Hypnotherapy – General

How Effective is Hypnotherapy ?

Hypnotherapy (with additional solution focused methods) is highly successful in treating the following conditions:  sleep problems . stress . anxiety (including performance anxiety) . depression . PTSD . phobia . panic attacks -

replacing them with calm . confidence . good sleep . clearer thinking . better concentration  increased creativity . greater resilience . optimism

Stress related conditions such as IBS . skin problems . tics . stammering are relieved.

Hypnotherapy will alleviate pain . chronic fatigue syndrome . asthma  & can reduce epileptic seizures

Hypnotherapy can be highly affective as part of a toolkit in treating alcohol and drug dependencies.

 

What Happens in a Client Session?

How many Sessions Will I Need?

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

Solution Focused Therapy

The Rewind Technique

 

What Happens in a Client Session?

Following an initial phone or email conversation, in the client session, we provide a comfortable environment in order to let go of difficult physical or emotional states and to enhance positive outcomes.

A combination of effective therapies are embraced, including hypnotherapy, cognitive, behavioural and NLP techniques. Whilst at the same time keeping therapy brief and solution focused, utilising the Human Givens Model, the quickest and most effective results can be achieved.

In a safe, comfortable environment a client is free to express themselves and free to 'let go' at their own pace. It is our intention that a client will leave every session feeling better than when they arrived and equipped with practical techniques that they can employ in order to build on each session.

Sessions will include a combination of some of the following elements, as appropriate. This list is not exhaustive and each session is tailored to the client's individual needs. (ie. some techniques to relieve PND would be totally inappropriate in the treatment of phobia). Therapy is solution focused and optimistic. The intention is that a client feels better after every session:

  • Goal setting
  • Deep relaxation techniques taught and experienced to create inner calm and emotional resilience
  • Visualisations for a more relaxed, calmer, optimistic present and future
  • Task setting (these may be very gentle 'tasks' concerned with current self care or healing the past)
  • A brief understanding of PTSD, anxiety and depression if appropriate.
  • Pregnancy or Birth story (if appropriate)
  • Effective techniques to reduce anxiety, stop hyperventilation and panic attacks - including the AWARE technique
  • Effective techniques to release PTSD - including the REWIND technique
  • Effective techniques to improve sleep
  • Effective techniques to reduce anxiety behaviours
  • The Depression Learning Path
  • Deep relaxation techniques taught and experienced to create inner calm and emotional resilience
  • Visualisations for a more relaxed, calmer, optimistic present and future
  • Task setting (these may be very gentle 'tasks' concerned with current self care or healing the past)

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

Our focus is to enable clients to feel better quickly.

Some clients will need only 1-3 sessions
Some clients will benefit from 6+ sessions
Some clients will choose additional sessions occasionally for ongoing support.

Please contact us to discuss how we can help you and click here to book:

Rosie Goode 07806 994636 or click here to email us.

 

What is Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?

'There is good evidence from randomised controlled trials that both hypnosis and relaxation techniques can reduce anxiety... They are also effective for panic disorders and insomnia... A systematic review has found that hypnosis enhances the effects of cognitive behavioural therapy for conditions such as phobia, obesity, and anxiety.'  British Medical Journal

Hypnosis is state of deep relaxation and is the same state as that achieved  by guided imagery, visualisation, autogenic training, mindfulness meditation,  or any other deep relaxation technique taught these days.

By narrowing our focus, the normal 'chatterings' of our conscious mind quieten and a hypnotic trance state follows.  Trance state is a perfectly normal state - when we are daydreaming; absorbed in a good book; playing sport or even baking a cake - these are all  trance states.   In all of these situations, the immediate environment fades away and our awareness is filled with the task in hand.

When in a trance state, our conscious mind has 'let go' and our unconscious is accessible.  The above list comprises positive trance states.  A narrowing of focus can also create a trance state resulting in a potentially negative outcome.  Such as fear for oneself or baby during pregnancy and birth.

Our unconscious or subconscious is, if you like,  our brain's filing system: the repository of behavioural patterns, habits, beliefs, memories.  In a therapeutic setting, when we've relaxed sufficiently, our unconscious can start to let go of old, unhelpful thinking or behavioural patterns, reduce the emotion attached to difficult memories, and start to create new or boost healthy, helpful ways of thinking and being, without having to consciously 'look at' or discuss the painful behaviour or memories.

By creating new neural pathways, healthy and desirable patterns of behaviour and thinking can quickly replace old, outdated patterns.

Clients find hypnotherapy to be a relaxing, pleasant and comfortable experience. They usually report feeling as if they've had a relaxing and refreshing nap.

