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Hypnotherapy Coaching and Training Courses

How hypnotherapy can help you

Because anything that connects you more closely to your unconscious mind will bring many benefits. Not least increased creativity, enhanced communication skills, and a lot more confidence with a lot less stress.

I offer online hypnotherapy consultations, as well as in person sessions in London. These are examples of specific conditions that can be helped by hypnosis.

  • chronic pain
  • anxiety
  • insomnia
  • phobias
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Stop smoking
  • Weight loss
  • Post traumatic stress disorder – PTSD
  • depression
  • anger management
  • confidence
  • bereavement

 

Proven results across the board as a medical doctor and hypnotherapist – I can help you too

I also see many clients who wish to raise their professional performance to at least the next level. My clients include champions who have seen at firsthand what benefit hypnotherapy brings them. I have worked with professional cricketers, snooker players, darts players, poker players and golfers, as well as actors, comedians, and clients from the business community. This sometimes involves travel to provide real time support during tournaments on the European Golf and World Poker Tours as examples.

Be aware that here are no legal requirements for specific training in hypnotherapy in UK. Therefore many people prefer to choose a hypnotherapist with a medical or allied background. Examples would include a doctor, psychologist or counsellor.

 

Next step

Contact me doc@drstephensimpson.com to book a session with me either in person or online. If you have further questions or would like more information about hypnotherapy I will do my best to help you.

 

What is hypnosis?

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Hypnosis is a powerful yet controversial technique. Indeed it is often referred to as the “H word,” because it has such negative connotations among some people. I do not fully understand why this is so, but perhaps there needs to be a clearer distinction between stage hypnosis and the therapeutic hypnosis (hypnotherapy), that I practice. I have never used hypnosis other than as a psychotherapeutic intervention, and it is my most powerful tool for any situation.

We are surrounded by examples of hypnosis, and everybody can be a hypnotist. One of the best examples is the natural way that a mother soothes her troubled child. Many commercials that we see on TV are also hypnotic, irrespective of whether their creators know this or not.

I can guarantee one thing: you will be confused by hypnosis. If you are a hypnotist, if you are hypnotized, or if you are a student of hypnosis, the more you study hypnosis, the more confused you will become. I can only hope that it is confusion at a deeper level of understanding.

How does hypnosis work?

I do not know how hypnosis works its magic. But I do know that it is a deeply relaxing or meditative state of mind, whereby the busy conscious mind is quieted so that the deeper thoughts from the subconscious mind can surface.

I don’t know in what area of the brain hypnosis produces its effects either. There is increasing evidence that suggests that the nerve cells of the brain are “plastic.” In other words, these cells are malleable; for example, cells normally devoted to vision can change their function. In a blind person, the cells may become sound receptor cells so that they can provide a different sensory input to aid the person.

Complex new neural pathways are being created and destroyed all the time. Sooner or later the network reaches its optimum route, and a process called “myelination” kicks in. An example would be a child learning to ride a bike. Most of the early neural pathways result in the child falling off the bike until something magical connects. After this, the child will remember to ride a bike for the rest of his or her life and do so without even consciously thinking about it.

Experts do not believe that hypnosis is dangerous when performed by a competent hypnotherapist nor that there are some people who cannot be hypnotized. If there are, then I have not met them.

I believe that some people who are determined to resist hypnosis will do so very effectively; however, sooner or later, their resistance will wear down. But by then, the hypnotherapist will also be so exhausted that it will not make any difference.

Perhaps hypnosis works its magic by establishing communication with the deeper layers of the brain. This makes it possible to learn skills much faster than when using willpower and traditional methods of coaching.

History of Hypnosis

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There is nothing new about hypnosis. It has been around since the beginning of human kind, even before we learned how to speak. Hypnosis can be induced by words certainly, but more important is tonality and rhythm. For example hypnotic induction associated with rhythmical drumbeats, music, and chanting are examples.

Many people attribute the German physician Dr Franz Mesmer as the person who popularised hypnosis as a scientific subject during the 18th century. Indeed his unorthodox techniques were referred to as mesmerism and we still talk about being mesmerised when we become aware of our altered mental state of mind.

Dr James Braid was a Scottish orthopaedic surgeon who died in 1860. His surgical practice was entirely conventional for those times and hypnosis was more of an interest to him that his primary work as a surgeon. Perhaps because of this he gained more professional respect from his colleagues than Mesmer, and indeed he still does. So much so that there is now a group of doctors who hold regular Hypnosis meetings at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. I am a member of this group.

Hypnotherapy Coaching

Hypnotherapy forms the foundation of my work with clients. I am considered to be an excellent clinical hypnotherapist, particularly by the legendary self- help guru Paul McKenna. He should know, because much of what I learned, I learned from him. I also signed up for advanced hypnotherapy training with NLP co-founder Richard Bandler. I work quite often with Paul Mckenna and we are good friends. I am still learning about hypnosis. I know from our conversations that Paul is, too.

I have probably been a hypnotist all my life. I experimented on my mother when I was a teenager, and she had such a strong reaction that I was too terrified to hypnotize another person for many years. I now know that this reaction is called an “abreaction” and is a relatively common occurrence.

With the wisdom of twenty-twenty retrospective hindsight, I can categorically state that no one should hypnotize another person unless he or she is confident and competent in his or her ability to handle an abreaction.

Hypnotherapy Training

I have tried to read books about hypnosis but have never finished one. I find them incomprehensible. Hypnotherapy is something you learn from doing, although under close supervision. You do not learn these skills from books.

Even now, I do not know how I produce the results that I do. All I know is that I become aware when I enter the altered mental state known as “hypnosis.” I also know when my clients do, too, which is usually shortly after me. It is also a lot earlier than the client expects. A common expression among fellow therapists is that “one has to go there first.”

According to the books, hypnosis is induced by a series of preliminary instructions and suggestions. These can be lengthy and complicated, and I have seen some hypnotists even reading their induction script from a detailed checklist.

I do not use hypnotic inductions. The nearest I come to a formal induction is to sit quietly in meditation without speaking for a few minutes before starting to talk to my client.

Light hypnosis can be achieved within seconds, and deep hypnosis within a few minutes. It is not necessary to reach a state of deep hypnosis to perform deep hypnotherapy. Sometimes even a light trance produces more spectacular results. Hypnosis should be seen as an as art and used sparingly.

Hypnotherapy Training Programs

If any of this information resonates with you then please contact me for more information. I run beginner, intermediate and advanced hypnotherapy training programs. As you progress through your training you will learn a lot about what makes people tick. You will learn even more about yourself. This is even more valuable. These are valuable skills not least because we are all living in a desert of mental health. Despite all the advances in modern medicine and health care rates of mental health illness climb steeply each year.