In well over a decade of being a fully qualified plus practising Clinical Hypnotherapist I have witnessed the transformation of thousands of clients whose lives have been immeasurably improved through my hypnotherapy. It has been a genuine joy to discover a profession where so much potential for good resides!
Time and again I have come to realise that basically people arrive in therapy with a problem or issue and feel they are stuck and powerless. It could be overwhelming anxiety or a phobia that has been there for years or it could be wanting to quit smoking or lose excess weight.
The bottom line is that they feel stuck, nothing is working and they have tried numerous other avenues until making a decision to seek out someone like me, a professionally registered Hypnotherapist.
My job is to listen to them, to understand their map of the world whilst being non judgemental at all times. I aim to place myself and my ego to one side so that I can be really present for them because it is vital I know how they feel and how they came to believe they are stuck.
From there together working as a team, we create a plan to move them forward in their lives, so they can free themselves with my help and support to go from being stuck to unstuck!
That process shifts them from the Problem Frame to the Outcome Frame. It is different for every single client because we are all unique.
Thus I never use scripts which some hypnotists and hypnotherapists do where they read from a blanket script that has either been part of their course or they have bought a book with hypnosis scripts in for each condition and attempt to fit them to their client. In the early days of being a Hypnotherapist it may well be okay to use scripts but no Hypnotherapist worth their salt who has been in the profession for a few years should continue to use scripts.
The reason is that a script can never change, it is a fixed series of words that have been created by other Hypnotherapists for others to use. How can that be real therapy? Imagine going to a Counsellor and they read from a script??
I am an Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist and a certified Psychotherapist. I am based in Leamington Spa & Warwick and I have been in full time practice for fifteen years. My professional training started over seventeen years ago!
During that time I have completed a significant amount of professional training, not with just one school or college but with a broad variety to gain real experience that can never fade!
I continue to grow, to challenge myself and to learn to become a better Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist so that I can continue to customise my work exactly for you!
Choose wisely and select the very best you can afford because believe me high quality Hypnotherapy is worth its weight in gold! Of course over charging is not professional but neither is undercharging because it costs a lot to run a professional therapy business.
For example I have thousands of pounds worth of costs every year before seeing even one client! Even still I have continued to keep my professional fees reasonable and I always aim to never make costs a factor to turn someone away.
So if you want professional, accredited plus registered Clinical Hypnotherapy in Leamington Spa & Warwick then see:
In 2018 Douglas Clark of Leamington Spa an Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist, certified Psychotherapist and Master Practitioner of NLP was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.
This was an accreditation that Douglas was delighted to have achieved. He has been accepted at Senior Associate Level, having been in the complementary healthcare field for many years.
Douglas has access to extensive research materials as well as the Hypno-Psychosomatic faculty.
In addition to Douglas being a Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine, he is also fully accredited by the Government regulator namely the Professional Standards Authority under the auspices of both the CNHC and the National Hypnotherapy Society.
Please see this very important information by the NHS on selecting a Hypnotherapist:
Getting serious about hypnosis with modern science
The wonders of modern brain imaging are finally beginning to shed light on hypnosis. Hypnosis has been around for centuries in one form or another, however, modern hypnosis and hypnotherapy really is at the cutting edge of complementary medicine.
This article looks in more detail and just exactly what is happening in the brain of those that are being hypnotised.
Remember in these experiments one does not know the skill of the hypnotist and my professional opinion is that a highly trained hypnotist and hypnotherapist can often get most people into a very good working state of hypnosis.
The latest findings show that hypnosis is a distinct form of consciousness:
Distinct changes do take place in the brain according to scientific research.
"Hypnosis was the first Western form of psychotherapy, but little is known about how it actually works, the authors say."
The article then looks at the the three major changes within brain functioning when undergoing hypnosis.
Looking at the Dorsal Anterior Cingulate which shows a reduction in activity. Also identified was an increase in connections between the Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex and the Insula. Finally there was a decrease in connections between the Prefrontal Cortex and the brain's default mode network.
When these three specific changes are looked at together they match well known outer effects caused by hypnosis.
"Already, hypnosis has been proven to help people quit smoking or cope with pain and stress, the authors noted." It was also noted within the article that this study provides "important evidence" that could help convince sceptical patients of hypnosis' to make more informed choices.
