HYPNOSIS + PSYCHOTHERAPY = HYPNOTHERAPY
Being in hypnosis is not in itself therapeutic, but the specific suggestions made to a person in this state can profoundly alter their behaviour. This is the underlying principle of hypnotherapy and recent research confirms the view that hypnotic suggestions can effect positive change in physical and mental functions.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach that seeks to understand problems in terms of the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. An extensive research base demonstrates its effectiveness in treating a wide range of problems, including depression and anxiety in many different forms.
Many studies have shown that the combination of hypnosis and CBT – which is the philosophy guiding our practice – offers significant benefits in terms of speed of recovery and acquisition of life skills.
Research evidence shows that these methods are effective in achieving a wide range of desired outcomes in many different situations:
What is hypnosis?
Although there is no disagreement that hypnosis exists and that it works, there are many views within the research and clinical communities about exactly what it is and how it works.
Most scientific researchers and clinicians would probably agree that hypnosis involves a normal state of focused attention on imaginative experience, and a sense of deep relaxation and calmness. Concentrating and focusing attention in this way allows people to use their minds more powerfully and thus realise more of their potential.
It is becoming generally accepted that all hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis. The hypnotist functions as a guide and facilitator, making suggestions for using imagination to bring about positive changes. The hypnotised person decides how to respond to those suggestions.
Hypnosis appears to be a naturally occurring phenomenon in humans. Being deeply absorbed in a book or in an interesting TV programme, daydreaming or driving a car and being unable to recall the passing of the last few miles are all examples of how people slip in and out of hypnosis on a regular basis.
Some people are very responsive to hypnotic suggestions and others less so. A person’s ability to experience hypnosis can be inhibited by fears and concerns arising from some common misconceptions.
Just as naturally-occurring experiences of hypnosis do not involve any loss of control, people who have been hypnotised remain aware of who and where they are and do not lose control over their behaviour. Hypnosis makes it easier for people to follow suggestions, but it does not force them to have these experiences.
Most people describe the experience of hypnosis as very pleasant, irrespective of the degree to which they respond. The best way to fully understand hypnosis is to experience it for yourself.
We offer a scientific approach to hypnotherapy by basing our treatments on psychological research findings. With consulting rooms in Broadstairs, Kent, our hypnotherapy practice is well-placed to offer a personalised service to clients from across south-east England.