Hypnosis is a relaxed state of focused attention during which your subconscious mind is much more receptive to learning and more open to suggestion. In a therapeutic context, suggestions are designed to help change unhelpful thought patterns. Trance is a very ordinary state; we all experience it many times every day. Have you ever driven somewhere and not remembered part of the journey, or been so engrossed in a film or a book that you’ve not noticed the time passing or other things going on around you? Hypnosis is this sort of state of focused attention. You can often hear everything that’s being said whilst being deeply relaxed. Clients often comment on how relaxed they feel at the end of a session.
Solution focused hypnotherapy is a modern evidence-based therapy combining a form of psychotherapy called Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) with some Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques and hypnosis to reduce stress and anxiety and help achieve positive changes quickly through gaining control of our thoughts, our feelings and our behaviour. It is forward looking and focuses on finding solutions rather than trying to uncover or analyse the origin of problems. The techniques I use do not require you to talk about problems or relive traumatic past experiences. If you have experienced distressing events, we acknowledge that they happened and help you move from where you are to where you want to be.
Sam has trained in the Rewind Technique, an internationally recognised treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), developed by Dr Davis Muss.
The Rewind Technique can treat trauma and some fears and phobias.
One of the main benefits of the Rewind Technique is that you do not need to disclose any details about your trauma. This minimises the risk of you being retraumatised and means that sensitive information can be protected.
The Rewind will not erase your memory of the traumatic event, (you will be able to remember it if you choose to), but it should stop involuntary recall in the form of flashbacks, nightmares, panic attacks and other unwanted symptoms.
Although this can be a stand alone treatment for trauma, It is mostly integrated into hypnotherapy sessions. For advice on the best way to proceed, please get in touch.