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Clem Turner
Margaret Turner

What is Hypnotherapy?
What Problems Can Hypnotherapy & Our Other Treatments Help With?
How does Hypnotherapy work?
What is NLP?
What is  EFT?
What is EMDR?
What is HCBT?
What happens at a consultation?

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is fast gaining credibility and popularity as a way to overcome the stresses and strains of everyday life. It has been around since the 19th century but over the years has undergone many changes.

Hypnosis can be very effective in dealing with negative thoughts and ideas, distressing feelings, anxiety and stress, (and related conditions such as insomnia, and panic attacks). It is also highly suitable for treating fears, phobias and long-term habits such as smoking and weight problems. Browse the pages of this site to see other treatable conditions. It is equally as effective in enhancing and improving areas such as confidence building, public speaking and sports performance.

The best way to think of hypnosis is as a state of deep relaxation and focus. During Hypnosis the conscious mind becomes detached from every day worries and the subconscious part of the mind is more open to suggestion. In this deeply relaxed state which is known as ‘Trance’, the Hypnotherapist can effect changes in long standing thoughts, feelings and behaviour. 

As a matter of interest, you will almost certainly have been in a hypnotic state at some time before. One of the most common occurrences of hypnosis is in driving. Most drivers at some stage will have experienced the sudden realization that they cannot remember consciously driving the last several miles. This is because they have been concentrating so hard on their driving that a state of hypnosis has been induced. The result is that they have been able to drive for several miles in a trance. While their conscious mind has been thinking of many things, their subconscious mind has successfully taken over the driving of the vehicle and safely negotiated gear changing, braking, etc.

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What Problems Can Hypnotherapy & Our Other Treatments Help With?

Hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Hypno Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can work extremely well with the following problems. At a one to one session we can discuss the problem in total confidence with you and then chose the most relevant treatment plan.

If you are too far away from Nottinghamshire for a one to one session please go to the CD page to place an order for one of our many professionally produced CD’s, including:

Anger Management Guilt Weight Management
Anxiety and Stress Jealousy Fears and Phobias
Confidence and Self Esteem Diverticulitis Public Speaking
Focus and Concentration Fibromyalgia Driving Test Nerves
Panic and Anxiety attacks Irritable Bowel Syndrome  Exam success
Relaxation  Insomnia Motivation for success
Alcohol abuse Pain Management  Successful Interviews
Gambling Snoring Time Management
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Stroke Recovery  Sports Performance
Smoking Cessation Stuttering Children’s Issues

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How does Hypnotherapy work?

To answer that question we first have to think about the human mind. It is generally accepted that the human mind is made up to two sections. For simplicity we can think of it as the conscious mind and subconscious mind.

THE CONSCIOUS MIND
This is the section that helps with our daily decision-making processes. It is proactive, realistic, logical and intelligent. It applies rational thought to enable us to use our experiences to work out how to deal with new situations. However, it is easily overloaded. Essentially, the conscious mind learns how to do things and once learned, then passes it on to the subconscious mind.

THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND
This, the biggest section of our mind is hidden from our everyday awareness. The subconscious operates on automatic pilot. It is involved with our emotions, imagination and memories as well as with our autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system controls all the workings of our body - the beating of our heart, the respiratory system, digestion, the release of our hormones - in fact everything that our bodies do in order to function - none of which is under our conscious control. It is easy to understand therefore, why the mind affects the body and the body affects the mind. In reality, the mind and body are indivisible.

The subconscious mind is powerful and can deal with many complex instructions at any one time but is not ‘intelligent’. Behaviours and body reactions that are outside our conscious control come from the subconscious. The subconscious mind always has a reason for what it does but the reason may not be easily understood by us and may be outdated or no longer useful to us.

Hypnotherapy enables us to talk directly to the subconscious, persuading it and enabling it to change preconditioned ways of reacting.

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What is NLP?

NLP stands for ‘Neuro Linguistic Programming’. This should be self explanatory. ‘Neuro’ refers to the mind and how it works, ‘Linguistic’ refers to the language used the way people express themselves and communicate their experience to others, and ‘Programming’ refers to the effect that language has on the mind and on behaviour. In other words it is what was known in my day as ‘Response to Suggestion.’ 

