What is Hypnotherapy?
Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not magic! It is a naturally altered state of consciousness, a bit like the stage between waking and sleeping, into which you can allow the therapist to guide you. Although some people find it easier than others to go into trance, almost everyone can go into a sufficient trance for therapy.
A body of scientific evidence is building to demonstrate the effectiveness of hypnosis in treating a wide range of conditions. There is also strong evidence to suggest that the mind is directly linked to our immune systems, which means that hypnotherapy can affect both our physical and psychological well being.
Who can Benefit from Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy can help with a very wide range of problems. A typical patient presents with one of the following:
- an unwanted habit which is having a negative effect on their life ( e.g. smoking, nail biting, compulsions) a weight problem
- an unnecessary fear or phobia (e.g. spiders, heights, plane journeys)
- an issue with confidence, anxiety or stress
About the Treatments
What does it feel like?
Very pleasant. Patients report a feeling of deep relaxation and calm.
It is important to realise that the patient is in control all the time, knows what is happening, and can come out of the state at any time, in the same way anyone can snap out of a vivid daydream.
The therapist focuses on the patient’s future goals and on how to achieve them. Normally there is no requirement to explore the past. Sometimes it can help to look to the past to gain insight into a problem, but this would be agreed first with the patient.
What happens on the first visit?
The therapist will take time to ensure that the patient fully understands hypnotherapy and is happy to continue. This is followed by a full case history so that therapy can be personalised to the patient, and about 30 minutes of trance work.
The first session lasts 1.5 hours, to enable a full case history to be taken. Subsequent sessions last an hour.
How many sessions are required?
This will vary from patient to patient and very much depends upon the nature of the problem. Sometimes the effects of treatment can be quite dramatic. Smoking requires only one session. Other conditions can often be cleared up in 2-3 sessions. Complex problems may take longer, but even then, it is normal to see improvement after about 5 or 6 sessions. In any event the therapist and patient will review progress after 3 sessions.
Is it safe?
Absolutely! The patient remains in control at all times. It is a fact that no-one can be hypnotised against their will and even when hypnotised, a person can still reject any suggestion. Thus therapeutic hypnosis is a state of purposeful co-operation, making it a very safe form of therapy.
For additional information please contact me at The Oxford Practice or send me an email.
Denise’s passion is to help you change your life in whatever way is right for you.
Denise specialises in anxiety, depression and stress.
We all experience varying degrees of anxiety, stress and perhaps depression – it can go from just being mildly inconvenient to seriously debilitating. It can rob you of the simple things in life like getting out of bed, family life, work, social life.
But with the right therapy then you can get back to living the life you truly deserve.
After spending many years working in London and dealing with the stress that brings – Denise changed careers to teaching – which brought its own degree of anxieties and stresses!! But it was during this time that she realised that there were ways and means of dealing with behavioural issues which didn’t result in exclusion and so a journey into holistic therapy began!!!
Denise has had amazing success over the years ensuring every session is geared towards your needs – so you go away knowing that things will change.
Denise is a qualified Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, a Certified NLP and CBT Practitioner, a Certified Master Life Coach, and a qualified practitioner in “How to Lift Depression FAST”. She is also one of the very few BWRT practitioners – which is an extremely quick and effective therapy!!