Psychological and Therapeutic Approaches

 

What is Hypnotherapy?

Being in hypnosis is similar to daydreaming; a bit like when you are in a meeting at work and you realise you haven’t heard a thing that was said as your thoughts were miles away!  It is a completely natural state and one that is very relaxing and despite popular belief, you remain completely in control and cannot be made to say or do anything you do not wish to. 

Hypnotherapy uses skilful communication to relax the conscious mind (the part that is always talking) so that we can access the powerful inner mind which is very influential in how we think, feel and behave. A good example of how our sub-conscious mind works is when we drive our car – we don’t have to think about it as it is automatic.  Once our habits are formed then our sub-conscious mind takes over and makes sure that these behaviours are kept in place – sometimes this is very resourceful, as the above example shows, however, at other times we wonder why we keep doing what we are doing even though it is providing us with a less than satisfactory result!

The sub-conscious part of our minds is far less critical than the conscious part – in fact it’s main motivation is to follow instructions.  By accessing this part of our mind, we are able to identify negative patterns and provide positive suggestions and solutions to resolve these issues so that you can move on with your life in a more resourceful way!

Altered states of awareness have been recognised for thousands of years and hypnosis is widely accepted as a beneficial psychological therapy to access our inner potential.  Hypnotherapy can generally help with most emotional problems an individual is finding hard to cope with, and some physical problems can also be effectively treated with hypnosis too, such as IBS and insomnia.

 

‘I've always been anxious and I wanted some more confidence. I decided to go and see a hypnotherapist, and immediately felt comfortable with her. She started by talking about the situations I was anxious in and asked if anything had happened to knock my confidence when I was younger. After talking things through with her, I felt like she understood why I was there and felt hopeful that she'd be able to help me.

 She then began to count backwards really slowly and it was strange feeling like I was getting sleepy. She made me imagine myself in a happy, safe place and while I was in that place I felt more confident than I had done in years.

 Now when I feel anxious I think back to that place in my mind and find strength from there somehow. I'm not really sure how it works but I have felt so much better since having my hypnotherapy session’

What is Brain Entertainment?

We all suffer from stress in one form or another and latest research has shown that meditating or mindfulness are good techniques for us all to learn in order to manage our emotions better and reduce the stress in our lives.  Some stress is good such as that tingling anticipation of what may happen but some stress is bad particularly the type where we are worrying all the time with negative thoughts going round in our minds.  This produces a hormone called Cortisol which in high levels can create numerous health and mood problems.

However, with such an active mind the effort involved in trying to relax your mind through meditation can be very challenging. 

This is where Brain Entrainment comes in.  Rather than having to force yourself to focus in on something to still your mind, all you have to do is to listen to a particular audio which will help to calm your brain in 13 minutes.  (the same as spending 5 years to learn to meditate properly!)

As somebody who has a very ‘busy’ mind I have researched this area extensively and now provide downloads to all my clients to listen to in between sessions as I know from scientific and clinical research that the benefits along with other psychological tools such as visualisation and affirmations wll:

•           Provide stress relief
•           Reduce feelings of anxiety, depression and anger
•           Increases focus , concentration and memory
•           Develop a calmer and in control approach
•           Improve sleep patterns

 

I have been listening to the Stress Dissociative Session for a week, and although I did know I was a bit stressed I didn’t think I was that bad but now feel like a completely different person!  Along with the breathing techniques and cognitive exercises we went through I am calmer, feel loads more in control and things that were bothering me just seem to brush over me now and I am sleeping so much better!’

What is Integrated Psychotherapy and Counselling?

Counselling and Psychotherapy are often seen as being similar as they are fairly integrated in their approach. The subtle differences are that counselling will help you identify problems and crises and help you to take positive steps to resolve issues.  It is a shorter term process that encourages changes to thoughts and behaviours.

Psychotherapy tends to be used where psychological problems have built up over a longer period of time which can mean exploring deeper emotional issues to help you understand feelings, thoughts and actions.  It is a longer term process mainly because changing any negative emotional loop which has been in place for a long time will require longer term therapy.

I take the best elements of counselling and psychotherapy and work in an integrated way. 
Whilst it is really important for me to listen, respect and understand you, it is also crucial that I can provide concrete help and appropriate solutions and working in this way enables me to take an active role in you reaching your aspirations.

‘What I found really good was being able to talk about what was happening and have someone who was listening - she was really good at giving me space, listening to what had happened and discussing what might have caused it - not in a deep way but trying to help me piece the whole picture together.’

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that aims to help you manage your problems by changing how you think and act.

CBT encourages you to talk about:

•           How you think about yourself, the world and other people
•           How what you do affects your thoughts and feelings

By talking about these things, CBT can help you to change how you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour) which can help you feel better about yourself.

CBT focuses on the problems you have now, rather than issues from the past and looks for practical ways you can improve your state of mind on a daily basis.

This type of therapy really helps clients who are tackling problems such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and drugs misuse.

