Areas of Expertise
Hypnotherapy is the clinical use of hypnosis, not to entertain or amaze, but to enable the therapist to help the client to make the changes they desire.
Hypnotic states are natural and can occur anytime in everyday life. When driving on the motorway, for example, or when reading, or watching something on T.V. We are always learning, and when the brain has learnt something (driving, reading, watching T.V), our “thinking” brain hands over the reins to our subconscious; no thought is required, your eyes focus on what is ahead of you, and your peripheral vision blurs.
At this point your mind is in a very suggestible, or learning, state. A hypnotherapist might use this state to ask you to close your eyes and imagine something, then as soon as you do, your hypnosis deepens and work with your unconscious mind can begin.
It is in the unconscious that many limiting beliefs and negative inner voices cause such unhappiness and anxiety.
Through Hypnotherapy such unconscious “learning” can be unlearned.
Through Hypnotherapy a patient is able to release stuck emotions and change repetitive behaviour. To be free from these burdens and to progress.
Hypnotherapy is the quickest and most efficient tool in psychology to bring about the mental and emotional wellbeing of the patient
The key to this is relaxation; that client and therapist are relaxed with each other and that you are comfortable. Deep mental and physical relaxation is an enjoyable and refreshing experience, and something that I will teach you to do for yourself.
Accelerated EMDR – “BLAST!” Therapy
Blast therapy is a patient centred version of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). It is a non-conscious neurological process. The Technique is one of the most effective methods used to treat the root cause. It can be employed in many instances, but specialises in the treatment of trauma. Multiple independent and controlled studies have shown that EMDR therapy is an effective treatment for PTSD. It is one of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ strongly-recommended options.
Mirroring Hands is about letting the client find solutions in their own unconscious mind. You can tell your conscious mind, or listen to others telling you, that you "should" "have to" do, or stop doing, something. The belief that you "should" "had to" etc, however, is in your subconscious mind, and we get there using the hands. The "Mirror" in Mirroring hands refers to one hand being the mirror of the other; one the "problem" the other, the solution(s). Your hands, not mine, and your choices, options, resources, and creative ideas, that are there if we know where and how to look.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
I trained in Hypnotherapy at the internationally acclaimed ICCHP, I am a “Blast” therapist for treatment of trauma and PTSD, I’ve trained in RECBH - which is a shorter, more modern form of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - and trained in Mirroring Hands with Richard Hill.
A session could involve some or all of these techniques. On almost every occasion a full patient history is taken, but sometimes a patient will prefer not to reveal the cause of their symptom. In which case, we can work content free.
I am solution focussed, working to facilitate change with an integrative approach to my clients, using what will work best for you.
I have worked for many years looking after the emotional and creative needs of young people in Deal and surrounding areas. I have taught drama in schools across Kent and run classes with adults and disabled people, written and directed many productions and community plays.
I was an actor for twenty years and auditioned frequently and performed for theatre, film and TV. I developed ways of dealing with my nerves and preparing for large audiences and close-ups.
NHS guidelines allow doctors to refer IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) patients for hypnotherapy. Evidence of its beneficial effects have been around since the 1980’s, and it is now being recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence). https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg61