Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is solution-oriented therapy to help you to achieve rapid and sustained change.

I trained in Cognitive Hypnotherapy with the internationally renowned Quest Institute because ot their results focus. And their comprehensive training enables me to work with you to make the changes you want rapidly.  Together we address the unconscious mind, using a unique combination of relaxing trance with a variety of clinically proven models such as Neuro Lingistic Programming (NLP), Gestalt, Timeline Reprocessing,  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), as well as Life Coaching. The process is gentle, safe and supportive.

People underestimate the power of our unconscious mind – it’s actually responsible for our behaviour up to 90% of the time. That’s why using willpower or logic to overrule our fears and phobias tends not to work.  Our unconscious mind intends to help us – for example, by protecting us from perceived dangers. Sometimes, however, this behaviour becomes out dated and unhelpful to us.  Hypnotherapy works with the unconscious mind rather than against it, to effect change and update our programming.

Hypnotherapy in Practice

Let’s take fear of flying as an example.  You might be frightened of flying. This fear may have been triggered by a challenging experience, such as a long airport delay, turbulence in flight, even an emergency landing. Your unconscious registers this, and in trying to protect you from experiencing it again, sends out negative signals whenever you think about flying. That fear, if left unaddressed, can keep growing in your memory and imagination.   Working with you, whilst you are in a trance, we would discuss these reactions. I help you re-calibrate your unconscious to let go of the negative association and move to a more positive state, such as seeing flying as a way to get to some exciting holiday destinations.

A Recognised Therapy
There is a large and growing body of science to support Hypnotherapy. The British Medical Association has recognised the validity of hypnosis as a therapeutic intervention since 1955.

I am a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) which is the professional association of hypnotherapists in the UK; more information here andof the Complementary & Natural Health Care Council (CNCH) which is the UK voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners. For more information see here

Other Techniques

Each of my clients is unique. We individuals and even if we share the same objectives, reaching them needs a different and personalised approach.  The great benefit I bring to my clients, through my study and practice of Cognitive Hypnotherapy and Life Coaching, is the ability to use a number of different therapeutic tools and techniques, tailored to each individual.  Here are a few to illustrate the variety of approaches we can take.

NLP

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a powerful tool that transforms the way people think. It is highly effective and has long been used successfully in business, sports and personal development. It explores the relationships between how we think (neuro), how we communicate (linguistic) and our patterns of behaviour and emotion (programmes).  Typically using NLP we look at the negative beliefs and self-talk that limit us and then learn how to turn both our internal and external conversations into positive, goal orientated affirmations. It’s about moving the story from ‘glass half empty’ to ‘glass half full’, from pessimism to optimism.

Metaphor

Since early childhood we learn through stories and metaphors are an essential representational part of story telling.  Working together we can use metaphors to help identify events that trigger certain emotional responses: how you feel, see or otherwise sense a fear or other deep negative emotion. For example, you might describe a fear as a dark hole, an angry bear, or perhaps a burning sensation. That metaphor becomes part of our dialogue. Using language and imagery that is part of the triggering sequence makes it easier to connect with your unconscious and change those unwanted reactions.

Integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT)

IEMT involves altering our unconscious eye movements. It is used to help clients deal with undesired emotions and past negative experiences.  It has repeatedly been shown to be effective, especially with extreme stress, anxiety, PTSD and other situations where a person has experienced something external to them, such as an injury or other trauma. For further information about IEMT see here

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What is Trance?

Trance is something we all experience many times, everyday: when we daydream, get ‘lost’ in reading a book, watching TV, or find ourselves ‘driving on auto-pilot’. It’s familiar and natural.

Hypnotherapy uses this natural trance process for therapeutic purposes. You are aware and in control and will not do anything that goes against your beliefs or values. You can stop and ask questions whenever you wish and, when it’s time, I gently guide you back to present awareness in a relaxed, calm and energised state and on your way to that permanent transformation