Clinical Hypnotherapy utilises a natural state of heightened self-awareness, when a person is much more responsive to beneficial suggestions.
Each session begins with discussing your particular situation and difficulties, including any medical history, and what changes you are hoping to achieve.
I can then explain how Hypnotherapy might help and answer any questions you might have.
Providing you are happy,I shall then guide you into a deep relaxation, creating an altered state of focus, known as a 'trance'.
The subconscious mind then becomes more open to positive change.
You have to want to make the change - you shall not be under my control, and I cannot make you do something that you do not wish to do!
We all experience trance states quite often during the course of our daily lives, for example, becoming engrossed in a good book, watching a film or simply daydreaming.
Hypnosis can be an effective way of making contact with your subconscious-self; a source of potential and knowledge you may never have realised you had.
There are very few people who cannot experience the benefits of the hypnotic trance.
It is usually a very enjoyable and refreshing experience.
Some clients worry that they will be unable to achieve a 'deep' enough trance, but some very effective techniques can still be used when only a 'light' trance is achieved.
Everyone's experience of the hypnotic effect can be quite different, whilst still achieving the beneficial outcome.
As people, we all develop coping strategies as a means of dealing with the demands of our daily lives.
Sometimes, these behaviours are not beneficial to us. For example, we may eat, drink, or worry too much, which may lead to physical or mental illness.
During hypnotherapy, we aim to break these patterns of behaviour that have perhaps become unwanted habits, and help create new ways of dealing with our problems.
The first thing to realise, is that all hypnosis is essentially self-hypnosis.
You can only be hypnotised if you want to be, and I shall be your guide.
You shall be fully aware of what is happening and will not be unconscious or under the hypnotherapist's control!
Even when your subconscious mind is more open to suggestions made to you, you shall remain in control and be able to come out of this deeply relaxed state at any time, should you need or want to.
No one gets 'stuck' in the hypnotic trance, as, like sleep, you move through it in cycles, it does not become permanent.
Initially, a holistic assessment is carried out, where we discuss your current situation and the goals you wish to achieve.
Specifically tailored therapy methods shall then be used to support you on your journey towards change.
Every client is different, so I don't make misleading promises.
I do realise, however, that once you have taken that first step, you may be keen to resolve your difficulties as quickly as possible, and I shall make every effort to use the most appropriate techniques possible.
In general, I offer between 3 and 6 sessions on a weekly, or twice weekly, basis.
Sometimes, up to 12 sessions may be necessary.
Each session shall be based on how you, as an individual, are progressing, and adjusted as necessary.
The number and frequency of our sessions can be flexible and suited to your individual needs, and may also depend upon the nature and complexity of your concerns.