Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy - what is it and how can it help me?
Hypnotherapy is the combination of therapy and hypnosis to utilise the power of positive suggestion. During hypnosis, the conscious mind, where our minds are busy with day to day life, is at rest and calm, while the subconscious mind is open and receptive to suggestions. Modern psychology defines hypnosis as a state of increased suggestibility. This increased suggestibility is able to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behaviours and everyone can, in principle, be hypnotised and can learn to become more suggestible.
Hypnotherapists work in collaboration with their clients to achieve this state and then suggest powerfully crafted thoughts, ideas and visualisations that introduce deep levels of change. Through the process of working together, we examine the ‘scripts’ that your mind is playing and create more resourceful, positive and powerful ‘scripts’ that help to change the way you think. Psychological and emotional problems can be seen as the result of negative thinking, whereas hypnotherapy aims to encourage and suggest positive ideas which lead to improvement.
The majority of people will be aware of everything that happens during hypnosis. It isn’t a state of sleep or unconsciousness, nor is it a state of mind control. You cannot be made to do anything against your will or values, it is completely safe and you won’t get ‘stuck’ in hypnosis.
Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy integrates hypnosis and hypnotherapy with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Working together to understand what your issue or problem is and map out a working model of ‘how’ the issue or problem works. Then supporting you to become aware of the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviour and the behavioural patterns that reinforce the negative thinking. As you will discover, it is a cycle that, once understood, can be broken and redirected.
Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy can support you to achieve many things including:
- weight loss
- building confidence
- reducing and managing stress
- building self-esteem
- managing anxiety
- managing fears such as flying, heights etc
- managing phobia’s such as spiders, birds etc
- overcoming unwanted habits such as bruxism, nail biting etc.
- reaching your potential
- personal development such as sports performance, public speaking, job interviews
Hypnotherapy normally requires more than one session but is probably one of the briefest forms of psychological therapy, with the average number of sessions being around four to six. It is evidence based with thousands of positive experimental and clinical research studies having been published. It is recognised as an effective treatment by the British Medical Association (BMA), the American Medical Association (AMA) the American Psychological Association and NICE.
Essentially, hypnotherapy is a collaborative solution focused therapy, learning to think positively, imaging and picturing your goals and ultimately understanding the connection between your thoughts, feelings and behaviours allowing you to become self-sufficient to take control of your own outcomes.
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About Shelley Cushway
I am a cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist and coach. I am also a mindfulness coach and trainer. I work with individuals supporting them to achieve their goals and overcome whatever is holding them back. I also run workshops and training sessions in mindfulness and building confidence