What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is basically a combination of hypnosis and psychological therapy and counselling. The therapy strategies and techniques help clients make positive change in their lives, and the relaxed hypnotic state makes their delivery by a trained professional more effective.
I discovered hypnotherapy as a way of coping with my own stress-related conditions. It helped me so much that I stepped out of the educational sector and retrained so I could help those who are suffering like I was.
Unlike many psychological therapies, Hypnotherapy is generally a fairly short-term approach because it empowers people to make change for themselves. Rather than being dependent on a therapist to deliver change, Hypnotherapy helps people access their inner potential. How long this takes will depend on a number of factors, including a person’s needs and their trust and confidence in the therapist. However, in general, success for relevant conditions can be achieved in relatively few sessions.
Traditional medicine struggles to cope with the common ailments of our times - stress, anxiety, and depression – offering little besides anti-depressants. Hypnotherapy offers a powerful alternative. Hypnotherapy is an effective, relaxing, comfortable, drug-free choice for change, and you cannot and will not ever be compelled to do or say anything under hypnosis that is in conflict with your personal, ethical and moral standards.
Hypnotherapy - an effective, evidence based solution -
Hynotherapy, and in particular Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, is an effective, evidence based solution that doesn’t take years of sitting on sofas to bear fruit. The idea is not to keep you in therapy, but to give you the tools to cope better.
Hypnosis and the Unconscious Mind
Conditions that are amenable to Hypnotherapy are those where accessing the unconscious mind can help. These include stress, anxiety, phobias, addiction, insomnia, lack of confidence, allergies, skin disorders, migraines and poor digestion. It can also help with pain and anger management. In many cases, the first step is "de-hypnosis" to help you get rid negative thought patterns.
The unconscious mind is where the majority of your behaviour is controlled. Once a new behaviour has been consciously learned it is delegated to unconscious control. Riding a bicycle and driving a car are examples of such consciously learned behaviours. The same is true of the way we "process" information about the world around us. Once we have acquired a set of beliefs and concepts, we delegate them to unconscious control and we automatically engage in thoughts, feelings and behaviours unconsciously - i.e. not under our conscious control. In a way we are controlled by these unconscious habits of thinking, feeling and behaving.
In order to experience meaningful and lasting change in our lives, we have to change our automatic thoughts and responses.
Have you ever wondered why when you change a habit or behaviour it only lasts for a short while?
This is because there is a lack of alignment between the conscious mind, will power, and the subconscious mind, our emotional brain. Most times the unconscious, emotional brain, will "win" because the vast majority of our behaviours, thoughts, beliefs and concepts have been delegated to automatic unconscious control. (Which is why it gets harder to change the older you are. You've delegated more and more to unconscious control as you've learned more and more).
Hypnosis is the best way available to bring into alignment the conscious mind, our will power and the unconscious mind - allowing us to make the powerful, deep changes to improve our quality of life.
Hypnosis is also one of the most natural and instinctive processes known to man; we use it daily and without a moment’s thought or anxiety. Hypnosis is as old as man and comes from the Greek word meaning sleep. Yet sleep you don’t, though the result of that inner work is very much like sleep, ‘nature’s healing balm’. Hypnosis is relaxing and, if you are prepared to work towards your own good mental and physical health, you will begin to feel the results from the very first session. You will be amazed by what you can do and what your mind can do; after all both belong to you and are inseparable. During this state of relaxation you will gain the guidance, the understanding and the resources that you need to overcome your problems and to achieve your goals.
How can hypnotherapy help you?
If you feel unable to control and change certain thoughts, feelings, behaviours or habits, I can help you overcome them using hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy works to ensure your actions and reactions are ones that help rather than hinder the thoughts and behaviours you would choose to do and have, as you go about your daily life.
Gaining this sense of control means you can enjoy being the best version of yourself, free from limiting beliefs and happier than ever before. And the power to achieve these changes, small or big, lies entirely within your own mind.
Please rest assured that during hypnosis, you are always in control. I simply act as a guide to achieving the change you’re seeking, resulting in a happier, healthier, better version of the person you already are.
I offer a grounded, modern technique in a relaxing and safe environment, where every session is led by you.
Why do I use Evidence-Based Hypnosis?
Because evidence-based treatments = real results!
It is recognised by the British Medical Association and the British Psychological Society as well as the American Medical Association and the US National Institute of health. Recently the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued guidance to the NHS that there was good evidence that hypnotherapy was an effective treatment for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).
Scientific research studies have shown it be effective in treating anxiety attacks, phobias, pain management, post-operative healing, smoking cessation, stress reduction, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), weight control - as well as supporting behaviour/habit changes, confidence building and sports performance.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy can help you to:
Whether your issues are related to stress, anxiety, fears or phobias; whether you are suffering from low self-esteem, lack of confidence; or whether you are concerned about an interview, a public speaking engagement or presentation; whether you want to lose weight, stop smoking, or break unhelpful habits, cognitive hypnotherapy can help you.
Helping people to manage their stress, anxieties, fears, phobias and lack of confidence by building self-esteem and a sense of worth is central to this form of therapy and you determine the outcome of your therapy.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy: CBT + Hypnosis = an Effective Combination
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It’s most commonly used to treat anxiety and stress, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.
CBT has the strongest evidence base for effectiveness of any of the talking therapies.
Hypnotherapy also has an impressive record of clinical effectiveness.
Combining Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with Clinical Hypnosis creates a powerful treatment solution that can help with a wide range of issues and allows for fast, effective and long lasting treatments.
Modern cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy is an enjoyable and relaxing experience allowing you to access your full potential with relatively little effort and in a short time. You are in control all the time and... it feels great!
'Our bodies are gardens to which our will are gardeners' as Shakespeare said, and it's true. The past is a memory that can either hinder you or set you free; the future is yet to happen. The present moment is a gift to you.
Become confident and believe that you can change and you will. All the answers are within you. Do what is right for you and everything else will follow.
Whether you are looking for a hypnotherapist located near Blackheath, in Lewisham, or you are seeking hypnotherapy but live Greenwich.
If you need help with any of the following: stress management, anxiety, fear, phobia, panic attacks, performance & self confidence.
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