Strategic Approaches

Goal of PsychotherapieS

Help people to achieve a realistic and adaptive representation of their world, that includes the place of themselves within it.


Using Hypnosis in therapy, so what is hypnosis? We can describe hypnosis as a special way.
of using our own naturally occurring psychological and physiological states.

  • Psychological State: pertaining to the mind
  • physiological: pertaining to the functioning of the body    

At its core hypnosis is a state of heightened suggestibility, being in a special place that is related to belief and imagination. 

It is not a state of sleep or unconsciousness, nor is it a state of mind control.  


Behavioural Therapy

Covers a broad range of techniques that aim to change a person’s maladaptive behaviours with more desirable behaviours. Behavioural therapy will work to reinforce these desirable behaviours and to eliminate the unwanted ones.

Operant conditioning falls within the theory of behaviourism, and can be one technique used in therapy, which works on the human condition of responding well to praise and reward, as opposed to punishment. 

Cognitive Therapy

The most direct way of helping clients to identify irrational, unrealistic and maladaptive thinking, and replace this thinking with thinking that is more rational, realistic and adaptive. 

The fundamental view in Cognitive therapy, is that it is not events that is the problem, it is the way we interpret those events. This type of therapy looks at various levels of our cognition, from our assumptions, our core beliefs, and automatic thoughts. 

The goal is to first discover if there are any dysfunctional thoughts and beliefs in a person’s thinking in general, or in specific areas of their life. Secondly, to work with the client to make effective changes within their thinking domain.  

Cognitive Behaviour Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy combined with Behaviour and cognitive therapy is a method of combining the therapeutic approaches from all three therapeutic strategies in a way that brings the benefits and strategies from all 3. This method combines a project managed frame work that builds a case formulation with the client, clarifying the presenting problem(s), goal setting and defining the aim of therapy.  


With its roots going back to the dawn of time, this approach aims to encourage awareness of the here and now. In therapy the technique is a powerful tool when practiced building self-awareness, attention, increasing contact with the present moment, emotional awareness, cognitive distancing, and acceptance, to name but a few.

Approach to Therapy

Adopting the view, that a person's reaction to an upsetting event (or situation) is not the event itself but the way we interpret that event.

In therapy we go through a process to model and understand the triggering event (or situation), the effect it has on our feelings, emotions, behaviour and physical presentation.

We develop through the case formulation process the interventions necessary in the domains of hypnotherapy, cognitive therapy and behavioural therapy to make changes across the domains of thinking, behaviour and feelings.

covering the domains of Cognition (thinking) and Behaviour, inflexible and maladaptive thinking

common questions

Therapy takes place in a quiet 1 to 1 setting, devoid of distraction and interference. A place of comfort in body and soul. The therapy room, whether online or in person is a place where stories are told, and where we create new movies from those old stories.

The key ingredient that can help achieve your goals in therapy is the trust that is created between client and therapist. To the client, the therapist is all things, or maybe just one thing, listener, mentor, thinker, analyst, or just a steady pair of hands guiding the light beam on ones own self rediscovery.   

They have carried some research in this area which was inconclusive to a therapeutic impact of a session being held face-to-face or online.

Of not the only difference which could perhaps be down to personal preference.

From the broader circle within th talking therapy space, feedback ranges from online work taking off during the pandemic, with some finding that way of work the most effective use of time. 

With certain conditions such as stress and anxiety, not having to navigate transport systems, being late etc have made online therapy a near perfect solution. In short, it is more of a preference, there is no data to suggest one is better than the other. 

Typical sessions can last 6 sessions, This will be determined ans agreed at the first initial sessions

Client confidentiality is key this is also protected in privacy law. 

There are a few exceptions to this:

(1) If a court order is served on the practice to provide information. 

(2) if in the therapist’s opinion the client is at risk to themselves or others. 


All potential clients must complete a telephone screening call for contraindication of therapy.

I will send a summary email with a view if therapy could be helpful to you, with a booking link.

Alternatively, if there are some contraindication flags the email will outline this with some suggestions of places that may be of help.  

A key part of cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy is the need to do some in between session home work or home tasks. 

These tasks could range from completing a thought diary, which can be submitted online to completing a schedule of mindfulness or self hypnosis while at home.  

I strongly advise to purchase a notebook for these sessions. 

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