What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that is undertaken when a client is in hypnosis or in a ‘trance’ state. Hypnosis is a very natural state that we go in and out of several times each day. If you have ever got lost in a book or watching TV, or went on auto pilot driving home or caught yourself daydreaming, these are all forms of hypnotic or trance state. During a hypnotherapy session the hypnotherapist will induce this hypnotic state using a variety of hypnotic induction techniques.
Unlike what has been portrayed by stage hypnotists, hypnosis is not a form of magic and a hypnotherapist cannot control you or make you do anything you do not want to do. When you undergo hypnotherapy you are in control at all times and can come out of the hypnotic state at any stage you like.
How does Hypnotherapy work?
During a hypnotherapy session the hypnotherapist will bring the client into a trance state where the cognitive or conscious part of the mind will be more relaxed and the subconscious mind will be more accessible.
The conscious part of our mind is responsible for analysing information and making judgments about situations. The unconscious mind contains so much more information than the conscious, Freud used the analogy of the iceberg to explain this, the conscious mind being the tip of the iceberg. The unconscious mind is like a repository for all experiences and events that have taken place in a lifetime.Often adverse or traumatic experiences are buried deep within the unconscious mind because they are too difficult or painful to acknowledge but can have an impact on behaviors especially unwanted ones.
During hypnotherapy the therapist will help you access your unconscious mind in a safe and nurturing space and replace any learned and unwanted information with more relevant and update to date thoughts.
What does hypnosis feel like?
Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation and peace and can feel similar to a guided meditation or mindfulness. You will feel relaxed maybe even in a daydream type state but always feeling in control and aware of what is going on around you.
The Equan Hypnotherapy approach
The Equan approach to hypnotherapy is solutions focused and keeps the needs and goals of each individual client at the centre of all care planning and treatment. Equan hypnotherapy is holistic and offers a caring and nurturing environment for you to explore the underlying reasons for your unwanted behaviours.
Hypnotherapy is not for everybody and it is important that you make a decision that is right for you when it comes to working with a therapist. If you think that hypnotherapy sounds like something that you would like to explore get in contact today and we can arrange a phone call for a chat about how we might work together.
If you then decide to go ahead with hypnotherapy we will arrange a face to face consultation session. During this session I will complete a full assessment and explain how I will use hypnotherapy techniques to help you achieve your goals. During the first session I will also introduce you to hypnosis and how I work with trance induction. The hypnosis session will not be as long as subsequent sessions but will give you an understanding of the process and how you will feel in hypnosis.
During each subsequent session I will check in on how you have been progressing and any changes or issues that you may have experienced between sessions. We may decide to change some of the treatment plan by using different techniques, this will all be done in consultation with you.
What can be treated with Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy has been used successfully to treat numerous mental and physical health problems. Hypnotherapy was once considered an alternative therapy with many medical practitioners unsure of how successful it could be. Now hypnotherapy is respected and practiced by psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health workers and even can be used in place of anesthetics for surgery.
Here are some examples of common issues that hypnotherapy can help manage.
Hypnotherapy can be extremely effective in managing symptoms of anxiety helping you feel more in control. The treatment approach will be discussed with you and will be developed to respond to your needs and help you achieve your goals.
Anxiety can affect people in very different ways and can present as
- Generalised anxiety (know as generalised anxiety disorder or GAD)
- Social anxiety
- Panic attacks
Anxiety is often caused by previous trauma or emotional disturbance. Hypnotherapy can help treat anxiety by gaining an understanding of the cause or root of the issue. We will then use a combination of techniques and therapeutic approaches to help release the associated emotions in a safe and caring space. Many clients report improvements in their symptoms soon after starting hypnotherapy treatment.
Hypnotherapy and smoking cessation
Hypnotherapy is widely recognised as an effective way to stop smoking, quickly and with out the use of expensive nicotine replacement. The approach I use for smoking cessation is normally over 3 sessions. I will complete an initial consultation with you over the phone or in person and then develop a plan for your smoking cessation that is designed specifically for you. Over the 3 sessions we will work with your smoking addiction, any emotional response you may have when you stop smoking and gain an understanding your triggers and how to manage these without smoking.
A recent client had the following to say ‘I went to Shirley to help me quit smoking. It was a long term and well rooted habit. Shirley spent time talking to me about the basis, types and triggers for my smoking. After each session we discussed what I felt effective and she adjusted her technique to suit me. I am happy to say we were successful and I have not had a cigarette since our last session’.
Hypnotherapy for drug and alcohol issues
Most drug and alcohol issues are related to unresolved trauma, negative childhood experiences or emotional disturbances. Hypnotherapy can help you discover the root of your drug use or alcohol issues in a caring and gentle way. Helping you understand and repair so that you can take control of your addition and live the life you want to live.
Hypnotherapy and stress reduction
Severe and chronic stress can cause both physical and mental health problems if it goes unmanaged. Hypnotherapy can help you manage your stress, understand your triggers and use techniques to manage stress instead of falling into unhealthy behaviours. Hypnotherapy can quickly and effectively help you to decrease your stress levels and change elements in your life that may be creating stress.
Hypnotherapy and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Hypnotherapy is recognised as an effective treatment for IBS by the National Institute Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Through hypnosis you can learn the underlying cause of your IBS and manage any stress or emotional disturbance that maybe a contributing factor. IBS symptoms will be improved quickly and in a very nurturing environment.
Hypnotherapy to help manage symptoms of chronic disease
The prevalence of chronic disease in the UK has increased significantly with more and more Britons suffering with one or more chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease or arthritis. Hypnotherapy can help you manage your symptoms, pain and change unhealthy behaviours that may be exacerbating the disease process.
Hypnotherapy and weight loss
Hypnotherapy is recognised as an effective way to help you lose weight and keep it off. The approach to weight loss is holistic and caring and will help you feel happy in your own skin again.
Hypnotherapy and public speaking
Whether you have to do a big presentation at work or a speech at a wedding the thoughts of public speaking fills most people with fear and dread. Hypnotherapy is so successful in changing how you feel and approach any public speaking you may need to undertake. I will use a combination of different coaching and hypnotherapy tools and techniques to have you feeling confident and prepared.
A recent client had this to say about hypnotherapy for public speaking
‘I had previously been required to do public speaking, but not for many years. I recently was required to speak at 4 conferences and felt concerned as to whether I could still for this. I arranged to have a couple of sessions with Shirley and she did wonders and supported me to relax and focus on what I wanted to say. Also provided me with strategies to assist me, which facilitated me to give to give a confident, powerful talk at all 4 events. Thank you Shirley xx’
Hypnotherapy to help manage symptoms of autoimmune disease
There are now over 80 different autoimmune diseases and the prevalence in the western world is increasing. Stress, diet and other lifestyle choices can increase symptoms and speed the progression of the disease. Hypnotherapy can help manage these factors and stop any unwanted behaviours helping you take control of your health.
Hypnotherapy Ethics and standards
I am a qualified Coach and a member of the Association for Coaching. As a member I am bound by the Association of Coaching ethics and standards that are laid out in The Global Code of Ethics for Coaches, Mentors and Supervisors.
I am a Registered General Nurse registered with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and I am bound by the ethics and standards laid out in The Code – Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses, midwives and nursing associates.
I am a Hypnotherapist and a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) and I am bound by The NCH Code of Conduct.