So what is hypnotherapy, exactly?
Hypnotherapy is a combination of psychotherapy techniques and hypnosis. The psychotherapy in itself is extremely beneficial and helps you to address underlying issues. The good news is that the psychotherapy techniques I use don't involve talking about problems, or things that have happened to you in the past. The positive psychotherapy work is enhanced by the application of hypnosis.
What to expect from hypnotherapy
Many people believe that hypnotherapy is something that is ‘done’ to them, that they explain their issue to the therapist who then simply hypnotizes their problem away, as if by magic. But Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a much more collaborative process and it's important to understand that change happens because you want it to and because you are prepared to take the necessary steps to allow it to happen.
I offer an initial thirty minute consultation so that we can meet one another and decide onthe best way forward for you. Together we'll assess what you want to achieve, how hypnotherapy can help you and how many sessions you are likely to need. Subsequent 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 express yourself positively, focusing on solutions rather than dwelling on problems.
I'll help you to imagine how things will be when your problem no longer exists, your preferred future, if you will. You may imagine enjoying life more, being more confident, slimmer, or getting on better with your partner. I'll help you visualise a future where you have a more helpful perspective on the quality of your life. I'll then guide you into a relaxed state of hypnosis so that we can consolidate what we have discussed.REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT
What is psychotherapy?
There are many different kinds of psychotherapy, all of which aim to help people overcome stress or emotional problems. Psychotherapy involves clients and therapists talking together to help clients overcome their difficulties. Psychotherapy is often referred to as a ‘talking treatment’.
Solution Focused Psychotherapy is future oriented
The type of psychotherapy that I practise is designed to reduce anxiety. It is called Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). As the name suggests we focus on solutions for the future, rather than analysing problems of 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 that we do not dwell on problems. Instead we:
- Acknowledge where you are currently
- Identify where you want to be
- Help you to make the necessary changes
Solution Focused Psychotherapy avoids ‘problem talk’
The type of psychotherapy that I practise does not involve you 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.CONDITIONS HELPED
What is hypnosis like?
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 hypnosis you’ll be guided into a similar state so that your sub-conscious mind becomes more receptive.
What hypnosis is...
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’s being said whilst being 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 doesn’t involve the therapist taking control of your mind! No one can hypnotise you against your will. Nobody can make you do anything you don’t want to – your sub-conscious will simply reject any suggestion that is inappropriate for you.REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT