The process of hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is a relaxing and effective treatment and can be defined as the use of hypnosis for therapeutic aims. I have used hypnotherapy effectively with clients in London for many years. This page will explain more about what hypnotherapy is and how it brings change.
It is common to think of hypnosis and therefore hypnotherapy as something mysterious or that it requires someone to believe in it for it to work. No belief or faith is required and this air of mystery often results from how hypnosis is portrayed in movies or on mesmerising TV shows. Hypnosis, as used in the consulting room, is safe and an easy to understand, change technique. Importantly, there are also now a number of clinical research studies showing the efficacy of hypnotherapy for anxiety, stress, pain management and conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Guiding someone into a hypnosis relaxation is a straightforward process. In the consulting room, it may be carried out in one of a number of ways. Hypnosis generally begins with the client firstly closing their eyes and the use of simple relaxation techniques. Then a hypnosis trance is induced by guiding a client to relax deeply or imagining being on a beach or in a similarly relaxing place.
As soon as the eyes are closed, the chatter of the conscious mind is already reduced. By guiding someone into a more relaxed state, a quietened conscious mind allows the subconscious mind to listen more easily and consider new or different ideas. Hypnotherapy involves various visualisations and direct conversation, bringing to the attention of the client’s subconscious mind positive ideas, images and change encouraging perspectives.
During hypnotherapy you remain fully in control
Hypnotherapy is not comparable to sleep. A client hears what is being said and able to have some awareness of their surroundings. They may notice external noises. If, for example, a fire alarm should ring, a client will hear this and may open their eyes. During hypnotherapy you do not lose consciousness. You remain fully in control and in most cases able to open your eyes or speak if you wish to.
Hypnotherapy’s effectiveness comes from directing conversation or visualisations to the subconscious mind. Sometimes referred to as our ‘unconscious’ mind, the subconscious is the place that runs our automatic processes, so that we don’t have to. For example, the subconscious regulates our breathing rate and blood pumping. It’s also where we store our habitual behaviours, memories and beliefs. Hypnotherapy can look to ‘upgrade’ these habits and beliefs and also ‘soothe’ memories that may be causing distress in the present.
Hypnotherapy looks at our thoughts and beliefs
We form beliefs by interpreting the events of our lives. Let’s take as a simple example, someone with a phobia of dogs. We aren’t born with a phobia of dogs. As such, a phobia or fear could begin when we, normally as children, see other people’s fear and model our response accordingly. Another way a phobia develops is following an experience that felt scary or threatening. This may be an incident when barked at, bitten or chased, by a dog.
The subconscious mind remembers the emotion (in this case fear) and keeps this to hand. The next time something similar is experienced, the subconscious triggers this fear response again and a phobia is created. As such, a person might now get a little anxious simply seeing a dog on TV. They may change their behaviour, attempting to avoid places where dogs might be, such as parks. Hypnotherapy addresses the images, thoughts and beliefs found in the subconscious mind. In this example, treatment may aim at changing a person’s beliefs; moving away from viewing dogs as a threat and something to be feared. In so doing, the associated emotional reaction, will also decrease or will, in many cases, completely cease.
You might ask, why can’t I just ‘stop thinking about it’ or ‘think about it differently’?
Importantly, our subconscious is not in our ‘conscious’ control. As such you can’t simply ignore it or turn it off. In other words, there are just some things you can’t think your way out of. It’s not a rational process in that way.
Rather, a technique is needed to address the subconscious, the place where our memories and embedded beliefs are stored. Hypnotherapy is a way to do just that. It is possible to feel better about past events and change how you act or feel about events in the present.
Our example was about a dog. However Hypnotherapy can help create positive change, from fearing flying in an aeroplane, public speaking, or meeting new people. Hypnotherapy also reduces pain, anxiety, IBS, and addictive or unhelpful lifestyle patterns. Hypnotherapy, as used with clients at our London clinic, is a very relaxing, safe and medication free way to move forward and feel more in control about many aspects of life.
At Deep Dive Therapy, in London, clinical hypnotherapy helps clients from both near and far look at unhelpful beliefs, unwanted behaviours and reduce anxiety and stress. It can foster change in relationships, work, and raise self esteem and confidence.
