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  • Hypnotherapy FAQ
  • Do you offer CBT with cognitive hypnotherapy?

    Cognitive hypnotherapy is a form of cognitive behavioural therapy so we use very, very similar sort of techniques although our objectives are very similar so we try to change people's behavioural and thinking patterns, the approach is just slightly different. But it could be classed under the same umbrella.

  • Does hypnotherapy really work?

    So, I mean it has a huge research and evidence base out there. Unfortunately, it is an intervention that is being misunderstood.

  • How do you find a good hypnotherapist?

    I'd be quite discerning about who it is that I was going to go and see. And I'd interview my hypnotherapist as much as I'd have my hypnotherapist interview me before we agreed to see each other.

  • How does cognitive hypnotherapy differ from CBT?

    The difference between normal hypnotherapy and cognitive hypnotherapy is that, firstly, cognitive hypnotherapy won't work off of scripts. We don't read scripts in front of our clients. We deal with our clients on a case-by-case basis. We have a whole host of different interventions within our toolbox, and we will use whichever intervention we think is most appropriate for that person at that time, given what they're presenting. And we also are short-term solution focused, so we are very reliant upon clients to be as fully committed into the process as we are, so it's sort of a commitment. Both of us, we'll need to be committed to one another in order to sort of attain our goals.

  • How does hypnotherapy work?

    Because your own conscious basically is there to help you, it always has you as an individual in the forefront...and your safety in the forefront of its unconscious mind. But often, our scripts or the unconscious is not in line with where we are as individuals at any given time in our lives, so we might find ourselves practicing some behavioural patterns that might have been effective for us when we were a certain age, but not effective for us at another age. But the unconscious will keep on doing that because it thinks it's keeping you safe. So, hypnosis is a way of shifting the unconscious into a different way, patterned behaviour.

  • Introduction: Sam Fores

    Sam Fores, and I specialise in practising cognitive hypnotherapy which is a specific form of hypnotherapy that uses a whole host of different interventions it has within its toolbox. I tailor my approach to each individual client whom I'm presented with.

  • What do the sessions involve?

    Sessions will be very, very dependent upon the client and my relationship with the client and what we agreed to do going forward. So it will be dependent upon what they present, what they come to see me for, so whether it be smoking cessation, whether it be anxiety and depression. And I will, from the beginning, do a very thorough and robust history tape with them as well, and I will walk them through what I'm going to do with them, not necessarily in terms of every session, but definitely in terms of what they can expect from me. And I will have expectations of my client as well, so this will be for them to have a commitment, an undertaking to...for their own therapy and to reach their own outcomes as well, decide outcomes.

  • What is cognitive hypnotherapy?

    So, cognitive hypnotherapy is a solution-focussed intervention, so the expectation will be that the client will be coming to me with a set of outcomes that they wish to attain, which we will discuss at the very outset of our consultation meeting. And, with that in mind, it's a client-and-therapist relationship. All therapies are relationships between the client and the therapist, and I will help facilitate what is actually within them to get to their desired outcome.

  • What is hypnotherapy?

    Hypnotherapy is an approach. It's an intervention, alternative intervention, if you like, that's been used for many, many years that facilitates people, or hypnosis, that uses hypnosis to help people to get into a trance state to communicate better with their unconscious, get rid of their conscious brain that tends to be sometimes presenting challenges. And cognitive hypnotherapy will look at the trance-like states that people work in when they're acting out their habits, the habits that they don't want to have anymore, and will almost use those trance-like states to correct intervention.

  • Is hypnosis or cognitive hypnotherapy good at treating anxiety?

    Hypnosis can be really, really effective for anxiety. So, anxiety disorder is pretty prevalent within our society. A lot of people present with anxiety at any given time in their life, during the course of their everyday living, actually. And cognitive hypnotherapy can help people not only deal with their issues of anxiety, but it can also teach them, and give them tools to take home and use for them to be in power to use different forms of self-hypnosis and meditation and breathing exercises, which can help with their general anxiety disorder, if that is indeed what they have.

  • Why should people use you?

    I originally worked as a business consultant. I particularly enjoyed the element that was working with people, understanding people, and so I decided to retrain as a psychotherapist. Many of those skills that I learnt and developed within the business world are entirely relevant today as well. And often I do work with businesses and individuals from businesses. And having that understanding helps me to relate to their situations that much more than perhaps the average therapist.