Master practitioner in Clinical Hypnotherapy, specialist in the Treatment of Trauma, specifically Military Trauma, PTSD and associated conditions of Depression, chronic addiction, family crisis and other related psychological difficulties.Works closely with serving and ex-serving members of the UK Armed Forces and is the co-founder and Therapist of the treatment service ICARUS ONLINE for Veterans.Qualified in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)Specialist in the treatment of auto-immune diseases such as Lupus, Fibromyalgia and Crohn’s Disease and in the treatment of Cancer.Currently working as resident Psychotherapist and consultant Hypnotherapist at the Clinica Luz in Palma, Mallorca.
I am a clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist and specialise in the treatment of Depression, Anxiety and Trauma. My clients grapple with deep-rooted problems, endure emotional traumas, daily dysfunction and suffer great distress, unable to relate to society with any sense of ease. I treat people damaged as the result of extreme situations in combat but also those caught by the rising tide of stress we now experience in everyday life.
Undoubtedly, modern life is not conducive to a stress-free existence. Everything we do, from our family and social lives to our workplace environment has the potential to cause stressful episodes. On one level we’ve never been more connected, as with social media, whilst on another we have never been more isolated. Traditional values have been replaced by junk values, junk food, and junk leisure activities (such as addictive gaming) and even in the workplace we frequently find ourselves disassociated from meaningful achievement, disconnected from status and respect..
More often than not, Depression is less the result of some chemical imbalance in the brain, as had been previously thought, but rather stemming from our difficult life circumstances and our inability to cope with these. In other words, depression is a normal reaction to unusual situations or circumstances. Whether it’s PTSD and returning soldiers from Afghanistan or marital breakdown, bereavement, a bad medical diagnosis, redundancy, an automobile accident or failure in a vital exam, high levels of stress existeverywhere, and we have never been more conscious of these issues than we are now.
Ten years ago few of us were in Therapy. Now it’s commonplace. One in five people in the UK are taking some form of prescribed psychotic drug and one in four women will be taking anti-depressants. Equally, one in four people in the general population and one in six workers are likely to be suffering from a mental health condition, in any given year. Even so, and with a heightened awareness of the problems associated withmental health there is still stigma attached to speaking out and seeking treatment. 84% of people in work have experienced one or more symptoms of poor mental health, but only 11% felt confident enough to discuss their problems with their employer. We still have a long way to go in our attitude towards mental health and it’s treatment.
For someone with a problem, or for someone with a loved one with a problem, seeking help is often not easy. The potential treatments are confusing and very diverse. There is no golden rule to this. My own view is, if it works then stick with it. Doctors routinely prescribe anti-depressants for all manner of complaints and to patients of all ages. While overwhelming evidence now points to the fact that these drugs mask the problems, have toxic side-effects and contain long term implications for the patient’s physiology; the conventional approach is still to treat a so-called chemical imbalance in the brain with a very real chemical cosh.
Well, even though we know facts to the contrary, for those whose anti-depressants courses have worked, that’s fine. Except, in truth, treatment rarely ceases. They become dependent on the anti-depressants. One problem has become two.
We know that anxiety and depression are the body’s reaction of unpleasant event or circumstances. It’s part of the early flight or fight reaction. If we don’t like something we tend to push it away, to hide it, or remove ourselves from the source of the problem. Denial. A desperately uncomfortable feeling which feeds and causes anxiety. Actually, this can be seen as a clinical problem, if the cause of the discomfort is removed then usually the patient will recover. However, if the cause is not removed, becomes repetitive over a period of time this will cause Depression, which is chronic condition and needs special treatment, depending on whatever traumatic events were encountered and the frequency.
We find with Traumas an extension of the same basic instincts. When we experience trauma our first reaction is to try and distance ourselves from the problem, to find a way to bury the subject, to forget. Then, remembering again, we become agitated, get angry and eventually withdraw even further, isolating ourselves and avoiding contact with others.This aggravates the symptoms further until the concerned person is unable to communicate with others, reduced to the point where normal life, normal thinking, is completely disrupted.
One can note from all of the above that Depression, Anxiety and Trauma are inter-related conditions. Physical health and well-being also play a part, without doubt,and treatments should be holistic, in the true sense, ‘of the whole being’. Allied with change. Change in social conditions, in changing attitudes, altered perceptions. True change comes from within, not from without. We all have the ability to effect these changes but we become confused. Our belief system is often flawed, and our perceived ability to remember is curiously fickle, as each time we remember or recall the same event we make subtle changes.
Our subconscious mind is enormously powerful. It can recast, reprogram, or rearrange even the very worst of traumatic events or circumstances. It also holdsthe answers, the keys to recovery. Along with thetreatment, the reconnection with caring human relationships, traditional and power enhancing values and a quest for self-satisfaction and restoration of self-worth are the most powerful antidotes to help a person help him or herself conquer depression.