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Hypnotherapy is an effective tool to help you “re-edit” the negative emotional associations of a memory. These associations can be reinterpreted into ones that are aligned towards your therapeutic goals. And as you then change the way you feel about the memory, it alters your “template” of mental discomfort and the negative physical reactions you have had to it. The aim is to get your conscious mind and conscious mind to talk to each to make changes. 
 
 
Prior to the session I will have established with you your suitability for Hypnotherapy to ensure your safety at all times. 
Initially I will discuss why you are coming and what you want to achieve, how it is impacting your life, maybe how long it has been an issue, what you want instead. 
 
I will need to check that you do not have any contra-indications to hypnotherapy Angina, Epilepsy, have a known personality disorder, Mental health condition, under Psychologist or any other therapist. 
 
I will ascertain how suggestible you are and what it the best methods of treatment for you. For instance, if you come in for P.T.S.D, I will not be doing anything that is going to alarm you. 
 
At the first session: 
 
I will check with you that you are ready and want to make changes. 
I will begin with an introduction to Hypnotherapy to guide you to start to relaxing 
I will then guide you a little bit deeper into a deeper relaxed frame of mind. 
 
Once you are in a good level of hypnotic trance, I will then talk to your subconscious mind to resolve the issue/issues that you have come to see me for. 
 
This is where the magic changes happen 
 
Then I will check in to see if there is anything else and bring you back of hypnosis 
 
 
Our Conscious mind is our logical thinking minds we operate in Beta brain waves here. Where we observe our feelings and surroundings. A little bit like a day dreamy passenger on a bus. An observer. 
 
 
Our Subconscious mind is controlled by the limbic system. It is the centre responsible for pain and pleasure. It stores all our memories and emotions in relation to those senses. It is our own private library filled with every memory we have ever had. You could also liken your subconscious mind like a bus driver who knows all the routes, everything is mapped out! 
 
 
The answer is simply no. Although the methods used for stage hypnosis and therapeutic Hypnotherapy are the same. I carry out Hypnotherapy as a means of helping you to resolve the issues you came to see me for. I would never be asking you to carry out anything that is illegal, immoral or against your wishes. I also follow a strict code of ethics and your safety and well-being of upmost importance to me. 
 
 
You can definitely receive some wonderful relaxation, calmness and restorative measures from meditation, which also has many health benefits including reducing blood pressure, stopping negative thoughts. With Meditation you also slow everything down and your brain braves will change to a much lower and calmer perceptive. However, a Hypnotherapist will be directly getting your conscious mind and sub conscious mind to engage and this is where all the ‘therapy’ work is carried out. 
 
 
Everyone has the possibility to be hypnotised but not everyone has the same suggestibility levels and therefore this is important and we will be establishing this at the start of the therapy sessions. 
 
We actually walk around all day in an alter frame of mind, often on automatic pilot or day dreaming. Do you drive somewhere and wonder sometimes how you got there or maybe get so drawn into a film you don’t hear what your partner is saying right next to you. Or perhaps just starting out of the window and not aware how long you have been gazing for? 
 
These are all great examples that we already operate on a very subconscious level (Altered state of mind). As we become more relaxed our brain waves alter. 
 
 
For me personally the difference you can access memories quickly, safely and edit them without having the need to necessarily go over them again and again. So, the aim would be to get the change you require much more quickly. 
 
I am not however suggesting that counselling is not important or effective as I have had some great counsellors myself in the past. However, having trained as a hypnotherapist and having been hypnotised many times I still consider this to be one of the most impactful and life changing therapies there are. 
 
 
As with all therapy, hypnosis can bring up unpleasant memories 
 
There may be slight risks associated with any psychological services. During the process of treatment, there may be reason to review some unpleasant memories or to experience some uncomfortable emotions. It is acknowledged that making personal changes in behaviour, thinking and emotions through hypnotherapy sometimes can cause minor setbacks in the process. Everything is done to ensure that you the client is in a debriefed and settled frame of mind prior to ending your session. I always do my upmost to ensure you feel safe from start to finish of the sessions. Your safety and well-being are always of paramount importance. 
 
