Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is a proven form of therapy which combines CBT and hypnosis. It provides very effective treatment for both mental and physical health issues, including:
Confidence and self belief are integral to instilling lasting change. Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy uses a three-pronged approach:
- Identifying negative thoughts and limiting beliefs
- Implementing more helpful thinking and behaviour
- Consolidating new learnings with hypnotic suggestions and visualisation
Creating a positive mindset
Almost everyone experiences some level of self-doubt or negativity from time to time. Stress at work, financial uncertainty or a change in personal circumstances can be some of the catalysts for anxiety and stress.
Sometimes negativity becomes entrenched, making it routine. This can lead to depression, anxiety, insomnia and mental and physical health issues that can feel hard to shake off.
With the right therapist and treatment this situation is completely reversible. Although the situation may feel overwhelming, negative beliefs can be weakened to the point where they disappear. This paves the way for a more positive and optimistic mindset.
Identifying the cause
CBT techniques help to identify negativity and self-sabotaging behaviour. Thoughts or ideas that we assume to be correct are often wrong. Some of our thoughts are generalisations that encourage destructive behaviour. Examples could include:
- An insomniac who thinks “I can’t sleep.”
- A person suffering from anxiety who thinks, “I can’t cope.”
- A smoker who thinks, “I can’t quit.”
By repeating negative thoughts we start believing them to be true. However, it is entirely possible to reverse this process.
Releasing unhelpful coping strategies
In the therapy room, we identify and analyse self-sabotaging thoughts or ‘limiting beliefs’. We unravel the truth of the situation behind these beliefs and start eroding the powerful hold they have over us.
Although this process is simple, it is incredibly effective. The results speak for themselves. CBT is proven time and time again to ease depression, root out negativity and increase a positive mindset.
What role does hypnosis play?
Hypnosis is largely about preparation. Through hypnosis we rehearse for real-life situations in a completely safe environment. Equally, the mind is more open to suggestion during hypnosis. This makes new ideas and ways of thinking easier to assimilate.
Picturing the mind as a record player can be a helpful analogy. Sometimes we get into the habit of playing the same record over and over again. We may want to change the record to a more positive or constructive one, but somehow we’ve got stuck. Through hypnosis we learn to change the record. Our mind hasn’t really altered but our thoughts are playing a new tune.
The role of hypnotic visualisation
Visualisation is an accepted part of professional sports training. An Olympic skier may visualise a downhill run hundreds or even thousands of times before a major event.
However, you don’t have to be a professional sports person to benefit from visualisation. Learning to behave and think in new ways can be accelerated through hypnotic visualisation. Some challenging scenarios could include:
- Preparing for a stressful presentation, meeting or public speaking opportunity
- Practising behaving in a more assertive way with a partner, boss or neighbour
- Overcoming a fear of flying or any other phobia
- Managing panic or anxiety in a calm and effective way
- Changing responses to stressful stimulus
Hypnotic rehearsal allows you to experience familiar situations and respond in a new way. This process lays the groundwork for change in real-world scenarios. Repeated visualisation and rehearsal breaks the pattern with old behaviour and creates a new response along with new neural pathways.
Work in the therapy room is reinforced by putting these techniques into practice in daily life. Therapy doesn’t create instant change; it’s a process that takes time and commitment. However, CBT Hypnotherapy generates incredibly effective and rapid results.
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.
The NHS currently approves CBT for:
- Eating disorders
- Panic disorders
- Chronic fatigue
If you are considering Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, please contact me for further information. The results of therapy can be life changing.
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