The traditional image people tend to have for hypnotherapists is of someone with a swinging watch who mysteriously puts you into a state where they control you and re-programme your mind. No wonder my mother wasn’t too keen on my change of career…

I developed Cognitive Hypnotherapy to help educate the public in what a modern use of the mental states we generally call ‘trance’ can achieve, and how straightforward it is. If you think of the times you daydream, lose yourself in your thoughts while travelling, miss whole conversations or tv programmes by being distracted, you might begin to see why science suggests that we’re in these kinds of states about 90% of the day. I came to realise, through some prompting by a guy called Steven Wolinsky, that the problems my clients described also involved them being in trance. People want to quit smoking or lose weight, but still reach out for the cigarette or the chocolate bar. People can be confident in one situation, but get anxiety attacks in another. Someone can know it’s ridiculous, but still not be able to stop themselves running from a spider, or chihuahua. And I see sports people with marvelous talent, who seize up at the critical moment because they get overwhelmed by fear.

In Cognitive Hypnotherapy, those moments where you lose the ability to be yourself, and behave as less than you want to be, are examples of you being taken into a trance by your unconscious in order to behave in a way that it thinks is the best option at that moment. It’s why we say that ‘all behaviour has a purpose’. The trouble is these best options are often based on decisions made by the brain when you were too young to have much of a range of other options. In a sense my job is to de-hypnotise you from the state you go into so you remain in control of your actions.

Another difference that defines Cognitive Hypnotherapy is that we assume that everyone is different. Just because I see three people in a day with the same name for their problem, doesn’t mean that the same thing will work for them. Everyone creates and perceives their issue in a unique way, and I use a range of techniques from a number of different disciplines, put together in a particular way to suit the way you think. Nothing I know works on everybody, but everything I know works on somebody, so I adapt my approach to fit you, not hope you can adapt yourself to fit me.

Harley Street LondonAn overview of what you can expect.

Because everybody is unique, and so is their experience of their problem,our first session will be about identifying the patterns of thoughts and feelings that create your experience. I need to know where best to focus our attention before we start changing anything. The first session usually lasts 90 minutes, so often within that time I will have the opportunity to begin working with you to the degree that you could notice a difference before the second session. If figuring out what to do takes longer, then we begin the ‘change-work’ in the second session.

In either case the second session is focusing on the fabric of the problem using a combination of the many techniques I have available. Almost certainly, as part of the session, I’ll use my approach to hypnotic suggestion, Wordweaving, to help you tune your mind to create what we call your solution state – how you’d like your life to be. These sessions last 60 minutes.

The third session depends on your experience after the second. Often you’ll already have noticed positive differences. We either continue to work on what’s left of the problem fabric, or to consolidate and expand the improvements you’ve been experiencing. Your feedback will be my guide.

From there on it really just depends on how quickly we get to the point where you have what you came for. It’s impossible to tell you how long therapy will take because of the uniqueness of each client, but for most issues 2-6 sessions is normally sufficient. For more complex situations, like eating disorders or substance dependency it can be longer. Cognitive Hypnotherapy can help with a wide range of issues. If your mind is behind the problem, I can help. If you think your mind could give your body a hand, I can probably help with that too. If you have any doubt then email or phone me.

I work in Harley Street. I charge £200 including VAT per session, which may include a Wordweaving recording made especially for you – if that fits your need. As I said on the homepage, at the end of the first session, if either one of us doesn’t believe this is the way forward for you, then you don’t pay.

To make an appointment email Rebecca, or phone her using the number below.