The science behind my approach
There is a growing body of clinical research that shows great benefits in combining Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and clinical hypnosis.
CBT is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders, including phobias, addictions, depression, and anxiety. It helps you understand the thoughts and feelings that influence your behaviours. During the course of treatment you learn how to identify and change unhelpful thought patterns that have a negative influence on your behaviour and emotions. The goal of CBT is to teach patients that while you can’t control every aspect of the world around you, you can take control of how you interpret and deal with things.
Hypnosis is the best way available to align the conscious mind, your will power and the subconscious mind – allowing you to make powerful, deep changes to improve the quality of your life. It is a simple but extraordinarily powerful state in which, if you choose to, you can change behaviour, physical reactions, beliefs and emotional responses. Hypnosis works by allowing us to be absorbed and focused for periods of time on the thoughts and experiences we’d like to be having.
Combining the two can help you achieve your goal quicker. Research has shown that combined treatment was more effective for 70% of clients.
“A meta-analysis was performed on 18 studies in which a cognitive-behavioural therapy was compared with the same therapy supplemented by hypnosis. The results indicated that the addition of hypnosis substantially enhanced treatment outcome, so that the average client receiving cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy showed greater improvement than at least 70% of clients receiving nonhypnotic treatment.” (Kirsch et al.,1996)
An evidence based approach
Hypnotherapy is recognised as a treatment by the British Medical Association, the American Medical Association and the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE). Scientific studies have shown it to be effective in treating anxiety attacks, phobias, pain management, post-operative healing, smoking cessation, stress reduction, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, weight control, as well as supporting behaviour/habit changes, confidence building and sports performance.
CBT is widely supported and has been shown to effectively help patients overcome a wide variety of unhelpful behaviours.