Please note: 
 
You should seek the advice of a qualified medical practitioner before commencing any treatment or if you have any questions related to your mental or physical health, physical fitness, or medical conditions. Also, it is not recommended that you stop or alter any treatment you are currently receiving without prior consent of your doctor or mental health advisor. 
 
 
Memories are not static constant structures that are fixed in your mind. Memories (and their associated thoughts, emotions) are adaptable and flexible. They are open to suggestion and can accept small deletions or “add-ons” to change some of their original meaning. 
 
Each time that your mind replays memories, minor details of those memories are being re-built, sometimes without even noticing it. 
 
This is done by guiding your subconscious mind to create new improve associations, feelings, images and the language that you say to yourself attaching them to that memory. This in turn helps you to effectively change what the impact and association of the memory, what it means to you, how you feel and respond towards it. 
 
That said depend ending on how deep you go into hypnotic trance some memories can be deleted almost like amnesia (but this is a very deep level of trance). 
 
 
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I am a member of the National Hypnotherapy Council (N.C.H) and follow their code of ethics. 
I am also a member of the Health Professional Council (H.C.P.C) as a State registered Occupational Therapist 
Also, with Association of Neuro Linguistic Programming practitioners A.N.L.P 
 
 
Fully insured with Balens 
 
 
Yes 
 
 
All your information is either stored in a locked cupboard at my home address (only I have access to the key). Or on a memory stick that is also locked in the same cupboard. 
 
 
Yes, but I will require 14 days to get the information to you. 
 
 
I follow the code of ethics and am registered with National Hypnotherapy Council. I am fully insured, have regular supervision and have been D.B.S checked and am registered on the D.B.S updates system. 
 
 
• In the highly unlikely event that you are unhappy with the service or treatments. Please contact me immediately so we can discuss the matter. 
• I will then discuss with my supervisor if we are unable to resolve the matter 
• Failing that you can complain to: 
 
 
Yes 85% of my sessions are online hypnotherapy using zoom. 
 
 
As most of my sessions are online, I have limited availability for face to face sessions. I currently have availability on Mondays at Pure Hair and Beauty, Colchester. 
 
 
I offer groups for relaxation/self-hypnosis, weight management sessions 
as well as bespoke hypnotherapy. If you have a group of friends or colleagues where you would like to have your own group, please contact me. 
 
 
Hypnosis and meditation are similar, and they are both practised worldwide by millions of people. Some people use them to help manage stress and anxiety, and keep depression in check. There are two distinct differences between hypnosis and meditation. 
 
Meditation is defined by the Cambridge dictionary as the act of giving your attention to only one thing, either as a religious activity or as a way of becoming calmer and more relaxed. It can also be described as a set of techniques intended to increase a relaxed state of mental awareness and focused attention. 
 
Meditative practices are found in nearly every religion, including Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism. Despite the fact that meditation is often used for religious purposes, many people practice it without having any spiritual or religious inclinations. 
 
Recovery programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A) , Codependents anonymous (C.O.D.A) and Overeaters anonymous (O.A) as well as much other addiction based fellowship, also use meditation in a method called ‘The two-way prayer’ as a method of quieting a busy mind in order to gain contact with a higher power. After a short spell of meditation participants will then right freely aim to gain clarity and a higher perspective on solving issues and problems. 
 
Simple processes such as listening to our breath, repeating a mantra, or detaching our thought process allow us to focus our attention on a specific subject. In addition, these processes induce a state of self-awareness and inner calm, which can help us hone our focus. 
 
Meditation teaches us that even though there are many things in life we cannot control, we can with regular practice control our own states of mind and change them for the better. 
Meditation can take on different forms, but we can group all of them into two main types: mindfulness meditation and concentrative meditation. 
 
