Featured Hypnotherapy Treatments

Finding the Right One or having trouble in your relationship?

posted Aug 10, 2016, 2:11 AM by Teija Barr   [ updated Aug 10, 2016, 2:21 AM ]

Are you single and looking for the Mr or Mrs Right? Have you been looking for a while? Or thought you found the Right One only to land in a minefield of relationship problems later on?

Relationships certainly can be hard work and finding the one person who ticks all the right boxes and continues to do so at all times can be somewhat challenging.

Did you know, that it is not easy to find someone to love and who loves you truly, unless you learn to love yourself first?

This means learning to appreciate yourself, the real you underneath your own perception of yourself. Underneath what you believe other people see. This means giving up judgement and learning to see yourself without flaws, the wrinkles of life that each on of us acquires through early learning and life experiences. This means taming the inner voice that criticises and blames. This means learning to understand what impact your thoughts have on your emotional responses and behaviour. This means learning to choose your thoughts so  that they are beneficial and support you, so that your emotional responses result to the behaviour you want to demonstrate.

Sounds simple? Well, it could be.

Contact Teija now for an appointment: info@enablepotential.com

Exam Anxiety

posted Jan 10, 2014, 5:40 AM by Teija Barr   [ updated Aug 10, 2016, 2:13 AM ]

Exam anxiety can lead to poor performance during a test, in preparation to a test or to anxiety afterwards when you are evaluating results in your mind.
Small levels of stress or concern can be beneficial in order to maintain your focus and motivation, but when your stress and anxiety are high and prevent you from reaching your potential, it is time to get help.
Exam anxiety is a type of performance anxiety. It is also sometimes referred to as anticipatory, situational or evaluation anxiety. These are all very descriptive and can give important clues to what is a relatively common psychological condition amongst students regardless of their age.
Research suggests that as many 40% of students experience exam anxiety at some point in their lives!
Did you know that when you suffer from exam anxiety, not only it is unpleasant physically and mentally, it can have significant impact on the performance of the working memory? When your mind is busy worrying and ruminating, it has reduced amount of resources to deal with the task in hand. It takes more effort and time to complete a complex task. And because the processing efficiency of the working memory is also impacted, the accuracy of easy tasks is also compromised. Definitely not a win-win situation!
The physical symptoms of exam anxiety vary in severity from 'butterflies in stomach' to nausea. See here the list of different anxiety symptoms. The behavioural symptoms also vary, from procrastination to panic attacks and you may experience a lot of negative self talk, constant worry and ruminations.


How can Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH) help?


There is a strong evidence base for the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies in the treatment of anxiety disorders, so CBH combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnotherapy to increase their effectiveness. Research into the adjunctive use of hypnosis in treatment of exam anxiety demonstrates that only few sessions of hypnosis with CBT can decrease exam anxiety and improve exam performance.


Hypnotherapy is a highly effective treatment of anxiety disorders as it helps by uncovering the unhelpful thoughts, beliefs and behaviours that go with it and by replacing them with more beneficial ones.

You will learn how to reduce stress and how to let go of anxious thoughs, as well as self-help techniques and will be given helpful practices for between the sessions. These may include Self-Hypnosis, Mindfulness, NLP, EFT, EMT or CBT techniques.


The sessions will help you;

  • Reduce stress & increase relaxation integrating breathing styles that lessen associated symptoms
  • Identify & resolve unhelpful beliefs that may be causing anxiety
  • Let go of anxious thoughts and minimise negative self talk and worrisome thinking
  • Rebuild confidence and self-esteem
  • Mentally prepare for future situations

Contact Teija now for an appointment: info@enablepotential.com
As with any medical condition you should always see your GP first to discuss your symptoms and treatment options first and to rule out any potential underlying causes of your symptoms


posted Jun 19, 2013, 4:11 PM by Teija Barr   [ updated Aug 10, 2016, 2:13 AM ]

Cannot get to sleep or keep on waking up?
is a difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep long enough to feel refreshed in the morning, even if you had enough opportunity to sleep.

Every individual has a different need for sleep, varying from 16 hours for new born babies to average of seven to nine hours at night for an adults and it really depends on your age, environment, diet, health and so on. At some point in their lives most people have problems sleeping. It is thought that a third of people in the UK have bouts of insomnia (source NHS choices).

