“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 whilst 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 be used to bypass many of the defence mechanisms that the conscious mind employs when you try and make positive changes to your life. 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.
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 individual characteristics facilitating change from within.
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.
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 and is widely used to support 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). As well as being a popular complementary therapy, hypnotherapy is also recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Hypnotherapy and Bereavement
Bereavement affects us all in very different ways but some of the manifestations of grief have common symptoms. Restlessness, anger, anxiety, loss of appetite, flashbacks to traumatic times, an inability to sleep, hopelessness & helplessness.
Combining some known grief modelling, acknowledged wisdom and hypnotherapy techniques, my aim is 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 traumatic past event that may be hidden in your unconscious memory. Once the trauma is revealed, it can be addressed with 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 effective. 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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