Cognitive Hypnotherapy, What’s That About?

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Cognitive Hypnotherapy

is a fast, effective and permanent way of dealing with emotional problems, habits and performance issues. It is the go-to treatment for anybody suffering from stress or trauma related issues, addictions, temper, phobias, health issues and a whole host of related conditions. Cognitive Hypnotherapy recognises that many mental functions are unconscious processes which can be difficult to address directly through logic and will-power.  These functions include habits, emotional responses, immune functions, strategies, focus and attention, memory access and attitude. Hypnosis has a long history of effectively managing these issues.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a modern style of hypnosis, developed by Trevor Silvester of the Quest Institute which takes the guess-work out of a lot of hypnosis work. All Cognitive Hypnotherapy treatments are entirely bespoke, built around the very specific needs of the client, taking into account the way the problem is manifested within them. The hallmark of this therapy tends to be much longer initial interviews spent gathering very specific information. The treatment is typically of a shorter duration often using very light trance work. Some clients who don't like the thought of 'losing control' to the therapists, prefer this style of working. Inductions are shorter allowing the therapist to conduct several interventions in a session, test the work, and move to the next stage of the process. Typically a client will be given a relatively short hypnotic session (MP3) to take away with them which they can listen to in-between sessions, helping to ensure the improvement is permanent. The improvement within each session tends to be quite profound. Clients should never be left wondering if the session has been effective.

Rather than relying on an open-ended weekly session that might span many years (e.g. like some counselling and psycho-dynamic models) we would rather rely on a steady stream of new clients needing just a handful of sessions, who then go on recommend their friends. We think that's better business in the long run.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is particularly useful for addressing emotional issues involving trauma where the client is averse to 'opening-up' about and discussing the cause of their problem in graphic detail. We understand that this can be distressing and in many case, positively harmful. We can operate in an entirely 'content-free' style without needing to open-up painful secrets or relive traumatic events. We don't pry.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy rarely features long inductions, rather by understanding the problem more precisely and by crafting a targeted treatment (called Word WeavingTM). Treatments are delivered using very light trances. You won’t lose control. You won’t be asleep or ‘under’ – consider it more like relaxing daydream. Specific ‘hypnotic’ treatments don’t last long and will include information gathering before and after the main treatment, then a little more information gathering, etc. and then perhaps some exercises for you to take home. In many cases a bespoke recording is made for you to listen to in-between sessions to embed the work more powerfully. The next session will asses progress and treat remaining issues until a successful outcome is achieved – at which point we usually give you something extra to take away to start accelerating your health and growth in other areas, perhaps something to help you refocus and refresh your life.

Some people have one issue they need addressing. For others there may be a number of layers that need work which might lead to small batches of sessions over an agreed period.

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Hypnosis can help with so many issues. In addition to helping with the problematic conditions such as depression, anxiety conditions, addictions, guilt, shame and anger, etc. hypnosis also help with performance issues, getting clear on goals and motivation. Most people need a little therapy once in a while, even if it's just to get clear on issues that won't go away by themselves. Book a session today.