Therapies

I use a mix of different therapies chosen to suit your particular problems and personality

I began my clinic 9 years ago after training as a Clinical Hypnotherapist.  Today I use a mixture of counselling, hypnosis and behaviour therapies to achieve results for my clients.  No two approaches are ever the same – while symptoms certainly may be similar for many clients, the reasons for them are always different.

Choosing my approach for your therapy will come directly from hearing about your problems (particularly during your initial consultation) and understanding your personality.

What Is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a very natural state of mind where you are relaxed and focused and able to make changes to how you think and feel.

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What Is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis isn’t the weird or magical state of mind that we are led to believe happens from television, cartoons and stage shows, but a very natural, daily state of mind.

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Creating Change

Hypnosis on its own doesn’t create change within a person, but enables the mind to be highly receptive to positive changes that the individual wants to achieve.

Hypnosis isn’t the weird or magical state of mind that we are led to believe happens from television, cartoons and stage shows, but a very natural, daily state of mind, that we have to go through as we enter and awaken from sleep. It is also a state of mind that we enter when engrossed in a good film, listening to music or deep in thought while driving a car, arriving safely at your destination without knowing how you managed to find your way there, and change the gears and steer too!

Hypnosis on its own doesn’t create change within a person, but enables the mind to be highly receptive to positive changes that the individual wants to achieve. This is where the trained hypnotherapist comes to the fore and helps to guide the client to their goals.

Will I be in control?

The hypnotherapist is merely a guide to help you achieve the depth of relaxation needed to make positive changes, and to guide you through all aspects of the therapy. Hypnosis on its own doesn’t create change within a person, but enables the mind to be highly receptive to change; the actual power of change is within the mind of the person who enters hypnosis and not the therapist. If at any time you wished to leave the state of hypnosis you could do so immediately as it is only a state akin to day dreaming and you are fully aware at all times.

What is being in hypnosis like?

‘Being in hypnosis’ may not be what you’ve always believed it is. People go in and out of hypnosis every day and are not aware of it! You just feel mentally very, very calm and content, relaxed, focused and alert.

Most people do not realize that they are hypnotised because there is no set feeling as a ‘hypnotised feeling’. Some people feel very relaxed and light, some alert and heavy. Time may seem to go slower or quickly. You may hear every word the hypnotherapist says or you may find your mind drifting with the words.

Will I tell you something I don’t want you to know?

You are in complete control throughout the whole session and therefore will not be forced to tell any secrets or information that you would prefer to keep private. Obviously as much honesty given about your presenting problem will help the speed and success of therapy sought.

What To Expect?

What to expect from Positive Thinking Hypnotherapy

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Free Initial Consultation

You will first be offered a free hours consultation with me where you can discuss the issues that you are experiencing in your life

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Therapy

We will agree on a plan of the therapy using Hypnotherapy, Neurolinguistic Programming, counselling and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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End of Therapy

I ensure I help you to make the changes you want in your life in the quickest possible way. There is no guide to length of therapy.

Free initial consultation

You will first be offered a free hours consultation with me where you can discuss the issues that you are experiencing in your life and I will ask you various questions to establish how you have got to this place in your life and how you want life to be and to feel like in the future. All things discussed are strictly confidential between ourselves and your notes are kept safely stored between sessions.

On completion of this consultation we will arrange an appointment for your first therapy session to start and I will draw up a formulation on how to help you to reach your goals.

For a stop smoking session with me the therapy is a one, 2 hour session that allows you to leave as a non smoker. No initial consultation is required and all areas and issues are explored and worked through in this appointment to allow you to leave easily as a non smoker.

Therapy

Will will agree on a plan of the therapy that you need to help you to achieve your goals. I use a combination of Hypnotherapy, which accesses the subconscious , automatic part of your mind, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to reprogram the mind, and counselling and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help you make your changes into the future.

Therapy sessions occur on a weekly basis where possible for 1 hour. By attending weekly you can make beneficial changes as the mind is firmly focused on what you are trying to achieve and working regularly towards those changes helps you to reach your goals quickly.  At each appointment we will discuss the changes you are experiencing or any difficulties in your life and I will adjust therapy accordingly, using many of the different therapy modes to ensure we are working methodically and on the issues that are presenting themselves. This ensures that therapy is constantly changing and following the right path that works for you. Everybody is different and I will work in a way that is best for you.

