Hypnotherapy Sessions Explained
Hypnotherapy focuses on the ways in which individuals react in specific circumstances, and how emotional and behavioural problems may be overcome. It focuses on the unconscious mind and targets implicit or automated responses (thoughts and feelings resulting from the person's individual history) to situations that we are no longer consciously perceiving.
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Before we decide whether we would like to work together, we would have a pre-session conversation to get to know each other better and learn about the issue you need help with. We will talk about your goals and objectives and discuss how I can assist you in achieving them. If we both agree that we are a good fit for each other, we will schedule your first session. However, if we don't think we are the right match, I may recommend another therapist who might be better suited to help you.
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What To Expect From Your First Hypnotherapy Sessions
Hypnotherapy offers a powerful and effective approach to help you overcome these challenges and create positive change in your life. When you embark on your hypnotherapy journey, here's what you can expect:
In the first session, we prioritise understanding the core of your problem or issue. We take the time to:
• explore it deeper
• gain insights into its nature and how it manifests in your life.
• identify the triggers that set off your issue
By delving into the intricacies of what you're facing, we can develop a comprehensive understanding of the problem.
By recognising the specific circumstances or events that activate your challenge, we can better tailor the approach to address those triggers directly.
Furthermore, we aim to uncover how the problem affects you on a personal level. Understanding the impact it has on your emotions, behaviours, and overall well-being allows us to create a targeted plan that can bring about lasting change.
Equally important is determining your goals for hypnotherapy. I encourage you to share your desired outcomes and aspirations, whether they involve overcoming fears, breaking unwanted habits, improving confidence, or achieving personal growth. Your goals serve as guiding beacons throughout the therapeutic process, directing our efforts toward the positive transformation you seek.
Subsequent Hypnotherapy Sessions
In subsequent sessions, we delve deeper into the underlying causes of your problem or issue. Through the induction of hypnotic states, we can access your subconscious mind, where deeply rooted patterns and beliefs reside. By exploring these underlying factors, we work together to unveil the origins of your challenge and gain profound insights into its development.
Once we have identified the root causes, we employ various techniques and therapeutic interventions to help you change your emotional responses to those causes. By altering your emotional responses, we pave the way for lasting positive change.
Standard hypnotherapy sessions typically last between 60-75 minutes, allowing ample time for deep exploration and transformation. Depending on the complexity of your issue and your progress, you can expect to engage in 2 to 6 sessions, on average. However, it's essential to note that every individual is unique, and the number of sessions required may vary.
To ensure flexibility and convenience, I offer both in-person sessions and the option to connect via Zoom. This way, you can choose the format that suits your preferences and circumstances, making hypnotherapy easily accessible no matter where you are.
Embarking on a hypnotherapy journey is a transformative experience that can unlock your full potential and empower you to overcome obstacles. With my comprehensive approach and tailored techniques, you can expect to see profound shifts in your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. You can look forward to embarking on a journey of self-discovery and lasting change.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I know that I am hypnotised?
A: Being hypnotised is a feeling of deep relaxation with focused attention. You can imagine it as watching a beautiful sunset that fully absorbs your attention.
Q: What if I cannot be hypnotised?
A: Some people find it easier than others to get into a hypnotic (or trance) state. However, most of us have already experienced being in trance on a daily basis without realising it. For example, when you drive or walk your habitual route home and suddenly you are at your door with no recollection of the past few minutes, you were in a trance.
Q: Will I reveal things I do not want to say?
A: You cannot be manipulated into saying or doing things you do not consent to. You actively participate in your hypnotherapy session and you will always be in control.
Q: What if I get stuck in hypnosis?
A: In the history of hypnosis, this has never happened.
If you are ready to make positive changes in your life or you have further questions, please contact me.
Case studies report that hypnotherapy and training in self-hypnosis can help persons achieve remarkable success in alleviating anxiety, not only in anxiety disorders, but also in any problem involving anxiety. The author describes the role of hypnosis in the treatment of several disorders and provides clinical examples illustrating treatment of generalized anxiety, phobias, and posttraumatic stress disorders. He concludes that because hypnosis exploits the intimate connection between mind and body, it provides relief through improved self-regulation and also beneficially affects cognition and the experience of self-mastery. [W H Smith, Hypnosis in the treatment of anxiety, Bull Menninger Clin. 1990 Spring;54(2):209-16.]
