Cognitive Hypnotherapy is focussed on giving you practical strategies to tackle your problems in the here and now rather than trawling through your past; which means you can start improving your life today. So what exactly is it?
You may have heard of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT - currently the NHS treatment of choice for many mental health difficulties; including Clinical Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Anxiety.
Basically, CBT is a talking therapy designed to tackle the thoughts (cognitions), actions (behaviours) and emotions that go together to make up any psychological condition. For instance if you have an addiction to cigarettes, you may think the main problem is reaching for a cigarette (the behaviour), but the thoughts, beliefs and emotions that lead you to light up are just as much of a problem, and unless you tackle all aspects, you’ll have to rely on your willpower alone to stop! In just the same way, you may be terrified of flying or speaking in public, and may avoid these situations completely (avoidance behaviour) because you believe (cognitions) that terrible things will happen if you don’t – and the mere thought of flying or delivering a presentation will produce a very real emotional response.
If it were merely a case of changing your habit, just staying relaxed or simply changing the way you look at the situation, you would have been able to overcome your own issues a long time ago. However, the complex combination of thoughts + emotions + behaviours = a force to be reckoned with and not one that can be easily overcome alone!
My approach to your treatment not only uses the tried and tested methods of CBT to tackle all these aspects, but I combine these techniques with the power of Hypnotherapy to make the changes deeper, more profound and longer lasting for my clients. These methods are based on a wealth of research demonstrating that when you add Clinical Hypnosis to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy the results are significantly greater than just CBT alone (Kirsch, 1996; Alladdin, 2007).
And like CBT, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is designed to be a "brief" therapy, with improvements often experienced after just one treatment session, making this type of therapy much more cost effective than traditional counselling.
So how does Hypnotherapy work? Psychologists have provided substantial evidence to suggest that our actions are more a product of our subconscious instincts and urges, than what we consciously intend to do. This is fine when the two are in sync, but there are many times when you consciously want to resist an urge, whether it’s for one more cigarette, that tempting chocolate biscuit or dwelling on an obsessive worry. You consciously tell yourself you can overcome the urge, but before you know if you’re giving in again and mentally beating yourself up for being so "weak".
This is where Hypnotherapy can help. In Hypnosis we quieten the conscious mind, allowing us to communicate directly with the subconscious mind, in effect building a bridge between the two and directly tackling the root of your issues. This will mean we can neutralise the negative impulses of your subconscious and tackle your negative and distorted thought patterns, replacing them with positive, healthy and constructive ones.
So the great news is that, in any condition where there is an emotional or psychological component, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy can provide fantastic benefits, giving you the freedom you deserve and need to enjoy life to the full!
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