Questions & Answers
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of human consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness and an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestion.
Theories explaining what occurs during hypnosis fall into two groups.
Altered state theories see hypnosis as an altered state of mind or trance, marked by a level of awareness different from the ordinary conscious state
In contrast, nonstate theories see hypnosis as a form of imaginative role enactment.
During hypnosis, a person is said to have heightened focus and concentration. The person can concentrate intensely on a specific thought or memory while blocking out sources of distraction.
Hypnotised subjects are said to show an increased response to suggestions. Hypnosis is usually induced by a procedure known as a hypnotic induction involving a series of preliminary instructions and suggestion. The use of hypnotism for therapeutic purposes is referred to as “hypnotherapy”, while its use as a form of entertainment for an audience is known as “stage hypnosis”. Stage hypnosis is often performed by mentalists practising the art form of mentalism.
These are two different procedures and using therapeutic hypnotherapy cannot make a person do anything they do not want to do. They are fully aware and able to come out of the trance state at any time.
A person in a state of hypnosis is relaxed, has focused attention, and has increased suggestibility. Which helps the therapeutic hypnotherapist suggest positive thoughts and visualisations useful to the well being of the person.
The differences between standard hypnotherapy and SF Hypnotherapy
The form of hypnotherapy practised by most Victorian hypnotists, including James Braid and Hippolyte Bernheim, mainly employed direct suggestion of symptom removal, with some use of therapeutic relaxation and occasionally aversion to alcohol, drugs, etc
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
In the 2000s, hypnotherapists began to combine the best of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) with Ericksonian hypnotherapy to produce a therapy that was goal-focused (what the client wanted to achieve) rather than the more traditional problem-focused approach (spending time discussing the issues that brought the client to seek help). A solution-focused hypnotherapy session may well also include techniques from NLP
To some extent, it may be just as important that the hypnotist and the client reach a consensus as to what hypnosis is pertinent to them, their beliefs and in relation to the work, they are doing together. In that respect it is equally important that the client understands what hypnosis is not, that it is not a magic wand, that it is probably nothing like the hypnosis they have seen on television, that it’s not just relaxation, you can’t get stuck, it’s not a truth serum and so on and so forth.
What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?
Solution-focused therapy has components of CBT, NLP, Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.
It uses the best, most positive parts of these disciplines to create a new approach to therapy.
One that does not focus on past events, pain or issues and does not even need to address these. This approach focuses purely on the positive aspects of life and what the client wants from their life.
Using positive reinforcement, suggestions, motivation and visualisations I can guide you to a better place, free of the issues that have brought you to me.
As a therapist, i can help you to make small changes in your life, which then lead to big changes. I will show you how the mind works, how stress, anxieties and fears are created by the primitive mind. I will always show compassion and empathy, but mostly I show you how by using positiveness you can fix yourself for life using my techniques.
I will give you guided trance visualisations which your subconscious can use to make sense of your problems. Trance is where you are completely relaxed but aware of what is going on. A bit like when you drift off whilst driving and forget where you are. Or that place between awake and sleeping, a lovely calm and worry free place.
This therapy believes that you have all the tools within yourself to be able to heal and it is just a matter of showing you how to use your resources and we will find the way that works for you.
By using such techniques as the Miracle question,” What small change would you notice about yourself if a miracle had happened overnight?” to Scaling, which gives you a measure of where they are today on a scale of 0-10 onto Rewind and Reframes techniques which can rid a client of their phobia matrix. I can move you forward to a more positive future.
Explain what NLP is?
Neuro-Linguistic Programming is a way of understanding communication and behaviour in people.
The original creators Bandler and Grinder used concepts and theories from Erickson, Bateson and Chomsky, Perls and Satir to develop their revolutionary approach of the workings of the mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how they affect our body and our behaviour.
It involves strategic thinking at its core and an understanding of the mental and cognitive processes behind language and behaviour, by creating new ways of understanding how verbal and non-verbal communication affect the brain.
So we can not only communicate better with each other but also have more control over our language and behaviour. NLP enables us to have better control of ourselves, a better understanding of another’s feelings and behaviours leading to empathy and compassion.
NLP can be very useful in stress management and self-belief development as it enables assertiveness and confidence. NLP stresses the need for continuous calibration of the person or people you are interacting with, if it is not working then do something different, To change your behaviour until you get your desired results.
Some of these are as follows.
- The meaning of a communication is the response you get.
- The map is not the territory.
- Language is a secondary representation of experience.
