Psychotherapy entails working at a deeper emotional level in order to work through unresolved conflicts (e.g., attachment issues, childhood abuse, trauma, managing personality traits etc.).
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring trance state, which can be incorporated into a therapy session to facilitate the healing process. In this state of deep relaxation and altered consciousness, the unconscious mind is more accessible. Despite myths and misconceptions, you are aware of what is happening during an interactive hypnotherapy session. This mind-body therapeutic modality is particularly helpful for anxiety-related conditions, and/or when feeling blocked in aspects of your life.
Hypno-psychotherapy is a time-efficient way of identifying the underlying issues that are contributing to a problem, healing emotional wounds, overcoming traumatic experiences, changing habits and enhancing confidence and well-being. Depending upon the issue and the client’s therapeutic goals, different techniques could be used during the hypnosis portion of the session such as inner child work, dream analysis etc.
I also teach clients how to do self-hypnosis, to help them manage anxiety and stress more effectively.
EMDR – FOR TRAUMA-FOCUSED THERAPY
EMDR therapy is an evidence-based therapy recommended by NICE Guidelines and the World Health Organisation for the effective treatment of trauma. For more information on EMDR, please see: www.emdrassociation.org.uk.
EMDR works with the Adaptive Information Processing systems of the brain to reduce the intensity of highly distressing emotions eg. due to car accidents, traumatic loss, combat trauma, assault, domestic violence, surgical complications etc. It is not a form of talk therapy; instead EMDR therapy is a time-efficient way of healing symptoms of PTSD such as intrusive memories, flashbacks, nightmares, hypervigilance and related avoidance behaviours.
The Emotional Freedom Technique (or Tapping) is a mind-body approach described as “psychological acupressure”. It is used to reduce anxiety and levels of distress with a range of issues such as a fear of public speaking, insomnia, pain management etc. It is an invaluable self-care technique.