Know thyself (Anon)

WHAT IS HYPNOSIS & HYPNOTHERPY?

Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary therapy that utilises the power of positive suggestion, visualization, metaphoric stories and interventions to bring about subconscious change in how we think, feel and believe about ourselves. Changing any limiting ways of thinking feeling and believing about ourselves, our lives, and others can change our behaviours and experience of the life we lead and create.

Often, people are consciously aware of their challenges and problems, but have difficulty making changes where necessary since the subconscious mind is triggering the behaviour response required to change.  The simple process of following the therapist’s instruction leads the client to subdue the conscious aspect of their mind (the ‘thinking’ part of the mind which allows awareness of yourself and controls your moment-to-moment thoughts and feelings whether positive or negative). Simultaneously, this process stimulates and brings to awareness the subconscious aspect of their mind. The subconscious part of the mind is believed to hold information of all past experiences and governs habits, impulses and irrational thoughts. These can leak through into everyday life and drive our unhelpful and limiting thoughts and feelings. Inducing this state of awareness allows the therapist to use language techniques, visualisation, speech patterns, metaphoric stories and interventions, and suggestions specific to each client, working at a deep level with the client to bring about their desired outcome and intended alterations in their perception of themselves and themselves in their life. It is a joint effort between the client and therapist to effect change successfully these behaviours can be reframed to make room for long-term generative, positive and resourceful change.

Hypnotherapy can be rapid and effective, and can change your patterns of behaviour and perceptions, overcoming irrational fears, phobias, habits, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions. It can be applied to a wide range of issues be them medical, emotional or psychological. Areas of application include anxiety and stress conditions, weight control, addictive behaviours (including smoking, alcohol and substance misuse) and confidence issues. Hypnotherapy is also used to enhance performance in several areas such as sport and public speaking.

The British Medical Association approved hypnotherapy as a valid medical treatment in 1955 and the American Medical Association followed in 1958.

WHAT IS A TRANCE?

A trance is something we have all experienced at some point naturally, and often even on a daily basis – think about the last time you found yourself being so absorbed in a book or film or in daydreaming such that you lost track of time….? So much so that people around us have to shout or shake us to get our attention.  Hypnotherapeutic techniques simply allow you to go into this state of internal awareness more easily so that day to day distractions can be ignored allowing your subconscious mind to listen to suggestions given by the hypnotherapist making room for the change you wish to happen.  A natural state of absorbed concentration combined with heightened awareness. In trance you are still in control.

WILL I LOSE CONTROL, OR GET STUCK IN TRANCE?

You are always in control during a hypnotherapy session and you cannot be made to do anything you don’t want to do.  It is important to trust the therapist you work with.  I always believe that any change needs to have its source in the individual thus empowering and equipping them to effect change for themselves once they have moved on from the therapeutic alliance we form whilst working. It’s a joint effort and this includes ensuring you feel enabled and totally comfortable throughout your sessions with me.  Consequently, you cannot get stuck in trance.  You are able to bring yourself out of trance whenever you wish, although generally clients feel so comfortable with the process, they remain listening to my voice until the change they require has occurred.

HOW LONG IS A SESSION AND HOW MANY WILL I NEED?

Session lengths vary by therapist, with DōChange Hypnotherapy London, ordinary sessions last between 90 and 120 minutes. Beware of any therapist who tells you exactly how many sessions you may need since each person is unique with unique symptoms and behaviours which vary in complexity.  I can say that on average 4 – 6 sessions are required to tackle most problems, however, this is sometimes longer in the case of depression, or shorter if for specific outcomes such as Stop Smoking.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT MY INITIAL APPOINTMENT?

At your initial consultation, I will spend some time gathering information about what you’re experiencing and what brings you to hypnotherapy. This is necessary to ensure a full understanding of your condition, and may involve some questions of a personal nature. Please be assured that all information is confidential, will be stored in line with the Data Protection Act and will be used to properly assess which approach is best suited to your needs.  The initial assessment is free (usually conducted over the phone), but thereafter consultation fees are paid in advance of, or at each session by cheque or cash.  Credit card facilities are currently being investigated.

DO YOU OFFER A GUARANTEE

Working with me it is a team effort, and success is strongly influenced by the endeavours of BOTH client and therapist. No therapist, doctor, dentist or alternative practitioner can ever guarantee success when success requires active participation of the client. Nothing in life is guaranteed, and it is not considered professional nor ethical to offer one. There are many factors in your life outside my awareness and influence, which can affect the results.

