Headaches, Migraines & Pain
Discover how therapy could help you to deal with the stress and other issues that often contribute to pain.
Migraines, Tension Headaches & Pain
What are migraines?
Migraine is a common condition affecting one in five women and around one in 15 men. The exact cause is unknown, however they are thought to be the result of changes in the chemicals in the blood vessels in the brain. Some people also have known triggers such as stress, tiredness or certain foods.
Although there is currently no known cure, there are a number of different medications available to help reduce the symptoms and prevent further migraine attacks. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, exercising regularly, eating regular meals, staying hydrated and limiting your alcohol intake can all help to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks.
Therapy for Headaches, Migraines & Pain
The most appropriate therapy for you depends on your individual situation. Where stress or anxiety may be causing or contributing to your migraines or pain, a combination of hypnotherapy, self hypnosis and mindfulness may be helpful in reducing the number and frequency of headaches, migraines or pain.
Working with your subconscious mind, relaxation and stress release techniques can be taught which can enable you to develop a new way of thinking and reacting, so that you can learn to respond to pain in a less stressful, calmer way.
Migraines, Tension Headaches and other types of pain can only be diagnosed by a medical professional. If you have any doubts or concerns about your symptoms, you must see your doctor. You will need a confirmed diagnosis from your doctor regarding your Migraines, Tension Headaches or other types of pain before starting any hypnotherapy sessions. I may also ask you for permission to contact your doctor to ensure that hypnotherapy and/or talking therapies are appropriate for your situation.
The most appropriate type of therapy for you depends on your situation and the problem or issue you would like to address.
Many people find a combination of hypnotherapy, self hypnosis and mindfulness helpful for pain related issues and most therapy sessions will involve a blend of different psychological therapies depending on your situation. We will discuss your situation at your first session and decide on the best approach for you.
Standard therapy sessions are 50 minutes in order to maximise concentration and get the best from the process. Your first session is usually a little longer (approximately 60 to 90 minutes) to allow sufficient time to discuss your situation and answer any questions you may have.
During your first session, we will discuss a number of areas connected with your situation including everyday events, problems, feelings, thoughts, memories, past experiences and the future. At each session, we will discuss your progress since we last met and a combination of therapy techniques may be used during your session.
You may also be given tools and techniques to implement at home in between your sessions.
Sessions are typically 2 to 3 weeks apart as this allows sufficient time for your subconscious mind to process new ideas and for you to start making changes.
We will discuss the frequency and number of sessions during your first session.
There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach in therapy, so it’s difficult to say exactly how many sessions you may need because everyone is different and some people experience changes more quickly than others.
The number of sessions required also depends on the problem or issue, along with your level of motivation and participation in your therapy sessions.
Generally speaking, most people find between 4 to 6 sessions helpful and occasionally further sessions may be required.
If you are committed to making changes, you have a good chance of succeeding. However, there are a variety of factors that can affect the outcome of therapy and for this reason, it is unethical to offer any guarantee of success. To maximise the chance of a successful outcome, you will need to make changes and follow the advice given in your sessions.
Talking therapies have a good track record in helping people to make lasting changes, however everyone responds differently and therefore results may vary from person to person. Your motivation and participation are the key to success, so you need to play your part too.
The problems or issues that people often seek help with, have usually occurred as a result of past experiences and unhelpful thought processes. In order to overcome a problem or respond differently, the desired change comes from within; therefore, we need to change our thoughts and behaviours.
During your therapy sessions, you may be shown how to use self help tools and techniques to enable you to make the changes that you desire. How you use these tools and the level of effort applied, will affect how quickly you experience positive changes. Remember, your motivation and participation are the key to your success.
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If you have any questions or are unsure whether therapy is right for you, I offer a 20 minute online free initial consultation via Zoom. This is an opportunity for us to meet, discuss what you’d like to change and how we can work together. I’ll also explain the face to face or online therapy options and we’ll talk about the number of sessions you might need.