Hypnotherapy in St Albans
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I’m Ian and I offer hypnotherapy and mental health support in St Albans and its surrounding areas including; London Colney, Childwick Green, Sandridge, Colney Heath and Bricket Wood. 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 experienced in working with both children and adults. I hold a full DBS certificate having worked as a qualified teacher for over 16 years.
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 St Albans
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 you to enhance your brains natural ability to reduce anxiety and think logically.
During our sessions we focus our attention on getting you to be the best version of yourself. To get you to this place there is no need for you to recall experiences from your 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.
With Solution Focused Hypnotherapy we recognise that we can’t change the past. We look at what you want to achieve (the solution) as opposed to what prompted you to seek help (the problem).
Mental health and wellbeing support in St Albans
If you do find it hard to cope with life sometimes, you’re certainly not alone. It is estimated that 1 in 4 people report experiencing a mental health problem of some kind each year in England, with anxiety related conditions being very prevalent. That’s around 16.5 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 their self-limiting thoughts and beliefs. If you are interested in how Solution Focused Hypnotherapy works and discover how I used it to successfully help to reduce stress and anxiety levels, please read my Case Study ‘How Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Calms Anxiety’
Hypnotherapy and mental health support in St Albans – 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 work and at home.
Anxiety is created by our thoughts surrounding the events in our lives. I use hypnosis to help people to stop their negative thought process and help them to focus on the more positive aspects of their lives. Together we can make change a pleasant and life-enhancing experience for you.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is extremely versatile, amongst other things it can be used to help people:
- Control their anger
- Relieve teenage anxiety
- Improve their confidence and self-esteem
- Reduce chronic pain
- Overcome fears and phobias
- Manage their weight
- Improve their sporting performance
- Achieve freedom from their anxiety
- Overcome insomnia, OCD and PTSD
- Reduce their levels of performance anxiety
- Free themselves from depression
- Increase their chances of conception
- Alleviate the symptoms of IBS and
- Give up smoking
Mental health and wellbeing support for children in St Albans
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?
You may be wondering if you can be hypnotised. It maybe that you wouldn’t be the type who is very susceptible to hypnosis and therefore would not be suitable for stage hypnosis. For your therapy to be effective there is no need for you to quickly enter a state of deep of hypnosis. Trance, or hypnosis is a very natural state. People naturally go in and out of hypnosis at regular intervals during the day. Its a daydream like state that we often enter when reading, watching a film or driving. I only need you to enter a relaxed state, when you are comfortably relaxed then your brain is in a better position to take on board positive suggestions for change.
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Online hypnotherapy in St Albans 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 St Albans and its surrounding areas including; London Colney, Childwick Green, Sandridge, Colney Heath and Bricket Wood.
My clients have found working by Zoom really beneficial to them as it has meant that there is no need for them to make any specific travel arrangements. It’s just one less thing to worry about. There’s no need to try to juggle other arrangements and you don’t create anxiety worrying about traffic and 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. 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.
If you would like to find out more information regarding online hypnotherapy, please use this link
Using hypnotherapy in St Albans to improve mental health and wellbeing
Below are a few snippets from some of the many satisfied clients I have worked with. To view these reviews in full as well as others, 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.
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 can help you to become the best version of yourself. If you live around or in St Albans and are interested finding out more how hypnotherapy can help you, please feel free to get in touch via my contact page
Interesting facts about St Albans
- St Albans Cathedral contains the longest Nave in England at 85 meters.
- St Albans has a population of approximately 57,000.
- There are towns and cities called St Albans in Canada, Australia and 5 different locations across America including Vermont.
- Ali G actor Sacha Baron Cohen attended St Columba’s Prep School, St Albans before moving to Haberdashers Boys’ School in Elstree.
- Following an attack on St Albans in 1916, the German Zeppelin SL11 became the first airship to be shot down over English soil in the First World War.
- The main gate of ‘Slade Prison’ featured in the 1970’s comedy Porridge staring Ronnie Barker was filmed at The Gate House in St Albans.
- The building of the Clock Tower in St Albans was completed in 1405. It is recognised as being the only standing medieval bell tower in England.