I am a hypnotherapist in North West London, proving hypnotherapy near Harrow, Rickmansworth and Watford. I deal with all manner of issues. Usually, my work involves untangling the chaotic thoughts that are often a symptom of depression and anxiety.
Hypnotherapy near Harrow, HA1-HA3
As our lives become busier and busier, it is easy to lose focus on our emotional needs. All too often, it is only when we become overwhelmed that we decide to seek help. Typical examples of this are:
- Alcohol use
- Drug abuse
- Anger issues
- Weight gain to name a few common examples
What does hypnotherapy do?
There is much confusion about what hypnotherapy actually is, and what it can do. Most people may think of stage hypnotists making audience member cluck like a chicken, or impersonating Elvis! This is a far cry from the application of hypnosis in a therapeutic setting.
Hypnotherapy is a highly effective way to change your outlook. It helps you develop a more flexible perspective on the world. With regular sessions, we can help uncover the subconscious patterns that are holding you back. This gives them an opportunity to update and resolve.
It’s about changing the way that you view things and breaking old patterns to bring about positive change in your life. Hypnosis weakens negative thoughts, so they no longer take hold of your mind.
Hypnotherapy for anxiety and depression in Harrow
Although my hypnotherapy practice is based in Northwood, I serve clients looking for hypnotherapy near Harrow (HA1-HA3), Hillingdon, Watford and all of London. I also provide online hypnotherapy sessions to those living outside London and the U.K.
If you’ve been struggling to find a solution to your anxiety or depression, hypnotherapy may be a boon. It can be especially useful for those of a creative and intelligent disposition.
If you would like to read a report on the efficacy of Cognitive Hypnotherapy, you can do so HERE. The report offers encouraging data that suggests that Cognitive Hypnotherapy has been shown to be more effective than CBT in treating anxiety and depression. The nature of hypnosis also means that you are usually able to see positive results in a much short timeframe.
How long does hypnotherapy take to work?
Within just 1 session, you can start to feel better and see the changes that hypnotherapy can make in your life. I personally recommend 3 – 6 sessions for any issue, so that change is permanent and new behaviours have time to bed in.
Everyone is different, so it isn’t easy to predict how many sessions a client may need. We all respond to treatments in different ways. It can also depend on the nature of the problem.
For example, if I were seeing two smokers, one may have an 80-a-day habit, while another may only have a 10-a-day habit, or may only smoke at the weekend. Obviously, the latter client may find it easier to give up smoking, as their habit is less compulsive.
Another factor that may influence the number of sessions needed would be the current circumstances the client is going through. For example, if a client is going through a divorce, treating their depression may take longer than for a client who is generally feeling happy with their life. This doesn’t mean that the former client can’t get better, only that there may be other emotions to deal with that are concurrent to their presenting issue.
However, no matter the circumstance, a trained hypnotherapist can always navigate the emotional rapids, and gently lead a client towards calmer waters.
I work with people who are looking for solutions that they cannot find elsewhere. If you feel overwhelmed by stress or anxiety, hypnosis is an option worth exploring.
What is hypnosis and how does it work?
Hypnosis is the ability to induce a trance state in someone. When you enter this state, your mind and body become more relaxed, allowing you to be more open to suggestion. This can help change the way that you see things. Hypnosis works by focusing on specific thoughts and breaking any negative patterns that are holding you back from living your best life.
What is hypnotherapy good for?
Hypnotherapy helps with a wide variety of issues and problems. Hypnotherapy can help you overcome
- Stop smoking
- Self-esteem problems
- Weight loss
- Motivation and much more
What is hypnosis in psychology?
Hypnotherapy is a fascinating branch of psychology. Some people presume that you fall into a coma-like state and are completely unaware of what is going on during a hypnotherapy session. This is not true at all!
During a session of hypnotherapy, you will be completely aware of what is being said by the therapist. You will be able to understand everything that is going on, and even ask questions of your hypnotherapist. Unlike other therapies, you are not just trawling over past upsets with little resolution.
In fact, it is the client’s involvement in hypnosis that makes hypnotherapy so effective.
Hypnosis and Trance
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, where an individual is in a trance-like state and in a heightened state of focus. This is achieved using breathing or meditation techniques.
In some cases, people experience very vivid hallucinations while under hypnosis. This depends on the person being hypnotised. In simple terms, hypnosis functions by lowering your level of anxiety and increasing your ability to listen to instructions given during a hypnosis session. This makes it easier for you to concentrate and make shifts on what’s happening in your life; from achieving more success at work to relaxing after a stressful day at home. Other benefits include being able to control bad habits like smoking and emotional eating.
What happens to the brain during hypnosis?
Hypnosis is not a sleep state, but it can be similar to the way you fall asleep. The brain waves become slower and more consistent with the pattern of hypnosis. These brainwaves are sometimes called Theta. This allows us to access the subconscious mind and helps people reach their goals more effectively. During hypnosis, we have access to all of our thoughts, feelings, and experiences that are buried deep inside.
Under hypnosis, the “thinking brain” (neocortex) becomes less active, which means that the typical overthinking of the anxious mind is abated. When this happens, typical negative habits of thought will give way to more a useful and resourceful state. For example: if your anxious thinking is constantly telling you “I am not good enough”, we can slow down these thoughts to allow them to become less intrusive. Then we can examine what lies beneath these thoughts on a subconscious level. Uprooting the emotions or beliefs that are driving the negative thoughts allows you greater agency over how you respond to them. In other words, you can begin to see them objectively, which means that you will be no longer overwhelmed by them.
Whether you’re struggling with a phobia, an addiction, or just want to free yourself from limiting beliefs, hypnotherapy can help. You can also find out how your brain works and understand how it impacts your thoughts and emotions. There are plenty of benefits to hypnotherapy – one that comes to mind is the ability to make changes quickly without having to go through years of therapy. If you don’t like what’s going on in your life, hypnotherapy can help you create new strategies and approaches that offer a brighter outlook for the future.
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