Insomnia: 1 to 1 Therapy: Stress and Anxiety-Linked Sleep Therapy
Service Overview: Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy for Insomnia
1. Initial Assessment:
- Understand the client’s sleep patterns, habits, and routines.
- Identify any underlying causes or triggers for insomnia.
- Determine if the client has any contraindications to hypnotherapy.
- Explain the sleep cycle and the importance of sleep hygiene.
- Discuss the role of thoughts and behaviours in insomnia.
- Introduce the concept of hypnotherapy and how it can aid in relaxation and sleep.
3. Cognitive Behavioral Techniques:
- Sleep restriction: Limiting the amount of time spent in bed to the actual time spent sleeping.
- Stimulus control: Associating the bed with sleep and not with other activities.
- Cognitive restructuring: Challenging and changing unhelpful beliefs about sleep.
4. Hypnotherapy Sessions:
- Progressive relaxation: Guiding the client into a deep state of relaxation.
- Guided imagery: Using calming and peaceful images to help the client relax.
- Suggestion therapy: Offering positive suggestions to promote sleep and relaxation.
- Deepening techniques: Taking the client into a deeper state of hypnosis to reinforce suggestions.
5. Homework and Self-Hypnosis:
- Teach clients self-hypnosis techniques to use at home.
- Encourage the practice of good sleep hygiene habits.
- Assign relaxation exercises to be practised daily.
6. Follow-up Sessions:
- Review progress and address any challenges.
- Reinforce positive behaviours and beliefs about sleep.
- Adjust techniques and suggestions as needed.
Where Hypnosis Can Help Insomnia:
- Relaxation: Hypnosis can help reduce anxiety and stress, which are common triggers for insomnia.
- Behavioural Change: Hypnosis can reinforce positive sleep behaviours and habits.
- Cognitive Restructuring: Hypnosis can help change negative beliefs and thoughts about sleep.
- Deepening Sleep: Some individuals find that hypnosis can help them achieve a deeper, more restful sleep.
What Cannot Be Helped: Contraindications
- Sleep Apnea: Hypnotherapy cannot treat sleep apnea, which is a physical condition where breathing stops and starts during sleep. It requires medical intervention.
- Other Medical Conditions: Conditions like restless leg syndrome, chronic pain, or certain medications can interfere with sleep. These require medical treatment.
- Substance-Induced Insomnia: Insomnia caused by alcohol, drugs, or certain medications may not be effectively treated with hypnotherapy alone.
It’s essential to work in collaboration with medical professionals when addressing insomnia, especially if there are underlying medical conditions. Always ensure clients have consulted with a healthcare provider before starting any alternative therapies.
I am based in South London, I run many of the sessions online, which avoids logistical challenges.
In short, we can arrange these, if geographically workable for you. There will be a renting surcharge to cover the additional cost of the session. Details can be found on the fees page.
The role of the initial assessment in session 1, is in partnership with you the client, is to build the case formulation and development of a treatment plan. This plan will be a working document that will change over the course of all therapy sessions.
Therapies and strategies employed, will be selected to meet the treatment plan goals and objectives.
No 2 therapy sessions are alike.
No therapy can guarantee 100% success. This is not unique to talking therapies, even clinical medicines have an efficacy of far below 100%.
In Therapy we will develop together SMART goals which are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and time bound.
Learning to reframe and cope with a pressing issue is sometimes what is necessary to rebalance mental health and to live a life that is acceptable and manageable.
Real problems require real solutions, and many problems involve factors to which we have no control over. To borrow the wise words from psychologist Viktor Frankl
“WHEN WE ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO CHANGE A SITUATION, WE ARE CHALLENGED TO CHANGE OURSELVES.”
On balance, sessions run for an on average of 6 sessions.
This approach to therapy is not designed to become someone’s life support, that rolls in year in year out.
The plan is to define a treatment plan in session 1, agree goals and objectives and set about to achieve those objectives in the following sessions.
When things are not working. The plan is reviewed and amended where necessary.