What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the act of using hypnosis therapeutically. Hypnosis is described differently depending on the theoretical orientation of the therapist using it. I am a cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist which means I don't believe in a trance model of hypnosis. Hypnosis can be likened to the state absorption you have when watching television, meditating or completing a visualisation. Like with meditating and watching television you retain complete control over what is happening. Hypnotherapy is nothing like stage hypnosis, you remain in control and I guide your imagination using suggestions.
I like to think of hypnosis as a mindset therapy where instead of responding to suggestions from yourself or others that do not benefit you, you learn to get good at responding to suggestions that help you meet your goals and change your subconscious mind over time. You learn to use your imagination to help make changes to your behaviour now and in the future. The best part of learning hypnosis is this will be a skill set you will keep throughout your life and you can apply anytime you like.
What is Cognitive Behavioural hypnotherapy?
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is understanding the process of hypnosis in terms of psychology such as focused attention, responding to ideas strongly and role-taking. Hypnosis is when we have a physical response to an idea of something and is part of the way the mind already responds to life. The benefit of this approach hypnosis is seen as a skill set which can be learned and got better at. The approach also believes that we are all capable of discovering the extraordinary power of hypnosis, we just need help to unlock it
Cognitive Behavioural also refers to the integration of other cognitive and behavioural therapies that are used both within stress management and hypnotherapy such as Problem Solving Therapy, Relaxation Therapy, Exposure Therapy and Stress Inoculation.
Finally, CBT refers to how your problem will be conceptualised in line with the ABC model of emotional distress that is prevalent in CBT.
What can hypnotherapy treat?
Hypnotherapy is a suitable therapy for stress, relaxation, weight loss, pain control, IBS, insomnia, perfectionism, improving sports or stage performance, exam performance, presentation or other public speaking issues and social anxiety, phobias. It is a recommended treatment by NICE and The British Medical Journal. It is usually suitable for psychosomatic issues and the Royal College of Medicine has a whole department committed to the study of Psychosomatic issues and hypnosis.
Though everyone can be hypnotised not everyone is suitable for hypnotherapy. Many medical conditions are excluded for treatment. The best candidates for hypnotherapy are those who feel hypnosis can positively benefit them, that are ready to do the work, embrace a learning mindset and have other qualities that will help.
Close your eyes and imagine that someone you know is bringing you a juicy lemon on a chopping board. They cut it open releasing the tangy scent and juices which waft up your nose. They place one piece in your hand and you can feel the waxy bumpy skin and notice its temperature. You lift the lemon up to your mouth and take a big bite releasing the juices in your mouth. If you could taste, smell or feel the lemon, congratulations you just did hypnosis.
Current fees are in line with market rates for the profession. I prefer to work with people who choose to work with me because they want to rather than because of what fees I charge. Low cost rates are available for those on low incomes or public sector workers.