What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a type of complementary medicine in which hypnosis is used to create a state of focused attention and increased suggestibility during which positive suggestions and guided imagery are used to help individuals deal with a variety of concerns and issues.
It is a safe and natural process that is long established and can be used to successfully treat a wide range of conditions. Hypnotherapy is the combination of hypnosis and psychotherapy.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis or trance describes times when we experience a shift in our conscious awareness. Trance used during hypnotherapy is very different from the kind of things we might see in ‘stage hypnosis’.
What is psychotherapy?
Anyone can benefit from psychotherapy. Talking to a trained professional can help you to explore your concerns, thoughts and feelings and improve your mental health.
You may feel that what you’re experiencing isn’t serious enough to get help or feel unsure about the kind of support that psychotherapy can offer. But anyone can benefit from becoming more aware of how they see the world and why.
Sometimes ‘psychotherapy’ and ‘psychotherapeutic counselling’, are called ‘talking therapies’. For the most part, this is because they involve talking about an emotional difficulty with a trained therapist. That might be anything from grief to anxiety, relationship difficulties to addiction.
What is the initial consultation?
The initial consultation is a meeting to discuss the changes you want to make in your life. This could be a future free from depression, anxiety or perhaps release from a fear or phobia. During the initial consultation we will discuss how the brain works and why sometimes we can become trapped in unhelpful patterns of thinking. We will also discuss the format of future sessions and answer any questions you may have. You can then make a choice on whether you want to continue with therapy.
What will happen in a typical session?
During a typical session, we start off by asking you about your week (or during the time since your last session). This will help you to discuss what positive things have been going on, and whether you have noticed or made any changes in your life that are moving you nearer to your goals. Following this, your Solution Focused Hypnotherapist will discuss aspects about how the brain works and how it relates to your experiences.
Discussions involving some solution focused questions and other techniques will then help you to consider and refine your solutions that can help you to move forward in your life. Depending on your circumstances, these discussions may also involve other elements of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) as appropriate.
After this, you’ll then be invited to quietly relax (usually in a chair or on a couch), whilst you are gently guided into a relaxed state, where you can enjoy resting in a day-dream-like trance state, where your mind can focus on and further absorb and reflect on the things that will have been discussed during the session.
What does hypnosis feel like and will I lose control?
Being in a trance is a very relaxing experience – and it is something that all of us will frequently experience in our daily lives. In fact, experiencing changes in our conscious awareness is a vital part of our existence as humans – we need times where we can relax, reflect and consolidate information, and utilise different parts of our brains for different activities.
Trance is a very natural and safe state. Contrary to what you might see on the television, trance is not mind-control! When we are in a trance state we are still in control, and we process and decide whether information or suggestions are useful to us or not and will not accept or do anything against our will.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions required varies from person to person and depends on what you hope to achieve and how quickly those changes occur. Most people will begin to notice changes immediately. Sometimes the changes go unnoticed until someone else notices a change within you.
Stop smoking is generally one session. For fears and phobias only 4 sessions tend to be required but anxiety and stress related conditions tend to take between 6 – 12 sessions. We will discuss and agree your individual requirements during the initial consultation.
Is it confidential?
Yes the service is completely confidential. Any data collected is with your permission and subject to the Data Protection Act.
What are the costs?
Please see here for sessions and costs.
I still have questions, where can I find more information?
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