You will sometimes be given ‘Growth’ work to be undertaken outside of therapy to help you to change and grow towards your goals. These will be challenging your thinking and your reactions to things in your life. I will be monitoring your progress and you will be aware of how far you have come and what is left for you to achieve and we will continue therapy until you have achieved all that you have set out to achieve.

End of therapy

I am a member of the Association of Professional  Hypnosis and Psychotherapy and part of the code of ethics that I adhere to is to ensure I help you to make the changes you want in your life in the quickest possible way.

As I work with you on a session to session basis I will not be holding you in therapy for longer than needed and you will be in control and aware of when your issues have been resolved and the  decision to end therapy will be something that we discuss and agree together.

Often we would have a final session that sums up all the changes to how you think and feel and gives you an awareness of how far you have come and what you have achieved.

How Will I Feel?

What to expect during and after the session

During hypnotherapy

During the hypnotherapy session you will feel very relaxed. Hypnosis is a very normal state of mind. It’s very similar to daydreaming or the feelings of complete and utter relaxation you experience just moments before you fall asleep.

The difference is that during a hypnotherapy session this pleasant state is deliberately induced by your hypnotherapist.

There’s no one particular feeling in hypnosis or hypnotherapy. Some clients have told me that they have felt heavy as if they couldn’t or didn’t want to move, while others have said they have felt like they are floating. And then there have been clients who have said they felt nothing.

We all experience the world in our own way so how we interpret these relaxed feelings differ from person to person. Each person’s experience is different and will vary from time to time. However, hypnotherapy is a safe and very pleasurable, enjoyable experience. During a session with an experienced hypnotherapist you’ll most likely feel extremely relaxed, comfortably warm, and very peaceful.

Hypnotherapy is a pleasant, peaceful state of physical and mental stillness giving you a general feeling of well-being which allows you to access your subconscious and make changes.

After hypnotherapy

After your hypnotherapy session you will be alert and fully able to continue with your day. I see many people either prior to them going to work or in their lunch breaks and all find it easy to carry on their day with their subconscious already starting to make the changes being worked on in therapy.

Will I Be In Control?

The hypnotherapist is merely a guide to help you achieve the depth of relaxation needed to make positive changes, and to guide you through all aspects of the therapy.

Hypnosis on its own doesn’t create change within a person, but enables the mind to be highly receptive to change; the actual power of change is within the mind of the person who enters hypnosis and not the therapist.

If at any time you wished to leave the state of hypnosis you could do so immediately as it is only a state akin to day dreaming and you are fully aware at all times.

Mindfulness

Helps to create a positive state of mind by focussing on the present moment, while acknowledging and accepting our feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations.

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What is it?

Mindfulness is a safe and very effective therapeutic technique where when learnt helps to create a positive state of mind by focusing fully on the present moment

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Why Use It?

Mindfulness is a method of being more aware of the present moment inside your mind and your body and at the same time knowing what is happening in the outside world too

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Is it Safe?

Yes! It is highly effective at reducing stress, anxiety, negative self talk, fear, sadness and experiencing more of what's happening in the 'here and now'.

Mindfulness is a therapeutic technique where when learnt helps to create a positive state of mind by focussing fully on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting our feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations. Most of the time our attention is not where we intended it to be so mindfulness is a method of being more aware of the present moment inside your mind and your body and at the same time knowing what is happening in the outside world too. This allows us to be more ‘present’ thus reducing stress, anxiety, negative self talk, fear, sadness and experiencing more of what’s happening in the ‘here and now’.  

Watch this introduction to mindfulness

Mindfulness is a technique when learnt that allows you be aware of what is going on inside your mind and body, and what’s going on in the outside world as well. According to Professor Mark Williams (2011), Oxford University ‘Mindfulness’ is a translation of a word that simply means awareness.

Most of the time our attention is not where we intended it to be. As humans we are often “not present” in our own lives. We often fail to notice the good things about our lives, fail to hear what our bodies are telling us, or poison ourselves with toxic self critism.

Human minds are easily distracted, habitually examining past events and trying to anticipate the future. Our attention is hijacked by our thoughts and emotions, by our concerns, by our worries for the future, and our regrets and memories of the past. Mindful awareness is about learning to pay attention, in the present moment, and without judgement. It’s like training a muscle – training attention to be where you want it to be. This reduces our tendency to work on autopilot, allowing us to choose how we respond & react. By learning mindfulness we can have a better relationship with ourselves, reduce stress and anxiety, grow in confidence and belief in ourselves.

