Techniques we may use
NLP, Hypnosis, Time Line, Positive Psychology & CBT
Cognitive Hypnotherapy uses a variety of tools not just hypnotherapy. NLP, Hypnosis and Positive Psychology are the key tools which we will combine during your session. However we may also use EFT, EMI and/or CBT.
What is Hypnosis
Hypnosis is a powerful and effective tool for change and is a completely safe and natural trance state.
Hypnotherapy is the art of utilising this state to facilitate inner change. When you read, listen to music or daydream you are often in trance; your attention narrows to focus on one thing. For example, if you are focused on reading, you may be unaware of other sounds or activities in the room. The brain waves of a person who is hypnotised are nothing like those of a person who is asleep. In fact the hypnotic trance is a heightened state of concentration. A high level of alpha waves on an EEG show that a hypnotised person is awake, alert and very responsive.
You will be lead into hypnosis, listening to words that focus on the feelings of deep relaxation. You will remain conscious of what is going on around you, with full mental control and will not do anything or say anything that you do not want. At any time you can simply open your eyes and stop therapy.
We believe that trance states are part of the pattern of a problem, but also a powerful part of the solution. By using your natural trance state to uncover the feelings, thoughts and memory patterns that lead to and maintain your problem we can begin to understand and find a solution.
I will speak to your unconscious mind, using visualisations and suggestions to help reframe unhelpful ways of feeling, thinking or behaving so you can leave these behind. Simply being in the state of hypnosis will create physiological changes that reduce stress and any negative effect on health and well-being.
Can I be hypnotised?
The higher your intelligence and the stronger your self-control, the more easily you can be hypnotised. People vary in how susceptible they are to hypnosis. Studies have shown that around 30% of people are relatively resistant to being hypnotised.
No one can be hypnotised against their will. It is possible to reduce people’s inhibitions under hypnosis and they will then more readily accept suggestions.
Hypnotic trance is all about concentrating, so it is not suitable for people with mental health problems, those with low IQ may also find it difficult.
What is NLP?
NLP – Neuro Linguistic Programming, has a central place in Cognitive Hypnotherapy. The techniques are based on the relationship between our patterns of thought (neurology), how we communicate these thoughts through body language and words (linguistics) and how we respond to these in our behaviour and emotions (programming).
NLP techniques help you to understand your own behaviour and reactions to events that occur in your life. With that knowledge and the self help tools you can change negative thought patterns and limiting beliefs that may be causing you difficulties. You can then replace them with positive ones, which, once taught can be used throughout your life.
NLP has been used to improve performance in sport, academic performance, sales, therapy, as well as self-development. It has the potential to improve any situation where communication is a factor. Whether between you and someone else, or just with yourself; once taught can be used throughout your life.
NLP on its own can provide an excellent tool for change, enabling you to live the most fulfilled life possible.
Time Line Reprocessing
Time Line Reprocessing is a powerful process that has evolved from hypnosis and NLP. Helping with change by facilitating the elimination of the painful emotions attached to memories or events in the past. Focusing on what we can learn from those events and use what we learn as a resource for the future.
It is invaluable in enabling individuals to resolve negative emotional issues from the past and clear limiting beliefs and decisions that may have prevented them from moving forward as well as achieving their goals for the future. Some examples of limiting beliefs are: “I don’t deserve it”, “I am not good enough”.
Positive psychology is a science of positive aspects of human life, such as happiness, well-being and flourishing. It can be summarised in the words of its founder, Martin Seligman, as the “scientific study of optimal human functioning that aims to discover and promote the factors that allow individuals and communities to thrive’.
Psychology has more often than not emphasised the shortcomings of individuals as compared with their potentials. This particular approach focuses on the potentials. It is not targeted at fixing problems, but is focused on researching things that make life worth living instead.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, CBT, is a way of talking about how you think about yourself, the world and other people and how what you do affects your thoughts and feelings. CBT can help you to change how you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour) to help you feel better.
Unlike some of the other talking treatments, it focuses on the “here and now” problems and difficulties. Instead of focusing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now.