What is Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy?
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH) is an integrated psychological approach using both hypnotherapy and CBT. Research shows that these two therapies suit each other very well. One study, which collected eight different pieces of research, found that there was a 70 per cent greater improvement for clients undergoing CBH than those using CBT alone. With an experienced practitioner, you are getting two effective therapies for the price of one.
Is hypnosis like being asleep?
No. You are in an altered state of consciousness, somewhere between being awake and being asleep. You will be deeply relaxed, but you will still be aware of things.
Can everybody be hypnotised?
Around 90 per cent of all human beings can be hypnotised. In the 10 per cent that can’t we include young children, whose minds are still developing, hard core drug addicts and alcoholics who are using heavily and daily and people with severe psychiatric conditions and who are on medication for their conditions.
Does CBT help everybody?
Studies have shown that CBT helps around 70 to 80 per cent of people. If you can accept that although life events clearly have an influence, it is not those events in life that disturb you, but what you tell yourself about those events that disturb you, then you are more likely to be in that group.
What do I need to do?
In order to affect a change, both CBT and hypnotherapy require commitment and honesty. Everything you say to a therapist is private and confidential. Regular attendance is essential, as is a commitment to the homework assignments that are set.
Where is your clinic?
Currently I am based in Victoria, SW London only, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Appointments and fees
One single session of CBT or hypnotherapy, either used together or separately, takes approximately 50 minutes. The number of sessions required depends on the nature and severity of the problem or problems.
Stopping smoking can be either five fifty-minute sessions, or a single one-and-a-half hour session.
Barring a personal tragedy, if the appointment is missed or cancelled less than 24 hours beforehand, you are liable for the full cost of the session.