For a different way of thinking…
How does hypnotherapy work?
Simply put, hypnotherapy works by asking your unconscious to change the way you think.
By guiding you into a relaxing, light, trance state – a bit like daydreaming – we can communicate better with your unconscious and reprogramme your thought patterns so that you can live your life how you want to, free of whatever has been holding you back.
Hypnotherapy shouldn’t be confused with stage hypnosis that you might have seen on television; there are no swinging pocket watches to be wary of and you won’t find yourself inexplicably barking like a dog next time you see a cat. Instead, it’s part of a very gentle talking therapy that will help you get back on track.
You can read more about how hypnotherapy works below, but if you’d just prefer to talk it through, click on the button to get in touch.
Your unconscious is your automatic pilot
Recent research suggests that about 90% of what you do happens outside your conscious awareness. When you stop to think about it, it’s obvious really. You don’t have to think about breathing, digesting your food, or even how to walk – it just happens – unconsciously. How clever is that?
In fact, a lot more of your day than you think consists of unconscious action, a sort of ‘automatic pilot’ hypnotic trance. Consider how many times you’ve driven to work and afterwards been unable to recall the route you took because you were thinking about what to have for tea? That’s your ‘driving to work’ trance. And how often have you been so engrossed in a book, that you haven’t noticed the phone’s ringing until someone gives you a nudge? Well, you were just in your ‘reading a good book’ trance.
Your unconscious keeps you safe
The other job of your unconscious is to keep you safe. By processing and filtering about two millions bits of information that are picked up by your senses every second, it seeks to move you towards people, behaviours and environments it believes will bring you pleasure and keep you away from those it perceives to be harmful. It does this by taking experiences from your past and using them to predict the outcome of what you are about to do. And most of the time, it does a great job…
Your unconscious thinks it knows best
Unfortunately, because your unconscious always thinks it knows best, you sometimes find yourself behaving in ways you’d prefer not to.
Think about the times you find yourself reaching for a cake even though you are consciously trying to lose weight? Or why merely the thought of giving that presentation next week to a group of supportive colleagues brings you out in a cold sweat or even makes you feel sick?
Well, it might be that your unconscious believes eating cake equates to comfort, or delivering a presentation will cause you great embarrassment or potential ridicule, so it tries to stop you doing it by which ever means it can.
But it’s likely that none of this will make sense to you because the underlying thought patterns behind this reasoning are formulated outside your conscious awareness. You’ll just feel cross or disappointed with yourself.
You’re in a trance
So, in a way, every time you find you’re not in control of your actions, you have probably been ‘hypnotised’ by your unconscious: you’re in a trance, just an unhelpful or negative one.
Hypnotherapy works by reprogramming your unconscious to change negative trances into positive ones, reframing the way it thinks about your past experiences so that they no longer cause you problems.
So what is Cognitive Hypnotherapy?
Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a modern approach to hypnotherapy founded by Trevor Silvester of The Quest Institute which focuses on restoring the balance between the different mind systems of the conscious and unconscious to give you back control.
It combines Wordweaving™ (a bespoke style of hypnotic language) with other therapy tools and techniques, such as neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and positive psychology, to offer a fluid and flexible approach in helping you solve your problem.
How is Cognitive Hypnotherapy different?
We don’t give you or your problem a label. Labels are for jars.
Although your problem might seem similar to someone else’s, we believe the reason behind it will be unique to you, based on your own interpretation of the world around you and your individual life experiences. Therefore, your solution will be unique too.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy works by using a flexible framework of tools, allowing us to focus on being creative in finding the solution that’s best for you.
To find out how it works, watch this short video…
An Evidence-Based Approach
Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy (QCH) launched a unique research project in 2011. Using a team of QCH therapists, clients with anxiety and depression were assessed using the same outcome measures currently used to assess the effectiveness of talking therapies within the NHS.
The pilot study was published in the Mental Health Review Journal in 2015. It recorded that, using 118 cases measuring the effectiveness of Cognitive Hypnotherapy for the treatment of depression and anxiety, 71% considered themselves recovered after an average of 4 sessions. This compared to an average of 42% for other approaches using the same measures (like CBT). To our knowledge, this is the only hypnotherapy approach to have been validated in this way.
The Effectiveness of
Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy
for treatment of anxiety and depression compared with other therapies such as CBT.
Results taken from a pilot study of 118 cases.
- Cognitive Hypnotherapy 71% 71%
- Other talking therapies 42% 42%