What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy was approved by the British Medical Association as a valid medical treatment in 1955.

Hypnotherapy is a brief intervention therapy that combines proven therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behaviour and psycho-analysis with the use of hypnosis. It is often successful where other conventional treatments have failed and change is often faster and more deep rooted because hypnosis bi-passes the resistance of the conscious critical part of our mind that tends to be rigid and inflexible to change. When therapy is conducted out of hypnosis, suggestions can be blocked by the conscious mind even when the patient wants to accept them.

In a state of hypnosis the client is able to access the unconscious without the rigidity and limiting resistance of the conscious mind. The unconsious mind is highly creative, flexible and full of potential for change - its main directive is survival and it does not want the mind and body to be in a state of discomfort. The unconscious is like a sophisticated computer and holds our memories, habits, beliefs, and creativity. In the "trance" state, i will gently guide you to help you navigate change releasing and processing old problems, releasing potential, installing new skills and healthy beliefs, and setting goals.

Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to enhance the effectiveness of a wide range of therapeutic techniques and approaches. The techniques and approaches I use will depend on the needs of the client such as EFT, (the tapping technique), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Re-programming), Cognitive Behaviour, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), Psychoanalysis or Solution Focussed therapy.
N.B. It is essential that you consult your GP for a medical diagnosis of your physical symptoms prior to making an appointment for hypnotherapy.

What is Hypnosis?

There is no one clear definition of hypnosis but we know it is an altered state of consciousness we access naturally throughout the day. For example on awakening, daydreaming, reading a book, just before we go to sleep or anytime we focus on something and become emotionally involved in it we are in a state of hypnosis. Although people experience it in slightly different ways (there is no such thing as a 'hypnotised feeling') you may recognise it as a state of relaxation and a comfortable feeling of detachment, the way you feel at certain times of the day when you mind is not fully engaged in what is going on around you. When we are in this state the mind is more open to suggestion and possibility and less resistant. However...

What is EFT?

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a simple but dynamic new therapeutic technique that creates fast and powerful change. It is new and revolutionary and yet has its roots in ancient Chinese medical understanding of meridians and energy systems and modern science of Applied Kinesiology.

EFT works with the human energy system on the theory that:
"the cause of all negative emotions are the result of disruptions in the body's energy system".
The technique involves tapping with the fingertips on specific meridian (energy) points on the body while using specific words to re-balance the body and relieve symptoms both psychological and physical. Once balanced, the upset is usually resolved - the memory stays but the emotional charge is gone. Easy to learn and user-friendly it is a wonderful safe self-help technique and when used alongside hypnosis creates the most dramatic changes inside and outside of the therapy room.

What is EMDR?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a modern psychological treatment originally developed as a treatment of Post Traumatic Disorder. It is a means of taking a positive learning from a negative experience rather than holding onto a negative limiting belief from that experience. EMDR is the quickest way to access an issue and can be used not only to 'unblock' trauma but many other negative emotional states such as phobias. The client is guided by the therapist through the EMDR procedure to access and process information in a similar way to the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep