Hypnotherapy can be combined with counselling or can be a stand alone treatment for some issues. Research has shown that hypnotherapy combined with cognitive behavioural techniques can be very effective in a range of situations. For example:
- Fears and phobias
- Confidence boosting
- Health issues such as pain management and IBS
- Weight loss
- Smoking cessation
- Addictive behaviours
- Habit changing
Hypnotherapy involves focusing your attention on a specific goal and bringing your own imagination into play to help you achieve change. As part of the process you learn to relax yourself and to employ the techniques of visualisation by yourself. Practising at home can mean that treatment can be very fast and effective. You remain in control and you cannot be made to do anything you do not want to do. Hypnotherapy is very different from stage hypnosis and usually a very relaxing and pleasant way to learn to feel better.
Some treatments can be very short – 2 or 3 sessions and some smokers take only one session. More deep seated problems can take longer and we would discuss treatment length after a consultation in the first session.