What is Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is a therapy that joins the talking therapy of (CBT) which deals with problems and issues that are happening in the present rather than fixating on earlier life trauma or events that happened in the past, combined with hypnosis which is a way of harnessing the power of the mind to respond to suggestions whilst in a relaxed state of consciousness with focused concentration.
Designed to help manage problems by changing how you think and behave. Utilising powerful techniques which will equip you to deal with issues in a positive way then reinforcing the beneficial changes in thoughts and behaviours with the focused attention attained in hypnosis.
Within this state of consciousness, you are aware of what is going on and are always in control. It is rather like being absorbed in a book or some music, you know what is going on around, but choose not to notice preferring to be absorbed in the book or music. I will make suggestions that we will have worked on and established during the talking therapy, you can choose to go along with them or choose not to, the choice is always yours.
This combined therapy has been shown as an effective way of treating and managing symptoms of several different short- and long-term health conditions. Although these physical conditions cannot be cured with CBH these techniques can be used very successfully to help cope and relieve many symptoms and help reduce stress which can trigger many differing conditions.
Anxiety & stress
Anxiety disorders can manifest in many ways.
Making people feel out of control, often frustrated at their inability to conquer or cope with everyday things or situations they find difficult.
This can lead to intense excessive emotions, worry, anxiety and fear which interrupt daily tasks. There can be extreme feelings from despair, dread irritability, anger or sadness. It also takes a toll physically with feelings of fatigue, sleep disturbances, muscle tension, heart rate irregularities and shortness of breath.
Everyone faces trauma adversity and life stresses. It is important to know how to adapt to these life challenging situations to be able to emerge stronger.
Resilience is defined as a process of adapting well in the face of significant sources of stress. It does not mean you do not experience difficulty or distress but resilience can increase your capacity to withstand and grow from the difficult times
It's all about Balance
Medical Conditions, Treatments & Pain
CBH together with acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness has been shown to help sufferers of chronic pain and life changing diseases, diagnoses and treatments as well as those who have more acute problems.
These techniques and treatments can be used as part of a multidisciplinary approach or as stand-alone techniques. They can help reframe how you relate to your disease or pain and show differing ways to deal with them including dialling down of pain levels to achieve some respite.
IBS and many gastrointestinal conditions can be extremely debilitating with a wide range of symptoms, pain, nausea, altered bowel habit causing not only physical symptoms but stress & anxiety which in turn can trigger more symptoms.
Hypnotherapy has been shown to help relieve symptoms & used along with CBT to directly address any maladaptive thought processes and behaviours that have developed is a successful strategy to work alongside medical treatments.