In this session, we’ll discuss what has brought you to where you are now and what you would like to achieve from our work together. I‘ll explain how hypnotherapy works and this enables you to understand how to make effective and positive behavioural change in order to help you achieve your goals. Our clients often experience a few "light bulb" moments here!
It's useful to know that this is usually a brief therapeutic intervention and the average client will require no more than around 6 - 12 sessions.
Subsequent sessions involve both talking therapies and clinical hypnosis. I use a combination of Solution Focused Brief Therapy, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) techniques and tailor this to suit your needs.
We use hypnosis to consolidate our work, where we know that the mind will be more open to positive and beneficial suggestion (this is very helpful where unhelpful behaviours and thought patterns are firmly established). It is also thoroughly restorative and our clients usually report an excellent night's sleep following our sessions.
What is Hypnosis like?
It may surprise you to realise that we all experience the hypnotic state (Trance) in our everyday lives all the time.
Have you ever travelled home and not remembered anything about the journey, or been engrossed in a book or a box set and not been conscious of time passing? If so, you’ve been in a state of focused attention, not unlike the feeling of being hypnotised.
What Hypnosis is:
Hypnosis is simply a state of focused attention and deep relaxation that allows access to our powerful subconscious. In this relaxed state, research shows that your mind is more receptive and responsive to suggestions for your benefit (it will reject the ones that aren't).
In a therapeutic setting, appropriate and beneficial suggestions are used to help you change unhelpful thought patterns.
Clients sometimes observe how “ordinary” hypnosis feels, you can often hear everything that is being said whilst in a deeply relaxed state. Some clients on the other hand don't consciously remember much at all! Either reaction is absolutely fine - the one thing that clients do agree on is that it's deeply relaxing and restorative.
What to expect:
Solution Focused Therapy is future oriented and structured to reduce stress and anxiety, which also has the valuable effect of allowing the mind to be open to change (when we experience anxiety and stress, we can become somewhat stuck).
It's a highly collaborative process, after all - you are the expert on you! We work together to make beneficial changes to the way you think, react and behave, to help you move forward in the way you prefer.
Focusing on how you go forward means that we don't focus heavily problems. Instead we:
- using well researched and evidenced approaches and techniques to make positive and long lasting change.
Basically - anything like stage hypnosis - there will be no swinging watches, clucking chickens or indeed anything you don't want to think or do. You are in control at all times throughout the process.