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Hypnotherapy for Nightmares

Therapeutic Hypnosis Counselling Therapy Treatment for Nightmares

I’m a hypnotherapist and psychoanalyst in private practice here at the Surrey Hypnotherapy clinic, in the Woking and Guildford area of Surrey, UK.

 

Nightmares are disturbing dreams that are associated with negatrive feelings such as dread, anxiety, fear and panic. These disturbing dream can be so intense that the person wakes up in a state of panic, maybe sweating heavily and it  may take them some time to calm down from the bad dream and return to sleep.

 

At best this can lead to a disturbed night's sleep. At its worse it can lead to being unable to return to sleep, and waking up tired and exhausted the next day - and quite possibly it can lead to it being difficult to fall asleep the next night, and subsequent nights, for fear of having the unpleasant experience repeat itself.

 

Nightmares may begin in cjhildren between 3 and 6 years old, and tend to decrease after the age of 10. During the teen and young adult years girls appear to have nightmares more often than boys do - and some people have nightmares as adults and throughout their adult lives.

 

For many adults the frequency and severity of their nightmares are such that their nightmares don't present a particularly big problem to them in their life.

 

But for some other adults they may be experiencing a nightmare on 6 nights of the week, maybe even lucid dreaming, and then this becomes a big problem for them in their life !

 

I discovered that I could help people with recurrent nightmares by accident !

 

Essentially I would be using my therapy on clients to help some other problem and then, part way through their therapy I would ask my clients how well they felt they were progressing with their therapy ?

 

And I started to notice an increasing number of clients would report, in many cases, that, yes, they were starting to feel better with regard to the problem that they had originally consulted me for help with etc. (as expected) - but also they would say things like:

  • I'm sleeping better at night.
  • I haven't had a nightmare for a while now - just normal dreams. Dreams like other people have.
  • I don't seem to have been woken up in the night by a nightmare for a long time now.
  • I feel more confident now when I get ready for bed and no longer have that sense of apprehension and nervousness about what the night might bring for me.

I noticed that there was almost a pattern emerging. My clients were consulting me for help with one problem, and in the process of providing relief for that problem they were also experiencing relief for a problem, or symptom (of recurrent nightmares), that they hadn't mentioned during our initial consultation meeting, and they weren't really aware of it, and they didn't even know that they had the problem.

 

These clients thought that having regular nightmares was just something that they did - and hadn't realised that it was problem that they really didn't have to put up with in the way that they were.

 

In effect, these clients had been experiencing nightmares for a number of years, and for so long, that they hadn't even realised that there was anything wrong - they had been thinking that what they were experiencing was 'just them' and 'that was the way they were' !

 

After a while I 'put two and two together' and realised that their nightmares were almost magically disappearing for these clients during their therapy, whilst on the way to resolving their other problems and issues that had brought them to me for therapy...

 

The therapy that I specialise in is similar to the traditional, and established, psychoanalysis type therapy that you may have heard of, where you effectively lie on a couch with your eyes closed, speaking out your thoughts to me, your therapist

 

The difference with what I actually do is that the traditional psychoanalysis type therapy approach only really works well when the client is nicely relaxed - and so I help the client to first get into a nicely relaxed state by using Hypnosis before starting the therapy.

 

The effect of the enhanced relaxation is that it makes it easier for you to access, and identify, the particular problem areas that you have. And with this therapy, and my special techniques, we work together to identify and rectify the cause(s) of your brain fog and maybe also any other symptoms that you might have, as well.

 

And the benefit of using Hypnosis in the way that I do is that it greatly accelerates your therapy – and reduces a traditional, 'old fashioned', psychoanalysis type therapy down from about 1000 hours, of seeing a therapist maybe 3 times a week for 4+ years, to something more like just 9-12 hours of therapy over 6-8 weekly sessions !

 

If you would like more information on how this successful treatment could help you to sleep easily at night and without the distress and exhaustion associated with recurrnet nightmares, please contact me to arrange a FREE initial, and confidential, consultation, and get started on changing your life straight away.

 

YOUR NEXT STEP...

 

Either:

 

Contact Peter to make an appointment for a free initial consultation, either in person, or online.

 

or

 

Read Peter's website welcome letter.

