Psychotherapy & Counselling are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies.
As an integrative Psychotherapist I use Clinical Hypnotherapy alongside Analytical Approaches, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Counselling as they combine to offer the very best in therapeutic intervention.
How can it help?
I use Hypnotherapy coupled with other therapeutic approaches for example in the treatment of:
- Problem Behaviours and Addictions: alcohol, smoking, eating (weight loss), substance abuse
- Fears and Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
- Stress, Anxiety and related disorders such as panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder
- Physical symptoms: pain management, IBS, motor neurone disease
- Sleep disorders
- Issues with confidence i.e. public speaking, exam fears
What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy which is often misunderstood by the public due to comparisons with stage hypnotism. The truth is that stage Hypnotism is essentially a theatrical performance and has about as much in common with clinical hypnosis as many Hollywood movies have with real life. The fact is, however, that hypnosis is a genuine psychological phenomenon that has valid uses in clinical practice.
Many historically important physicians, psychologists and psychiatrists have made use of hypnosis to treat clinical symptoms and to prepare patients for surgery. However, it is Milton H. Erickson (1901-1980), a well know psychiatrist, who is classed as the pioneer of hypnotherapy as we know it today.
Hypnotherapy is the use of a state of highly focused attention and concentration, often associated with deep relaxation, for clinical treatment. This means the client is not treated with hypnosis but is treated in hypnosis. In itself, Hypnosis does not achieve anything, except helping the person who is experiencing it to deeply relax.
However, hypnosis combined with therapeutic techniques plays an important role in clinical treatment. Contrary to popular belief, people under hypnosis are in total control of themselves and would never do anything they would normally find highly objectionable.
It is a natural and effective technique for accessing the subconscious mind – the key to unleashing our potential, changing our unwanted habits and behaviours, finding solutions to our problems and concerns or relief from physical and psychological symptoms.