Phobias; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD) and tendencies
Anxieties; Panic Attacks
While I don't yet hold a qualification to practise as a CB Therapist, my Powerchange GOLD coach training heavily focused in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and I have read extensively on the subject of OCD, anxieties, phobias and panic attacks. I have worked with clients with these conditions and have helped them to break free.
There are research-proven techniques such as ERP, as well as Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy that reduce the effects of the disorders and tendencies themselves as well as the anxieties brought on by their siege-like behaviours. There is hope for learning how to manage all of these conditions very effectively. It will take effort, determination and courage but their management is well within your grasp.
Break free from obsessive-compulsive thoughts and actions
Learn how to desensitise the phobia effects, once and for all
Learn research-proven techniques for helping to manage anxiety
Learn how to manage undesired habits and swap them for better ones
Much has been written over the years with regards to therapy treatment. You may have heard of the term 'mindfulness'. Mindfulness means a number of things to different people. To me, it is about focusing your attention on what is happening, identifying the thinking patterns and behaviours for what they are (as well as what they aren't), remaining in the situation and the moment as best we can without criticising ourselves, utilising proven techniques to literally rewire the mind and giving ourselves more helpful thought patterns to transform our lives for the better.
One of my favourite phrases in the Bible is this: '... be transformed by the renewing of your mind.'
I used to be petrified of needles - I guess I still am but now I can cope with the situation.
When I was younger I had to have an operation. The doctors put on the cream that numbs the skin. I was told that I wouldn't feel the needle but I did. They tried three times and it failed all three leading to my vein collapsing, the fourth attempt worked. My thinking brain knows that the canula needle and an injection needle are different but my emotional brain sees a needle as a needle, and because it was painful the first time the emotional brain reacts the same way each time.
Stephen helped me to calm my emotional brain down when it begins to panic by breathing in for 3 seconds and out for 7. Also, talking to the brain and saying, " I know you don't want to and I know you're scared to do this but we can cope". I have gone from 30 minutes having one injection to 2 and a half minutes. Without Stephen's help I would be stuck in the injection room hyperventilating - I cannot thank him enough! I now know what to do when I am in that position again - I am no less scared but now I know that I can cope. I am much more confident now.
I was recommend to Mr Long by a friend. When I was at my wits end with my compulsion. I had tried all sorts of avenues and had failed to find a solution. My compulsion came after a serious illness. My nerves got the better of me and when ever I sat down I would rub my hands down my legs with quite some force.
Mr Long has helped me to master my compulsion and I'm a new person. By setting small tasks I can go for periods of time without rubbing my legs. It's a moment by moment task but I know that my brain is working differently, that I am normal and not a freak, which I felt before my sessions with Mr Long.