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Overview of Therapies & Services
- Clinical Hypnosis
- Analytical Hypnosis
- Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
What is Clinical Hypnosis?
This type of therapy is often referred to as ‘Suggestion Therapy’ and it encompasses the use of psychology, positive suggestions, NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), hypnosis and relaxation for treating minor problems, or for achieving short-term goals.
In the hypnotic state the unconscious mind is more open to positive, empowering suggestions that enable the client to replace negative behaviour or ‘bad’ habits to positive behaviour and ‘good’ habits.
During the therapy session, the Hypnotherapist will use carefully worded suggestions that are client specific in order to treat the so-called minor or simple conditions that now abound in our stressful, everyday lives.
Clinical Hypnosis has a high success rate in helping clients to become more confident, to quit smoking, to lose weight and to change their eating habits. It is also applied in such cases as pre-test nerves, nail biting, public speaking, for relaxation and fear of flying.
Generally just two to three sessions are required and clients are frequently amazed and surprised at how easy it is to change their unwanted habit. Some clients may require a booster session at a later date and this rarely-needed session is offered at a reduced rate if taken within three months of the original session.
What is Neuro Linguistic Programming?
Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP as it is commonly known is a collection of ideas and tools that can help you understand and approach life in more effective way. The word ‘Neuro’ refers to an understanding of the brain and the things that go on in our mind as well as the rest of the neurological system including the five senses. ‘Linguistic’ relates to language both verbal and non-verbal (sometimes referred to as body language) we use when processing or conveying information. ‘Programming’ relates to the behavioural and thinking patterns we all go through.
NLP explores the relationships between how we think (neuro), how we communicate (linguistic) and our patterns of behaviour and emotion (programs). The reality is that there’s a relationship between perceptions, thinking and behaviour that is neuro-linguistic in nature. This relationship is operating all the time, no matter what we are doing, and it can be studied by exploring our internal or subjective experience.
By understanding and learning from these relationships, we can effectively transform the way we traditionally think and act, adopting new, far more successful models of human excellence.
Neuro Linguistic Programming can be used in all forms of personal development, business management, psychology, sales, and sports coaching. It offers a flexible approach which brings about positive, fast change, empowering you to adapt to an ever-shifting world.
What is Analytical Hypnosis?
Analytical Hypnosis is an integrated approach to emotional and psychological well-being. This systematic approach combines hypno-psychotherapeutic strategies such as regression therapy, free association, guided imagery, dream analysis, automatic writing and Ego State Therapy.
Whereas Suggestion Therapy focuses on treating the symptom the object of Hypnoanalysis is to reveal the ‘root cause’ of the client’s problem. It is governed by the doctrine of ‘cause and effect’ i.e. behind the presenting symptoms there must be a cause.
Conventional medical treatment is mainly geared towards treating presenting symptoms with drugs that provide relief from the effects but do not treat the cause. This mode of treatment may be compared to the householder who has a burst water pipe. This person does not want the water just mopping up, he or she wants the source located and repaired. This in essence is the principle underpinning Hypnoanalysis.
The symptoms you’re experiencing have usually stemmed from a misunderstanding or misinterpretation of an event that most likely happened in childhood. Frequently it’s an everyday occurrence that was viewed or interpreted unhelpfully and then forgotten by the conscious mind. Occasionally it was something that was viewed as a real danger, but which the younger you had no way of knowing that you would survive.
Children tend to interpret events and occurrences very personally, and small events, minor mishaps and misunderstandings can take on a significance that is out of all proportion to reality. It is not uncommon for children to blame themselves for things that were beyond their control and not their fault.
As we grow and navigate our passage through life similar events and occurrences tend to reinforce the notion ‘I’m not safe’ or ‘It was my fault’ etc. Consequently, the uncomfortable feeling of fear, guilt or whatever intensifies and the feeling becomes part of our reality. As a result we may base decisions and aspects of our identity on that childlike interpretation of our history and the accompanying uncomfortable feeling.
Using Hypnoanalysis, the client and therapist work together, in a safe, comfortable, confidential environment to locate the cause of the client’s symptoms. The rapport and trust which is established during the therapy sessions, encourages and allows the client to release all the ‘bottled-up’ emotions in a gentle and completely natural way enabling the individual to clarify, re-interpret and resolve any ‘unfinished childhood business’.
Once the ‘root cause’ of the presenting symptoms is neutralised, then the client is able to pursue their life in a more meaningful and uninhibited way than ever before.
Please note that the successful resolution of your problem may rely on your ability to connect with feelings. Certain prescription medication or recreational drugs can inhibit or subdue feelings to such an extent that therapy may need to be postponed or terminated. Stan will inform you of this.
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy refers to a range of ‘talking treatments’ that help clients to understand their feelings, and what makes them feel positive, anxious, or depressed. This can equip them to cope with difficult situations in a more adaptive way.
There are a number of styles and approaches in psychotherapy such as ‘Psychodynamic Psychotherapy’, ‘Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’ and ‘Counselling’.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, or insight-oriented therapy, focuses on the deep-seated causes of behaviour. For example, patterns of behaviour stemming from a person’s upbringing or earlier life experiences, which continue to impact on their present-day behaviours.
The aim is to increase self-awareness and understanding of how the past affects present behaviour. The client will consider unresolved issues and symptoms that stem from past dysfunctional relationships. Unresolved problems can underpin behaviours such as drug or alcohol abuse.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy can help people whose symptoms have not been resolved by other forms of psychotherapy.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT is a therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression.
CBT is based on the premise that it is not events themselves that upset you, but the meanings you attach to them. This can start to cause you problems if you continue to hold on to the same thoughts and patterns of behaviour while failing to see the alternative explanation. CBT aims to show you ways of changing negative thoughts and composing alternative ways of thinking about your situation, all of which will make you feel better.
Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.
Counselling allows people to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they encounter in a safe, confidential environment. The term can mean different things to different people, but in general it is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth.
Counselling can be useful for anyone who wants to explore the way they’re thinking or feeling further, as well as anyone experiencing a problem or issue they are keen to resolve. People may choose to speak to a counsellor because they feel they cannot speak to their partner, friends or family about such personal issues, or they may simply wish to speak to a professional with an objective viewpoint.
Counselling can help you understand yourself better and the way you think, which will ultimately help you develop a clearer understanding of your problems. The more armed with information you are, the easier it gradually becomes to navigate your way through any difficulties you are facing so that eventually you can come out the other side feeling more positive. Counselling can also help you understand other people’s point of view better, which can shed light onto the way you interpret words or actions.
The counselling process often requires you to discuss upsetting emotions and painful memories. Bringing up these thoughts can feel difficult to start with and, initially, you may feel worse. This process is necessary to move forward and in time, you should start to feel better.
To get the most from your counselling sessions you should aim to make them consistent. Some sessions will feel more helpful than others, but it is important to realise that everything your counsellor is doing is designed to help you in the long run, even if it doesn’t feel like it in the beginning.
It is also worth remembering that counselling is not a quick fix and that your counsellor will not be able to tell you what to do. The counselling process requires a strong relationship between you and your counsellor and a degree of effort on your part – together these two elements create a successful method to help you resolve your issues.
Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy and NLP are effective forms of treatment, however, no therapist or therapy can give you a 100% guarantee of a cure. The medical profession cannot guarantee that you will recover from illness or injury and driving instructors cannot guarantee that you will pass your driving test. Please be wary of any therapist or therapy that claims 100% success rate. Full client commitment is important.
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