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I am acknowledged as a senior therapist, registered with the National Council for Hypnotherapy, The General Hypnotherapy Register and the National Hypnotherapy Society. I have over 12 years specialist experience in Advanced Clinical and Cognitive Hypnotherapy. I am also a registered Practitioner with the CNHC.
The CNHC is the UK umbrella regulator for all Complementary Health Practitioners. The Department of Health advises that as the CNHC regulates and provides information on the professional discipline of hypnotherapy, you should consult with someone who is CNHC Registered for your peace of mind.
Curious to know more? Find out how my hypnotherapy service can help you with a complimentary, no obligation telephone consultation.
In just 5 sessions you could feel so much better. Using my solution focussed model we will work together and address your progress towards your final goal far more effectively than if you were to try it alone.
My aim is to help you live a better, happier life, because when you boil it right down that's all people want.
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What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a branch of psychotherapy. The difference being that psychotherapists deal with the conscious mind and clinical hypnotherapists deal with the unconscious.
Our conscious mind makes sense of what is going on around us through what we see, hear, feel, taste and smell, it reacts to stimuli in both a positive and negative way.
Our unconscious mind is rather like a storage system or computer, it stores all the memories and emotions that we encounter throughout our lives, some of these can be too painful for our conscious mind to deal with and so they become buried causing internal stress and trauma. It is often more productive to explore difficult, painful emotions and experiences through the unconscious mind.
Types of Hypnotherapy I specialise in:
Clinical and Cognitve Hypnotherapy are both proven therapeutic aids, recognised by the medical profession as having real benefit to patients when often treatment and drugs have failed to help. In this respect they are both an art and a science.
Clinical Hypnothearpy closely models psychodynamic therapy. This enables you to work on past issues as far back as childhood, resolve them and make peace with them and let them go. It can involve doing work with your inner child. This is the part of you as an adult that still feels anxious, vulnerable, angry etc that we often abandon.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy is an evidence based model of hypnotherapy
which enables me to challange and help you change your model of the world. I do this through raising your awareness as to how you are causing your own emotional turmoil in the here and now through learnt patterns of negative thoughts, feelings and behaviour. - See my HYPNO-CBT Page for further details.Cognitive Hypnotherapy
Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Milton Erickson is the master of modern day hypnotherapy, he introduced the concept of using metaphors and storytelling in order that the individual client can draw on and make sense of the story using thier own interpretation. His approach is what is known as 'indirect'
Solution Focussed Hypnotherapy The philosophy around this approach is that instead of spending hours focussing on the problem, talking about it, ruminating etc we instead focus on the solution, the end goal, what it is you want to change and how you will notice when you are there. Its a very direct, forward thinking approach that many clients and patients really get on very well with.
Mindfullness Approach Hypnotherapy This is a great way of quietening the mind. Our minds are so active in today's fast paced world that often our thoughts and emotional feelings are triggered as we slip back to the past or into the future so Mindfullness enables you to bring your attention into what you are experiencing right now in the moment in order that you can gain more clarity in your mind and calm down the physiology in your body.
By using a combination of these approaches I can effectively help you to rewrite the chapters of your life so you see the same situation in a different way.
I take a very client centred and psychoanalytical approach to helping you overcome your fears, phobias, anxieties etc. This means that each session will be tailor made to focus on your representation of the problem,
Eriksonian Theory is that we all hold the key within us to overcome our problems, it is simply a case of tapping into that problem and tackling the root cause. A metaphoric analogy of this would be rather like if your garden looks very pretty because you have pulled up all the weeds from the surface, the problem however,still lies dormant and it will not be long until it (the weed) raises its ugly head again. The answer is to remove the 'root' of the problem, In order that it no longer bothers you.
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What Can My Hypnotherapy Service Help You With?
Stress & Anxiety - For example soothing social anxiety, specific situational anxiety, panic attacks, work-related stress, general worrying etc etc
Phobias - For example ending avoidence of needles, heights, enclosed or open spaces etc for good.
