My approach depends on you just as much as it does on me; flexibility is at the core of my practice.

It’s based on:

Hearing your story.
Helping you change your story.
You change the story of others.

I offer the following therapeutic modalities:

Counselling/ CBT

The first stage is understanding you.  I will listen carefully to what you have to say, only then will I describe what I feel your experience is, to clarify I have understood you correctly.
I normally don’t give my opinions in therapy. Instead I will attempt to ask you the right questions in order to help with an expansion of your awareness.

We will then explore different options for various solutions. When you’re ready, you can make a commitment to exploring and following through these options.

I encourage expression of emotion. Particularly tearful ones as feeling through emotion and integrating are healing. I don’t generally dissociate or desensitise emotional states unless specifically requested e.g. phobia removal.

I will facilitate allowing you to have an emotional healing experience. I won’t tell you things shouldn’t have happened the way they did.

Psychoanalysis & NLP (Neurolinguistic programming)

Psychoanalysis is mainly about you being your own psychoanalyst, often beliefs are only true and worthwhile if you believe it to be.  The cardinal sin of a therapist is projection.  It can be too easy just to swap your projection for mine; instead I am looking to transition from seeking to understand to illuminating with love experiences once they have been heard and fully understood.

Through discussion we will delve deeper into your belief patterns, perhaps explore past experiences; this can often involve experiences when very young; reflection and introspection  is a useful tool in understanding some of the reasons why we may think the way we do.

The objective is always to bring awareness, so essentially we are no longer a slave to our past but a master to our future. This allows us to consciously change our story.

NLP is a useful tool once we have identified the state or programme of thinking we wish to change, we can overwrite programs based on fear with those based on love. We have a plethora of different emotions but ultimately they are all polarisations of fear or love.

Psychoanalysis can help us find out exactly where we need more love and NLP has useful tools to allow us to bring that to be.

Even obscure phobias are cured by bringing love and peace into a fearful imagination. These techniques are sometimes used in combination with a light trance state. Imagining something is  one of them.

I also use eye movements tool which is sometimes called EMDR. This works with the optic nerve connection to neurological processes basically allowing us to stir things up or move things about that have been stuck for years.

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is used to gain access to the depths of your subconscious mind.

After induction, the first stage, which typically lasts 20 minutes, will be a peaceful calm state were your mind is extremely focused, yet extremely relaxed open and able to respond, recall experiences, process emotions in a way that is not always easily accessible in conscious state.

I generally use this to shift strong emotional states around habit changes, anxieties, panic attacks.  PTSD are common problems which respond well to hypnotherapy.

I will create a specific therapeutic experience based on your life experience and tailored to you. I have developed a specific technique to enable deeper trance induction over Skype.

You will however require a room where you are unlikely to be disturbed, and sit or lie comfortably. If you are disturbed however there is no need to worry as it’s just like being woken from a deep sleep. Incredibly it’s quite easy to simply settle down again and pick up where you left off.

Often hypnotherapy work will trigger an intense emotional experience. This can be modulated yet is often exactly what we want, as it allows us to process a deeply held emotion.

Hypnosis can be extremely effective in helping us uncover emotions that are normally hidden or difficult to access and because the most tricky behaviour to change is that which is derived from emotional states.

Hypnotherapy is invaluable in facilitating a strong emotional experience which we can then work through with further counselling or other therapies. Rarely would I use hypnotherapy by itself.  It is generally best supported with other therapeutic practices. Particularly if a long-lasting result is desired.

“Stage hypnosis” is completely different and not something I do or have an interest in, it seems useful in showing people just how much influence the mind can have on the body. But for long-term change I generally consciously integrate what hypnotherapy brings from the subconscious.