Cognitive Hypnotherapy draws on research from disciplines such as Evolutionary Psychology, Positive Psychology, Cognitive Theory and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and pools the insights from these fields about the way our minds work to create a framework for effecting change.
This framework is then combined with hypnosis as a way of bypassing conscious resistance and re-programming the unconscious – thereby helping you to make the changes you want at an unconscious level.
We all act and think in different ways and Cognitive Hypnotherapy recognises that you are unique. Rather than a 'one size fits all' approach, your treatment is tailored to your individual experience.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy understands that you have within you all the resources you need to change your beliefs and behaviours. The hypnotherapist acts as a guide to help you access those resources so that you can transform your unhelpful beliefs and behaviours in a way that is congruent with your identity.
The changes you make are then consolidated by hypnotic suggestion personalised to your particular experience of the world and what exactly you want to achieve.
Well, sometimes things can go awry. If you think of plants and trees, you'll have noticed that they don’t grow in an identically uniform way but are shaped by their environment. It’s the same with people – our experience of the world shapes the way we are.
As a result of the way we've perceived earlier experiences, we may have absorbed a belief, which limits us, affects the way we feel about ourselves or generates unhelpful or unwanted behaviours.
The primary purpose of the subconscious is to move us towards protection or pleasure. This was useful when things were a lot simpler and we mainly had to worry about food and shelter. But in modern life things are more complex and in following this unconscious drive our brains can make a miscalculation which leads to our learning a pattern of behaviour which actually perpetuates a problem.
"How can Cognitive Hypnotherapy help?"
"But why am I behaving in a way that I don’t want to?"
Your conscious mind may feel that it's making all the decisions but research indicates that 90% of behaviour is driven by the unconscious.
Yet, that's not so suprising when you think how this helps us to function. After all, how much effort would it take to think consciously about every single thing you do?!
The unconscious is like our auto-pilot. Over time, through repetition, we programme our unconscious to respond in a certain way. In all areas of our lives – such as the way we interact with people, our habits, how we perform in our jobs, how we approach situations, the way we think about life...
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