What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is the provision, by qualified practitioners, of a formal and professional relationship within which patient(s)/ client(s) can profitably explore difficult, and often painful, emotions and experiences.
These may include feelings of anxiety, depression, trauma, or perhaps the loss of meaning in one's life. It is a process which seeks to help the person gain an increased capacity for choice, through which the individual becomes more autonomous and self determined.

What is hypno-psychotherapy?
Hypno-psychotherapy is an extension of hypnotherapy into the realms of psychotherapy, based on integrative theories.

It is utilised for deeper problems than would be addressed by someone purely qualified in hypnotherapy. Examples include depression and dealing with trauma or abuse.

Psychotherapy is defined by UKCP (2009) as a process “to help clients gain insight into their difficulties or distress, establish a greater understanding of their motivation, and enable them to find more appropriate ways of coping or bring about changes in their thinking and behaviour. Psychotherapy involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant events, sometimes from childhood and personal history, in a structured way.”

Hypno-psychotherapy is the clinical application of hypnosis to enhance psychotherapeutic interventions. Hypno-psychotherapists  are trained to deal with deep psychological issues and psychiatric illness.

The uses of hypno-psychotherapy
In addition to treating disorders of mood, thought or feeling, hypno-psychotherapy can help with a wide range of psychological problems including habit disorders, social difficulties such as lack of confidence, exam/driving test nerves, phobias, panic attacks and depression.

It is also widely used for enhancing sporting performance, creativity, memory and concentration. Hypno-psychotherapy also has other clinical and medical applications including pre/post-operative treatments, anaesthesia and pain relief strategies. Many stress-related physical problems such as skin disorders, migraine and irritable bowel syndrome, also respond well to hypno-psychotherapy. Only a small selection of the many problems posed by our society and the way we live are mentioned here. There are many others which may be alleviated by hypno-psychotherapy and they can be discussed in confidence with David.

Therapy Session

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What does Hypno-Psychotherapy involve?

The initial consultation

Prior to any hypno-psychotherapy taking place there will be a consultation where you can discuss your issue or problem in complete confidence. You will have an opportunity to ask any questions and discuss the treatment approach. 

Medical considerations

In some cases liaison with the client’s medical practitioner may be appropriate.

The hypnosis session

The client is invited to relax in an armchair and is then guided into a state of deep physical and mental relaxation.

While in hypnosis, the client is still generally aware of their surroundings and can choose to come out of hypnosis at any time. No responsible therapist would attempt to hypnotise anyone against their will, or encourage an individual to act against their natural inclinations whilst in hypnosis.

After the hypnosis session

At the end  of the hypnosis session, the client will be gently returned to the normal waking state. Most new clients are surprised at how far away the reality of hypnotherapy is from any prior expectation of ‘mind control’, and find the experience deeply relaxing.

How many sessions?

The number of sessions required depends on the issue, the clients motivation for change and the speed the client wishes to work at.

Using hypnosis allows the therapist to work at a deeper level with the unconscious mind allowing for more rapid change to occur, typically between 2 and 8 sessions.

Sessions usually last about one hour.

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