About my therapy methods
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
SFBT, as the name suggests, aims at working quickly, to get you where you want to be. This may help with a large range of issues, from anxiety, low mood, sleep issues, relationship problems, issues with your relationship with food or smoking. It may also help with problems relating to work, study or other emotional issues that you feel are holding you back in your education or career.
As the name suggests, this therapy is about look at solutions that work personally for you. We accept that you are where you are right now and, rather than looking for what may have caused the problem, we look for the way forward.
SFBT is also useful in helping people facing health challenges. It may help people cope with their chronic fatigue/ME or chronic pain. It may also help you cope with the emotions and anxieties that sometimes feel overwhelming during treatment for cancer or other health challenges you are facing.
The Rewind Therapy for people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Do you feel that you are suffering from PTSD? Perhaps you are struggling with intrusive thoughts, flashbacks or anxiety about the traumatic event. There is a therapy technique that you may find helpful.
The Rewind Technique for Trauma
This is an internationally recognised technique that may help you if you suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The technique takes two or three sessions and doesn’t require you to disclose anything about your trauma. This non disclosure makes it suitable for service personnel, police and medical staff and also for anyone who worries that talking about their trauma may feel too traumatic. For this reason this technique is sometimes called
“closure without disclosure.”
The technique has also been shown to work on people who have suffered multiple traumas.
The Rewind Therapy (RT) has now become internationally recognised as indispensable to treat PTSD.
I have been trained in this technique by Dr David Muss and am a rewind technique supervisor for other therapists using the RT
A useful reference
"A new technique for treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder”. Dr David Muss British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1991, 30,91-92.
More information is available on the International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy (IARTT). Click here http://www.iartt.com
As well as my private practice here in CMR I am also a part time hospital based hypnotherapist.
Hypnosis, despite the name, isn’t a sleeping state, it’s more akin to being awake and very relaxed. During this state you will feel more focused on what I am saying, than you will on your surroundings. This is rather like being absorbed by a nice story on the radio.
When that happens to us we pay less attention to the chair we are sitting in, or maybe the traffic on the road outside and we can imagine the scene being described by the narrator of the story. In hypnosis we call this a guided image. Just as with the story on the radio, if you needed to pay attention to something in your house, you would instantly switch your attention to the doorbell or whatever else you needed to attend to. Hypnosis is not mind control, you remain in full control.
During hypnosis people are more accepting of suggestions. The suggestions are the things that you want to feel a little differently about. For example, you may want to feel calmer, so in the conversation before hypnosis we will talk about what this state of calm looks and feels like to you, so you are in control of the purpose of the hypnotic trance.
Trance is very similar to daydreaming. Have you ever driven from A to B and not really recalled the journey as your mind wandered and yet you drove perfectly safely? Have you every got so absorbed in a task that you lost track of time? That’s what trance feels like. Think of the daydream state and being completely alert to your surroundings as being part of a continuum rather than an either or state and this makes it easier to understand how you can be in a trance and yet not feel out of control or out of touch with your immediate environment.
Have you ever felt that you would like to react to an event in a different way? Feel calmer when driving or going for a job interview? Or perhaps feel calmer when stating your views in work or in your relationship? Maybe you would like to feel more focused around your food and exercise goals?
Hypnotherapy may be helpful in helping you change your reactions to events.
Hypnotherapy is also sometimes useful in helping you manage significant health challenges. Hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy and is not intended as an alternative to seeing your doctor about health issues. Always consult your doctor before having any complementary therapy, including hypnotherapy.
Results may vary.