Clinical and Cognitive Behavioural
Hypnotherapy

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If you don’t know much about Clinical Hypnotherapy or Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, here’s some more information that I hope answers any questions.

 

What is Hypnosis?

 

It’s a trance like state between awake and sleep, which can bring about deep relaxation. Established theories deem it to be an altered state of consciousness. Now just in case you’re thinking that sounds a bit strange – we go into this state ourselves often without even realising it! I’m sure you’ll have watched a film or become engrossed in a book, losing all concept of time.  That’s an example of an altered state of consciousness.

 

What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?

 

Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to bring about change for therapeutic benefit to a range of conditions affecting someone. That’s why the term “Clinical” is included.

 

The mind is split into 2 parts, the conscious and unconscious. The conscious mind is everything you can use your senses to be aware of at that moment. The unconscious mind contains all your experiences and knowledge and can’t distinguish between what is real or imagined.

 

During hypnotherapy I use various therapeutic techniques to enable you to experience changes that allow your unconscious to find the solutions to your issues. This will help you clear blocks that are causing problems and blocks stopping you moving forward.

 

Your goals and aims shape the sessions as I‘ll build the framework around what you’re wanting to achieve. These are established before we do the hypnosis session.  Changes are facilitated as hypnosis allows the constant chatter of your conscious mind to take a back seat and allow the unconscious part to bring about the therapeutic change.

 

Working together in this way is a partnership. By you taking emotional responsibility to achieve your goals, you’ll also get ‘homework’ to do that’s tailored to the issues and conditions we’re working on.  

 

With most clients I’ll teach self-hypnosis which is a wonderful skill to practice as it creates relaxation and forms part of the treatment. It’s a life skill that you’ll use for future situations and has a significant place in your self-help tool box.  

 

Using hypnotherapy I can help with:

 

  • Identifying and managing stress and developing relaxation techniques

  • Anxiety issues including performance, exams and everything else life throws at us!

  • Confidence issues

  • Life changing events

  • Overcoming phobias

  • Achieving your goals and enhancing performance including sports

  • Everything where you feel life is not balanced or the way you would like it to be.

When would I suggest adding in Cognitive Behavioural to Hypnotherapy sessions?

 

Working holistically, I find I introduce the concept of this in most sessions.

 

The term cognitive simply means our thinking processes – how we acquire information, use it, evaluate it and base our decisions on it.

 

Behaviour refers to our actions or reactions to something. It can be conscious or unconscious. Habits are examples of unconscious behaviour.

 

“People are disturbed not by things but by the views they take of them” – Epictetus, an Ancient Greek philosopher

 

This therapy will challenge your thoughts and behaviours to enable you to see different outcomes and influence a more positive emotional state. It’s really useful for challenging deeply held views that are stopping you living your life the way you want.

 

During this process we’ll identify what beliefs you hold about your issues and whether they’re helpful or not. This will then give you insight and alternatives to what you’ve held previously. The beliefs are held in the unconscious mind, therefore change can be facilitated more effectively with the addition of hypnosis. For Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH) there can be a more structured approach and more detailed ‘homework’ assignments.

 

 

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