Hypnotherapy is recognised by the NHS as effective, and is completely safe.  We are entirely in control of whether we relax or not.  More than just being safe, hypnotherapy is demonstrably effective at bringing about change, and has been shown to improve the function of the immune system, the digestive system, reduce pain, enable easier births and lead to more restful, recuperative sleep.  [A large NHS study on the efficacy of hypnotherapy in the reduction of pain is currently being undertaken Nov 2011]

‘'Research shows that there is more scientific evidence for hypnotherapy than any other complementary therapy.’  Health Education Authority

 

What is Solution Focused Therapy?

Solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) is a talking therapy that focuses on what clients want to achieve through therapy rather than on the problem(s) that made them seek help.

The approach does not focus on the past, (although touching on the past may be helpful), but instead, focuses on the present and future. The therapist uses respectful curiosity to invite the client to imagine their preferred future and then therapist and client focus on moves towards it, whether these are small increments or large changes. To support this, questions are asked about the client’s story, strengths and resources, and about exceptions to the problem.

By helping people identify the things that they wish to change in their life and also to attend to those things that are currently happening, SFBT therapist helps clients to construct a concrete vision of a preferred future for themselves.The SFBT therapist then helps the client to identify times in their current life that are closer to this future, and examines what is different on these occasions.

By bringing these small successes to their awareness, and helping them to repeat these successful things they do when the problem is not there or less severe, the therapist helps the client move towards the preferred future they have identified.

One way of understanding the practice of SFBT is displayed through the acronym MECSTAT, which stands for Miracle questions, Exception questions, Coping questions, Scaling questions, Time-out, Accolades and Task.

SFT techniques used with Hypnotherapy provide a strong basis for change.

 

The Rewind Technique

Recognised by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) as effective in the reduction of PTSD symptoms (and phobia)

The Benefits

The Rewind technique is a proven, effective, safe and quick treatment for trauma sufferers. Rewind is safe for the client because unlike counselling or debriefing there is no risk of retraumatising. There is no need to talk through the details of the traumatic experience unless the client feels it would be helpful to do so.

Benefits include:

  • Feeling calmer, both mentally and physically
  • Less anxious
  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Fewer or no 'flashbacks'
  • Fewer or no nightmares

and ongoing ...

  • The ability to remember the past without feeling traumatised by it
  • The ability look forward with optimism
  • The ability to become pregnant again (or for the first time) with joy
  • The ability to aproach birth with confidence

What is the Rewind Technique?

Rewind is also known as the ‘fast phobia cure’ or V.K.D (Visual Kinesthaetic Dissociation)

The technique works by allowing the traumatised client, whilst in a safe and relaxed state to reprocess the traumatic memory or memories so that they become stored as ordinary, albeit unpleasant, and non-threatening memories, rather than those that continually activate a terror response.

The client 'rewinds' the experience(s) from a detached and safe distance, watching the events unfold mentally through a television screen providing an emotional distance between themselves and the event in question.

Carried out in a state of deep relaxation, Rewind’s effectiveness is well documented.
The Rewind technique is totally safe. No harm can come to anyone by using this technique, unlike some other talking therapies where the trauma can be even more deeply embedded.

Using Rewind, a client can undergo the treatment without having to talk about any of the details of the traumatic experience, unless they wish to do so. The technique is effective quickly.
The Rewind Therapeutic Session

Once relaxed, clients are asked to recall or imagine a place where they feel totally safe and at ease. Their relaxed state is then deepened and they are asked to imagine that, in their safe place, they have a TV set, a video player and a remote control.

They are then asked to step to one side of themselves, in essence, out of body and watch themselves watching the TV screen, without actually seeing the picture. (Enabling them to create a significant emotional distance).

Clients are then asked to watch themselves fast forwarding a ‘film’ of the traumatic event. The film begins at a point just before the trauma took place, when they were feeling calm, and finishes at the point at which the trauma ends and they feel safe again.

They are then asked to float back into their body and imagine pressing the remote control rewind button, enabling them to see themselves travelling very quickly back through the traumatic event from safe point to safe point. Then they watch the same images but with their fingers pressed firmly on the fast forward button.

This process is repeated at a speed dictated by the individual concerned and as many times as needed until the scenes evoke no emotion.

If the client is likely to be in a similar situation again, it is desirable to instil a relaxed confidence in that situation. The client is asked to imagine a scenario in which they are experiencing a similar situation but doing so in a calm, confident and relaxed manner. Visually rehearsing how they may act and feel differently (calmly and confidently) in a new set of circumstances.

The Rewind Technique is complete at this point, but additional visualisations may be added. The client is then brought out of their relaxed state and back to state of alertness.

 

Rosie sees clients at Kennington Osteopaths, 2-4 Cleaver Square, London SE11 4DP.  Please contact us to discuss how we can help you:

Rosie Goode 07806 994636 or click here to email us.