Stress related illnesses are common reactions in today's society to being under prolonged or excessive pressure. It is all too easy to get stuck in a viscous cycle of stress, worry or failing health, with no means of finding a way out. Hypnotherapy can help us see things in a completely different light as well as make it easier to cope with the challenging aspects of our life in a more calm and effective way.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is an altered state of awareness, which you experience naturally every day. It happens automatically anytime you become deeply relaxed or highly focussed, such as when you are absorbed in an activity such as reading a book or watching a film. The active mind becomes quiet and there is a slight shift in consciousness. Hypnosis simply takes you deeper into that shift in awareness, through techniques which focus the conscious mind. In this altered state, hypnosis can make memories more real and ideas much clearer. The subconscious mind is also more open to accepting positive suggestions which can help to create the beneficial changes in your thoughts, outlook and behaviour which you desire.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy puts the state of hypnosis to therapeutic use, combining specialised techniques such as regression, positive suggestions, nlp and visualisations to help you change your perspectives, find new ways forward and transform old habits and unhelpful behaviours into healthy new ones which not only benefit your health, but can change your life for the better.
What can hypnotherapy help?
Hypnotherapy is one of the most pleasant and natural therapies available. It puts YOU in charge of your own mind and your outcomes. Here are just a few of the issues that hypnotherapy can help with:
My approach aims to help you rapidly transform those symptoms, thoughts, feelings and behaviours which stop you from experiencing life at your best. I tailor all sessions and programmes to the individual and combine the therapeutic tools which can help you progress right from the outset.
Most people can be hypnotized if they choose to be and are able to relax. The more relaxed you are, the easier it is to enter trance. Contrary to popular belief, you cannot be hypnotised against your will or be made to do anything that you do not consent to.
During hypnosis, you are always in control and it is your choice whether you stay in trance or not. Just as when you are enjoying a good book and the phone rings, you are aware of what is going on around you and can choose whether to get up and answer the phone or continue reading. Most subjects describe hypnosis as being extremely pleasant and relaxing, giving them a deep feeling of well being.
The subconscious controls the involuntary functions of the body as well as habits and things that you do without thinking. It is fuelled by your past experiences, feelings, beliefs and imagination and directs your behaviour from within. The subconscious mind contains the memories of everything that has ever happened to you and compares what is happening now with similar experiences from the past, triggering similar thoughts, emotions and reactions. This can lead to life-limiting patterns such as addictions, obsessions, anxiety or getting stuck in behavioural patterns that are difficult to change, whether at work, home or in relationships.
You cannot consciously control what is coming from the subconscious mind and how it affects you. However, hypnosis alters our state of consciousness in a way which relaxes the conscious part of the mind whilst focussing the subconscious, which then becomes very receptive to new ideas and suggestions. In this way, hypnotherapy can encourage more sensible, balanced and helpful attitudes to reality, which overwrite and free you from the old unconscious habits and patterns of the past.
My consultations are designed to help you meet your objectives. The number of sessions required depends on the type of issue for which you are seeking help as well as your own motivation and commitment for change. One-off hypnotherapy sessions can include relaxation, general stress reduction, for nerves (wedding day, driving test, interview or exams) or even to learn self-hypnosis. For specific problems, one regression therapy session may be all that is needed for positive change. Stop Smoking hypnotherapy is usually a one-off session.
For long-standing issues, more appointments are usually required. Often, as few as two or three sessions can make a significant difference. I now combine and integrate kinesiology and energy medicine into sessions as I have found that this significantly reduces length of treatment and offers an equally potent means of effectively addressing health and well being issues, whilst facilitating rapid transformation and progress towards healing and recovery.
My approach centres on resolving problems by addressing and clearing the root cause, as well as freeing up your individual potential for a positive and fulfilling experience of your life and well being.
I draw on analytical hypnotherapy, regression therapy and solution-focussed hypnotherapy as well as traditional positive suggestion hypnotherapy. These models in turn integrate some of the concepts and techniques of psychotherapy, NLP and time-line therapy, for example. In addition, I apply techniques drawn from kinesiology and energy medicine, some of which have been developed as therapies in their own right, such as EFT, EMDR, TFT and others.