Hypnotherapy in Hitchin
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I’m Ian and I offer hypnotherapy and mental health support in Hitchin and its surrounding areas including: Ickleford, Little Wymondley, Great Wymondley, St Ippolyts and Pirton. 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 National Council for Hypnotherapy, The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council and The Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. These bodies regulate the hypnotherapy industry to help make sure their associated therapists give the best treatment possible.
Hypnotherapy and mental health support in Hitchin – Conditions treated
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. Stress and anxiety can easily be created as a result of the demands placed on us both at home and at work. 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.
There are many conditions in which high anxiety levels are symptomatic. A lot of my work is centred on helping people to lower their generalised anxiety levels, in order that they enjoy freedom from their self-limiting thoughts and beliefs. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy however is extremely versatile and amongst other things it can be used to help people:
- Manage their weight
- Control their anger
- Improve their confidence and self-esteem
- Relieve teenage anxiety
- Free themselves from depression
- Overcome fears and phobias
- Increase their chances of conception
- Overcome insomnia, OCD and PTSD
- Alleviate the symptoms of IBS
- Achieve freedom from their anxiety
- Reduce chronic pain
- Reduce their levels of performance anxiety
- Give up smoking and
- Improve their sporting performance
Mental health and wellbeing support for children in Hitchin
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.
What happens during a typical therapy session?
Through talking we discuss what your end destination looks like. This is when the problem you have come to see me for has vanished. You will begin to visualise a future where you no longer suffer. I might ask, what difference would it make if you worried less? what would that look like? who else might notice? what would they say? By answering these questions, you build up a picture in your mind of your end destination.
We then build up a step by step plan to get you to your preferred future self. A life where you are free from your condition. A life where you have achieved true inner calm and are in control of your life. Free from the problems that you came to see me for. Can you picture that now? How good does that feel?
We use hypnotherapy at the end of the session once you have envisaged the next step towards your preferred future. Here you will be guided into a relaxed state in order that unconscious mind can take onboard positive suggestion for change. We often refer to this relaxed state as a ‘trance’. If you are interested in how Solution Focused Hypnotherapy sessions work and discover how I have successfully used it to help to reduce stress and stress levels, please read my Case Study ‘ How Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Calms Anxiety’
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Solution Focused Hypnotherapy in Hitchin
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a safe, modern type of ‘talking therapy’ that combines the use of psychotherapy and hypnosis. It is based on neuroscience. This makes it particularly effective in treating anxiety as the methods used replicate the way your brain works when it is functioning well. We therefore enhance your brains natural ability to reduce anxiety and think logically.
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. That also tends to bring other matters to the fore so time is spent trying to address these issues as opposed to dealing with the condition that you came to seek help for.
With Solution Focused Hypnotherapy we recognise that we can’t change the past so 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).
Online hypnotherapy in Hitchin 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 Hitchin and its surrounding villages including Ickleford, Little Wymondley, Great Wymondley, St Ippolyts and Pirton.
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. Reducing the stress of juggling other arrangements; the school run, travel to other meetings or the worry about traffic or finding a place to park.
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 more likely to be able to enter a trance state more quickly 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 Hitchin to improve mental health and wellbeing
Below are a few snippets from some of the many satisfied clients I have worked with. For more reviews please visit my testimonial page.
‘I am grateful to Ian for his non-judgemental support, can-do demeanor and for lifting some of the darkness that has cloaked and precluded me for some time, and turning on a bright light at the end of the tunnel’
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’
‘Ian taught me to think more positively, from positive thoughts came a kinder attitude to myself and now I find myself not stressing over the small stuff’
‘Ian is calm and understanding and pushes you to find the answers in you that you know are there’
‘Ian has been amazing, a top bloke who has made me realise that I can achieve my goals’
‘I truly appreciate the support he gave me throughout as I felt he cared and that I was never alone on my journey’
‘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 would strongly recommend having therapy with Ian. I can’t believe the difference that he has made to how I cope with things after just a few sessions’
‘Ian’s hypnotherapy sessions have allowed me to regain control of my emotions when under pressure. He has provided me with the tools necessary for me to be able to think with intelligence rather than emotion.
If you live in or around Hitchin and would like to find out how hypnotherapy can help you, please get in touch using my contact form. I offer a free initial consultation where I explain how your mind works, why you feel the way you do and more importantly how I feel I can help you to be the best version of yourself.
Interesting facts about Hitchin
- Hitchin is home to the unique British Schools Museum which is the only surviving example of a Lancastrian schoolroom in the whole country.
- Hitchin Festival runs throughout the month of July with over 100 different events celebrating the artistic, cultural and community life of the town
- St Mary’s Church is the largest parish church in Hertfordshire and was formerly a Minster.
- Hitchin has a wealth of independent shops, cafes and market stalls.
- Hitchin Lavender is a popular tourist attraction at Cadwell Farm, where the reintroduction of this crop creates stunning summer displays. It also sells pumpkins around Halloween.
- Hitchin has two theatres, The Queen Mother Theatre and the Market Theatre which both present a range of productions and shows.
- Hitchin has been voted in ‘The top ten places to live in the UK’ by the Times.
- Hitchin has a population of roughly 33,500