Why Cognitive Hypnotherapy?


At my Cornwall and London hypnotherapy clinic I utilise Cognitive Hypnotherapy which is quite different to traditional hypnotherapy.  Cognitive Hypnotherapy was developed by the world renowned Trevor Silvester of The Quest Institute in London.   Cognitive Hypnotherapy not only uses cutting edge understanding of the nature of trance and hypnotic suggestion, it has a much wider range of tools available in the toolkit to help people, matching the approach to the client not expecting one thing to work with everyone. Everyone’s mind works differently, everyone relaxes in a different way so we utilise the uniqueness of the clients mind the is creating their problem or holding them back to set you free.

Most clients have never experienced hypnosis or hypnotherapy, it is natural to be nervous, one of the purposes of this initial conversation is so you can understand more fully how we work together and you are completely in control.

Hypnosis is supported by more scientific research than any other complementary therapy
The Which? Guide to Complementary Therapies, 2002

It is not traditional hypnotherapy (or clinical hypnotherapy)

Clinical hypnosis & hypnotherapy is a generic term used for hypnosis for therapeutic purposes as apposed to hypnosis for entertainment (e.g. stage hypnotism).  These methods tend to be focused on the problem, so all clients with the same issue tend to be treated in the same way.

Instead, as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist …

I approach each person as an individual. Just because I see three people in a day with the same name for their problem at my Cornwall and London practices, doesn’t mean that the same thing will work for them. Everyone creates and perceives their issue in a unique way, and I use a range of techniques from a number of different disciplines such as hypnosis, positive psychology, NLP, behavioural psychology and gestalt to put together in a particular way to suit the way you think. Nothing I know works on everybody, but everything I know works on somebody, so I adapt my approach to fit you, not hope you can adapt yourself to fit me.

I believe that trance is something we all experience everyday. For example when we daydream, get ‘lost’ in reading a book or watching TV or drive on auto-pilot. It’s familiar and natural. You are aware that you are in control – and there are definitely no swinging watches involved!!

I work in partnership with you. The sessions are interesting, enlightening and empowering. You’ll receive tools, techniques and strategies to use for yourself. The therapy effect continues to multiply between sessions and long after therapy is finished. It is a creative and productive process that can make a difference surprisingly quickly providing value for money. Cognitive Hypnotherapy is not a therapy that goes on for many months or even years as some do. Many problems can be resolved with a small number of sessions.

I help you gain control. If your stuck with a habit (e.g. smoking, nail-biting, over-eating), or you can’t overcome negative feelings (like anxiety, grief or nerves), I believe that you have everything you need to regain control. I can help you find what you have and need inside yourself.

I am up-to-date. Cognitive Hypnotherapists is based on modern neuroscience and works from a modern understanding of the mind and of the mind-body connection.  As well as hypnosis I also use insights from a range of psychological and therapeutic disciplines, including NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Positive Psychology and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing). This means I have a wide range or tools and techniques to utilise in solving your problem.

I use scientific backing. In common with hypnotherapy in general, Cognitive Hypnotherapy has two ringing endorsements. The first is from the reputable consumer organisation Which?

“Hypnotherapy is supported by more scientific research than any other complementary therapy”. (The Which? Guide to Complementary Therapies, 2002).

Secondly, the British Medical Association has recognised the validity of hypnosis as a therapeutic intervention since 1955.

I utilise the mind-body connection. The mind effects the body and the body effects the mind.  Cognitive Hypnotherapy works successfully with physical issues such as pain management, eczema, IBS and the stress/anxiety response.

I am professionally trained. The Quest Institute in London where I was trained, is the home of Cognitive Hypnotherapy. Please see the excellent Quest Institute website for more information on the approach.

I am professional and ethical. Both the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) and the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council to which I accredited members promote and implement the highest standards of training, practice and professional ethics.

Contact me for more details on how to book a session at my Cornwall or London practice or via Skype as I work with people all over the world.

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