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It is beneficial that more and more investigations are occurring to look into the phenomenon of hypnosis, aiming to identify exactly what is happening in the brain and the physiology as a whole.
The Dorsal Anterior Cingulate appears to be involved with a drop in activity, within hypnosis it seems to calm down, whereas when a person is worried it is heightened. Other areas of the brain also increase in intensity and the article highlights that the brain and the body within hypnosis integrate and work together much better than outside of hypnosis. Other areas of the brain for example self reflection reduce.
This article looks as well at the degree one goes into hypnosis and finds that over 90% of people are at a medium level or above, with only 10% having low susceptibility. Many Hypnotherapists would state that every single person can go into hypnosis, as hypnosis they contend is an everyday occurrence. My own view is that there are so called everyday naturalistic trance states of absorbed attention but the hypnosis carried out by a well trained Hypnotist or Hypnotherapist is significantly different from these naturalistic or everyday periods. A good Hypnotist or Hypnotherapist can create a state of magnified concentration and total absorption to the point at which they can help to alleviate pain or for example remove a phobia. These things are beyond the realm of most people who have not experienced that hypnosis which is called Hetero Hypnosis.
Obviously more testing on Hypnosis is being carried out all the time. In fact Hypnotherapy and the use of hypnosis within it, is one of the most researched Talking Therapies ever to have existed. I for one welcome testing on hypnosis as it provides more insight and credibility into it.
So Busy With Clients:
Apologies for not posting here for a time, as I have been very busy helping my clients to overcome anxiety, fears as well as phobias plus also depression and addictions.
In addition I have been working with clients who wanted to improve their sporting prowess mainly tennis and golf, I used Hypnosis plus Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) methods with great success.
Of course my Stop Smoking Cessation sessions were also in good demand as were my targeted Weight Loss sessions using my Advanced Hypnotherapy.
In addition I have been working with Carers through my Therapy for Carers Enterprise and also with Teachers, via Therapy 4 Teachers.
I have still managed to post a lot on my Facebook site at: (Please have a look and give us a Like)
Post Referendum Stress Disorder!
A lot of people are feeling very anxious and stressed at this time of uncertainty post Referendum. Therefore it is important to remember that it is wise to remain as calm as possible, to control one's thoughts and feelings plus behaviours so as to maintain good health. Remember every single time one gets stressed, one is releasing adrenalin, noradrenalin and cortisol, the stress hormones. These push up blood pressure, release sugars and activate one for freeze, flight and fight.
Now the stress response (Sympathetic Nervous System) exists to deal with short term stress. Stress should be like a good short story, with a definite beginning, a clear middle and a defined end. Unfortunately for us in our 24/7 world where everything is go,go,go, we rarely get time to switch off completely and of course there is no clear beginning to the stress and no clear end as one stressor merges into another.
We are bombarded with data, overwhelmed with stimuli and also let's face it often surviving on poor nutrients (think fast food) lots of caffeine and alcohol. If one continues like this it is highly likely if not inevitable that one will end up with Adrenal Fatigue.
We need to have both the Sympathetic Nervous System (think fight, flight) and the Parasympathetic Nervous System (think relaxation response or what is called stay and play) balanced. The key to being able to manage and cope is to be able to switch from the Stress Response to the Stay and Play Response quickly.
Yes we do need stress in the form of challenges. However, a lot of our stress is beyond our own control. I remember a wise person once saying to me "There are three types of work in this world Douglas, they are God's work (if you do not like the idea of God think Universal Energy), other people's work and our own work, and there is only one of those in our control" You guessed it, we can only control our own work in life, our own thoughts, our feelings and our actions.
So if you are feeling anxious post Referendum and feeling frightened plus uncertain what can you do?
1) Do some breath work either 7/11 breathing (Google it) or Block Breathing where one breaths in through the nose to a mental count of four, then hold the in breath for a mental count of four, then breath out through the nose to a mental count of four, then hold the out breath for a mental count of four, then breath normally for a few times and then repeat the cycle of the Block Breathing. Do the complete cycle four times and you will feel much more relaxed. Be your own guide as to how long to breath in for and to hold the breath for but a mental count of four is beneficial.
