Midland Hypnotherapy Services

What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?

Clinical Hypnotherapy is a process that allows the conscious, critical mind to gradually close down allowing access to the subconscious mind. This process is a gentle and relaxing experience whereby the client simply listens to a series of instructions which involve visualisation, story telling and simple suggestions. This allows the client to drift into a deeper state of focussed awareness – when the mind moves into alpha and then theta state. Once the client is fully relaxed in this state, easy access can be gained to the subconscious where positive suggestions can be more easily absorbed to support the client with their desired outcome.

A hypnotherapist cannot make anyone do anything they do not wish to do. The client is always in control and only suggestions they are agreeable to can be implanted in their mind.

Everyone is different but clients’ quite often report a feeling of being aware but simply not wanting to move or open their eyes. Some hear every word, others hear very little once their conscious minds begin to drift. It generally feels like the space between being awake and falling asleep; a very deep sense of relaxation.

What happens during a hypnotherapy session?

At Midland Therapy Services, hypnotherapy sessions always begin with a discussion to ascertain the client’s issues and desired outcome. Following session one a follow up discussion is undertaken at the start of each session to track progress and clarify the aims and outcomes the client wishes to work towards.

In these discussions, clients are encouraged to work consciously toward an effective outcome. Techniques such as CBT, NLP and mindfulness are used regularly in sessions giving clients tools they can actively work with between sessions thus supporting the subconscious suggestions being absorbed during the hypnotherapy.

It is not unusual for clients to experience time distortion whilst under hypnosis where a longer time can seem like minutes or vice versa. This is all perfectly natural and a common experience for many. Clients always ‘wake up’ following hypnosis and find they feel very calm and relaxed.

Issues Clinical Hypnotherapy may help

  • Addictions
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Blushing
  • Bruxism (grinding the teeth)
  • Confidence
  • Concentration
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Enuresis
  • Exam nerves
  • Fear
  • Fulfillment
  • Gambling
  • Habits
  • Health Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Low self-esteem
  • Motivation
  • Nail Biting
  • Nerves (exams, driving, public speaking)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Panic Attacks
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Personal Growth
  • Phobias
  • Public Speaking
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Actualisation
  • Sexual Disorders
  • Shyness
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking
  • Sport
  • Stammering
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Weight Management

Please note, this list is not exhaustive.

We can change!

It was once believed that on reaching adulthood, everything we had learned and become was ‘set in stone’. However, there is now scientific evidence to support that our brains do change structurally and physically in response to our experiences and can rewire accordingly. This experience-dependent neuroplasticity is not the only major breakthrough – we now also know that we can change our brains through where we focus our attention. This is self-directed neuroplasticity and through hypnosis and various other mental practices we can rewire our brains. Neuroplasticity occurs and continues throughout our lives.

Stress Management Interventions

Kerry has taught stress management for many years – both to clients and students attending her college courses. These techniques are designed to help people cope with the stress of every day life. She has worked in both group and one-to-one environments to provide practical and valuable techniques for remaining focused, calm, realistic and positive.

In these sessions Kerry uses a mixture of NLP, CBT, mindfulness and other effective interventions to provide clients with an awareness of their thinking and behaviour and tools to create a more realistic way of dealing with stress and anxiety.

What is CBT?

CBT is amongst the most evidence-based therapies and is well documented for its effectiveness. “The way you think, affects the way you feel” (Clark & Beck). This is the very basis for CBT in the treatment of emotional disorders.

For example, a cognitive behavioural approach for a client with anxiety will challenge rumination; thus eliminating the worry that causes the anxiety to manifest. Anxiety is generally future based, brought about when worrying about an event That has yet to happen.

CBT is documented as ‘one of the most effective treatments for conditions where anxiety or depression is the main problem.’ (Royal College of Psychiatrists) and is stated to be as effective in the treatment of anxiety as medication.

CBT brings an awareness to our thoughts and allows us to label them accordingly. One example would be when thinking ahead to a new experience and creating a story in our minds of what will happen. These stories are usually disastrous and highly unrealistic, yet we drift into an almost trance like state allowing negative thoughts to take over. Through CBT, the client can learn to acknowledge when they are story-telling and catastrophising and how these thoughts are affecting how they feel physically and emotionally. It is then easier to acknowledge how this affects their behaviour in response to these thoughts and how a vicious circle can ensue. Once we recognise and label the thoughts it can prevent those thoughts spiralling deeper into imagined, disastrous scenarios.

Kerry is passionate about helping clients recognise how their thoughts may be affecting their lives detrimentally. She combines mindfulness and CBT to encourage clients into an awareness of the present moment. This allows clients to live life in the now, rather than dwelling on the past or future and to realise how much more satisfying it is to be focused on the present moment.

What is NLP?

Neuro Linguistic Programming refers to how we use and programme our language and behaviour. Neuro refers to the mind, Linguistic refers to the language we use (both spoken and unspoken) and Programming is how we process and absorb this language.

Dr John Grinder and Richard Bandler were fascinated with individuals who excelled in their chosen professions. They decided to study the language and behaviour of these individuals in order to identify a language pattern that could be utilised by others. They chose to focus their study hypnotherapist Milton Erickson, Gestalt therapist Fritz Perls and family therapist Virginia Satir, all highly accomplished and successful individuals.

This study lead them to develop NLP. Whilst change is generally a slow process, NLP seeks to create a more immediate change. Various strategies are used including modelling which looks at how successful people have achieved that success and how their behaviour and language can be utilised for our own success.

NLP can be highly effective and there are many simple strategies that can bring about profound change for the individual. It is a science based on behavioural and cognitive approaches.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of bringing oneself deliberately into the present moment. We so often live our lives focussed on what we have to do or what we’ve done that we forget to be present in the moment that’s occurring. When we give our full attention to the present moment and what we are doing, it brings about a heightened sense of awareness. This leads to far more fulfilling experiences in our day to day lives.

How often are we doing one thing whilst thinking about something else? We miss so much in our lives when we allow our focus to drift indiscriminately. We eat in front of the TV, we chat on the phone when out walking; how can we fully appreciate that meal or that walk when our attention is focused on other things?

Mindfulness is a non judgmental practice whereby we deliberately bring our focus to a specific feeling, sound, sight, anything we choose and we place our attention fully with that experience. There are no goals in mindfulness, just a sense of simply being present.

It is an ideal practice for those encountering stress, anxiety and depression. It can support those with a variety of health conditions including sleep disorders, IBS and various chronic conditions.

Mindfulness mediation does not seek an outcome. It is a practice of becoming focused and aware of ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally without any desire to change anything. It allows us to acknowledge our thoughts without rumination. It is also the practice of becoming aware of our environment without judgement and a need to change anything.

Scientific studies report on the effects meditation has on us both physically and mentality, we now know it aids concentration, reduces stress and anxiety and helps us build a stronger resilience to pain and distress. It can make us emotionally stronger and more able to cope with challenges that may arise in our lives.

Kerry has practiced meditation and mindful practice for over twenty years and has utilised many effective techniques to support her clients and students in finding ways to cope with issues that occur in their own lives.