This is the new website for Dr David Kraft.
October 27, 2008
October 16, 2008
The term alcoholism can be used to describe a state in which an individual has lost control over his or her drinking. Many individuals enjoy drinking socially at parties or with friends; however, when the drinking becomes a central component in one’s life, it is important to seek help from a trained professional.
Some alcoholics only drink in the evening, but they consume such large quantities that they are unable to get up for work or function properly during the course of the day. Other individuals drink alcohol first thing in the morning and seem unable to function without it–here, in these extreme cases, often clients hide or disguise the amount they are drinking, preferring to drink alcohol out of mugs or on their own. Other individuals find that they need alcohol to assist them in social situations.
The continuous intake of alcohol can cause a number problems including:
Memory Lapse or Blackouts; Depression; Inactivity; Low Self-Esteem; Anxiety; Tension; Confusion; Violent Behaviour
It can also cause some medical complications including:
Abdominal pain; Nausea and Vomiting; Numbness and Tingling; Shaking in the Morning; Unconsciousness; Liver disease; Cirrhosis of the liver; Pancreatitis; Peripheral Neuropathy; Congestive Heart Failure; Menstrual disorders; Dementia
Dr David Kraft uses covert sensitization (aversion therapy) in the treatment of alcohol addiction. This treatment approach requires the individual to abstain from alcohol–it is a complete abstinence programme.
However, some individuals need psychotherapy in order to help them overcome their cravings for alcohol. This much lengthier treatment programme requires regular treatment sessions over a longer period of time. The aim of the therapy is to help individuals understand the causes of their alcohol addiction and to help them control their drinking.
October 15, 2008
Agoraphobia means, literally, fear of the market place. Agoraphobia is a complex disorder and is centred around an individual’s family life or close relationships. Many people suffering from agoraphobia tend to stay at home or meet in ’safe’ places with one or two ’safe’ people. Individuals are sometimes unable to meet in public places and make excuses in order to stay at home. There is a great deal of resistance to change. In some, more severe cases, individuals feel anxious or trapped in their own homes, and this can lead to panic attacks.
In order to treat agoraphobia, is is important to deal with the family dynamics and its causation. Dr David Kraft uses a combination of psychotherapy and behaviour therapy.
October 14, 2008
London Hypnotherapy UK
New website coming:
Managing Director: Dr David Kraft BMus (Hons), PhD, PGCE, Dip.Cl.Psy, DCHyp, A.Cert.CSHyp, GHR Reg., GQHP
Dr David Kraft is the founder of the prestigious London Hypnotherapy UK organization.
Dr David Kraft has spent a great deal of time researching sexual dysfunction. The following Abstract is taken fromthe paper he presented with his father, Dr Tom Kraft, at the Royal Society of Medicine in 2006. The paper was later published in the AJCEH.
Names, degrees and current posts
Dr Thomas Kraft, MB ChB, FRCPsych, DPM; Consultant Psychiatrist, Harley Street, London
Dr David Kraft, BMus, PhD, PGCE; Teacher, Hemel Hempstead
Title of Presentation
The Place of Hypnosis in Psychiatry Part 2: the Application to Psychosexual Disorders
1) To review the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in the treatment of psychosexual disorders.
2) To evaluate and assess a number of treatment procedures in hypnotherapy which do not require any medication.
1) To be able to describe a number of treatment procedures in hypnotherapy which offer an alternative to drug therapy.
2) To value the concept that rehearsing situations in the consulting room in hypnotherapy leads to a transfer into the life situation.
3) To understand the importance of self hypnosis.
4) To be able to understand the classification of psychosexual disorders, and to list the main features.
Data Sources Reviewed and Selection Criteria Applied
Literature Search prepared by the Royal Society of Medicine using the following databases: Medline, Embase and PsycInfo.
Summary of Searches
1 ‘Hypnosis for the treatment of psychosexual disorders’ (2 March 2004).
Limits: all years.
2 ‘Sexual disorders and hypnotherapy, with particular reference to a list of 14 disorders’ (4 September 2005)
Limits: last 2 years
Located 146 relevant papers on this subject across the 3 databases.
Hypnotherapy is a valuable treatment approach for a wide variety of sexual disorders.
American Psychiatric Association (1994). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed.). Washington, DC:Author.
Araoz DL (1980) Clinical hypnosis in treating sexual abulia. American Journal of Family Therapy, Vol. 8, No. 1: 48-57.
Bakich I (1995). Hypnosis in the treatment of sexual desire disorders. Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Vol. 23, No. 1: 70-77.
Bandler R (1985). Using your brain—for a change. Moab, UT: Real People Press.
Crasilneck HB and Hall JA HHallHH(1985) Clinical Hypnosis: Principles and Application, 2nd edn, New York: Grune & Stratton.
Degun MD, Degun GS (1991). Hypnotherapy and sexual problems. Taken from Hypnotherapy: A handbook ed. Michael Heap Open University Press, Buckingham [pp108-127].
Fuchs, K, Zaidise I, Peretz BA & Paldi E (1985). Hypnotherapy in male impotence in D Waxman, PC Misra, M. Gibson and MA Basker (eds) Modern Trends in Hypnosis: Proceedings of the 9th International Congress of Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine, New York: Plenium Press.
Jacobson E (1938) Progressive Relaxation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Kandyba K, Binik YM (2003) Hypnotherapy as a treatment for vulvar vestibulitis syndrome: a case report. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, Vol. 29, No. 2: 237-242.