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DEEP DIVE TREATMENTS
The number of sessions required will vary and you are not locked into booking a certain number of sessions. Often you can simply decide at the end of a session if you feel you need to come back for further support. Sessions last up to two hours. With most people requiring no more than two to four sessions. The treatments listed are common challenges. If you can’t see what you are looking for, get in touch by email. It is likely we can help.
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Deep Dive Therapy sessions are tailor-made to your specific needs. Change is focussed and enjoyable. I aim to bring you excellent results in a short amount of time. During sessions at my London clinic I use a combination of Clinical Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), together with Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and dynamic life coaching exercises and tools. Some sessions will include just one approach, others a mixture, according to what would be most effective to help you reach your chosen goals. Click the links here to find out more.
11 years - Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner, CBT and Mindfulness based cognitive therapist.
Addictions and habits, anxiety, phobias, managing change and workplace conflict.
Deep Dive Therapy 1-4 two hour sessions. £100 an hour.
Coaching packages available.
Validated practitioner of the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council. Member of the General Hypnotherapy Register and the UK Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
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How does Deep Dive Therapy Work?
Deep Dive Therapy is a personal change concept not offered by anyone else. I am not wedded to one form of therapy and sessions draw in a number of approaches, including neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), clinical hypnotherapy and aspects of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I also frequently use life coaching and mindfulness-based approaches.
I am flexible and open, using my intuition and experience to decide what intervention would be the most useful for a client at the present moment.
With kindness and compassion, we dive in quickly on what is really bubbling under the surface for you. Addressing what is really going on, but at your pace and in line with what you are happy to do.
Yes, there are many hypnotherapists, NLP practitioners and life coaches. However, I bring a very fresh and effective way of working. I call my technique ‘Deep Dive’ since we get to the core and underlying issues quickly. I don’t waste your time on anything you don’t need.
For most challenges sessions last up to two hours. You will see that for some treatments sessions are shorter. For example, life coaching sessions, following an initial two hour session, are 50 minutes in duration.
For some phobias, one session is sufficient. For many addictive patterns, between two and four sessions are beneficial. Sessions can be weekly or spaced out. My quit smoking programme is for two sessions, one session of just over 90 minutes, with a second ‘quit session’ of 50 minutes. Life coaching packages vary in session number.
I have found that sessions of up to two hours in duration can ensure we really do dive deeply into the issues at hand. In a shorter one hour session, it can happen that we have to stop just as we were getting to the real issues. Things get left on a ‘cliff-hanger’. This is frustrating and may delay change and progress. We have to restart again a week later, rather than continuing and building on the positive momentum just created.
The process is straightforward. Simply get in touch today using the enquiry form and we will arrange a time for your first session. I also offer a free, no-obligation, initial phone consultation. Use your free consultation to ask any questions (no matter how small) and decide of I am the right therapist for you. Once we have a date in the diary, I will send you a brief background questionnaire to fill-in as well as a document which outlines terms and conditions around how sessions are run.
Session last up to two hours and are £200. 50 minute sessions are £100. Life coaching fees vary according to package. The standard smoking cessation programme is £245.
I do understand that sessions are an investment and paying upfront for sessions can be difficult for many people. For individually booked sessions, you will need to pay in full before or at your session.
If you book a package of sessions, you can pay in instalments. However, in general, you will pay at least £200 before your first session. The remainder will normally be paid, in full, before your last package session. If you require a longer period to pay, please be in touch to discuss your needs.
We will establish very clearly when and how much your payment plan is. This will be by email or on paper so that our agreement is recorded.
When you book a session it is for up to two hours. This means that I will set aside this amount of time for you and I will be totally available for that time. You have paid for my time. If you come late, no matter what the reason, I cannot make any promises that we will be able to go beyond your agreed session time. I do not give refunds when you are late.
Sometimes coming late is unavoidable, should there be train delays, traffic or unavoidable holdups. However, if you anticipate there could be delays, ensure you leave enough time. It's better to be a few minutes early than a few minutes late.
