also had tuckshop at school which she didn’t have when they lived in the bush.

She felt excited and special to have the different foods available, like a treat she could have every day, but the city kids didn’t see it that way, to them it was normal to have all the many different foods available.  They had fresh iced finger buns and she could smell the fresh baked bread at the school tuck shop. Her parents let her have the different foods and they developed a habit of eating snacks in the evenings while watching television.

I asked her to tell me how she felt about having these new foods available whenever she wanted them.  I was surprised when she said she felt hungry and alone. She explained she didn’t think about other people when she ate, it was like she was only concentrating on the food and she wasn’t thinking about anything else.  I asked her if she felt the food distracted her from other things and she said yes it was like it was just her and the food. Like a treat that she might not get again so she concentrated and appreciated the food fully. She always liked trying new foods and new things, and viewed this as something special.

This is the childhood resource state that appreciated new things especially food when they lived in the bush and then moved to the city and I asked her what could I call this part of her that really appreciated food and trying new things. She decided on Appreciate and she said yes that it was okay for me to call this part of her Appreciate.

I began to speak with her adult self and asked the client to tell me about how she felt as an adult, about being healthy and slim and how she doesn’t want to eat all the unhealthy snacks any more.  She said this part of her that was the Wise part, because this was the part of her that had learnt a lot about nutrition over the years.

I asked the adult Wise part to speak to the child part which was aged about 10 and we called this part Appreciate, this is the part who loved to eat the snacks and to explain to Appreciate how as an adult she feels about eating the unhealthy foods.

As she began to speak to the child part called Appreciate, her voice changed and she became very emotional.  She told the child she didn’t need the food to remember dad, it’s not the same. The food isn’t a memory of dad. This was a big turning point for this client, she experienced an epiphany of what she was really trying to achieve by eating the snacks while watching television. Part of her was still grieving for her dad who had died of a heart attack a long time ago and the snacks were a subconscious habit developed over the years of growing up with her family.

Eating the food with her family was a way they all had felt connected as a family,  but when her dad had died she felt that something was missing, this was why she felt hungry and alone, she was trying to distract herself from feeling the grief and loss of her dad, this was like a hole inside of her and she was trying to fill it with food.

Now she realised consciously what her subconscious mind was trying to do, she could easily stop the habit. Her subconscious mind was trying to help her by causing her to think about eating, which lead her to eat when she wasn’t hungry. Her subconscious mind was trying to recreate the good feelings she experienced as a child with her family, especially her dad. 

I proceeded to facilitate spiritual grief therapy with this client and then I proceeded to ask her what other things she could appreciate in her life rather than food. She told me she loved to read, watch a movie and loved to immerse herself in a story or an adventure and she would do this instead of eating when she wasn’t hungry.

 I asked her how she felt about the new insights and she said it felt strange that wanting to eat food that she didn’t really want was really about a memory so far ago.  She realised she could remember and appreciate her dad in other ways now rather than eating.

After years of yo yo dieting this client changed her habits after this session and went on to reach her goal weight and maintained it. As her health improved her depression lifted as well.

Disclaimer: (Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person).


Help with easing Claustrophobia

This phobia is debilitating to the sufferer having the feeling of walls closing in or the room growing smaller. Being in an elevator is extremely frightening experience often resulting in having to take the stairs or settling to do business with people located on lower floors.

Flying in an aircraft is impossible due to the doors being closed and having no way to get out. Some sufferers of claustrophobia even have trouble breathing.

If you are one of people that suffer from claustrophobia, you may have tried to talk yourself out of it, telling yourself, "I'm not claustrophobic" but it hasn’t changed the way you feel.. When you have finished with  your self-talk, you are still suffering from claustrophobia.

Hypnosis has helped many sufferers to overcome claustrophobia. It is also important to note that even though Hypnotherapy works for one person for a number of factors it may not work for everyone and in regards to that Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.

Claustrophobia is a generated response coming within the subconscious mind. The phobia has been constantly reinforced by conscious thoughts, feelings and actions resulting in the further reinforcement of the phobia. This is a constant cycle that can be interrupted by the use of hypnosis.

While in hypnosis your subconscious mind is wide awake and open to suggestion and this enables the Clinical hypnotherapist to reframe that old phobia and its triggers. Following the release of claustrophobia a person is free to fully enjoy their life, to partake in activities that previously debilitated them.

*Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee specific results. Results can vary from person to person.


Help to overcome Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is a debilitating phobia that results in the person affected being afraid and unable to leave their house alone. Typically it starts off with a panic attack and steadily progresses, others witnessing this evolvement of the phobia can find it difficult to understand.

