Clinical Hypnotherapy

Clinical Hypnotherapy in Stirling

Many people wish that things could be different in their lives but wishing is not going to make that happen. Many assume that the way they are is the way they must always be, that need not be the case. The human mind is very plastic, it can change, yours is changing now by reading this.

Clinical Hypnotherapy is a rapid, effective, long-lasting and well researched method of bringing about positive changes in a person. It works by inducing a hypnotic trance and delivering suggestions in a manner that bypasses the conscious mind’s filtering processes, as the subconscious mind is addressed directly, the treatment can progress far more rapidly than with therapies that work only with the conscious mind.

The hypnotic trance is a safe, natural phenomenon that occurs in each of us as we enter and awaken from sleep, become absorbed in a book, film or conversation or when travelling a familiar route and arriving having been seemingly unaware of most of the journey; in clinical hypnotherapy this trance state is maintained for the duration of the treatment session.

The whole process is a collaboration between yourself and the therapist, you can expect to remain in control throughout. As the treatment is based upon an extensive case history your treatment will be tailored to your specific needs.

Many of the behaviours we experience on a day to day basis result from the experiences we have had during life which have left ‘marks’ on our subconscious mind. These are usually positive but if negative a fear or anxiety response to a non threatening situation may be generated automatically, this is at the root of phobias and many anxieties. In trance the subconscious mind can be retrained in respect of its response to an unnecessarily feared event or situation.

Not everything requires an analytical approach and many issues such as weight control, smoking cessation, examination nerves and most phobias can be treated to induce behavioural changes without looking for past causative factors, unless that proves appropriate in any particular case. At all times the treatment given will be that deemed to be the most suitable for your needs at that time. My therapy also draws on some techniques from other therapies including Ego-State Therapy and NLP but the choice of which therapies will be used and when they will be used will remain with me.

In most cases I teach self-hypnosis at some point in the treatment and this can allow a measure of self-therapy to be practised long after formal treatment has been completed.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a rapid and effective treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as lesser psychological traumas and I frequently combine clinical hypnotherapy and EMDR in a single session where appropriate. EMDR is carried out without the use of trance and you will be asked a few questions about your health prior to being offered it as a therapy.

Some issues that can be helped with EMDR are,

PTSD from military, public or civil service.
PTSD following an accident, assault, abuse.
Residual stress following accidents, assaults and other negative events or circumstances including employment.
Phobia removal.

Some issues that can be helped with Clinical Hypnotherapy include,
Stopping Smoking Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Nail Biting Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Weight Control Sleep Problems
Stress Reduction Inhibitions
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Eating Disorders
Trauma (PTSD and Recent) Anxiety and Panic
Abuse Emotional Problems
Pregnancy and Childbirth Self-image Problems
Performance Anxiety Stress Related Stomach Problems
Exam Nerves Skin Problems
Learning Pain Control
Memory Emotional Problems
Concentration Skin Problems
Self-Confidence Bed Wetting
Phobias Psychogenic Infertility
Compulsions Sporting Performance