What is Cognitive Hypnotherapy?
How is it different from other therapies?
Cognitive hypnotherapy is a modern, brief, therapy for a number of common psychological conditions. In addition to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) it is the only other type of therapy, that I’m aware of, that has been shown to be clinically effective against depression and anxiety, it creates change more rapidly and has a better success rate than CBT.
Cognitive hypnotherapy has a number of treatment styles that can adapt to the clients needs. Cognitive hypnotherapists use the same methodology and values and are accredited by the National Council of Hypnotherapy. Full membership requires supervision for at least three years of client centred work.
How many sessions will I need?
I don’t offer never-ending therapy. For most clients with depression and anxiety conditions, I aim for 3-4 sessions with noticeable improvements from each session. Mood is measured each session so you can see improvements over each week. For other conditions, please ask. Some work, such as a phobia, is usually a single session.
Is hypnosis safe?
Hypnosis is completely safe. Millions of people have been harmed by the unnecessary over-prescription of anti-depressants/anti-anxiety medication. Nobody has ever been harmed by hypnosis.
In many cases, the more remedial work (removing problems) is done through more rapid cognitive styles of work. When adding more positive things like confidence, I typically record this work for you for multiple listening at a time of your choosing, so we don’t take up valuable session time. I work with many clients online and internationally; having the more hypnotic work pre-recorded for you prevents problems of dropped connections and are often better quality than can be achieved in the session. We may or may not do formal hypnosis in the session, depending upon what you need.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is the utilisation of various specific focused mental states for the purpose of changing unconscious habits and emotional responses. It’s not dissimilar to a day-dream experience, just more deliberate and guided.
The relaxing, internally focused, hypnotic process seems to put the brain into ‘maintenance’ or ‘REM’ mode which makes changes easier to achieve and without resistance. Essentially we are using the brain’s own method of consolidating new material in the hypnotic session.
Can everybody be hypnotised?
Since most problems are caused by unwanted trance processes such as ‘worrying’, the worse the problem, the more likely you are to be able to go into deeper hypnotic states.
It can be difficult to create deep, formal trance states with some clients, but it doesn’t matter, we’ll usually get to the same end using other means. I commonly use multiple types of treatment in the same session so we can see what type of treatment works best for you.
Is hypnosis suitable for everybody?
People with epilepsy are not recommended to have formal, relaxing, hypnosis since it can trigger fitting. We may be able to do other types of work however that create the same change. Clients suffering from psychosis or BPD are often not suitable hypnosis clients, although such people often go through multiple and contradictory diagnostic labels over their lives.
I have over twenty years experience of hypnosis and hypnotic techniques together with a degree in cognitive science which enable me to understand your problem in helpful ways. These skills allow me to provide a rapid treatment for many common psychological disorders, including depression, anxiety and conditions relating to trauma.
I help people following abuse, violence and illness. I help people following bad break-ups, loss and betrayal. I help people that are just a bit lost.
I do not offer counselling services where you are just asked to talk about your problem over and over and expect an improvement. This type of treatment isn’t indicated for the above psychological problems.
I’m focused on providing brief, affordable and effective change so you can recover your peace of mind and regain your future.
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