At times we all get locked into beliefs, habits and patterns of behaviour which we come to realise are reducing the quality of our lives and yet somehow feel unable to change. In Cognitive Hypnotherapy we think of the unconscious as an area of the mind separate from the conscious mind, capable of making decisions and producing its own behaviour. It is where problem patterns are stored and maintained. Problems arise because our unconscious mind seeks to protect us by keeping us away from situations that have brought about an unpleasant experience in the past. When a similar situation occurs, we are ‘emotionally hijacked’ by our unconscious mind, resulting in behaviour we can be unable to control or explain.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy uses ideas from the schools of Hypnotherapy, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Evolutionary Psychology and Positive Psychology to form a powerful way of changing unwanted behaviours or ways of thinking. Each of us is truly unique and therefore the way we as individuals experience our problems is unique – there is no ‘one approach fits all’. I tailor each session completely to you, allowing the most effective change to take place in the shortest time possible. Together we create a therapeutic partnership to achieve the changes you want for your life.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy uses a relaxed, light trance state, just as you might experience when you are absorbed in a good book and miss your stop on the train or when daydreaming. The hypnosis and the hypnotic state allows the unconscious the ability to accept solutions as permanent and ongoing.