I read ‘Either/Or’ and various Kierkegaard when I was at school and got really into it. Oli and I used to rush to the library after our philosophy class in order to look up some of the theories that our teacher had talked about. I also read Nietzsche too. What I found fascinating is that many of us live in society and are bound by societies rules and modes of action. I began to challenge these rules and to think more liberally about rules and laws. I realized very early that living a purely hedonistic or anarchic life would only cause me problems. I found that becoming aware of your personal freedom, one only realizes what one can’t do. However, I have lived my life challenging perceptions which are just accepted by some people. Indeed, there seems to be a collective conscious book of laws that even bridges across from culture to culture. I challenge these.
The thought that humans are basically alone in the world is very negative. And, I don’t agree. Existential therapists feel that it is are connection with others that makes are lives bearable. So, we are not alone. Existential therapist would disagree with me there, and say that the search for meaning and contentment must come from inside rather than from others. I disagree with this fundamentally. However. in Albert Camus’ ‘L’Etranger’, the protagonist (hero/anti-hero) does reject his pre-existing theories on human existence and morality, and invents his own, subjective modus vivendi.
Subjectivity is at the heart of this philosophy. The concept of the ‘good life’ is something that I have had in the back of my mind since I learnt about this philosophy at school. It means that one is prepared and has the courage to lead one’s own life and take responsibility for the consequences. One creates meanings for one’s self. By creating and asking questions; by building and enjoying one’s own-crafted adventure, one is happy in fulfilling one’s own personalized potential.
During existential therapy, clients are encouraged to feel that their lives our coincidental and attention is focussed on the present. One begins to have a more dissociative idea about one choices in life, and one becomes freer to make choices. By accepting that one has no destiny, the idea is that one may become more accepting about life and the freedom of choice.
I need a hypnotherapist in London who can help me with my problems. I started worrying about getting into a car and driving anywhere. I don’t drive, but I found it difficult getting into any cars, taxis. I then started to avoid public transport and refused to get on a bus, or travel on London Underground. I started to go on the train to work even though it was a longer journey. I then stopped going on the train, and stopped work altogether. My phobia got worse at this point. I seem to be punishing my parents for the way that they have treated me recently, I have shout at them all the time, and then make up the next day. I am very anxious around other people and I only have two friends. I heard that hypnotherapy is used in order to help people with claustrophobia. I have other problems too, though. Can hypnosis be used to help me with my fear of travelling, and my fear of cars and trains. I have been to a hypnotherapist before and he help me to give up smoking. I am still off the cigs, but now I have bigger problems. Thanks. Natalie
It sounds like you need some time to work through some of these issues with a psychotherapist or counsellor. My approach combines psychotherapy–specifically psychodynamic psychotherapy–with hypnosis. I feel that hypnotherapy is not a therapy on its own andit should be combined with another form of treatment–nursing, dentistry, psychotherapy, CBT, NLP, cognitive or behavioural approaches. As I say, I use psychotherapy and feel that the support that give is critical in treatment. I should be happy to see you in town. All you need to do is to ring the following number–0207 467 8564.
Dr David Kraft (PhD) is a private hypnotherapist and psychotherapist, and is based at the following address: 10 Harley Street, London, W1G 9PF. David trained in hypnosis at the BST Foundation in Russell Square, London. It was here that he received the Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis (DCHyp), and the Advanced Certificate in Clinical and Strategic Hypnosis (A.Cert.CSHyp). He also has a Diploma in Clinical Psychology (Dip.Cl.Psy) from the London School of Management Science. David is a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a full member of BSCAH. He has also publsihed nationally and internationally; he has, for example, written four papers in Contemporary Hypnosis, which is the journal for BSCAH. Dr David Kraft uses psychodynamic psychotherapy combined with hypnosis.
Key Words: Agoraphobia, Claustrophobia, Anxiety
I need some help. I am so anxious and this gets worse when I am near lots of people. When I am in the underground station, I am at my worst. Now, I avoid undergrounds and traffic and noisy places. I heard that hypnotherapy can deal with anxiety, and that hypnosis deals with problems without medication. Is hypnosis safe? I am looking for a specialist hypnotherapist. Can you provide some info about you too.
Thanks very much
Thank you for your e-mail. Yes hypnotherapy is a very safe procedure that does not require medication. If you would like to book a session, please ring 0207 467 8564, and we will book you an appointment. I am principally a psychotherapist and I use hypnotherapy to enhance and accelerate my approach.
Dr David Kraft
Dr David Kraft is a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist working in the centre of London. He trained at the BST Foundation in London and obtained both the diploma in clinical hypnosis and the advanced diploma. David also has a diploma in clinical psychology. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and belongs to the Hypnosis & Psychosomatic Medicine Section. David is also on the General Hypnotherapy Register and is a full member of BSCAH. He has also published articles on hypnosis and psychotherapy integration in Contemporary Hypnosis, the official publication for BSCAH, and in the Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. Dr David Kraft is based in Harley Street where he works privately. For more information, please see my website on http://www.londonhypnotherapyuk.com/index.asp or my psychotherapy website on http://www.londonpsychotherapy.co.uk/