2) Tense and relax muscle groups, start off at the head and breath in deeply, hold the breath for 4 seconds as one tenses each muscle group working from the forehead, downwards, to the feet. After each tension whilst holding the breath to a mental count of four, then breathe out normally whilst relaxing the particular muscle group you have been tensing.This method is often better taught in a session with a therapist.
In essence it is a form of Progressive Muscular Relaxation, where we tense and then relax the muscles. We pay attention to both the tension and also more so we pay specific attention towards the relaxation following the tension. When we tense one particular muscle group we keep the other muscle groups relaxed. If you do not like tensing your muscles prior to relaxing them, just imagine the muscles softening, relaxing and smoothing out.
3) We can visualise a very pleasant scene in our mind's eye. When it is safe to do so, close the eyes and take yourself back to a very pleasant memory of a favourite scene (this can be a real scene from a holiday or an imaginary place). Then we step into our own self so that we do not see ourselves in the memory but we are actually back there then, looking out of our own eyes, seeing what we see and feeling what we feel plus hearing what we hear, smelling what we smell and tasting what we taste. Make the memory of the favourite place very vivid (practice will make it more vivid). Then spend a few minutes there, really absorbing the scene which in the past made you feel so relaxed, calm and at ease and will do so again through active exploration of your memory.
4) Use a trigger word: Anytime you naturally feel relaxed, at ease and have a positive mood link it to a trigger word you say in your mind or a trigger phrase such as "I am calm and at ease". Or it could just be one word such as "relaxed" The key is to use exactly the same word or phrase every single time to create an association between the way you feel and that particular word or phrase. Then whenever you feel stressed, you simply think your trigger word or trigger phrase and watch how quickly you can calm down.
5) Learn Self Hypnosis with a professional Hypnotherapist. For example Douglas teaches a very powerful method of Self Hypnosis which links a lot of these elements together into a unique plus winning formula for you to gain much more self control over your mind and body.
If you like what hear and want to consult with Douglas please get in touch with him at www.hypnotherapywarwickshire.com and www.douglasclarkhypnosis.com
Many thanks for reading!
Our Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy at Douglas Clark Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy part of Hypnotherapy Warwickshire is a tried and tested method for enabling you to get the results you want. You can:
Be slim and trim and feel fitter, healthier and better looking
Be anxiety free which means you will feel more confident
Be a non smoker completely free from tobacco which means you will feel healthier and be wealthier
Be able to lift depression far more quickly than you imagined allowing you to not only see the light at the end of the tunnel but be out of the tunnel completely and into the light
Be a person that can banish panic and replace it with calmness, balance and positivity, radiating energy and confidence.
Be stress free and able to manage your life with energy, motivation and empowerment
Now I would hope that all of those sound good to you, you may even get a feel for some of those benefits now and be able to grasp what I am saying.
You see the proof of the pudding so to speak is not in the process, it is in the results and we have many years of achieving those results for our clients who often recommend us to family and friends.
To be able to generate those benefits takes many years of knowledge, skills and experience with a genuine love for helping people and our Master Hypnotist and Advanced Professional Hypnotherapist certainly has all of these qualities and more.
Please see much more at www.hypnotherapywarwickshire.com
Please note Clinical Hypnotherapy is significantly different from Entertainment Hypnosis such as the current ITV's You're Back In The Room. As entertaining as it may or may not be, it is not Hypnotherapy and must never be confused with it since Clinical Hypnotherapists like myself have been working for many years to keep Hypnotherapy professional with clear standards of training, supervision and regulation.
Hypnosis is not Clinical Hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is simply a state that can be utilised for many purposes as one can see it can be used for entertainment purposes or it can be used to assist people clinically to overcome limiting patterns of thinking, feeling and acting. Basically Hypnosis in and of itself has no therapeutic value. It is how one utilises Hypnosis that is the key.
Clinical Hypnotherapists like myself use integrative psychotherapies combined with Hypnosis to change patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving within our clients.
I work with the client and the client is integral within the process of therapy. The client is not a subject to be operated upon with hypnotic commands. Instead the client is empowered as an active partner within the therapeutic process.
