I have just been diagnosed with cancer and I am really scared. I heard that hypnosis is helpful. I am so angry and upset all of the time. I don’t know what to do. Please help me.
Thank you for your e-mail. Hypnotherapy has been used for a long period of time to hep people who have been diagnosed with cancer. There are several techniques that I use, but probably the most important point I need to make is that I combine the hypnosis with psychotherapy. It is the support and the hypnosis that makes the treatment effective. One technique that I used is an ‘instant calm’ technique and help people to experience life without constant worrying. I also can spend some time looking at the diagnosis and how to tackle this information. In addition, we can talk about how to deal with pain.
The most common features of cancer are pain and fatigue. Hypnotherapy is extremely helpful with this in mind. Hypnotherapy can enhance the quality of life and provides support throughout the day. Hypnosis is very valuable in helping people go through radiotherapy or operations. I also teach self hypnosis. The value of this is that it gives patients (or clients), more control throughout the day. I also use dissociative techniques to move the pain further away and to decrease the intensity of the pain in specific areas of the body. Hypnotherapy is extremely valuable for pain relief. If you would like to book a session, I look forward to seeing you.
Dr David Kraft; hypnotherapist and psychotherapist
Dr David Kraft (PhD) is a full member of the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH), and a member of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is also on the General Hypnotherapy Register. He has three diplomas–the BST Foundation Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis, the BST Foundation Advanced Certificate in Clinical and Strategic Hypnosis and a diploma in Clinical Psychology. He has published four articles in Contemporary Hypnosis, the official journal for BSCAH, and three articles in the Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. At present, David is based in Harley Street and has a private practice there. He uses hypnosis as an adjunct to his treatment programme, which essential employs psychodynamic psychotherapy. Dr David Kraft is not a medical doctor.
I am originally from England. I moved to France and lived there for about three years. I moved back to London six months ago and on the plane, I felt terrible. I felt that I was having a panic attack and that there was nothing I could do to stop it. I felt that the whole of my body was tense and that my internal organs were becoming tighter.
I survived this ordeal but it really shocked me. I went back to work. But after a few days I started to feel this tense feeling in my stomach. I love hot (spicy) food, and I wondered whether this was the reason, but I have always eaten spicy food and I have never experienced this. I then went to the GP and he gave me Mebeverine, which is an antispasmodic. I took this and it improved slightly, but now I have diarrhoea. I then took some Imodium and that worked but then I got constipated and so it goes on. I have had my stools tested and had all sorts of examinations but they can’t find anything. Is this sort of thing psychological? Can it be? It seems real to me. I haven’t tried hypnotherapy andI wondered whether you can help me. Can you? And how do I get an appointment to see a hypnotherapist. I am sure that I have got IBS. Is hypnosis what I need? Thanks Dave.
Thank you for the e-mail. It seems that you are suffering from IBS-A, where symptoms of diarrhoea and constipation alternate. IBS is very often related to psychological stress or trauma. The approach that I have used in the past, and I have had great success with this process, is to combine support in the psychotherapy with hypnotherapy. In the hypnotherapy I used the direct application of hand warmth to the stomach and I combine this with imagery–specifically, the river metaphor. In this approach, you will be asked to imagine a river and to clean the river of all the rubble and waste, and this, in turn, has a relieving effect on gastrointestinal transit.
In order to book a session, you can simply ring the number here–0207 467 8564. One used to have to get a referral letter from one’s GP; but now, you can simply ring for an appointment with a hypnotherapist or psychotherapist.
Best of luck
Dr David Kraft (PhD); hypnotherapist and psychotherapist.
Dr David Kraft is a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and also a member of the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH). David is also on the General Hypnotherapy Register. He holds two diplomas in clinical hypnosis and a diploma in clinical psychology. He has written papers in international and national journals, including four articles in Contemporary Hypnosis, the publication of the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH), and three articles in the Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. Dr David Kraft uses hypnosis in conjunction with psychodynamic psychotherapy, and he is based in Harley Street in London, UK.