- Mind and body are parts of the same cybernetic system and affect each other.
- The law of requisite variety(also known as the first law of cybernetics – cybernetics is the science of systems and controls in animals, including humans, and machines) states that in any cybernetic system the element or person in the system with the widest range of behaviours or variability of choice will control the system.
- Behaviours geared towards adaptation.
- Present behaviour represents the very best choice available to a person.
- Behaviours to be evaluated and appreciated or changed as appropriate in the context presented.
- People have all the resources they need to make the changes they want.
- ‘Possible in the world’or ‘possible for me’ is only a matter of how.
- The highest quality information about other people is behavioural.
- It is useful to make a distinction between behaviour and self.
- There is no such thing as failure; there is only feedback.
During Solution Focused therapy we use some of the tools of NLP during sessions, especially “people have all the resources they need to make the changes they want” All we need to do as therapists is show the client they have this ability and steer them towards changing their thoughts and beliefs
Other NLP tools that are used are rewind, reframe and swish techniques. The rewind technique is used for breaking down a phobia matrix and removing anxiety for the client when faced with their phobia. The reframe technique gives the client a new matrix on which to draw on when their phobia is next experienced. The swish technique is used for mildly unsettling or negative thoughts surrounding an event or happening and this can effectively reprogram the mind from a negative outlook to a positive one.
In short, NLP is about thinking, observing and doing to get what you want out of life.
It is our perceived reality of the world that determines how we behave and give these behaviours meaning.
Explain what CBT is?
Cognitive behavioural therapy is a mix of two types of therapy. Cognitive therapy which states that thoughts, feelings and behaviour are all connected, and that individuals can move toward overcoming difficulties and meeting their goals by identifying and changing unhelpful or inaccurate thinking, problematic behaviour, and distressing emotional responses and behaviour therapy where the methods focus on either just behaviours or in combination with thoughts and feelings that might be causing them. Those who practice behaviour therapy tend to look more at specific, learned behaviours and how the environment has an impact on those behaviours. Cognitive therapists believed that conscious thoughts could influence a person’s behaviour all on its own. Ultimately, the two theories were combined to create what is now known as cognitive behavioural therapy.
CBT aims at stopping negative cycles by breaking down things that make a person feel bad, anxious or scared. CBT can change negative thought patterns and give the client a more positive outlook on life.
CBT is based on the concept that situations, thoughts, emotions, physical feelings and actions are interconnected and affect each other. For example, your thoughts can affect how you feel emotionally and physically and how you react.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Hypnosis has the capacity to work for the majority of individuals but some are more susceptible to suggestions than others. The most important thing to remember is that you must be fully committed to the process and feel that you can place your trust in your hypnotherapist. It’s also important to keep an open mind, as any scepticism may subconsciously dampen your susceptibility.
Is Hypnosis safe?
Hypnosis that’s conducted by a trained therapist or health care professional is considered a safe, complementary and alternative medical treatment. However, hypnosis may not be appropriate for people with the severe mental illness.
You are in a safe and relaxed atmosphere at all times and you cannot be made to do anything against your will. You are aware of your surroundings and able to leave anytime you wish.
How do you work?
Hypnotherapy is very effective for people suffering from any symptoms caused by Stress and Anxiety. It can also help with Anger, Depression, Phobias, OCD, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Sleeplessness, Lack of Motivation, Lack of Confidence, Fear of Public Speaking, Emetophobia, Weight loss, Sports performance and many more conditions.
Using a Solution Focused technique which incorporates Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFHT), Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) I can help you understand how the brain works, how stress, anger and anxiety are created and how to manage them. I can show you how to use the tools I give you to change the way you think about your life and your condition. You will be given an MP3 to listen to at night so you can get a good night’s sleep which is key to getting you to the right place to move forward with your life. You will start to think more positively about the future and feel more relaxed and less worried about everything.
How many sessions will i need?
This will depend on the condition, if you have been like this for a long time, there is no quick fix. Hypnosis is not a one-step process, no magic wand can be waved. That said Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a very quick therapy compared to the usual talking therapies. Phobia or Trauma sessions will take 4 sessions. Other conditions can take between 5 and 12 sessions. I give you the tools to help you for life!
Can you help with….?
There are so many conditions that can be helped with Hypnotherapy. This is not a complete list so please contact me and we can have a chat if your condition is not listed here.
Fear of Flying. Fear of Sickness, Fears of any kind that are Anxiety based.
Phobia’s , Spiders, Snakes, Heights etc.
Anxieties of any kind.
