WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
“A state of consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness characterised by an enhanced capacity for response to suggestion.” (APA, 2014)
Hypnosis is a natural state of deep relaxation and focused attention, where your unconscious mind becomes very receptive to the life-changing, solution-focused, positive suggestions that are being put to you, in order to master a particular problem. It accesses the subconscious mind which is the seat of all our emotions and beliefs and drives our behaviours, reactions and interpretations. The subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind. This is the part that has to change for the client’s habits, behaviours and physical state to alter.
For example, a client who consciously wants to overcome a weight issue may have tried many different diets and failed because their unconscious mind has the belief that it is beneficial for the client to hold on to the weight, perhaps as a defensive mechanism as a result of an earlier negative experience in which being small left them vulnerable. Progress can only be made by re-programming the subconscious landscape of the mind so that deep-seated instincts and beliefs are challenged, eliminated, dissolved, alteredor re-routed to something healthier.
DO YOU STAY IN CONTROL?
Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep, even though it does involve the induction of a relaxing ‘trance-like’ state. In fact hypnotherapy has absolutely nothing to do with being asleep or ‘under’ but everything to do with being suggestible. The client will be relaxed whilst at the same time in a heightened state of awareness (HSA), as they concentrate on the therapist’s voice. They will also be conversing with the therapist during the regression part of the session and will be going back to childhood events to get to the root cause of your beliefs and behaviours. They are in control all the time and remain fully awake and aware of their surroundings and situation and can snap out of this altered state at any time, in the same way one can snap out of a vivid daydream, by opening your eyes. It is also a natural state, which many people experience on a daily basis. An example being if you are utterly engrossed in a book or a film and everything else falls away. In the case of hypnosis, it’s the therapist’s voice and their suggestions that your unconscious mind is focused on.
WILL IT WORK?
Hypnosis and rapid transformational therapy can resolve many issues including deep rooted issues in just one 2 hour session. For deep-rooted emotional issues a short course of treatment may be required. The change may be experienced in different ways. Often it is instant and achieved in one session, sometimes cumulative over a few sessions and sometimes it is retroactive and we see change mostly after we have changed. However, my aim will always be to achieve a permanent result in one 2-hour session.
Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process and the client needs to be committed and motivated for the change for themselves. They also need to be willing to listen to the recording they will be given on a daily basis for up to three weeks.
Please be aware that whilst I will always give you 100% of my effort, commitment and skill, I cannot guarantee a success as the readiness and ability of clients to be hypnotised varies from person to person considerably.
Having said that I am still often amazed by how effective the results can be.
WHAT IS RAPID TRANSFORMATIONAL THERAPY ( RTT)
RTT embraces many of the positive aspects of hypnosis and hypnotherapy that are known to produce a transformative effect on clients: the use of trance, regression and hypnotic conditioning. However, RTT goes beyond, uncovering what works most effectively, to build a new therapeutic approach. Marisa Peer, one of the world’s leading hypnotherapists, identified over a period of 30 years that regardless of their issue, clients benefitted from her applying a particular set of techniques over and over again. These insights provided the foundations for rapid transformational therapy to emerge as a distinctive approach.
We know that clients are time-starved and come to us in pain, both physical and emotional. They want rapid results. RTT aims to deliver permanent change in a single 2 hour session. Although some clients and some issues will need a further course of treatment.
RTT aims to truly empower clients. By using a technique called Role, Function, Purpose, it honors and values the significance clients attach to their issues and then offers a powerful emotional release from them. RTT draws out the underlying issues driving the behavior, the ‘unfinished business’ and unhelpful beliefs the client may have been holding onto for years that runs the unwanted action. The client is involved with the therapist in uncovering the meaning and interpretation of events and then changing them. This leads to permanent, powerful change.
ISSUES THAT HYPNOTHERAPY AND RTT CAN SUCCESSFULLY TREAT
- Alcohol Issues
- Binge eating
- Bed wetting
- Childhood abuse
- Comfort eating
- Lack of confidence
- Eating disorders
- Exam Nerves
- Flying fear
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Improve performance (sports and in the corporate world)
- Memory improvement
- Physical complaints
- Panic Attacks
- Post traumatic stress
- Public speaking
- Rejection in relationships
- Sexual problems
- Sleeping difficulty
- Stopping smoking
- Stress Stammering and stuttering
- Weight loss
Humanistic psychotherapy believes that we all have an innate capacity for, and impulse towards, emotional health and that each person carries deep within, the wisdom and solution to their difficulties. Good therapy is about identifying and removing the blocks to achieving our potential. Life can feel painful, challenging and overwhelming at times and psychotherapy provides an opportunity to speak confidentially and openly to someone who is trained to listen in a particular way and who can give you support and help you gain clarity and insight into your situation and feelings. Whilst we can’t change the events of our past, it’s how we react to them and the meaning and power we give them that will determine what they become in our lives.
The process of psychotherapy helps you make links between past and present experiences to better understand and address your current difficulties. Parenting and contact with other significant adults forms a child’s core beliefs about himself and we often unconsciously carry these beliefs into adulthood (our childhood scripts govern the way in which we interpret the adult present). These fixed beliefs and patterns often prevent a person from living life to the full. My aim as a therapist is to help you gain insight into your life and patterns and to support you in finding creative resourceful solutions and new ways of being and thinking. The process of psychotherapy enables you to understand your personal history and how negative patterns lead to emotional stress.
The transpersonal approach sees people becoming ‘dis-eased’ when they are out of alignment with who they really are. Part of the process of psychotherapy is to gain more conscious awareness of the cloaks and masks (essentially our defences) we have adopted to survive in our childhood environment and to what extent they are useful to us today. We can then make more conscious choices about the elements we want to keep and those that are redundant and unhelpful. We will also look, in a spirit of warmth and curiosity, at the here and now of the relationship as it appears in the room in attempting to excavate and understand these life scripts. At the same time my aim is to respect your autonomy and unique way of being in the world.
I see the therapeutic relationship as being of utmost importance. Its basic values are integrity, impartiality and respect. My belief is that in this atmosphere human beings will move towards the potential that I believe exists within us all.
Confidentiality and trust are considered to be of utmost importance in therapy. Clients may share difficult feelings and thoughts with me and, in doing so, can expect that any personal details may remain confidential. I work to the code of ethics as set out by the British Association of Counselors and Psychotherapists. As an overview to my approach I also recognize the interconnected nature of mind, body, heart and spirit.
Sessions last 50 minutes and are held on a weekly basis and are regularly reviewed.
I have particular experience in working with depression, anxiety, stress, panic attacks, feelings of low self- worth, physical and emotional abuse, addictive patterns, relationship problems, and those who are struggling with a lack of purpose and meaning in their lives.