Hypnotherapy, the solutions You Need
Because a problem only exists in the absence of its solution.
At some point in life, we may feel we need some help and that can present a challenge all of its own, what type of help, who to choose? Hopefully, this article will give you some information that can assist you. In terms of whether one needs some help, it goes a long way if they can express their concerns clearly. This allows them to crystalize the issue and, hopefully, the potential causes, as well as the actors involved. However, be assured, as I am there to help you achieve that part of the process. A psychological issue can be defined as something that is impairing the quality of one's everyday experience of life. That could include a lot of things, e.g. stress, anxiety, depression, low confidence, esteem or relationship issues, smoking, alcohol or drugs etc Alternatively, it can be an infrequent or intermittent problem. For example, generally, things are good but when you book a flight or go to the Dr, the wheels fall off the trolly!
So, if your life is in a spin or if too many days seem like an uphill struggle, then I would highly recommend you consider hypnotherapy. I also hope I can explain why I believe you should choose me as your therapist. Hypnotherapy is the ideal way to change the way your brain relives the memories that, at some level, are at the root of your issue! Of course, that may help with the "what" part of the choice but what about the "who?" I have been a professional Clinical Hypnotherapist for over 20 years and currently have 20,400 hours of client experience. But in and of itself, that doesn't tell you very much about me. However, my past clients have quite a lot to say about my service and have given feedback about their experience with me. If you'd like to see what they say, you can read it at this link_Testimonials. In order to get the process started, I provide a free consultation, which is approx. 1 hour long but sometimes if you have time, it can be a little longer. This consultation can help you to better understand your issue and, how hypnosis will help you resolve it. During the consultation, you can experience a demonstration of actual hypnosis and you can read more about the Free Consultation right here.
Or, to read more about the types of issues that therapy helps and how they develop, please continue to the next page.
In some sense, therapy is a process that helps the client find a solution to their issues. And while a solution is a necessary component in resolving any issue, it is the client's ability to embrace both the problem and the solution, that ultimately sets them free. Easier said than done you might say and that is true because there's a vast difference between discovering the problem and/or solution and one's ability to embrace it! The main reason being, that most problems or issues are subconsciously driven. The difference between what we want to achieve consciously and what we actually achieve subconsciously is a dichotomy that plagues many people.
Identifying the issue:
An important factor, that cannot be understated, is knowing if the client's condition is emotional, a neurosis (mild mental condition) or a psychosis (a more serious, mental condition). Conditions like anxiety and stress, mood and depressive disorders etc. are considered a neurosis. Whereas conditions like schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, (some) Bi-Polar disorders, personality disorders and psychotic depression etc. are psychoses. As a rule of thumb, neurosis (a term seldom used these days) most often involves environmental and lifestyle factors and one maintains a relative sense of reality. Whereas psychoses are more often genetic and one experiences delusions, hallucinations and/or an altered sense of reality. Nevertheless, both respond well to the appropriate type of therapeutic regime. In that sense, the major difference in the treatment of these conditions varies according to the condition and its severity. Generally speaking, the majority of people seeking therapy, have neurosis and often much of this can be helped by changes in lifestyle and/ or personal circumstances. How this is achieved varies but almost always involves changes in perception, mindset and language, i.e. reducing negative internal dialogue. Hypnosis allows the client to seamlessly adopt these new paradigms through the delivery of effective hypnotherapeutic interventions.
Going inside for a deeper look:
Generally, when one talks of emotional/mental/psychological issues, they often use or hear the term "subconscious mind." Explaining what this is, is not easy because it is the result of the subjective nature of the individual's brain and its subconscious processing ability! Nevertheless, what is generally referred to as the subconscious mind, is basically the processing that occurs within our brain; most often without conscious awareness! Many hypnotherapists talk about the subconscious mind as if it were a living thing, something they get to play and tinkle with, even alluding to making changes to it! Realistically though, the subconscious mind is merely a hypothetical-philosophical construct, meaning, it is not a real anatomical structure but rather, conceptual in nature. Nevertheless, it's a convenient way to make sense of something we know is happening inside our head, despite having no sense of where, why or how it actually happens!
The real driver of thoughts, feelings and behaviour is actually the brain and, mostly, it achieves these processes with the help of what we know of as memories! To make things more complex, there are several different types of memory, so a useful label for the subconscious mind would be the brain's internal messaging system (language). It is essentially a multi-variable -multi-level communication system. In conjunction with the brain's defensive mechanisms, one of the subconscious mind's primary objectives is its critical role in monitoring and activating survival (fight or flight) systems. By way of an example, we use telephones to communicate with people and while there are physical objects involved (the phones), there are clearly invisible aspects of the communication! The invisible aspects, i.e. how our voice travels through wires or radio-waves is akin to the flow of neurotransmitters in the brain. Every response, input and output is a consequence of this transmission and this, essentially, gives rise to what we call the subconscious mind. The conscious mind is somewhat similar but with varying levels of awareness, which largely depend on our state of mind and what is happening. In some sense, many of the life issues we face, are a consequence of the dialogue between these two perceptual constructs. The quality of one's life is dependent on the conflict-balance ratio. The more conflict there is, the more turbulent life becomes. Balance is akin to a state of resplendent calmness, everything is working optimally!
It is often high levels of inner conflict that lead a client towards seeking help because they know that life isn't going the way they want. Occasionally, attempts to make life better are met with resistance and this is mostly the subconscious brain. Uncannily, it's as if it knows you are trying to subvert its survival mechanisms? A problem, therefore, can be explained as the brain's subconscious desire to survive versus our conscious desire to thrive! The result, if there is a mismatch, is an emotional state of conflict and emotional limbo. For the sake of convenience, I will continue to use the time-honoured description of "subconscious mind." However, what I am referring to are processes that occur outside of conscious awareness and from within and across the brain itself!
