Hypnotherapy in Harpenden
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I’m Ian and I offer hypnotherapy and mental health support in Harpenden and its surrounding areas including Hatching Green, Marshalls Heath, Wheathampstead, Redbourn and St Albans. 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 Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, The Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and The National Council for Hypnotherapy. These bodies regulate the hypnotherapy industry to help make sure their associated therapists give the best treatment possible.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy in Harpenden
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 brain’s natural ability to reduce anxiety and think logically.
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.
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). If you are interested in how Solution Focused Hypnotherapy sessions work and discover how I have successfully used them to help reduce stress and anxiety levels, please read my Case Study ‘ How Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Calms Anxiety’
How many hypnotherapy sessions will I need?
Hypnotherapy can lead to much quicker results than say Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Counselling. The number of sessions needed will really depend on a number of factors including; what condition you are looking for help with and your current state of mental health. As a rule, smoking cessation lasts one session, fears and phobias three with other conditions taking somewhere between six to twelve sessions.
Hypnotherapy and mental health support in Harpenden – Conditions treated
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 stress and anxiety and to feel much more positive in their everyday living. High levels of stress and anxiety unfortunately seem to go hand in hand with modern living. Stress and anxiety can easily be created as a result of all of the demands placed on us both at work and at home. 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.
There are many conditions in which high anxiety levels are symptomatic. A lot of my work tends to be centred on helping people to lower their generalised anxiety levels, in order that they enjoy freedom from their self-limiting thoughts and beliefs. We spend a lot of time in our headspace, thankfully I have great success in helping people to make theirs a much calmer and more positive place to be.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is extremely versatile, amongst other things it can be used to help people:
- Increase their chances of conception
- Reduce their levels of performance anxiety
- Give up smoking
- Overcome fears and phobias
- Achieve freedom from anxiety
- Improve their confidence and self-esteem
- Free themselves from depression
- Control their anger
- Relieve teenage anxiety
- 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 Harpenden
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 up to 10 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.
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Online hypnotherapy in Harpenden 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 Harpenden and its surrounding areas including; Hatching Green, Marshalls Heath, Wheathampstead, Redbourn and St Albans.
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.
We are by nature creatures of habit. 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 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 Harpenden 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.
‘Ian has helped me get back my self-esteem and mojo’
‘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 have tried all sorts of methods to help with my anxiety but seeing Ian is the only method that has worked for me’
‘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’
‘Ian is calm and understanding and pushes you to find the answers in you that you know are there’
‘I feel much more in control of my habits. I can see that there was much more to my problems than just eating’
‘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 can’t believe the difference that he has made to how I cope with things after just a few sessions’
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 around or in Harpenden 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 Harpenden
- St Nicholas Church is the oldest known church in Harpenden. It was originally built as a Chapel in around 1217 but was enlarged, having a tower added in around 1470.
- Harpenden has a population of approximately 30,000.
- Artefacts found in Harpenden date to roughly 150AD and are thought to be from Roman occupation.
- Harpenden used to have a thriving straw weaving industry in the nineteenth century. The straw plaits were sold at markets in Luton and St Albans.
- During the Second World War Harpenden was used to evacuate children.