If you do need to cancel a session, please be aware that your booking is subject to a rigid 48-hour cancellation/rearrangement policy. If I do not receive a minimum of 48 hours notice of cancellation or rearrangement, I will still charge for the appointment in full. If a £1 pre-authorisation payment has been taken on your debit or credit card for the first session, I reserve the right to use these card details to charge for the appointment via PayPal. If I have not taken a pre-authorisation, I will raise an invoice and email it accordingly.
Terms and conditions of how sessions are run will be set out in your ‘Working Agreement’ document. This document you will receive by email after you book your first session. I am always happy to discuss this contract and make changes to suit your needs.
If you have booked a two-session smoking cessation programme and attended one session, there is no refund for the second session. You will, however, have that session as a 50-minute session ‘credit’, which you can use for a future session, or gift to a friend to use in your place.
If you have paid for a package of sessions and in so doing received a discount for a block of sessions, cancelling will mean you are no longer entitled to the discount rate. Any sessions attended will revert to the regular session fee of £100 an hour/ 50 minutes. A refund will be based on that rate.
No client financial information, including credit or debit card details, is stored by Deep Dive Therapy. We retain client email addresses for the purposes of communicating regarding a client’s sessions or for marketing purposes. We do not share your information with any third party or partner. As a therapist, I make brief notes, for myself, to summarise sessions. These notes are kept locked and secure. Only I have access to them. Notes are destroyed when no longer needed. Notes are stored for seven years due to United Kingdom legal requirements.
Sessions are confidential. I will not share anything you say with anyone else. I hope you will feel free to talk openly and sessions can feel like a haven, a safe space to be honest.
However, there are two scenarios in which I may share information about you with someone else. The first is if I should consult a colleague or supervisor to ask their advice about how best to help you. In this situation, I will not use your name and will change some details to ensure your identity is kept confidential.
The other scenarios which are relevant are if I feel that you may harm yourself or others or if you talk (boast) about committing a serious crime.
Unless it is an emergency, I will always discuss with you before speaking to someone else about you. You should feel confident about how sessions work and not feel any need to hold back on anything you wish to say. Please ask me any questions about this, so it is clear.
As much as I would love to 100% guarantee you success, sadly I cannot do so.
Many think that hypnotherapy, in particular, is like a magic wand. Popular thinking is that a client doesn’t need to do anything actively and the hypnotherapist will miraculously remove whatever problems a person has. I wish it was that simple. You will need to do some work too. All the great changes you wish to see must be carried out by you. You are responsible for your decisions, habits, choices and mindset.
What I can guarantee is that I will work my hardest for you. I promise to provide you with the best tools I have, to ensure you have the greatest chances to succeed. In return, if you have strong determination and are prepared to roll your selves up and commit to the ‘work’, I do hope you will see some wonderful changes.
I’m passionate about what I do. I really get a great deal of joy and satisfaction seeing people receive results far and beyond what they expected. I hope this will be the case for you also.
Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for emotional and behavioural change work. Hypnosis is really the guiding of someone into a relaxed state. During hypnosis, your eyes are closed and you are relaxed. However, you are able to hear everything that is going on. You do not lose control and can open your eyes if there is a need to do so. It is a myth that you can be tricked into doing something you would object to. Clinical hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to guide you through some helpful and powerful visualisations. Hypnotherapy is relaxing and addresses subconscious patterns of thought so that you can shift mood, thoughts and ideas.
In general, most people can experience hypnosis. In my experience, it is rare that someone is unable to go into a ‘trance’. However, if you find it very hard to relax or find it difficult to trust other people, it is still possible but may just be harder work for your therapist. It is not advised to undergo hypnotherapy if you have recently drunk alcohol or taken drugs or strong medication. Check before your session if you have any concerns about your suitability.
Many clients find that between one and four Deep Dive therapy sessions are sufficient to make some wonderful changes. We get to the underlying issues quickly and set you on a positive course. However, life coaching is about longer-term support over a few months. Coaching is ideal for someone navigating ongoing work projects and relationships, wishing to create change, or perhaps get used to new life circumstances.
In other words, life coaching or executive coaching helps you succeed in challenging changing or ongoing situations. So, for example, a person suffering from high anxiety may have just a few sessions. However, someone going through a divorce or navigating running a new business may need more ongoing support.