Hypnotherapy: A Portal To Emotional and Psychological Wellbeing
As a form of psychological intervention, hypnotherapy can offer a rapid, highly solution-focused therapeutic approach to bringing about a significant reduction in, or complete resolution of, unhelpful, unwanted and self-limiting emotional and psychological problems of daily living.
Essentially, hypnotherapy operates at the level of that part of the mind known as the subconscious; this in order to bring about positive and desired change. Positive change in the way one thinks, feels and acts in relation to a specific concern(s), would be the central goal of this form of intervention.
In clinical terms, It may be helpful to think hypnosis as an applied psychological tool, used to induce a trance-state and thereby access an altered state of consciousness or 'working state' of hypnosis. Being in such a state of mentation (mental activity) allows for an intensely focused form of relating, together with a bypass of the conscious mind's critical faculty of selective resistance to change.
In hypno-computer terminology, what is sought is a temporary suspension of the restrictive mental 'fire-wall' component of the conscious mind. This allows the subconscious mind to operate in a state of 'safe-mode' readiness. When in this state, the subconscious mind readily grants unrestricted access to its all-important internal (metaphorical) 'mental filing-cabinet'.
Ordinarily, much of the everyday way we relate and interact with the world, is governed by this filing system housed within the stronghold of the subconscious mind.
In remaining with hypno-computer language, the subconscious mind might best be thought of as the 'system-controller'.
Conceptually, the subconscious system-controller, with its component mental 'hard drive', has a remarkable and unquestioning receptive capacity, especially for the absorption, retention and deployment of highly desirable 'software' suggestive input.
While in the receptive hypnotic state, selective, pre-arranged, re-scripted, positive change work (mental software) is verbally 'installed', effectively replacing the specific unhelpful, unwanted and self-limiting preexisting file(s) in the mental cabinet.
At conclusion, the hypnotee (person undergoing hypnosis) is gradually returned to full, everyday, conscious awareness and relating with the positive change work duly in place. A post-hypnotic suggestion would also have been introduced, to enhance and further facilitate the entire process.
Positive suggestions of change, introduced and readily accepted into the subconscious mind in this way, can be long-term or permanent.
There are many examples of where Clinical Hypnosis can make a decisive difference in and to the quality of one's life. To list only a few, this may be to address: incapacitating fears and phobias; being able to manage one's weight more effectively; smoking and vaping cessation; medical, surgical, dental anxiety; nail-biting; teeth grinding; control of time spent using social media; enhanced concentration; road-rage; face-mask anxiety; chronic pain management; healthy and restorative nocturnal sleep; improvement in self-esteem, self-worth and self-value.
While the above list is by no means comprehensive, it does offer an indication of the kinds of presenting difficulties amenable to hypnotherapy intervention.
When referred by a registered medical practitioner, hypnotherapy treatment may also be indicated in the management of a range of physical ailments* that cannot be fully explained by a general medical condition and are not directly attributable to any other discernible physical cause; typically, such complaints or conditions can be of recent onset or have been problematic over many years.
Ok, so what's actually involved?
I would offer hypnotherapy intervention to adults who would be highly motivated and strongly committed to considering this particular approach to solving their personal difficulties.
The presenting concerns would need to fall within the scope of hypnotherapy intervention. It might also be that input from previous or current professionals involved in your care is sought, before undergoing a course of hypnotherapy treatment.
Initially, a preliminary assessment is required to discuss the specifics and includes an evaluation of your motivation and commitment to the proposed work. Some basic educational input around how hypnotherapy works, together with dispelling popular myths, misinformation, untruths and prejudices about what is proposed, will be addressed in the first preliminary session.
If you choose, you are most welcome to have your partner or other adult accompany you to the initial preliminary sessions; understandably this excludes the assessment of hypnotisability preliminary session itself (usually the second or third preliminary session or as the case may be).
In the event it is agreed that hypnotherapy is indicated and you'd like to proceed with the actual work, it will firstly be necessary to gauge your personal level of hypnotic susceptibility; this in order to provisionally determine your response to the process of hypnotic induction and the hypnotic state itself. This requires your informed, written consent and occurs in the final phase of the preliminary assessment procedure.
Preliminary sessions are most important in terms of a) becoming more informed about clinical hypnosis and b) to briefly experience what it's like to be in a purposefully induced hypnotic state, before deciding whether to continue on to the hypnotherapy change-work itself.
Depending on circumstances, preliminary sessions (excluding the office-based assessment of hypnotisability), can be held over the Internet via Zoom audio-visual platform. All preliminary sessions are conducted free of charge.
Importantly, following any or all preliminary session(s), there is absolutely no obligation to continue on to the hypnotherapy change-work should you wish to change your mind.
Should you decide to proceed beyond the initial preliminary sessions to the actual hypnotherapy change-work, this would involve attending four separate individual office-based sessions. As with the preceding preliminary assessment, this too requires your written consent.
Each of the four individual working sessions is held consecutively, on a weekly basis; this can be during working hours or in the evenings. A Saturday clinic is also available.
If additional hypnotherapy sessions are indicated, these will be separately negotiated. Should this be the case, auxiliary sessions would be limited to no more than two or three and be consistent with the objectives of the initial four-session treatment plan.
Feedback sessions, at quarterly intervals, for twelve months after treatment, can be arranged to assess and evaluate any concerns you may have following initial hypnotherapy intervention.
Referral to my practice for online psychotherapy
or office-based hypnotherapy, is most welcome from the person themselves, or a registered health care professional.
When considering hypnotherapy intervention for medical conditions noted above,* or specific dental conditions, a written referral from your doctor/dentist or specialist medical/surgical/dental consultant would be necessary.
All appointments are attended by prior arrangement.
Optional payment plan available.