Fears - For example Getting on with your life through flying, travelling on the underground, being around specific animals or insects, visitng the dentist, hospitals, childbirth without anticipated panic etc
Breaking Unwanted Habits - For example stopping smoking, nail-biting, drinking, gamblling etc
Low Mood States / Depression -Hypnotherapy is often combined with cognitive behavioural therapy to help you change they way you think and feel about yourself, others and the situation you find yourself in
Emotional Trauma - For example hurt, upset, anger, frustration or guilt which is caused by current or past events
Personal Development – For example confidence building, public speaking, study skills, sports performance etc
Psycho-somatic Conditions - These are conditions which are caused or exacerbated by stress. For example irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), tension headaches, skin conditions etc. Please also read my Chronic Pain / Stress Illness Page for more in depth information
Pain Management / Eradication – For example pain after an accident, long term chronic pain, pain in dentistry, pain in surgery, post surgical pain.
Cancer Patients - Support offered with Anxiety, Pain, Nausea, Self Empowerment, Relaxation, Visualisation to assist with treatment/ surgery
Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour - For example continuous worrying thoughts, a compulsive desire to repeat an activity e.g. hand washing, an exaggerated desire for neatness etc
Problems Sleeping - Insomnia. For example getting off to sleep, habitual waking in the night, disturbed sleep, frequent nightmares etc
PTSD - and CPSD PTSD is not just for war veterans, if you suffered adverse childhood experiences you are likely to repeat old patterns of behaviour, thoughts and feelings or notice that things/ certain types of people retrigger for you throughout your life time. It's about healing old wounds
Inter-Personal Problems – For example relationship problems, family problems, or conflict at work to include scapegoating, bullying, manipulation, abuse
Occupational Stress - Todays busy world, full of technology, extra demands on our time and emotional resourses can all lead to break-down if not kept in check
Coping With Nerves - For example exams, job interviews, a driving test, auditions, competitive sport etc
General Weight Loss - Plus Virtual Gastric Band Programme Please refer to my weight loss / virtual gastric band page
Fertility Issues, Pregnancy Concerns and Hypno-Birthing
From pre conception to birth I will be there to support you though your journey.
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Patient discussing her hypnotherapy experience
Frequently asked questions:
Q.How does clinical hypnotherapy work?
A. Simply put I use hypnosis to put you into a relaxed state of mind, this is often described as a natural state of altered awareness whereby our conscious mind can relax temporarily and our subconscious mind becomes more open to suggestion of change. All the hypnotic suggestions I make will be for your good towards your desired state of mind and body.
Q. How does clinical hypnotherapy differ from stage hypnosis?
A. Stage hypnosis is done purely for entertainment. The volunteers know exactly what they are letting themselves in for. Clinical hypnotherapy is a proven therapeutic aid. No swinging pendulums, No 'look into my eyes' No turning you into a chicken, ever.
Q.What does it feel like to be hypnotised, will I be asleep?
A. No you will not be asleep. You may however find yourself so deeply relaxed that you will drift into different levels of awareness.
Q. Can I get stuck in trance state?
A. No, the worst thing that could happen is that you would fall asleep and awaken naturally once the therapy has stopped.
Q. Can I be made to do or say anything against my will?
A. No, you remain in complete control at all times. Your conscious mind would not allow this to happen.
Q. How long does each session last?
A. Sessions last for 50 minutes
Q. How many sessions will I need?
A. Smoking cessation can usually be achieved in one / two sessions. For most other therapy it is between five - six sessions.
Q. Are there any contraindications which mean I am not suited to having hypnosis.
A Yes there are. Before you experience hypnosis you will need to sign a consent form that confirms you do not suffer from the following:
Pathological Personality Disorder
Alcohol or Drug Psychosis
Epilepsy and narcolepsy are conditions usually regarded as contraindicated. On rare occasions it is possible that patients can be helped patients with epilepsy but only after consultation with their GP and the doctor's approval in writing
Bi-polar conditions and clinical depressive illnesses or those presenting with suicidal tendencies.
Serious heart conditions may also be contraindicated.
. How do I know I am in safe hands?
A. As a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy, GHR, NHS and CNHC I am bound by a strict code of ethics and practice to the highest standard.
Member or the following Professional Bodies:
The National Council For Hypnotherapy
The General Hypnotherapy Register
The National Hypnotherapy Society
Register For Evidence Based Hypno-Psychotherapists
The Complementary And Natural Healthcare Council
Treating clients and patients from South Woodford, Woodford Green, Wanstead, Buckhurst Hill, Loughton, Epping, Harlow, Chigwell, Ilford, Romford, Newbury Park, Gants Hill, Barkingside,Walthamstow, Leyton, Leytonstone, and all surrounding areas of Essex, East London and North London