API Clinic Cork
Call Us: 0873385640
I do not normally Rant especially if feeling a bit negitive lol, however on world Mental Health Day 10th Oct 2015,
I Did and it is below. The main Message is "Ask For Help it is OK"
See what you think
"Seeing a Therapist is OK "
I don’t normally rant on facebook but as today is World mental health day and as I work in this field, I decided to do so Today.
It frustrates me so much at how the general opinion is that to have a mental health problem, one has to be diagnosed by the health system or be severely mentally challenged or “Not Normal” or “A Bit mad”.
From my experience personally and through my work, this is not the case and we are all “not normal” there is no normal, however what we are though is actually Different, we are all different in many ways. There other stigma is that if you go to therapy you are really messed up and not strong enough to deal with our daily challenges etc. It’s so frustrating to hear these opinions all the time and I must admit I too in the past was one of those people too.
The mind is the most complex part of our body and is still not fully understood completely, the different chemicals and how they affect our moods and so on, scientists still do not fully understand this machine inside us that controls so much of us.
Depression, Stress, Anxiety and so so many more mental struggles that are out there. You do not need to have these symptoms severely to have a “Mental Challenge” in my opinion and to need help and assistance. If you have any of these or any other just in a mild form you need help.
Any challenge that is hard for you to overcome, know that there is help out there for you for everyone. There are no magic wands but there is help available and it needs to become more socially acceptable, to be able seek help in whatever form that is for you with no stigma attached to it.
I believe that seeking therapy is one of the most important decisions you will make for your own health and wellbeing and also it will transform your life, whether it is hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, counselling, self development, mindfulness or any other type of the many great therapies out there. There is no one stop shop for helping but there is definitely a therapy for each and every one of us that will help us overcome our challenges or struggles.
If everyone actually thought about the things they cannot deal with clearly and calmly they would understand that we all have mental challenges that we fight with. Even though they apparently appear to be “small” and “sure everyone has them”, or “that’s life its tough get on with it” and so on and so on, no matter how small they are still there and we all have them. Think about it, and ask yourself
Are there some times when you
1. Can’t Control you anger or temper
2. Do you get road rage occasionally
3. Do you get stressed occasionally
4. Do you get depressed occasionally
5. Do you have to have a drink to calm you
6. Do you have to have illegal substances to calm you
7. Do you have to have medication to calm you
8. Do you suffer from constant headaches
9. Do you suffer from sleeping problems
10. Do you eat to help or even not eat perhaps
And the list can go on and on.
So the message is this: In my opinion we all have these challenges or struggles that we face, and that are trying on us and instead of asking for help or actually spending our valuable hard earned Euro’s on getting help for our own “mental health” we choose to spend it on other unhealthy options.
Asking for help is not a sign of weakness it is actually a sign of Strength.
Going to therapy to help yourself does not mean you are a failure it means you are willing to learn and help yourself to achieve your goals and enjoy your life for you.
Do not be afraid “It’s Ok to ask for Help” “Be Mentally Aware of your own Mental Health” “ Find a therapist that suits you”
Remember "You are Not Alone"
What is Mind Power and How is it Used?
Mind power is a very interesting, yet tricky subject. For those of you who do not fully understand the concept and possibilities of mind power, you are in for a real treat!
Many people commonly confuse brain power with mind power. However, these are two separate entities. Brain power is what we use in our daily lives to complete tasks such as breathing, eating, sleeping, working, and so on. The brain is a very real and tangible object. The mind is also very real, but it is intangible making the possibility of its power greater.
The mind has two parts which are the conscious mind and the unconscious mind. The conscious mind is everything that is inside of our awareness. This means that any feelings, emotions, sensations, memories, perceptions or anything that you can think about or talk about take place in your conscious mind. The unconscious mind is everything that is outside of our awareness. This means that any feelings, emotions, memories, thoughts, fantasies, and so on are things that you are unaware of taking place in your unconscious mind, but they still affect your everyday life.
Sigmund Freud believed that whatever was enclosed in your unconscious mind was typically unpleasant or unwanted which is the reason they are not conscious to you. Doctors and scientists have come to believe that humans only use about nine to eleven percent of their brain power. One question that is raised in science and medicine is that if a person was able to increase the percentage of their brain used and raised their Intelligence Quotient – IQ, could they control the direction of their life for better or worse?
