Clinical Hypnosis, NLP & EFT
Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic use of hypnosis to create lasting change. It is a collaborative process between the practitioner and the client. It is not something that is ‘done’ to the client but, rather, a safe, drug-free and effective therapy.
The subconscious mind, in always wanting to protect us, can often seem to be creating the opposite of what we consciously desire and can lead to us putting up barriers to change or self-sabotaging our conscious efforts. This can often increase our fears and anxieties to the extent that we avoid particular activities or triggers and develop phobias or we respond to situations in an unhelpful way e.g., with panic symptoms or unwanted habits.
Hypnotherapy seeks to redress the balance so that our conscious and subconscious minds work together and respond in a more beneficial and motivational way.
Hypnotherapy can help with a wide range of issues, including:
- anxiety and stress
- fears and phobias
- confidence and self-esteem
- panic attacks
- interview or performance nerves
- weight management
- stopping smoking
It can also be an effective therapy for medical issues, where the illness or pain may have a psychological or emotional side to it. The psychological aspect may be an obvious one such as with anxiety symptoms or it may be less obvious, such as the effect of stress on irritable bowel syndrome or the effect of perception and focus on pain.
Hypnotherapy can be used with children as well as adults.
What is Hypnosis Like?
Hypnosis is the process of inducing a safe, natural, day-dreamy, relaxed state. During this state we are able to focus and concentrate more easily and we become more open to positive ideas for change in line with our goals.
It’s a state that we all experience regularly, for example when we are daydreaming, absorbed in a great book, listening to music or engaged in some other relaxing pastime. We are aware of what’s going around us but we lose track of time as we’re so focused on what we are doing.Clinical hypnosis is not like stage hypnosis. Whilst everyone’s experience is different most find it so relaxing and enjoyable that they often don’t want to come back out of it. Of course you can come out of it at any time you wish as you are in control at all times and can speak with the therapist throughout if you wish.
Is it effective?
Hypnotherapy works for most people although, just as with medicine or psychotherapy, there are no guarantees. It is not a magic wand treatment and requires genuine commitment to the process.
The British Psychological Society describes hypnosis as ‘a valid subject for scientific study and research and a proven therapeutic medium’. Hypnotherapy is recommended by NICE/NHS as a treatment for long-term IBS that has not responded to medication and it has been shown to be an effective method for stopping smoking. Many experimental and clinical research studies have been published on hypnosis. It was deemed an effective treatment by the British Medical Association (BMA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) in the 1950’s and more recently by the American Psychological Association (for obesity).
The number of sessions required depends on a number of factors, however, hypnotherapy is a brief process requiring between 3 and 6 sessions for most issues.
For further information about its benefits, what’s involved and to ask any questions you may have call our therapist, Linda, for a confidential telephone consultation to decide whether it’s the right way forward for you.
Linda has a special interest in anxiety, confidence, self-esteem, overwhelm and phobias. She enjoys helping people overcome challenges that are having an impact on their personal or working lives. You might, for example, be doing something that is preventing you from realising your potential or stopping you from moving on with your life or perhaps you have a habit, behaviour or way of thinking that you would like to change. No matter how big or small your issue is, Linda will work with you towards resolving it in a positive, healthy and non-judgemental way.
Linda is a professional, fully qualified and experienced Clinical Hypnotherapist. She uses a variety of safe and effective hypnotherapy, NLP and other psychotherapeutic approaches, with an emphasis on solution-focussed techniques. Recognising that each person is different, with individual needs and wishes, Linda uses the best therapeutic approach for those specific needs. She works in a professional, collaborative, caring, ethical and supportive way.
Linda has featured in the Oxford Times and in the B4 magazine and given many talks on the benefits of hypnotherapy
“From personal experience, Linda Flanigan is quite simply very special and an hour in her company will be one of your most valuable ever.” B4 Magazine
She holds the independently assessed and validated Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma as well as Diplomas in Hypnotherapy and NLP. She is a Licentiate Member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy and Validated Practitioner with the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council. She is bound by their strict codes of Ethics and Practice which includes undertaking a number of continuing professional development training hours each year.
Linda originally studied languages and business studies before having a successful career with BBC TV. She has been intrigued by hypnotherapy since she was treated with it by her own GP following a stressful period in her life and has been a strong advocate of its wonderful benefits since then.