Hypnosis can help a person suffering from agoraphobia by helping to deal with the anxiety and most importantly the triggers that set the phobia off. In many cases agoraphobia begins with an initial sensitising event and during the session a hypnotherapist may ask many questions to help uncover this time in a person’s life where the phobia initially started.

Basically agoraphobia is a response generated within the subconscious mind. The phobia has been further reinforced by conscious thoughts, feelings and actions leading to further reinforcement of the phobia. This constant cycle can be interrupted through the use of hypnosis.

A Clinical Hypnotherapist assists by helping to modify the subconscious minds view of the initial sensitising event that in many cases is the root cause of the phobic fear. Working with hypnosis in this manner the phobic fear can be eliminated easily and quickly. Reframing this initial sensitising event is essential as this event can be what has debilitated the person all along. Following this reframing, further suggestions can be then given to facilitate additional change.

Using hypnotherapy to help a person with agoraphobia can be a most effective way to get to the source of the problem. This is done by hypnotically accessing the unconscious mind so that the underlying thoughts, feelings and actions that feed into the fear are subconsciously realigned.

Agoraphobia may be overcome in just as little as one session or it may take a few sessions. In many cases the feelings of anxiety and panic can be reduced during the first hypnotherapy session helping to further improve a person’s life.

*Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee specific results. Results can vary from person to person.

Resource Therapy

Resource Therapy and Hypnotherapy

Resource Therapy, formally known as (Ego State Therapy) is a powerful and brief therapy based on the premise that personality is composed of separate parts, rather than being a whole. These parts (which everyone has) are called ego states.  The therapist works directly with the states that can best benefit from change, rather than merely working with an intellectual, talkative state.

We are each made up of a number of different states; each has its own feeling of power, weakness, emotion, logic, or other personal traits.  When we say, "Part of me wants to," we are talking about an ego state.  When we say, "I feel at peace with myself on this issue," we are talking about our ego states agreeing, not having an internal struggle. Our various states help to make our lives rich, productive, and enjoyable.  A state harbouring pain can cause unrest and unwanted emotional reactions.

(Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person).

The goals of the Resource Therapy are:

1) To locate ego states harbouring pain, trauma, anger, or frustration and facilitate expression, release, comfort, and empowerment (It is unresolved states that come out and make us feel out of control. They are our internal tender spots),

2) To facilitate functional communication among ego states (the statement "I hate myself when I am like that" indicates two states lacking in proper communication)

3) To help clients learn their ego states so that the states may be better used to the clients' benefit (e.g., allowing the client to, at one time, be open to enjoy emotional experiences and, at another time, be assertive to feel expressed when challenged).

Where did our ego states come from and do we all have the same ones?
We are not born with our different parts or ego states.  We make them as we live.  Our ego states are formed when we do something over and over again.  This ‘over and over again’ learning creates a physical neural pathway in the brain that has its own level of emotion, abilities, and experience of living.

By repeating actions over and over again the brain will grow and connect in such a way that will create a physical neural pathway that is an ego state.  We will switch into an ego state when a need for that state occurs, or when an injured part is reminded of the injury it may come out in an attempt to gain some resolution. That is why a bad feeling can come over us all at once.

Our brains are composed of cells, called neurons. We are born with millions of neurons.  We can lose them through injury and aging.  Thankfully, we have a lot, and the ones we have can be trained, and retrained. Our brains can grow. We can grow new neurons and we can grow new connections between our neurons.

An interesting thing is that our brains grow according to stimulation.  When mice were raised in an active environment their brains grew bigger than mice grown in a passive environment.  Like muscles, brains grow bigger with use.
Each of us has our own distinctive set of ego states that we have trained.  No one else will have ego states that exactly match our own, but they may have some ego states that are very similar to some of ours.

We have developed a successful method of hypnotherapy using a blend of Resource Therapy with hypnotherapy and this can help with:

•    Anxiety, panic attacks and psychosomatic pain.
•    Work performance, feeling blocked or blocking yourself.
•    Emotional problematic patterns or issues.
•    Personality traits that cause discomfort or harm.
•    Inner-conflict resolution.
•    Some health challenges.

This article comes from the book “Ego State Therapy” by Dr Gordon Emmerson.

Lorna and John Jackson have both completed the Diploma course in Ego State Therapy under the supervision of Dr Gordon Emmerson Ph.D. who is the ultimate authority on ego-state therapy.

Formerly a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Victoria University in Melbourne, he has authored two books: Ego State Therapy and Advanced Therapeutic Techniques and Interventions...

*Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee specific results. Results can vary from person to person.