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Has anyone here had personal experience with hypnotherapy or know anyone who has?

Did it achieve the goals?

I'm interested in hearing peoples experienes involving hypnotherapy as my completly stupid paranio of needles is now beginning to really bug me.


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May. 18th, 2004 04:45 am (UTC)
I have had hypnotherapy and it was fantastic and very helpful indeed. However, there are lots of crap ones about and very few good ones. I saw this wonderful woman called Juliet - I can recommend her to you but she lives near Uxbridge, and the nearest hypnotherapist that she actually recommends herself lives in Oxford.

It is also very expensive, but worth every penny if you see the right person.
May. 18th, 2004 07:41 am (UTC)
Distance is not a problem - as long as it works :-)
May. 18th, 2004 04:56 am (UTC)
One of my friends had hynotherapy to stop smoking and he went from chainsmoking 40 a day to just stopping, pretty good I reckon
May. 18th, 2004 06:01 am (UTC)
You could go the extreme route and try acupuncture instead. It is great for curing all sorts of things and if you can walk away from the first session sane, you will probably be cured of your needle thing.

I don't have a huge thing about needles but I am kind of nervous around them, and I have just completed a 10 session course of acupuncture for my neck and back. It probably would have worked too, if I hadn't decided to take up moshing again now that my neck was feeling a bit better.

May. 18th, 2004 07:02 am (UTC)
I dunno, I think having a fear of needles is pretty healthy - they do hurt after all so it's perfectly reasonable to want to avoid them :).
May. 18th, 2004 07:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, but I avoid taking injections to an extreme. It's not that they 'hurt' as such because I know they don't really hurt that much. It's just a pathelogical terror on the run-up to having an injection or bloodtest that gets to me. I want to be able to stop worrying about injections so I can start having them again.

Be it for travelling to weird and exotic places, going to the dentist or just having a health check.

The idea of having an injection in my gum currently terrifies me. I've never had an injection in my mouth as I always preferred to just let the dentist drill away!!!!!

Also, if I get over my fear of needles I might be more inclined to get a tattoo, which is something I've always fancied.
May. 18th, 2004 09:00 am (UTC)
I feel your pain, believe me. Having had a zillion operations in my life, I'm bloody terrified of needles now. I've been known to be so tense that I nearly pass out when I have a blood test.
May. 18th, 2004 09:03 am (UTC)
I've got the opposite - a needle fetish (see LJ entries regarding visits to Goddess, he he)! :-P
May. 18th, 2004 02:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, so I read earlier...:-p
May. 18th, 2004 09:47 am (UTC)
Ask littlecat. She had something like that if my memory serves.
Of course she'll probably see this post, but I thought I'd be helpful for a change.
May. 18th, 2004 09:54 am (UTC)
If you don't want to go to anything as extreme as hypnotherapy, take a look at systematic desensitisation. Basically you slowly progress from still pictures to imagining it, to film of it and so on.
May. 18th, 2004 02:31 pm (UTC)
The thing is I know it's an irrational fear and can look at needles and handle needles with no trouble at all.

I just go into a complete cold sweat and nervous wreck if I have to have an injection.

I know they don't 'usually' hurt that much and when I'm actually having a blood test I can quite easily watch the needle suck out my lifejuice with no worries!

What I need to get over is the sleeplessness and worry and PURE TERROR that leads up to the injection/blood test/whatever.

I feel hypnotherapy is probably the best route for this currently.
May. 18th, 2004 04:00 pm (UTC)
Ok, but don't just rush into hypnotherapy. I admit I'm biased against it. I'm of the school that sees it as a plaster rather than a cure.

No matter how irrational it is, it usually has a rational cause- something that can be traced and altered. Most phobias are due to faulty learning- You're already on the path to defeating it because you've acknowledged it's irrational. What's needed is to find out how it became faulty, which aspects of it actually cause the terror and what can be done to allay those fears.

Paying someone to bore you half to sleep and then tell you these things don't bother you anymore/associate them with positive things feels downright wrong to me.
May. 18th, 2004 04:16 pm (UTC)
The 'rational' cause behind my phobia I believe stems back to when I was young.

I always had adverse reactions to the innoculations I had as a kid - and then got the damn bugs anyway and sometimes pretty bad!!!

I know their is a school of thought that tells me if I didn't have those innoculations my bouts of measels/scarlet fever/etc could have been a lot worse and may have killed me - but I'm willing to bet they wouldn't have done.

My arms would often blow up slightly after an innoculation and hurt like hell for a few days. By the time I was 12 I was so tense that I almost broke a needle in my arm - which obviously made matters worse.

Two of my sisters are absolutely fine with needles but the third shares my horror (although apparently to a slightly lesser extent as she just went for a couple fo vacinations yesterday for her holiday to Malaysia). She has a lot more reason to as she had to have an injection IN HER EYE WHILST AWAKE!!! I think I'd almost prefer to die.....

I've known my fear is irrational ever since I was about 14 - but it doesn't lessen the fear.
May. 18th, 2004 10:07 am (UTC)
Head Plumbers
I have only had good things happen with hypnotherapy.

The most important thing you will need is to be able to trust the doctor. Get refferals, call the refferals.
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