Hypnotherapy is known as an effective aid to quitting smoking and losing weight, but it also has powerful potential for tackling emotional issues and improving mental health.
Depression, addictions, phobias and other conditions attack people’s health and wellbeing, self-esteem and self-image, but anxiety is often one of the underlying factors in mental distress.
So, while breaking bad habits is about changing physical behaviours, tackling the deeper causes for people’s unhealthy patterns is also vital.
How does it work?
The first step in the treatment process targets this anxiety by creating a safe, tranquil space in the client’s mind that allows for relaxation. Next, I work to build up positive mental resources and address specific issues. I then encourage clients to practice self-hypnosis, relying on learned techniques to build on their available resources and further reduce anxiety levels.
An eclectic approach
I offer a holistic hypnotherapy experience that employs individually tailored combinations of the following techniques:
- Hypnosis – an altered state of consciousness – helps clients to relax, open up their mental resources and consolidate the learning of the wider therapeutic session.
- Mindfulness meditation is an effective way to introduce pauses that transfer people from ‘doing’ mode to ‘being’ mode.
- Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy can be used for treating mild depression and more complex problems. Using the rational emotive behavioural therapy framework (REBT), created by psychotherapist Albert Ellis, clients are taught to tackle the thoughts that characterise depressive thinking. This enables them to recognise irrational beliefs, and stop making unrealistic and ‘awfulising’ events.
- Eye movement therapies unblock memory channels and help to process the traumatic memories that can lie at the root of anxiety and depression. Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) has a strong and developing evidential base as an effective trauma treatment.