The most common symptoms of insomnia are:

  • lying awake for a long time at night before falling asleep
  • waking up several times in the night
  • waking up early in the morning and not being able to get back to sleep
  • feeling tired and not refreshed by sleep
  • not being able to function properly during the day and finding it difficult to concentrate
  • being irritable
As with any other complaint, you should see your GP first to rule out and treat any underlying health conditions that maybe causing the insomnia.
Hypnosis and Cognitive Behavioural Hypnosis can be effective alternatives in treatment of insomnia as well as complimentary to other forms of treatment. Not only can these therapies help you relax, but they also aim to address the underlying emotional issues, such as anxiety, that keep you awake at night.
The sessions can help you:
  • Relax  and teach you self-help techiques to relax
  • Address thoughts and behaviours that affect your ability sleep.
  • Address your beliefs that go with your ability to sleep
  • Address the underlying emotional causes such as anxiety
  • Undertake sleep training and fast track learning of habits associated with sleeping and drowsiness.


posted Jun 19, 2013, 2:04 PM by Teija Barr   [ updated Aug 10, 2016, 2:14 AM ]

Phobia is a type of anxiety disorder,
more than a simple fear of an object, animal, place or situation.
Anxiety can exhibit in different forms and levels of intensity, ranging from slight sense of uneasiness to a full blown panic attack depending on the severity of your phobia. Regardless of the level of intensity, it affects the person psychologically, physiologically and behaviourally. 
 Traditionally, actual exposure to fear is the most common solution, but as research studies have shown, exposure in vitro can be just as effective.
Hypnotherapy can be used as a type of virtual reality treatment to overcome the potential dangers of real life exposure and to create a safer environment where the individual can be guided in vitro (in their mind) through the imagined gradual exposure. 
Hypnosis is effective in vivifying the mental imagery involving all senses, for increased focused attention and effective in preparation to in vivo (live)exposure through the dissociative nature of the treatments such as rewind technique. Desensitisation with relaxation in hypnosis involves increasing the tolerance to fear in small associated steps while remaining in a calm and relaxed state.


There are two biological and evolutionary fears that we are all born with: a fear of falling and fear of loud noises.
Phobias are born when a person begins to organise their life around avoiding the thing that they are afraid of. 
Phobias are psychological and a learned response in the brain and can be defined as a fear of a fear, an extreme reaction to fear triggered by a stimulus or a one time faulty learning.
They are very common: in UK alone 10 million people have a phobia (NHS Choices 2012). Estimates of the proportion of people who are likely to experience a specific anxiety disorder during their lifetime are 12.5% for specific phobias compared to 4-10% for major depression.
Types of phobias:
There are many known single phobias, such as acrophobia, agoraphobia, anthrophobia, achlophobia, aquaphobia, astraphobia, aviaphobia, bacteriaphobia, prontophobia, claustrophobia, hematophobia, glossophobia, mysophobia, nomophobia, ophidiophobia, panaphobia, xenophobia, zoophobia and so on, however they can be divided into two main cathegories:

Simple Phobias – fears about specific objects, animals, situations or activities, such as:

Dogs, spiders, snakes, enclosed spaces, doctor or dentists, flying, heights etc
Simple phobias usually start during early childhood and often disapper on their own as the child gets older.

Complex Phobias

Complex phobias tend to be more disabling than simple phobias as they are often associated with deep-rooted fear or anxiety, such as with agoraphobia or social phobia.
Complex phobias usually start later in life. Although the exact causes of complex phobias are ofen unknown, it is thought that genetics, brain chemistry and life expererience may all play a part.


All phobias affect the person psychologically, physiologically and behaviorally. They can limit your daily life, personally and professionally and may cause severe anxiety and depression.
People with phobia typically have a need of avoiding contact with their source of fear and anxiety and may develop strategies to support their need. For instance, someone with a fear of dogs may not want to touch one, or even look at a picture of one.They may actively avoid a park where dog owners take their pets for a walk.

Although all phobias share common symptoms such as anxiety, they also exhibit different symptoms and triggers:

Simple phobia (such as specific phobia) typically includes a strong fear and avoidance of a particular type of object or situation (such as dogs).

Acrophobia (fear of hights) for example differs from agoraphobia (fear of open spaces) in that the sufferer does not experience spontaneous panic attacks or a fear of having a panic attack. And both of these for example also do not present a fear of humiliation or embarrassment in social situations common to, for example, a social phobia.

Complex phobias, such as agoraphobia and social phobia tend to be more disabling than simple phobias as they are often associated with deep-rooted fear or anxiety. Agoraphobia, for instance, may involve several interlinked phobias, such as monophobia (fear of being left alone) as well as claustrophobia (fear enclosed spaces -fear of feeling of being trapped).