Have you ever started eating a snack bar, taken a couple of bites, then noticed all you had left was an empty packet in your hand? Or been driving somewhere and arrived at your destination only to realise you remember nothing about your journey? Most people have! These are common examples of “mindlessness,” or “going on automatic pilot.” In our modern, busy lives, we constantly multi task. It’s easy to lose awareness of the present moment as when we become lost in our efforts to juggle work, home, finances, and other conflicting demands.

Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to, and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives.  It will not eliminate life’s pressures, but it can help us respond to them in a calmer manner that benefits our heart, head, and body. It helps us recognise and step away from habitual, often unconscious emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events. It provides us with a scientifically researched approach to cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding. Practising mindfulness allows us to be fully present in our life and work, and improve our quality of life.

Interest in mindfulness has been growing steadily in recent years. There are now thousands of research studies into the uses of mindfulness, and professionals are using mindfulness in Boardrooms, Schools, Prisons, Court rooms and hospitals across the world.   

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy is a talking therapy that can help emotional and physical health problems by changing the way you think and behave

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What is it?

CBT is based on the idea that the way we think about situations can affect the way we feel and behave.

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Why Use It?

To stop a cycle of negative thinking in order to identify and challenge negative thinking patterns

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Is it Safe?

Yes, it simply is helping you to find practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis

CBT is based on the idea that the way we think about situations can affect the way we feel and behave. In CBT you learn to stop the cycle of negative thinking and you work to identify and challenge any negative thinking patterns and behaviour which may be causing all sorts of difficulties in your life. In turn this can change the way you feel about situations, and enable you to change your behaviour in the future. CBT is a flexible therapy that can help in many mental health issues including anger problems, anxiety and panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) phobias, sleep problems and depression.

A guide to CBT

Cognitive behavioural therapy is a talking therapy that can help both emotional and physical health problems by changing the way that you think and behave. Your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are all connected causing a cycle of thoughts and behaviours that keep you in a vicious cycle. CBT deals with the problems you are currently facing and the effects they are having on your life, helping you to find practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.

Watch professor David Clark explain how CBT works and who could benefit from it

CBT is very effective in treating many issues including depression, anxiety, OCD, phobias, eating disorders, insomnia amongst many other things. We will work by breaking down your problems into their separate parts – such as your thoughts, physical feelings and actions and then form a new pattern of thinking and behaving to practice daily which will help to change your thoughts and feelings over time.

CBT cannot remove your problems completely, but it can help you to deal with problems in a more positive way. With this in mind I use elements of CBT in therapy with clients to help to start effectively making changes in thoughts and behaviours but use other methods to help remove the problem completely.

Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)

A therapy method of influencing brain behaviour through the use of language and other types of communication to enable a person to 'recode'

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What is it?

NLP is a set of tools and techniques, but it is so much more than that. It is an attitude and a methodology of knowing how to achieve your goals and get results.

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Why Use It?

If we push the boundaries of our thoughts by ‘reprogramming our internal control systems’ through language we can formulate, express and communicate our thoughts

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Is it Safe?

NLP is a non evasive treatment involving talk therapy in or out of hypnosis. It is considered to be one of the most useful and accessible tools to come from modern psychology.

Neuro- Linguistic Programming focuses upon the detail of how we communicate both externally and internally, and how we can change and empower this communication to achieve the results and goals that we want. NLP is a therapy method of influencing brain behaviour (the ‘neuro’ part of the phase) through the use of language (the ‘linguistic part) and other types of communication (subliminal messages) to enable a person to ‘recode’ the way the brain responds to stimuli (the ‘programming’ part) NLP can help you to release limiting emotions like anger, sadness, hurt, guilt, remove limiting beliefs and decisions that cause a lack of confidence and low self esteem and rid yourself or fears, phobias and addictions.

A guide to NLP

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is an approach to communication and personal development which was created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in America in the 1970s. It’s creators found a connection between the neurological processes (“neuro”), language (“linguistic”) and behavioural patterns learned through experience (“programming”) and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life. NLP is considered to be one of the most useful and accessible tools to come from modern psychology.

A key element of NLP is that we form our unique internal mental maps of the world as a product of the way we filter and perceive information absorbed through our five senses from the world around us. If we push the boundaries of our thoughts by ‘reprogramming our internal control systems’ through language it gives us the ability to formulate, express and communicate our thoughts.

Key elements of NLP

Neuro: Each individual has established their own unique mental filtering system for processing the millions of bits of data being absorbed through the senses. Our first mental map of the world is constituted of internal images, sounds, tactile awareness, internal sensations, tastes and smells that form as result of the neurological filtering process. The first mental map is called ‘First Access’ in NLP.