 

Alternatively, please view the following video, for a more complete indication of the types of symptoms that may be helped.

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Need an individual consultation ?

For professional, caring and confidential help, advice, therapy or treatment for, or about, any of the above issues or topics, or similar, please just contact Peter, preferably by e-mail, to arrange an appointment for your free initial consultation - either in person, or online.

 

Please Note

With the advent in the UK of the coronavirus, and the UK government's sudden 'lockdown' insistence upon travel restrictions, social distancing and social isolation, I was encouraged by many of my clients at the time to see if it might be possible for them to continue their therapy with me using an on-line, internet based, approach - maybe based on using a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) provider, such as Skype, or similar.

 

I might stress that I really am indebted to those clients, for all their encouragement at that time, because it did eventually prove possible to overcome the early 'teething problems' and establish a reliable method for providing effective therapy to people online, over the internet - and all without them having to leave the comfort of their own homes !

 

And of course the effect of this is that travel is now no longer the obstacle to accessing effective therapy that it used to be - and I am now able to easily provide effective therapy to many, many, more people, who may be almost anywhere in the world !

Nightmare Disorder (Parasomnia)

Nightmares are relatively common but tend to not be too much of a problem.

 

Nightmare disorder is referred to by doctors as a parasomnia — a type of sleep disorder that involves undesirable experiences that occur while you're falling asleep, during sleep or when you're waking up. 

Nightmare disorder is characterised by:

  • Nightmares happening often:
  • Nightmares causing distress;
  • Disrupted sleep;
  • Nightmares causing problems with daytime functioning;
  • Nightmares creating a fear of going to sleep.

Symptoms of Nightmare Disorder

You're more likely to have a nightmare in the second half of your night. Nightmares may occur rarely or more frequently, even several times a night. Episodes are generally brief, but they cause you to awaken, and returning to sleep can be difficult.

 

A nightmare may involve the following:

  • Your dream seems vivid and real and is very upsetting, often becoming more disturbing as the dream unfolds;
  • Your dream storyline is usually related to threats to safety or survival, but it can have other disturbing themes;
  • Your dream awakens you;
  • You feel scared, anxious, angry, sad or disgusted as a result of your dream;
  • You feel sweaty or have a pounding heartbeat while in bed;
  • You can think clearly upon awakening and can recall details of your dream;
  • Your dream causes distress that keeps you from falling back to sleep easily.


Nightmares are generally only considered a disorder if you experience:

  • Frequent occurrences;
  • Major distress or impairment during the day, such as anxiety or persistent fear, or bedtime anxiety about having another nightmare;
  • Problems with memory or concentration, or you can't stop thinking about images from your dreams;
  • Daytime sleepiness, fatigue or low energy;
  • Problems functioning at work or school or in social situations;
  • Behavior problems related to bedtime or fear of the dark - maybe staying up late to avoid going to sleep, and needing to sleep with the light switched on.


Having a child with nightmare disorder can also cause significant sleep disturbance and distress for parents or caregivers.

Causes of Nightmare Disorder

Nightmares usually occur during the stage of sleep known as rapid eye movement (REM).

 

There is no one specific cause of nightmares. However recurring nightmares are usually an indication of some form of 'psychical upset' that can be successfully treated using Hypnosis.

 

Nightmares can be triggered by many factors, including:

  • Stress or anxiety. Sometimes the ordinary stresses of daily life, such as a problem at home or school, trigger nightmares. A major change, such as a move or the death of a loved one, can have the same effect. Experiencing anxiety is associated with a greater risk of nightmares.
  • Fear. It was Jung who said that anxiety was "fear spread thinly" and intense fear, dread, and anxiety about, say, the possible impending death of a loved one, can trigger nightmares.
  • Trauma. Nightmares are common after an accident, injury, physical or sexual abuse, or other traumatic event. Nightmares are common in people who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Sleep deprivation. Changes in your schedule that cause irregular sleeping and waking times or that interrupt or reduce the amount of sleep can increase your risk of having nightmares. Insomnia is associated with an increased risk of nightmares.
  • Medications. Some drugs — including certain antidepressants, blood pressure medications, beta blockers, and drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease or to help stop smoking — can trigger nightmares.
  • Substance abuse. Alcohol and recreational drug use or withdrawal can trigger nightmares.
  • Other disorders. Depression and other mental health disorders may be linked to nightmares. Nightmares can happen along with some medical conditions, such as heart disease or cancer. Having other sleep disorders that interfere with adequate sleep can be associated with having nightmares.
  • Scary books and movies. For some people, reading scary books or watching frightening movies, especially before bed, can be associated with nightmares.

