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Memory Reconsolidation

The great step forward of recent times is the discovery that your underlying fears and emotional learnings aren’t fixed as was always thought. Use of the latest evidence and research from the world of neuroscience has resulted in a method that produces profound change – the old neural pathways and synapses are re-written – permanently – in a process known as memory reconsolidation.

These emotional learnings result in anxiety, depression, relationship problems, sexual problems – it’s a long list – and they’re encoded in the brain at a more primitive level than all the things we deal with when we use cognitive methods like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or beliefs work.  Cognitive methods look at your thinking styles and belief systems and get you to retrain unhelpful ones.  Cognitive change happens at the level of the brain that uses language, the neo-cortex, the large, upper part of the brain that makes us different from other mammals.

Memory reconsolidation takes place at a lower, more primitive, level, a place where there are senses, feelings and emotions, but not the words to understand them. It’s not surprising then that we often find that emotional learnings that are doing the damage now were actually laid down in childhood, even in infancy. An insecure attachment between a mother and an infant will have life-long repercussions without a way to change it at that pre-language level.

IAEBP members practice several therapies that result in memory reconsolidation, either deliberately sought or spontaneously occurring, including Coherence Therapy, Relaxation Assisted Psychotherapy, hypnoanalysis, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming (EMDR).

Since memory reconsolidation is a natural process, a natural ability of the brain to repair itself and recover from trauma, it will happen spontaneously in many different circumstances. It can be facilitated in any of the therapies mentioned in the last paragraph, but it will sometimes happen spontaneously during cognitive therapy – or even with no therapy!  It’s amazing how some people bounce back from adversity!

For most people, there is a combination of cognitive factors (poorly managed thinking) and implicit emotional learnings and you will need to discuss with your therapist the best way to improve, given your history, 

Beliefs Work

Learning to manage your beliefs and thinking…
is enormously helpful, especially if you create a lot of anxiety by overthinking.  This type of psychotherapy teaches you a new mindset that puts you in control rather than feeling at the mercy of events, prejudices and other people.  Many people suffering from common psychological and health-related conditions believe that their symptoms are happening to them and they, consequently, feel completely powerless to improve their situation.   Many symptoms and problems in life are actually created or exacerbated by people’s limiting belief systems and thinking styles.  Regardless of your age, where you happen to live, your background or your upbringing, you can choose how to live your life.  When people are thriving, they are living their life to the full. They find it easier to be resilient, to stay happy and healthy, to be successful and to achieve their goals.

Basically, whether you are fit or unfit, well or unwell, happy or unhappy, healthy or unhealthy, the way you think and what you believe have a profound influence over the rest of your body and how you experience life.   So beliefs work can help you to overcome fears, phobias and anxieties, but it can also help with much more than that.

  • Anxiety, stress, panic disorder
  • Feeling Depressed
  • Low self-esteem and confidence
  • Fears and phobias (including fear of flying, needle phobia, fear of heights, agoraphobia, etc.)
  • Emetophobia – the fear of vomiting
  • Eating disorders (including body dysmorphia)
  •  Self-harm
  •  Resolving relationship issues – in families, marriages, and friends
  • Sexual problems (including vaginismus, premature ejaculation)
  • Weight control / maintaining a healthy weight
  • Addressing excessive alcohol consumption
  • Sleep problems (chronic insomnia, night-brooding, nightmares)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndromes (IBS)
  • Chronic Fatigue/ Post-viral Fatigue/ fibromyalgia
  • Helping people to cope with and fight cancer, chronic illness and pain
  • Unexplained infertility
  • Getting a job, keeping a job, interview skills, confidence skills
  • Just being happy and enjoying life
  • It is also ideal for those who don’t have significant psychological symptoms, but would just like to: be happier, learn to live life to the full, get the most and the best out of every day, or achieve specific goals.

Address

The Surrey Hypnotherapy Clinic
Sandcroft
Blackbridge Road,
Woking,
Surrey. GU22 0DN

Phone: 08707 - 606765

www.surrey-hypnotherapy.com
 

email:
PeterBack<at>surrey-hypnotherapy.com