Hypnosis is a natural state of consciousness involving increased attention and reduced peripheral awareness and an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestions made by the hypnotherapist.
Hypnosis may be likened to daydreaming or being intensely involved in a film. However scientists are now reporting that hypnosis is a unique state of consciousness, with modern brain imaging in real time (FMRI), showing very real changes in areas of the brain that correspond to the suggestion being made.
For example if the hypnotherapist makes a suggestion for reduction in the emotional aspect of pain, the area that processes this element (the anterior cingulate) will show a reduction in activity, whilst other areas that deal with meaning or sensory quality of the pain will not show changes. This means hypnosis can be targeted and individualised to the patients needs. Hypnosis is made up of two parts. First is the “induction” which allows the mind to relax. This is by getting the patient to focus on one particular thing, be it the therapists voice or a spot on the ceiling or a pleasant image. This allows the mind to become more open to suggestion for changes in what you experience or how you feel.
The second step is for the hypnotherapist to make specific suggestions for positive changes, such as feelings of positivity, increased motivation or a reduction in pain, stress or anxiety and reassuring expectations of the future. To aid treatment it is important to practise these new skills by listening to recordings at home , which will be supplied through CD or MP3. This is called self hypnosis and it is surprisingly easy to carry this out on your own.
Graham is a clinical hypnotherapist, meaning he treats the conditions for which he already has a specialist knowledge.
He has taken extra advanced courses in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach to insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome and stress management. Graham is currently studying for an MSc in Mindfulness and likes to add Mindfulness elements to his treatments where appropriate. Graham also likes to use hypnotherapy as part of his Integrated Pain Management approach to pain.
Graham uses Hypnotherapy to treat the following conditions:
Acute and chronic Pain
Cancer related fatigue
"Hypnosis is likely to be effective for most people suffering from diverse forms of pain, with the possible exception of a minority of patients who are resistant to hypnotic interventions."
American Psychological Association
This involves taking a full history and goals are worked out. This session may take 90 minutes and hypnotherapy will be introduced to the client.
1. I cannot be hypnotised.
Whilst it is true that some people have a stronger response to hypnotherapy and a small minority are resistant to hypnosis almost everyone can gain benefit from hypnotherapy. In fact the only time you will definitely not be hypnotized is if you do not want to be.
2. I can get stuck in hypnosis
No you cannot!.
3. I will lose control.
Hypnosis is an unique state of consciousness, but like daydreaming it is voluntary and if there was a fire for example, you would quickly be out of the front door!.
4. There is no evidence for hypnotherapy.
Wrong - it has one of the strongest evidence bases of all the complementary therapies, especially in the area of pain management and the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. It has also been shown to add power to other psychotherapeutic interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Finally remember that being hypnotised is actually a very pleasant experience, with people often reporting benefits beyond what they are being treated for. These benefits might include increased energy, positive mood, relaxation and an increased feeling of control.
Common misconceptions about hypnosis:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Lack of Confidence
Pre / post surgery issues
These sessions will last around 60 minutes. The cost of the audio files are included.
With any medical condition it is important to note that hypnosis is not a cure and you should always seek a medical diagnosis first. However hypnosis can help reduce stress, improve mood and energy levels and aid sleep. All of which can help improve many medical conditions. If you have any complaint that isn’t mentioned or want to talk more about treatment options, I am happy to talk on the phone or answer email questions.
Graham trained at the UK College Of Hypnosis And Hypnotherapy, which is the only college to be approved by the British Psychological Society learning centre.
Graham is a member of The Register For Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy And Psychotherapy (REBHP) and carries professional Indemnity Insurance of £1,000,000