What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is one of the most powerful ways in which people can change their behaviour’s, thoughts, feelings and responses to problems. It is a gentle and safe therapy.

During hypnosis you are in a deep state of relaxation where your conscious mind will become quiet, thus allowing access to your unconscious mind.

Think of your unconscious mind as a reference library of everything you have experienced in your life, either by smell, taste, vision or touch.

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Hypnosis is a state that everybody has experienced and there are many times every day we go into a trance state. For example, losing ourselves in a good book or a film, staring into space, driving, participating in a conversation when your mind wanders off and you cannot remember what has been said. At these times we always remain in control and aware of our surroundings. During hypnotherapy you will remain aware and in control, your unconscious mind will not accept any suggestions that you do not agree with.

If there is something which you’d like to change then hypnotherapy could help ensure it happens.
Hypnotherapy works by accessing your strengths and qualities and helping you to use them in those areas of your life where you’d like to see changes happen. It uses excellence in one area of life, tapping into your innermost resources, and applies them where they’re most needed.

Hypnotherapy is not about control, brainwashing or voodoo. It’s a thoroughly respectful therapy which is based on the belief that you are already everything you need to be. People sometimes learn to see themselves in a distorted manner, believing themselves incapable of managing a situation or overcoming a problem by themselves. I don’t believe that this is true. I can help you to overcome your problems using those skills, qualities and strengths which you already possess.

Whether you need to lose some weight, stop a habit, gain in confidence, be rid of an addiction, move on from depression, anxiety, OCD or IBS, hypnotherapy could help. Whenever a problem is worsened by the emotions which surround it, hypnotherapy could help.

What is NLP?

NLP is short for Neuro Linguistic Programming. It can be a very practical model and method of helping clients rapidly achieve positive change through language, behaviours and thoughts. This change is done conversationally and works both consciously and unconsciously. In essence what each part stands for is:

Neuro – How we choose to view and sense the world
Linguistic – The internal dialogue and external language we use
Programming – The behaviours we exhibit

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NLP was founded in 1976 by linguistics Professor John Grinder and Dr Richard Bandler, who was a computer scientist. They looked at what were the models of therapy & therapists that existed at that time.

These were:

Milton Erickson – the world famous father of modern Clinical Hypnotherapy
Virginia Satir – a family therapist specialising in very complex cases
Fritz Perls – the originator of Gestalt therapy

They examined all of the processes, attitudes and behaviours about what these three therapists did to get such extraordinary results. They noticed there were certain common aspects that each did, as well as techniques individual to each therapy. Bandler & Grinder modelled this and created NLP.

From understanding the models of success, they were then able to create entirely new models. What they saw for example is that in the 1970’s, a phobia would take 12hrs to be cured. With NLP, that has been reduced to a fraction of that*. What this means for you is that it’s possible to deal with problems very quickly and often times more rapidly than other branches of therapy.

As it always has been, NLP is a model of therapeutic excellence. And as the basis of NLP is about improvement, it is constantly growing to accommodate new models of excellence. That is why good Master Trainers & Practitioner of NLP are constantly learning the latest new tools and techniques to help their clients i.e. you, in the shortest time possible.

I use NLP in conjunction with Clinical Hypnotherapy in my practice.

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