Resolving post traumatic stress (PTSD) using Hypnotherapy
and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)
Hypnotherapy and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) can be effective in reducing the effects of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During sessions we look at both the anxiety and stress felt in the present whilst also addressing its causes.
We often only consider major events, such as war, terrorism or physical abuse, as truly traumatic. However, many common or more easily dismissed experiences can be traumatising. There is absolutely no shame or weakness if you feel overwhelmed or affected following a distressing situation. And there is no rule that only something involving physical harm is considered traumatic either. For example, workplace bullying can be extremely traumatising, even though there is no physical abuse.
Any situation, in which a person feels extreme stress, threatened or in great danger can be traumatic. PTSD can be experienced months or even years following the original incident. PTSD can include an aversion to seeing places or people connected to the trauma, flashbacks re-experiencing the event, insomnia, phobias, anxiety, frequently feeling on edge, panic attacks, or feeling guilt, shame or lowered self-esteem.
During client sessions in London, I use a combination of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), clinical hypnotherapy and aspects of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to reduce the effects of trauma. I frequently will also use mindfulness based approaches. Mindfulness provides easy to learn skills to manage and reduce long term stress or anxiety. Mindfulness tools can encourage greater mental calmness, peace of mind and confidence.
Sessions in London for Trauma or overcoming stress
Understandably, it is common for clients to express reluctance to re-visit the memories of the original traumatic event. During sessions, any work with traumatic or distressing memories will be carried out at a pace which the client feels completely comfortable.
For PTSD, session number will vary from person to person. Many clients at my London clinic will have between two and four sessions. This is often sufficient to make a significant change. Sessions last up to two hours and cost £200.
If you would like to discuss how I can help you reduce the affects of a traumatic experience and PTSD, simply fill out the quick enquiry form below. Below you will also find more information about traumatic stress.
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How does hypnotherapy help reduce PTSD?
Hypnotherapy is effective at reducing PTSD since, though often unpleasant, PTSD is a very normal response of the mind to a traumatic event. It is therefore likely that what you are experiencing now, in many cases, is in fact an understandable reaction following a distressing experience.
After something distressing, the mind, in particular the subconscious part of the mind, enters a hypervigilant ‘protective mode’. This protective mode aims to guard against further danger.
Anxiety levels can become raised more frequently, resulting in a person feeling on edge. The subconscious wishes to, very quickly, evaluate whether you could be placed in danger again. To protect from further harm, the subconscious now compares a vivid image of the original traumatic event with what you experience in the present. Anything that looks or feels similar is greeted with high anxiety or even a panic response.
A high anxiety response functions to ensure the individual enters a ‘fight or flight response’ with adrenaline raised in order to subdue perceived danger or flee from it. This explains why situations which remind of the trauma feel distressing.
Hypnotherapy works to calm this subconscious protective response. During sessions in London I work also to lower general anxiety levels. The subconscious is encouraged to relax and become less responsive, no longer needing to react so quickly or strongly to perceived danger.
Deep Dive Therapy sessions are tailored to each person’s specific situation and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. It is easy to feel a victim of the past. It is my hope that you will gain a calmed mind so that past events are really kept in the past, where they belong.
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.
Types Of Therapy WE USE
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)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.