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What is counselling?

When people hear the world counselling, the have an idea in their head. Is it about dragging up the past? Is counselling dealing with childhood issues? Is counselling dealing with the death of a parent? The loss of a job? Or the break up of a relationship?


The reply is that counselling is just dealing with life. Counselling can be whatever you want it to be. It can be to deal with an illness such as cancer, it can be to take a more positive outlook on life to help you deal with anxiety, depression or stress. Counselling can be a map to help you get things into perceptive and see things from a different point of view. As a  psychologist and trained counselor the most important thing you need to know when coming to The D4 Clinic is that you are coming to a safe place, where you can talk about whatever is on your mind and know that you are not being judged and that no one will ever know the details of your sessions. Safe, secure and confidential is what our counselling service is all about.


How many sessions and what is the price of counselling?

I recommend a number of sessions to help you achieve your goals but you can start with just one session, which costs €75. All psychology and counselling sessions are done in our Blackrock clinic (69 Main Street) with Psychologist Jason O’Callaghan.

What is Psychology?

Psychology is the study of mind and behavior. Just like a carpenter has many tools in his bag and psychologist has his own tools for different issues.

Counselling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Clinical Hypnotherapy are just some of the tools we use and each one can be used for a different issue.

Counselling can help with relationships, illness, bereavement and self esteem issues.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help with making changes to your life, overcoming phobias and addictions, facing fears and looking at issues from a different angle.

Mindfulness is based on acceptance, living in the now and tuning in the feelings we have and being aware of the now and not living in the past or the future. This can help with confidence and stress issues.

Clinical Hypnotherapy is beneficial to those who wish to stop smoking, lose weight, overcome phobias and have other unconscious behaviors that they wish to change, such as bad habits.  There are many different forms of therapy which fall under the umbrella of psychology such as clinical psychology (which deals more in mental health) psychoanalysis (which deals with the subconscious mind and issues such as dreams) the list goes on.

Call now on 01 6855511 for a informal chat about how we can help you in the D4 Clinic.

Stress Reduction

are_you_stressed Stress “ The Silent Killer”

Therapist Jason O’Callaghan has been running programmes for cancer patients since 2010. His research using hypnotherapy and humour therapy has shown that they can can reduce stress in cancer patients and in turn improve immune system functioning.

He has recently run programmes all over Ireland in a selection of cancer support centres for close to 50 cancer patients as part of his research for Trinity College Dublin.

So you think stress does not affect you?

Here are 18 reasons why reducing your stress levels using hypnotherapy can help

  1. 75% of heart attacks and strokes are caused by stress.
  2. Stress has been called “the silent killer” as it can lead to high blood pressure, chest pain, and an irregular heartbeat.
  3. While it is a myth that stress can turn hair gray, stress can cause hair loss. In fact, telogen effluvium (hair loss) can begin up to three months after a stressful event.
  4. In 2009, the top most stressful jobs were a surgeon, commercial airline pilot, photojournalist, advertising account executive, and real estate agent.
  5. Stress alters the neurochemical makeup of the body, which can affect the maturation and release of the human egg. Stress can also cause the fallopian tubes and uterus to spasm, which can affect implantation.
  6. Stress in men can affect sperm count and motility and can cause erectile dysfunction. In fact, stress may account for 30% of all infertility problems.
  7. Stress can make acne worse. Researchers say stress-related inflammation rather than a rise is sebum (the oily substance in skin) is to blame.
  8. Laughing lowers stress hormones (like cortisol, epinephrine, and adrenaline) and strengthens the immune system by releasing health-enhancing hormones.
  9. The stress hormone cortisol not only causes abdominal fat to accumulate, but it also enlarges individual fat cells, leading to what researchers call “diseased” fat.
  10. Stress is linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, liver cirrhosis, and suicide.
  11. A 2009 CNN poll reveals that the number one reason for stress in most countries is money.
  12. Chronic stress floods the brain with powerful hormones that are meant for short-term emergency situations. Chronic exposure can damage, shrink, and kill brain cells.
  13. Stress makes the blood “stickier,” in preparation for an injury. Such a reaction, however, also increases the probability of developing a blood clot.
  14. Research has shown that dark chocolate reduces stress hormones such as cortisol and other fight-flight hormones. Additionally, cocoa is rich in antioxidants called flavonoids.
  15. Stress can result in more headaches as a result of the body rerouting blood flow to other parts of the body.
  16. The hyper-arousal of the body’s stress response system can lead to chronic insomnia.
  17. When cells shrink due to exposure to stress hormones, they disconnect from each other, which contributes to depression.
  18. Stress creates hormonal changes in the human body that can decrease libido and sex response. However, the BBC reports that penetrative sex (as opposed to other types of sex, such as masturbation) decreased stress hormones while those who had no sex had the highest blood pressure.

stress_levels So what is the silent killer?

Stress can be defined as “a negative emotional experience accompanied by predictable biochemical physiological, cognitive and behavioural changes that are directed either toward altering the stressful event or accommodating its effects.”

Lots of research has been done into stress and how it can have a negative effect on the body and on your health. Occupational stress and relationship stress are major issues for people in the modern world. As are exams, a fear of public speaking, lack of confidence, financial worries plus many more day to day issues.

Hypnosis can help and has been helping people deal with stress and anxiety for over 200 years.

How does stress effect you?

Stress within the body stress effects to major systems including the nervous and endocrine system.

Stress releases a chemical called Cortisol, this is a protein fat which metabolises into glucose. The releasing of this chemical comes from messages sent to the brain when you are stressed. You may have heard of the flight or fight response, this response comes when the brain perceives a stressful situation(or danger) gets a hormonal signal (in the adrenal cortex.) The adrenal medulla reacts and release other chemicals (norepinephrine and epinephrine) while this sends a message to the adrenal gland (located on top of your kidney’s) to release adrenaline.

Now all this is fine if you have to out run a lion or go into battle

But, we don’t do to much of that these days, so we get stressed in traffic, on the mobile, in work, at home, watching TV, listening to the radio, on Facebook, we get stressed to much and this is damaging our immune system and overall health.

15 tips to reduce the stress in your life right now

1. Listen to classical music in the car, on the ipod, in the house. Stop listening to news radio all the time it will just upset you.

2. Take hot baths with candles and relaxing music as often as possible

3.Walk daily and exercise as much as possible, a light walk of 15 minutes can provide great changes.

4. Cut back on coffee, tea and fizzy drinks

5.Cut back on sugar, alcohol and smoking (smokers are statistically more stressed then non-smokers)

6. Keep the same sleep pattern and try and get at least 6 to 8 hours a night

7. Plan you day in advance, make a list, get your clothes ready the night before, organise.

8. Get out in the sun for a short amount of time each day, even for a walk at lunchtime to gain vitamin D

9. Have a morning routine when you wake up and a night time routine before you go to bed

10. Use your bedroom just for sleeping, no TV or radio

11.Take time to chat to friends, family,laugh as much as you can

12.Cut out negative activities and people from your life

13.Eat a healthy mixed diet

14. Focus your work day with time management

15.Try getting a relaxation app for your phone or just listen to classical music for your commut

Book your hypnotherapy session today by calling 01 6855511 or you can email us here>>  In only a few sessions you can see your overall stress levels and health improve.

Disclaimer Hypnosis is a therapy and like all therapies results will vary from one person to the next