Christian Forssander BA(Hons) Soc.Psych., HG Dip.P, MBPsS, MHGI
0203 633 0142 / 07759 857260
Clients & Location: I've helped people with many different issues coming from all walks of life, from students and health workers to professional musicians and executive board members.
Approach: I work in confidence with my clients, checking progress at each stage, to assist them in regaining healthy control in the problem areas of their lives in the fewest sessions possible.
I do this using hypnotherapy as part of the Human Givens approach, a recent development in psychotherapy based on new insights. It recognises that we all have basic emotional needs, such as feeling safe and having a sense of control over our lives – and that we also have the innate resources to meet those needs, such as our imagination and long-term memory for learning. Together, our needs and resources make up the givens of human nature: the ‘human givens’.
When our needs are being met we experience well-being. But when our resources are impaired, perhaps by traumatic experience, so that our needs remain unmet, we can suffer from problems like:
- stress & anxiety
- panic attacks
- loss of self-confidence
- relationship problems
- anger & depression
- and many more.
Without the right help, many people can be stuck trying to meet their needs in self-defeating ways, through addictions or compulsions for example, resulting in behavioural difficulties and more emotional distress.
Hypnotherapy and the rest of the Human Givens toolkit enable most people to deal rapidly with the obstacles getting in the way of meeting their needs. This is a solution-focused approach which looks at the past only for information about what to change in the present to help you achieve your goals.
How long will it take? Sessions usually last 60 minutes but can extend to 75 minutes. Generally, you can expect to have between 2 and 8 sessions depending on the nature of the particular difficulty. Most difficulties can be reliably improved within a few sessions.
From the client’s point of view [reproduced with consent]:
Client moving from depression into employment:
“I’m doing great! Thank you so much for all your help getting to this point. I never thought I could actually make it happen. Thank you – you’re amazing.”
Client with a spider phobia:
“Life was miserable when I had to do the cleaning, clearing out cupboards, or even in the garden, and if a spider got on me I’d nearly have a heart attack. I have much more control now. I don’t like spiders, but I can trap them and turn them out down the garden. I’m delighted!”
Client with depression following the traumatic loss of a parent:
“After several years of feeling so low, I had resigned myself to the way I felt and had no real hope that anything or anyone could alter my state of mind, but in a remarkably short period of time your caring, calming and empathetic approach lifted that weight from me. I was overwhelmed by the positive effect you and the techniques you use had on me. You have a real gift.”
Client traumatised by a hospital’s treatment of a close relative:
“I was surprised and greatly relieved to find that you were not going to encourage me to go through my trauma story, as I had done in psychotherapy prior to our meeting. Instead, I quickly became deeply relaxed, drifting off, with the sound of your voice around me. I still have the memory of the event, but when it comes back I’m not so agitated, not so afraid. I was amazed by the change it made to me in such a short period of time.”
Client with a disturbed childhood:
“I experienced being completely relaxed and just breathing with no fear or anxiety. When I realised that I could feel safe without preparing to run, I felt calm in a way that I don't ever remember feeling before. Something was unlocked inside myself. I felt free, free to love and be loved, free of anxieties that restricted me from living in the present. I experience life differently now because the amount of time I feel afraid and anxious has been massively reduced.”
Client with intrusive thoughts:
“Is it the therapy or the therapist? Both were excellent for me and have helped more than methods tried in the past. Now, whenever obsessive thoughts threaten to invade my consciousness, which happens much less frequently, I find it easier to banish them. Thank you!”
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Social Psychology
HG.DipP - Qualified Human Givens Practitioner
GQHP - General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice
MBPsS - Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society
MHGI - Registered Member of the Human Givens Institute
I also work as a Human Givens therapist at the City & Hackney Carers Centre, an affiliate organisation of the Carers Trust, and at a London branch of Mind, the national mental health charity.
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
- Addictions *
- Alcohol abuse *
- Anger management
- Anxiety *
- Depression *
- Drug abuse *
- Eating disorders *
- Exam stress
- Fear of flying
- Food addiction *
- Gambling addiction *
- Insomnia *
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Low self-confidence *
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessions and compulsions *
- Pain management *
- Panic attacks *
- Phobias *
- Post-traumatic stress disorder *
- Public speaking
- Quit smoking
- Relationship issues
- Sleep disorders *
- Sports performance
- Stress *
- Weight loss
* If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have one of the medical conditions starred above, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies or treatments.
The fee per session is £80. Please allow 1½ hours for the first session, to include an assessment of 30 minutes which is free of charge.
Home visits to see clients are possible where appropriate. Please call or e-mail to enquire.
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