NLP is based on ‘real life’ behaviour and its main aim is to help people get better at what they do, whether it is in a personal or professional capacity; whether it is to improve personal relationships or be a better salesperson, the list is endless. ‘Excellence in performance’ is one of the goals of NLP and requires the development of skills and the corresponding physical and mental states.

These physical and mental states can be compartmentalised and summarised as follows;
• Motivation
• Learning
• Maintaining good health and fitness
• Communication
• Negotiating
• Public speaking
• Teambuilding
• Change management

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What is EFT?

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a new and very unusual type of "alternative" therapy. It is based on Eastern medicine or healing, along the same lines as acupuncture or acupressure which have been around for thousands of years in other cultures! 

How does it work? 
EFT works by neutralizing "disruptions" in your body's electrical system. This stops the chemical chain reaction freeing you from emotional and physical discomfort. As you gently tap or press on a point, neural receptors under the skin convert the pressure to an electrical impulse that is transmitted to the brain. It is the same as using a remote control for the TV or tapping a key on a keyboard to send an electrical signal to the computer. Our thoughts are constantly creating patterns of electrical energy that cause the release of neurotransmitters, hormones and other chemicals in the body that we feel as emotions. When there is a disruption in the body s electrical flow, such as the fight or flight response, we feel it. If the disruption continues, it can lead to emotional distress and eventually physical problems. When the disruption is removed, the distress stops.

EFT is used to treat a wide range of problems, including physical pain, stress, anxiety, fears and phobias, trauma, anger, depression, migraines, fibromyalgia, asthma and addictions. EFT is also used to improve personal performance in academics, business and sports by removing anxiety, doubt and negative thoughts. The biggest challenge is getting beyond what feels very silly as you do the method. But it works so rapidly you will usually start to notice a difference in a few minutes in most cases.

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What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy approach. It contains elements of many effective psychotherapies in structured protocols that are designed to maximize treatment effects. These include psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centred therapies.

EMDR is an information processing therapy and uses an eight phase approach to address the experiential contributors of a wide range of pathologies. It attends to the past experiences that have set the groundwork for pathology, the current situations that trigger dysfunctional emotions, beliefs and sensations, and the positive experience needed to enhance future adaptive behaviours and mental health.

During treatment various procedures and protocols are used to address the entire clinical picture. One of the procedural elements is "dual stimulation" using either bilateral eye movements, tones or taps. During the reprocessing phases the client attends momentarily to past memories, present triggers, or anticipated future experiences while simultaneously focusing on a set of external stimulus. During that time, clients generally experience the emergence of insight, changes in memories, or new associations. The clinician assists the client to focus on appropriate material before initiation of each subsequent set.

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What is HCBT?

Hypno-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Have you ever wondered if your thoughts are really helping you? Or does the endless chatter in your head manufacture its own problems and sabotage what could be a happier easier life? Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an effective way to ‘flip the switch’ on your thinking by tackling your thinking errors.

What is interesting about negative automatic thoughts is that people tend to accept them at face value instead of looking for alternative explanations or questioning the core beliefs that underlie them. That’s what CBT helps you to do, and if you alter your negative automatic thoughts a significant positive change in feelings and behaviours will likely follow.

It is evidence based that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy works 70% more effective in conjunction with Hypnotherapy (HCBT). At our practice in Nottinghamshire Margaret and I are both qualified Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapists and we offer you help to bring a more sunlight into your more difficult days and help you to step out of bad habits and negative thoughts so that you can live a healthier more fulfilled life.

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What happens at a consultation?

At the first consultation, we will discuss the reason you have decided to seek my help, together with a relevant medical history, and you will be given a full explanation of what to expect from the initial hypnotherapy session and any subsequent follow up sessions. Professional Hypnotherapists give a completely confidential service.

During hypnosis you will be aware of everything that is happening and afterwards will usually be able to remember everything that was said except for any painful memories that you do not wish to remember. 

Finally, after the treatment you will be brought back to your normal conscious state at which time you will feel fully refreshed and invigorated.

Some common descriptions of how you feel under hypnosis include: 
• Very relaxed
• Heavy
• Numb
• Floating
• Drifting
• Dreamy

Normally the following physical symptoms are: 
• Slowed breathing
• Lower blood pressure
• Slower heart rate
• Increased / changed circulation
• Less muscular tension

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