See an NCH video of a typical client discussing their experience with hypnotherapy.
Your mind consists of two main areas – the conscious and the sub-conscious. Whilst the rational, logical conscious mind understands, for example, that smoking may shorten your life your sub-conscious mind (which stores habits and feelings) is powerful enough to override the more rational conscious mind.
Thus, an internal disagreement may exist within many people, expressing itself as addictions, phobias or a host of bad habits and negative feelings.
So how do we encourage your “two halves” to agree with each other? The answer is – with positive suggestions whilst in deep relaxation.
You will feel a deep sense of relaxation whilst at the same time retaining an awareness of what is going on around you. Your conscious mind may remember some of the suggestion therapy but the main work will be in progress within your own subconscious. Upon returning to full consciousness, you will feel very pleasantly serene and relaxed.
Using a variety of gentle techniques, a state of deep relaxation is achieved. It is ONLY when both body and mind are deeply relaxed that the all-important sub-conscious becomes receptive to positive suggestions.
Guided imagery, mental imagery and visualisation are just three names for the same thing. Carefully composed and individually-tailored suggestions are offered directly to your sub-conscious mind, resulting in a positive outcome.
Please be aware that stage hypnosis is an entirely different activity. A Hypnotherapist will only use the relaxed state for your benefit, for there is only one person in control, and that is YOU. In fact, giving you back control in a certain area of your life is what it is all about.
According to the British Medical Journal (BMJ), “there is good evidence from randomised controlled trials that both hypnosis and relaxation techniques can reduce anxiety, particularly that related to stressful situations …” “… also effective for panic disorders and insomnia …”
“… hypnosis enhances the effects of cognitive behavioural therapy for conditions such as phobia, obesity and anxiety.” (BMJ, 1999).
According to the British Psychological Society (BPS), “Enough studies have now accumulated to suggest hypnotic procedures may be beneficial in the management and treatment of a wide range of conditions and problems encountered in the practice of medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy.” (BPS, 2001).
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA): “copy advice panel has accepted that hypnotherapists can help: relieve anxiety, aid sleeping, bedwetting, confidence, eating problems (but not disorders), minor skin conditions (e.g. those exacerbated by stress) etc.”
Smoking Cessation. Your therapist does not have a magic wand – given a certain amount of willpower on the part of the smoker, there is a very good chance of complete success in one 90-minute session.
Weight Control. Hypnotherapy might be able to help subjects who really want to succeed in controlling food addictions or cravings. Again, some willpower may be needed in order to rebalance those calories.
I am obliged to state that you should seek advice from your GP in the event of any serious medical conditions – although in practice, I find that many people approach their traditional complementary therapists after they have experienced the pharmaceutical route.
Different conditions require different techniques. Many issues may be addressed in 2-3 sessions, like phobias, for example. Most smokers manage to quit within one extended session! Alcohol abuse (which I no longer treat), may need ongoing support for some months.
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Widely experienced in the “school of Life”, my early career included working in export sales, philately and financial administration. The caring aspect to my nature first manifested itself in 1989, when I ran a residential care home for three years.
I served as a TA Reservist for 33 years and was selected for mobilisation from 1992 to 2000 in support of the UN (UNPROFOR) and later the NATO (IFOR) operation in the Former Yugoslavia. I spent prolonged periods of time in front line areas, not without some hazard. In addition, I was exposed to the raw emotions of many victims of war crimes, whose detailed, often harrowing, accounts I had to record.
During the closing stages of my army career, I decided that my unique life-experience had furnished me with an extraordinary set of interpersonal skills to offer society. These skills would have gone to waste had I not chosen to become a hypnotherapist. My decision came as no surprise to those who know me well.
I currently specialise in addressing phobias, smoking cessation and Servicemen who suffer from the effects of PTSD. My on-going research involves investigating psycho-somatic conditions and what part the individual can play in assisting his or her own recovery.
If you hear people say it’s all in the mind, well,
they are usually right!
Please feel free to call me with any questions you may have. I am planning to retire at the end of 2020.