I have been trained in a variety of approaches, but now purely follow an evidence-based approach which means that I choose interventions that are supported by research to increase the chances for a successful outcome. This also means that certain techniques like regression are not used within my practice due to my commitment to my clients’ welfare.
I favour techniques that originate from Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy as there is strong evidence that supports increased efficacy if these tools are used in conjunction with hypnosis. In my working model going into hypnosis is using ordinary psychological processes whereby we direct your attention upon ideas and suggestions you wish to experience and that are desirable to you. The more you are getting absorbed, the more you are being pulled into this experience and it starts to become part of your reality.
Hypnosis is not a "miracle cure" that can tackle every malady, and I would certainly be wary of hypnotherapists claiming otherwise, but seeing clients change and rid themselves of long-held limiting beliefs, can certainly appear like a miracle.
For therapy to work, you (the potential client) are expected to be an active participant in the process, to open yourself up to the suggestions given and to use your imagination to evoke emotions and to rehearse behaviour change. Hypnosis is more of an active “doing” rather than something that automatically “happens” to you as a result of an induction and suggestions. But it can certainly still have the quality of non-volition- and that is part of the beauty.
I follow an evidence-based approach and combine techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, Problem Solving Therapy, Assertiveness Training and other modalities to reduce and alleviate a broad range of presenting issues. I tend to employ techniques that are based on scientific research rather than anecdotal evidence or gut feeling.
I believe in a collaborative nature of hypnotherapy treatments whereby we work together to ensure you are getting the most value out of each session.
I will offer support throughout, not just when we have time together, but also in between sessions and following.
Self-efficacy is the belief in one’s own ability to succeed in a specific situation or to achieve a goal. I will teach you the skills to put yourself into hypnosis, with a particular goal in mind.
Studies have shown that this will further enhance your treatment outcome.
My objective is to empower you to begin creating the life you desire.
When new clients reach out to me, we will arrange an initial phone conversation free of charge and there are no obligations attached. The sole purpose is to get a better understanding of the issue and discuss what outcome is likely to be achievable.
Sometimes clients may present issues that are not suitable for hypnotherapy. In that case, I might be able to advise on better-suited routes and even point you in the right direction.
The first session usually involves an assessment and evaluation to get a better understanding of the issue. It is during this stage that we will outline and agree upon a specific therapeutic goal. We will also discuss in depth what hypnosis actually is, my working model and the role which you are expected to take to give you the best chances for a successful outcome. I will also give you a brief introduction to hypnosis and how to best utilise your imagination to your advantage.
It is during this stage that I will be able to give you a realistic explanation of the scope of therapeutic outcome and the estimated duration of treatment.
Hypnotherapy is a short and solution-focused intervention and I will aim to get you where you want in the shortest time possible. The typical course of treatment is 4 - 6 sessions, but this depends on the nature of your situation, the complexity of the issue and the level of motivation.
Where possible it is preferable for sessions to take place at regular intervals until completion, typically one week apart.
During the sessions, you will be expected to commit to certain tasks to aid the process of improvement (such as practising self-hypnosis, listening to audio materials, behavioural tasks amongst other things). Great improvements can be made between sessions and it is important that new learnings are solidified and topics of our sessions are put into practice. This ensures that you are making changes at a deep behavioural level and create new neurological pathways.