Masters WH, Johnson VE (1970). Human sexual inadequacy. Boston: Little, Brown & Co.
Walch SL (1976) The red balloon technique of hypnotherapy: a clinical note. The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Vol. 24, No. 1: 10-12.
Copyright. The Australian Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis 2007.
Hypnotherapy is a very useful tool to be used in conjunction with psychotherapy.
FOR AN APPOINTMENT WITH DR DAVID KRAFT PHONE LONDON HYPNOTHERAPY UK on 0207 467 8564.
Dr David Kraft has spent a great deal of time researching anxiety disorders and sleep disturbances. The following abstract is taken from a paper presented at the Royal Society of Medicine on 8 March, 2005 and later published in the Australian Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis.
This paper is based on a world-wide search of the literature focusing on the application of hypnotherapy in the treatment of anxiety disorders and sleep disturbances. The authors review a range of innovative treatment procedures which have been shown to be highly effective for resistant disorders such as OCD, sleep walking, narcolepsy and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It has been demonstrated that hypnotherapy is a very valuable tool for a wide variety of disturbances and offers an alternative to drug-oriented treatments, with highly successful outcomes. Detailed accounts of the treatment procedures are given so that hypnotherapy practitioners may incorporate these techniques in their consulting rooms.
Copyright 2006. The Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.
Many individuals in the UK suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dr David Kraft is a specialist in this field. The following abstract is taken from his paper on the subject.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder thought to affect 10%-20% of the population worldwide. Essentially the paper is in two parts. The first part of the paper investigates the world literature and a variety of up-to-date treatment approaches which, with the exception of CBT which also has benefitial effects on patients’ overall mood and bloating, are designed to manage individual symptoms of IBS. The review examines the efficacy of pharmaceutical agents (antispasmodics, antidepressants, antidiarrhoeals and the new serotonergic modifying agonists/antagonists), dietary control (fibre, lactose free products, partially hydrolyzed guar gum, peppermint oil, prebiotics and probiotics), CBT (with or without the use of an audiotape) and the standard gut- directed hypnotherapy approach of the Manchester Model.
In the second half, in sharp contrast to the symptomatic treatments, the authors give a detailed account of a 54 year old female patient with refractory IBS in a setting of a phobic anxiety state. The treatment approach—a combination of psychotherapy and hypnosis—was designed to affect a complete recovery rather than to manage individual symptoms. This case study exemplifies the complex nature of IBS symptoms in relation to the patient’s emotions. It was necessary for her to work through these emotional problems so that she did not need to express her intense hostility through her bowels. These problems were expressed both in the psychotherapy sessions as well as in the hypnotherapy. The patient made a full recovery and this was maintained at the follow-up a year later.
Key words: integrative psychotherapy, gut directed therapy, river metaphor, symptomatic treatment, hypnoanalysis
Copyright 2007 British Society of Experimental & Clinical Hypnosis. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Hyperhidrosis a unpleasant disorder. Individuals sweat profusely beyond that is required for thermoregulation. Hypnotherapy can be used here as an adjunct to psychotherapy to treat individuals with this condition. The following abstract is taken from Dr Tom Kraft and Dr David Kraft’s paper on hyperhidrosis, published in 2007.
A review of the world literature indicates that there is a multiplicity of treatment approaches for hyperhidrosis. Most of these concentrate on the symptom itself and range from topical applications to sympathectomy. This paper demonstrates the value of an integrative approach in which behaviour therapy, combined with hypnosis, is used in conjunction with psychodynamic psychotherapy. This is a case study of a 58 year old single man who, due to his severe social anxiety, had suffered from excessive sweating throughout his life. The dual approach to treatment concentrates both on the hyperhidrosis as well as its causation. The patient made an excellent recovery and this was maintained over a two year period.
Key words: hyperhidrosis, integrative psychotherapy, special place, social anxiety
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Dr David Kraft uses aversion therapy in conjunction with hypnotherapy and psychotherapy. The following abstract is from his article on covert sensitisation (aversion therapy).
This is an up-to-date study in which covert sensitisation—a technique that seems to have gone into disrepute since the 1970s—is employed to treat a variety of maladaptive behaviours. The following six case studies illustrate the value of covert sensitisation for the treatment of alcoholism, nail tearing, cigarette smoking, cannabis smoking, over-eating and chocolate addiction. The treatment focuses on the craving rather than the actual carrying out of the unwanted behaviour. This study shows that covert sensitisation is a rapid and cost effective form of treatment: many patients are able to eliminate the unwanted behaviour in a small number of sessions.
Key Words: Aversion Therapy, Covert Sensitisation, Alcoholism, Self Hypnosis
Copyright 2005 British Society of Experimental & Clinical Hypnosis. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Dr David Kraft has co-written articles on many subjects. In the first article, written in 2004, he looked at the use of hypnotherapy in the treatment of driving phobia. The Abstract is as follows:
This is a case study of a fifty-five year old married lady who had a severe driving phobia with a concomitant reduction in her mobility. She had been involved in an accident on the motorway but did not develop phobic symptoms until after the second incident—a near collision. The treatment consisted of a systematic desensitisation of driving scenarios in hypnosis: after sixteen treatment sessions, the patient made a complete recovery and was able to drive on all public roads. Following each session, the patient was encouraged to practise her driving in the presence of her husband who was a skilled driver. In hypnosis, the patient was able to create a world of vivid imagery using all sensory modalities; and it was this verisimilitude, akin to ‘virtual reality exposure therapy’ (VRET), that contributed significantly to her complete recovery.