Hypnotherapy CBT Mindfulness EMDR Medical Coaching FAQs
 

Ailments

The list is endless, but some examples of when I can help are:
  • Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Bed-wetting
  • Blushing
  • Dental phobia
  • Depression
  • Exam nerves
  • Fertility
  • Health issues
  • Performance anxiety
  • Public speaking anxiety
  • PTSD
  • IBS
  • Nail-biting
  • Pain management
  • Phobias
  • Sleep problems
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Stuttering
  • Teeth grinding
  • Tics and habits
  • Weight problems


Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is a safe and relaxing experience, during which the patient will always remain in control. It involves an 'induction' stage during which relaxation is evoked, a 'change-work stage' wherein a variety of techniques can be used to bring about changes at a deep subconscious level, and finally a 'wakening' stage, bringing you gently and gradually back to a completely normal state.
Hypnosis actually occurs in day-to-day life, for example when day-dreaming, or another example can be when driving a long journey. Have you ever arrived at a destination only to find you have little memory of a part of the journey? (this is known as 'motorway fugue')

 
CBT
C
ognitive Behavioural Therapy is currently very popular as a treatment for many psychological conditions. Its premise is the link between how we feel, think and behave. By identifying unhelpful thinking styles, we can bring about changes in the way we feel and behave. Equally, deliberate changes in our behaviours can bring about a resultant change in the way we feel and think. My own theoretical learning was with the UK's College of Cognitive Behaviour Therapies which teaches a version of CBT called Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT). REBT begins with the understanding that we are all responsible for the way that we feel; we all have emotional responsibility. By identifying any negative unhelpful emotions and the event/circumstances that triggers it, we can elucidate our unhelpful thinking which can then be challenged. 
I often use tools from CBT with patients, but I can offer CBT per se as a therapeutic modality.
 

Mindfulness
Mindfulness is an increasingly popular system, involving simple, powerful practices which can be learnt and incorporated into daily living. Quite simply, Mindfulness is about the 'here and now'; intentionally accepting one's current emotions, thoughts and sensations in a non-judgemental way. In many ways Mindfulness shares features with meditation and Buddist practices which have stood the test of time and are now once again coming into regular useage. 


EMDR
 T
he mind processes memory all the time, however some memories, usually of adverse events, might be incompletely processed. This results in recurrent triggering of distressing thoughts, feelings and images. Whilst we can't erase unpleasant memories, the process of Eye Movement Desensitisation Processing (EMDR) can detach the memory from the disturbing experience, significantly reducing any associated distress.
EMDR is a form of psychotherapy first developed in the 1980s. Certain eye movements or other form of bilateral stimulation (BLS) have been shown to reduce the negative thoughts, feelings and emotions associated with unpleasant memories. EMDR was originally introduced as an effective treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). More recently this innovative technique has been shown to be of value in the treatment of depression, phobias and many other issues.


Medical Coaching
This is a term I choose to use to refer to medically and evidence-based advice and encouragement to enhance clinical and hence psychological well-being. Drawing on my years of practice in the UK as a doctor, I can advise and signpost patients appropriately and offer psychological support as an addition, but not a replacement for, their treatment and diagnoses from their medical practitioners. Many medical diagnoses do not have a 'curative treatment' but we learn how best to manage them and control symptoms. This is where some of my therapeutic approaches can offer considerable benefit.

 
 
What to Expect

I aim to respond to initial contact from clients within 24 hours. After discussion about your problem we may decide to arrange an initial consultation. During the first session it is likely that I will ask you a lot of questions in order to find out as much as possible about you and your problem. I will also explain all about hypnotherapy and any other therapeutic techniques I feel may be helpful for you. This first session will give you an opportunity to meet me and to ask me any questions you may have. During this initial appointment I will guide you through a brief, gentle hypnotic experience, which is likely to be relaxation-focused rather than specifically therapeutic. If we both agree, we can then book further sessions as needed.

As a qualified and experienced doctor I am well-placed to assess accurately whether Clinical Hypnosis is appropriate and safe for you and for your problem. a complimentary therapy is just that; a compliment to any treatment you may be having or have had from your own doctor. I will then draw up a provisional, individualised therapy plan which I will share with and you. From week to week, I will reassess and adjust therapeutic approaches as needed. It is also possible that I may suggest some 'homework' between sessions to enhance your progress. Typically a patient will need between two and four sessions, although some patients with more complex issues to explore choose to see me regularly for a while. It is not unusal for previous patients to return for a further session later, at times of new challenges or distress. 

Sessions with me involve a bespoke, personalised combination of hypnotherapy and several other psychotherapeutic and behavioural techniques, aimed to benefit you both at a conscious and an unconscious level. My therapies are evidence-based and effective.

With your permission, it may be appropriate for me to write to, or communicate with your GP or other heathcare professional, but please note this will never happen without your express permission.
 
Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hypnotherapy?
 
Hypnotherapy is a treatment which takes place whilst a patient is in an altered state of awareness. This state off deep relaxation allows the conscious minds and thoughts to “switch off”, leaving greater access to the subconscious mind and therefore a much better level of suggestibility. Hypnosis is a perfectly natural state; one which lies between full consciousness and sleep, and a state which occurs naturally in all of us, when focusing our attentions deeply on one thing. Have you ever driven on a long journey only to find on arrival you have no memory of the journey? This is referred to as “motorway fugue” and is a naturally occurring hypnotic state. Another example is when a person becomes so wrapped up in a book whilst reading that he or she seems to be able to see and hear the characters about which they are reading.
                                                                                                                                
 
Can Everyone be Hypnotised?
 
In theory the answer is “yes”, some far more easily than others. In reality, hypnosis requires collaboration between therapist and patient, one which has been proven to be significantly enhanced by trust, confidence in the therapist and willingness of the patient to be hypnotized. Barriers to hypnosis significant background disturbance, preoccupation and, most importantly resistance and unwillingness of the patient themselves.
 
Is Hypnosis Effective?
 
Many people will be aware of anecdotal stories of successful hypnotherapy, and although a therapist cannot guarantee success for any one individual there are countless studies and scientific trials, which prove academically that hypnotherapy is powerful and effective. A brief search of Google Scholar will demonstrate many of these studies.
 
Is Hypnosis the Same as Sleep?
 
No. In fact electroencephalography has shown that brainwaves during hypnosis are totally different to both normal waking states and to sleep.
 
Is Hypnosis Safe?
 
Hypnosis is a completely natural and safe state. There are no side effects and in safe, qualified hands, you will never do anything that you don’t want to do.  Famous stage hypnotists do use their skills for completely different purposes but even then using many techniques, often based on NLP principles, they select out the most suggestible and extrovert characters.  These “demonstrations” serve to demonstrate the power of hypnosis.
 
How Will I Feel During Hypnosis?
 
Hypnosis is a pleasant feeling; one of deep and comfortable relaxation, but one in which you hear and usually remember almost everything that has happened. At any stage during hypnosis, if one becomes acutely uncomfortable, (for example a smell of smoke), you will be able to immediately “awaken”, though usually the therapist will bring you back to awareness in a gentle and careful manner.
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