Headaches and Migraines
The efficacy of clinical hypnosis with headaches and migraines has been reviewed by the 12-member National Institute of Health Technology Assessment Panel on Integration of Behavioral and Relaxation Approaches into the Treatment of Chronic Pain and Insomnia (1996). It reviewed outcome studies on hypnosis with cancer pain and concluded that research evidence was strong and that other evidence suggested hypnosis may be effective with some chronic pain, including tension headaches. This paper provides an updated review of the literature on the effectiveness of hypnosis in the treatment of headaches and migraines, concluding that it meets the clinical psychology research criteria for being a well-established and efficacious treatment and is virtually free of the side effects, risks of adverse reactions, and ongoing expense associated with medication treatments. [D Corydon Hammond, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah 84132-2119, USA. D.C.Hammond@utah.edu]
An investigation into the treatment of headaches and migraines provided an update of the literature first reviewed in 1996 by the National Institute of Health Technology Assessment Panel on the Integration of Behavioural and Relaxation Approaches into the treatment of chronic pain and headaches. It concluded that hypnosis is very effective and virtually free of side effects and adverse reactions and it meets the clinical psychology research criteria for being a well-established treatment. The research further drew attention to the ongoing expense associated with medication treatments. [Hammond DC. Review of the efficacy of clinical hypnosis with headaches and migraines. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. 2007;55:207-219]
The potential benefits of hypnotherapy were investigated with 32 patients suffering from chronic combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The patients were already being treated with anti-depressants and supportive psychotherapy and were randomised into two groups. Fifteen patients in the first group received Zolpidem 10 milligrams nightly for 14 nights, and 17 patients in the hypnotherapy group were treated by symptom-orientated hypnotherapy, two 1.5-hour sessions each week for 2 weeks. All patients completed the Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale, Beck Depression Inventory, Impact of Event Scale and Sleep Quality Questionnaire prior to and post-treatment. It was found that there was a significant main effect of condition in the hypnotherapy group on PTSD symptoms as measured on the Post-traumatic Disorder Scale, and this effect was maintained at a 1-month follow-up. No such effects were reported in the non-hypnotherapy group either during the main data collection period or at the 1-month monitoring. The hypnotherapy group experienced additional benefits: decreases in intrusion and avoidance reactions and improvement in all sleep variables assessed. This investigation demonstrates the beneficial effect of hypnotherapy with positive results achieved in a 2-week period. The methodology is robust as it uses a number of different scales and incorporates a control group. [Abramowitz EG, Barak Y, Ben-Avi I, Knobler HY. Hypnotherapy in the treatment of chronic combat-related PTSD patients suffering from insomnia: A randomised, Zolpidem-controlled clinical trial. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. 2008;56(3):270-280]
Recent research was conducted into MPA with 46 advanced pianists where participants were randomly assigned to a cognitive hypnotherapy (CH), eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) or non-treatment group and given two sessions only of the allocated therapy. They were tested in two concert performances pre- and post-intervention. Significant decreases in performance anxiety (the cognitive, physiological and behavioural aspects of performance) were found in both the therapy groups but not in the control group . This research was extended when trait levels of anxiety (an individual’s general anxiety level) were tested at 4 months and 1 year post-intervention. Statistical evidence at both monitoring points demonstrated a significant reduction in trait anxiety levels below baseline, showing the effectiveness of both CH and EMDR over time. [Brooker E. Cognitive hypnotherapy and EMDR: The longitudinal effects on trait anxiety and music performance in advanced pianists. Advances in Complementary & Alternative medicine. 2019;5(4):ACAM.000616.2019]
Nine case studies documenting performance anxiety in different domains have recently been published (five in music, two in the sports arena and two in the workplace) where CH was one of the interventions adopted. The effects of CH were recorded immediately post-intervention and longitudinally, and shown to be beneficial in a short space of time for the reduction of negative, psychological perceptions in a performing situation. [Brooker E. Transforming Performance Anxiety Treatment Using Cognitive Hypnotherapy and EMDR. London and New York: Routledge; 2019]
Post-treatment scores were available for 83 of the 106 clients reaching caseness (above the clinical cut-off on either or both measures) on their pre-treatment scores. Totally, 59 clients had moved to recovery, representing 71 per cent of cases where post scores were available and 56 per cent of the intent to treat (ITT) population (106 clients). Additionally, including all cases (both above and below cut-offs) 118 clients had post-treatment measures. In total, 86 (73 per cent) clients improved reliably. The mean number of treatment sessions was between three and four. This compares favourably with 2012-2013 IAPT findings using the same measures.
Quest Institute Cognitive Hypnotherapy
A pilot investigation of Quest Institute Cognitive Hypnotherapy services using Improving Access to Psychological Therapies as the benchmark has been undertaken to investigate the treatment effects of Quest cognitive hypnotherapy (QCH) on anxiety and depression, and make comparisons with published data from the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) project. Post-treatment scores were available for 83 of the 106 clients reaching caseness (above the clinical cut-off on either or both measures) on their pre-treatment scores. Totally, 59 clients had moved to recovery, representing 71 per cent of cases where post scores were available and 56 per cent of the intent to treat (ITT) population (106 clients). Additionally, including all cases (both above and below cut-offs) 118 clients had post-treatment measures. In total, 86 (73 per cent) clients improved reliably. The mean number of treatment sessions was between three and four. This compares favourably with 2012-2013 IAPT findings using the same measures. [Andrews, W.P., Parsons, A.A., Rawle, H. and Gibbs, J. (2015), "A pilot investigation of Quest Institute Cognitive Hypnotherapy services using Improving Access to Psychological Therapies as the benchmark", Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 20 No. 3, pp. 199-210. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHRJ-08-2014-0030]