How may hypnotherapy benefit you?

It is often thought that hypnotherapy is limited to dealing with issues such as supporting clients to stop smoking, addressing attitudes in order to lose weight and to help manage fears and phobias.  In fact a key part of hypnotherapy is in helping clients with problems such as symptoms of stress and anxiety, panic/anxiety attacks, sleeping problems, confidence relating to performance eg: sports, public speaking and negative behaviour patterns and may also help with minor skin conditions that are exacerbated by stress.

Hypnotherapy, can also help clients cope with and manage the relief of perceived pain associated with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), where, through the work of Professor Whorwell in this area, there is evidence to support its use with both adults and children.

Hypnotherapy may be used on its own, as simple relaxation tool, or the therapist may integrate hypnotherapy with one of the modern scientific approaches such as a cognitive approach ie CBT, or a more resource based approach such as Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT),  or the Mindfulness based 3rd Wave CBT approaches.  Using these disparate approaches the therapist works with the client to utilise their own motivation and resources to meet their desired ambition(s) and goal(s).  

It should be noted that Clinical Hypnotherapy is not a substitute for professional medical help, and when considering hypnotherapy treatment, care should be taken to ensure that the hypnotherapist is fully qualified to current professional standards and fully insured.  The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), which was set up with government support and is now approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care provides a helpful descriptor of Hypnotherapy and maintains a list of fully qualified and insured therapists.

Click here to download a PDF copy of this descriptor.