Hypnotherapy in Berkhamstead
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I’m Ian and I offer hypnotherapy and mental health support in Berkhamsted and its surrounding areas including Tring, Hemel Hempstead, Chesham, Amersham and Bovingdon. I believe that you have the strength and resources within you to achieve life-changing results in just a matter of weeks. 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 Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, The National Council for Hypnotherapy and The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. These bodies regulate the hypnotherapy industry to help make sure their associated therapists give the best treatment possible.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy in Berkhamstead
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a safe, modern type of ‘talking therapy’ that combines the use of psychotherapy and hypnosis. It has its basis in neuroscience and offers a holistic approach to mental health. This makes it particularly effective in treating anxiety as the methods used replicate the way your brain works when it is functioning well. I help to enhance your brains natural ability to reduce anxiety and think logically.
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).
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 negative experiences associated with the past. 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.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis or trance describes a time when we experience a shift in our conscious awareness. This is very different to what you may have seen in ‘stage hypnosis’. Trance is a very natural state, we go in and out of trance states many times a day, roughly every 6 to 7 minutes. If you’ve ever driven a car and ended up at a destination but can’t remember how you got there, that’s because for some of the journey you were in a trance state. Perhaps you can recall having a conversation with a friend of a friend but at the time couldn’t remember their name. Its only later that the name pops into your head. To recall the name, you’ve actually gone into a trance an d your unconscious and conscious minds have worked together to find the answer.When we are relaxed we can also visualise images and reflect on different ideas that maybe useful for us. We use hypnosis at the end of our session together to help your brain work out solutions to your problems.
Mental health and wellbeing support in Berkhamstead
High levels of stress and anxiety are unfortunately all too common in 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 difficult. 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 a staggering 11 million people. With our lives becoming more stressful it is unlikely that this number will decrease in the near future.
Hypnotherapy can be used to help people address and overcome many differing problem areas in their lives. It is often used effectively to help people to lower their levels of stress and anxiety, to feel much more positive with their everyday living. Hypnotherapy can be used to naturally lower stress and anxiety levels and to change self-limiting thoughts and beliefs. This in turn can lead to an improvement in mental health as you begin to view yourself and your situation more positively.
How can hypnotherapy help me change?
Your brain has an amazing ability to change, we call this neuroplasticity. For decades neuroscientists used to think our brains were a fixed organ without the capacity to change. We now know this is not true, our brains have the ability to adapt and develop well into our twilight years. By getting you to focus on the positive aspects of your life we build up an area of your brain called the left pre frontal cortex. This is the positive, problem solving part of your brain. By developing this area of your brain we can help you to view your life more positively whilst at the same time lowering stress and anxiety levels.
Hypnotherapy and mental health support in Berkhamstead – Conditions Treated
There are many conditions in which high anxiety levels are symptomatic. A lot of my work tends to be focused on helping people to lower their generalised anxiety levels, in order that they feel better able live their day to day lives free from self-limiting thoughts and beliefs. We spent a lot of time inside our head, thankfully I have continued success in helping people to make their head space a much calmer and positive place to be. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is extremely versatile and amongst other things it can be used to help people:
- Give up smoking
- Overcome fears and phobias
- Control their anger
- Increase their chances of conception
- Achieve freedom from their anxiety
- Relieve teenage anxiety
- Improve their confidence and self-esteem
- Reduce levels of performance anxiety
- Free themselves from depression
- Overcome insomnia, OCD and PTSD
- Improve their sporting performance
- Manage their weight
- Alleviate the symptoms of IBS and
- Reduce chronic pain
Mental health and wellbeing support for children in Berkhamstead
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 mean that 70% of children are currently not receiving help for their condition, with some waiting for up to 10 years for support with their mental health. My experience from being a teacher for the last 17 years paints a similar picture. Whilst there has without doubt been a rise in the prevalence of children’s mental health conditions, the amount of money going into address them hasn’t, leaving the system over stretched.
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.
Online hypnotherapy via Zoom in Berkhamstead
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 Berkhamstead and its surrounding areas including; Tring, Hemel Hempstead, Chesham, Amersham and Bovingdon.
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 arm chair or lying on your bed to take part in your therapy session?
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.
If you would like to find out more information regarding online hypnotherapy, please use this link
Using hypnotherapy in Berkhamstead to improve mental health and wellbeing
Below are a few snippets from some of the many satisfied clients I have worked with. To read these reviews in full and for more testimonials please visit my testimonial page.
‘I have tried all sorts of methods to help with my anxiety but seeing Ian is the only method that has worked for me’
‘Ian has helped me get back my self-esteem and mojo’
‘Ian is calm and understanding and pushes you to find the answers in you that you know are there’
‘I feel like I’ve had a massive reset’
‘Work is currently quite stressful but I keep listening to the download and the tips that Ian gave me and I’m flying’
‘I have waited for nearly a month to write this review because I am so amazed that stopping smoking has been as easy and pain free as it has’
‘I feel much more in control of my habits. I can see that there was much more to my problems than just eating’
‘I can’t believe the difference that he has made to how I cope with things after just a few sessions’
‘Ian somehow took away my self-guilt and self-shame and helped me to achieve my goals’
‘My performances have improved since my sessions with Ian. They have enabled me to better deal with on court stress and helped me to develop a more positive mind set’
I look forward to meeting you during your free 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 to become the best version of yourself. If you live in or around Berkhamstead and are interested in finding out how hypnotherapy can help you, please feel free to get in touch using my contact form.
Interesting facts about Berkhamstead
- Berkhamstead Golf Club was founded in 1890 and was originally built as a 9 hole course.
- The Anglo-Saxon leadership surrendered to William the Conqueror in Berkhamstead after defeat in the Battle of Hastings.
- It is thought that the word Berkhamstead comes from the Old English words meaning either ‘homestead amongst the hills’ or ‘homestead amongst the birches’.
- Berkhamstead Castle was a Norman Motte and Bailey Castle which was made out of timber. It was originally constructed under the orders of Robert of Mortain who was William The Conquerors half-brother.
- During The First World War 12,000 men from Berkhamstead travelled to The Western Front.
- Berkhamstead has a population of approximately 18,500.