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Covid-19 update - 18th September 2020

Hello,

Thanks for stopping by. I want to reassure you that I am still able to help you with any anxiety-based conditions, even in these most difficult times (virtually for now).

Here are four pieces of therapeutic reassurance:

1. Am I still seeing clients?

Yes! I am continuing to see clients, and I can connect with you directly via video calls using systems like ZOOM and Skype. My office is fitted with lighting and professional level sound because I’ve been using these systems for years with both international and domestic clients. Since lockdown began I have already done over 100 sessions. I have all the necessary experience you need.

2. Is it as effective?

Absolutely! Hypnotherapy online has exactly the same outcomes as face-to face-therapy. I asked consumer journalist Mike Peake to look at all of the latest research into the efficacy of you doing therapy online and you can read about it here - https://tinyurl.com/yesonlinetherapyworks

3. Client feedback

Across 69 official google reviews I have 91% 5* rating and have helped thousand’s of clients. Here’s what Karen had to say about her recent session on 20th May:

‘James has helped me with anxiety and panic attacks which were terrifying me and impacting my life considerably. I had both a face to face session in the office and a Skype session and they both work amazingly. It is one of the best things I’ve done. Definitely worth every penny’

4. Special offer

I recognise times are financially harder for many right now. As a result, I’m happy to offer a 20% discount on all sessions.

So, if you’d like to know more about how I can help you, just log in to the site and we can arrange a time to explore that.

Warm wishes,

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December 14, 2015

Four Triggers For Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are no fun – as you’ll know if you’ve ever found yourself in a stressful situation with your head swimming, your heartbeat all over the place and your breathing out of control. What some people don’t realise when the come to my hypnotherapy practise in London and Winchester is that panic attacks are always rooted in something very specific. If you’re having a panic attack on a train platform, it’s probably because at some time in your life there was an incident on a train, on a train platform, or perhaps with a group of policemen (let’s say the Old Bill are thundering down platform 3 towards you). Maybe it’s the sound of a big engine, or the smell of diesel: something in your past is linked to feelings of discomfort/stress/trauma, and you have been reminded of it right now.Panic attack

E is for Event
There’s an acronym we use for panic attacks and it is EMLI. The ‘E’ stands for ‘event’, as I’ve just explained. None of us are born with a propensity for panic attacks: something has happened which effectively traumatised you.

M is for Meaning
The ‘M’ is that we make ‘meaning’ in that event; you tell yourself that this environment makes you have a panic attack, or this smell or that noise. For people who have PTSD, noise will very often trigger that reaction, and a panic attack is the same as post-traumatic stress, incidentally, it’s just got a different label.

L is for Landscape
The ‘L’ is that the attack changes the ‘landscape’ of your body. Your body is flooding itself with adrenaline, so it’s case of flight or fight or freeze in terms of what you perceive your options to be. Also cortisol, the stress hormone, is flooding your body, and that’s why it feels so bad. A panic attack also changes the landscape of the brain. The amygdala, which is about the size of a grape, regulates all of our emotions, and once you’ve had the initial traumatic experience, the amygdala is a little like a radar that becomes switched on. From then on it will be scanning constantly for an event that might be like the first one. People hear a noise or see something that is reminiscent of the original trauma, the receptor is activated, and it gives them the response.

I is for Inescapability
The ‘I’ is the idea of ‘inescapability’: you feel trapped, either physically in your body or the situation that you’re in – or a combination of the two. It all happens in a fraction of a second, leading to a panic attack.

What we’re now able to do via techniques like Havening is actually switch that response off; Havening helps to dissolve the protein that holds that receptor in place and that’s how you can disconnect a panic attack – it forms a key part of our hypnotherapy for panic attacks treatment.

What’s interesting is that deep breathing isn’t recommended for panic attacks, what’s better is to stop breathing, to hold your breath. When people breathe too much they over-oxygenate their blood, which is likely to make a panic attack worse, whereas if you stop breathing the carbon dioxide level increases and that can help stop the panic attack.

While holding your breath may help alleviate the symptoms of the panic attack, it won’t get rid of what’s causing the panic attack. For that, a session or two with a hypnotherapist will normally get to the root of the problem and help to remove your established response to given situations.

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