As well as feelings of anxiety, people with phobias may experience panic attacks.
The physical symptoms of  a panic attack can include:
sweating, trembling, hot flushes, chills, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, chest pain etc.
Phychological symptoms may incude:
fear of losing control, fear of fainting, feelings of dread, fear of dying.
Read more on symptoms on  Anxiety Disorders


posted Feb 11, 2013, 5:46 AM by Teija Barr   [ updated Aug 10, 2016, 2:14 AM ]

What is stress and how to relieve it?
Stress is a word used to cover a large number of words which include fear, pressure, panic, conflict, anxiety, fatigue, burden, strain, discord, unhappiness, upset and tension. As well as there being different meanings for stress, there are also different types of stress such a physical, emotional and mental stress.

Stress is caused by any change, threat of a possibility of change in our environment, thoughts or our body. Stress can also be a result from having too few demands resulting to feeling bored and undervalued.
Hypnosis can help relieving stress through;
  • deep relaxation of the body and mind
  • teaching on subconscious level how to prevent stress
  • build stamina
  • boost immune system
  • address the causes of stress
As with any medical condition you should always see your GP first to discuss your symptoms and treatment options first and to rule out any potential underlying causes of your symptoms.


There is a difference between pressure and stress.

Pressure can be a positive and a motivating factor, and small amounts of it can be essential in in our daily lives, as it can help us achieve goals and perform well. However, when the pressure exceeds our ability to cope, this becomes stress.

Stress is in fact a natural reaction to too much pressure. It is the reaction to the state of arousal the body manifests in response to a perceived threat.

There are number of different ways people are affected by stress and what becomes stressful to one person can be a walk in the park for another! The factors to consider include the person’s background and culture, personality, skills and experience, health, other demands in and outside of work.

Stress can cause changes in those experiencing it. In some cases there are clear signs that people are experiencing stress and if these can be identified early, action can be taken before the pressure becomes a problem. It is important that everyone looks out for changes in a person's behaviour.

However, in many cases the changes may only be noticeable to the person subject to the stress and so it is also important to look at how you are feeling and try to identify any potential issues you may have as early as possible and take positive action to address them.

Over a long period symptoms of stress can develop into hypertension, heart disease, skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis, metabolic issues, irritable bowel syndrome, impaired capacity to repair ulcers, depression or even post-traumatic stress disorder. These are serious health issues.

Stress can show itself in many different ways. The immediate physical reactions to stress may be;

  • Sweating
  • Breathlessness
  • increased blood pressure
  • insomnia
  • diarrhoea
  • palpitations

Mental chances can include for instance anxious and negative thoughts and low levels of energy.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

posted Feb 1, 2013, 4:40 AM by Teija Barr   [ updated Aug 10, 2016, 2:14 AM ]

If you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
you are very aware of the emotional and physical aspects of the condition. Everyone suffers the odd upset stomach, but for 10-20 % of the population this is a regular experience of painful abdominal spasms, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation that go with the condition. It also means that you may live with the limitations, inconvenience, and often embarrassment that result.
IBS is a sporadic and unpredictable disruption of the digestive system. Doctors are not exactly certain what causes IBS, however it occurs when the nerves and muscles of the lower bowel area are not working the way they should. IBS can affect anyone at any time in their lives, however it typically starts during late teenage years and most often affects people between 20 and 30 years of age. It is twice as common in women as in men. Recent trends indicate that it is also now more present in older age groups.

If you have already been diagnosed with IBS and conventional treatment has not helped, hypnotherapy can help you to manage IBS.
Both the British Medical Association (BMA) and The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) specifically recommend hypnotherapy as a treatment option for IBS sufferers.

Hypnotherapy can help you with:

  • Relaxing and managing stress.
  • Understanding when symptoms started and dealing with contributing issues
  • Dealing with triggers and promotion of physical and emotional healing.
  • Management of symptoms whenever they occur, using self-hypnosis and pain management techniques
  • Rebuilding confidence and self-esteem.
In general, most people start to experience positive changes (physical, mental and emotional) from the first hypnotherapy session. BMA recommends 10 sessions for successful treatment, however we have found that fewer sessions are effective, especially when supported by self-hypnosis recordings.
As each person is unique, it would be wrong to state the exact number of sessions needed, but typically you should see significant improvements in symptoms and management of symptoms after initial 3-4 sessions.

