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detox your mind

detox your mind


The first question many people want to know is: how much it costs per session?

The answer depends on the type of treatment.

A single 2 hour smoking cessation session costs £350. Includes personalised CD.

A single initial 2 hour consultation/treatment session is £195. All first sessions are 2 hours.

Subsequent single 2 hour sessions are £195 each.

6 two hour CBT/CBH sessions are £195 each.

4 two hour weight management sessions are £195 each.

A single virtual hypnosis gastric band session is £195. Patients are required to attend the 4 weight management sessions and have a BMI>30.

How many sessions are needed?

For smoking cessation a single 2 hour session is needed.

Some simple treatments may only require a single 2 hour session and others may require 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6.

It depends on the nature of the condition being treated and your progress from each session.

I am bound by my professional body memberships to treat patients in the least possible number of sessions.

Why are your smoking cessation sessions 2 hours and your treatment sessions 2 hours when other therapists treat in 1 hour sessions?

The human body’s natural healing process is cyclical every 90 to 120 minutes. By attending a 2 hour session you will more than likely have a favourable treatment period and outcome if this natural cycle is tapped in to and utilised.

Also, from experience one hour for any session is not enough time to gather the required information needed to tailor the treatment session specifically for your needs.

Many therapists will see you for one hour and just read a standard hypnosis script without modifying the script to suit your individual requirements. Or they have you attend more sessions

Longer treatment sessions may ensure a more successful treatment outcome.

For smoking cessation a personalised CD of the session is prepared and provided to you included in the price. This provides a lifetime backup and access to your treatment for use in the future if required. Most of my patients have never had to use the CD!

Is the treatment guaranteed to work?

No medical practitioner of any knd can guarantee treatment will be a success. In fact, it is against Advertising & Trading Standards to suggest any guarantees or cures. Any therapist who offrs cures or guarantees should be avoided.

Hypnotherapy is very effective and has been proven to work with many patients for a host of problems and symptoms. A trained hypnotherapist will incorporate standard psychotherapeutic techniques integrated with hypnosis when treating patients. This integration has shown to improve the effectiveness of the standards treatment approaches.

All patients are different and respond in different ways, you success can dpend on many factors such as the skill of the therapist and you level of motivation.

Is it safe?

Hypnosis in medical treatment has been safely used for hundreds of years.

There are contra-indications for its use and when used it needs to be done in a safe and ethical way. You can ensure your safety by seeing a fully trained and qualified therapist with a medical or psychological background who abides by the ethics and standards of such independent professional bodies, such as the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM).

Will I wake up?

No one has ever not woken up from a hypnosis session.

Will I lose control and reveal some inner secrets I don’t want anyone to find out?

You will not lose control or say anything that you are not comfortable with saying.

Will I do something silly or make myself look stupid?

You will not do anything silly or make yourself look stupid. This is associated with stage hypnosis acts, where people volunteer to go on stage and comply with the hypnotists suggestions to do silly things for entertainment purposes.

No ethical therapist would ever ask you to do anything that would be silly.

What conditions can I be treated for?

Hypnotherapy is medically accepted to benefit the following and more: unwanted habits – smoking, nail biting, bed wetting, weight control / healthy eating, improve work / study / sporting performance, boost self-confidence and achieving potential, phobias, compulsions, emotional problems, sleep problems, inhibitions, worries, reduce stress, tension and blood pressure, stomach problems, IBS, gynaecological problems – PMT, psychogenic infertility, obstetrics (painless childbirth), skin problems, pain control, minor surgery, dentistry, arthritic pains, aches and pains, some sexual problems…

Put simply, where your problem is due to habitual conditioning (habit formation), accumulated stress or unresolved events in your past then hypnotherapy can be used to access and reprogramme these complexes which are being sustained and remain active at the unconscious level.

What is hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

The definition of hypnosis can be defined in a number of ways. It is altered states of consciousness promoted through communicated suggestion.

It is similar to sleep but not sleep. It is similar to daydreaming or periods of focused concentration. People experience hypnosis all of the time and are unaware of its similarity to hypnosis.

What you see stage hypnotists do is different than what a hypnotherapist does.

Hypnotherapy uses the altered states of consciousness created by hypnosis and integrates these with psychotherapeutic techniques to help a patient resolve their presenting condition. By integrating hypnosis and psychotherapy, research shows an improved outcome.

