Everthing we do at Hypnosis Northampton is hypnotic. That is, it is all designed to enable you to use your mind to its fullest and access resources that you do not yet know you possess. Our style of hypnosis is non-invasive and completely non-threatening. In fact, we have yet to meet someone who does not find it an enjoyable experience to go through.
The solutions we provide are not prescribed or formulaic. They are tailored to meet your specific needs and to make the most of your unique resources.
The hypnotherapy we use includes counselling and talk-therapy skills integrated with the hypnosis. However, other techniques are also available and can be included alongside the hypnotherapy.
We practice what is known as ‘Ericksonian’ hypnosis. This is generally characterised as a conversational and indirect approach to hypnotherapy. There is no clicking of fingers and no shouting, “Sleep!” Instead, a conversation takes place where you share your reasons for seeking hypnotherapy and where you would like to get to. What takes place after that is impossible to predict, as each session is as individual as the client being treated.
Empowering & Relaxaing
One of the most interesting things about hypnosis is that it enables you to feel very relaxed and completely alive at the same time. Some people describe the experience as like a day-dream, whereas others say it is like someone counselling you whilst you meditate. However, nearly everyone has the experience of feeling deeply and rapidly relaxed, whilst simultaneously feeling revitalised, empowered and built-up.
Our therapeutic hypnosis is solution-focused. That means that we are not so interested in why things are going wrong for you, or obsessed with finding the cause in your past. We would much rather spend time helping you envision and construct a more resourceful future.
You may not feel like it, but the key to moving on is within you. If it wasn’t, you would not feel such a dissatisfaction with the ways things or, or such an urge to change.
As we do not need to spend so long delving into your past, we are free to help you discover the simple changes you can make to experience freedom and move into a more fulfilling future.
A solution-focused approach means we do not need to dig up all of your former failings or have you re-live any past traumas. Instead, we can focus on your resources, strategies you can employ and lessons you’ve previoulsy learned that it is now time to put into practice.
All of this means that we would expect your therapy to be much quicker than it would be with more traditional approaches. Our aim is to empower you, help you resolve your concerns and get you out of our office – so you can get on with living your life!
People are sometimes surprised that hypnotherapy looks more like counseling than “Stage Hypnosis”. As stated above, our approach is conversational and there is often little discernible difference between the counselling and hypnotherapy, as both seamlessly flow into the other. The counseling style we adopt is predominantly solution-focused, though integrates a number of other models including elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and a consistently person-centered approach.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy focuses on what clients want to achieve rather than on the problem(s) that made them seek help. This approach does not focus on the past, but instead, focuses on the present and future. The therapist invites you to envision your preferred future and then start to move towards it.
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) gets it name from one of its core messages: accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to action that improves and enriches your life. The aim of ACT is to maximise human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life.
Motivational interviewing is a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. Compared with traditional counselling, it is more focused and goal-directed.
Mindfulness & Meditation
‘Mindfulness’ is a hot topic in Western psychology: increasingly recognised as an effective way to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, enhance emotional intelligence, and effectively handle painful thoughts and feelings. Mindfulness involves consciously bringing awareness to your here-and-now experience with openness, interest, and receptiveness.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming, or NLP, was developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, when they decided to model the therapeutic methods of Milton Erickson. So, it is only natural that a hypnotherapy that has it’s roots in Erickson’s approach would include what later came to be known as NLP.
I received my training in NLP from Stephen Brooks, as direct student of the legendary Milton Erickson.
The best way to think of NLP is as an ‘owners manual’ for your brain. NLP is a set of insights and skills with which you can actively use your mind and your emotions and your body to run your own life more successfully and to communicate with yourself, other people and your surroundings with extraordinary effectiveness.
I received my first Coaching Certification from The Coaching Academy and have not looked back.
Coaching is a process that enables learning and development to occur and thus performance to improve. Many clients state that it feels less ‘feminine’ that counselling and less “airy-fairy” than hypnosis
Coaching is a powerful tool that can help you to make changes in your personal life, business or career, to improve your performance, enhance your relationships with others or develop specific skills. In fact, many of our clients who come for Business Coaching end up coming back for Personal and Life Coaching, as they discover the benefit of learning tools that can enable you to enhance every area of your life.
One of the perplexing mysteries of much Western Psychology is the lack of sufficient emphasis on Relaxation. We believe that the power of simple relaxation can hardly be over-stated.
Everything from skin complaints to IBS can be helped through learning how to relax. Some people have referred to a hypnotherapy session as “a mental massage” and it’s not difficult to see why.
However, we don’t want your “mental spa” to end once you leave our offices. So, when appropriate we will teach you the steps to relaxation and self-hypnosis, enabling you to recreate those states in the freedom of your own home.
Now that’s powerful!
As the name suggests, Self-hypnosis is simply when you hypnotize yourself. This is often more practical as a stress management tool than normal hypnosis, as you do not need to have a hypnotist present. Yet, like hypnosis it is very effective and can be used for any number of issues.
In a session, we can guide you through the process and teach you how to use and apply self-hypnosis whenever it is needed.
This is then both a powerful therapy tool and an effective self-help technique you can take away.