Create Change With Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapists see people from all walks of life and with all kinds of disorders and problems:

Create Change Now. SAD2Sub-clinical neurotic/everyday problems

Stress, lack of confidence, minor fears, failure to achieve realistic goals and self sabotage, dysfunctional emotions, guilt, mood swings, low self esteem, negative self image, insecurities, minor obsessional states, weight control and eating issues, dysfunctional or abusive relationships, sexual problems, family problems, psychosomatic symptoms, (mild) IBS, migraine, muscle tension and muscle pain, insomnia, unwanted habits, smoking, minor drink problems.

Serious psychological disorders

Anxiety disorders (generalised anxiety, severe phobias, panic attacks, social phobia, agoraphobia, PTSD), depression, severe obsessional states and OCD, eating disorders, somatization disorder (multiple psychogenic physical symptoms), alcoholism, drug addiction.

NB: If you suffer from a serious psychological disorder, have unexplained physical symptoms or are feeling very depressed you should in the first instance seek medical advice. Hypnotherapy is intended to be complementary to medical treatment, not a substitute for it.

Some hard facts:

  • A clinically depressed person cannot just think positively and snap out of it.

  • A serious anxiety disorder cannot be cured by just making yourself do things.

  • People with OCD cannot just stop carrying out their compulsions and relax.

  • Even minor problems can prove extremely difficult for people to change.

    You may have already tried to get better...

    Logically, you may know what the problem is and how to get better, but you've tried and can't change by conscious will alone...

    The reason...

    The issue is that your problem does not exist in your conscious, logical mind and so it cannot be controlled consciously. In fact, most irrational or overly emotional problems arise from the subconscious part of the mind and originate from instinctive behaviour patterns or faulty programming learned as a child. It is the subconscious mind that stores past experiences, emotions, habits and symptom patterns. Once 'programmed' it is very difficult to change a subconscious pattern because the subconscious doesn't understand logical thinking.

    For example, people with anxiety or phobias usually know that their fear is irrational, but they still feel scared and may sweat or feel sick. Alternatively you may be wanting to lose weight but eating sweet foods has become a comfort to you.

  • Create Change Now. well and happy 6cmHypnosis could help you do it

    Hypnosis is a natural and safe method of accessing the subconscious part of the mind. Hypnotherapy then uses tools taken from psychotherapy, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and other therapeutic methods to help resolve the problem.

    Does it really work?

    Definitely the answer is yes! Between 1977 and 1997 a number of very good scientific studies were carried out to prove whether psychotherapy was effective. The results showed overwhelming support for psychotherapy: The success rate for psychotherapy was 70% compared to only 30% for the control group.(1,2) These figures hold true for both minor and more serious psychological conditions.(3) All types of psychotherapy proved equally effective.(4)

    Hypnotherapy combines psychotherapy with hypnosis to access the deeper subconscious part of the mind. There is a tremendous volume of research and compelling evidence for the use of hypnosis in treating anxiety and stress related disorders.(5) Hypnosis can also help depression when combined with other effective psychotherapies.(6)

    In practice, therapy is designed according to your preferences, your personality and your needs. During your first appointment the therapist should carry out an assessment in order to gauge the problem and decide on the best course to take. This is very important because each person is unique.

    What is the success rate?

    Many hypnotherapists enjoy a good success rate in helping their clients. This makes for rewarding work! As an example that I'm familiar with, here are my own stats:

    Of all clients seen between 2008 and 2015 who completed an adequate course of treatment*

    96% got better

    Here is a break down:

  • Much better or completely better: 70%
  • Partial benefit: 21%
  • Small benefit: 4%

    Impressively, even of the known outcomes for patients who dropped out before completing their therapy, 78% still improved (showing mainly small or partial improvement). Note that no one was considered an 'early drop out' who had attended at least 8 sessions.

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    *Anti-smoking clients were not included because of the difficulty involved with gathering enough feedback.

    (1) Smith ML, Glass GV (1977): Meta-analysis of psychotherapy outcome studies. American Psychologist 32:752-60

    (2) Smith ML et al (1980): The Benefits of Psychotherapy. Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press

    (3) It was wondered whether Smith et al had erred in the above analyses by including studies of non-clinical populations (people without significant disorders). However, when segregated, studies of clinical populations produced as much benefit from psychotherapy as the other studies.

    (4) Wampold BE et al (1997): A meta-analysis of outcome studies comparing bona fide psychotherapies: Empirically, “All must have prizes.” Psychological Bulletin 122:203-15

    (5) Hammond DC (2010): Hypnosis in the treatment of anxiety- and stress-related disorders. Expert Rev Neurother 10(2):263-73

    (6) Alladin A, Alibhai A (2007): Cognitive hypnotherapy for depression: An empirical investigation. The International Journal of Clinical And Experimental Hypnosis 55:147-166

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