When you see the words ‘virtual reality’, your first thoughts are probably that we’re talking about video and computer games, and other forms of entertainment. While virtual reality (VR) headsets have been the ultimate gaming accessory for a while now; more recently VR designers have joined forces with therapists and other medical professionals to utilise the software as a therapeutic tool in the treatment of certain mental disorders. Virtual reality technology has proven itself valuable in treating everything from phobias, to anxiety, depression and even addictions.
Similar to exposure therapy, virtual reality technology helps patients confront their fears or phobias and learn new ways to manage them. Several studies have found virtual reality to be effective in the treatment of fears such as fear of heights, flying, public speaking and even spiders. The technology is also being harnessed in fields such as pain management, physical rehabilitation and post-traumatic stress.
You might be wondering how VR rates as an alternative to traditional exposure therapy where the patient is encouraged to visualise the object of their fear before slowly being introduced to it in real life. While VR is very similar to exposure therapy, it does have the advantage of being cheaper and easier to control. For the patient it is also less intimidating. The thought of having to come in direct contact with what frightens you or causes you any form of pain or discomfort is not very appealing to most patients, even if they know it can benefit them. This is where VR has the upper hand.
Virtual reality uses simulations – using a computer-generated world and headset, consciously the patient knows there is no direct threat. This makes them feel comfortable enough to interact with their given fear or phobia in a controlled, virtual environment. Think about it; if you had a phobia of spiders, would you feel more comfortable facing a real or a virtual spider?
If you’ve never had to deal with a phobia yourself, you might be questioning the effectiveness of a simulation over confronting the real thing. The truth is people suffering from a phobia only need the presence of a spider’s leg or the view from the top of a tall building to trigger a strong emotional response. Simulations are the perfect way to do this, and are therefore sufficient at initiating the process to help a patient manage or gain control over their fear.
If you want to find out how virtual reality therapy could help you, contact us for a free initial consultation today.
Did you know that children are the perfect candidates for hypnosis? The suggestibility of their mind makes them particularly receptive to hypnosis, significantly more than adults. They don’t have the years of conditioning and resistance that adults have. It is through their vivid imaginations that children can be successfully placed in a hypnotic trance through the use of storytelling, which can bring about effective results very quickly.
Children are more receptive to suggestions of change. They are not as likely to question the process, making them easy for a hypnotherapist to work with. Adults in comparison are often reluctant and tend to resist being hypnotised, and therefore can be harder to treat.
Recognised as an effective form of therapy for young people, hypnosis can help treat a number of problems, issues and disorders in children. Common problems include:
- School-related anxieties;
- Attention deficits;
- Fears and phobias; and
- Sleep-related issues including nightmares and bed wetting.
At Brand New Mindset one area we focus on is sleep hypnosis for children; in particular a technique called the Goulding SleepTalk® method. This process teaches parents to work one-on-one with their child while the child is sleeping to help them develop a more positive mindset. The 2-minute process is suitable for children up to the age of 16 years and is an auto-suggestion technique that has parents speaking to their child’s subconscious mind while they sleep.
The Goulding SleepTalk® process isn’t a cure for illnesses, but a gentle way to enhance a child’s self-esteem and make their lives more positive.
Most parents would agree that it is difficult for children to confidently deal with issues in their life if they are anxious, fearful, and unhappy. Children trying to cope with bed-wetting, anger or fear for example, can be anxious, sad, and lack self-confidence. Through positive suggestion, therapists can guide a child’s behaviours towards effective changes that will help them to achieve better results in school, boost their confidence and overall enjoy a more joyful childhood.
If you would like to find out more about hypnosis for children, contact us today and book an initial consultation.
Each time you let the fear of failure take hold and stop you from taking risks that could get you what you really want out of life; you are stopping yourself from living to your full potential.
Defined as an irrational, persistent fear of a certain object or situation; it has been estimated that over 5% of the population has one or more clinically diagnosed phobia. It can be a fear of something specific such as flying, spiders, snakes or tight spaces. There are also social fears which cause you to feel anxious about social interaction or situations such as giving a speech in public or being in an environment with new, unfamiliar people.
Often these sorts of phobias start during childhood, and if left untreated carry on into adulthood and when induced can be debilitating. When a fear or phobia develops, it is important to deal with it directly in order to take control and stop it negatively impacting on your life.
If you find yourself being restrained or limited by a particular fear, before it becomes impossible to control you might like to consider an effective, non-invasive form of treatment such as hypnosis. When placed into a deep state of relaxation, the subconscious mind becomes receptive to suggestions of change. Positive suggestions are given to a person during this state; this includes motivational encouragement, confidence building statements and steps for curing oneself of a phobia.
When new ideas are introduced to the subconscious mind, a person can develop healthier beliefs, values and more importantly improved habitual thinking patterns. Hypnosis is also beneficial in helping to calm the mind and body by alleviating stress and anxiety; all of which helps someone to regain control of their lives by limiting the power of their phobia.
Hypnosis can have a positive effect on every aspect of a person’s life. It is a safe and gentle process that is suitable for a patient of any age. If you would like to find out more about hypnosis as a treatment for fears and phobias, contact us today to book an initial consultation. Hypnosis can help you to lead a happier and healthier life – fear and phobia free!
It’s not an easy thing to do, but understanding how and why your child’s mind works the way it does can be extremely helpful for a parent as they guide and nurture their child throughout their life. When becoming parents for the first time, we tend to get a lot of guidance and advice about when and how they should eat, sleep, walk, talk, and play, but we lack information on psychological processes and how their mind works and develops.
It’s just not something that we think about. But believe it or not, there are some really simple ways that you can start on the path to understanding their little minds; you can start by observing them as they sleep, eat and play, and look for consistent or signature traits. Are there particular activities they like best? How do they react to change or new stimuli? Do they adjust well or do they find it difficult?
As they get older, you should take the time to talk to your child. Asking questions will allow you to connect, while also giving them an opportunity to share their feelings with you. And it’s not just the verbal cues that can help you; you can observe their facial expressions and body language in order to understand their thoughts or feelings that they may not be able to or are unwilling to articulate to you yet.
A big part of understanding your child also comes from how they interact and form relationships with other people. Relationships can be the foundation for a child’s development. Their relationships with others affect all areas, ages and stages of their lives and personal development. They teach a child about what is going on around them and often shape the way they see and interact with the world; understanding how it feels to be safe and secure, to be loved and supported.
As parents, we are the first influencers. One of the most important and highly influential relationships a child will experience is that between them and their parents. A positive parent-child relationship is the basis for them to develop a healthy level of respect for others as well as themselves. The minds of young children are particularly vulnerable; accepting negative suggestions with the same energy as they do positive. This shows the enormous power parents have in shaping their child’s mind and determining the path they will take.
By taking the time to understand your child’s development, you will be able to provide them with opportunities that can boost their development as they grow and prepare them for the future phases of their life.