I provide a complete client centred and client tailored approach that puts the client in the driving seat with myself as a skilled navigator to allow the client to achieve what they want to achieve.
Integrative Hypnotherapists like myself have to be highly conversant and skilled in combining different therapeutic processes to allow the client to make efficient plus long lasting changes. None of this is "done" to the client. Instead the client is in full control of the change playing an integral part in the whole process.
Hypnosis what is it?
It is easier to state what it is not!
It is not Mind Control: You as a client will not surrender your mental faculties to a Hypnotist or Hypnotherapist. There is no controlling of your mind at all by someone like me. You have to be willing to open up to having a problem and to be willing to work as a team with me as your Hypnotherapist. We have to have defined outcomes to work towards as to what you wish to achieve and therefore you have to be willing to trust in the process and go with flow so to speak but there is no overt control. If there was overt control you would reject it and exercise your free will. So you can relax and treat Hypnotherapy as any other positive change work method where you are working with a professional to get what you want. Also you will not do or say anything that you do not wish to do or say within Hypnosis and a professional Hypnotherapist like myself would not ask you too.
It is not sleep: Hypnosis is not sleep, you will not be asleep when working within Hypnosis with me. You may be very relaxed or you may feel energised depending on what we are working on and what you wish to achieve but you will not be asleep. You have to be consciously aware to be able to hear and accept the therapeutic work that is carried out within Hypnosis. Therefore I am working with both your conscious and subconscious minds together to illicit the best result for you as my client.
It is not simply suggestion: Far too often I hear Hypnotherapists state that Hypnosis is all about suggestion and that because people are open to suggestion in their day to day lives that is exactly the same as the process of working within Hypnosis with a Hypnotherapist. I do not hold to that. There is an element of truth in it. However, Hypnosis when applied well goes far beyond the realm of everyday suggestibility. Hypnosis carried out professional and to a high standard allows an individual to remove a phobia that they may have had for years. It can also completely remove pain or manage it to a level previously thought impossible, it can slow or stop excessive bleeding from wounds and it can alleviate and eradicate depression and anxiety. There is a lot more that can be achieved but you no doubt get my point. This is well beyond everyday suggestion because a client could have been suggesting to themselves for years that they will feel calm and relaxed plus centred in a situation which causes them to feel anxious and yet they still have all the negative feelings. A professional Hypnotherapist like me can utilise Hypnosis to allow you to be totally free from those negative, anxious feelings within as little as ninety minutes of applied Hypnotherapy. Even less in some cases. So Hypnosis is not just suggestion.
So Hypnosis can be many things to many people. The latest brain scans carried out for research purposes do purport to show that Hypnosis is characterised by specific changes within the brain. However, it is not one definable state. A person can be thinking conscious thoughts while still being hypnotised. A person can feel as if nothing much is happening and still be hypnotised. A person may not feel relaxed and still be hypnotised.
Therefore the key is to trust in the professional that is hypnotising you. Seek out a very well trained, competent, professional Clinical Hypnotherapist who has trained with approved training providers of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy as well as someone that continues to have a passion, drive and interest in the subject, just like me. Speak to the Hypnotherapist and ask questions prior to making a decision to work with them. Gain a sense of their professionalism. Ask about their training and ask about their fees. Find out about how many sessions it could take to treat you (of course each individual is unique but a Hypnotherapist who has been in the profession for years will be able to know on average how many sessions each issue is likely to take). Basically get a good sense of what it will be like to work with this person. If you can get word of mouth recommendation even better.
Finally please remember that Hypnosis is not one clearly defined state there may well be elements of relaxation, heaviness or lightness in the limbs, increased ability to focus on suggestions. However, at other times it may feel as if not that much is happening at all especially as you get used to Hypnosis. Also remember please Hypnosis is not Mind Control, nor is it forcing any person to do or say anything they do not want to. Nor is Hypnosis sleep and you cannot get stuck within it.
There are far too many myths surrounding Hypnosis. These need to be challenged because I am of the personal belief that Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy are the most powerful positive change methods known to mankind. They can do wonderful work in the right hands and remove so many fears, anxieties, depressions and more!
You can see more on myself and the work I do for my clients at:
Douglas Clark Master of Hypnotherapy