Hypnotherapy in Welwyn Garden City

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Ian Murton in woods with his sons

I’m Ian and I offer hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in Welwyn Garden City and its surrounding areas including; Stanborough, Digswell, Wheathampstead, Hatfield and Codicate.

I specialise in helping children and adults to overcome all types of anxiety and insomnia so that they can look forward to living life to the full.

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.

Hypnotherapy and mental health well-being service in Welwyn 

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 life.

High levels of stress and anxiety are unfortunately all too common in modern-day society. We can feel constant pressure both at home and at work which can have a debilitating effect on our mental health. 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.

There are many conditions in which high anxiety levels are symptomatic. Much of my work tends to be focused on helping people to lower their generalised anxiety levels, in order that they enjoy freedom from their self-limiting thoughts and beliefs. We spent a lot of time in our headspace, but thankfully I have been able to help many people find it a calmer and more positive place to be.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is extremely versatile, amongst other things it can be used to help people:

Therapy for children in Welwyn

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.

Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy in Welwyn Garden City

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).

Solution-focused hypnotherapy offers a simple 3 step process to achieve positive change.

#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 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. It’s only later when that name pops into your head. To recall the name, you’ve actually gone into a trance state and the conscious and unconscious parts of your brain have worked together to find the answer, When we are relaxed we can also visualise images and reflect on different ideas that may be useful for us. We use hypnosis at the end of our session together to help your brain work out solutions to your problems.

woman in hypnosis

Online hypnotherapy in Welwyn Garden City 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 Welwyn Garden City and its surrounding areas including; Welwyn, Stanborough, Digswell, Wheathampstead, Hatfield and Codicote.

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, 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 much more likely to be able to enter a trance state quicker when you feel safe and comfortable in a familiar environment.

You can find out more about the benefits of using online hypnotherapy here.

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Moving forward

I look forward to meeting you during your 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. 

Interesting facts about Welwyn Garden City

Hypnotherapy in Welwyn
  • Welwyn Garden City was the second Garden City to be designed and developed by Ebenezer Howard. The first is Letchworth Garden City.
  • Welwyn Garden Cities football team is known as ‘The Citizens’. They were founded in 1921.
  • Welwyn Garden City boasts 3 golf courses; Panshanger, Mill Green Golf Course and the Welwyn Garden City Golf Club.
  • Nick Faldo one of Europe’s most successful golfers ever used to be a member of the Welwyn Garden City Golf Club.
  • Welwyn Garden City has a population of approximately 50,000.
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