Hypnotherapy – a gentle option in bringing relief for LONG-COVID syndrome!

I support you with hypnotherapy on your way back to a healthy life!

What is long-COVID syndrome?

Long-COVID syndrome is the name given to persistent after-effects of a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19 infection), even after the typical convalescence period of COVID-19. Older people and people with serious medical conditions are the most likely to experience lingering COVID-19 symptoms. However, even young people and those who experienced only mild COVID-19 symptoms may feel unwell for weeks or even months after infection (1).

What do the experts say?

There is still relatively little data about the long-term effects and above all, systematic long-term studies are scarce. However, what can be seen from the currently available studies and initial reports of experience is that the most common long-COVID symptoms are (2):

 – Persistent fatigue
 – Complete exhaustion
 – Low resilience
 – Headaches
 – Muscle weakness and joint pain
 – Disturbance in smell and taste
 – Memory and concentration problems
 – Sleep difficulties
 – Emotional disturbance including anxiety and depression
 – Shortness of breath

You are not alone (3). A recently conducted cohort study in canton Zurich, found that 6 months after symptom onset 26% reported not having returned to their normal health state.

The duration and severity of the long-COVID symptoms can vary greatly. In general, experts agree that people with severe symptoms need some time to fully recover from Covid-19. People experiencing prolonged symptoms should seek medical advice. After classifying the symptoms, hypnotherapy can be useful in alleviating symptoms and bringing relief.

How does hypnotherapy work for long-COVID syndrome?

Especially in cases of anxiety, pain, first signs of depression and persistent fatigue, medical and systemic hypnotherapy can be of great support. With customised relaxation exercises, special breathing techniques and mental training, it is possible to regain inner strength and clarity even in difficult times. Step by step and at your own pace. With self-hypnosis and breathing exercises that you can learn from me, you will receive good tools to use at home to cope with your symptoms. Even if the interaction of all medical therapies does not lead to a complete elimination of the symptoms, hypnotherapy serves, first and foremost, to re-harness your own potential and to re-energise yourself. It can, in any case, help you get through this difficult phase in life more easily.

The good news


My approach is to support you in your recovery process with effective methods and techniques. Whenever you are ready, I am here for you. With a programme that is right for you, you will be amazed at how much easier it is to find your way back to a healthy and happy life.

Tomorrow is only a day away, so let’s start today!

Are you interested in hypnotherapy? Contact me:

+41-41 322 10 10 or bb@barbarabauer.ch

For clients who are not able to come to my office in Walchwil, I am happy to offer effective online sessions.

Our cooperation


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What to expect from our first telephone call?

The first step into unknown territory is often not easy and requires courage. I consider it a good idea to have a short conversation over the phone before your first personal visit to my practice in Walchwil, at your house or online. The purpose is to find out your concerns and goals, to discuss the preparation for your first visit and a possible future collaboration. It is important to me that you feel comfortable and understood in the context of our cooperation.

This call lasts about 10-15 minutes.


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What to expect from the preliminary conversation?

Whether in person or online, the preliminary conversation focuses on getting to know each other and getting an in-depth understanding of the issue, your history, your life circumstances and your goals. You can lean back and relax. Here, your concerns may be “put on the table” and we will discuss the next steps. I invite you to ask me any questions you may still have regarding hypnosis therapy, coaching or mentoring. 

A typical preliminary session lasts about 60 minutes.


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The session

What should you bring along?

Motivation and the will to make a healthy change coupled with a positive attitude and curiosity. In addition, it is also beneficial if you come to me at your own request. Inside the building and during the sessions, wearing a mask is currently compulsory: please bring your own from home. It is recommended to refrain from caffeinated drinks 24 hours before the sessions. You should wear comfortable clothes and after the sessions, allow yourself a little rest.

A session lasts between 60-90 minutes.

What can you expect from me?

Empathy, attention, reliability and methodical competence.

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How do the sessions continue?

Depending on the topic, it is useful to start the week after our preliminary conversation. Some topics require only one or two sessions, others possibly up to seven. At the beginning the interval between the sessions should be close, ideally one week. If some things have already been resolved and the pressure of suffering has decreased, then intervals of two to three weeks make sense, with the exception of irritable bowel syndrome and pain management. In these cases, I advise you individually.
After about 2-3 months a catamnestic session follows. This serves as a follow-up and a refresher if needed.

