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Panic Attacks

Overcoming Panic Attacks

According to the Health Service Executive, at least one in every ten individuals suffer from panic attacks. Panic attacks occur as a result of a combination of psychological and physical symptoms. During a panic attack, individuals may experience a shortness of breath, chest tightness/pain, trembling, perspiration, nausea, dizziness, hot flushes, cold sweats, tense muscles, nausea, a sense of a loss of control, among other symptoms. Panic attacks often occur out of the blue and are frightening; sudden feelings of terror and sheer panic ensue.  Many individuals often misinterpret their symptoms as a heart attack.  Thousands of people enter accident and emergency departments, each year searching for confirmation of self-diagnoses such as heart-attacks.  For those who experience panic attacks, they can be a debilitating part of one's life and often cause feelings of fear and/or self-consciousness regarding their occurrence.

In cognitive-behavioural terms the automatic tendency to focus increasing attention on the hypothetical worst-case scenario is known as ‘catastrophising’ or ‘what if’ thinking. The catastrophic thought ‘I feel fear, therefore I really must be in danger’, stimulating a chain of automatic negative thoughts (ANT’s); with one becoming drawn toward potential signs of threat.

Panic attacks are linked with under-estimating one's coping ability. Sessions involve aiding one in improving coping ability.  I train clients in skills and strategies to empower you to respond with calm and confidence to what were once anxiety provoking situations. Sessions aid you in building confidence in your coping abilities and psychological resilience. Combining the two most powerful and effective psychological therapies, namely, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy. This integration referred to as Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH) found to be the most effective treatment for anxiety, stress, panic attacks and social anxiety.

Thoughts and beliefs influence emotions, sensations in the body as well as behaviour and vice versa; the resulting behaviour and feelings leads to unhelpful thoughts, beliefs, images etc. Thoughts and beliefs to a significant extent make us feel fear, panic and/or dread. Research clearly highlights the link between our thoughts and our physical reactions.

As we imagine, the body reacts. In the case of anxiety, fear and panic, when one perceives for instance, an increase in heart rate as threatening, this thought, triggers a series of bodily changes such as overheating, perspiration, rapid and shallow breathing. As the breathing becomes rapid and shallow, less oxygen supplied to the organs, including the heart, resulting in further increases in heart rate. In turn, the symptoms are further perceived as threatening, with this belief intensifying the physiological responses.

Working together new helpful responses can be trained to become learned reflexes.

Relaxation for instance, is a learnable skill. The majority of people greatly underestimates how much they can learn to relax.  Moreover, relaxation is to a large degree undervalued.  New alternative responses such as feeling at ease, calm, relaxed and in control are developed and practised, consequently becoming automatic. When we learn to relax deeply, the muscular system relaxes, relieving muscle tension, lowering residual tension in the body, reducing the sensations associated with anxiety and panic. There is immense potential when evidence based skills are successfully applied to a variety of situations, even to those that were once stressful or distressing. The mind and body are inextricably interconnected. This complex interconnection and the potential and power each of us possess and what can be achieved when this is successfully developed, is profound.  I train clients in using strategies and techniques to build and develop this potential, with powerful life changing consequences.

For more information, contact Amanda today:
Phone: 083 4147013
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Sleep Difficulties

"A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow."  Charlotte Bronte

Difficulties may include trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, awakenings early in the morning, problems getting back to sleep, restless night’s sleep and/or not feeling refreshed after a night’s sleep. These occurrences result in an inadequate quality and duration of sleep invariably impacting upon energy, motivation, mood, functioning and quality of life.

There is a marked tendency for one who experiences sleep difficulties to put considerable effort into ‘trying to get to sleep’; becoming focused on the sleep process, which invariably interferes with the automatic nature of sleep. It is understandable that when experiencing sleeplessness one is eager to sleep and making an effort to try to sleep perceived as the only option. Unfortunately, sleep cannot be obtained through force or will. The harder one tries to sleep the less likely one is to fall asleep.

Sleep Disturbances – what rigorous empirical research reveals
 
Each component of what I cover with clients involves uncovering behaviours and beliefs (cognitive-behavioural responses) which are maintaining and possibly worsening sleep disturbances.  The key components of a treatment plan for establishing restful, restorative sleep, involves training clients in techniques to quieten the chatter in the mind (self-talk) in addition to, developing skills to reduce tension and nervous arousal in the body (the motor system).  It is well documented that a multidisciplinary approach achieves the highest success rate in overcoming sleep difficulties. The highest efficacy includes psychological, physiological, behavioural and environmental interventions.
 
