Brad Mace, Dhp, Maphp (Acc) MNRCP
My name is Brad Mace, a practicing Clinical Hypnotherapist. I first became interested in Hypnotherapy after seeking help for panic attacks that I was myself experiencing. I was so very impressed with how quickly my panic attacks were cured and the amazing effects of Hypnotherapy that I myself decided to learn this amazing tool so that I could help other people.
Your Living Room is privileged to have the services of Brad Mace , Dhp, Maphp (Acc) MNRCP a practicing Clinical Hypnotherapist who is able to offer support to our clients as part of our bespoke ongoing support plan if appropriate to our client’s needs.
Brad is a full member of The APHP (The Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy), which is a professional body whose members are dedicated to the professional and ethical use of Hypnosis, allied to the practice of Psychoanalysis for the treatment of nervous disorders and emotional problems. Members of APHP are bound by a code of practice and ethics. Client care and confidentiality is of the utmost importance.
The care act (2014) states that self-neglect, a form of abuse now encompasses hoarding as a safeguard concern.
Your Living Room does some great work in that not only do they help with the decluttering process but they offer emotional support throughout and after. That’s where my therapy services are often used. I could explain it as that where they work with decluttering in the home I work with the decluttering of the mind.
For the most part to begin with I use some Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to identify a hoarder regularly occurring cognitive distortions which have created the psychological distress leading them to suffer from depression/anxiety leading them to hoard. These are what would trigger automatic subconscious thoughts influencing their actions creating a subconscious fear. Normally these would have been formed around their early years. By recognising these emotions and the thought pattern attached to it we can use therapy to reframe those negative thought patterns and also clear repressed negative emotions.
Often with hoarders this can be loss which makes sense that in their minds they need to hold onto everything feeding their fear of ‘losing’. This is not always the loss of a loved one, but, as in one case that I worked with, can also be the loss of material things or having things stolen from them. Off course, as always in therapy, we cannot presume that the originating problem is always going to be loss either.
Normally after doing reframing work using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy I would then be looking at using Emotional Freedom Technique. What I love about this form of therapy is not only the work that we can do one to one but also that it is a fantastic self-help tool that I can teach the client so that they still have something to use when we are no longer there to support them. EFT or ‘tapping’ as it is often referred to can be described as emotional acupuncture without the needles. It is a way of tuning into a negative emotion that we feel about an event and decreasing the intensity of that negative emotion. When I first became involved in EFT it was a difficult concept for my mind to grasp because as a hypnotherapist I was always so used to working with positive suggestion that to focus on the negative was quite an alien idea to me. When I started using the process in the hypnotherapy consulting room in Essex though I found that I was not only getting quick but also lasting change with clients. I have to say that I also have used it on myself for many things including pain relief with fantastic results.
Not only is it a good tool for the hoarder because they will be suffering from a lot of anxiety about letting go of some of their things or they could be suffering from depression which EFT can also take a load of their shoulders. It is also a good way of back tracking through feelings to get to the root cause of what may have caused their symptoms. If this can be done, then it is possible to get everlasting change which could make such a difference to their lives.
Working alongside your living room is an absolute pleasure because I know that I am working with good professional people who have a genuine compassion and empathy with their clients.