Psychotherapy : Hypnotherapy : Counselling : CBT
Harley Street, London
Specialist Anxiety Therapist UK
Tom Buckland Psychological Services
Stress causes emotional, physiological and psychology effects and is a build up of either internal or external mental pressure. It can cause headaches, anger, upset stomachs, poor sleep patterns, loss of confidence and self esteem, as well as tiredness and fatigue among many others. Stress related illnesses are the biggest cause of lost work days in this country, and someone who is suffering of high levels of stress are putting their health and even their life at risk. Depending on the type of stress, I will take you through a four session course, and in this you will be shown how to keep the stress you need to operate at an optimum, and how to remove the extra stress that’s causing the problems. Training techniques will leave you relaxed and fully in control of your stress levels. The program is developed to take your personal needs into account, and uses a variety of therapy techniques to make this a complete and lasting form of therapy. In more deep rooted stress, other types of therapy will be used to overcome the root cause of the stress as well as using the above techniques. By lifting your stress, you can enjoy life again.
In primitive times we had an instinctive response kick off any time we faced a danger. This response is called the fight/flight response. A number of chemicals are released into our system to give us the best chance of survival when we either fight the danger, or run away from it. We have no conscious control over this, and it happens before we even intellectually register a danger.
As we developed as a society and we faced less and less real life or death dangers, the fight/flight response started kicking off at ‘perceived’ dangers. So if you were stuck in a traffic jam and late for an appointment, the mind might perceive this as dangerous and start the fight/flight response. The problem in many situations like this, is we can’t fight the problem, and neither can we run away. So we have to stay put, and this is called the freeze response.
The chemicals released in the fight/flight response should only be for a very short period, but because we are in freeze mode, the chemicals are continually being released because the danger is still there. These chemicals start having an adverse effect on us, so we can feel irritable or angry, our muscles may feel tight, we may have headaches or upset stomachs. This is what we term as modern stress.
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is the name for Psychological or Physical problems that can sometimes follow threatening, distressing or traumatic events.
Some of the events maybe:
• A major disaster
• Rape or sexual, physical or emotional abuse
• Witnessing something horrific
• Being involved in a serious accident
• A traumatic child birth
PTSD can also be more complex. It can develop in other ways as well. For example.
• Being around someone who has suffered in some way, and you take on their suffering
• Imagining an horrific incident that might happen in the future
• Going over and visualising something that did happen in the past which may not have caused PTSD at the time
• Being caught up mentally with a current news event (i.e., a child’s abduction)
Although it’s rare for the above to create PTSD in people, it can happen. After a traumatic event, it’s not uncommon for a person to experience distressing symptoms, and these should subside after a month.
Some of the symptoms could be flashbacks, nightmares, hot and cold sweats, panic attacks or a morbid feeling that something else similar to the event will happen again.
If any of these symptoms persist after 1 month, you may be diagnoses with PTSD. The first step would be to visit your GP. The GP may prescribe medication.
This can be effective in some cases, but if not, you may wish to seek out psychological treatment.
I’m fully trained in PTSD, and work with PTSD in London and Southampton. Some of this training was with The Mindfields College, and also at The Royal Society of Medicine. I also include my NLP and CBT training within the package of treatment. Some of the treatment may be as follows;
Initial work straight after the event. This would be general help, advice and information. This would not include intervention work as this can make the experience worse.
After 4 weeks, if the problem persists, the following would be used.
The NLP dissociative rewind technique. This helps remove the fear response from the amygala (a small part of the brain which is activated in PTSD) and helps the negative neural pathways in the brain that are partly to blame for the effects of PTSD to close down and become inactive. This has been found to be as affective, if not more, than EMDR therapy.
CBT which will help you change your cognition's (thoughts) and behaviour to bring about a positive change.
Counselling and reframing to help you move on from the incident and feelings.
The time scale for any stress management or PTSD can vary and I’m always happy to assess your own personal issue before any sessions are booked.
Tom is based in Hythe Hampshire, and also central London.
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