In this approach, hypnosis is a collaborative process between therapist and client. It is a skills training that is grounded in evidence based procedures.
From the very first session you will learn self-hypnosis and be practicing in between sessions with the hypnotherapist.
Your treatment plan will be explained and agreed with you; goals will be set and success measured every session. You will be asked to give honest feedback about how you experienced a session.
Cognitive behavioural approaches conceptualise the problems we have as being how we think and feel about 'the problem', and then based on that thinking and feeling, how we behave in relation to the situation. Change the thinking and feeling and you change the behaviour and the whole experience.
For example, if I am anxious in social situations such as parties, I will have anxious thinking/feeling about going to a party. If invited I will make excuses, because I feel anxious, or if I go, seek an early escape.
Using hypnosis we can change the thoughts and feelings that arise in these situations and so make new behaviours possible.
During this form of hypnosis you will sometimes be relaxed and sometimes very engaged – for example experiencing hypnosis through having an unbendable arm is quite an intense experience! You will also be encouraged to make the suggestions given to you your reality, to really make full use of your imagination.
The magic associated with hypnosis comes from applied use of ordinary psychological skills, and this is good news, as you are the author of, and responsible for, the changes you will make.
CBH is very well indicated for stress management and anxiety conditions. I work with fears and phobias, as well as the psychological side of weight management (a hypnotherapist is not qualified to give nutritional or exercise advice unless separately qualified).
CBH is grounded in both the well evidenced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in addition to hypnosis and there is some evidence to suggest that the combination of the two is more effective than either modality on its own (1).
For hypnotherapy contact Richard and after a brief chat he will send you an initial questionnaire. After you have completed and sent that back to me, you pay the fee and book your first appointment. Hypnotherapy sessions are in blocks of five sessions.
1. Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy: a meta-analysis. Kirsch I, Montgomery G, Sapirstein G J Consult Clin Psychol. 1995 Apr; 63(2):214-20.