Vale Therapy (Louise Page)

Anxiety, Stress, PTSD & IBS


Our subconscious mind holds all our memories, blue prints, habits and routines. Working with the subconscious mind, it is possible to change how and how much certain events affect us.

That event and after effects may have prevented you from doing what you’d like to, including being calm and relaxed – even if it feels like it has disappeared.

So, instead of being hi-jacked by certain old events, control can be regained once more.

What triggers or creates these reactions can start off being very specific, however over time these triggers grow and expand to the point that much more can be viewed as a trigger, and this can keep growing more and more, effecting normal life even more.

Being in such a high state of anxiety can become the normal way of being, which may not be helpful or wanted. The “fight, flight or freeze” reactions are usually used for exceptional circumstances, but this can become a normal way of being.


“I have worked with Louise to help me balance my life – demanding job, associated health issues and no time to live. Working with Louise I have found a true balance enabling me to enjoy life more. Louise works in a relaxed manner that enables you to find the way forward, and via coaching and other supporting skills enables you to face problems with confidence, find a way forward and enjoy the life you have earned.

I would happily recommend Louise to anyone who is currently trying to balance a demanding and stressful life.”


Panic Attacks 

are uncomfortable, both physically and for the mind. They are over developed reactions to a specific incident/learnt behaviour, using the fight/flight/freeze reactions we all have. Using clinical hypnotherapy and mind coaching, you could look at and then reduce these effects.

  • Do you wish to feel calm and confident?
  • Would you like to react appropriately in certain situations?


About Stress

Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the ever increasing demands of life. Surveys show that most Americans experience challenges with stress at some point during the year. In looking at the causes of stress, remember that your brain comes hard-wired with an alarm system for your protection. When your brain perceives a threat, it signals your body to release a burst of hormones to fuel your capacity for a response. This has been labeled the “fight-or-flight” response. Once the threat is gone, your body is meant to return to a normal relaxed state. Unfortunately, the nonstop stress of modern life means that your alarm system rarely shuts off.

That’s why stress management is so important. Stress management gives you a range of tools to reset your alarm system. Without stress management, all too often your body is always on high alert. Over time, high levels of stress lead to serious health problems. Don’t wait until stress has a negative impact on your health, relationships or quality of life. Start practicing a range of stress management techniques today.

(reference: Mayo Clinic, US)


Stress Management

Stress can be caused by something that happened yesterday or a long time ago – and the subconscious mind keeps these memories until they are rearranged.

Working on these reactions, during a session, can be helpful in making their effect on you much less and could dissolve altogether.

Remember, whatever is hurting or making you stressed is important and no one has the right to judge otherwise. Each of us has different reactions to different stress situations. The stress management programme is a tool to help you help yourself.

The objective of the stress management programme is to teach you about stress management.

Stress, at the right levels, helps us to keep safe. In the past stress and awareness kept our ancestors from being attacked or eaten. This is now labelled as the fight or flight response, which you may have heard of already.

Just imagine, being faced with a particularly hungry and grumpy lion making its way up the road, heading right for you, the fight or flight response is appropriate. However, for some situations high stress is not appropriate and this is explored. Living in the fast lane, it is all too easy to experience higher levels of stress regularly. It is possible to feel seemingly controlled by stress. So instead why not learn about stress management?

There are a number of strategies (tools) in order to do this, which are explored in the programme. The Stress Management programme offered by Vale Hypnotherapy could be of use to you If you are experiencing excessive stress at the moment. There are many LIFE EXPERIENCES/CHANGES that may be regarded as stressful, some will be particularly stressful for certain individuals.

The programme cannot get rid of the event but through the programme you have the opportunity to learn about stress management.

As we are all individuals, what makes each of us upset or stressed changes from one person to another.

You might like to explore the issues and reasons and learn the techniques via the programme which you can use for yourself, as required.

Change can be viewed as a positive or negative event, depending on the level of control and management each person has. In some people an enforced change may cause heightened stress, not being in control for some is very difficult for them.

Enforced change may include a loss of employment, changes in health, changes in relationships, the death of a loved one (human or animal) can, for some, seem almost unbearable. Of course there are many more examples.

Remember, whatever is hurting or making you stressed is important and no one has the right to judge otherwise. Each of us has different reactions to different stress situations.


