At Stockport Hypnotherapy we integrate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with hypnosis. Whilst Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has been shown to be an extremely effective and quick form of therapy, a wide body of research indicates that its effectiveness is magnified when it is used together with hypnosis and hypnotherapy. The same techniques are used as in traditional CBT, and then the suggestions and ideas are also given by the therapist whilst you are in hypnosis. This enables you to really pay attention to the suggestions, as when you are in hypnosis – a state of very deep relaxation – you are not distracted, either by your anxiety or anything else, and so it’s much easier to focus. The average number of sessions of cognitive behavioural therapy needed to successfully overcome the client’s problem is 20 – 25; Cognitive Behavioural Hypnosis takes on average just 3-6 sessions to achieve the same results, and CBT with hypnosis can achieve success even more quickly for habit reversal (such as smoking cessation, nail biting, hair pulling, teeth grinding and weight loss).
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a general term for any therapy dealing with the thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours which cause negative and unhelpful feelings like anxiety, stress and depression , emotional problems such as jealousy, and phobias. Cognitive behavioural hypnosis teaches you to identify such thoughts – for example, panicking, worrying and always assuming the worst, over-generalising in a negative way, and jumping to pessimistic conclusions – and replacing them with positive, realistic, and helpful thoughts. Click on this link for a list of thinking errors and on this link for a list of questions to help you stop your negative feelings.
A cognitive behavioural therapist concentrates on removal of symptoms, rather than in going back and examining the root causes; the evidence based approach of CBT has been found to be more effective than those treatments, such as psychodynamic therapies, which seek to ascertain why the problem has arisen in the first place – a therapist who does not use a CBT approach may treat you for many months or even years, but endeavouring to find the cause of a problem does not necessarily help to alleviate it – if I have a stone in my shoe which is hurting me, my aim is to remove the stone, not to work out how it got into my shoe in the first place!
There is a huge amount of evidence supporting the use of hypnosis and hypnotherapy with CBT for cases of stress and anxiety. Relaxation and hypnotherapy are excellent ways to achieve stress relief. CBT encourages you to develop ways of reducing stress by looking at problems and life events from a fresh perspective. Stress management is facilitated by the use of various techniques, all of which are rational,easy to learn and simple to use.
If you do however feel that you wish to examine the underlying causes of your symptoms, this is also something that hypnotherapy can deal with. The majority of clients find it much easier to concentrate on and analyse the causes of their problems once the immediate symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression have been alleviated; it is very hard to get a clear picture of anything when stress and anxiety are interrupting the train of thought. If you do wish, therefore, to look at how the past affects your present, hypnosis can stop the constant racing thoughts and clear your mind to allow you to do this.
Treatment of Choice
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommends CBT as the treatment of choice for a number of mental health problems. There is a wealth of evidence that a therapist trained in CBT can quickly and efficiently deal with such difficulties as stress and anxiety, depression, phobias, emotional problems, performance anxiety (for example public speaking and “exam nerves”), bad habits (nail biting, smoking cessation, over eating or hair pulling, for example), tinnitus, insomnia, eating disorders and panic attacks. In addition to treating adults, it can be used safely and effectively with children and adolescents.
Hypnosis and CBT in Stockport
The therapists at Stockport Hypnotherapy have over fifteen years of experience in treating insomnia, anxiety and teaching relaxation techniques and self hypnosis. If you are looking for anxiety treatment, or want to find a hypnotherapist in Stockport to help stress and anxiety, emotional problems, tinnitus or low self esteem, then go to any of the independent websites which list and give reviews of hypnotherapists (for example www.freeindex.co.uk – Google also displays reviews) and you will see the excellent results which Pam and her team have achieved. If you would like further information about hypnosis in Stockport, for sleeping problems and insomnia, self esteem and confidence, phobias such as fear of flying, depression, for help with weight loss, to break bad habits, or for any other problem, please call 07779 575816 for a free, no obligation, confidential discussion.
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