CPHT solution focused hypnotherapy devised by David Newton in the 1990s, is a combination of many therapies to achieve the best outcome for our clients. We use elements of the Ericksonian therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
The format of the sessions focuses on the positive techniques, so clients find themselves focusing their mind from the left pre-frontal cortex, the region of the brain where positive outcomes and solutions are accessed, coming up with their own solutions and moving out of their problems.
During sessions we explain how the brain works, giving you the understanding and knowledge as to why we suffer in the way we do and what we can do about it. We don’t analyse the past, although some background information is important to determine the best techniques to help you move forward. We get the client focusing on a desired future rather than the undesirable present by focusing on a solution rather than the problem. It is our job to stop clients worrying, regularise sleep patterns and to reduce stress.
Finding the Solution to your problems, what can Hypnotherapy help overcome?
There are many concerns which bring people to hypnotherapy, I can support you to find tools to manage these issues in your life.
Perhaps you are experiencing:
- Stress and Anxiety
- Low Confidence and Self-Esteem
- Sleep Problems
- Panic Attacks
- Obsessions (OCD)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Weight Management
- Fear and Phobias
- Trauma and PTSD
- Difficulties with Public Speaking
- Exam Pressure
- Pain Management Issues
- Desire to Stop Smoking
- Need for improvement in Sport Performance
I can help with all of these and more.
What can I expect in a Hypnotherapy session?
Your initial consultation is free where we’ll talk, in confidence about your concerns and your goal for the therapy. At this session, we’ll spend some time talking about how the brain works and why we face the struggles we do – this is a chance for you to understand how and why hypnotherapy works.
I’ll share with you a recording which you can take away, helping you find relaxation and calm when you need it. After this session, you’ll be able to decide if you would like to work with me.
Further sessions are approximately 55 minutes long where:
- We focus on what has been good that week, exploring your feelings and giving you the opportunity to create your desires for your future. By remembering those good things about your week, encourages you to focus on the positive, not the negatives.
- I guide you with tools and techniques to use in any situation. We use a range of techniques to help overcome past limiting beliefs or patterns of behaviours, traumas, or fears, and help with strategies to help you to cope in certain situations, which you can carry throughout your life.
- I always recap on the brain revision, as having the understanding on how the brain works is paramount to the therapy. We learn by repetition so the more you understand why we think and do certain patterns of behaviour the more it helps you move forward.
- We end the session with a relaxing and enjoyable hypnosis technique, hearing words which allow you to open and access your subconscious mind, focusing in on achievable positive solutions.
What is Hypnosis?
Don’t worry it’s not the same as a stage hypnotist, You Are in Control!
Marcus E. Raichle, with the use of a PET scan, discovered the brain networks for memory and cognition. When the brain is stimulated, another area went still, suggesting the brain goes to an area where it isn’t called upon, the subconscious. We mull over the past and forecast the future creating inner rehearsals (daydreaming) which uses enormous amounts of energy.
Hypnosis is when the brain is in a state of focused attention in which other stimuli can be ignored. Throughout the session, you remain conscious and in control.
We use language in the form of metaphors, so the brain is focused on the language used to give creative insight from one reality, so we can see it more clearly in another, creating its own interpretation. By giving a person an effective map, you can change a predicament therapeutically to resolve a problem, as a result, they take the reward for the change.
You’ll experience this therapeutic treatment in a calm, safe space hearing words which allow you to open and access your subconscious mind, focusing in on achievable positive solutions.
Our brains are made up of cells called neurons. When your brain performs neurological functions, neurons transmit information to each other via electrical signals using neurotransmitters, and this rhythm is known as brainwaves. An EEG machine would show the following areas being stimulated during hypnosis.
- GAMMA Brainwaves > 40 Hz, are associated with higher mental activity, problem solving, perception, thought and focus. The higher the levels of Gamma waves you produce, the happier you tend to be, have better concentration, improving your learning and working memory. Deep meditation, hypnosis and breathing exercises can increase the production of gamma waves in your brain.
- BETA Brainwaves 13–39 Hz, are active, busy thinking, fast brainwaves which dominates our waking state of consciousness when we are directed to the outside world. When we are of an engaged mind, involved in conversations, complex assessments of situations and require our full attention our brain is alert and well-focused. During the hypnosis this area of the brain quietens down.
- ALPHA Brainwaves 7–13 Hz, are slower than beta and can switch to a rhythm to slow down or speed up depending on whether we are resting or reflecting, a calm relaxed yet alert state. The alpha brainwaves move us towards the deep relaxation, imagination and set the minds attention to itself to aid the meditation so we can recover from stressful thoughts and emotions. These brainwaves start to quieten down during the hypnosis relaxation and the music and repetition of listening to the recording boosts alpha brainwaves.
- THETA Brainwaves 4–7 Hz, are the next slowest waves and are our gateway to the hypnagogic state, daydreaming and the first stage of falling asleep and REM sleep; Theta activity is not often roused when you are fully awake. Theta improves our learning, long-term memory, motivation and reduces stress by slowing our heart rate and breathing. We often think with vivid mental imagery as we go into the hypnotic state, so the language patterns we use in the hypnosis help the brain to use our words to consolidate our memories and the music boosts theta brainwaves.
- DELTA Brainwaves < 4 Hz, the slowest waves, our deep sleep or slow wave ‘background’ thinking. During the deep dreamless sleep, our bodies heal and grow, and our brain rests and repairs. During extreme deep mediation or hyper-relaxed states such as the hypnosis, it helps our subconscious to process thoughts and information.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions you need will depend on the outcome you are working towards and what you are seeking the hypnotherapy to help with.
At the free initial consultation, we’ll talk in confidence, about your concerns and your goal for the therapy.
If you have a phobia or trauma then three sessions are sufficient. We use a specialised technique to help you gain control over the trauma, so it no longer concerns you.
To help gain control of your life and when dealing with anxiety and depression or addictions you will generally expect to have between six and twelve sessions depending on your individual needs.
You may like to have a reminder session every so often, a bit like having a regular massage for your brain; it really is what works best for you.
The Smoking cessation is generally done in one long specialised session however if there is an element of anxiety a couple of sessions might be required.
Please be aware, these time frames are only a guide with results varying for each individual. I cannot guarantee a time frame for your treatment but will provide sessions for as long as you need.
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