Here are some ideas/suggestions for some stress management …

  • Count real slowly to 10 and breathe slowly as you do this
  • Close your eyes & think only about your breathing – slowly in, slowly out
  • Listen to some of your favourite music
  • Let your mind wander – holiday, quiet place
  • Make a list – get that stuff out of your head
  • Read at leisire for leisure
  • Dance – in your slippers around in the kitchen?
  • Get out into the open – go for a stroll
  • Walking/Yoga/Boxing/Tai Chi/Swimming etc
  • Call a friend for a chat/catch up
  • Have a good grumble – clear out your rubbish
  • Ask for help if that’s needed
  • Meditate – listen to your own answers
  • Do nothing – give yourself permission then do nothing
  • Try something new – hobby/class/exercise

Work Stress

Work related stress comes in many different forms and from many different sources, whether you’re the boss, part of the management team or employee.

Here are some that may be familiar to you …  if you’d like to work on any of these areas or have another area you’d like to know more about please contact me.

  • Bad bosses (ineffective, dictatorial, bullying etc)
  • More to do but less time to do it all in
  • Expectations of doing more
  • Less decision making opportunities for you
  • Power over future (yours or the team)
  • Decisions about how to progress
  • Redundancy issues, pressures and decisions
  • Team changes
  • Work load changes, new responsiblities (but no extra training)
  • Additional (unwanted) responsiblities with no opportunity to say no
  • Poor management overall
  • Team pressures
  • Less opportunities
  • Self imposed pressure
  • Pefectionism
  • Dread going to work
  • Weekends messed up with worry and stress of work?
  • Is stress affecting how well you work
  • Is it all affecting the quality of your work
  • You’re working hard but still not getting where you want to be



We are at work for a long time, so maybe each day may feel like a year, each Monday feels like a life sentance, do you worry about work even when you’re not there?

  •  Maybe you could do with some stress management and coping strategies.
  • Maybe you feel you’d like to do and feel differently about work.
  • Maybe you’d like to manage your current situation more positively for you.

Your choices may seem to have lessoned – there are still ways of dealing with your situation differently for you.


PTSD (post traumic stress disorder)

Traumatic events include: war, murders, car accidents, killings, tragedies (Hillsborough Football/Liverpool FC), these are major out of the ordinary events that people find difficult to deal with.

The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) usually develop immediately after the traumatic event.

However, in some cases (less than 15%), the onset of symptoms may be delayed for weeks, months or years. In PTSD, there are often periods of time when symptoms are reduced (symptom remission). These are followed by periods when symptoms increase.  Some people with PTSD have symptoms that are severe and constant.

Most people who witness a traumatic event experience some of the symptoms of PTSD. The nature and severity of symptoms can vary widely between individuals. Some of the main symptoms associated with PTSD are described below. Re-experiencing

If you have PTSD, you may frequently relive the traumatic event in the form of flashbacks, nightmares, or repetitive and distressing images or sensations.

However, some aspects of the traumatic event may be forgotten in time.


Constantly reliving a traumatic experience can be very upsetting. If you have PTSD, you may try to avoid circumstances, situations or people that remind you of the traumatic event. You may also refuse to discuss your experience with others.


If you have PTSD, you may find it very difficult to relax, and you may be anxious all the time. You may be hypervigilant (constantly aware) to threats, and be easily startled. Irritability and angry outbursts are also common symptoms of PTSD.

You may have sleeping problems, and find it difficult to concentrate.

Emotional numbing

Sometimes, people with PTSD deal with their feelings by trying not to feel anything at all. This is known as ‘emotional numbing’. If you have PTSD, you may feel detached or isolated from others. You may also experience feelings of guilt.

People with PTSD often seem deep in thought (introspective) and withdrawn. They may give up activities and pastimes that they used to enjoy. Other symptoms Other common symptoms of PTSD include: depression, anxiety and phobias, drug or alcohol misuse, and unexplained physical symptoms, such as sweating, shaking, headaches, dizziness, chest pains and stomach upsets.

As with many mental health conditions, PTSD sometimes leads to the breakdown of relationships, and causes problems at work. (excerpt taken from NHS website).


 IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Stress management, including hypnotherapy, could help you manage your stress (and subsequent symptoms).

Here are some links to features/articles on IBS and clinical hypnotherapy…

IBS and Hypnotherapy (The University of Manchester)

IBS and hypnotherapy – Healthy Magazine

IBS and hypnotherapy – Healthy Magazine (2)

For further information:

You can contact Louise easily via email or by calling her and she’ll be happy to help you and discuss your enquiry.


Call 07960 839122.



Louise Page –  Vale Hypnotherapy – Coach and Therapist

Stathern Melton Mowbray Leicestershire LE14 4HW  07960 839122

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