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What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the art and science of communicating new ideas to the subconscious mind with the aid of hypnosis and modern psychotherapeutic techniques to promote healing at many levels. In practice we specifically incorporate techniques from other related therapeutic fields including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Psychotherapy, and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming).

What can you use it for?

It is a recognised treatment for relieving anger, stress, depression and anxiety, as well as all related symptoms. Where difficulties are of psychological or stress related origin, symptoms can include IBS, phobias/fears, compulsive behaviour, panic, disempowerment, migraine, insomnia, loss of confidence, sexual difficulties…..the list goes on. Hypnotherapy can  also be used in enhancing performance, breaking addictions, and helping people to achieve their goals.

How does it work?

It works at two levels. Consciously, control is restored by understanding how stress is unknowingly caused and maintained in everyday life, and why stress produces the symptoms that it does. Subconsciously, hypnotherapy works by locating and re-writing those subconscious beliefs which are unnecessarily limiting or symptom producing.

Is it safe?

Hypnotherapy is a scientifically respected and mainstream method of therapy. In the hands of a properly trained therapist, hypnosis is extremely safe.  

Hypnosis is a natural state of focus and relaxation. You retain 100% control and awareness throughout. The unconscious mind is very protective and will always reject any unacceptable hypnotic suggestions. Nobody ever does or says anything they don't want to and you don't go to "sleep". Almost without exception most people find the state extremely pleasant and relaxing. 

How long does it take?

Simple problems such as habit breaking, exam nerves, and ego strengthening can be addressed in one to three sessions. Simple phobias (i.e. not aggravated by generally high anxiety levels) can be tackled in a three session programme. More serious difficulties will take a little longer. Every case is unique, but six to ten sessions is usually an effective and thorough programme for most people with more serious difficulties. I will always aim to get you to where you want to be in the shortest amount of time possible.

How much does it cost?

I offer a free initial telephone consultation (20 minutes). This provides you with an opportunity to speak to me and to discuss your problem in detail with no obligation to continue treatment. This ensures that you are comfortable working with me and is designed to give you a good understanding of the therapy and how it can help you.

Further to the initial telephone consultation all sessions lasts 75-90 minutes (cost £60) and usually includes some counselling and some practical therapeutic work. Relaxation/hypnosis downloads and supporting reading materials are provided as part of the treatment plan for use between sessions.

Do I need an initial consultation for my problem?

A free consultation is recommended. Click here to contact me or to arrange a consultation.

Where am I based?

I am based in Brislington, Bristol, close to the Brislington Park and Ride. Details. I also offer online sessions via Skype

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