Now that you have a basic understanding of what mind power is and how it affects your life past, present, and future, you can begin to learn how to train and strengthen your mind power. With the right tools and skills, you will be able to harness your mind power and increase the positive outcomes in your life!
Check out the Full Story here
Using Neuroplasticity to be Smarter and Happier by Deane Alban
ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2015
It’s said that we’ve learned more about the brain in the past 15 years than in all of previous history. And one of the most important discoveries has been the concept of neuroplasticity, the brain’s capability to continually change throughout a lifetime. The understanding of brain plasticity has been hailed as the most important development in neuroscience in the past 400 years.
Until recently, it was believed your brain was largely hardwired and that your overall intelligence was set for life, but now it’s known that your intelligence can change. Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Dr. Norman Doidge, author of The Brain That Changes Itself, says, “The amount of synaptic changeover in the brain is much greater than we ever dreamed. The brain is far more malleable than we thought. It isn’t infinitely malleable, but far more than we knew.”
Your brain is constantly changing. It’s affected by everything that happens to you. Every action you take and even every thought you think changes your brain. Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi is a professor of neurology at Harvard who discovered the first Alzheimer’s gene. He co-authored the book Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being with Deepak Chopra. In it they put forth a mind-blowing concept that the brain is not a thing as much as it’s a process.
They go on to explain, “If you think of everyday experience as input for your brain, and your actions and thoughts as output, a feedback loop is formed. The old cliché about computer software — garbage in, garbage out — applies to all feedback loops. Toxic experiences shape the brain quite differently from healthy ones. This seems like common sense, but neuroscience has joined forces with genetics to reveal that right down to the level of DNA, the feedback loop that embraces mind and body is profoundly changed by the input processed by the brain.”
Tanzi and Chopra sum up the recent discoveries that make it possible for anyone to improve their brain:
Your brain is constantly renewing itself.
Your brain can heal its wounds from the past.
Experience changes your brain every day.
The input you give your brain causes it to form new neural pathways.
The more positive the input, the better your brain will function.
That your brain will change is inevitable, but do you have any say in the matter? The answer is a resounding yes! You can leave the state of your brain to chance or you can put your brain’s plasticity to work you. The term self-directed neuroplasticity is used to describe the process of intentionally harnessing your brain’s malleability to get the results you want. Some have called this sculpting the brain. By giving your brain the right input, you can train it to be smarter and happier.
Using Brain Plasticity To Get Smarter
Surprisingly, it’s only been within the past ten years that scientists have come around to the idea that overall intelligence can be improved. Before then, it was believed that a person’s level of intelligence was set at birth and could not be changed by any means. In 2008, a groundbreaking study discovered that intelligence is fluid and can be increased with the proper stimulus. Since then, scientists have changed their fundamental view of human intelligence. Here are two fascinating landmark studies that support this new view. One shows that you can grow a larger brain, the other that you can increase your IQ.
To become a London cab driver, an applicant must pass “the Knowledge” — the most difficult geography test in the world. Prospective cabbies spend three to four years on what may be the ultimate brain exercise — memorizing London’s 320 main routes, 25,000 streets, and the location of over 20,000 landmarks. Scientists wanted to know what becoming a human atlas did to a brain. It was found that London cabbies grew a measurably larger hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for consolidating memories and spatial navigation. Interestingly, those who studied for the test but failed did not show the same increase in hippocampus size.
Many children are led to believe that they aren’t very smart. Sometimes this is done by well-meaning parents or teachers who are trying to motivate them into working harder at their studies. Siblings and peers can pick up where the adults left off. Other kids with parents who are trying to boost their child’s self-esteem are constantly told how smart and talented they are. Interestingly, this too can limit kids by making them think things like intelligence and other talents are fixed traits rather than something that can be developed.
When students are taught about brain plasticity and how their intelligence is not fixed, it makes a dramatic impact on their grades and their morale. It can even help kids raise their IQs. By simply understanding that they had the potential to get smarter and do better in school, they did. Clearly the power of brain plasticity is a concept that every school-age child should be taught.