For more information contact Amanda today:

Phone: 083 4147013
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Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety Therapy - Confidence Building Therapy - Building Self Esteem

Frequently people experience the feeling of being self-conscious or nervous in social situations. This however, can become a problem when it interferes with everyday functioning, for instance; when one avoids particular places or situations because of the feelings that they may induce.

Social Anxiety Therapy deals with the following:

Situations, which may trigger social anxiety

  • Interacting with new people
  • Attending social situations or parties
  • Circumstances or events where one is the centre of attention
  • Scenarios where one is watched by others whilst doing something
  • Engaging in small talk
  • Public speaking
  • Speaking at a meeting
  • Making a speech
  • Settings where one is spontaneously called upon to respond in front of a group
  • Performing
  • Receiving criticism
  • Holding conversations with individuals in authority or those deemed as important or in a position of power
  • Making phone calls
  • Taking exams
  • Eating or drinking in public settings

Physical symptoms one might experience:

  • Sweating
  • Clammy palms
  • Trembling
  • Tension in muscles
  • Dry mouth or throat
  • Blushing
  • Palpitations - changes in heart rate
  • Dizzy spells
  • Nausea
  • Changes in breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Rigidity
  • Difficulty sleeping

Feelings, one might experience:

Fear

  • of being observed
  • of feeling embarrassed
  • of being criticised
  • of others noticing particular symptoms or behaviour
  • worry for hours, days or months about a upcoming event, situation or possible scenario

Behaviours, which may accompanying social anxiety:

  • Avoid eye contact
  • Avoid initiating conversation
  • Avoid certain situations or settings
  • Escape from situations or settings
  • Misuse of alcohol or substances
  • Dysfunctional use of positive thoughts

Thoughts, which may accompany social anxiety:

  • 'I can't do this'
  • 'I can't handle this situation'
  • 'If something goes wrong I won't know how to handle it'
  • 'I won't know what to do'
  • 'I won't be able to cope'
  • 'I will feel helpless'
  • 'I will feel intimidated'
  • 'I won't know what to say'
  • 'People will think I am incompetent/stupid/not good enough'

The integration of the two most powerful and effective psychological therapies, namely cognitive behavioural therapy and clinical hypnotherapy uncovered as the most evidence based therapeutic interventions available today in the field of psychology and psychotherapy.

This integration referred to as cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy, found to be the most effective treatment for anxiety, stress, panic attacks and social anxiety.

Sessions are between fifty minutes and an hour in duration and consist of primarily cognitive behavioural therapy techniques and strategies, psychology, psychotherapy, hypnosis and mindfulness when it is pertinent. You can meet with for (no obligation) initial consultation exploring the challenges you are experiencing. By the end of this consultation, I will be in a position to inform you how many sessions are recommended and the various techniques and strategies that will inform your treatment plan.

The specialist approach employed, involves combining the appropriate psychological and physiological elements into each treatment plan, tailored specifically to meet your needs.

For more information, contact Amanda today:
Phone: 083 4147013
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Counselling

Counselling Castlebar Co.Mayo

At this point, you may be unsure, of where to turn or what exactly you require. Naturally, the word 'therapy' may have a number of connotations for you and it can conjure up a variety thoughts and ideas. Although it may feel difficult to take that first step, therapy can offer you the chance to overcome difficulties leading to clarity, ease and contentment.

I am a Psychologist and Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Castlebar, Co.Mayo offering counselling services to clients from all over Mayo and its hinterland. 

Counselling Services

The role of a counsellor is to listen, support and guide.  I place emphasis on educating and empowering clients.  Empowering clients to gain control in their lives, results in psychological resilience and impacts positively on health.

Adopting a skills training approach to therapy, I train my clients in self - help techniques.  I ensure clients have a range of tools and resources fundamental in dealing with life’s challenges.

You are trained in using skills and techniques based on years of research in the area of psychology, psychotherapy, physiology and related fields.

Developing psychological resilience, therapy allows for transformations, overcoming of difficulties, enabling you to develop skills, which have wide reaching applications.  I essentially provide you with a self-help manual. Providing you with strategies to cope with challenges using powerful and effective techniques.  You gain the potential to apply these invaluable and life-changing skills to various aspects of your life, achieving a sense of control, ease and satisfaction.

For more information on my counselling services, please feel free to contact me:
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Contact Us

Amanda Walsh MBPsS
IPI Centre,
Breaffy Road,
Castlebar,
Co. Mayo 

Phone: 083 4147013

Email: info@therapyandhypnosis.ie

Standards

GHR 200 pxl