Mindfulness meditation targets issues such as anxiety and depression, but it can focus on other topics as well. Mindfulness meditation involves being aware of and involved in the present moment, and making yourself aware and accepting of the ongoing course of your life. 
 
Concentrative meditation teaches us to focus our attention on specific objects while tuning out everything around us. The goal of this type of meditation is to fully experience what we’re focusing on, whether it’s our breath, a mantra, or a flower. Experiencing things in this way helps to calm the mind and body. 
 
One of the reasons why people may associate hypnosis and meditation as the same is the increasing popularity of guided meditation. People use guided meditation as it allows them to tap into the benefits of meditation without necessarily learning how to meditate. Overall It’s a quicker process, and the person can just be a listening participant. The meditation guide, who is a trained practitioner, leads one or more people through meditation by offering descriptive guided instructions. 
 
It is common to mistake for people to associate a meditation guide with a hypnotherapist. Both professionals have in common that they use verbal instructions to guide their clients through their process. 
Meditation guides or teachers help people reach a meditative state, but they do not have the training to help their trainees overcome their fears or give up smoking. Once they achieve a meditative state, the clients have increased awareness and can reach the same conclusions on their own, but the processes differ greatly. 
 
I follow the code of ethics and am registered with National Hypnotherapy Council. I am fully insured, have regular supervision and have been D.B.S checked and am registered on the D.B.S updates system. 
 
Yes, online hypnotherapy using zoom, and face-to-face in local therapy centres. 
 
I also offer groups for relaxation/self-hypnosis, weight management 
as well as bespoke hypnotherapy. 
 
 
However, hypnotherapy is used by licensed physicians and psychologists to treat multiple conditions and mental illnesses. Certified hypnotherapists help people manage their weight and give up smoking, and help them deal with addiction. 
 
The hypnotist deliberately uses specific suggestions including an induction (an introduction to hypnosis), a deepening technique (used to aid in a deeper level of trance to access the subconscious mind). Hypnotherapy helps the client to reach the hypnotic state and focus on solving the issues they came into seeing you the therapist with a goal in mind. A hypnotherapist acts as a guide to access the subconscious mind to enable the client to access their own internal resources. 
 
It can be said that both processes will indeed help your mind to obtain a much more relaxed state and can both can aid in facing various problems, and provide health and therapeutic benefits. 
As with all therapy, hypnosis can bring up unpleasant memories 
 
There may be slight risks associated with any psychological services. During the process of treatment, there may be reasons to review some unpleasant memories or to experience some uncomfortable emotions. It is acknowledged that making personal changes in behaviour, thinking and emotions through hypnotherapy sometimes can cause minor setbacks in the process. Everything is done to ensure that you the client is in a debriefed and settled frame of mind prior to the end of your session. 
 
Please note: 
 
You should seek the advice of a qualified medical practitioner before commencing any treatment or if you have any questions related to your mental or physical health, physical fitness, or medical conditions. Also, it is not recommended that you stop or alter any treatment you are currently receiving without the prior consent of your doctor or mental health advisor. 
 
Memories are not static constant structures that are fixed in your mind. Memories (and their associated thoughts, and emotions) are adaptable and flexible. They are open to suggestions and can accept small deletions or “add-ons” to change some of their original meaning. 
 
Each time that your mind replays memories, minor details of those memories are being rebuilt, sometimes without even noticing it. 
 
This is done by guiding your subconscious mind to create new improved associations, feelings, images and the language that you say to yourself attaching them to that memory. This helps you to effectively change the impact and association of the memory, what it means to you, and how you feel and respond towards it. Hypnotherapy is an effective tool to help you “re-edit” the negative emotional associations of memory. These associations can be reinterpreted into ones that are aligned towards your therapeutic goals. And as you then change the way you feel about the memory, it alters your “template” of mental discomfort and negative physical reactions. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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