My blend of clinical hypnotherapy which not only utilises strategic psychotherapy but also modalities including NLP, EMDR and time based therapies is the fastest, most powerful treatment strategy available to help you regain control and eliminate your unwanted habit.
I can help you regain control and put your addiction behind you; once and for all.
An addiction is an "unhealthy dependency". The most common culprits are nicotine (smoking), narcotics and recreational (ie non-prescription) drugs including cannabis, caffeine, prescription medications, sex, junk food, sugar, gambling and pornography.
Targeted Hypnotherapy is your ideal therapeutic partner. I can make the transition easier, your willpower stronger and the sensations of cravings or even withdrawals less intense and more tolerable.
I'll do so expertly and professionally, and with enormous and genuine care.
A Q&A to help you understand Hypnotherapy treatment for addictions.
Q: What is the goal of hypnotherapy in the treatment of chemical and process addictions?
Paul Mullins: This varies, as everyone is different. Obviously, abstinence would be ideal, but in some instances the alleviation of suffering and the knock-on health, relationships and other life processes are great stepping stones. Its often partly about helping the sufferer take back control of their lives.
There are often “problems beneath the problem”. Perhaps the addict is suffering from anxiety or some other problem that feeds the need. In order for my treatment to be successful, my client needs to be ready for change. Often, working on other issues for an addictions client, such as self-esteem or anxiety is greatly helpful to help them realise this desire for change, as well as in their life more generally.
Another key focus is self-control. Addressing and reinforcing this in the client is key.
The sufferer often mentally attaches unhelpful positive associations to the addiction. It might for example provide a sense of escape, comfort or release. These positive associations would be specifically targeted and diffused, clearing the way for effective treatment, while other more productive associations related to quitting are established and reinforced.
Q: What Causes Addiction?
Paul Mullins: There isn’t a single cause. Everyone’s reasons are different. It often involves stress and some form of family or social dysfunction. Sometimes it’s early abuse and childhood trauma. It might be peer pressure and a desire for a sense of social belonging or connection. It could equally be the need for some kind of self-calming or regulation. It's sometimes boredom and a lack of self-esteem or purpose, were the sufferer simply enjoys the escape and the “buzz”.
Using the right blend of Strategic Psychotherapy techniques, I tailor a program of treatment specific to the individual and use powerful techniques to address each of the identified components of a client's problem.
Q: How effective is hypnosis in the treatment of addictions?\
Paul Mullins: It can be highly effective.As every case is different, and co-related problems vary, the extent of treatment required and results of course vary.
For serious chemical addictions (with the exception of smoking), I would suggest that hypnotherapy be used in addition to and as part of an overall medical or psychological treatment protocol.
In the case of addictions such as smoking, gambling and pornography, it is likely to be effective as the primary treatment.
Treating addictions to prescription medication such as pain killers, sleeping tablets, anxiety medications and so on can often be highly productive. My approach would be to treat both the dependency, and the underling problem such as insomnia, PTSD, trauma, phobias and anxiety.
The American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association have for many years recognised Clinical Hypnotherapy as a legitimate component of and adjunct to medical treatment.
The web is full of positive testimonies and articles. Here are just a couple:
Q: Are there addiction cases that you as a clinician would not treat?
Paul Mullins: I don't work with addictions sufferers diagnosed with serious clinical depression, psychosis or schizophrenia. Such cases are definitely the realm of the Psychiatrist. My clients must be stable and lucid for the treatment to be effective and safe. I can't effectively treat someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of proposed treatment, or in the process of detoxification or withdrawal state.
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