In this session I'll start getting to know you and we’ll discuss what you would like to achieve from our work together. I‘ll explain how this therapy 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!
I'll also give you an estimate of how many sessions you are likely to need, taking into account your individual circumstances and goals.
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.
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.
I aim to work with you to achieve your goals as quickly as possible.
What to expect:
Solution Focused Therapy is future oriented and designed to reduce anxiety and calm the mind, which also has the valuable effect of allowing the mind to be open to change (when we experience anxiety and stress, the mind can become somewhat stuck).
It's a highly collaborative process, after all - you are the expert on you! With your willingness to make changes to the way you think, react and behave, the therapy can be highly effective in relieving the symptoms of anxiety and stress and identifying better coping strategies to help you move forward.
Focusing on solutions means that we don't need to dwell on problems. Instead we:
This type of therapy does not involve analysing painful memories from the past. If you have experienced unpleasant events or trauma, we of course acknowledge appropriately that they've happened and then the focus is on helping you get from where you are now, to where you want to be.
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. In this relaxed state, we know that your mind is more responsive to suggestion. I explain this in more detail during our first consultation.
In a therapeutic setting, appropriate and beneficial suggestions are used during hypnosis 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. In fact, you could think of it as guided daydreaming or meditation.
What Hypnosis isn’t:
Contrary to the image portrayed in the media, hypnosis does not involve the therapist taking control of your mind.
Nobody can make you do anything you do not want to – your subconscious mind will simply reject any suggestion that is inappropriate for you.
Thank you for visiting! Please note that I am now practicing in Stockbridge, having moved from my previous clinic in Chandlers Ford. Google is still showing the old address, but I hope that this will be corrected very soon.