Let’s talk phobia’s ~ part 1 of my Birth Hypnosis interview

Let’s talk phobia’s ~ part 1 of my Birth Hypnosis interview

During my interview on If Only They’d Told Me we touched on phobias and a client I worked with who had aquaphobia (a fear of water) who now happily finds being in water a pleasurable activity, and is enjoying the freedom that brings. A phobia is a high anxiety response such as fear or panic to an object (e.g. snakes), a situation (e.g. public speaking) or even a thought (e.g. if the plane hits turbulence I’ll panic). Fears and phobias are learned responses that are formed as an imprint by the part of our brain designed to keep us safe.  When it perceives an experience to be a threat it learns to create fear and anxiety symptoms next time we encounter a similar situation with the aim of acting as a warning system to keep us safe.  All of this happens outside our conscious awareness – it has to because if you are in a situation that your survival depends on quick action, you don’t have time to consciously ponder your options, you need to be mobilised for action (i.e. fight or flight). Sometimes this process means we can learn to have an out of proportion response to things or situations.  Fortunately because phobias are learned, when you access the part of your brain that is responsible for creating the phobic imprint you can just as easily unlearn the phobia. So here’s part one of the transcript from my Birth Hypnosis podcast interview with Natalie Cutler-Welsh on If Only They’d Told Me, which includes us talking about phobia’s… N. Hi, I’m Nat and welcome back to another episode of If...
Transform your words, transform your reality

Transform your words, transform your reality

How is it that a bunch of letters arranged into a word can carry so much power? Because the words we choose to use, or more accurately what we associate to these words, can evoke emotions and physical sensations that carry great meaning when we hear them. You see, the words that you hear or use to represent an experience ultimately become your experience. And these words we use to label our experiences also actually have the ability to increase or decrease the intensity of the emotions we feel. For example, imagine when something happens that angers you – if you said quite colourfully that it “really f$#ked you off and made you furious” – these become associations which most likely serve to intensify the anger you feel. On the flipside, you could decrease the emotion by saying that it “bothered you a smidgen”, or “tinkled you” – and these such frivolous labels can even change your emotional state completely because they’re rather amusing! Simple word substitutions like these alter our perception of things. For example, imagine the positive shift in your confidence if you classified the “nervous anxiety” you feel before a big presentation as “excited anticipation”. We’ve tagged associations to words at a subconscious level, and because of this people can link tremendous levels of pain, anxiety and even fear to particular words. I know with ophidiophobia (fear of snakes) clients, just hearing the word “snake” can make their skin crawl or even trigger anxiety symptoms. Another example is a client I worked with who had experienced two traumatic childbirths. In our first session, just mentioning the...
Lets talk Birth, Fertility & Phobias with If Only They’d Told Me

Lets talk Birth, Fertility & Phobias with If Only They’d Told Me

I was thrilled to be invited onto the popular Parenting podcast (radio show) from ‘If Only They’d Told Me’ to talk about birth hypnosis with Nat Cutler-Welsh.  Nat interviews me about using hypnotherapy to: overcome phobias prepare for a relaxed childbirth overcome traumatic previous childbirth experiences enhance the bodies natural healing mechanisms for speed healing where a c-section is required create optimum conditions for boosting fertility and conception – whether natural or alongside assisted reproductive technology such as IVF To listen to the interview click the play button below or click here download this episode from...
Creating Calm ~ tips for an ecstatic birth

Creating Calm ~ tips for an ecstatic birth

It’s not often you hear the word ‘birth’ and ‘ecstatic’ in the same sentence. In fact, we’re more inclined to hear the birthing process illustrated in less-than-complimentary terms! You’re probably thinking that if you turned up to coffee group and described your birthing experience using words such as ‘gentle’, ‘pleasure’, ‘peaceful’ and ‘meditative’, that you’d likely get laughed right out of the cafe. However, contrary to birth stories from TV shows and well meaning friends , there is research to suggest that an ‘ecstatic birth’ is possible.  Sceptical?  You might want to hear more about what Dr Sarah Buckley had to say at her recent ‘Undisturbing Birth’ workshop in Auckland this month. Expectant mothers, celebrate! If you’re an expectant mother, then Dr Sarah Buckley has some good news for you. She believes birth can be gentle under the right conditions, and has invested considerable energy critiquing the current practices in pregnancy and childbirth birth and evaluating the scientific research and anecdotal evidence. As a result of her research and clinical practices, Dr Buckley believes that, like all other mammals, women need certain conditions to birth effectively – that is to feel private, safe and unobserved. When these conditions are met then our hormonal physiology creates an optimum orchestration of “ecstatic hormones” including Oxytocin, Beta Endorphins, Catecholamines, Prolactin, increasing and/or decreasing at specific stages to help both mother and baby to birth safely, easily and effectively – and, here’s the exciting part ladies, even with pleasure! Happy hormones In her book, “Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering”, Dr Buckley comments that disturbing or “interfering with this process will also disrupt this delicate...