Home > Case Studies > Hypnotherapy Worked for Me: A Case Study

Hypnotherapy Worked for Me: A Case Study

By: Kathryn Senior PhD - Updated: 23 Jul 2010 | comments*Discuss
 
Tension Headaches Stress Anxiety

Laura told Headache Expert of her long battle with tension headaches and how her initial reluctance to try a non-drug therapy turned into enthusiasm and led to a complete rethink of her career.

“After university, I trained to be a fully fledged accountant and was appointed to my first accountancy post in a large practice in London. I was promoted several times and then, two years ago, was headhunted to become financial director of a large publishing company. It was a brilliant opportunity and I didn’t hesitate to say yes.”

Laura expected to have to put in long hours getting to grips with the business. But she didn’t anticipate that her new role would include downsizing three different departments in the company that were losing money.

“I went over and over the figures, worked with the managers to try to find solutions to turn things round but there was no option in the end, 35 people had to lose their jobs and I was asked to tell 15 of them that their services were no longer required.”

A Stressful Time

This change put enormous pressure on Laura who began to suffer symptoms of stress. She found it difficult to sleep, as she was worrying about the next day at work. She was staying later in the office and getting in earlier to see if there was anything she had overlooked. The thought of firing people, of ending their jobs filled her with dread.

“I was permanently tired and my eyes always felt sore but it was at this point that my headaches really became a problem. I had a tension headache every day. It would start just before lunchtime and would get worse in the afternoon and by about 5pm I didn’t know what to do with myself. I could not work any more and had to get up and leave a meeting because I was in so much pain. I was buying packet after packet of paracetamol and living on painkillers.”

The company, which was dominated by male managers all trying to out-do the other, was far from sympathetic and there were plenty of snide comments about Laura not being able to cope because she was a woman in a man’s world.

I Demanded Stronger Painkillers

“I went to see my GP and demanded some stronger pain killers, something to stop the pain. I felt that if I got rid of the headaches I could work efficiently again and get myself out of this mess.”

But Laura’s GP would not prescribe any strong painkillers and was reluctant to give any drugs at all. She was a great advocate of complimentary therapies to treat conditions such as tension headaches that are usually caused by stress and anxiety. “Drugs only treat the symptoms, not the root cause of tension headaches,” she told Laura.

“I was not happy at all. Instead of being able to simply pick up a prescription and swallow some pills the GP was suggesting I attend a two-hour hypnotherapy session every week – on a weekday as well.

I carried on for two more weeks, struggling with constant headaches and then decided to take a week’s holiday. I was due much more as I hadn’t had a holiday in the 8 months I had worked for the publishing company. I rented a cottage at a seaside town where we had spent family holidays when I was a child and thought I would just sleep and let myself recover.”

The Need For Change

“I spent the whole week on my own, not really speaking to anyone. Then, one day, I met a woman walking a dog on the beach and she turned out to be a hypnotherapist, I couldn’t believe it. When I listened to her describe the positive effects of hypnotherapy that she had experienced I began to feel differently.”

When Laura returned to London, she began attending hypnotherapy sessions and practising the complete relaxation that was recommended everyday. By the end of the six-week course, she found that her headaches were much less intense and some days she didn’t have a headache at all. When she did suffer it was after stressful meetings at work.

“After another four months, I decided enough was enough. I called up my old boss and managed to get a position back at my original company. It only paid half the salary I was getting but my health was worth it. I now have some spare time again and I have obtained a Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis by studying a course over four weekends. I can now do a longer course to get a Diploma and I fully intend to become a practising hypnotherapist in the future.”

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • Ugg
    Re: Headaches After Head Injuries
    @Coop - I'm not surprised. It may take a few days. Go to the docs if you feel it's unbearable.
    15 January 2018
  • Coop
    Re: Headaches After Head Injuries
    Played footy this morning and took football into the face and can not shift this heaface i taken asprin but not calimef it down…
    14 January 2018
  • Yoli
    Re: Headaches During The Night
    Every time my husband drinks water at night he wakes up with the headache is that normal?
    13 January 2018
  • mumof3
    Re: Headaches After Head Injuries
    @Tbear & @Stevo - both of you should get yourselves seen to if you are in any way concerned. More so Tbear if you feel sick too.…
    5 January 2018
  • Stevo
    Re: Headaches After Head Injuries
    I banged my head three weeks ago resulting in having 8 stitches and my head still hurts is this normal
    2 January 2018
  • Tbear
    Re: Headaches After Head Injuries
    About a month ago, while I was at work I fell from a 10 foot ladder. I was taken to the hospital and had a the tests and xrays…
    1 January 2018
  • Lisa
    Re: Headaches After Head Injuries
    I got punched in the face a few days ago, and now ive been getting headaches. What does this mean?
    27 December 2017
  • Moe
    Re: Scalp Pain: What Causes It?
    Hair does not grow properly short in some spots long in other pain in the middle of scalp scratching can't take it no more
    24 December 2017
  • Joeboy
    Re: Flicker Illness
    This is very interesting I do know of someone whom has all the symptoms mentioned it will be some comfort for her to know she is not alone and her…
    24 December 2017
  • Hurting
    Re: Headaches After Head Injuries
    Hit my face into car door almost took my eye out now I have pain all around my eyes
    19 December 2017
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the HeadacheExpert website. Please read our Disclaimer.