About Hypnotherapy in Cheshunt
My name is Glenda Saward, and I am a full-time professional hypnotherapist and hypnoanalyst.
I hold a diploma in Hypnotherapy and I am a proud member of the International Association of Evidence Based Psychotherapy.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation with a heightened state of awareness which is induced either by a hypnotherapist or the person themselves.
This state of mind, to someone looking on, resembles sleep, which is in fact how it got its name.
The Greek word for sleep is ‘hypnos’, but far from being asleep, the person experiencing hypnosis may feel in a state of heightened awareness, in which they still have overall control of their own mind whilst, at the same time, being more open to suggestion that may be given by the hypnotherapist.
It is not possible that you could be made to do anything that you did not want to do.
The person in hypnosis may experience their senses more, and their memory may well be enhanced.
The state of hypnosis is a very pleasant and relaxing natural phenomenon, during which a person can talk quite easily. It is inconceivable that any harm could befall you.
The two main types of Hypnotherapy that are practised by IAEBP therapists
1. Suggestion therapy – sometimes called “Clinical Hypnotherapy” and
2. CPI – a unique therapy only practised by the IAEBP
(1) Suggestion Therapy
Suggestion therapy is “normal” hypnotherapy; it’s what most people [including references in the media] are referring to when they talk of “hypnotherapy”.
Suggestion therapy is a short period of hypnotherapy treatment, usually requiring only one or two sessions, designed to produce a behavioural change in the person by addressing their symptoms.
You will be relaxed into a lovely, calm, light hypnotic state where you will be wide awake and fully in control- but lovely and relaxed and you will be given suggestions that will affect your behaviour/feelings once you are out of the hypnotic state – hence the term “post hypnotic suggestion”.
Any post-hypnotic suggestions are carefully thought out and designed to induce a positive change in the individual according to their requirements.
If for example you are stopping smoking then a typical suggestion would be “ you will feel a huge sense of pride and pleasure now that you are a non smoker”, or “ you will find it easy to live your life as a non smoker now that the burden of smoking has been lifted from you”
Please note that ALL suggestions given will be completely positive.
Suggestion therapy can be very effective but the results tend to be temporary hence it is particularly useful when short term benefits are needed.
Some examples of issues that Suggestion Therapy can assist with
● nail biting
● pre-exam nerves
● stage fright
● stopping smoking
● stress management
● flying anxiety
● confidence boosting
● dentist nerves
● wedding speech nerves
Cognitive Processing and Integration (CPI) is an innovative therapeutic intervention that enables people to deal with and move forward from challenging, conflicting or traumatic life events or experiences.
Most psychological symptoms and problems are underpinned and maintained by people’s limiting beliefs and unhelpful thinking styles.
For some people, these unhelpful beliefs and ways of thinking have mostly arisen in response to specific conflicting or challenging events or experiences.
Much of the time, people are able to recover from adverse life events naturally, as they interpret them in a way which is helpful and enables them to feel powerful.
Indeed, often exposure to difficult life events ultimately helps people to thrive because they build their skills and resources and learn how to effectively deal with challenges.
Most people have been exposed to some sort of adversity or trauma within their lifetime, which had the potential to impact upon them negatively (e.g. Joseph, Mynard, & Mayall, 2000; Norris, 1992; Ozer, Best, Lipsey, & Weiss, 2003; Resnick, Kilpatrick, Dansky, Saunders, & Best, 1993), yet many of these individuals adapt successfully, highlighting that difficult circumstances do not automatically cause psychological problems.
Sometimes, though, we struggle to ‘get over’ and move on from difficult experiences.
These experiences can then continue to have an impact upon the way we see ourselves and the world around us.
We may feel powerless or unable to face up to the experience and, thus, try to avoid thinking about it.
The experience then remains unresolved and conflicting. Sometimes people interpret adverse events in a way which ties in with their existing negative beliefs (for example, they use the experience to support their belief that they are ‘bad’ or ‘stupid’ or ‘powerless’).
They may use the experience as an unhelpful ‘landmark’ and relate other life events, experiences and expectations back to it. Berntsen, Willert and Rubin (2003), for example, found that individuals who developed PTSD after trauma exposure tended to dysfunctionally integrate the traumatic experience compared to those who did not develop PTSD. Those with PTSD tended to use the experience to define their identity and generate expectations for the future.
Cognitive Processing and Integration (CPI) allows people to revisit unresolved or unhelpfully processed challenging, conflicting or traumatic experiences, in a safe and non- judgemental atmosphere, and helps them to change their limiting beliefs and ways of thinking about them.
CPI is based upon psychological research evidence and established clinical practice.
It brings together insights from the Thrive Programme and research into the Cognitive Interview, Critical Incident Debriefing and cognitive behavioural approaches to treating those exposed to trauma. This integrative approach helps people in an effective and rapid manner.
Now, ‘Cognitive Processing and Integration’ does sound a little complicated, so what does it actually mean?
Cognitive – This refers to the fact the CPI focuses upon a people’s beliefs and ways of thinking in relation to the challenging experience.
Processing and Integrating – This refers to the fact that CPI enables people to gain clarity surrounding and understanding of an experience, helping them to make sense of it. CPI helps people to process and integrate experiences in a helpful and empowering way, such that the experience does not continue to negatively impact upon them.
CPI basically helps you to do the following:
Understand the beliefs and thoughts you have developed about yourself and the world around you in response to the conflicting experience(s)
Gain a different perspective on these thoughts and beliefs and put the experience(s) into context
Alter your thoughts and beliefs to helpful, empowering ones
Build the skills and resources to move forward and thrive
What does Cognitive Processing and Integration involve?
CPI firstly involves you relaxing and taking your mind back to the conflicting experience(s).
You will then be asked to engage in ‘cognitive free association’, which basically means that you verbalise all the thoughts, beliefs, images and sensations that come to mind.
Verbalising your thoughts and recollections helps you to process the experience; it enables you to make sense of it and put it into context.
Many people gradually and naturally restructure their experience(s) throughout the CPI process, as they are given a safe, non- judgemental space to constructively work through the experience.
If necessary, your therapist will help you to gain perspective and show you how to alter your beliefs and ways of thinking.
By undertaking CPI you will learn the skills and resources you need to process and integrate challenging events in a helpful manner in the future.
CPI often only takes only one or two sessions, particularly if you want to process one recent traumatic or conflicting experience.
Alternatively a longer therapy taking around 4 to 6 sessions can be helpful in processing and integrating more extensive or childhood experiences.
CPI is often combined with the Thrive Programme to enable you to develop further self- understanding and the skills and resources you need to your life to the full.
Symptoms that have been successfully resolved using CPI include:
● skin disorders
● sexual problems
● anorexia / bulimia
● lack of confidence
● stuttering / stammering
● chronic fatigue
● chronic pain
● poor self image
● smoking cessation
● social fears
● premature ejaculation
● fear of intimacy
● childhood trauma
● sexual and physical assault
● nail biting
● thumb sucking
● shy bladder
If you find that your particular set of symptoms, difficulties, or condition is not contained within the list above, please do not assume that we cannot help you.
We are so successful with such a range of issues that it would be impossible to cover them all in a simple list and we would encourage you to contact us.
We can also arrange for a free consultation to discuss whether we would be of assistance to you.