is a long-established, evidence-based approach to changing your negative internal experience into one that is positive or at least neutral. The use of therapeutic techniques, both in and out of hypnosis, enables you to tackle unhealthy habits and unhelpful behaviours, to change limiting and outdated beliefs or to gain insights into the unconscious choices and drivers that guide you.
Our habits and beliefs become automatic over time, because neurons in our brain learn to fire together in a particular pattern, which can be great when learning a new skill, but problematic when it compounds negativity. Fortunately, our unconscious self is also the source of amazing inner resources, easily accessible in a state of hypnosis.
The state of hypnosis is a naturally-occurring physiological and psychological state. Some people compare it to day-dreaming or being absorbed in something to the point of losing track of time. For others, it is that sense of feeling completely relaxed in the almost-asleep state before nodding off. In that state, the conscious mind chatter and external input usually quieten, and the subconscious mind becomes more receptive to positive suggestions. Therapy techniques often work more quickly in hypnosis compared to talking therapies, and change can occur faster, with long-lasting and sometimes quite remarkable results.
Of course, results vary from person to person and cannot be guaranteed. For some people (with certain medical conditions, such as severe depression, psychosis, or unstable epilepsy) hypnosis is not appropriate, but the vast majority of people can be hypnotised effectively, and the only limits are those of your imagination. In hypnosis, you practise and mentally rehearse achieving your goals, so that new neural pathways are created. The more you practise, the stronger they get, until a new positive habit or belief is created in real life.
Hypnosis for therapeutic purposes has been used for well over a century. In that time, hundreds of research studies have demonstrated its effectiveness for a variety of physical, emotional and mental conditions, from phobias, smoking, stress and anxieties, to sleep, weight and pain management, issues around lack of confidence or poor performance, and more.
Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary therapy officially recognised as an effective holistic approach to relieving symptoms by the British Medical Association (BMA) and the British Psychological Society, as well as their American counterparts. Hypnotherapy has also been approved by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) for the relief of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms.
With the help of hypnotherapy, you can take control of your behaviour, garner insights, utilise your inner resources and change the flow of your life.
What will happen in the session?
During the initial consultation, questions you may have about hypnotherapy and the process of hypnosis will be answered. We will have a thorough discussion about your specific circumstances and establish your main issue and how to address it. We will talk about SMART goals and, depending on the complexity of your issue, this first session might be the only one you will need, or an approximate number of sessions anticipated can be given.
I will then guide you into the state of hypnosis, and once that state is achieved, you will connect with your deep natural resources and allow your subconscious mind to tune in safely, moving through imaginary scenarios, suggestions and other therapeutic techniques. Your subconscious mind will only accept what is safe and right for you at that moment. Then, after the session, your level of cooperation will determine the extent of your success in the process of change, as you take the required actions and practise your new ways of behaving and thinking . Homework will be agreed and will serve to enhance the impact of the work done in the session(s). Your full engagement with these tasks will probably mean fewer sessions are required.
Sessions are normally held in my south-west London therapy room near Twickenham (TW12). I can also provide online sessions via Skype or Zoom - please contact me for more details.