We all need help sometimes....it seems to be an indication of the stresses and strains of modern day life, that many of us today find ourselves in need of emotional or psychological help to make sense of our internal and external worlds.
Even those of us that appear to be the strongest, most confident people in society, will struggle at some point with feeling stuck, anxious, or overwhelmed, experiencing depressive episodes, fears and phobias, obsessions and compulsions, or other ways that indicate all is not right in our minds or the way we are approaching our life.
You've taken the first step by looking for someone professional and experienced to help you let go of negative emotions, beliefs and the memories that caused them.
I think that you will find me genuine, compassionate, non-judgemental and honest, and I can demonstrate evidence of relevant qualifications, membership of professional bodies governing safe, ethical practice and of course, copious amounts of experience in helping people like yourself feel better. Check out my reviews on yell.com and google evidencing a 5 star experience by my clients. I love to receive any feedback, so that I can continually reflect and improve the way I work with my clients.
I will work with any committed adult over the age of 16, experiencing psychological problems regardless of their symptoms. This is because I believe the root cause of mental illness can be found within our negative experiences of life. Things that happen to us or around us, from birth through to death, can lead us to have strong negative feelings and arrive at self-limiting beliefs about ourselves, others and the world we live in. For example, someone is traumatised by a parent leaving as a child and feels hurt and angry. If they fail to process this memory properly at the time of the event, which often happens with traumatic experiences particularly when we are most vulnerable, they may become STUCK in that memory. This leads them to continue to feel the pain of separation or abandonment whenever similar situations or 'triggers' play out in their lives (e.g. they split with a partner, a close friend moves away). And these negative feelings continue to play out (or 'trigger' strong emotional responses), until the past memory is fully processed.
Under hypnosis, I use Regression to Cause or 'Floatback' technique to help my clients identify where the negative feelings and beliefs come from, and once the emotionally charged memories have been identified,I use EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocesing, to process the unhelpful memories and move them into the past. The last part of the EMDR process is to reprocess positive feelings and beliefs into the mind, so life can be experienced more positively in the present and the future.
So regardless of whether you have an addiction, or a phobia, are suffering from stress or sleep deprivation, issues with food and eating, or having flashbacks to past traumatic events, (to my mind), it will all be about the unprocessed memories, negative feelings and the beliefs you arrived at as a result.
Some examples of the types of issues I work with on a regular basis:
Anxiety and Panic Attacks
OCD and Obsessive behaviour
Fears and Phobias
PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Stress Reduction and Management
Addictions including smoking, recreational drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex/pornography
Weight Loss / Healthy Eating / Motivation to Exercise / Eating disorders
Insomnia / Sleep Disturbance
Personality Type (Myers Briggs)
Self-Awareness and Development
Confidence and Self Esteem Building
Improving Work & Sports Performance
Career & Interview Coaching
More Information about how I work:
I work with clients aged 16 or over from Hitchin, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, who are committed to getting well. I'm told that my clients choose me because I have a background that resonates with them, because I 'feel' right, or because they've been referred by friends or family who are satisfied clients. I work best with people who are prepared to put the time and effort and investment into their happiness and see this as a joint venture between therapist and themselves. I provide all clients with a booklet called 'Optimising the Benefits of your Therapy' and am happy to send you a PDF version if this would be helpful.
I work with clients who want to feel better, accept themselves more readily, think more clearly, make good decisions that help, not hinder...clients who for one reason or another, are unhappy, stressed, depressed, anxious, and this manifests itself in a wide range of psychological and often physical problems.
Because I am a qualified and experienced Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP Coach, and Solutions Focused Counsellor, and have worked with over a thousand clients over the past years, I can offer you a wide range of different approaches. My background includes 25 years working in the National Health Service including the deployment of coaching and mentoring leadership skills to help individuals achieve their personal best. As such I have two practices, one for Coaching (Kelsey-Coaching) and one for Psychotherapy (The Hitchin Hypnotherapy Practice), but as all my clients have feelings, beliefs and memories, I tend to use a blend of coaching and therapy for clients who approach me for coaching.
I use a mixture of self-empowering coaching, solutions focused counselling and holistic compassionate psychotherapy to help you achieve the mindset that works best for you. In a comfortable, quiet and relaxing setting, we work together practically yet with compassion. I work using a range of coaching and psychological techniques which include tapping or emotional freedom technique EFT, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy CBT, Mindfulness, Inner Child work & Self-Compassion building, Clinical Hypnotherapy, ACT therapy, EMDR, Regression to Cause to mention a few.
