In 2009 I began studying hypnotherapy and I am now a fully qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. I'm a recognised member of the following professional bodies: NCH (The National Council for Hypnotherapy) and GHR (The General Hypnotherapy Register).
A former member of the NICP (National Institute for Cognitive Psychology).
I work with clients across a range of areas including (not limited to): anxiety, stress, fear, phobias, panic attacks, confidence and pain management. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of the areas I cover.
My sessions with clients utilise their imagination and focus, which can either be done with the eyes open or closed, depending on the client's preference. Nb clients are not required to acccess an altered state/trance state or even relaxation in order to achieve hypnosis.
Consultations and sessions can either be conducted in person (depending on distance), or via phone and/or video call.
Techniques that I may incorporate, can be used to create a mental image of a desired outcome or intention of what a client chooses to happen or feel in reality. It is the process used to access the imagination to recreate a feeling/emotion, mental picture, memory and experience.
For some, this use of imagination and the act of creating/rehearsing a positive mental experience in order to enhance their ability to achieve a successful outcome in real life, is a method used frequently. The objective for some being: to create change and/or to enhance the accuracy of psychological preparation. To imagine a desired outcome or performing something well and placing oneself in the moment is all part of the mental preparation. It’s almost like having a memory in advance of the event - and the more detailed and authentic the vision, the better the outcome.
The most important thing when using the imagination, is to incorporate multiple senses such as sound, sight, feeling, smell and taste. Many great athletes from Wayne Rooney and Michael Phelps to Jessica Ennis-Hill, Michael Jordan and Jonny Wilkinson have used visualisation to perfect their technique and improve their physical performance. The sights, smells, sounds, atmosphere, sensations and nerves are created through visualisation sessions, as it helps the body get use to performing under pressure.
Visualisation techniques enables you to prepare mentally by improving concentration, confidence, clarity and speed of thought. It helps to prepare for any scenario in order to perform as one desires in a particular situation. Visualisation is powerful because it can physiologically imitate a real sensory experience without any external stimuli. People may use it to either create change, prepare/practice or acquire complex motor skills, rehearse routines and techniques to create muscle memory and develop a greater sense of self-awareness.
Visualisation fires impulses to the relevant muscles/parts of the body, priming them for action. The more vivid the mental image, the more effectively the brain primes the muscles. Research suggests that visual rehearsal actually triggers neural firings in the muscles and creates a mental blueprint that can facilitate future performance. In other words, by visualising an action, electrical impulses are fired producing muscle patterns almost identical to those produced when physically performing the action.