About My Practice:
About My Training and Methods
What I Treat
At university I studied Human Sciences with the intention of becoming a medical researcher.
After university I continued in a long program of study lasting over 12 years, chronologically I trained in:
Nutritional and naturopathic medicine including massage for two years, psychotherapy for three years, Chinese herbal medicine then Acupuncture for four and a half years combined, Bicom Resonance therapy for two years and finally Cognitive Hypnotherapy and NLP.
Naturopathic Treatments work by stimulating and strengthening the body’s own innate self-repairing and healing systems and fundamental to my practice. A naturopathic treatment for example wouldn’t treat recurrent sore throats with antibiotics even herbal antibiotics that kill the bacteria in the throat but would instead treat and build up the person’s immune system to prevent the sore throats in the first place. Building up the immune system could involve anything and everything from improving ones diet and using nutritional supplements through detoxifying dental mercury to relaxation or meditation to teach the nervous system to stop overproducing stress responses causing persistent elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol which can significantly depressed the immune system. Obviously this approach is much more hands on and involved than simply taking a course of antibiotics but in the long run it’s treats the underlying cause the problem and leads to long term and permanent cures.
In naturopathic medicine we tried to utilise the bodies (and the minds) innate capacity for self-repair to cure and prevent illness. One of the jobs of the naturopath is to work out why the body is not managing to heal itself, and which systems (liver, kidneys, lymphatics, digestion, immune system etc) if helped would enable the body to fix the problem and re-establish health. Some naturopathic techniques are simple but effective common-sense ways of improving health that are overlooked and neglected by conventional medicine such as eating a low sodium and high potassium diet along with deep relaxation, meditation and magnesium supplementation to lower blood pressure.
Naturopathic techniques I’ve specialised in include detoxification of heavy metals, liver cleansing, weak immunity and recurrent urinary tract infections.
Other naturopathic techniques may involve radical diets to reverse Type II diabetes or cardiovascular disease. When all these techniques are tailored and combined along with the specific use of nutritional supplements and herbal remedies it’s possible to produce powerful restorative treatments which reinforce the body’s own natural healing systems sufficiently to cure the disease.
I don’t treat cancer or other terminal illnesses so I have no experience how natural therapy approaches compared to conventional treatments in such situations however when it comes to non-life-threatening functional disorders such as IBS, migraines, indigestion, bloating, constipation, poor immunity, poor sleep, low-energy/chronic fatigue, etc etc I believe so-called alternative medicine to be superior to conventional approaches. Another example would be treating depression with fish oil, bright light therapy, counselling and exercise is in my opinion a healthier long-term option than antidepressant drugs.
Integrated Psychological Treatments
In practice one observes how people’s psychology can make or break the success of their treatment and not just in the treatment of mental illness.
Some people that attend my clinic for physical ailments will benefit by integrating psychological reprogramming of negative self-limiting beliefs buried in their subconscious along with the physical treatments they receive.
The power of the mind to influence the outcome of a condition (the placebo effect) is well recognised, less commonly discussed however is what could be called the negative placebo effect whereby a person’s psychology inhibits the healing process. Sometimes buried in one’s subconscious mind beyond the reach of your conscious insight are aspects that do not want to get rid of the condition, either they receive a direct benefit from the illness (comfort, attention, belief fulfilment) or perhaps the condition holds you back and prevents you from having to face situations which some part of you is afraid of. For example I worked with someone came to my practice for constant throat infections and whose dream was to become a singer. After some initial progress we seem to hit a wall with a little introspective digging they found that a part of them did not want to get well, if their throat was well they would no longer have the excuse of not being able to audition because of the throat problem and would have to face the scary possibility that they might not be good enough and would therefore have settled for the day job. Maintaining the physical illness provided them with a safe sanctuary in which they never had to face their fear of failure.
It seems that the mind is able to maintain and perpetuate a physical condition to fulfil a secondary emotional gain, i.e. there can be some positive psychological gains to staying ill.
Tragically I've seen some people spend years stuck with subconscious processes preventing them from getting well and moving beyond these limiting secondary emotional gains. Another example I've seen is people who have one part of them trying to lose weight -the part that brings them to see me-and another part of them sabotaging their weight loss for some secondary emotional gain.
The mind just like the body is constantly trying to heal itself so deep down the mind wants to resolve these issues and be well, and with the right approach it’s often possible to find the source of these self-limiting issues and reprogram them using cognitive hypnotherapy and NLP. With these techniques it is possible to quickly and efficiently redirect self-limiting aspects of the subconscious within just a few sessions.
There are other (longer) forms of psychotherapy that focus on exploring one’s history and feelings which can help one develop deeper understanding and meaning of life, however for purely medical and healing purposes I believe in cognitive hypnotherapy and NLP which are brief solution orientated techniques that are sufficient to “unstick” self-limiting beliefs so that one’s innate self-healing processes are free to heal one’s body and mind.
I do not use cognitive hypnotherapy and NLP with everyone that attends my practice, but apply it in cases where some part of the mind contributes to the problem or derives some a secondary gain from the condition can make the difference between success and failure. Even if it’s only seemingly a tiny part of the subconscious that is focused on holding back the healing process it’s been my observation that it can possess tremendous power.
In addition to using cognitive hypnotherapy and NLP assist reprogram itself-limiting secondary gains to maintaining one’s condition I also use them the direct treatment of anxiety, depression, phobias, low self-esteem, stressed reduction, emotional wounds and drug addiction including smoking.
If you think you are carrying painful and traumatic feelings and memories that are affecting the quality of your well-being and health I cannot recommend the benefits of cognitive hypnotherapy and NLP highly enough. There are techniques within these therapies to quickly, safely and painlessly reprogram traumatic feelings and memories so that they lose the power they possess to negatively affect your well-being. Used as a stand-alone therapy or in combination with the balancing brain chemistry techniques I use they can significantly improve one’s mental health.
After studying nutrition to work on the biochemistry of the body and psychotherapy to work on the processes of the mind I became interested in the eastern medical approaches which embraces the concept of a subtle energy or vitality in the body. However unrecognised or understood by conventional medical science Chinese medicine does something beyond mere placebo effects. I trained in Chinese herbal medicine then acupuncture and practised these disciplines for several years, I no longer take on patients for these methods, as I feel that this medical skill requires more time to perfect and I have time to dedicate to it.
I’ve been continuously developing my practice in the use of natural remedies for the treatment of mental health problems including depression, bipolar syndrome, anxiety and drug addiction, see my balancing brain chemistry website.
I have now been in practice since 1988 and currently practice from the www.haleclinic.com
I'm currently writing several books on balancing brain chemistry for the treatment of bipolar syndrome, depression, anxiety and addiction.