The beginning leads to an end and the end leads to a new beginning:
Therapy is a process borne out of the client’s needs. This is foremost on my mind when I meet a client or answer any questions they may have prior to making an appointment. So, please feel free to ask as many as you like!
The solution to any problem is usually perceived to involve the subconscious mind. The difficulty, however, is in translating subconscious issues into an effective intervention and from there, into a workable and executable form of cognitive language. The hypnotherapist uses spoken language to communicate with the brain's auditory systems. Albeit the client usually has a sense that the hypnotherapist is talking to them! The hypnotic prescription (language) is then converted into meaning, via electrochemical transmission, and that is then processed throughout many brain regions at a cellular level. This is the level at which memories are stored and activated. It is very often a past experience, held in memory, that is at the root of most of a client's problems. But the intensity and longevity of any issue is usually a consequence of how our memories of that event evolve and then express themselves. Hypnotherapy is a very effective way to introduce these therapeutic interventions, via the auditory cortex, directly into the brain's multilevel systems. The hypnotist's voice, via the primary and secondary auditory cortices, is the catalyst of what we hear subconsciously and what the brain processes therapeutically! And one of the ways this change occurs is by hypnotherapeutically re-framing existing memories. This later leads to sleep-dependent memory consolidation/reconsolidation, when the client enters natural sleep. Sleep-dependent memory consolidation/reconsolidation is a process we each go through every time we sleep. Hypnosis accelerates the process, priming it for a secondary level of processing during nighttime sleep. If you change the expression, you change the experience and if you change the experience, you change the outcome!
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Working out the relative value of each therapy:
The value of Therapy, or the therapist for that matter, cannot easily be judged from the outside. Therefore, what a therapist charges may have no direct correlation to how effective, or ineffective, they are, and there is a very practical reason for that! Therapy is a subjective experience and each client experiences it in their own way. Of course, as a therapist, my own particular style and methodology often positively influence the client's experience! Also, where the practice is located makes no specific difference either. Whether they work from home, an office or a medical centre makes no appreciable difference; other than your perception and, of course, the fees they charge! The essence of choosing the right hypnotherapist is about their qualification's, experience and how comfortable you feel in their presence. Also, equally important, how much confidence the therapist transfers to you and how confident you feel in their ability to assist you can be of tremendous value! Now with over 20 years and 20,000 hours of client experience; you are in very safe and experienced hands!
An empirical start to therap\ leads to an enduring experience of life:
It is because I came into therapy, through therapy, as in, my own personal experience of it, that makes me work the way I do. It is also why I offer a Free Consultation, it's free of any obligation too! My service differs widely from other therapists I know of too and because of that, I am confident to publish my fees on this website _ right here. And if you have any questions about my fees I will be pleased to explain them. So, that being the case, I have no need to discuss fees during the Consultation, at least not until required to by you. That means the Consultation is literally; all about YOU!
Having done my own therapy is an important factor as it helps if there are any complications due to similarities in presenting issues or perceptions. This is referred to as Transference and/or Countertransference. Having had some similar life experiences to that of many clients also helps with empathy and compassion. My life and clinical experience allow me to be impartial and nonjudgmental too. Clients often have enough problems being judged by themselves and others, so the last thing they need is to feel judged by their therapist! I guarantee this will not happen in my therapy practice. During my therapeutic journey, I worked with therapist’s who did and did not judge me; so I am aware of what it can feel like to be judged!
The way I work is consensual throughout and I believe this is the right way to work. This is because I want each client to make what they feel, is the right choice, for them! And I feel the best way you can do that is by meeting me and having a free and open discussion about your concerns. At the end of the consultation, you are free to make some real choices. This is because there is absolutely no obligation to do anything other than saying yes please or no thank you! If you choose not to go any further, that is a good choice. Because there should not be any unnecessary doubt about the decision to enter therapy! I say unnecessary doubt, because it may be difficult to not have some doubt. However, if you choose to go to the next stage, the first appointment, that is also a good choice. At the end of the first session, you can freely make the choice to move forward to a series of sessions. It is quite usual to have a number of sessions to effect a lasting solution. Making the choice to continue has two options: 1. to proceed on a session by session basis. 2. to book and pay for a package of 4 sessions and receive a 5th session free of charge. This equals a 20% discount and therefore lightens the financial burden. It also helps you make a commitment towards your own future!
Why 4 (5) sessions when most other therapists seem to be recommending 8 or 10? Of course, you can always add sessions but it may be difficult, depending on the therapist, to reduce the package. Obviously session by session gives you more flexibility but that is usually more expensive if you exceed a certain number of sessions.
Experientially I found that 5 sessions are most often the right amount for the majority of clients I have worked with. However, some clients need more and others less. So, whichever route you choose, you really have nothing to lose . . . except for the problem?
Occasionally some clients have multiple issues and in this circumstance, I recommend working on these one at a time. However, I always discuss this with the Client, asking, which they feel most appropriate to start with? Although, as a general rule, I usually suggest dealing with any stress or anxiety-related issues first. For the most part, this will help to get the client into a better place; physically and emotionally. And sometimes some of the other peripheral issues can dissipate or even disappear when stress or anxiety is greatly lessened. It is also not uncommon, having dealt with the anxiety and stress matters, that one therapeutic intervention, can have a cascading effect on other issues! C'est la Vie!
It also has the effect of making life seem less of a struggle; which is always a good thing! So, I hope this has helped you understand more about how I work and why My Therapy; is All About YOU?