Cognitive Hypnotherapy

Explore the power of your inner mind

 

Helping you achieve your goals

My role is to guide you to find the answers within yourself, unlock your innate strengths and help you learn the emotional resilience skills you need for the future. The mind is amazing and if you are ready to change, so much is possible.

 

Why hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy works with different levels of mind to help you resolve unconscious issues, explore underlying emotional needs and reprogramme your mind to work better for you.

Sometimes people confuse hypnotherapy with the stage hypnosis they’ve seen on TV or on holiday. I promise you no clucking chickens or silly tricks!

Are you being emotionally hijacked?

If your issue was just logical or practical then you’d probably have found the answers already. For emotional and unconscious issues, we need to work with the different parts of the inner mind which have been creating and maintaining those issues. When we’re stuck in an issue which either doesn’t make sense to us about why or seems beyond our control, we can think of it as emotional hijacking. 

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” Henry Ford

Feel in control again…

Did you know that it’s estimated that 95% of what we do each day is driven by the part of the mind which is beyond our conscious awareness. Our basic ‘wiring’ is all about protecting us – away from pain and towards pleasure. Our emotions, automatic responses and habits are like programmes which fire unconsciously in response to our thoughts, our environment and circumstances. Issues are created when this programming is out of date, over-firing or miscalculating what’s needed in the moment. 

This is why those problem responses or negative experiences feel outside of our control. By working with the unconscious part of you, together we can reprogramme these unconscious calculations and give your mind new, better and more up to date options. 

Reprogramme unconscious patterns and beliefs…

Our decisions, behaviours and reactions are all driven by our inner beliefs and perceptions.  These beliefs and ideas start to be formed from our early years and can be knocked out of balance by major changes or emotional events.

Get to the root cause and make positive change…

Hypnotherapy gets to the root cause of the problem to update or rebalance these inner beliefs.  Together we will enable you to unlock your inner strengths and build new emotional resilience skills to continue to grow in confidence.

What is Cognitive Hypnotherapy?

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a solution focused approach which focuses on the uniqueness of each person. This means it is extremely flexible and effective. 

Cognitive Hypnotherapy integrates the best bits of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, NLP, Cognitive Therapy, Positive Psychology Coaching, and Trauma Resolution Therapy. 

Cognitive Hypnotherapy was founded by the well renowned Trevor Silvester and is based on the latest neuroscience and most up to date change-work techniques.  Cognitive Hypnotherapy

How we will work together?

If you are new to hypnotherapy, we’ll start off by helping you feel comfortable and explore different ways of working. If you’ve had hypnotherapy before, we’ll focus on what’s helped you before and how to go further with what you need.

My method is dynamic and collaborative which means there is no set script, no pressure to be a certain way, nor a fixed agenda.

1.

release fear and stress.

Whether it’s learning to manage difficult circumstances, to quieten unwanted thoughts or overcoming past trauma, relief from anxiety is possible. 

Hypnotherapy helps reprogramme the underlying emotional triggers or gently resolve past trauma which means your mind can feel calmer now. 

2.

Learn to relax & gain a mind toolkit

Learn the life skills of relaxation and how to manage emotions. We all have the capacity to change and learn new things.

Even if you are someone who says they can never relax, you might be surprised how capable you really are.

3.

Build confidence & self belief

It’s possible for you to feel great about being you. It’s possible for you to achieve and do more when your mind is focused in the right way. 

The first step is to know what you really want and discover the strengths you already have.

FAQs about hypnotherapy

What is hypnosis?

People have many different answers to this. As a Cognitive Hypnotherapist, I take the view that it’s think a normal part of the spectrum of mental states we can occupy during any given day – from relaxing in front of your favourite programme, to daydreaming while driving, to focused attention when concentrating on something or even when you get triggered by something that annoys you.
People often think they have to be in a deep trance with their eyes shut to make unconscious changes but there are so many effective ways of working. You might be surprised.
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Your mind creates it. I’m just a guide.
We’ll be talking and exploring this further when we work together.

Will I lose control?

I will be guiding you at each step and teaching you ways to work with your own mind. We’ll spend some time exploring how to work together so you can become comfortable. It’s also a collaborative way of working so I won’t be doing anything to you that you are not fully involved with so you can always feel in control.

What if I can't be hypnotised?

Firstly, we take all the pressure off by exploring that trance is something that you do all the time. It’s every day and a natural part of being human. Anytime you are fully absorbed in something you don’t notice the time going or you didn’t notice someone come into the room, that’s a trance state. Anytime you’re so lost in a daydream you feel you’ve been a million miles away, that was a trance. Often people experience trance when driving and get to their destination without consciously being aware of what they’ve been doing. 

Secondly, we can say that your problem involves trance too. If you find yourself reacting in a way you don’t want to or automatically, that’s an unconscious response which we can refer to as a problem trance. You might start to recognise how we are using very hypnotic language to ourselves when we repeat negative self-talk over and over or always talk about ourselves in a certain way. We’ll be working to de-hypnotise you out of those old patterns and reactions. 

Some people talk about hypnosis as being deep relaxation. It’s not the same thing but it’s much easier and more pleasant to work with the unconscious mind when you are relaxed. We could do all our work with your eyes open and standing up if you really wanted to.

Hypnosis is a powerful tool we can use but think of it as an experience of exploring your imagination and a state of focus rather than something you need to be put into or something that either happens or doesn’t.

Everyone is different so we’ll explore what works best for you and utilise how your mind works. 

 

What if I don't know how to relax?

This is a great reason to come and see me!

Interesting research ideas about the conscious vs unconscious mind

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Estimated % of brain activity which is unconscious

Estimated average number of thoughts we have each day

Estimated bits of information the unconscious mind processes per second

Estimated bits of information the conscious mind processes per second

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