"CBT was amazing – it was so simple. My diagnosis is bi-polar disorder and I had very low self-esteem and lack of confidence in my future. I was shown how to notice what I was thinking and then how I felt afterwards, and to realise you can choose your own thoughts. I thought they were just random thoughts there to make my life a misery. But I learnt that at any time I could stop and say: 'Why am I thinking that?'"

"I had a CBT therapist but I think she probably used lots of different things - in fact it didn’t feel like she was 'using' anything - it felt like a natural process rather than anything very medical or clinical."

What is Solution Focused Therapy?

Solution focused therapy targets the desired outcome of therapy as a solution rather than focusing on the symptoms or issues that brought you to therapy.  Therapists are interested in what is happening to you in the present and the future desires that you have. 

Extensive research has shown that even the most chronic problems have periods or times when the difficulties do not occur or are less intense and by looking at these areas can identify positive actions that are being taken without conscious awareness!  By bringing these small successes into awareness and building these actions in to a framework for when the problem occurs can really help to build confidence in the strengths you have available to be able to move forward resourcefully.

Also, it is much easier to concentrate on behaviours that you already have hard wired in your mind rather than learning a whole new set of solutions which may take more time.
This why Solution Focused Therapy is often referred as ‘Brief Therapy’ as results are achieved in as little as 3 to 4 sessions.  I always combine this in my work with clients.

‘ I found it really useful to imagine my life how it would be without the problem.  It gave me space to be able to explore different options and because I had only gone round in negative circles before, I had forgotten the times that I had coped and dealt with things.   We went in to quite a lot of detail about my goals and aspirations and I felt like I had a plan for the first time in 5 years’

What is Neuro Linguistical Programming (NLP)?

Neuro-Linguistical Programming is a method of influencing brain behaviour (the Neuro part) through the use of language (the Linguistic part) and other types of communication to enable a person to ‘recode’ the way the brain responds to stimuli (the programming part) and manifest new and better behaviours.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming contains the most accessible, positive and useful aspects of modern psychology. NLP has a set of tools and techniques that model the workings of the mind and has many beneficial uses for self-development particularly in communication, confidence, better focus and personal development.

NLP does not really centre on what has happened in your past but how that problem or issue is affecting you now.  It seeks to provide a goal orientated and solution focused process to get you back on your feet quickly and moving towards your personal development path.

I was quite confident in my job but absolutely terrified of standing up and presenting in front of my colleagues and almost impossible with clients.  Through a combination of changing my thinking patterns and using a technique called ‘anchoring’ I was able to turn my anxiety in to an exhilarating experience and now every time I get up to present I find myself enjoying it more and more’

What is Positive Psychology?

Positive Psychology is a science of positive aspects of human life, such as happiness, well-being and flourishing.  In traditional psychology the model is to concentrate on what people are not doing well and explore ways to change the behaviours, whereas positive psychology focuses on the individual’s potential and inner resources.

In working with stress, anxiety and depression, the emphasis is on how to create positive well-being, rather than how to get rid of negative states. In other words, focusing on solutions, skills and resources such as those listed above.

As part of this, I trained as a Strengths Practitioner which is a process to identify strengths that we are not generally aware that we have, but can be a valuable addition to help clients develop confidence to overcome their problem or issue, and to be able to achieve the goals that they have set.

‘The Strengths training helped me to identify smart strategies to fast track my career …Because I now focus on my strengths I am no longer wasting my energy on improving what I am not talented at.  I have impressed Management by delivering what they expected and then delighted them with an additional bonus deliverable – all geared to showcase my strengths.  It is a lot more fun at work and I feel like I am more in control of my career’

What is Theraputic Life Coaching?

Therapeutic Life Coaching combines personal therapy and life coaching.  It aims to help you identify the blocks you set up that prevent you achieving your goals and is a sensitive and realistic way of helping you to work out what you want from life.

People have therapeutic life coaching for many reasons such as:

•           Helping you get out of a rut and that feeling of being ‘stuck’
•           Improving confidence and self-esteem
•           To feel more fulfilled at work
•           Moving on following a life crisis or major setback
•           To recognise or fulfil a life long dream

‘My sessions helped me realise I was not being really honest with myself. I become aware of my negative beliefs and I was shown how easily they could become positive. Although I was beset by self doubt, the support and encouragement enabled me to successfully put the spark and passion back into my work and my private life’

 

If you would like to know more about the psychological approaches  I’ve explained or need help in moving forward, give me a call on 07590 195541 for a confidential chat about how I can help you.

 

 

  • Lilly Allen,

    Sophie Dahl,

    Geri Halliwell

    all used hypnosis to help them lose weight.
    iamkcjones
    May 8, 2012
  • Brooke Shields,

    Jim Carrey,

    Sting,

    Elton John

    all used psychotherapy to help them deal with negative or depressive areas in their life.
    lkieksi
    Apr 18, 2012
  • Robert Downey Jr,

    Drew Barrymore,

    Paul Gascoigne

    all used CBT to help them improve the way they feel.
    sepiariver
    May 7, 2012
  • Oprah Winfrey,

    Heston Blumenthal,

    Nick Faldo,

    Greg Rusedski

    all used a combination of NLP/Positive and Sports Psychology to improve their life and/or sports performance.