Mind Coaching can help people to positively change their mental-emotional wellbeing.
At Belfast Chiropractic Clinic, Aisling uses techniques specific to the needs of each client. Patients often attend seeking treatment for a range of unwanted emotional reactions including anxiety, binge eating and confidence issues. Mindcoaching often goes hand in hand with the other physical therapies at the clinic, and Aisling works closely with the chiropractors, Nutritionist and CST practitioners in a whole-person approach. At the clinic we want lasting change and so if a client keeps attending a chiropractor who is having recurrent neck or back pain or chronic pain, often there can be a strong emotional element and the client would benefit from looking at the underlying issues causing physical problems.
We work with clients who are serious about making positive life changes, helping them to leave the past behind and helping them find effective, sustainable solutions that are always tailored to the individual.
So how do we approach 'a problem' differently using Mindcoaching?
Traditional talking therapies often focused solely on the past with mixed results, some people found that discussing and talking about the past was healing for them but for others it made them feel stuck and unable to move forward. They knew all the 'whys' as to why they felt the way they did, but knowing this wasn't enough to figure out 'how' to change to help them change now and the negative thought patterns and behaviours continued.
Mindcoaching is different. While we do discuss the past, we are careful not to get stuck there. Often the most effective therapy is one which focuses on the here and now and in building new resources and responses for the future, called the 'prospective mind' from the area of positive psychology. It focuses on taking learning from neuroscience to use the most effective ways to change and build new neural pathways.
"We know our brain is always changing and learning it is called 'neural plasticity' how can we harness that plasticity to create lasting change?"
We use NLP and mindfulness techniques to help you create new responses and new ways of looking at the world. What reaction would you change?
Remember..the body keeps the score..
Recent developments over these past 10 years has led to a much deeper understanding of how difficult emotions and trauma can be stored not at a 'logical level' but at a body level. Early life experiences and later stress in life can heighten the stress response within the body, tuning it to be more hyper vigilant, more easily stressed and more prone to black and white thinking.
They are reacting to the world around them in a certain way, it is putting up stress levels, their body is responding and releasing adrenaline and cortisol, which continues the cycle. Often they feel physical symptoms like feeling disconnected from their body, tiredness and digestive issues.
This is why classically knowing 'why' we are feeling anxious is not enough to simply stop feeling anxious. Instead working with the person to show them how to calm their body and nervous system down can be much more effective, this is called 'somatic experiencing', and we teach clients the skills to work on such feelings at home. Often when they are in a more resourceful state physically, it will change how they feel emotionally.
“Every thought produces an emotion and every emotion is represented biochemically. These chemicals have a physical effect on the body”
So who is our typical client who is feeling anxious or stressed?
Usually they are the 'doers' they are busy people, they look after everyone and sometimes forget about themselves. They have a lot of resources but may just need help finding them again.
There are many different reason why people contact us. Its unsurprising that in todays busy world more and more people of all ages are feeling stretched, overwhelmed and under pressure. Often they are having a period of uncertainty in their life, a relationship is difficult, or they have a big project on in work and are feeling worried, stressed and unsure if they will cope with it. Sometimes they are A-level students who are worried about getting exam work done.
So how can I make a start?
Generally people can come for a consultation with Aisling and she will listen closely and honestly to help you decide the best course of action to take. If she feels you will be better served at starting at a different level, she may recommend one of the more physical therapies within the clinic, or if she feels that Mindcoaching is the best place to start then she will recommend her course of action and how to start.
Generally 3-5 core sessions is enough to make big shifts on an emotional issue or lifestyle change, and sometimes the client requires more support especially if the issue is an ongoing one (like a break up or job stress).
If you want to find out more about how she can help you then read more and get in touch with her through her website or call the clinic today to book an appointment.