Pain is our body’s way of telling us that something is wrong physically or psychologically.
Psychogenic pain is physical pain that is caused, increased or prolonged by mental, emotional and behavioural factors. Psychological factors can and will influence our experience of pain, reducing our pain threshold and making the pain feel worse.
Pain is a personal experience and can be present in the absence of tissue damage or any other pathological cause and is due to psychological reasons.
There are two types of pain: Acute and Chronic Pain.
Acute Pain is severe pain that lasts for a relatively short period of time (6 months or less) and usually starts immediately in response to a specific injury.
Chronic Pain can range form mild to severe and is present for a long period of time (6 months or more). This pain can lead to signs of depression, sleep disturbances, lethargy, anger and weight loss as the pain begins to impair our ability to function making us feel helpless.
Hypnotherapy aims to help us to:
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
How we think about and interpret our experience of pain, will also affect our pain threshold. Our beliefs and assumptions relating to pain, to our self-worth and our ability to cope can trigger negative thoughts, which in turn drive negative feelings and unhealthy coping behaviours. What we believe will therefore determine how we behave accordingly in order to support that belief we have about our experience of pain. If we dread or fear pain, our pain threshold will be decreased and our experience of pain will be more severe.
Effective pain management therefore depends upon confronting the meaning we give to our pain, identifying those unhealthy beliefs we have about pain, disputing those beliefs and replacing them with healthier more helpful beliefs.
CBT helps us to develop a rational and realistic belief about pain in order to minimise our perception of pain and therefore our experience of pain.
If you would like to find out about how hypnotherapy and CBT can help you manage your pain more effectively, please contact Chalene on 07834 226025 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Client Testimonial - Hypnotherapy for Pain Relief
"After spending 12 months with chronic chest pain,going backwards and forwards to the Doctors, and
had every possible test,I was prescribed 2 types of very strong pain killers with maximum dosage. The pain never went regardless of the tablets and I was becoming more dependant on them
and could see no light at the end of the tunnel, just misery.
It had been suggested to me at pain clinic that along with the tablets I also tried other methods of pain relief. Hypnotherapy was mentioned but I had never met anyone before who had used it and the Doctors didn't really give an opinion.
After a few more miserable months,I decided that I needed to try something else as the tablets were clearly not working.
Chalene's profile came up first. What I read sounded very promising and after reading a few other therapists profiles, I phoned Chalene.
On our first meeting, I felt safe,not judged and reassured that all would be ok. It was very emotional for me, but the session had a huge impact straight away and afterwards my pain level had gone down.
Each week, Chalene would teach me new skills of how to cope with my pain, to recognise it, listen to my body and to then "Let it Go".
Stress is the reason behind my pain and I wish that I had found Chalene and her hypnotherapy sooner, rather than have all of those
Life is still very stressful, but my pain has gone and am no longer taking tablets. On the odd occasion that I do get pain, I know exactly what to do and the pain just goes.
I would recommend hypnotherapy to anyone who is in any pain that can not be picked up on tests or with any other issues that should
arise, where hypnotherapy could help.
Chalene has made me find myself again and helped to put my life into perspective. I will always be grateful to her,her calming voice and wonderful journeys that she has taken me on during my sessions. These new skills will stay with me always.
Thank you so much".
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Read what my clients have to say about therapy:
I’d been suffering from anxiety (and PTSD, unbeknown to me) for a few years when I started counselling with Chalene. I can 100% recommend Chalene! She guided me rewiring my thinking and helped me gain a different perspective. She made me realise the importance for self-care and not shying away from my emotions, and allowing others in to give me support.
Chalene took the time to teach me Mindfulness and mediation, the latter becoming very useful in everyday life. I was very sceptical about hypnosis but after having a few mild session of hypnosis she has completely changed my view of it. I can confidently say that since the Mindfulness, mediation and hypnosis sessions I am feeling so much calmer. And having spoken to a traine and caring professional my mind feels less chaotic. Please give it a go! - Kate
"Earlier this year I saw Chalene to assist with a phobia around needles and hospitals. During my sessions we worked using hypnotherapy to explore these phobias.
"Counselling has had a pretty dramatic impact on my life. It's helped me in so many ways, the most important being a real improvement in my relationship with my wife, friends and family.
I've become a calmer, happier, more focused version of myself and I'm enjoying both my personal and work life more because of it" - Cameron
Deciding to book hypnotherapy was one of the best decisions I have made, although I was sceptical at first it has made me stronger and helped me reassess where I am in my life now.
I feel calmer and in control of my future rather than uncertainty. Chalene is a calming influence, great listener and was completely non judgemental when we covered some difficult periods in my younger life.
I am looking forward to the future again. - Anon
At the beginning of the year, my life took a dramatic change from what had been so happy. I tried to cope with it all, but couldn't and just didn't know what to do or how to resolve it. I decided to book some sessions with Chameleon Coaching and Therapy and thank goodness I did! The help that I recieved was amazing and now my life is back on track. I would recommend Chalene at Chameleon Coaching and Therapy to anyone- I can't and don't want to think where I would be if I hadn't made that appointment.
Once again THANK YOU so much. - Gillian
"Chalene has made me find myself again and helped to put my life into perspective. I will always be grateful to her, her calming voice and wonderful journeys that she has taken me on during my sessions. These new skills will stay with me always." - Lesely
"Working with Chalene has honestly transformed my life. I have gone from being extremely anxious whilst driving (to the point that I didn't want to drive at all) to actually enjoying driving again". - Emma
"Chalene made me feel very relaxed and was very easy to talk to. After a few sessions of hypnotherapy I very quickly began to feel a lot better and a lot different. Chalene helped me with tools and ways of managing or thinking about things differently.
