Where does negative stress manifest itself?
In the heart
… it beats faster, the heart is supplied with more blood and is therefore more efficient. The blood pressure rises. In the long run, however, this places a (possibly unhealthy) burden on the heart muscle.
In the brain
… the blood circulation is increased. However, in the case of constant stress, the performance of the heart muscle decreases. An onset of dementia may even be accelerated by stress.
In the head
… sudden changes in stress levels can trigger a migraine.
In the stomach and intestinal area
… it can lead to digestive disorders.
In the immune system
… when weakened, it becomes more susceptible to viruses and bacteria.
In the muscles
… pain is often felt through tensed muscles in the neck and back.
In the blood sugar
… stress increases blood sugar levels and can worsen diabetes. Persistent overload may even trigger the occurrence of this metabolic disease.
In the hormonal balance
… lack of libido, menstrual disorders and impotence can also be consequences of stress.
In the nervous system
… inner restlessness and nervousness can spread.
In the perception
… this can be clearly limited and is visible through the so-called tunnel vision, because the stressed person only focuses on the stressful situation.
In activity or lack thereof
… listlessness, helplessness and exhaustion can almost paralyze us. In long-lasting phases, depression, anxiety and sleep disorders may occur.
The good news
Not all stress will make you sick! The perception of stress is highly subjective and the level of stress one can take varies from person to person. Learn to re-activate your personal compass!
In hypnotherapy you also learn to activate your body’s natural relaxation response – a state of deep rest that puts the brakes on stress, slows your breathing and heart rate, lowers your blood pressure, and brings your body and mind back into balance. You will discover the best relaxation techniques can work for you. It is worthwhile to bring the often-unconscious underlying processes and patterns into consciousness and to change them over time. Transforming harmful distress into productive eustress helps you live a long, healthy and happy life.
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 and to discuss the preparation for your first visit and possible future collaboration. It is important to me that you feel comfortable and understood in the context of our cooperation.
This call lasts about 15 minutes.
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.
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. If you have a cold, please bring your nose and mouse protection (face mask) 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 60-75 minutes.
What can you expect from me?
Empathy, attention, reliability and methodical competence.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Almost everyone can be hypnotised. However, there are also people who have all the above described qualities, but who are still not capable of trance. Why this is the case is still unclear. Nevertheless, the relationship of trust with the therapist is a decisive factor for the success of hypnosis. Science assumes that for about 70-80% of people it is possible to induce a deep trance.
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.
Tomorrow is soon, so let’s start today!
My office is located in Walchwil, Canton Zug.