Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a combination of hypnosis and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), bringing the most powerful and effective aspects of the two disciplines together, complemented with a mixture of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) techniques.
What is Cognitive Hypnotherapy ?
There is a huge stigma wrapped around the world of hypnosis which can affect our view of hypnotherapy. Hypnosis does not occur in a ‘dreamlike’ state and clients are fully awake at all times. Trance is an every day natural occurrence and is a state of focus rather than some mystical realm of reality. This focus is so narrow that other factors in the environment are blocked out of conscious awareness for the duration of the trance. All of us will have experienced trance whether driving, walking or watching television etc. The ‘art’ of hypnosis is the process of guiding a client into and out of a trance state for a predetermined purpose.
Conscious and Unconscious
We actively think with the conscious mind on a daily basis throughout our lives. The conscious mind can only handle a small number of ideas at any given time. The majority of our lives are run automatically by our other mind system the unconscious. The unconscious mind is much larger than the conscious system and contains all of our memories. It can process millions of bits of information per second allowing us to multi-task and free up our conscious mind to focus on other things. All the automatic behaviour programmes are run from the subconscious so in a way it is our internal auto-pilot. As adults we are being guided by old and in many cases now unsuitable programmes by our internal auto-pilot. Our tools and techniques work to increase awareness, bring both of these systems online and put you back in control of your life.
What is NLP?
Neuro-Linguistic programming (NLP) is a methodology to change how we behave and act. NLP is based on the connection between the neurological processes in your brain (neuro), the language you use (linguistic) and your behaviour such as your fears or beliefs (programming). Each of these parts can be altered to ultimately change the way you think, feel and act.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy can be very effective as a treatment for:
- Anger Management
- Chronic Pain
- Eating Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic Attacks
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Sleep Disorders and Insomnia
- Stress Management
- Weight Loss