Cognitive Hypnotherapy

Cognitive Hypnotherapy

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is used by growing numbers of people as a way of dealing with emotional problems, habits and performance issues. If you are suffering from anxiety, or stress-related health issues, Cognitive Hypnotherapy can probably help. Addictions and habits can be addressed by changing the way your mind thinks about certain things, like cigarettes. If you have a bad temper, you get defensive or aggressive, Cognitive Hypnotherapy can identify the reasons for this and change your automatic responses. Many of These unconscious processes can be difficult to address directly through logic and will-power. If you would like to address these types of problem, hypnosis has a long history of effectively managing these issues.

Hypnotherapy vs. Cognitive Hypnotherapy

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a modern style of hypnosis, developed by Trevor Silvester of the Quest Institute. This style of therapy takes the guess-work out of a lot of hypnosis work, which makes it more effective. All treatments are entirely bespoke, built around your specific needs and taking into account the way the problem is manifested within you.

The hallmark of this therapy tends to be much longer initial interviews spent gathering very specific information. You will likely need few sessions and the hypnosis work is done using light trance. If you don’t like the thought of ‘losing control’ you may prefer this style of working. Inductions are shorter allowing the therapist to conduct several interventions in a session. The work is then tested, followed by the next stage of the process, so you can notice progress within the sessions. Typically, for more persistent issues, I will provide you with a relatively short hypnotic session (MP3) to listen to in-between sessions.  The improvement within each session can be quite profound. Clients should never be left wondering if the session has been effective.

How Many Sessions Do I Need

Many counselling and psycho-dynamic models have open-ended weekly session that might span many years. I would rather rely on a steady stream of new clients needing just a handful of sessions, who then go on recommend their friends.  I think that’s better business in the long run.

Some people have one simple issue they need addressing and this may be addressed in a single session. For others there may be a number of layers that need work which might lead to small batches of sessions over an agreed period. I see most clients for between 3 and 6 sessions. Having said that, all clients are different and results may vary considerably.

How is Cognitive Hypnotherapy Different to Counselling?

Many emotional issues will have an element of an earlier trauma. Behaviours and coping strategies evolve to avoid areas of perceived pain. Then, over the years that coping strategy often become the problem, e.g. addictions. Cognitive Hypnotherapy is often preferred by clients that are averse to ‘opening-up’ about and discussing the cause of their problem in graphic detail.  I understand that this can be distressing and in many case, positively harmful.  I can operate in an entirely ‘content-free’ style without needing to open-up painful secrets or relive traumatic events. If, however, you feel that, by talking about your problem, it will go away, counselling may be best for you.




Simon.