However, I can guarantee that as a professional therapist I will bring all my skills, knowledge, experience and ongoing training to bear in bringing you lasting change in the area you want. It is important to realise that hypnotherapy is not a magic wand which ‘zaps’ the problems away, it is a relationship where we both apply ourselves in helping you get the results you want. Therefore the more involved and committed to the treatment you are, generally the better the results will be.

My conduct is strictly governed by the General Hypnotherapy Code of Ethics outlined at the National Council for Hypnotherapy

WHAT IS NLP?

You could think of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) as an owner’s manual for the brain. Its methods recognise the internal and external language patterns the client uses which influence how they interpret life events, their expectations of life’s outcomes, and their own capabilities/beliefs in effecting this. This ‘coding’ affects all communication and behavior and how we master/use it affects how you learn and how you perceive the world around you. It is a key to reaching goals and achieving excellence.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING NLP?

NLP can help you develop greater self-awareness, become empowered by having mastery and choice over your thoughts, feelings and behaviours to achieve your goals, improve relationships and communication, control your own internal mental states, create powerful new internal states, align your internal resources for maximum enjoyment, and communicate quickly and effectively.

In short, you will find it easier to achieve your personal and professional goals, because you’ll gain greater access to your inner resources as well as have more fun while doing it.

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN YOU TREAT?

Nearly everyone can benefit in some way from hypnotherapy and NLP, whether you want to change a habit, rid yourself of a phobia or some other emotional problem, or even improve a skill you already have, hypnosis and NLP can help.

See here for a list of successful hypnotherapy treatments: [link to treatments page]

ARE YOU SUPERVISED FOR THE WORK YOU DO?

Yes. I want to be the best therapist I can be and so, whilst it is not necessary at this stage of my experience, I still choose to continue my sessions with a fully qualified supervisor. During these sessions, cases and other professional issues are discussed in a structured way. The purpose is to ensure good service to clients and assist in my own continued professional development.

HOW CAN I BE SURE YOU ARE THE RIGHT THERAPIST FOR ME?

I offer an Initial Consultation/Assessment Session which usually lasts 20/30 minutes. This gives us the chance to discuss your issue more fully and gives you the chance to think things over, if you wish, before deciding to go ahead with hypnotherapy. It is absolutely essential that you feel comfortable with your therapist. A good therapist will respect this. It also gives me the chance to determine whether I am the best person for your needs. If I believe my experience is appropriate for you… excellent.  If your issue requires expertise I don’t yet have, I will not waste your time, and may refer you on to someone with more relevant experience.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)


I believe strongly in continuing professional development, which keeps my skills fresh and cutting edge… and my professional body membership requires me to keep developing continuously.

Professional Body Membership  Code of Ethics and Practice

I am covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance and am bound by a strict Code of Ethics and Practice set out by my governing bodies, the NCH http://www.hypnotherapists.org.uk/about-nch/code-of-ethics/and the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council www.generalhypnotherapyregister.com/code-of-ethics/.

Complementary Therapist Association (CThA) (www.ctha.com)

General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) (www.general-hypnotherapy-register.com)

National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) (www.hypnotherapists.org.uk)

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) (http://www.cnhc.org.uk)

Registered with the Information Commissioner and adhere to Data Protection Regulations. https://ico.org.uk/ Registration number: ZA037899

DBS (previously CRB) checked and cleared https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check/overview

Letters I can use,

DipH: Qualified Hypnotherapist

HPD : Hypnotherapy Practice Diploma

GQHP: General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice

MNCH(Lic): Member, National Council for Hypnotherapy

CertDE: Certificate of Discursive Empowerment

5-Path: 5-Path Hypnotherapy Practitioner

7-Path – 7-Path Self Hypnosis Teacher

NCPNLP : New Code NLP practitioner

MPracNLP: Master Practitioner of NLP

ITACert NLP: ITA Certified Trainer of NLP

DipNLP: Diploma in NLP

IEMTP; Integral Eye Movement Therapy Practitioner

 

If you’d like to find out how you can be successful with DōChange Hypnotherapy London. Call me now on 07768 446 867, or email me here