Linguistic: We then assign personal meaning to the information being received from the world outside. We form our second mental map by assigning language to the internal images, sounds and feelings, tastes and smells, thus forming everyday conscious awareness. The second mental map is called the Linguistic Map (sometimes known as Linguistic Representation)

Programming: The behavioural response that occurs as a result of neurological filtering processes and the subsequent linguistic map.

In NLP there is a saying: the conscious mind is the goal setter, and the unconscious mind is the goal getter. Your unconscious mind is not out to get you–rather, it’s out TO GET FOR YOU whatever you want in life. However, if you don’t know how to communicate what you want properly, it will keep you away from your goals, be that in your work, relationships or with yourself.

NLP is a set of tools and techniques, but it is so much more than that. It is an attitude and a methodology of knowing how to achieve your goals and get results.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy (CH)

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is an interactive therapy where the therapist acts as a guide

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What is Cognitive Hypnotherapy

Cognitive hypnotherapy provides overworked minds with the toolkit they need to fix their own stresses and strains.

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Creating Change

Cognitive Hypnotherapists believe that everyone has the resources they need to make the differences they want in their life.

Cognitive hypnotherapy provides overworked minds with the toolkit they need to fix their own stresses and strains. It is based on modern psychology and neuroscience and, don’t worry, there’s not a pendulum in sight …

Learn more about cognitive hypnotherapy

Chances are, when you think of hypnotherapy, you either imagine a swinging pocket watch or a hapless audience member being made to cluck like a chicken on stage in the name of entertainment. Neither of these preconceptions is true. Cognitive hypnotherapy combines cognitive behavioural therapy and hypnosis with theories based on modern neuroscience.
Cognitive Hypnotherapists believe that everyone has the resources they need to make the differences they want in their life.  It’s an interactive therapy where the therapist acts as a guide. The principle is that the client can find their own solutions with skilled assistance. It does not involve the therapist as a ‘controlling’ agent, or someone who dictates what is ‘best’ for the client.  A Cognitive Hypnotherapist works within the clients model and experience of the world, not the other way round.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

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What is it?

EFT is a form of counselling that draws on various theories including acupuncture and neuro-linguistic programming. It is an alternative treatment for physical pain and emotional distress.

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Why Use It?

Fingers are used to tap on the end of energy meridians that are situated just below the surface of the skin releasing blockages that are the source of emotional intensity and discomfort.

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Is it Safe?

EFT is a non evasive treatment involving the fingertips and is a fast evolving treatment which is catching the attention of therapists and scientists.

EFT is based on acupressure points in the body and is often referred to as ‘psychological acupressure’ by releasing blockages within the energy system of the body. Fingers are used to tap on the end of energy meridians that are situated just below the surface of the skin releasing blockages that are the source of emotional intensity and discomfort.

EFT is a non evasive treatment involving the fingertips and is a fast evolving treatment which is catching the attention of therapists and scientists. EFT can help with many things to clear the emotional blockers that cause pain, anxiety, fear, phobias, low self-esteem all emotional issues.   

BBC Midlands: watch Professor Tony Stewart talking about EFT and how patients found impressive relief from anxiety and depression.

EFT operates on the premise that no matter what part of your life needs improvement, there are unresolved emotional issues in the way.  Emotional stress can impede the natural healing potential of the human body, it is common knowledge that any kind of emotional stress can impede the natural healing potential of the human body, which can cause physical and emotional issues and chronic pain.

EFT breathes fresh air into the healing process by borrowing from the Chinese meridian system and the ancient practice of acupuncture. About 5,000 years ago, the Chinese discovered a complex system of energy circuits that run throughout the body that is invisible to the eye. By analogy, you do not see the energy flowing through a television set either but you know that it is there, however, by its effects and the sound and pictures provide your evidence. These energy circuits, meridians as they are called, are the centerpiece of Eastern health practices and form the basis for modern day acupuncture, acupressure and a wide variety of other healing techniques.

EFT taps into the Chinese Meridian system but without the use needles, combining the physical benefits of acupuncture with the cognitive benefits of conventional therapy for a much faster change. The combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmation works to clear the ‘short-circuit – the emotional block- from your body’s bioenergy system, thereby restoring your mind and body’s balance.

Whereas acupuncture and acupressure are primarily focussed on physical ailments, EFT works also on emotional issues too. The process of tapping the meridian energy points while focussing upon specific statements allows physical, emotional and performance issues to be released.

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