Information about Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis:
There are many misconceptions about hypnotherapy, hypnosis, and what these involve, so you may be interested to read the FAQs below...
The role of the Clinical Hypnotherapist is to help you make changes to your mind set through the use of hypnosis and other related therapies. My work involves helping you overcome emotional or psychological illness or addictions and as a profession, we are often able to offer a cure as opposed to simply alleviating symptoms. In fact, I regularly hear how clients have attended a variety of different mainstream therapies over many years, even decades, but unfortunately not achieved the outcomes they desired. It's not uncommon to hear "you are my last hope". I am pleased to tell you that I am able to help a large number of my clients not only achieve their outcomes and solve their problems, but provide the self-management tools and strategies to sustain them.
Hypnosis is a natural state of heightened awareness, frequently associated with relaxation, where you are able to open yourself to suggestions and can make use of your imagination to help you make positive changes in your life. These suggestions are made to your subconscious mind, which is infinitely more powerful than your conscious mind. Your subconscious mind accounts for about 90% of your mind's potential and will always 'win' over your conscious mind.
It is possible for hypnotherapists to work with both the conscious and sub-conscious mind and by doing so, enable you to make the positive changes required for a happier and more satisfying life. What I ask is that you are fully committed to making the internal changes required to address your issues, which can often require a great deal of hard work on both my part and yours. This includes carrying out the life based exercises in between therapy sessions that I set for you to do, and attending therapy until a joint decision to discharge you has been reached. I will always promote independence and self-reliance on the strategies and techniques I have taught you to use.
Remember I offer psychotherapy - CBT, Clinical Hypnotherapy, EMDR, EFT, NLP and the full range of counselling and coaching services to help my clients achieve their desired outcomes; so whatever the presenting problem I am generally able to help those committed to helping themselves.
FAQs about Hypnotherapy - Why Choose Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy has been approved for use by the UK Government and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). The changes are MORE RAPID, EFFECTIVE and LONG-LASTING.
Much research carried out by mainstream medical practitioners and health experts, now evidences the short and longer term benefits of hypnotherapy.
In fact, in a Manchester hospital, the NHS have now created a Hypnotherapy unit to help with gastro intestinal medicine and conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
What is Hypnosis?
A state of relaxation in which you are very aware of what is going on and are always in complete control. It feels somewhere between being asleep and being awake and is extremely relaxing and calming. A hypnotic state is sometimes referred to as ‘trance’.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Yes, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis so if they choose to really let go and trust the process, they can access the state of trance. Once they've learned to do this, it’s easier to go into trance again in the future.
Can I be forced to do anything against my will?
No. In Hypnotherapy you are always in control and your mind chooses what it’s willing to accept.
How does it work?
Hypnotic relaxation allows the Hypnotherapist to make more direct communication with the sub-conscious mind. It therefore makes it easier to resolve the root cause of the problem by accessing feelings and emotions and past memories which may not be so accessible to the conscious mind. In addition, the mind is then more receptive to positive suggestions for change.
What happens in a Hypnotherapy session?
There are two main ways a Hypnotherapist can use Hypnotherapy - Suggestion Hypnotherapy and Analytical Hypnotherapy.
With relaxation the mind is more receptive to accepting ideas and suggestions. Positive suggestions for change are made which are more readily accepted and acted upon because it is possible to communicate more directly with the sub conscious mind.
Some analysis of the underlying cause of a problem is often helpful. When this is done using Hypnotherapy the root cause can be identified much more quickly than by any other therapeutic means. Any issues that emerge can then be worked through in a way that is most effective for the client's desired outcome.
What is self-hypnosis?
Self-hypnosis is a technique that enables a person to take themselves into a gentle hypnotic relaxation, similar to meditation. It is easy to learn and can be undertaken as part of the Hypnotherapy treatment. It can be used to help people continue with the benefits of Hypnotherapy and relaxation long after the sessions have ended. Often a recording will be available for the client to take away to continue with self-hypnosis practice. This allows the important messages to be repeated over and again to the client's mind, thus making it more likely they will quickly and effectively change their thoughts, feelings and behaviour.