Harnessing Neuroplasticity To Be Happier
Just as you are not stuck with a set level of intelligence, you aren’t stuck with a set level of happiness either. One of the most powerful ways to train your brain to be happier is to monitor and change your thoughts. The average person thinks 50,000 thoughts per day and up to 70 percent of them are predominantly negative. And this creates neural pathways that do not serve you well.
Rick Hanson, Ph.D. is a neuropsychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and bestselling author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence. He describes the brain as being like Velcro for negative experiences and Teflon for positive ones. This negative bias is a survival mechanism that kept our distant ancestors out of danger but has become counterproductive in the modern world.
According to Hanson, you can train your brain to focus on the positive with these simple steps. First, look for and recognize those little bits of good wherever you find them. It doesn’t matter if it’s as small as a smile from your significant other, an enthusiastic greeting from a beloved pet or the satisfaction of crossing an item off your to-do list. Next, savor this positive experience. Visualize it in vivid detail, recalling how it made you feel since we remember things better when they are associated with an emotion.
Shawn Achor is considered a leading expert on happiness. He taught positive psychology at Harvard University and wrote the bestselling book The Happiness Advantage. According to Achor, “Training your brain to be positive is not so different from training your muscles at the gym. Recent research on neuroplasticity — the ability of the brain to change even in adulthood — reveals that as you develop new habits, you rewire the brain.”
He recommends doing one of these surprisingly simple activities daily for three weeks to significantly increase both optimism and life satisfaction.
Jot down three things you’re grateful for.
Write a positive message to someone.
Meditate for two minutes.
Exercise for ten minutes.
Write down the most meaningful experience of the past 24 hours.
Researchers believe that ultimately neuroplasticity will be harnessed for clinical applications such as treating anxiety disorders and depression, as well as age-related brain disorders.
Ways To Increase Brain Plasticity
Besides those mentioned above, there are other proven ways to increase brain plasticity. Supply your brain with nutrients that improve brain plasticity such as polyphenols, flavonols, and omega-3 essential fatty acids. Some online brain training programs claim to increase brain plasticity, but you don’t have to pay for a subscription to a brain training program. Any activity that stimulates your brain will do. Learning a new language, reading, playing chess or a musical instrument, gardening, arts and crafts, and doing home repairs stimulate the formation of new neural connections.
Neuroplasticity In Action
You’ve heard the expression, “It’s like riding a bike.” But I bet you didn’t know it was all about neuroplasticity! Usually a skill — like riding a bike — once learned is never completely forgotten. But you may need a short period of practice to kick your neurons back into gear.
Engineer Destin Sandlin is the creator of the educational science website Smarter Every Day. Like most of us, he learned to ride a bike as a child. In one experiment, he modified his bicycle with a pair of cogs to create a “backwards bike.” So when he turned the handlebars to the left, the wheel went to the right and vice versa. Sandlin thought he’d master this new way of riding in a few minutes, but that’s not what happened. His brain was so strongly wired, it took him 8 months of daily practice to unlearn the old way and learn the new way of riding his bike.
Interestingly, when he went back to riding a normal bicycle, he adjusted quickly since that neural pathway was still there. As you might expect, kids have more brain plasticity than adults and we lose brain plasticity with age. That’s why Sandlin’s six-year-old son was riding his backwards bike like a pro in just two weeks.
This article was brought to you by Deane Alban, a health information researcher, writer and teacher for over 25 years. For more helpful articles about improving your cognitive and mental health, visit BeBrainFit.com today.
Self Development, Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, Transpersonal Therapy and Meditation all help you to change your Brain for your own Well-being and benefit
Panic & Anxiety
What is a Panic attack
The easiest way to explain panic attacks is that it is like Fear, so as well all have experienced fear at one time or another the feelings, emotions, thoughts that are attached to fear are similar when one has a panic attack however, people who suffer with panic attacks have this feeling consistently, and the thoughts as well that go with those feelings just keep going round and round in their head.
Some of the Symptoms of panic attacks are
Sweating, Uncontrollable breathing, shortness of breath or choking, Trembling or shaking
Chest pain, or pressure or discomfort, Dizziness, feeling faint, Tingling or numbness in parts of the body, Hot flushes or chills, Feeling strange, feeling self conscious, Feeling of a loss of control
If you have heard of fight or flight, well a panic attack is similar to the flight part, however usually there is not an immediate threat, but flight mode kicks in anyway.