Some additional facts about IBS

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends the healthcare professionals should consider assessment for IBS if the person reports having had any of the below symptoms for at least 6 months.
Symptoms can vary in type, frequency and severity and sometimes overlap with other gastrointestinal disorders such as non-ulcer dyspepsia or coeliac disease, but they can include;
  • Abdominal pain or cramps
  • Bloating
  • Change in bowel movements -diarrhoea, constipation or both
Other features such as lethargy, nausea, backache and bladder symptoms are common and may be used to support the diagnosis.
Conventional Treatment
includes dietary, lifestyle and physcal activity advice as well as medication to target symptoms.
Food and Drink
Keeping a food diary to record what you have been eating and how your body reacts can help you spot problems and prepare a diet that helps to control your symptoms.
Some of the food groups most commonly known to trigger IBS symptoms include:
  • Wheat Products
  • Dairy Products
  • Onions
  • Caffeine containing drinks like tea, coffee and cola
  • Chocolate

Stress and IBS

Stress can show itself in many different ways. It can be both healthy and unhealthy. Small amount of stress can help us stay motivated, however when stress exceeds our levels to deal with it, either as a result of sudden chance in circumstance or after slow build-up, it can lead to various health issues.
The immediate physical reactions to stress may be sweating, breathlessness, increased blood pressure, insomnia, diarrhoea, palpitations. Mental chances can include anxious and negative thoughts, low levels of energy.

While stress and anxiety do not directly cause IBS, over a long period these can contribute into development of gastrointestinal problems and can certainly trigger the symptoms of IBS.
There are many different ways to tackle stress; Keeping a diary of your feelings of stress and anxiety can help you being able to recognise stress, situations that cause stress and the feelings of stress that trigger a potential attack of IBS.
Hypnotherapy is particularly good for treating stress and anxiety through deep relaxation of the body and mind. Hypnosis can be used to teach on subconscious level how to prevent stress, build stamina and how to take care of oneself.

Anxiety Disorders

posted Oct 17, 2009, 7:44 PM by Teija Barr   [ updated Aug 10, 2016, 2:15 AM ]

is a normal, if unpleasant, part of life, and it can affect us all in different ways at different times. Whereas stress is something that will come and go as the external factor causing it may it be a work, relationship or money problem etc. comes and goes, anxiety is something that can persist whether or not the cause is clear to the sufferer.

Anxiety disorders can be disruptive to the daily activities, often very significantly. They cause sleep disturbances, inability to perform well at workplace, loss of ability to temper anger or inability to understand the source of it and difficulty concentrating because you are concentrating on the anxiety instead. Anxiety can lead to issues with self-worth and to illness.

Hypnotherapy and CBT can be used as highly effective treatments of anxiety disorders either on their own or in combination (Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy). Hypnotherapy and CBT can be used to help to uncover the unhelpful thoughts, beliefs and behaviours that go with anxiety and help to replace them with more beneficial ones. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Eye Movement Therapies (EMT) can also be hugely complimentary helping your body reset the parasympathetic nervous system's fight-flight-freeze mode at a core of an anxiety response.

The sessions will help you:

  • Identify & resolve unhelpful beliefs that may be causing anxiety
  • Let go of anxious thoughts and minimise negative self talk and worrisome thinking
  • Rebuild confidence and self-esteem
  • Reduce stress & increase relaxation integrating breathing styles that lessen associated symptoms
  • Mentally prepare for future situations
  • You will learn how to reduce stress and how to let go of anxious thoughts, as well as  self-help techniques and will be given helpful practices for in-between the sessions. These may include Self-Hypnosis, Mindfulness, NLP, EFT, EMT or CBT practices.
As with any medical condition you should always see your GP first to discuss your symptoms and treatment options first and to rule out any potential underlying causes of your symptoms.


There are many reasons why people today suffer from anxiety.

Some of those reasons are more identifiable than others. For instance, a traumatic incident or as a result a significant change in circumstances or a life event, such as getting divorced, bereavement and so on. Sometimes the reasons for anxiety are not immediately obvious and can be a result of a build-up of stress over a period of time, until one day the amount of stress exceeds individual ability to cope with it.  

It is important to recognise that anxiety is normal and exists due to the preconditioned bodily responses from early human existence. It was useful at a time when human survival dependent on our instincts to remain alert and react to a perceived threats and therefore helping to keep us safe. This internal alarm system helped us by keeping us hyper-alert, raising the levels of adrenaline and heart rate to release extra oxygen into our system so that we were able to respond to the threat by fighting or running away.


We can think in terms of three different types of anxiety disorder:

  • Reactive anxiety
Related to some particular incident; the fear of another such incident can be overwhelming.
  • Conditioned anxiety
The suffered continues to be triggered by old fears to an extend that day-to-day behaviour is impaired. The person may be experiencing forgetfulness, insomnia or other similar intrusions into everyday life.
  • Free-floating anxiety

There seems to be no obvious reason for anxiety and this makes it difficult to cope with. There is nothing to hang it on and therefore no apparent starting point for reducing the impact.

