Hypnotherapy

 

                                                            
Hypnotherapy is not something that the therapist does to the client but a relationship between both the therapist and the client.  Hypnosis was the basis for all modern-day psychotherapy and the majority of hypnotherapy that is practised today, originates from the work of an American Psychiatrist called Milton Erickson, who formulated an individual treatment plan for each of his patients. He developed an extensive use of therapeutic methods, including hypnosis and coined the term 'Brief Therapy'  for his method of addressing therapeutic change in relatively few sessions.  
Both the Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy and the Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy have taught me this personalised approach. We are all different and we all need a different solution and a way of dealing with our issue or problem. These two approaches to therapy have given me the tools, techniques and abilities to offer therapy on a personalised and individual basis using the minimum number of sessions required to effect a therapeutic change.

Many people have an extreme view of hypnosis, some people think that it is a magic cure and others believe that it is strange and weird and that the hypnotherapist is in control. This is not true. You will remain in control at all times and not be convinced to do anything against your will. A trance is a normal state that each and every one of us goes in and out of throughout the day. We have all daydreamed, let our mind wander and who hasn't forgotten someone's name or what we were just going to say to someone, this is called amnesia and is an example of a natural trance state. The trance state in hypnosis is no different and as for a magic cure, I will quote Milton Erickson; 'Hypnosis does not work miracles. It is a sincere, honest, earnest discipline of learning and effort and anything that is accomplished depends upon work and attention that is given to the task at hand'.

Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy has carried out some research showing how effective Hypnotherapy can be. (Evidence Based Therapy)

About me  
I began my career in hypnotherapy in 2008. The first course that I studied was in Curative Hypnotherapy, then in 2010 I studied Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy and recently I have completed a course on Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy, tutored by Jeffrey Zeig at the  Erickson foundation in Phoenix, Arizona. Education is ongoing and my plan for 2019 is to study the Masters of Psychotherapy with the Erickson Foundation. 

Qualifications
Diploma in Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy
NLP Masters Practitioner
Certificate in Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy

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How it works 
Hypnotherapy is effective at helping you to make changes in yourself that you would like to make, you decide how you would like to think, feel or behave and my part is to help you, to find your own answers and to create the change at a pace that is comfortable and achievable for you.
A typical session consists of us discussing your issue or problem. Each one of us acts and thinks in different ways so we go through how you do your problem or issue and decide how you would like to change it, how you would like to be in the future and to find ways that help you to take those steps, achievable steps, to create the you, that you would like to be.
I may give you a task to do, or some exercises and in the hypnosis, you sit comfortably in a chair, usually with your eyes closed and I talk to you, primarily to your unconscious mind, offering suggestions and anecdotes related to your situation, that could help you to begin to make the changes that you would like to make. I record this and send it to you as part of your therapy, so that you can listen to it every day, to reinforce and continue the therapy. This is a most effective way of creating changes. The hypnosis can be relaxing or comforting; it can be stimulating and enlightening, there are many ways to effect a change.

Neuroplasticity from a psychological perspective refers to the brain's ability to adapt. Psychology magazine states "One could speculate that this process opens up the possibility to reinvent yourself and move away from the status quo or to overcome past traumatic events that evoke anxiety and stress. Hardwired fear-based memories often lead to avoidance behaviours that can hold you back from living your life to the fullest."

What they mean and what they have been able to show is, that through doing things differently, changing the way we think or something that we do, or the way we behave, we can create new pathways in our brain. This shows how we all can change and it is how hypnotherapy works.

Sessions required                                                         
Most people experience some change with the first session and to establish stable, permanent changes, an average of 2 to 6 sessions are usually needed. I think a minimum of two sessions should be considered. I do not ask you to book in for a series of sessions and that you use your own discretion and common sense in regard to how many sessions that you need

 

Conditions that can be helped with Hypnotherapy

 

  • Fears & Phobias

  • Depression
  • Controlling and eliminating unwanted habits / behaviour / addictions

  • Anxiety
  • PTSD

  • Weight management

  • Reducing Pain and Discomfort 

  • Enhance Healing

  • Exam Preparation & Nerves
  • Confidence Building & Self Esteem

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Overcoming Traumas

  • Overcoming Anxiety

  • Relaxation and Stress Management

  • Work and Sports Performance Enhancement

  • Compulsion
  • Aid sleep & Insomnia