About Therapy

Home

Areas in which hypnotherapy and psychotherapy can help.

It would be impossible to list all the areas in which hypnotherapy and psychotherapy can help. A selection of some of the issues and problems are listed below:-

        Smoking         Phobias
      Weight loss         Panic Attacks
        Stress         Public Speaking
        Anxiety         Stage Fright
      Post traumatic Stress         Pain relief
        Confidence building         Irritable Bowel Syndrome
        Relationship Issues         Sports Performance
        depression  

What is Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy?

For over two hundred years the technique of hypnosis has been used in medicine to treat a wide range of physical, psychological  and emotional disorders. It has long been recognised that hypnosis may  successfully be combined with other approaches and techniques in counselling  and psychotherapy. In 1997, the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy  (UKCP) formally endorsed the new term, hypno-psychotherapy, as 'the branch  of psychotherapy which uses hypnosis'.

Hypnosis and the mind

Hypno-psychotherapy recognises that there are many ways  of looking at how the mind works. Some people, for instance, take the  view that our thoughts and actions are mainly affected by the way we look  at the world and how it treats us. Others believe that we are mostly driven  by our 'subconscious' mind, which is taken to be the store of all our  past experiences and emotions. Whatever theory of the mind is applied,  hypnosis can be integrated with appropriate psychotherapeutic approaches   to help bring about positive changes.

Helping bring about change

Hypnosis customarily creates a deeply relaxed state in  which mental stress and bodily tension are reduced. In this relaxed state,  the mind is usually more open to the process of change. As such, client  and therapist can safely work together, using an agreed approach, to enhance  mental, physical and emotional well-being". Hypno-psychotherapy can  help to achieve positive and lasting results in:

Cessation of dependencies and habits

Smoking
Eating  disorders
Nail-biting

Management of stress related disorders

Phobias
Panic  attacks
Insomnia
Irritable  Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Managing personal crises

Accident/trauma 
Miscarriage
Bereavement
Redundancy
Divorce
Terminal  illness

Optimising psychological well-being

Stress
Anxiety
Depression

Achieving personal growth

Building/rebuilding  self-esteem
Resolving  relationship difficulties
Enhancing  job/career satisfaction
Improving  sporting performance

Only a selection of the many challenges we face, as fallible  human beings, are mentioned above. There are many others and they can be discussed in strict confidence with the therapist.

Please note, however, that there are significant doubts about whether a medically oriented approach (i.e. diagnosis/treatment/cure)  is applicable to the above 'problems of living', and that the presenting   issue may reflect or cover additional issues.

The initial consultation

Prior to any hypno-psychotherapy taking place there will be a consultation, or consultation period, where the issue or problem  to be resolved is discussed and where the client has an opportunity to discuss the treatment approach, the number of recommended sessions and  the likely cost.

Medical considerations

Few medical conditions contra-indicate the use of hypnosis,  though in some cases liaison with the client's medical practitioner may be appropriate. Almost everyone who wishes to be hypnotised can achieve  a level of relaxation sufficient to allow therapy to take place.

The hypnosis session

Generally speaking, during the hypnosis session itself,  the client is invited to relax in an armchair or couch and is then guided  into a state of deep physical and mental relaxation.

In the hypnotic state

While in hypnosis, the client is still generally aware of their surroundings and can choose to come out of hypnosis at any time.  No responsible therapist would attempt to hypnotise anyone against their will, or encourage an individual to act against their natural inclinations  whilst in hypnosis.

After the hypnosis session

At the end of the hypnosis session, the client will be gently returned to the normal waking state. Most new clients are surprised  at how far away the reality of hypnotherapy is from any prior expectation  of 'mind control', and find the experience deeply relaxing.

Back to Top