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What is Hypnotherapy?

Everyone enters a hypnotic state unknowingly every day. Before you fall asleep and as you wake up you enter the hypnogogic and hypnopogic states. However many people enter the deep state of relaxation that is hypnosis in many other situations. Whilst driving – how often do you arrive somewhere and wonder how you got there? Whilst at work – ever catch yourself staring into space for seconds but on looking at the clock realise it was minutes? Watching TV – ever had a partner/friend tap you as they had been talking to you but you could not hear? This relaxed state is hypnosis, a deep concentration on one single thing. A qualified hypnotherapist can show you how to achieve this relaxation and use it to your advantage. With some work you may be able to create a positive change in your life. Hypnosis is the tool that will help you to get to where you want to be. I will guide you into hypnosis – something that you will later learn to do yourself. Whilst in this heightened state of mind I will speak with you to help achieve the result you want.

One of the biggest myths associated with hypnosis is that there is a hypnotised feeling. Although there are different depths of hypnosis all you will ever feel is very relaxed. Your awareness will if anything increase and you will think, speak and react as normal. I use many different techniques within a session, some of which are detailed below. On many occasions however my clients just want to chat, get an impartial view and use the session to really get to know themselves and take back control of their life. I always ask my clients for honesty during the course of therapy and find that the best way to work is as a partnership. Although I am here as a guide and will use my knowledge and experience to create a successful outcome at each session I always make sure my clients are aware that it is their session and we will always work in the way that they want to.

Hypno-analysis

Hypno-analysis is my preferred technique; it is used to find the originating cause of a problem. Once the originating cause is found and the emotion released the symptoms will permanently disappear.

A free initial consultation in which we will discuss intensively your problem and your desired outcome will be followed by six – twelve sessions of hypno-analysis. I will guide you in to the extremely relaxed state that is hypnosis and ask you to tell me whatever comes into your mind. By remembering one event after another your thoughts will eventually lead you back to incidents and emotions from your past.
There may be one specific incident that is causing your problem today or there may be cumulative trauma. Either way it is the release of emotion as a mature person and the fitting of these incidents into the correct place that allows your symptoms to disappear. Hypno-analysis is a hugely specialised therapy so you will be guided and looked after throughout by myself, a qualified therapist trained to give you the best care in this sometimes vulnerable situation.

Suggestion

During hypnosis the conscious critical faculty can be bypassed allowing suggestions to be accepted into the subconscious. During your free initial consultation we will discuss at depth what you want to achieve. Prior to your first paying session I will spend time writing exclusive suggestions tailored to you. In most cases you will require between one and three sessions in which I will guide you into hypnosis and then use the suggestions specifically for you and your needs. As the client it is your decision to accept these suggestions. I will generally incorporate some NLP (described below) into the sessions to achieve the result you want.

NLP

Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP is the study of how language and cognition of external events affect behaviour. In order to achieve successful living we will study or model the behaviour and thinking styles of particularly effective and successful people in business, education, sales, therapy or sport to create personal development. We all use the phrase “If at first you don’t succeed try, try again”. When conducting NLP we use the phrase “If at first you don’t succeed change something and try again”. As with suggestion work you will require between one and three sessions to achieve the result you want.

CBT

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a way of talking about how you think about yourself, the world and other people and how what you do affects your thoughts and feelings. CBT can help you to change how you think (“Cognitive”) and what you do (“Behaviour”) to help you feel better. Unlike some of the other talking treatments, it focuses on the “here and now” problems and difficulties. Instead of focusing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now.