What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis does not involve entering into some sort of magical 'trance' - hypnosis in hypnotherapy is a is not what you have seen TV magic shows. These shows are full of illusions - it is entertainment only - not therapy. Hypnosis is a normal waking process. You have likely experienced it yourself without giving it too much thought: eg: when your worry about something and you are so focused on it that you become completely unaware of what is going on around you, or when day-dreaming whilst driving and finding yourself at your destination without recalling the drive!
Hypnosis is simply focused attention on a dominant idea/suggestion - most often relaxation - with an expectation that something will happen and an acceptance of and responsiveness to suggestions.
It is not something I, as the hypnotherapist, do to you - it is something we work on together and something you ultimately do to yourself.
In this was all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
What is Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy?
Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH) is a term used to describe one of three main approaches to hypnotherapy.
CBH is a modern method combining the highly effective Cognitive Behavioural Therapy ( CBT) with Clinical Hypnotherapy to bring about positive and lasting changes.
The cognitive-behavioural approach to hypnotherapy is the main evidence-based approach to hypnotherapy. CBT is recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence ) and is effective in helping you to manage problems that you wish to address.
What Happens in Hypnotherapy Sessions?
Our initial meeting will follow on from our initial 15 minute free phone consultation discussing why you are seeking help.
The first session will always include a full assessment and this can take up to 1 ½ hours. The assessment helps me to understand what is going on and it will allow us to develop a bespoke working model and treatment plan.
This session will also give us the opportunity to discuss the whole process and determine what techniques are most suitable for you and we will agree an initial number of one hour sessions and a review point in the process.
Hypnotherapy treatment is typically short-term (e.g. 4-6 sessions), but it could be fewer or more depending on the situation; the approach we take will be tailored to your needs and goals.
Hypnotherapy will only work if YOU want to change and have the motivation to change. Success also relies on us forming realistic goals and treatment plans. You need to understand that Hypnosis is not something ‘done to you’ - but something you actively participate in and practise.
I will help you to learn new skills and techniques to adjust how you think, feel and behave. You will be asked to carry out tasks at home and to discuss these in future sessions. Where appropriate and beneficial I will also provide you with hypnotherapy voice recordings, relevant to your goals, to listen to at home.
Hypnosis is a completely safe and pleasant state of deep relaxation during which you mind is more receptive to positive suggestions. Hypnosis will help you make the changes necessary to achieve the results you want.
How will I hypnotise you?
Every client is unique. One technique may work with you, but not with others. We will talk through any previous hypnotherapy experiences you may have had, it may be that there is a technique you are comfortable with. It is important that you feel at ease and selecting hypnotic techniques you like will be more likely to promote positive outcomes and responses.
During my sessions I take time to educate clients about the hypnotic induction and deepening processes, providing reassurance, agreeing how you will communicate with me whilst in hypnosis. I will also take time to remove misconceptions about hypnosis to reduce your concerns and anxiety - this will promote success.