Frequently asked questions by clients


Everything you always wanted to know about hypnotherapy!

Hypnotherapy

How does hypnosis work?

The trance is induced by specific speech and behavioural patterns. During hypnosis verbal repetitions and mental images are used by the therapist. Your focus and concentration are significantly increased. This makes you more open to engage in experiences. As a result, you can usually reach your therapy goals faster. Hypnotic trance causes you to be particularly attentive and (typically) pleasantly relaxed at the same time. You hear your therapist’s voice, are aware of and alert to everything around you. You can also speak to the therapist or communicate non-verbally. Your consciousness is not switched off but calmed. You can choose to open your eyes and stand up at any time. Afterwards you remember everything that happened during the hypnosis.

Hypnotherapy is usually done with closed eyes. However, some treatments can also be carried out with open eyes. This can be, for example, a concentrated state during a conversation between you and the therapist (coach). The permissive approach (often referred to as Ericksonian Hypnotherapy) has proven to be very helpful in hypnosis. Here the unconscious is invited to join in and choose the path it wants to take. The hypnotic suggestions are thus usually not used directly but packed into stories. The conscious mind often does not understand these hypnotic stories at all, but they go directly to the subconscious. The choice to get involved is very important.



 

Do I lose control during hypnosis?

No. People who choose hypnosis typically do not come to lose control, but quite the opposite: to gain control. Namely, over parts of their life where they have had little control. Hypnosis helps you to remain the “master of your senses”. It can also help you to find new ways to access your feelings. For many, this is a crucial step to achieve their goals with hypnotherapy. In any case, you always have full control over what you say and do in a session.

Do I reveal any secrets while I am in hypnosis?

Let me reassure you: you only disclose what you want to and what is important to you in the process. In addition, a professionally trained and responsible therapist will not ask you about things that were not discussed before hypnosis.

What happens if I fall asleep during hypnosis?

This can happen and is often a sign of relaxation. After the session you may not remember every single word that was spoken. However, your subconscious will remember everything.

Is it possible that I do not “wake up” from hypnosis?

No. There is never a danger of not waking up from hypnosis. Hypnotic trance is comparable to the state between waking up and sleeping. You always wake up from the trance, you are either woken up by the therapist or wake up by yourself. Most people report feeling rested and refreshed afterwards.

Are there any side effects when using hypnosis?

It depends on what you mean by side effects. After a hypnotherapy session you may experience dizziness or a little tiredness, like in the morning, just before getting up. These are natural reactions that usually subside quickly.

You may also experience a few nights of more intense dreaming or more daydreaming during the day. These changes usually do not last long. If hypnosis is performed correctly, there are no negative side effects, unlike with medication. Often clients report positive side effects or changes, they feel more „relaxed” or less harsh towards themselves.

How quickly does hypnosis work?

Hypnosis is a very effective method. However, it is not a miracle cure. The number of sessions you will need will depend on your individual circumstances and the topic you bring along. In many cases a few sessions are enough to achieve the desired goal. However, a positive change can usually be felt after the first session, even if the cause has not yet been completely addressed.

How long do the positive effects of hypnosis last?

It is not uncommon that the effects lasts for years. Every now and then it is necessary to reinforce new behavioural patterns again and usually a single refreshment after months or even years is sufficient. Often, however, no further sessions are necessary if you have established new behavioural patterns so successfully that the old behaviour is completely abandoned.

Do you also work with my family GP?

Yes, I cooperate with family GPs often and well, as the situation requires. A partnership with them helps to focus on your recovery and your well-being, and is, hence, very important to me. Conventional medicine and the scientifically recognized method of hypnotherapy can complement each other sensibly and meaningfully.

Scientific Literature and links

Tomorrow is soon, so let’s start today!


My hypnotherapy office is located in Walchwil in the canton of Zug.

Hypnotherapy & Coaching Barbara Bauer
Dorfstrasse 4, 6318 Walchwil/Zug