Hypnosis–meddling with mental health

When you say hypnosis most people have an image that comes to mind. People on stage doing stuff that makes everyone else laugh.

When you suggest someone goes to a hypnotherapist, in many ways they expect a similar experience. To be put into a deep trance, have their problems sorted and to walk out ‘fixed’.

Belief number 1 : You can’t be hypnotised

Because of the association with stage hypnosis many people would not come to see someone like me because they either believe they can’t be hypnotised or they are worried about the loss of control of being in a trance.

But you see I don’t hypnotise people. In fact I’m not sure I would know how. I am more a de-hypnotherapist

Cognitive Hypnotherapy works on the basis that trance states are part of everyday life, and include daydreaming and fantasising. Science indicates that we are in these kinds of states 90% of the time. For example, have you have you ever driven somewhere and not remember anything of the journey?

If you are scared of spiders (or know someone who is) are they being ‘themselves’ when there is a spider is in the room? No. When they are ‘doing’ the behaviour that relates to the fear of a spider then they are in an alternate state. A trance. I need to de-hypnotise them to stop them going into that trance state to get them past that behaviour.

So lets say you believe me and get over the whole trance worry. I don’t need to hypnotise you so you don’t need to worry about not being susceptible to hypnosis. So now what?

Belief number 2 : As an ‘alternative therapy’ I am not a qualified mental health professional

Maybe you think it needs a medical professional to deal with mental health conditions. Maybe you think it is dangerous for a non qualified alternative therapist to tackle issues like depression and anxiety.

Well I am a qualified professional. These are my qualifications.

DipCHyp : Diploma of Cognitive Hypnotherapy

NLP ( MPrac) : Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming

CNCH (Acc) : Accredited Member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy. The NCH is also the governing body who’s Code of Ethics I abide by.

HPD : Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma

It took me over 10 months to get them plus an exam at the end. I am registered with the NCH and I am covered by professional insurance.  

We are also trying to get Cognitive Hypnotherapy accepted on the NHS and as a result I complete the NHS research forms for every client (for those in the know these are GAD7, PHQ9 and SWEMWEBS). I measure the success of my therapy using these forms and they go into a database that will form the basis of an article in a medical journal later this year. I have seen 100% improvement over 2 sessions using these forms with a few clients but my average is 40-60% improvement over 2-3 sessions.

I am also under on going supervision and have completed risk training. I will not take on certain clients with mental health conditions that have impaired the cognitive function such as schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, bipolar…to name just a few.I ensure that all times I look after the wellbeing of my client and of myself. If I feel there is a risk to that I will not take on a client.

Belief number 3 : I am not qualified to diagnose and give medical advice

You are right. But then I don’t diagnose and I don’t cure.

I work with my clients model of the world to understand where their problem comes from and remove the trigger. I don’t need to diagnose to help I just need to understand the subconscious purpose of the behaviour so I can guide you to change it.

Cognitive Hypnotherapists can see four clients in one day for something with the same name, however it doesn’t mean the same thing will work for them. People experience their problem based on different miscalculations, so clients need to be treated individually – not just have the same ‘script’ read to them because they share similar symptoms.

Do you think every person that is depressed is depressed for the same reasons? Do you think we all experience our symptoms of depression in the same way? If you came to see me to lose weight and I said “ah ha I know all about that, I struggle with weight too…what you need to do is eat less chocolate” then I would be labelling all overweight people as eating too much chocolate based on my labels and diagnosis when actually it you might not like chocolate at all.

Cognitive Hypnotherapists believe that the everyone has the resources they need to make the differences they want in their life. It’s an interactive therapy where the therapist acts as a guide. The principle is that the client can find their own solutions with skilled assistance. It does not involve the therapist as a ‘controlling’ agent, or someone who dictates what is ‘best’ for the client. A Cognitive Hypnotherapist works within the clients model and experience of the world, not the other way round.

I work with you to guide you to your own solution. My personal experience is irrelevant to helping you deal with your problems. For me, what my personal experience does is give me an absolute belief in the power of Cognitive Hypnotherapy to help overcome anything – no matter how traumatic or fundamental to who you are that thing has been .

I believe I can help you. If you come to me willing to believe the same then anything is possible.

If you want to give it a try, drop me an email to dawn@thinkitchangeit.com and tell me how you think I might be able to help. And remember, I do my therapy both online and face to face so it doesn’t matter where you live. I can still help you.

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