Nightmare Disorder - Risk factors

Nightmares are more common when family members have a history of nightmares or other sleep parasomnias, such as talking during sleep.

Nightmare Disorder - Complications

Nightmare disorder may cause:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness, which can lead to difficulties at school or work, or problems with everyday tasks, such as driving and concentrating;
  • Problems with mood, such as depression or anxiety from dreams that continue to bother you;
  • Resistance to going to bed or to sleep for fear you'll have another bad dream;
  • Suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts.

Nightmares ? Let me help you !

I discovered that I could help people with recurring nightmares by accident !

 

Essentially I would be using my therapy on clients to help some other problem and then, part way through their therapy I would ask my clients how well they felt they were progressing with their therapy ?

 

And I started to notice an increasing number of clients would report, in many cases, that, yes, they were starting to feel better with regard to the problem that they had originally consulted me for help with etc. (as expected) - but also they would say things like:

  • I'm sleeping better at night.
  • I haven't had a nightmare for a while now - just normal dreams. Dreams like other people have.
  • I don't seem to have been woken up in the night by a nightmare for a long time now.
  • I feel more confident now when I get ready for bed and no longer have that sense of apprehension and nervousness about what the night might bring for me.

I noticed that there was almost a pattern emerging. My clients were consulting me for help with one problem, and in the process of providing relief for that problem they were also experiencing relief for a problem, or symptom (of recurring nightmares), that they hadn't mentioned during our initial consultation meeting, and they weren't really aware of it, and they didn't even know that they had the problem.

 

These clients thought that having regular nightmares was just something that they did - and hadn't realised that it was problem that they really didn't have to put up with in the way that they were.

 

In effect, these clients had been experiencing nightmares for a number of years, and for so long, that they hadn't even realised that there was anything wrong - they had been thinking that what they were experiencing was 'just them' and 'that was the way they were' !

 

After a while I 'put two and two together' and realised that their nightmares were almost magically disappearing for these clients during their therapy, whilst on the way to resolving their other problems and issues that had brought them to me for therapy...

 

The therapy that I specialise in is similar to the traditional, and established, psychoanalysis type therapy that you may have heard of, where you effectively lie on a couch with your eyes closed, speaking out your thoughts to me, your therapist

 

The difference with what I actually do is that the traditional psychoanalysis type therapy approach only really works well when the client is nicely relaxed - and so I help the client to first get into a nicely relaxed state by using Hypnosis before starting the therapy.

 

The effect of the enhanced relaxation is that it makes it easier for you to access, and identify, the particular problem areas that you have. And with this therapy, and my special techniques, we work together to identify and rectify the cause(s) of your brain fog and maybe also any other symptoms that you might have, as well.

 

And the benefit of using Hypnosis in the way that I do is that it greatly accelerates your therapy – and reduces a traditional, 'old fashioned', psychoanalysis type therapy down from about 1000 hours, of seeing a therapist maybe 3 times a week for 4+ years, to something more like just 9-12 hours of therapy over 6-8 weekly sessions !

 

If you would like more information on how this successful treatment could help you to sleep easily at night and without the distress and exhaustion associated with recurrnet nightmares, please contact me to arrange a FREE initial, and confidential, consultation, and get started on changing your life straight away.

 

YOUR NEXT STEP...

 

Either:

 

Contact Peter to make an appointment for a free initial consultation, either in person, or online.

 

or

 

Read Peter's website welcome letter.

 

Alternatively, please view the following video, for a more complete indication of the types of symptoms that may be helped.

Need an individual consultation ?

For professional, caring and confidential help, advice, therapy or treatment for, or about, any of the above issues or topics, or similar, please just contact Peter, preferably by e-mail, to arrange an appointment for your free initial consultation - either in person, or online.

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