The healing power of hypnotherapy

Hello, my name is Jon Creffield. I’m a hypnotherapist based in Bristol with practices in Clifton and Westbury on Trym. I also provide therapy sessions by phone and online via video link.

In this short article, I am going to give you some information about hypnotherapy, the experience of hypnosis, and why it can help you overcome anxiety, depression, phobias, stress and a whole host of other issues. Hypnosis can help you reach your goals, whatever they might be.

Hypnotherapy is a combination of psychotherapy and hypnosis. The type of psychotherapy I practice, Solution Focused Therapy, is designed to reduce anxiety and calm the mind. As the name suggests, it focuses on solutions for the future rather than analysing problems of the past. This approach is intrinsically beneficial, and the application of hypnosis enhances its effects. In combination, they enable your subconscious mind to make valuable changes.

 You might wonder what hypnosis is like. Many people don’t realise that we all experience the hypnotic state in our everyday lives. Have you ever driven home, become lost in your thoughts, and not remembered the journey? Begun painting a wall only to ‘zone out’ and find you’ve nearly finished? Or become so engrossed in a book that you weren’t aware of the world around you? If so, you’ve been in a state of focused attention, not unlike the feeling of being hypnotised.

Hypnosis is simply a state of focused attention. In this relaxed state, your mind is more responsive to suggestion. In a therapeutic setting, the suggestions are beneficial and facilitate the development of helpful thought patterns.

Solution Focused hypnotherapy is a cooperative process between client and therapist. Together, we look at your daily experiences in a new and positive light and discover simple steps you can take to improve the quality of your life and thoughts. The hypnosis encourages and empowers these changes in thinking and action.

Solution focussed hypnotherapy does not involve analysing painful memories from the past. If you have experienced unpleasant events, we acknowledge they happened, recognise your current situation, and help you to take the necessary steps to get from where you are to where you want to be.

During the first part of each session, we’ll talk about the progress you have made, and I’ll be encouraging you to express yourself positively, focusing on solutions rather than dwelling on problems.

I’ll help you to imagine your preferred future, one where you have a more useful perspective on the quality of your life. I’ll then guide you into a relaxed state of hypnosis so that that beneficial suggestions can be directed towards your subconscious mind, consolidating what we have discussed.

This hypnotic process will help you to make changes in the way you think and is highly effective in relieving the symptoms of anxiety and stress.

Clients often comment about how relaxing and pleasant hypnosis feels – it’s not unlike daydreaming while in a deeply relaxed state. You could think of it as guided daydreaming. But a daydream that produces positive changes in the way you act and feel.

To support clients at this difficult time, I am currently offering a package of four 1-hour online therapy sessions for £200, saving £80 from the usual fee. These are available via video call or conventional telephone call.

Jon Creffield (HPD, DSFH, DHP, MNCH (Reg.) AfSFH)  is a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy, the Association For Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. He is also an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist


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