I would highly recommend hypnotherapy and more so Chalene to anyone suffering with anxiety or similar feelings." - Abbey
“I would thoroughly recommend Chalene. I went to her via a recommendation from another client. The therapy process has been transformative for me, guided by Chalene's expert approach, warmth and patience.
Many times along the way I would fall back a little and think I couldn't find the strength to get through but she could always see those struggles and remind me of how far I had come and that I could keep going. I found all the book recommendations really helpful as reading combined with the talking really helped me to understand why I react the way I do to certain situations and how to be able to live with a traumatic history of events.
I have been empowered to make many positive changes and found courage I did not know I possessed.
I wish anyone embarking on a journey similar to this to take courage and work with Chalene. She really is fab” - JW
Counselling for Anxiety
"I don't know what you are doing with him, but it seems to be working so far, he seems to be coping so much better." - A mum
Hypnotherapy for Overcoming Past Abuse
“Thanks to Chalene, I was able to overcome many obstacles that I had been struggling with for an extremely long time. She allowed me to go back through my past and understand the ins and outs of everything that happened.
Although therapy may seem like a daunting prospect, Chalene made me feel as comfortable as possible at every session I went to, meaning I was able to talk to her with ease.
Chalene is utterly amazing at what she does and I would recommend her to anyone who may be struggling with something in their lives, no matter what it may be” – Lucy
Stop Smoking Hypnotherapy
"7 weeks since my smoking cessation session and I’m still a non smoker, I am amazed at how simple and yet how effective the process was. Money well spent!" - Rob
"Just to let you know... no smoking... working well!" - David
" I'm so happy as I haven't touched one single cigarette, I've had cravings, but I've just not given in and it's been a lot easier with the hypnotherapy. Thanks again." - Keeley
"Still not smoking. It's been really easy. I've not had any cravings or been tempted at all so far." - Nicki
I'm still going strong, my congestion is going, my cough has gone, I'm starting to feel less cloudy in the head, my energy is improving. So those are the benefits so far, and it's only been a week!! It's the best thing I've ever done. Wish I'd done it years ago.' - Debs
Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss
"I'd started losing weight whilst seeing you, and that's continued and whilst I'm still no veggie freak I'm eating so much less than before and never eat for the sake of it! It's been a revelation meeting you, your methods certainly work!" - Claire
“Deciding to book hypnotherapy was one of the best decisions I have made. Although I was sceptical at first it has made me stronger and helped me reassess where I am in my life now. I feel calmer and in control of my future rather than uncertainty.
Chalene is a calming influence, great listener and was completely non-judgemental when we covered some difficult periods in my younger life.
I am looking forward to the future again” - Anon
“I am a very strong willed person that under normal circumstances, would overcome most things. However, when it came to sweets, I had no will power at all. I would buy a packet of mint humbugs and eat at least half a packet every day. I tried just eating one, telling myself that was enough, but my hand just reached for the bag and the rest is history.
Being concerned that we have diabetes in the family, plus I am of a certain age whereby fat is very difficult to get rid I spoke about my sweet addiction with a friend. Unbeknown to me, my friend had already been to Charlene at Chameleon for help to overcome anxiety issues. So I thoroughly checked out Charlene Long’s credentials before making my first appointment. I am a very sceptical person and was not convinced that Charlene could help me out, not even after the initial free session. But I had nothing to lose except my money so I booked a 5 session slot.
After the second visit I noticed that there was indeed a difference and I began to control my addiction without realising at the time that I was actually doing this. By session 5, I could now manage the addiction and still eat sweets but not to the extent that I used to. I now limit my consumption to one or two and not even every day, just when I feel like it. It’s great to be in control!
So many thanks to you Charlene for your invaluable help, and apologies for being so sceptical to begin with” - Simone Taylor
Hypnotherapy for Anxiety and Stress
"I sat my QTS Numeracy Test today and do you want to know the result.....
I passed :-) So happy :-)))))) Thanks so much for all your help... and for the excellent MP3 audio. It really helped." - Julie
“I have been at the mercy of my anxiety for more years than I can remember. I have tried counselling, NLP, CBT, prescription medication, herbal medication etc. etc. but still fall back in to all the old patterns of behaviour. I found Chalene at Chameleon through a therapy website and after studying her bio rigorously decided she was the therapist for me...
I was not wrong! I had 4 sessions, and can honestly say I feel like a completely different person. I no longer lay awake at night worrying about things and when faced with difficult situations I am not turning inside out trying to deal with it. I don't understand how it all works but I do know it does work!!
I would thoroughly recommend Chalene and if in doubt..... give it a go!”- B. Mason
Hypnotherapy for Public Speaking
"I certainly learnt a lot about myself through the whole journey, and a lot of that was because of the work we did. You were fantastic thank you. I thoroughly enjoyed the sessions." - Charlotte
Hypnotherapy for Phobias
"I had my first prenatal appointment today and I'm very happy to report that I had my blood taken. No panic or fuss just a little bit nervous but had a great nurse that helped a million. I can't thank you enough for all your help with my 'old' phobia :) You have changed my life and now I can look forward to my pregnancy." - Lucy