So those who suffer can also go through their life in avoidance mode and due to their challenge avoid all situations that have previously or may put them into this panic / fear mode.
Even though panic attacks can come on quiet quickly People who suffer with panic attacks have that ongoing awareness and this can totally make their life a constant battle to just live life from day to day from moment to moment.
They live in fear of having another attack at any time as well. Panic attacks can also bring on depression or dependence on drugs or alcohol in some cases and also have an adverse effect on one’s own personal confidence, self esteem, and self expression
Just like we seen with the email sent to your show
Generalised Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety
Panic attacks can be associated with Anxiety but anxiety is a bit different but you can suffer with both along with other challenges, depression, addictions etc all coping mechanisms. High Anxiety can develop into a panic attack
Anxiety is usually based around worry,Worry about the future, Worry about money, Worry about what others think and might be saying about you, worry about that pain you have is it ???,
Anxiety Comes with the constant What if questions, what if I fail my exam, what if I can’t do my job what if I am dying and so on. An anxious person generally has a negative outlook a lot of the time.
Restlessness or irritability, Sleeping issues, under or over sleeping, Physical tension, Feeling tired or exhausted all the time
Up bringing... pressure from our guardians to be ......, Social expectations, you should be like ....
Being under constant stress , Media all the negativity broadcast especially now with social media
Constant bombardment of how we should mould our life as our peers say. Peer pressure etc
The difference between the panic and anxiety is sort of like this
Panic brings on sever psychical symptoms immediately along with mental challenges, wheras anxiety is based around negative self critical thoughts and not arrive as a sever psychical symptom as quick. Panic is nearly instantaneously and there in the backround just waiting for its signal to pounce.
How do I help
My work direction, my research and my studies are all to do with the power of the mind, its challenges and how we can work with it to change things for our own wellbeing and benefit, this has been my goal for over the past 5 years, and having overcome some of my own personal challenges using the techniques that I have become qualified in and proficient with have personally and professionally seen how fantastic the outcomes will be for those whom choose to try out for themselves.
Having a daughter whom is on the autism spectrum and whom is diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome which has a high anxiety and panic attack as part of the symptom I deal with this on a daily basis at home personally and also through the many clients I have helped over the past 3 years to overcome and move forward in their life more successfully.
Anxiety, panic and depression would be the main specialist areas that I work with along with weight and self confidence and a host of other issues.
Using various different techniques that I have studied and qualified in at the ICHP School of Clinical Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy I use a combination of CBT, Mindfulness, Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy to assist the client to overcome their challenge to their own benefit.
I usually recommend an initial 4 Wk programme to start for each client suffering with Panic / anxiety challenges and then if required we can move on to a more indebt analysis programme. Most clients see a change within the first 2 sessions but obviously there are those whom require much more.
To reach your potential you must be willing to put in the work to achieve your goals just like the most recent Irish success story Conor McGregor, he uses mental techniques and the minds ability as well as his psychical muscles and movement and has reached the pinnacle in his sports career and so can everyone one of us do the same and reach our own personal goals but we all need direction and guidance by professionals whom have gone through their own journeys and have the expertise and experience to help you get to yours.
The biggest challenge still here in Ireland is that to go for therapy or help seems to be like you are a failure when it is actually quite the opposite you in fact are quiet strong to reach out for help and recognise that you can do with some focused guidance assisting you to reach your true potential.
Therapy with Children, Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Hypno-Counselling
How does therapy work for older children? 7yrs upwards
It works in a similar way to the way it works with adults, however children are kind of in a hypnotic state very often every day, for example when they are engrossed in playing and using their imagination. At times it can even be easier to work with children using hypnosis. As they can use their minds to play out favourite characters quiet easily, the session will be very similar and each session will include very positive suggestions and confidence boosting anchors.
How does hypnosis work with young children? Under 7yrs
Basically in a similar way, however younger children don’t necessarily close their eyes as easily as the older kid’s will, this does not affect the session in any way. They will still relax and be able to use their imagination just as well as the others do. The process is more like engaging in active imagination games or scenario’s, which they can with the greatest of ease. Sometimes visual aids may be used or games and child friendly task’s to help with the session. Children spend half their lives in their imaginations and we just get them to use it in a positive way for themselves to help overcome their challenges
Can I come in to the session with them?
