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What is hypnotherapy?
It is a natural state of deep relaxation or ‘trance’, a little bit like a daydream or a guided meditation, where your mind is completely focused and you feel a deep sense of peace. In fact, we can find ourselves in a trance-like state in many everyday situations, for example, when you are deeply engrossed in a book or a television programme, or on ‘automatic pilot’ when driving, and I simply use this trance-like state to make your therapy more effective.
Our conscious mind is the part that ‘thinks’ and our unconscious mind stores every experience that we’ve ever had, including our beliefs (what we believe is true) and our habits or automatic behaviours. In simple terms, if we compare our mind to a computer, our conscious mind is what we see on the screen, and our unconscious mind is everything else which is stored on the computer to make it work. Hypnotherapy simply aims to download a new programme to make the computer (our mind) work better. Once in a trance, we make changes using techniques such as visualisation or suggestions.
Anyone can benefit from hypnotherapy, and you will be in control and aware of what is going on around you; I am NOT a ‘stage hypnotist’ and will not make you cluck like a chicken!
What is NLP
‘Neuro‘ refers to our mind and our thoughts, and how we make sense of the world around us, using our five senses and past experiences. These thoughts and beliefs are subjective as we will often perceive past experiences differently to others.
‘Linguistic‘ refers to our language and how we give meaning to our thoughts, which we can then communicate to both ourselves and others.
‘Programming‘ refers to our patterns of behaviour that are ‘programmed’ by our thoughts and beliefs, and run again and again, unless we choose to make changes if they are producing negative or unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. NLP is, therefore, a blend of our thoughts, our language and our behaviour, and using NLP, I can help a client reprocess these patterns, or habits, by using language to change the way we think and behave.
What is Thought Field Therapy or TFT?
TFT is a process of tapping sequences using fingertips, on specific points on the body, the same points used in Acupuncture, which coincide with the body’s energy meridians, whilst tuning in to a ‘thought field’, or negative emotion or fear, that you wish to reduce or eliminate. The tapping is done by the client themselves.
Unlike many conventional therapies, these techniques work fast, often requiring only two or three sessions to see amazing changes. In fact, my lifelong fear of moths and butterflies was cured within half an hour using NLP!
How long do sessions last and how many will I need?
Usually, a session lasts for about an hour, and how many you will need will depend; you will make the most progress if you participate fully in our sessions together, and do any ‘homework’ I set you. The number of sessions that you will need will depend on your personal progress, but we will work together and see how quickly we can make changes, and I will always endeavour to make the most progress in the least number of sessions. Please note that although I know the techniques work, I can’t make any promises or guarantees.
How much do you charge?
I offer a free, half-hour consultation to all my clients initially, and then charge £60 per session thereafter, or £45 for students in full-time education. Concessions may be available on an individual basis.