Cognitive Hypnotherapy in Cheltenham
Do you need help? Do you feel stuck? Is something holding you back from being the person you really want to be, or living the life you want to live?
Maybe you already know that hypnotherapy can help you and are deciding who to see. Or maybe you are wondering what Cognitive Hypnotherapy is, and what it can do for you.
Whatever it is that has brought you here, I hope that you will discover whether you think that Cognitive Hypnotherapy could be the approach to enable you to move forward in your life. If you do, and you feel that I could be the person to help you, then please contact me to arrange a telephone chat or book an initial, no-obligation session.
What is Cognitive Hypnotherapy?
There are so many different types of therapy out there, so I thought it best to start by explaining what Cognitive Hypnotherapy is and how I can use it to help you bring about the changes you seek.
If you can spare just 3 minutes please watch the following clip which gives a good insight into how I work.
A transcript is available here if you prefer, or if it’s not convenient for you to watch the video now.
So, now you have an idea of how I work.
Who you are today, how you think, feel and react, are the result of your genetic make up combined with everything that has happened to you throughout your life. Everything you have experienced, seen, heard, read, touched. Every contact you have had with another living being.
A fair few of the techniques I use aim to address previous experiences directly, changing the effect they have on your subconscious mind so that you are free to make your own decision on how to react in the future. Others harness your strengths and abilities to enable you to create the future behaviour you would like. Clients sometimes have a preference as to what sort of therapy or technique appeals to them, and I always discuss the approaches that I think will be most effective so that you can choose the one that feels right for you.
I use methods from EFT, NLP, EMI, Integrated Parts Therapy, Positive Psychology, Havening and others, all combined with the power of hypnotic language. Frankly, most of my clients aren’t bothered about the names that I give to techniques, they just care that they get the change they seek as quickly and easily as possible. By having such a varied selection of ways to help you, and being able to adapt and combine them to create exactly what is best for you in each session, I believe that we are far more likely to achieve the results you want than by any one therapy discipline on its own.
Cognitive hypnotherapy is a modern approach developed to help people make the changes they want to make in their lives. There are 3 key principles that underpin it.
The first is that trance is an everyday occurrence. Traditionally people talk about being put in hypnosis as if it’s a special state, a place the hypnotist somehow gets you to go to: we don’t. We think that when you are day dreaming in a boring meeting, or so absorbed in a tv show that you don’t notice your kids painting Granny, or a conversation you are having in your head makes you miss your turning, are all examples of an altered state of consciousness we label as ‘trance’.
We also think that trance is part of the thing you want to change. Do you behave against your will at those moments? Get scared by something that other people find harmless? Stressed by something that shouldn’t bother you? Or unable to resist something that you want to resist? At those moments we would say you are in a trance. In a sense, cognitive hypnotherapists work to dehypnotise you from the state your unconscious puts you in to get you to do what it thinks best. By helping you stay your normal self in those moments, the problem ceases to occur, and you find yourself behaving as you choose to.
The second principle is that all behaviour has a positive purpose. 90% of what we do is unconsciously driven, and that includes the things we do that we would like to change. Negative behaviours are just actions we don’t want to do, being done by the unconscious for reasons it thinks are bringing you benefit. Our brain is tuned to learn from our experiences, and guide us towards behaviours that it’s learnt are rewarding, or away from things that can harm us. The trouble is, it can make mistakes in its understanding, especially when we are young, that tend to grow over time into significant issues. The good news is that the brain is plastic; it’s always changing and there are many ways of helping you change your mind so that the purpose of your behaviour is the one you choose. It’s like updating the software on your computer.
The third principle is that everyone is unique. Most therapies attach a label to a problem and then use it to guide their choice of treatment. We don’t. We believe that everyone has arrived at their issue through a series of experiences that have shaped their minds in a unique way. So we ask two key questions to ourselves in response to what our clients tell us: “What’s that about?” and “How can I use it?”.
What this leads to is a way of working that is completely tailored to the client’s way of thinking, where we fit techniques and interventions from a wide range of other approaches, such as CBT, Gestalt, NLP and Positive Pyschology , into a bespoke treatment plan for each individual client. This is supported and enhanced by WordWeaving. Our way of using a client’s own words to create suggestions that are intended to accelerate the rate of your improvement and make it permanent.
The effect is to help you learn how to stay in control in situations where you didn’t used to be. And once you’ve learned you can be in control of that, you begin to realise that you can control anything about your life that you choose.