What is Cognitive Hypnotherapy?
Cognitive hypnotherapy draws from different therapeutic approaches such as Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), positive psychology, traditional hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) moulding together the best cutting edge therapeutic techniques together which are then applied to the needs of the individual.
All behaviour has a positive intention
In Cognitive Hypnotherapy, we believe that all behaviour has a positive intention. The unconscious mind has the important job of 'keeping you safe' which means when it comes to understanding the stress response, we sometimes behave in ways that aren't conducive to our mental and emotional wellbeing. Our unconscious mind is constantly busy processing millions of pieces of information every second and sometimes the unconscious mind can make a mistake in the processing of certain information in an attempt to protect us from what it sees as potentially harmful. This has the effect of driving us towards/pushing us away from certain situations based on these calculations. If our behaviour is unconsciously driven due to pre-conditioned responses, then we may find ourselves reacting to specific events in our lives that do not serve our wellbeing and happiness.
Trance is an everyday occurrence
Contrary to popular belief, hypnotherapy is not about losing control. At no point do you ever lose the ability to control your reactions. You may be familiar with something called a 'trance' which is a mental state we are all capable of drifting in and out of every day (think of day dreaming whilst driving a car).
Who was driving the car when you were lost in thought?
This would largely be to do with the activities of our unconscious mind. When we have practiced a certain behaviour long enough, it becomes an automatic response that resides in the unconscious part of the mind. Your attention has been able to go elsewhere as you have been driving because you know (or your unconscious mind knows) exactly what to do in order to get you home.
We work with the individual
We do not use scripts so the work we do is tailored to the individual needs of the client. We realise that you have arrived at your current problem due to your own previous experiences and that your perception of this experience is unique to you. The treatment plan we create together will be tailored to what you would like to achieve. Cognitive hypnotherapy helps to create a bespoke solution that works for you.
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We have had great results published in the Mental Health Review Journal 2015 regarding a pilot study that was carried out regarding the benefits of cognitive hypnotherapy and 71 percent of people suffering from anxiety or depression reported themselves recovered after an average of 6 QCH sessions. This is compared to 42 percent of people using CBT and other talking therapies using the same outcome measures.
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