y p n o t h e r a p y
or help using hypnosis
What is hypnosis?
An altered conscious state
of awareness which can be profoundly relaxing and causes
you to be more suggestible.
How is it reached?
A trance like state is
reached naturally in a variety of ways. Watching TV,
jogging, while you wake up and just as you fall asleep.
Sitting in boring meetings. It can also be reached by
using relaxing suggestions repeated in a monotonous
repetitive and rhythmical way.
How can it help?
It can help with a
multitude of problems. Initially by learning to relax
and get control of your bodily feelings, you can start
to feel and take more control of your own life. You may
well be ready then to look at your problems in greater
detail. It may be necessary to go back into the past to
review certain experiences and put them into a different
perspective. Hypnotherapy can help you increase your
determination to change - if you really want to; a
variety of behaviors, phobias, bad habits, deal with
emotional traumas, self image and confidence.
How does it work?
In hypnosis, because you
are more suggestible, you usually accept suggestions
without analyzing them. For example, if it was suggested
in hypnosis that the room was cold, you would start to
feel cold. You might even start shivering; you wouldn't
be able to evaluate the true facts. The same is true for
suggestions for change - i.e, suggestions of increased
calmness, relaxation and confidence are accepted at face
value and if repeated often enough they will start to be
believed, and will be acted upon. However if suggestions
are made which you don't want to accept, you will simply
reject them or not act upon them. For instance,
individuals preoccupied with pain are distorting their
view of the world and increasing their discomfort,
because focusing attention on pain only sustains the
sensation of having pain. Relieving this pain involves
seeing it as only part of total experience. In a trance
state, pain is separated from total experience and
individuals reorient their focus to a state of
relaxation and well being. They "forget" about pain.
Misconceptions and fears
Due mostly to media presentation
of hypnosis in the past and especially stage hypnosis, most of
us have a wholly inaccurate picture of hypnosis and it's power.
Losing control - you are more in control in
hypnosis with the assistance of a therapist.
dominated - not so, you cannot be made to do anything
you don't agree with; the suggestions are either
rejected or you become fully aware.
Becoming unconscious, 'blacking out' - for most
therapy it's unnecessary and unusual.
to come out of it - you cannot get 'stuck' in
hypnosis; you either 'awake' naturally or fall into a
natural doze and awake after 5 to 50 minutes
(depending on how tired you are).
Can I use it for myself?
Yes, with training, or the use of
a specially designed hypnotic tape. It is possible without help
although it usually takes longer and is more difficult. Most
people benefit by learning self hypnosis during a therapy
session, using it regularly and giving themselves suggestions
which they have found to work. With the guidance of a therapist,
a variety of approaches can be tried to find which works best.
Then the onus is on the individual to help themselves get well.
Hypnotherapy Practice in East Midlands
James Middleton is a qualified
hypnotherapist, psychotherapist, counsellor and supervisor to
other therapists. He is a member of the National Register of
Advanced Hypnotherapists, an accredited NLP Practitioner, Member
of ANLP and member of the Council Supplementary to Medicine.
He has regular peer supervision, and appropriate liability
He has been practising in Birmingham at his central location for
the past fifteen years, and has built a busy and successful
practice. The practice is based in an easily accessible location
for clients visiting by car, or public transport and is about 20
mins walk from the city centre.
After completing his initial hypnotherapy training in 1989 at the
National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, James later
qualified as a full practitioner in NLP (Neuro linguistic
Programming) in 1995.
Also a qualified Occupational Therapist, until recently he worked
as a Senior 2 Occupational Therapist, in Community mental health.
Having a wide variety of experience in the counselling field he
was for many years a counsellor and supervisor for two national
counselling and support organisations.
Lecturing also plays a part of his hypnotherapy practice and he
has lectured for student nurses, Doctors, Physiotherapists,
Psychologists and Psychiatrists. More recently he has lectured on
creativity and self hypnosis, for a management training diploma
course in Worcester run by Training for Excellence, a part of the
Supervision should be a regular part of any reputable hypnotherapy
practice, and as well as having regular peer supervision sessions
himself, to update and monitor his practise, he also supervises
other therapists, often on an individual basis at his practice.
At his Birmingham hypnotherapy practice, an extensive range of
problems that are successfully dealt with on a regular basis
Stress and work related stress,
Lack of confidence in social situations,
Common psychosomatic problems routinely helped include:
Other disorders less commonly worked with effectively include:
After effects of stroke,
Sexual orientation difficulties.
Fees and Booking Information
To Book an appointment
Please phone James on 07449 534 369 to book a first
His U.K. fees for Daytime appointments are 94.00, and for
Evening appointments (after 6.00pm) are 105.00
Occasionally due to his full diary, it may be several days or
longer before he is able to offer you a first consultation, he
hopes you will understand this.
During the consultation, which is without commitment on either
side, he will have a chance to discuss with you in more depth
what is the nature of the help you seek, and will ask you some
screening questions to find out if you will be an appropriate
client for hypnotherapy and whether he can help. You will have
an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and find out if
you feel he can help.
If you both decide to work together, he will invite you to book
and pay for a first treatment session.
He is able to accept cash, personal cheques, credit cards and
debit cards such as switch.
To book a first consultation, please phone James on 07449 534
James Middleton at Creative Changes.
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