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We offer a range of hypnotherapy techniques that you might find help you achieve your goals in work, life and relationships.
We often get locked into behaviours, habits and beliefs which can reduce the quality of our lives, but for varying reasons find it hard to break away from. This is usually because the unconscious mind is in control of these responses but keeps the thought pattern that generates them hidden from our conscious awareness. These patterns can be out of date and inappropriate in our present life.
Cognitive hypnotherapy may help to modify these patterns to help you take control of your own behaviour.
We understand that each person and each issue is unique, and it is our aim to provide guidance- not control or dictate.
The majority of our clients come to us seeking help with negative feelings and emotions which are causing pain in some way. Usually these clients have already tried many other ways to “sort themselves out”, to no avail.
Hypnotherapists use hypnosis to help people interact with the unconscious mind, possibly solving the problems that the conscious brain alone cannot.
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
NLP is the study of how our mind interprets the information it receives through our senses (sight, sound, touch, smell, taste) into a ‘language’ that it can understand.
We were not born with low self-esteem, tendencies to over-eat, or suffering from compulsive behaviours – these are all habits we have learned and practised so often that they become part of ‘who we are’.
For example, someone might be overweight and wants to be slimmer and healthier, but their brain still suggests food when they feel uncomfortable, because eating for many years made them feel better about themselves. It is an ingrained pattern of behaviour.
NLP techniques may be used to assist the individual to adapt whatever it is they are doing into behaviours that could give them the results they want. NLP aims to increase the choices available in any situation, and remove the limitations which currently prevent sound choices being made.
The techniques can be used alone or in conjunction with Cognitive Hypnotherapy to help with many issues. They may be used to eradicate phobias, anxiety, anger, trauma, grief and guilt; improve performance – sports, business or academic; and improve any aspect of your life where communication, (whether internal or external) is a factor. NLP’s potential application is almost unlimited.
Experts believe that NLP enables us to become more aware of our thoughts and how we translate those thoughts into actions. As we now know, the mind and body are inextricably linked and affect each other, the quality of our thoughts impacting on our bodies’ stress levels. Negative thoughts, by placing a strain on the immune system, are also believed to create conditions for disease and ill health. Replacing these negative thought patterns with positive ones might assist good health and speedy recovery from illness. Please note- this does not replace traditional medicine but is complimentary to it.
Doing something well, consistently, is not an accident, it is a process. NLP might help you learn that process and put it into action in your everyday life.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
EFT is a form of “psychological acupressure” – an emotional clearing technique that may help release any ‘stuck’ emotions which are preventing a person from moving forward in their lives.
EFT could help you by tapping on the energy meridians which are also used in acupuncture. The tapping is done using fingers and no needles are used. It is simple and easy to apply and can be done by the therapist on the client, or by the client on themselves, following the therapist’s instructions. EFT may be used alone or alongside both Cognitive Hypnotherapy and / or NLP.
EFT is based on the belief that the cause of negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system. A thought or memory could trigger this disruption, leading to physical or psychological pain.
EFT is believed to balance the disrupted energy and may relieve the client of all sorts of long standing issues. Once the energy disruption is released, the memories might lose their emotional intensity and help reduce negative feelings. Some psychologists consider EFT to be an important breakthrough, often working where nothing else will.
Our thoughts constantly create patterns of energy, which in turn release hormones, chemicals and neurotransmitters. EFT could interrupt this chain of events, preventing the previously expected emotional reaction.
EFT might be successfully applied to an enormous range of issues from small, niggling difficulties through to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Many people find this process works just as well for their deep-rooted issues as it does for minor irritations, and once all aspects of the problem have been addressed, the results could be permanent.
Problems that have caused intense distress in the past, sometimes for many years, might well disappear. Potential future events which have been causing anxiety might become easier to face. EFT could therefore be applied to many emotional issues,whether from the past, in the present or in the future.
The Clerkenwell Group was founded by Darren Stamford and Gordon Matthews. We use cognitive HYPNOTHERAPY and NLP with the aim of helping our clients with a range of issues, from self-confidence and stopping smoking to weight control, phobias and relationship problems.