Types of Therapy OfferedThe treatment of anxiety, nervous symptoms and even habits is a skilled professional job, only to be undertaken by a suitably qualified practitioner. Academic degrees and diplomas, though necessary, are not sufficient by themselves. The therapist must also have real experience, warmth and compassion, and intuitive sense!
I have gained expertise in a number of different styles of therapy, which I apply singly or in combination to your difficulties. The following is a brief overview of the types of therapy:
Suggestion TherapyA traditional treatment used to create deep relaxation, an open mind, reduce stress and increase confidence without going deeply into the causes of your problems. It can also be used to help with problems, such as habit control, pre-test nerves and chronic pain. It makes use of the mind's heightened susceptibility to suggestions during hypnosis in order to make changes. This type of therapy generally requires one to two sessions.
Suggestion therapy is also suitable for creating hypnosis CDs with or without a therapy appointment; although I will need to understand what you want to achieve and will also screen for safety and medical conditions.
Quit Smoking TherapyIncludes suggestion therapy, but also involves counselling and education around smoking. The education part of the session is designed to teach you how to make the process easier for yourself. To quit smoking usually requires a free initial half-hour session and a single 2-hour session.
Quit Smoking Therapy is only offered via in house consultation.
Solution Focused TherapyA relatively recent addition to the armoury of techniques available to us to help with a wide range of symptoms. Solution-focussed therapy helps you to leave behind the limitations of symptoms, anxieties and negative thinking to achieve what you want in life. This may be simple relief from distress, a successful relationship, or other goal. It works by awakening your full potential, abilities and choices.
The principle: Problems in your life and the way you think trigger anxiety, depression and other symptoms. You already have the potential to solve your problems and help yourself but you are not yet realising that potential. Therapy is aimed at helping you to realise your own potential to help yourself. Solution-focussed therapy brings about a change of mind that enables you to free yourself from problems and be much happier.
Solution-focussed therapy is especially helpful with confidence and self-esteem problems, and change can often be achieved very quickly. It is now recognised as a successful intervention in the treatment of low mood, obsessional states and anxiety, panic attacks, phobias and trauma (including PTSD). This kind of therapy usually requires between 3 and 10 sessions.
Included in solution-focussed therapy are Ericksonian techniques of metaphor and language patterns, and neuro-linguistic programming, such as the new 'fast phobia cure'.
BWRT or Brain Working Recursive Therapy is currently the newest member of the therapeutic armoury, particularly well suited to unconscious or automatic responses that occur without conscious awareness. Many times when a symptom or an unwanted reaction to something occurs it all happens very quickly, before we have a chance to stop it. Examples include sudden panic at just the thought of seeing a dentist or public speaking, upset over a painful memory, or an unwanted reaction to to something that you can't seem to help.
Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT)
These unconsciously learned stimulus-response patterns can be managed after the fact using well established cognitive behavioural methods, which can be quite effective if regularly practiced over time. Where BWRT comes into its own is that it can quickly change the neural pathways associated with the response itself. This means that the fear, block, reaction, etc can be resolved at the early, automatic stage so that the response no longer occurs. It is often remarkably quick and effective. Many clients are left temporarily bewildered by how something that had been such a problem in their life can suddenly no longer exist!
For much of the last century this was most commonly used by hypnotherapists to treat anxiety and nervous (neurotic) disorders. It works on the principle that every effect has a cause. Hypnoanalysis aims to reveal and treat the root cause of the symptoms.
This form of therapy should not be confused with psychoanalysis, which is a complete exploration of the entire personality taking several years. Hypnoanalysis works much faster - usually within 6 to 10 weeks.
An emotional event in childhood may continue to exert an unwanted effect in the present. The event may have been forgotten, but the person experiences symptoms. There may by physical symptoms for which the doctor can find no apparent cause. There may be anxiety, phobias or difficulties with relationships.
The analytical process uses hypnosis to aid the recall of past events. The subconscious quickly goes to areas of 'unfinished business', which can then be treated. When the cause is resolved often the symptoms disappear. People undergoing analysis often find the process quite fascinating as a route to greater self-knowledge.
Two approaches are used: free association and direct regression (via the affect bridge or timeline). Direct regression is much faster than free association because it only seeks to treat a single specific symptom.
Hypnoanalytic therapy is normally only offered via in house consultation.
CBT is a highly researched effective therapy for the full range of anxiety and obsessional disorders, depression, confidence and self esteem problems, that is well known to doctors and other medical professionals. It works by teaching you how to change negative or self limiting thoughts and beliefs, as well as behaviour patterns. It also incorporates methods for reducing phobic anxiety and obsessive-compulsive states, including exposure therapy and systematic desensitization.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
When hypnosis is used in combination with CBT it is called Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH). This brings the added advantage of using hypnosis to reinforce the beneficial changes being made during the 'traditional' (non-hypnotic) part of the therapy.
A deeper, more profound aspect of CBT/CBH is Schema-focussed Therapy. This type of therapy addresses deeply ingrained core beliefs about self, others, and the future, etc, which become the filter or the lens through which everything in your life is viewed. A fundamental change on this level normally means profound and lasting benefit. Other therapies, such as Hypnoanalysis and Solution-focussed therapy can also achieve this, but none addresses it so directly as Schema-focussed CBT.
A course of CBT/CBH may take from 6-16 sessions, of which some will be traditional and some hypnotic.
Also known as WSN Counselling & Coaching, this is a unique therapy style based on the Warriors Settlers and Nomads personality model. If you've ever thought how wonderful it would be to live the sort of life that suits your personality exactly so that everything seemed to just work a lot easier, this might just help you find it!
Personality Based Therapy
It is another good therapy for anxiety and depression, but really comes into its own in situations of internal psychological conflict. It is particularly good for confidence, self acceptance, motivation and self belief. It is also exceptionally helpful for understanding, accepting and/or 'arming yourself' against the behaviour of others.
Psychotherapy, Counselling & Education(That is, without hypnosis) may also be employed with any therapeutic style for one or more sessions when better results could be achieved by working with the conscious mind, or in the minority of cases where hypnosis is contraindicated.
There is a teaching element to most types of therapy. You will be shown how the mind works, what you generally need to do and why. Specific direct life advice is not given, but you will very likely find the teaching helpful in making the right decisions yourself.
Marriage, Relationship & Psychosexual Therapy
I am able to offer non-directive spiritual counselling to people of all spiritualities, religions, or none. This may include discerning direct spiritual experiences, 'finding your way' and the search for meaning.
I am able to offer most aspects of relationship therapy either to couples or individuals. For more information go to Relationship Problems
Many people benefit from a combination of some or all of the types of therapy described. Also, because of a broad and extensive knowledge base, I am able to make use of ideas and treatment methods from the entire field of psychology.
Eclectic Approach & Other Psychological Methods
All the therapies have a profound effect on the way our problems, whether past, present or future, are both viewed and dealt with. A major re-evaluation takes place. They are also second to none as a route to greater self-knowledge, enabling us to become the person we were always meant to be.