What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary therapy that utilises the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
From time to time we all suffer from anxiety, stress, or lack of confidence. These feelings are all part of normal life, but sometimes they become too much to handle and this can have a very negative impact on our long-term happiness and well-being.
Hypnotherapy is a proven, respected and very effective way to help you get over these problems, lead a more productive, happier life – and achieve your full potential.
I can also help you overcome many more of life’s issues – addictions, such as drug or alcohol abuse and smoking; weight loss and eating disorders; OCD and other compulsions, as well as more ‘modern’ problems such as addiction to vaping or internet pornography.
In fact, Hypnotherapy is effective in helping with most of life’s issues such as all kinds of phobias, anxiety, stress, self-confidence, depression, addictions and compulsions, weight loss, stopping smoking, self-esteem, PTSD, grief, relationships, sport improvement, anger management, body image, business skills, jealousy, exams, children’s issues and many others.
The process itself aims to alter our state of consciousness in a way that relaxes the conscious part of the mind while simultaneously stimulating and focusing the subconscious part. This heightened state of awareness - reached using skilled relaxation techniques - allows the therapist to then make appropriate suggestions. This is where NLP comes in, as the language that is used when the therapist is addressing the subconscious, is extremely important and can make a huge difference between successful and less successful therapy.
What is NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)? official Definition of NLP
The nervous system (the mind), through which our experience is processed via the five senses: Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthetic, Olfactory, Gustatory.
Language and other non-verbal communication systems, e.g. hand gestures, physiology, through which our neural representations are coded, ordered and given meaning. Includes: Pictures, Sounds, Feelings, Tastes, Smells, Words (Self Talk).
The ability to discover and utilize the programmes that we run (our communication to ourselves and others) in our neurological systems to achieve our specific and desired outcomes.
A lot of people are confused about what NLP actually is. In simple terms, it is a model that therapists learn to help themselves and their clients to overcome negative and habitual thinking patterns. By using the right language, it allows clients to go deeper into the unconscious to come up with new resources.
In other words, NLP is how to use the language of the mind to consistently achieve our specific and desired outcomes.
NLP is about how we can communicate more effectively with ourselves and others. We communicate more effectively with ourselves by learning to think in more productive and effective ways and an NLP Practitioner, such as myself, can help to reprogram the subconscious mind to do this .
NLP involves having an attitude of determination, curiosity, focus and a belief that anything is possible. It’s important that you realize that, while you can’t always determine what happens in the world, you can determine how you think about it. It’s also essential to remind yourself that most of your limitations exist only in the mind.
NLP can help us to think in more useful ways, after all, our way of thinking about the world is exactly that - just our way of thinking and we can change it. I can help you do this by finding out how you represent your thoughts, through the internal images you have or the way you talk to yourself. Then by changing the way you represent things, using NLP, I can change how you feel about them. For example, if you have a phobia of spiders and you learn to change how you think about them, you feel differently about them. There are certain tools and techniques that a trained NLP Practitioner can use to reprogram and condition your mind, so that you think about things in the new way consistently.
NLP within Hypnotherapy, involves helping you to figure out what you want, where you are now and how you can get from where you are to where you want to be. It involves finding out the things that get in your way and figuring out solutions to them. Often the biggest obstacles are actually in our own minds and therefore we can use NLP to overcome them.
Of course, there is a lot more to NLP than all this but hopefully it’s given you a simple understanding of the main areas
When therapists only use hypnosis with clients, the client is not getting the full benefit that NLP can bring. Being an NLP practitioner allows me to use as many tools as I can, to bring about faster change, which continue to happen long after you have finished your sessions.
This means it can be more cost effective than longer-term therapy.