What is Hypnosis?
The actual experience of being hypnotised is very difficult to describe, neither asleep nor awake. All hypnotic states are characterised by a pleasant state of relaxation: an altered state of conciousness into which individuals allow themselves to enter so that the therapist can give desired, beneficial suggestions to the unconcious mind. Thus hypnosis is a natural effective way of making contact with the inner, unconcious self – a source of many of our problems as well as a tremendous reservoir of unrecognised potential, strength and knowledge.
It is important to bear in mind that nobody can ever be hypnotised against their will and when hypnotised, people can still reject any of the suggestions given if they are not appropriate.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy means the use of hypnosis for the treatment and relief of a variety of somatic and psychological symptoms.
Clinical Applications of Hypnosis
Modern hypnotherapists use hypnosis not only for medical purposes but also as an aid for the resolution of many problems that are psychological in origin. It is estimated that approximately 85% of people of all age groups will readily respond to clinical hypnotherapy. It is often successful when other, more conventional methods of treatment have failed.
Listed below are some of the areas for which hypnotherapy is indicated as a practical, useful treatment:
Breaking unwanted habits e.g. stuttering, binge eating, nail biting, insomnia.
Weight loss and maintaining weight control. Increasing motivation to exercise.
Pain control for dentistry, minor surgery, migranes, arthritis and general neuromuscular aches/pains.
Hypnosis can help free the individual from phobias, anxiety, compulsive behaviour/thoughts, inhibitions, jealousy, guilt feelings and many of the worries of every day life.
Dermatological conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, neurodermatitis and even warts.
Increasing work/study/interview performance. Improving concentration and memory; boosting self-confidence in public speaking, exams, driving test etc.
Sports enhancement e.g. by increasing the control of performance arousal, concentration and focus.
Gynaecological problems such as PMS, amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea. Hypnosis can help psychogenic infertility and be used in obstetrics to aid a more comfortable child birth.
Hypnosis can also be used for relaxation purposes, to develop a more positive outlook to life and to promote emotional and psychological wellbeing.
Who am I?
I am Hayley McClean and I trained with the London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) on 1997/1998 and have a Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis, which was validated independently by the British Medical Hypnotherapy Examination Board. I am a full member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH), which has a strict code of ethics and practice. In addition to this I studied psychology for three years as the main subject of my degree in combined studies. I am a qualified social worker and carried out research for a masters degree into disability issues. I also have an R.S.A. certificate in counselling skills.
Having worked as a social worker for 20 years, I have gained a thorough insight into people and the underlying dynamics to their problems and relationships. Initially I became interested in hypnotherapy for personal reasons, as a method of pain control for rheumatoid arthritis. However I soon became impressed by how helpful hypnotherapy can be for a wide range of issues and medical conditions. Consequently I am keen for more people to experience the empowering and often rapid effects of the hypnotherapeutic process.
British Society of Clinical Hypnosis
The BSCH is an organisation which governs the code, practice and ethics of its members. Membership of the Society is open to those who have acquired the requisite professional and clinical training in the major aspects of psychology. psychotherapy and hypnotherapy.
Where am I based?
I practise from a comfortable log cabin in Barton-le-Clay, Bedfordshire and I work flexible hours. The number of sessions required depends on the nature of an issue. All that can be said is that sometimes a single session will suffice (e.g. weight control) whereas other, more lifelong problems may require a series of sessions.
Each session last at least 90 minutes and payment is made by cash or cheque, due at the time of the appointment. Full payment is required for cancelled appointments without 24 hours notice.
I see all prospective patients for a FREE initial consultation (30 minutes) where I aim to answer all your questions and explain more thoroughly how hypnotherapy may be able to help you.
All enquiries are welcome via the Contact page or call Hayley on 01582 654875 to take your first step.