How Hypnotherapy Works
Your Hypnotherapy programme is tailored specifically for you to help you identify your goal or purpose, and supports your progress in a way that is gentle and subtle. Your action steps become apparent along the way that are suitably achievable for you, at your own pace. The actual sessions on the couch are designed to get your mind in a positive trance state, where you learn how to relax at a deep level.
During this trance-like relaxation, your brain is working at least 70 times as hard for you, accessing your own internal resources and abilities within. These will be useful for you to move along the path of your purpose in a measured and disciplined way.
Trance is, of course, a natural state that our brain finds itself in approximately every 6-7 mins. The brain often needs to be in this state to be able to process events and experiences that are happening around us on every sensory level. The brain is like a sophisticated computer processor that responds and reacts to what is being coded into it, and then performs the operations and tasks that are necessary to function.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
Solution focused hypnotherapy concentrates on the client’s ‘preferred future’. We begin by acknowledging how things are at the moment, and then work together to identify and move towards how the client would prefer things to be.
Hypnosis is a natural state of trance similar to that achieved in meditation, and which can be induced by concentration on a single idea or focus. In a therapeutic setting, hypnosis provides a very powerful tool to access subconscious patterns of thought and behaviour and resolves issues that lie beyond the capabilities of conscious resolve. The profound state of relaxation and solution-focused awareness provides a context for new insights and understandings to be formed with the assistance of the therapist.
As a Clinical Hypnotherapist, I utilise your natural, relaxed state of mind to help you reach your true potential or change a behavioural pattern or habit with hypnotherapy. I specialise in ”solution focused hypnotherapy”, focusing on solutions to problems rather than taking you back over the past.
Hypnotherapy is a natural and gentle way to treat all kinds of emotional, nervous or psychological problems. It can also be beneficial in motivating people, whether for a sporting event or to succeed in personal or business life. For instance, research into mentally rehearsing such things as playing musical instruments or golf has found that visualisation can improve one’s performance as much as physically practising.
I always advise that you seek the advice of your GP where necessary. Especially if you suspect you have IBS, migraines or an ongoing physical problem that may require medical intervention. Hypnotherapy is now acknowledged within the wider medical profession as an evidence-based therapy that can help reduce the symptoms of IBS, and sometimes alleviate those symptoms entirely. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) also lists hypnotherapy as one of the treatments to help with IBS.
I offer a no-obligation initial consultation, and if you choose to continue with the therapy, I will give you an mp3 to take away with you for home use. The use of the mp3 is an integral part of therapy. This continues to focus the mind, and provides solutions between sessions.
The sessions and use of mp3 have a profound effect on the way our problems, whether past, present and future, are both viewed and dealt with. A major re-evaluation and shift takes place. The hypnotherapy works in an incremental way, it is a gradual and simple process that works at your pace to make the changes that you want to make in your life.
What is Hypnotherapy?
How Many Sessions Will it Take?
First, you will have an initial consultation of approximately one hour to identify exactly how SFH will help you. Following sessions will take approximately 55 minutes. The number of sessions it will take depends on the individual, however, as a general guide, positive changes can commonly be achieved between 3-5 sessions. If it is to treat clinical anxiety or depression, it is more likely to be 9-12 sessions. To stop smoking would be one single two hour session.
How Much Does Hypnotherapy Cost?
The Initial Consultation and follow up sessions are £60 per session. A one off quit-smoking session takes two hours and costs £150.
Is There an Age Limit?
The person needs to be able to give their consent and understand the concept, therefore typically from around 6 years upwards would be possible. However, it will depend on the individual and their circumstances.
Is Hypnotherapy Safe?
What’s Your Policy on Confidentiality?
Our sessions are confidential. I work within the ethical standards of my professional organisations, such as the NCH, ASFH and CNCH.
The only circumstances in which I would disclose anything you told me would be if I were legally obliged to do so, or if there were overwhelming concerns for your immediate safety, or that of another person. In practice, this only happens if there are the gravest of concerns, for example, that someone is imminently suicidal, or there are child protection issues – the same as your GP. I receive ongoing supervision and support, and though I may discuss clinical issues in supervision to help the progress of our sessions, I do not disclose details which would personally identify you.
I keep any session or assessment notes securely, within Data Protection requirements, and you may see these on request.
What If I’m Not Able to be Hypnotised?
Hypnotic trance is a natural state which everyone will enter into naturally during the course of the day, more commonly known as daydreaming. Unlike the TV portrayal, hypnosis is not necessarily a state of deep sleep. It is a state of deep relaxation, where the conscious mind is able to link with the subconscious mind, with an enhanced state of awareness. The therapist can lead the client through to help reinforce the goals discussed in the initial consultation. It can be a light level, such as when you are engrossed in a book/film or on automatic pilot when driving for example. It may be deeper, where you experience a sense of heaviness, or numbness, which passes when you regain full alertness. Either way you will have a sense of being relaxed. Because we are all able to relax to varying degrees, and the level of experienced ”trance” does not impact on the positive suggestions that are used during hypnosis, you will be able to benefit. With many clients I have seen their ability to relax and go into ”trance” improve with practise. Those who are used to meditation, yoga or similar techniques are able to make the transition particularly well. Recent studies have shown that those with good focus and concentration also benefit well.
Will I Need to Do Anything Else Apart From Attend the Session with the Practitioner?
Yes, you will be given an mp3 audio recording and you will listen to it each night before you go to sleep. This will reinforce the good work we have done in the sessions together. The changes you want to achieve can be helped with SFH, but you will need to want to make the changes. It is unlikely to work if you are attending to please someone else, for example.