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Choosing a Hypnotherapist

Professionals such as doctors and dentists are expected to provide patients with a quality service and we generally have some idea of what to expect when we seek their help. People receiving hypnotherapy are entitled to just as good a standard of care. However, many intending clients do not know how to find a professional hypnotherapist and what to look for.

GHSC Validated Hypnotherapy Practitioners

The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) is comprised of representatives from both professional hypnotherapy organisations, hypnotherapy training schools and an advisory Board (which includes lay members of the public). It is administered by the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) and its primary functions are to agree the criteria for the validation of Practitioner and Advanced Level Training Courses and to continue to co-operate wherever possible with other relevant professional bodies and agencies.

When searching for a hypnotherapist it is important to ask if they have completed GHSC accredited training.  If they have completed GHSC accredited training the hypnotherapist will be registered as a GHSC Validated Practitioner.

All Lewis Psychology hypnotherapists have completed GHSC accredited training and are registered as validated hypnotherapy practitioners with the GHSC. 

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The Different Types Of Hypnotherapy

With so many different types of hypnotherapy, including cognitive hypnotherapy, Ericksonian hypnotherapy and hypnoanalysis, choosing the right approach and therapist can be confusing.

  • Traditional Hypnotherapy

Traditional hypnotherapy involves making direct suggestions for symptom removal, also known as suggestion hypnotherapy.  Direct suggestions are typified by commands such as, “Your right hand will now feel numb” or “Your arm is too heavy to lift”. Direct statements are what most people think of when they think of hypnosis.

Because they are blatant attempts to tell the client what to think or do, they often are messages the client might resist, argue with, or ignore in the waking state. However, such messages are much more likely to penetrate conscious resistances or “sink in” and have a long term effect when the client listens to them from a relaxed, passive, and relatively receptive trance state of mind. 

  • Hypnoanalysis

In 1895 Sigmund Freud and Joseph Breuer published a seminal clinical text entitled 'Studies in Hysteria' which promoted the use of hypnosis in psychotherapy.  Freud and Breuer used hypnosis to regress clients to an earlier age in order to help them remember and abreact supposedly repressed traumatic memories.

Hypnoanalysis has faced its share of controversy, recalling and even reliving traumatic experiences can be sensitive and sometimes even considered dangerous. Cases of "false memory syndrome," where hypnotherapists guide clients into creating and recalling fictional memories have been well publicised in recent decades.

  • Ericksonian Hypnotherapy

Dr. Erickson was a renowned and brilliant psychiatrist who created an approach to the unconscious mind, known as Ericksonian Hypnotherapy. Ericksonian hypnotherapy uses indirect suggestions that can be hard to resist because they are often not even recognised as suggestions by the conscious mind, since they usually disguise themselves as stories or metaphors. These stories penetrate the mind, bypassing any barriers presented by the client's conscious critical mind.

  • Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy draws its influence from a number of theories including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Positive Psychology, Neuroscience and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).  This approach combines these in a way that fits the client's personal goals, values and personality. Drawing from a range of techniques from different disciplines means that a tailored approach for each client can be created - there's no "one size fits all" model here.

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapists attempt to get into the mindset of the client to work through any presenting issues, using techniques and language based on the client's unique model of the world. Cognitive Hypnotherapy also uses techniques that retrain the brain in the present to ensure that the changes that clients would like to make are fully realised.

This combination of Hypnotherapy and CBT produces a more effective form of therapy.  CBT works on changing your negative cognitions (or thoughts) about yourself or your circumstances into positive cognitions, which will allow you to approach life from a more positive perspective. CBT will also work with you on learning new behaviour skills to enable you to deal with issues arising in your life, for example working on techniques to control panic attacks.

Hypnotherapy at Lewis Psychology, Wolverhampton

The Type Of Hypnotherapy Used At Lewis Psychology

Our clinical hypnotherapy team use Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy combined with Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Positive Psychology. These models are recognised as active, solution focussed and future orientated approaches that promote change and focus on ones inner strengths, potential and resources.

We base our approach on the latest neuroscientific research, which documents how brain systems of memory and learning are better oriented to exploring future life possibilities rather than maintaining records of the past. This future orientation of the brain is an important focus for facilitating current problem solving in clinical hypnotherapy.

Practice Location

At Lewis Psychology we operate from our dedicated practice in Wolverhampton. The beautiful Victorian building was originally built in 1866 by renowned architect George Bidlake. It has been renovated to an exceptionally high standard and hosts several therapy rooms, a private waiting area and a free on-site car park.

Photographs of our practice can be viewed by visiting the Lewis Psychology home page.

Summary Of Key Questions To Ask When Choosing A Hypnotherapist

  • Was your training accredited by the GHSC?
  • What type of hypnotherapy do you offer?
  • Are you a validated hypnotherapy practitioner with the GHSC? 
  • Where do you pratice from?  
  • How much do you charge?

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