What is Cognitive Hypnotherapy

Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy

I was trained by the Quest Institute in Cognitive Hypnotherapy. This short video explains the principles behind this.

What we do in Cognitive Hypnotherapy

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a tremendously flexible and modern approach, constantly evolving to take advantage of new therapy techniques and developments in neuroscience.  I make use NLP (or Neuro Linguistic Programming) to understand and treat your problem.  This deals with interplay between your mind (the Neuro), your language (the Linguistic) and how this affects your feelings, thoughts and behaviour (the Programming bit). 

I use hypnosis to help ‘undo’ your problem programming.  As you usually ‘do’ your problem in a light trance state, I help you to use a similar state to 'undo' your problem.  Most clients find hypnosis a pleasant and relaxing experience.  Rest assured you can’t be made to do anything you don’t want to.  I record hypnotic suggestions designed just for you (called a Wordweave) which I send you as an audio file to download and listen to in between sessions.

As part of your treatment, I also draw upon and make use of a wide range of different disciplines including Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Gestalt Therapy and Transactional Analysis. Where do problems come from?

Your problem is a bit like a hole in a road.  You might be aware it’s there, even if you can’t see it all the time.  You don’t want to fall down it again but the unconscious part of your mind can keep you going down the same path leading you down the hole despite your good intentions.  You will have been programmed to do this from learned experience, especially in childhood.  As time goes by, your problem pathway can get more and more trodden down and confirmed.  Everyday trance

We spend around 90% of our day in some kind of light trance state. Our brain manages everyday experience like this on ‘automatic pilot’ to save energy.  We can shift effortlessly from a' brushing teeth trance' one minute to a 'putting clothes on trance' the next.  It’s a highly efficient way for our brains to be on automatic pilot and conserve energy but not so great when our mind takes us down a problem hole.

The two key questions

We want to find out two key things - what is going on with the way your mind produces your problem pathway and how can we use that to lead you out of it?  The answers to these questions give a clear purpose for our work together and also enable me to be flexible in how I treat you.  I won’t be interested in the label you or someone else gives your problem but I will be fascinated by how you’re ‘doing’ it which will be completely unique to you.  Depending on how you do yours, I will respond to that and make your treatment as individual as you are. 

Research findings on Cognitive Hypnotherapy

I am qualified in Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy (QCH) and was trained by renowned therapist and author Trevor Silvester who established the internationally recognised Quest Institute in 2001 at Regents University in London. In September 2015, The Mental Health Review published a peer-reviewed article comparing this kind of hypnotherapy with national results for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.  The programme suggested that, “QCH may offer a brief effective treatment for clients with clinically significant levels of anxiety and/or depression, widening client choice”.  In an average of six sessions, 71% reported themselves recovered, compared to 42% using other IAPT therapies (such as CBT and Interpersonal Psychotherapy).  

Are you ready to start your journey from your problem to your solution?

Disclaimer - please note results can vary from person to person