Symptoms of Anxiety
People often experience physical, psychological and behavioural symptoms when they feel anxious or stressed.
Some of the most common physical symptoms of anxiety include;
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased muscle tension
  • “Jelly legs”
  • Tingling in the hands and feet
  • Hyperventilation (over breathing)
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Wanting to use the toilet more often
  • Feeling sick
  • Tight band across the chest area
  • Tension headaches
  • Hot flushes
  • Increased perspiration
  • Dry mouth
  • Shaking
  • Choking sensations
  • Palpitations

Some of the most common psychological symptoms (the thoughts or altered perceptions we have) of anxiety include:


  • Thinking that you may lose control and/or go “mad”
  • Thinking that you might die
  • Thinking that you may have a heart attack/be sick/faint/have a brain tumour
  • Feeling that people are looking at you and observing your anxiety
  • Feeling as though things are speeding up/slowing down
  • Feeling detached from your environment and the people in it
  • Feeling like wanting to run away/escape from the situation
  • Feeling on edge and alert to everything around you
  • Avoidance of any situations potential provoking anxiety.


Grief and Loss

posted Oct 17, 2009, 7:43 PM by Teija Barr   [ updated Aug 10, 2016, 2:16 AM ]

Grief and Loss
Losing someone or something you care deeply about is very painful. You may experience a range difficult emotions, pain and sadness and it may
seem as if these will never let go. Grief is the emotional response to the loss of a loved one, however any loss can cause grief. This includes divorce or a breakup of a relationship, loss of a job, health, friendship, a dream, death of a pet. More significant the loss is more it will impact us, therefore we often associate grief with the death of a loved one because often this type of loss does cause the most intense grief.
Grieving is a very personal experience and everyone grieves differently. There is no simple format to this and there are many contributing factors, such as your life experience, the nature of the loss and your personality and so on.
There are some common grief reactions however and they include; feeling emotionally numb, feeling unable to believe the loss occurred, anger, sadness, guilt, fear and feelings of anxiety
feeling of acceptance.
Sometimes there maybe physical symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, changes in weight, unexplained aches and pains, insomnia, you may cry a lot.

Normal grief does not need to be treated, there is no normal timetable for how long the healing takes and it cannot be forced or rushed. Some people start feeling better in weeks or months, others take years, so it is important to be patient.

Grief has often been generalised to have 5 stages (Dr Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, 1969);

1. Denial: ‘This is not happening to me, it cannot’..

2. Anger: ‘Who’s fault is this? Why is this happening to me..?’

3. Bargaining: 'I will give (anything) to go back in time, to undo this'.

4. Depression: ' I am too sad to do..'

5. Acceptance: I accept what has happened and can move on.

Not everyone goes through all of these stages, although it is helpful to know that all of these reactions are quite natural. Although it is useful to be aware of these generalised stages, we all heal in our own unique way and therefore there is no typical response to loss. Each loss is unique to the person experiencing it. The way each one of us grieves is as unique as each one of us is unique.

Over time the feelings of grief become less intense as you accept the loss and start moving forward in your life.

If you are not feeling better or your feelings of grief are getting worse or the pain of the loss is so constant and severe that it keeps you from going on about your life disturbing your daily life and your relationships, this may indicate that your grief has developed into a problem, such as complicated grief or depression.

It is not often easy to distinguish between a grief and depression since both share many symptoms, however there are differences;

  • Grief involves variety of feelings that go up and down, but you will have moments of happiness.
  • Feelings associated with depression, such as emptiness and despair in the other hand are consistent. Other symptoms that may suggest depression rather than grief include; thoughts of suicide or a preoccupation with dying, feelings of hopelessness, slow speech and body movements, intense feelings of guilt, feeling as if all joy has gone from your life, inability to function at work and/or home and so on. 
How can hypnotherapy and coaching help?
If you are overcoming a loss of a loved one, you may regret or feel guilty about things that you did or did not do, about what you said or did not say. You may feel guilty of feeling certain things, such as relief if a person died after a long illness, or guilty of not doing something to prevent the death even when there was nothing else you could have done.
Hypnotherapy can help by addressing the thoughts and feelings that go with grieving and it can help you bring closure and completeness to any unfinished business.

You may feel worry and fear of what will happen in the future, fears about your own health and your immune system may be lowered.  Hypnotherapy and coaching can help you rediscover your forgotten inner strengths and resources and your natural positive outlook and it can help you focus toward future. Hypnotherapy can help you address your general emotional and physical wellbeing on an unconscious level and give your immune system a boost.

If you recognise any of the symptoms associated with depression, please speak to your GP before seeking any other form of treatment.


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