Hypnosis allows the therapist to access the mind’s subconscious processing where the cause of the condition is stored. By directly accessing this sunconscious the therapist can work much more closer to the problem, without the patient’s conscious mind getting in the way.

It may be surprising to many to learn that we experience trance states often during the course of our lives. Even passing into ordinary sleep involves a kind of trance state. The experience of hypnosis is similar: neither asleep nor awake and a little like daydreaming, with a pleasant feeling of deep relaxation behind it all. Hypnosis is a different state of consciousness which you can naturally enter so that, for therapeutic purposes (hypnotherapy), beneficial corrections may be given directly to your unconscious mind.

In this way, hypnosis is an effective way of making contact with our inner (unconscious) self, which is both a reservoir of unrecognised potential and knowledge as well as being the unwitting source of many of our problems.

Realistically no-one can be hypnotised against their will and even when hypnotised, a person can still reject any suggestion. Thus hypnotherapy is a state of purposeful co-operation.

Hypnotherapy is using the state of hypnosis to treat a variety of medical and psychological problems. It is estimated that 85% of people will respond at some level to clinical hypnotherapy. It may even succeed where other more conventional methods of treatment have not produced the desired result. When carried out by a trained and qualified hypnotherapist the benefits can be long lasting and often permanent. It is natural and safe, with no harmful side effects.

Hypnotherapy makes use of the bicameral nature of the functioning brain and the conscious / unconscious processes therein. At its simplest level the unconscious mind becomes (through our life experience) the repository of our conditioned experience, while the conscious mind is the waking mind dealing with appraisal and decision making. In hypnotherapy the critical faculties of the conscious mind are sidestepped (through the hypnotic condition) and new ideas and ‘suggestions’ placed directly into the uncritical unconscious to effect beneficial changes when back in the waking state.

What is cognitive behaviour hypnotherapy?

CBH integrates hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to deliver a more powerful therapeutic intervention which increases the probabilities of a successful treatment outcome.

It requires at least 6 sessions to complete the programme.

A more effective Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT) process and methodology is used in our treatment as opposed to a simple CBT approach.

The REBT approach is highly effective when more than a single condition needs to be treated. Also, it provides you with the knowledge, understanding and techniques so that you can be your own therapist when having to cope with any other future issues that may arise in your life.

What is NLP?

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is an approach to psychotherapy and organizational change based on “a model of interpersonal communication chiefly concerned with the relationship between successful patterns of behaviour and the subjective experiences (esp. patterns of thought) underlying them” and “a system of alternative therapy based on this which seeks to educate people in self-awareness and effective communication, and to change their patterns of mental and emotional behaviour”.

The co-founders, Richard Bandler and linguist John Grinder, believed that NLP would be useful in “finding ways to help people have better, fuller and richer lives”. They coined the term “Neuro-Linguistic Programming” to emphasize their belief in a connection between the neurological processes (“neuro”), language (“linguistic”) and behavioral patterns that have been learned through experience (“programming”) and can be organized to achieve specific goals in life.

In early workshops by Bandler and Grinder and in books that followed, it was often claimed that through the use of NLP, problems especially phobias could be overcome in a single short session whereas traditional therapies would have taken weeks, or even months of regular sessions to make progress. It was claimed that NLP was capable of addressing the full range of problems that psychotherapists are likely to encounter, such as phobias, depression, habit disorder, psychosomatic illnesses, and learning disorders. The founders advocated the potential for self-determination through overcoming learned limitations and emphasized well-being and healthy functioning. Bandler and Grinder claimed that if the effective patterns of behaviour of outstanding therapists (and other exceptional communicators) could be modeled then these patterns could be acquired by others. NLP has been adopted by private psychotherapists worldwide, including hypnotherapists, who undertake training in NLP and apply it to their practice. Later, it was promoted as a “science of excellence”, derived from the study or “modeling” of how successful or outstanding people in different fields obtain their results. NLP has gained popularity within management training, life coaching, and the self-help industry.

NLP has been largely ignored by conventional social science in part due to a lack of professional credibility and insufficient empirical evidence to substantiate its effectiveness, and is characterized by its critics, mainly psychologists, as a fringe psychotherapy or as having pseudoscientific characteristics, disputing its title, concepts, and terminology.

Being trained in NLP is not the same as being a trained therapist. Many NLP practitioners claim to be and operate as therapists with no training in psychotherapy or psychology.