Symptoms of Stress, please see my page on Stress for a full list.
Migraines, Headaches (If not caused by a physical injury)
Sleep disorders, for example, struggling to get to sleep, staying asleep or waking too early. (If not caused by a physical condition)
Depression and low mood.
Lack of motivation. Unable to enjoy activities.
IBS and Eating disorders.
How much are your fees?
Please see my Rates page here.
What is Anxiety?
A feeling of dread, panic and not being able to cope. Butterflies in the stomach or panic attacks. Feeling overwhelmed with all you have to do in your life. You’re not sure how you will fit it all in, you struggle through your day as best you can. Feelings of Anxiety and negativity, especially in today’s fast-paced society are more and more common. With more and more people struggling with work, family and other commitments.
Anxiety can be damaging to your health if it persists and can make everyday life a struggle. If these feelings continue for a long time then you may experience some of the symptoms of Stress.
What is Stress?
The stress response
The definition of stress is a state of mental or emotional strain caused by adverse or demanding situations.
In reality, it is how we process stressful situations that determine whether we have any of the symptoms of not coping with stress.
In small doses, stress can be good for you. Your body will release chemicals and hormones when you feel under attack, putting you in fight or flight mode, these chemicals can help you feel motivated to move forward and complete something that needs doing. When the task is done your body should return to normal.
However, if you feel constantly under pressure, prolonged exposure to these chemicals and hormones can have a negative impact on your body and mind, leading to mental and physical illnesses. It can manifest in many different ways, some of which may not be recognised as stress induced.
The symptoms manifested can include :
- Memory Lapse
- Inability to concentrate
- Less creative
- Less intuitive
- Negative thinking
- Mood swings
- Extra sensitive to criticism
- Out of control
- Lack of motivation
- Weight management issues
- Teeth grinding
- Pin needles
- Self esteem
- No time for fun
- Time management difficulties
- Self neglect
- Social withdrawal
- Relationship issues
- Sleep difficulties
- Manic depression
- Feeling cold
- Menstruation difficulties
- Sexual libido
- Blood pressure
In a 2011 Mind report, it was shown that £26 Billion per year was lost due to sick leave/stress-related symptoms. It is now a very common cause of absence from work
How can you help with Phobia’s or Trauma?
Fear is a natural response caused by real danger. For example, we are all scared of coming face to face with a wild, hungry animal, and fear is a survival instinct which warns us against certain things or situations. A phobia, on the other hand, is an irrational fear of an object or situation that causes little or no danger. For example, arithmophobia (fear of numbers) may cause certain individuals anxiety, but the fear itself won’t cause any danger. Phobias are linked to our subconscious, and because they are irrational, they can often be dealt with effectively.
Phobias are extremely common and range from the less well-known i.e. asymmetriphobia (fear of asymmetrical things) to the more commonly recognised dentophobia (fear of dentists). There will usually be strong avoidance behaviour connected with the phobia, and feelings of anxiety, loss of control and panic. Sufferers usually know their fear is irrational, but they cannot control it.
Phobias are often categorised into specific phobias and social phobia.
Some common examples of specific phobias are closed-in places, spiders or a fear of flying It is a fear of a particular thing rather than just extreme fear, and these phobias usually begin early in the person’s life and continue into adulthood.
Social phobia is extreme anxiety and discomfort in social situations. Fear of being watched and judged by others is overwhelming and although those suffering are aware that they are acting irrationally, they are unable to control and overcome their fears. Social phobia can vary from fearing just one situation to fearing all situations involving other people. Social phobia also usually begins in childhood or adolescence.
Signs you have a phobia
- racing heart
- difficulty talking.
Treatment for phobia
Hypnotherapy can help to identify the root cause of the phobia and enable individuals to react to the particular object or situation they once feared in a calmer manner when encountering it in the future. Phobias are displaced fears and because they are not rational, they can be dealt with.
Hypnotherapy can also help with relaxation and visualisation techniques for desensitisation and form new habits such as being more calm and relaxed.
With Solution Focused Hypnotherapy I use the Rewind and Reframe technique to effectively collapse the phobia matrix stored in your subconscious and reframe it how you would like it.
Causes of phobia
Phobias often begin early in an individual’s life and may occur for a number of reasons. It seems phobias can run in families; however, whether this is hereditary or simply learned behaviour is unclear. For example, a child may learn a phobia by observing a family member’s reaction to an object or situation. Traumatic experiences and brain chemicals are also believed to influence the development of phobias.
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