Chris Pearson, a hypnotherapist working in Yorkshire
Treatments and therapies
Hypnotherapy is recognised by the British Medical Association, the American Medical Association and by NICE, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence. These therapies have been recognised to be a safe, effective route to alleviating a wide range of problems in just a few hours of treatment.
As a therapist I use an eclectic approach to each client’s individual needs. That means bringing in elements of proven psychotherapies and applying them before, during and after trance work. Hypnotherapy can become much more effective when hypnosis is combined with meridian therapies, cognitive-behavioural techniques and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
But what does it involve?
Hypnotherapy is a collaboration between client and therapist. The client brings an issue to their therapist, explains what it is they want to work on, and – along with other therapeutic techniques – the therapist induces a state of hypnosis.
There are many ways the therapist can induce trance and the method used is chosen to suit each client. When the hypnotherapist sees that the client is in trance, suggestions and visualisations can be used to focus the client on achieving their goals.
What’s it like?
This is the most common question a hypnotherapist is asked: What is it like? It’s very relaxing. You can hear everything that’s going on around you during trance and you can respond in a natural way to anything that might happen. You are completely in control. And you’re not asleep either; you are fully alert.
Trance is a state of profound physical and mental relaxation and, at its conclusion, you can feel refreshed and alert. It is possible to use trance simply as a way to find deep relaxation. But when you are so wonderfully relaxed you are also more receptive to helpful suggestions.
What can it do?
Hypnotherapy can change the way you think about the world and about yourself. Chris Pearson works with clients on
- support for authors: improving performance and breaking writer’s block
- confidence, improving self-esteem and reaching goals
- musicians and other performers with specific issues
- eating and weight control
- health and well-being
- obsession and compulsion and OCD
- stress-busting and dealing with anxiety
- reducing fears and combating phobias, including employing the fast phobia technique
- breaking habits, including smoking cessation, reducing drinking and using recreational drugs
- managing pain including dental anaesthesia
How long will it take?
Usually each session with your hypnotherapist will last about 50 minutes. It is private and confidential. At the first session a treatment plan can be agreed between client and therapist. Chris will usually set aside 75 minutes or more for your initial session. That includes an assessment as well as your treatment plan and an opportunity to begin therapy. Then the following sessions will each be about fifty minutes.
Dental pain management – the alleviation of toothache, for instance – and diagnosed headaches are usually dealt with in 45 minutes during a single session.
You don’t have to come on your own. If you have someone with you they can use the comfortable waiting area or sit in on your session but, of course, not participate. Parents and carers accompanying children are welcome in the therapy room.