Hypnotherapy and Life Coaching can help women with all of these issues:

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Stress and Anxiety
Life Transitions
Go Alcohol Free
Children’s Hypnotherapy
Menopause
Hypnotherapy for Menopause

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Clinical hypnosis – what is it?

What is clinical hypnotherapy?

There is some degree of confusion between what is clinical hypnosis as opposed to other forms of hypnosis or hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is simply a state of mind – similar to daydreaming or deep absorption. Hypnotherapy uses methods to create that state of mind in a person with a view to using it therapeutically – for instance, by making positive suggestions based on what a client has defined as their desired therapeutic outcome. Clinical hypnosis, or clinical hypnotherapy, is therapeutically oriented – as opposed to hypnosis which may be used for stage shows, etc.

Clinical hypnosis can be used to help people with a range of issues including weight loss, anxiety and phobias. Clinical hypnosis can also help with a range of conditions which are more usually the preserve of medical doctors – including IBS, chronic illness and pain management. Hypnotherapy can help with these types of conditions by helping with self-esteem and positive perspectives, creating change at a cellular level and providing people with highly effective management tolls. As hypnotherapists, we don’t look at the condition – we look at the person as a whole.

There is a strong connection between our thoughts and emotions and our physical health. We know that stress can lead to and exacerbate hypertension and heart disease, and it is also strongly linked with IBS. There are many other conditions, such as fibromyalgia, which have a strong link with previous life trauma. Clinical hypnosis not only focuses on the present but may also involve looking at and resolving past trauma in order to help people move forward.

If you feel that you would benefit from clinical hypnosis, please don’t hesitate to get in touch for a chat.

Our Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy covers all aspects of clinical hypnosis and we have a range of CPD hypnotherapy courses which cover the application of hypnotherapy to a range of medical conditions.

 

Children’s hypnotherapy – what it’s not!

Children’s hypnotherapy…on my kids-matters.co.uk website you’ll find loads of information about the benefits of using hypnotherapy to help children with a range of issues, but I just briefly want to look at some of the MISinformation which is out there.

  1. Using mind control with your kids is bad – Children’s hypnotherapy has absolutely nothing to do with mind control. You cannot make your child do something they don’t want to do. I’ve even seen this belief put out there by one hypnotherapist who claims she can ‘maker her husband and kids do what I want’. Hypnosis is not about mind control – it’s about helping children to access their own inner resources and skills to do lead the best life they can.
  2. Hypnosis for kids is unethical – being a child is tough. And when you are put in certain situations as a child which teach you that you are not good enough, or that every day things are scary, you carry these beliefs into adulthood. When I work with a child I make sure they are absolutely on board with their treatment. This isn’t about myself and the parent deciding what is good for the child – the child has to want to work on certain aspects of their life and be happy for hypnotherapy to be a part of their development. If there is a tool which can help a child before they develop unhelpful beliefs about themselves and the world around them which they take into adulthood, I’m delighted to be a part of that process.
  3. Hypnotherapy won’t work with children – Actually, children are highly receptive to hypnotherapy. Children slip in and out of imaginary, creative states on a very regular basis. Hypnosis is simply a creative, focused, receptive state – very similar to the state children enter during imaginative play. Using hypnosis with children is actually both easier, and often more effective, than when working with adults. A kid’s hypnotherapy session is fun, quick and effective as it taps into a world which is very familiar to them.

As long as a child is happy to have a hypnotherapy session and you visit a hypnotherapist who is skilled in working with children, the only outcomes you will have from a hypnotherapy session are positive. For more information please visit www.kids-matters.co.uk

My ‘E’ in my A-Z of life coaching and hypnotherapy is ’empathy’

When you go for hypnotherapy or life coaching, a good hypnotherapist or life coach will always convey empathy towards you. Experiencing empathy during hypnosis is an integral part of the therapeutic process.

Before we go any further, it’s useful to know what is meant by ‘empathy’ as opposed to ‘sympathy’. Sympathy is when we feel sorry for someone else. If you’ve experienced difficulties, it is quite likely that your friends and family will be sympathetic towards you. Experiencing sympathy from loved ones can show you that they care about you and are sorry that you’re going through a tough time. But it can also be disempowering. If you are continually sensing that people feel sorry for you, you can begin to feel that you have failed somehow or have become a victim.

A good hypnotherapist or life coach will not display sympathy towards you, they will display empathy. First off, some clients who are thinking about hypnosis or life coaching have the idea that – because they are paying someone to help them – that the therapist doesn’t care about them. This is completely untrue. The vast majority of people who choose to become therapists do so because they have experienced difficulties in their own lives and they may well have experienced the benefits of therapy before choosing to train in that field themselves. These are people who care about other people’s well being. And hypnotherapists and life coaches want to do their best job by you. We’re all human and will be deeply moved by our interactions with clients.

So, back to empathy. A good hypnotherapist or life coach will not be doing you any favours by displaying deep sympathy towards you. By doing so, they may simply reinforce some unhelpful beliefs you hold about yourself. But they will convey empathy – they will let you know that they care about you, and that they really want to know about your experience. A good therapist will never pretend they are the expert in your life. They’re not. You are! They will work very hard to show you that they’re trying to understand your story. They will make sure you realise that you are a precious human being – because you are. And they will reveal themselves to you as being human too. This isn’t about over-sharing on the therapist’s part – it’s just about being approachable, accepting and revealing to you at times when they have been affected by what you have shared with them.

Experiencing empathy in this way is a wonderful experience. You become part of a shared experience with your hypnotherapist or life coach, a person who has no agenda, or pre-conceived ideas and who isn’t so tied up in caring about you that they can’t let you grow. Sympathy can sometimes end up being a control mechanism – empathy is the opposite. A truly empathic therapist will always be there, right beside you, supporting you without telling you what to do, and relating their own feelings and experiences to the process.

As you experience this empathy, you will feel valued and heard and you will begin to grow emotionally in a way which you may never have experienced before.