Clinical Hypnotherapy Explained

What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a skilled communication aimed at directing a person’s imagination in a way that helps elicit changes in some perceptions, sensations, feelings, thoughts and behaviours. Hypnotherapy delivers therapeutic techniques in a state of relaxed and focused attention (hypnosis) where your mind is more open to suggestion and receptive to therapeutic change work. 

Our clinical hypnotherapist’s preferred style of hypnotherapy is cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy (CBH). CBH is an effective, goal-focused form of hypnotherapy that can help to manage and overcome individual problems and challenges by changing the way we think, feel and behave, in a more positive way. It is essentially the integration of hypnosis with modern social, cognitive and behavioural psychology and benefits from a strong evidence base to support its use in the treatment of certain conditions, such as feelings of stress or anxiety, as well as to help manage certain physical ailments including pain management and insomnia.

What can it help to treat?

Hypnosis can help with a wide range of different issues, with clinical evidence and research tending to provide most support for its use in:

  • Anxiety management
  • Pain management
  • Overcoming sleep disorders
  • Treating certain psychosomatic or stress-related illnesses, such as IBS.

However, hypnosis is also used with success, for a number of other issues such as:

  • Fears or phobias,
  • Overcoming unwanted habits e.g. nail-biting, or hair pulling
  • Self esteem
  • Confidence
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Personal development, e.g. sports performance, public speaking, or creativity.

What does it involve?

Treatment programmes start with an initial consultation to discuss the issue for which you are seeking help, as well as your goals for therapy. This enables the practitioner to understand how the problem is affecting your life and whether hypnotherapy would be a suitable treatment approach to help you make the desired changes. Information will be gathered about your health and lifestyle, as well as some further details about the particular issue you’re experiencing and your treatment objectives; all of which helps to inform the practitioner and ensure they have as much relevant information as possible in order to make the best decisions about the treatment plan.

The initial consultation is also where your practitioner will discuss confidentiality, what hypnotherapy and hypnosis is and clarify your understanding of the process and your role throughout, so that you have a clear idea of what to expect and a solid understanding of the reasons for it. You will have an experience of hypnosis and come away with a good understanding of how you can develop a good hypnotic mindset and use your imagination to further benefit your experience of hypnotherapy. 

After the initial consultation, you will be emailed a treatment plan proposal for your review and feedback, from which subsequent therapy sessions will be based. Each subsequent treatment session will review progress, discuss any feedback, homework exercises and check progress against the therapy goals and the treatment plan, adapting it where necessary. We will use hypnosis to deliver therapeutic interventions that leave you feeling more empowered, positive and in control of your life. At the end of each session there will be an opportunity to discuss your experience and ask any questions. We always value your honest feedback and welcome any comments that could make your experience of hypnotherapy as enjoyable and beneficial as possible.

How many sessions will I need?

Hypnotherapy usually requires more than one session in order to be successful. Your treatment plan is tailored to you, so it’s hard to pin down an exact number of sessions. However, it is probably one of the briefest forms of psychological therapy, and in clinical studies the average number of sessions is around 4-6. The first session, the assessment session, lasts 90 minutes with subsequent sessions lasting one hour.

Hypnotherapy is not a one-hit wonder treatment and requires commitment from you, the client, in order to maximise the chances of achieving the kind of change you are looking to make. As such, we recommend a minimum of 4 therapy sessions as this has been shown to offer more lasting change and positive results. These can be purchased up front, with a discount, or on a pay-as-you-go basis.

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