“Hypnosis is not mind control. It’s a naturally occurring narrowing state of concentration / focus; it’s actually a means of enhancing your control over both your mind and your body”.
Dr David Spiegel, Chair of Psychiatric – Stanford University School of Medicine.
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of selective, focused attention which allows you to make changes to habitual thoughts and behaviours while avoiding the resistance of the conscious mind.
My style of hypnotherapy is used primarily as a delivery method for a variety of techniques based on sensible psychology. Hypnotherapy can bypass many of the defence mechanisms that the conscious mind employs when you try and make positive changes to your life.
Twenty years ago, hypnotherapy was full of new age flummery and whale song background music, using pre-written scripts that were not personalised to the client or their needs. This method attempted to overlay new behaviours over the client’s issues, forcing change. My methods work with your characteristics facilitating change from within.
Is there such a thing as a typical session?
The short answer is that there is no such thing as a typical session. Sometimes the session will be eyes open, and sometimes it will be eyes closed hypnosis, at all times you will be aware and in control.
During a session, I will encourage you to relax you and employ various strategies to help you with a specific condition, explore causes of any problems you are having or support goals such as giving up smoking. You will experience positive benefits from day one.
A hypnotic state allows you to explore painful thoughts, feelings and memories you may have hidden from your conscious mind. Also, hypnosis enables you to perceive some things differently, such as blocking awareness of pain.
I am utilising hypnotherapy techniques to support people who are experiencing grief and loss either through bereavement or other challenges where we suddenly find our landscape has changed forever.
An obvious crutch that people use as a coping mechanism is smoking; which is why I have created a no-nonsense smoking cessation program.
Clicking the smoking link will start you on my email introduction to stopping smoking. You can decide if you want to make an appointment at the end of the email course.
Hypnosis has been endorsed by the BMA (British Medical Association) as part of medical education since 1955. Hypnosis supports people dealing with pain, stress, anxiety, phobia’s and habit disorders and many other psychological and medical issues. It is particularly helpful for people dealing with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The National Institute recommends hypnotherapy for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Hypnotherapy and Bereavement
Grief affects us all in very different ways; some of the manifestations of grief have common symptoms. These may be restlessness, anger, anxiety, loss of appetite, flashbacks to traumatic times, an inability to sleep, hopelessness & helplessness.
Combining established grief modelling acknowledged wisdom and hypnotherapy techniques, I aim to help you navigate your grief, and it’s symptoms.
Analytical hypnotherapy: This approach uses your relaxed state to get to the root cause of a disorder or symptom, such as a past traumatic event that may be hidden in your unconscious memory. Identified trauma is addressed using various psychotherapy techniques.
Cognitive hypnotherapy: This approach has some similarities to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and tries to remove unwanted thoughts and behaviours.
Conversational hypnotherapy: It is what it suggests, a very cleverly crafted two-way conversation that is sometimes in an “eyes-closed” but not always, which will explore different strategies to overcome a whole range of conditions and problems.
What are the benefits of hypnotherapy?
The hypnotic state allows you to bypass the conscious objection forming part of the mind and allow the changes to be accepted and incorporated with less energy and resistance. It’s a great tool that many therapists employ because it’s useful. I use it to help with
- Bereavement and grief
- Building positive coping strategies
- Eliminating the negative coping strategies
- Pain and anxiety reduction
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