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Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

Emotional Support When You Need It

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is a highly effective treatment. It enables you to map out a clear path to reach your goal. Uniquely, it also provides the tools for you to get you there.

Unlike other therapies, one session is often all you need.

What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is clinically proven to provide effective treatment for many health conditions. The NHS currently approves its use for many conditions. These include depression, anxiety, OCD, insomnia, phobias, IBS and eating disorders.

As a stand alone treatment, CBT is used to change thoughts, emotions and behaviour linked to specific issues. Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy combines the most powerful elements of CBT with hypnotherapy. 

Removing Negative Self Talk

What does this mean in practice? First of all, let’s look at an example. A young woman suffering with social anxiety finds it stressful being in social situations. Generally she experiences anxiety as negative self-talk. So, when she receives an invitation for a social event her anxiety is ignited. Her reaction may include thoughts such as, ‘I don’t want to go’, ‘Nobody likes me’, ‘I don’t have anything to say’, ‘I hate parties’ and so on.

Most people can relate to these kinds of thoughts. Self-doubt and negativity crop up in everyone’s mind from time to time. The difference for anxiety sufferers is that these types of thoughts become overwhelming.

Differentiating thoughts from facts

Working with a CBT therapist, the anxiety sufferer learns to identify negative thoughts. The next step is to replace negative thoughts with more helpful ones. This includes examining the reality of thoughts which are self-critical. Thoughts aren’t facts. Therefore an essential part of CBT is learning to differentiate between reality and self-sabotaging thoughts.

In this way, the anxiety sufferer learns to adopt a more positive, helpful outlook. Letting go of negative thinking and self-sabotaging behaviour is crucial. Work in the therapy room is reinforced by putting these techniques into practice in daily life.

What role does hypnosis play?

So we see that CBT teaches new ways to think, which drives positive, new emotions and behaviours. As a result we can leave behind behaviour that no longer serves us. The role that hypnotherapy plays is to consolidate learning from the therapy room.

The Power of Visualisation

During hypnosis we visualise ourselves acting, thinking and feeling in new ways. This has a very powerful effect.

High Anxiety

As an example, imagine being told that you had to face your worst fears later on today. That could be jumping out of a helicopter, being locked in a room of snakes, giving a live TV address, whatever truly gives you the shivers. Most people would experience feelings of mild to extreme anxiety.

In her book, Jealousy, Katherine Chambers states, “… fear of performing a task is just your ego trying to keep your preconceived  notions about the world intact and keep you operating within your comfort zone… needless to say, detaching yourself from your overall emotional state is a very beneficial thing to do.

In effect, Katherine Chambers is explaining that our emotions and thoughts are not always in our best interests. Many of our limiting beliefs stem from childhood experiences. As adults, we need to set aside learned patterns that are now holding us back.

Immersive Training

Now, to go back to that state of heightened anxiety. Imagine an expert in parachute jumping or snake charming or public speaking arrives. He gives you an immersive training session. He or she suggests that you close your eyes and walks you through every second of the process step by step. In vivid detail you learn how to think, act and feel throughout the imminent ordeal. Furthermore, you could go through this process as many times as you wanted. You would have time to prepare until you felt completely confident to take on the challenge.

The Power of Preparation 

The reason that I’m labouring this point is to demonstrate that there is nothing ‘magic’ about hypnosis. In a word, we are talking about preparation. Through hypnosis you rehearse for real-life situations. As a hypnotherapist I coach new behaviour in the therapy room because it is a safe environment.

Experimentation and Rehearsal

Ultimately the benefits of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy are incredibly powerful. Hypnosis facilitates a vast amount of mental development. Firstly, hypnosis is the ideal place to experiment with new behaviour. After all, it is a completely safe environment. You can rehearse new behaviour time and again. You have the opportunity to get completely comfortable with what you have learned. 

Self Belief

Finally, confidence and self belief are integral to instilling lasting change. In Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, the therapist creates a vivid visualisation. As a result, you model your new behaviour in an imaginary, real world setting. Once you have experienced this powerful visualisation, it becomes entirely credible. Consequently, the visualisation almost makes it almost impossible not to believe.

Physical Health and Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

In conclusion, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is a powerful therapeutic treatment. Not only is it effective for mental health issues, it is also incredibly effective for physical health issue, for instance, pain management, IBS and menopause symptoms.

To quote Katherine Chambers again, from her book, Jealousy, she says: “Letting negative self talk get out of hand is a very bad habit to take up. I would say that it is the one thing that plagues humanity more than anything. We often talk ourselves out of things before we’ve had a chance to start them. Again this comes down to letting negative thoughts and emotions cloud our thinking to a point of almost no escape.”

If you are considering Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, please contact me for further information. The results of therapy are often nothing short of life changing.

Officially Endorsed

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is recognised by the British Medical Association and NHS as an effective treatment for a large number of conditions. My diploma from the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy is the only hypnotherapy qualification recognised for CPD by the British Psychological Society.

When can Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy help?

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy can be successful for many of the challenges of modern life including:

For further information on Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

If you are considering Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, by all means contact me for further information.

Call: 07990 572900
Appointments are available at 39 Harley Street on Fridays as well as on Flood Street in Chelsea Monday to Thursday.