Your Hypnotherapy Session
A bit about my therapy background
As a clinical hypnotherapists I practice a solution focused approach to Hypnotherapy. This was primarily conceived by David Newton at the Clifton Practice in Bristol over his 30,000+ therapeutic hours. He developed a cutting edge talking therapy using tried and tested methods and the latest understanding of the human brain. He also brought together elements of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Neuroscience to help clients suffering from anxiety, stress, low mood and phobias get the best chance to achieve the changes they are looking.
All this is of course backed up by evidence based techniques that are regularly tested and updated through continual professional development.
So… What happens in session?
We start with an initial consultation. This gives you a chance to meet me and ensures you get a full explanation of the process. It also gives me a chance to ask you about your expectations and get a detailed picture to work with. The initial consultation lasts about 45 minutes and whilst there is no trance you’ll leave with a greater understanding of ‘why we do the things we do’, an appointment for the next week and a support CD.
A standard session might begin with me asking ‘What’s been good about your week?’ and talking to you about the concrete positive changes you are already making. This means you’re creating new positive habits and re-framing your experience of daily life. We’ll then look back at the reasons these ‘good things’ have such an impact and the importance of the happy chemicals they produce. I practice a ‘Solution Focused’ approach so whilst we acknowledge the past and learn from it we are more concerned with helping you move towards your goals and visions. It’s during this part of the session that we do just that. I help you to build upon your resources and to move forward at your own pace and in a safe and non judgemental space.
Next we get you nice and relaxed on the couch. Using metaphor and language patterns we create a positive and relaxing intervention in your day or week. Trance, hypnosis, internal focus or whatever you’d like to call it, is a guided journey that helps you to a deeply relaxing place that most if not all of us have access to. You may have been driving somewhere (safely) but not remembered all those movements it took or even the route. You may get lost in a good read and hours seem like minutes. It’s important to note here that whilst you are very relaxed you’re not asleep and you can open your eyes whenever you wish. You won’t be asked to divulge any secrets or turned into a chicken. It’s here that I use positive affirmations and give you the space to go over the positive things we’ve discussed and help you find a diffused way of thinking about an issue to come up with unexpected answers or to build that confidence or belief in yourself that you’re looking for.
Sessions usually finish with a sense of calm and relaxation. Clients often talk about the great nights sleep they get after a session and with use of the support CD this in itself can really help to boost how positively we go about our days.
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“I honestly think it works. It is surprising how relaxed and peaceful you can feel if you know how to stop yourself from becoming anxious. It helps with your mental well-being, physical well-being, and helps with eating, sleeping, and everyday life. It can make a massive difference.”
Ben Gaskell Clinical Hypnotherapist working with clients who suffer from anxiety, stress, low mood and phobias. Based in both Deansgate, Central Manchester and the Stretford area of Greater Manchester he serves the local and surrounding areas of Urmston, Didsbury, Sale, Chorlton, Hale, Altrincham and Trafford. Further details can be found on ‘getting here’ or my ‘contact’ page. For more information on how Ben at Greater Manchester Hypnotherapy can help you please call 07756 932 702 or email [email protected].