Hypnotherapy is a combination of Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. Hypnotherapy enables the subconscious mind to make beneficial changes that will help you to achieve your potential, think and be more positive and cope better with life. Hypnosis is simply a state of focused attention. In this relaxed state, your mind is more responsive to suggestion. In a therapeutic setting, the suggestions are designed to be beneficial to help you change unhelpful thought patterns.
Clients often comment about how “ordinary” Hypnosis feels – it’s not unlike daydreaming – you can often hear everything that is being said whilst in a deeply relaxed state. In fact, you could think of it as guided daydreaming.
What Hypnosis isn’t?
Contrary to the image portrayed in films, books and the media, Hypnosis does not involve the therapist taking control of your mind – no one can Hypnotise you against your will. Nobody can make you do anything you do not want to – your subconscious mind will simply reject any suggestion that is inappropriate for you.
Solution Focused Psychotherapy
The type of Psychotherapy I practice is ‘Solution Focused Therapy’, based on the work of Milton Erikson, and draws on the successes and techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) and Brief Solutions Therapy. It is designed to reduce anxiety and calm the mind and it is future oriented: Solution Focused Hypnotherapy looks at what you want to achieve, rather than on your problems that prompted you to seek change. This process focuses on the present and future and not on the past. Provided you are willing to make changes to the way you think, the therapy can be highly effective in relieving the symptoms of anxiety and stress. Focusing on solutions means we do not dwell on problems.
- acknowledge where you are currently
- determine where you want to be
- help you to make the necessary changes.
Solution Focused Psychotherapy avoids problem talk:
The type of Psychotherapy I practice does not involve analysing painful memories from the past. If you have experienced unpleasant events, we acknowledge that they happened and help you get from where you are to where you want to be.
What to expect:
Hypnotherapy is not something that is “done” to you, hypnotherapists cannot simply hypnotise the issue away, as if by magic. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process. Change happens because you want it to and because you are prepared to take the important steps that allow it to happen. I can help you to do that.
The initial consultation is free of charge and is designed to assess what you want to achieve, how I can help you and how many sessions you are likely to need. After that, Hypnotherapy sessions involve much more than Hypnosis. During the first part of each session we’ll talk about the progress you have made and I’ll be encouraging you to talk in positive way about your progress and the things that have been happening in your life between sessions. We will always focus on solutions rather than problems.
I’ll help you to imagine where you want to be in the future, a time where you have a different perspective on the quality of your life. I’ll then guide you into a relaxed state of trance (or hypnosis) so that we can consolidate what we have discussed.
What is Hypnosis like?
Hypnotherapy is a safe, gentle and relaxing way of helping you to make significant changes in your life. It does this by enabling your subconscious mind to change any deep-rooted negative beliefs and habits.
Actually, we all experience the Hypnotic state in our everyday lives. Have you ever driven home and not remembered anything about the journey, or been engrossed in a book and not been conscious of time passing? If so, you’ve been in a state of focused attention, not unlike the feeling of being Hypnotised. During a light trance your brain enters a relaxed yet highly focused state that allows your subconscious mind to become very alert and open to positive suggestion.
Hypnotherapy and Coaching
For some clients hypnotherapy will form the basis of the work we do, for others trance work might only be a small element incorporated into the coaching process, and for a few it will not feature at all in the sessions.