As per our code of Ethic’s we encourage parents or guardians to come and stay in with us especially for the first session, so your child will feel more at ease. It will also put your mind at ease to see the process we use is safe and positive.
Sometimes older children prefer to be on their own so they don’t have a sense of My Parent is here I can’t say this or that or they expect me to say this or that. So we recommend you to have a chat with your child and go along with their preferences as even some younger children are quite happy on their own after a first or second session. Also remember that children mature quite differently and can often seem considerably older or younger than their current age, as with every child session there will be an update given to the parent or guardian but observing the Client Confidentiality act at the same time.
What happens in the session?
First of all we have a chat about the challenge they have come in for help with. We talk about how they may feel, or think, we talk about different ways the challenge affect’s them in their life and those around them and stuff like that. Above all we always focus on a solution that will help with the challenge.
We will talk directly to your child rather than you and direct questions to them, if needed we will ask them if it is ok to speak to You, if we need more information but in general we prefer if you let them answer themselves without jumping in to answer for them. If we do need to speak to you, we will ask them if it is ok if I ask mum or dad or whomever is relevant a question to see what they think; in this way they are reassured that they are the important person in the room and their opinion counts. I will often ask you to tell me some of the things you really like and value about them. This may be asked in front of them too, to reinforce confidence and self esteem.
Each child is unique & different just like all adults are different so we will use whatever techniques work best for your child, this includes how what words and language we use so we can make sure it is for their level of understanding. At the end of each session and during each session there will always be positive suggestions in some form and a boost to their confidence in addition to possibly some guided visualization, all which are for the benefit of overcoming their challenge.
Can you put them to sleep or take control of their mind ?
This is a common question, due to the impression that Stage / TV Hypnotist’s give us.
Hypnosis is not Sleeping, in brief it is a very calm and relaxed state where you are totally focused on what is going on in the session and what is going on for you.
So to answer the question, No they won’t be asleep and I can’t take control of anyone’s mind. We will however be giving control back to the child, something which the child may not realise they can do themselves. Most of the time, the session will consist of a nice, calm, relaxed and comfortable experience for the child. If there are any challenges that cause negative emotions we will deal with the in a way that will bring back calmness and relaxation so the child will feel good after the session.
It may be said, that on very rare occasion’s they may fall asleep too themselves for no particular reason other than their body needed to do this. If this happens we would just bring them back out of the sleepiness and conclude the session.
We would ask that if the child is not getting enough sleep or is not feeling well that you would reschedule your appointment at least 24hrs before so we can plan around the cancellation with our other clients.
What happens after the Session ends ?
After most sessions we may ask for some work to be done at home or before the next session and this could consist of listening to an Mp3 or doing some writing or drawing or some type of challenge to work on and bring back for the next session.
How many sessions will they need?
This will depend on the child and the challenge faced. Everyone is different and each of us take to the therapy in our own unique way. We here at API Clinic do not in any way ask or expect clients to come for any more than the required sessions that is necessary and we will discuss your child’s needs with you at the first session or at you enquiry. Our therapy is all about the individual and helping them overcome the challenge they face.
How do I go about making an appointment and how long do sessions last?
Use any of our contact’s to either call, email or message us and we will be only to glad to organise an appointment for you and your child. The first session last’s usually between 1hr and 1hr 30mins and each session after the first one last usually around 1hr. For younger children under 7 this will definitely vary between 40 mins – 1 hr
How do I know if this is what we need ?
We ask that you contact us to discuss the challenge and if we feel we are not the right choice we have not hesitation in recommending some other colleagues whom may be equipped for you specific requirements. It is our passion that we supply a very professional service at all times. And only assist those clients with whom our experience and training can benefit with changing their lives. As with any therapy that you may choose, please ensure that the therapist is a reputable one, fully trained and competent in their work and who also holds valid insurance.
Thank you for checking out API Clinic and if you feel we can be of service to you or anyone you know please do make contact with us, we are only too glad to be of assistance