Mental health awareness week

For today’s blog I thought I would use mental health awareness week to highlight how stress can impact our daily lives.

More importantly though is what we can do about it. In today’s environment of job insecurity and cut backs, positive thinking can sometimes seem hard to achieve.  We often just don’t realise when the pressures of life are getting on top of us. But then we become ill, suffering from stress, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, depression and many other illnesses.

Quite often our own behaviours and negative thought processes have caused these problems. They leave us feeling vulnerable and unable to cope. Hypnotherapy can make a positive difference to the way we react. By changing old patterns of behaviour to new more positive ones we enable you to cope so much better with life’s challenges.

So what exactly is Hypnotherapy?

It differs from other therapies in that it is drug free. There is no physical manipulation and the conscious mind, with its anxious or analytical thoughts, is bypassed by means of the ‘hypnotic induction’.

For many of us, it is the conscious mind which can often hinder the success of other forms of psychological work. Consequently beneficial results are often achieved rapidly through hypnotic intervention methods. Using the tool of hypnosis the therapist guides the client into a relaxed state enabling direct access to their subconscious mind. This is where our instinctive behaviour patterns and natural reactions are formed. Using positive suggestion and imagery the therapist is able to focus on the behaviours that the client wishes to change.

What is Hypnosis? It’s the bringing together of the conscious and subconscious minds in a trance state, it is not sleep. A safe and powerful technique, hypnosis creates a deeply relaxed state of the body, mind and emotions. A technique that has been used in healing for over 4,000 years. In fact, we slip in and out of trance many times a day. When we are ‘daydreaming’, doing repeated tasks, watching television and when we are about to fall to sleep at night. You are guided into a relaxed trance state by the sound of the therapist’s voice and no-one can be hypnotised against their will. Make a positive step during mental health awareness week by booking online today for a free consultation.


cup of coffee having Therapy stress depression IBS anxiety at Neil Cox Hypnotherapy Bude Cornwall


There’s often a ‘buzz’ among people who hear about ‘therapy’. For most of us, seeking therapy means there’s something wrong with us or we are not in the right state of mind. Unfortunately, this is not how therapy is supposed to be.

In fact, many people who seek therapy include successful individuals, including celebrities, public officials and leaders. Therapy is not a hocus pocus, mental brainwashing or head-shrinking as what others may think. It is a scientifically proven technique that can aid in many areas of our life. Particularly those that pharmaceutical companies cannot address.

So whether you are dealing with a difficult time in your life, like a major transition. Or you simply want to be more in control of it and get better at handling stress. Or managing your personal or social relationships, therapy is going to be a big help. And here’s how.


Improving relationships.

For most people, relationships are a main thing. We give importance to our social relationships, particularly the more personal ones like our family, friendships and marriage. But in every type of relationship, there is always a rough spot. As they say, there’s no ‘perfect relationship’. Even those who have been together for many, many years now also go through ups and downs as well. Therapists are expert relaters, and are highly skilled at treating all varieties of relational problems. Whether it’s about marriage, parenting, conflicts between siblings, work relationships or friendships – they got you covered. While medication can treat symptoms of depression which developed from unhealthy relationships, it doesn’t address the root cause. Medications can’t teach you how to be in a relationship. Therapy can.

Establishing relationships.

Just because you are single, living alone, or lack friends doesn’t mean you can no longer benefit from therapy. While social media enhances communication and connection, they don’t teach us or prepare us towards healthy relationships. There are couples who are very expressive about their feelings over the phone or through chats, but find it hard to say what they feel in person. Therapy allows for an intimacy workout that enhances connection and communication. It helps us express our emotions better, in a way that our partners (or other people) would understand.

Increasing motivation and career satisfaction.

Each year, a lot of people lose their job and can’t find another. Some do find a job but in the long run, become unhappy of it. Some do struggle with the demoralising issue of job loss and stressful pressure of job hunting. In times like this, therapy can help evaluate what exactly are the things people are concerned about in their careers. At the same time, therapy is a great venue to learn how to motivate yourself more to do better at work even if it’s not really in line with your passion, by helping you figure out what you like most of your job (like friendships, considerate bosses, etc.).

Managing emotions.

Being able to manage your emotions is one of the best skills that can help you achieve your goals and succeed in life. Furthermore, unexpressed emotions can backfire, as it makes you hold grudges, refuse help and support, and deal with your problems alone. Therapy can help you decipher emotions and deal with deeper issues. Emotional management makes it possible for you to reach properly on most types of situations, even those that are really nerve-whacking. Therapists are skilled at helping people become more in control of their emotions.

Developing self-compassion.

Most of the time, we get too concerned about other people that we almost forget to look after ourselves. Seeking therapy is a great way to enhance the quality of your life, from your relationship to your career, and everything in between. It is a safe place to explore and get to know yourself better. If you are hindered by old habits, relationship conflicts or past hurts that weigh you down, getting help from a professional counsellor is going to be a big help. Or if you are struggling with making decisions, identifying what you really want in life or any other things that bother you, it’s a great place to be.

Therapy is not just about treating something wrong about a person mentally or emotionally. More often than not, it is also about making something better. Whether you are going through a difficult time in your life right now, or you simply want to improve an area of your life, or be more connected to your inner self, therapy is really worth a try.

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Business Stress Release With Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

Cutting down on excessive levels of stress in the workplace isn’t just good sense for business. It has a beneficial effect on employees and helps staff morale and improve productivity.

“One of the most common areas that people come to see me about is areas of life connected to stress. In particular, stress at work.”

Workplace stress can manifest itself in a variety of different ways. Not just in the office but also at home and socially. I also provide a free initial consultation for potential clients to explain why we sometimes respond negatively to stress and how Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help.

“There are parts of our brains that are very adept at dealing with the perception of threats. Our negative reactions to stress are an evolutionary coping mechanism which might not be helpful in our day-to-day lives.”

“People who struggle with stress in the office may develop anger issues or that they struggle with sleep patterns. Perhaps becoming insular in their thinking.”

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy helps because it does not focus on a problem. Instead it looks to a series of solutions which help to quickly propel us towards a brighter future.

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“A key part of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is the safe use of a trance state. This is a natural way to aid in the reduction of stress. So after a number of sessions, the client can start to feel better placed to cope with life.”

Some clients have also found that it helps to improve their thinking ability, productivity and confidence – both in and out of the workplace.

“By emptying the stress bucket, we allow the brain a greater degree for flexibility in being able to think positively, act positively and interact in a productive fashion.”

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can also be used to help to take control over other aspects of our lives, ranging from stopping smoking through to reducing phobias and weight management. I am a fully qualified hypnotherapy practitioner who is fully insured and is also a member of the prestigious Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) & National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) Both of these organisations ensure their members adhere to high ethical standards and on-going professional development to keep them up to speed on all the latest research and techniques being used in both psychotherapy and hypnotherapy.

Book your appointment today to start the process 

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