Taking a skills training approach, I train my clients in self-hypnosis, what are essentially self-help techniques.  The techniques used are based on validated research findings, which reveal that problems or disturbances are consequences of destructive and problematic forms of self-hypnosis. Self hypnosis is that internal chattering or self-talk which we all experience in our minds. It can be referred to in a number of ways including; cognitions, autosuggestion, self-talk, self-suggestion, self-statements, self-instructions, automatic thoughts etc.

Too frequently, internal hypnotic-like talk, these self-suggestions which drive us, influencing our emotions and behaviour, remains for the most part unchallenged. The extent to which it causes and maintains significant levels of distress, often unnoticed. Self-hypnosis is something, which is carried out daily, generally conducted automatically, leading to a variety of difficulties including feelings of anxiety, low mood, stress, sleep difficulties and unhealthy habits. Internal self-talk may largely consist of automatic, unproductive, self-defeating cognitions (thoughts, attitudes, ideas, beliefs etc). It is however, possible to alter and modify self-talk, with powerful consequences.

Self-hypnosis is a learnable skill. I guide and facilitate client’s developing the skills of self-hypnosis. People find the more they use hypnosis the easier it becomes. You make the suggestions your own in hypnosis. You thereby uncover the particular ‘mind – set’ required in order to alter negative, unhelpful thought processes and develop more realistic, helpful insights. The applications of self-hypnosis are vast. Proficient use of skills and techniques, leads to the achievement of one’s goals. The objective with effective therapy is that you are equipped to generalise skills and coping strategies to a variety of events and circumstances. Clients are thus equipped with strategies for relapse prevention, resulting in long-term satisfaction.

Cognitions – The power

Cognition is the term used in psychology to refer to thoughts, beliefs, ideas and attitudes. Essentially, it is referring to thought processes or mental activity, which can be put into words. Cognitions direct our response to life situations, activating our behaviour and emotions. Many of us are aware that if we could possibly change our thinking and perspective that it would be life changing.

Research proposes that we have approximately 60,000 thoughts per day. Can you contemplate for a moment the power and potential in that statistic?

Let’s make them count!

  • Do you find that negative thoughts have become part of your way of thinking?
  • Do you feel that you worry; perhaps spending hours, days or even weeks worrying?
  • Would you benefit from developing skills to knock worry on the head?
  • Do you feel that you are a ‘worrier’ and that it ‘just can’t be helped’, ‘it’s just the way’ you are?

With the fast and ever changing pace of our daily lives, we often find it difficult to hold a particular thought in mind for longer than a minute or so. Nevertheless, we frequently hold negative thoughts in mind; they can in fact be intrusive, popping back into our minds throughout the day and right up until we fall asleep.

It certainly is possible to knock worry on the head. The evidence based techniques used at Northwest Therapy and Hypnosis, encourage both realistic and positive thought processes. Through the use of cognitive, behavioural and hypnotic protocols and techniques the cognitive processes, which are leading to distress and negative, unhealthy behaviours, monitored and altered.

  • What difference might it make to you to alter negative thoughts?
  • What percentage of your thoughts are largely unproductive or holding you back in some way?
  • What feelings and bodily sensations do these thoughts evoke in you?
  • Contemplate for a moment, what it might be like to obtain freedom and choices in thoughts, feelings and behaviour…

Whilst we may not be able to alter the environment or situation, which stimulates negative thoughts and emotions, we are capable of learning how to alter our responses to it, developing and strengthening our coping ability and psychological resilience in lasting ways. Gaining freedom from negative, unhelpful thoughts has life changing consequences, enhancing enjoyment of life, well-being and health.