Hypnotherapy in Hitchin

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I’m Ian and I offer hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in Hitchin and its surrounding areas including; Ickleford, Little Wymondley, Great Wymondley, St Ippolyts and Pirton.

I specialise in helping children and adults to overcome all types of anxiety and insomnia and have written many articles for Hitchin Nub News around these areas.

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 experienced in working with both children and adults. I hold a full DBS certificate having worked as a qualified teacher for over 17 years.

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.

Ian Murton in woods with his sons

Hypnotherapy and mental health well-being service in Hitchin

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. 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:

Therapy 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 means that 70% of children are currently not receiving help for their condition, with some waiting many years for support.

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 a simple 3 step approach. 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.

#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 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.

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.

chatting during psychotherapy

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 the unconscious mind can take onboard positive suggestions 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 them to help to reduce stress and stress levels, please read my Case Study ‘ How Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Calms Anxiety’

 Hypnotherapy and Psycotherapy 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 to replicate the way your brain works when it is functioning well. We, therefore, enhance your brain’s 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 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 more likely to be able to enter a trance state more quickly when you feel safe and comfortable in a familiar environment.

You can find out more information regarding online hypnotherapy here.

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Moving forward

If you live in or around Hitchin and would like to find out how hypnotherapy can help you, please get in touch. I offer an 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 become the best version of yourself.

Interesting facts about Hitchin

Hypnotherapy and mental health and wellbeing support in 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
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