Hypnotherapy in Bedford

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Ian Murton in woods with his sons

I’m Ian and I offer hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in Bedford and its surrounding areas including Sandy, Kempston, Cranfield, Ampthill and Flitwick.

I specialise in helping children and adults to overcome all types of anxiety and insomnia so that they can look forward to living life to the full.

My goal is to guide and support you in this process for as long as you need me.

I am a fully qualified and insured Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and I am registered with several awarding bodies including; The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, The Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapists and The National Council for Hypnotherapy.

These bodies regulate the hypnotherapy industry to help make sure their associated therapists give the best treatment possible.

Hypnotherapy and mental health well-being service in Bedford

Hypnotherapy can be used to help people address and overcome many different problem areas in their lives.  It is often used effectively to help people to lower their levels of anxiety and stress. This enables them to feel much more positive about their everyday living, helping to bring a sense of control into their lives.

High levels of anxiety and stress are unfortunately all too common in our modern-day society. Stress and anxiety can easily be created as a result of the demands placed on us both at home and at work.

You are certainly not alone if you sometimes find life overwhelming. It is estimated that 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem such as anxiety and depression in the UK each year. That’s close to a staggering 11 million people.

There are many conditions in which high anxiety levels are symptomatic. Much of my work is centred around helping people to lower their generalised anxiety levels, in order that they enjoy freedom from daily mind chatter and self-limiting thoughts. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is however extremely versatile, amongst other things it can be used to help people:


Therapy for children in Bedford

Mental illness is unfortunately all too common in children. Statistics show that 3 in 4 mental illnesses start before the age of 18, with 2 in 4 being evident before the age of 14. The long wait for services such as CAMHS means that 70% of children are currently not receiving help for their condition, with some waiting for many years for support with their mental health.

My experience of being a teacher for the last 17 years paints a similar picture. Whilst there has without a doubt been a rise in the prevalence of children’s mental health conditions, the amount of money going into addressing them hasn’t, leaving the system overstretched.

Solution-focused hypnotherapy offers very quick results, it can be extremely effective in helping children from around the age of 8 upwards to find relief from their condition. As it is outcome and future-focused there is never any need for a child to discuss the actual problem concerning them. This allows the child to become engaged in their therapy as they are able to imagine and describe their future when the problem no longer exists.

The solution-focused method is in fact so effective, that the NSPCC use it as their approach to improving children’s mental health and wellbeing. You can find out how to use solution-focused practices with your child through the following link. Many parents have, however, trusted me to help their child to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

I have worked with children of many ages to take control of a wide range of different types of anxiety including; phobias, social anxiety, generalised anxiety, disordered eating and OCD.

You can watch an interview with Matt where we discuss his experience of using solution-focused hypnotherapy to help his daughter to overcome OCD here. If you would like more information on teenage anxiety please visit the highlighted link.

  Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy in Bedford

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a safe, modern type of ‘talking therapy’ that combines the use of psychotherapy and hypnosis. It offers a holistic approach to mental health and uses a science-based approach to therapy. This makes it particularly effective in treating anxiety as the methods used to replicate the way your brain works when it is functioning well.

I help to enhance your brain’s natural ability to think logically and reduce anxiety. During our sessions, we focus all our attention on getting you to be the best version of yourself. To get you to this end destination there is no need for you to recall any negative experiences associated with the past. This makes it a particularly useful form of therapy for people who are living with trauma, as there will be no need to recall your distressing experience.

Whilst sometimes in life it can be of benefit to analyse and evaluate situations, in the case of anxiety and related conditions, it can be very counterproductive, creating more anxiety. With Solution Focused Hypnotherapy we recognise that we can’t change the past, therefore we begin with the end in mind.

We look at what you want to achieve (the solution) as opposed to what prompted you to seek help (the problem). Solution focused hypnotherapy uses a simple 3 step process to help people to make positive changes to their lives.

#01 Discover

You learn what’s happening to make you feel the way you do and how together we can quickly make you better.

#02 Change

We work together each week to bring about positive change helping you to calm your mind and reduce feelings of overwhelm.

#03 Thrive

No more living with anxiety. You’ve completely changed your way of thinking, allowing you to enjoy living the life you want.

What creates anxiety?

Neuroscience tells us that anxiety is created by worry or negative thinking. You can worry about events that have happened in the past, present or future. From my experience of working with many anxiety suffers it is especially common for them to repeatedly negatively forecast the future. They constantly worry about what might happen.

Your mind can’t tell the difference between imagination and reality, so if you think the outcome is likely to be negative your brain will accept that as fact and as result anxiety is created.

When you are anxious you can’t think with logic, reason or intellect, that part of your brain is shut down.  Instead, you think from a part of your brain which is negative. It will always see things from the worst possible perspective. It’s constantly in a state of high alert looking out for the next thing to worry about. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help quickly calm your mind and help you to focus on the more positive aspects of your life.

Online hypnotherapy in Bedford via Zoom

I conduct my therapy sessions via Zoom so I am able to help people from a wide geographical area. However, I find many of my clients come for hypnotherapy in Bedford and its surrounding areas including; Sandy, Kempston, Cranfield, Ampthill and Flitwick. To date, my clients have found working by Zoom really beneficial as it has meant that there is no need for them to make travel arrangements. It’s just one less thing to worry about. It also means that it can fit more easily into a busy day, as you only need to schedule the therapy session without the need to include travel time on either side.

As long as you have a good internet connection, a device connected to it and an area in your house where you won’t be disturbed then your therapy session will be just as effective as one conducted face to face. In fact, it can be more effective as you’re much more likely to be able to enter a trance state quicker when you feel safe and comfortable in a familiar environment. We are by nature creatures of habit, our brain loves repetition.

When things are comfortable our brain feels safe and is able to relax more. The electrical waves in your brain actually change. What could be more comfortable than sitting back in your favourite armchair or lying on your bed to take part in your hypnotherapy session?

You can find out more information regarding online hypnotherapy here.

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Moving forwards

I look forward to meeting you during your initial consultation where I can explain how your mind works, why you currently feel the way you do and more importantly how I feel I can help you become the best version of yourself.

Interesting facts about Bedford

  • The town of Bedford is over 1,000 years old.
  • Some of the bridges spanning the River Ouse are; Embankment Bridge, Bedford Bridge, Butterfly Bridge and County Bridge.
  • Bedford Castle was a medieval castle built after 1100 by Henry I. In 1224 Henry III’s men besieged the castle in a battle lasting 8 weeks.
  • The population of Bedford is estimated to be 174,000 making it the second-largest settlement in Bedfordshire after Luton.
  • The name Bedford is believed to derive from the name of a Saxon Chief Beda and a ford crossing the River Great Ouse.
  • Bedford is home to one of the largest Italian communities outside of Italy.
  • Bedford has been said to have been home to many famous faces including; John Bunyan, Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, Paula Radcliffe, Ronnie Barker and Carol Vorderman.
  • There are over 300 independent retailers in Bedford which is 22% higher than the national average.
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