What is CBT?
In essence, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy provides tools to develop a more flexible, solution-focused mindset. Uniquely, it is a very transparent process with the therapist coaching you a set of skills. Unlike other therapies, it is quick and effective process. Sometimes just a handful of sessions can be transformative.
CBT 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.
Overcoming Negative Thinking
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.
Generally, most people can relate to these kinds of thoughts. Self-doubt and negativity crop up in everyone’s mind from time to time. However, for anxiety sufferers, these types of thoughts become overwhelming.
Our thoughts aren’t always true
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 with the tools that CBT provides, we learn 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 is CBT good for?
In conclusion, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is a powerful therapeutic treatment. Not only is it effective for mental health issues, it can also be very effective for physical health issue. Examples include 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.
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.