Karen Thomas, MNCH (Reg.), HPD

National Council for Hypnotherapy Registered Hypnotherapist

Change Your Life 
86, Severn Road 
Pontcanna 
South Glamorgan 
CF11 9EA 
Wales

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Karen Thomas

Overview

About Me
I am a clinical psychotherapist/hypnotherapist and a certified Havening and Neuro-linguistic Programming Practitioner who is passionate about helping people get their lives back on track. I use various techniques to help people overcome their fears, addictive behaviour, depression, anger issues, stress, anxiety, phobias, sleeping disorders, pain issues and post traumatic stress disorder.

Qualifications

HPD, DHP, currently studying BSc Hons Psychology

Professional Bodies

Registered with the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) and the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR).

Overcoming Anxiety
What is Anxiety?
We all experience feelings of anxiety, worry and fear from time to time. These are normal responses to certain situations. For example, you might be worried about an upcoming interview for a job, or that you are able to pay a bill on time. If you are in a difficult or dangerous situation, these feelings can help us be aware of the risks and what we should do.

If you have an anxiety disorder, these feelings are more noticeable and difficult to live with. They can make you feel as though things are worse than they might actually be. This can lead to you worrying all or most of the time and can affect your day to day life.
Symptoms of anxiety include:
Feelings of dread, panic or ‘impending doom’
Feeling on edge and being alert to what is going on around you
Difficulties sleeping
Difficulties concentrating
Wanting to escape from the situation you are in

You might also experience physical symptoms, which can include:
Sweating
Heavy and fast breathing
Hot flushes or blushing
Dry mouth
Shaking
Fast heartbeat
Dizziness and fainting
Stomach aches and sickness
Anger
Emotional outbursts
You may feel you are going 'mad' or have some sort of biological illness, however nothing can be further from the truth as 'hypnotherapy' can help you to overcome your fears and anxieties, enabling you to walk forward positively and to be your best self.
Anger
Do you often suffer with angry outbursts you can't control?
Is your anger irrational?
Is anger affecting you and your relationships at home or at work?

Anger is a primitive biochemical response in our brains and is part of our primitive or 'chimp' brain and we have evolved because of it. Anger has a function, without it our species wouldn't have survived. Our ancestors were living outdoors until a few hundred years ago and weren't too far away from danger from wild animals and tribesmen. Anger is merely a primitive way of increasing our strength against danger which has helped protect us through evolution today.

Anger is part of our brain closely associated with will and will is directly linked to our spirit. When we talk about someone being 'high-spirited' or having lots of spirit we mean that they are alive, energised and motivated. They use healthy aggression to get things done.
Anger drives us to make changes and accomplish things personally and globally. It motivates us to speak up and communicate our feelings, to define our boundaries and protect ourselves from being taken advantage of. Healthy anger gives us a voice.

However the shadow side of anger is abusive of power, can be cruel, destructive and painful. It can cause a tremendous amount of pain for ourselves and for others who are on the receiving end. Angry people are sometimes not aware of the impact of their aggression on others. Anger can be equally dangerous when it is passive -so much energy goes into keeping the lid on their anger then it is only a matter of time before they explode or become calculating and hostile. Anger is fear based - often as a result of past hurts, self loathing and feelings of failing or deep insecurities that have not been dealt with.

Hypnotherapy is an effective way to treat anger to enable individuals to express their anger more healthily. Being able to deal with the past so you can go forward more positively and calmly. Sessions include explaining how the brain works and why we get angry. Where anger comes from and how we can be more aware and in control of our angry part of our brain. Hypnotherapy helps you to feel calmer, more in control, letting go of angry outbursts.
Overcoming Addiction: Cocaine Addiction

Psychological Effects and Addiction
Cocaine has a very powerful stimulating effect on the nervous system, it raises levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter linked to pleasure and movement in the brain's reward circuit; the effects generally last from 15 to 30 minutes, or only 5 minutes depending on how it is taken.

Neurons release dopamine in response to a pleasurable stimulus, such as the smell of good food or the thought of having sex. It is then recycled back into that same neuron, thus shutting off the signal between neurons. Cocaine stops the dopamine from getting back into the neuron - it stops the dopamine from being recycled - resulting in an accumulation of dopamine. This amplifies the message to and response of the receptive neurons, and ultimately disrupts normal communication.
The excess dopamine gives the user a feeling of enhanced well-being, euphoria, alertness, motor activity and energy. Some describe increased sensations of sexuality and competence. Long term usage can lead to gradual changes in the brain's reward system, as well as other systems in the brain, which seriously raise the risk of addiction. Stimulating this brain area with cocaine feels good. And it can create a powerful craving to use more cocaine. Repeated cocaine use leads to tolerance (that is, increasingly higher doses are needed to attain the same effect), dependence, and addiction. There is no "safe" frequency of use for cocaine. It's impossible to predict whether a person will become physically or psychologically dependent on cocaine.

After using cocaine regularly for an extended period, dependence (addiction) develops. When dependence is present, stopping cocaine suddenly leads to withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal from cocaine are more psychological than physiological. Typically, cocaine withdrawal symptoms include:
depression and anxiety
fatigue
difficulty concentrating
inability to feel pleasure
increased craving for cocaine
physical symptoms including aches, pains, tremors, and chills

Cocaine withdrawal is rarely medically serious. In certain people, withdrawal from cocaine may cause suicidal thoughts. Typically, withdrawal symptoms from cocaine addiction resolve within one to two weeks. However, intense craving for cocaine may return, even years after the last episode

How does hypnotherapy help you to stop taking cocaine?

The most important thing is that you want to stop taking cocaine and make the positive changes to your life. The sessions include cognitive behaviour therapy explaining how the brain works and why cocaine is so addictive. Hypnotherapy helps get to the root of any problem overcoming anxiety and depression, creating more confidence and helping you to re-programme your thought process. Hypnotherapy appeals to the subconscious brain getting you to weaken neurons that have sustained old habits that are bad for you and help you create new pathways for a healthier, happier future. Sessions can vary from 4 - 12.


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Specialisms

  • Anger Management
  • Breaking Unwanted Habits
  • Confidence & Self Esteem
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Issues
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Attacks
  • Performance (Sports, Memory etc)
  • Phobias & Compulsions
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Relationship, Sexual & Infertility Issues
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Weight Issues

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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • German

Special Offers

  • Armed Services Discount