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I am a fully insured clinical hypnotherapist & psychotherapist covering Kent and the surrounding areas specialising in adult anxiety and children's wellbeing. I am a member of the APHP (The association for professional hypnosis and psychotherapy) and have an enhanced DBS check.
I studied hypnotherapy with psychotherapy at the Kent Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is something I feel extremely passionate about. After using hypnobirthing with my second child, I was amazed at the power of the mind and what hypnotherapy can do. I was really intrigued to go and learn more. So I did! Hypnotherapy has helped me with areas of my life, that other forms of therapy did not. Now I would like to help you. My clients are extremely important to me, so I always leave a gap in-between my clients so that if we run over it is not a problem. I also offer a free 20 minute telephone consultation so that we can discuss your problem, work out the best treatment to go forwards with and you can be sure that I am the right therapist for you and this is the best therapy for you. I have completed further specialist training in General Anxiety Disorder and children's wellbeing.
£60 per session
These sessions can be used to help children cope with anxiety, exam stress, phobias and more. I am a trained calm kids coach who helps children by building their confidence, giving them the tools that they need and teaching them to be able to relax.
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Does anxiety affect your day to day life? The good news is that hypnotherapy can give you the tools you need to help you gain back control of your life. Sometimes we lose our way and need a little help to get back on track and that's ok!
"Had 3 sessions with Karen to help me cope with my fear of staying away from home at night as my son in law is in hospital for a month and I want to stay with my daughter and grandchildren. She has given me the tools to cope when I am feeling anxious and I am confident that I will deal with it when I go tomorrow. Claustrophobia is a big thing for me too and after just two sessions I went in a lift which I hadn’t done for ten years. I will definitely go to Karen again if I have anxious feelings and thoughts. Highly recommended."
What is Hypnotherapy? What can and can't it do? How does it work?
Hypnotherapy is a combination of therapy and hypnosis. Unlike most other therapies, hypnotherapy deals with the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is where we can make our most powerful changes, which is why hypnotherapy is so successful. When you are in hypnosis, you are in a natural, relaxed state of mind. Your conscious and subconscious mind are both focused on the same idea or concept at the same time. Have you ever found yourself driving along and when you pull up to your destination, you have no memory of driving there? Have you ever been so engrossed in a TV programme or film you've not been aware of someone entering the room? These are both examples of a hypnotic state. Your mind is so focused on one idea or concept that everything else doesn't matter at the moment in time. We have something that sits in between our conscious and subconscious mind. It is called the conscious critical faculty and it acts like a filter. In hypnosis, we bypass the conscious critical faculty and your subconscious is up to 200 times more suggestible in this state. This is the reason so much money is spent on TV adverts! We are far more open to suggestion in this relaxed state of mind. Since a hypnotic state is a natural, relaxed state that most of us are in a few times every day, there is no such feeling as a 'hypnotised feeling'.
So what can and can't hypnotherapy do? Many peoples first thought when hypnotherapy is mentioned, is stage hypnosis. Well I can assure you that there is a world of difference between a stage hypnotist and a hypnotherapist. Although, they do both have their time and place. First of all there is no therapy involved in stage hypnosis and it is the therapy that we use that makes all the difference to whatever problem a client presents to us. Hypnosis is just a tool that we use to make the therapy more effective. You are always in control when you are in hypnosis. No one can make you do anything you don't want to do and no one is in control of your mind. If this were the case, there would be a lot of extremely successful therapists out there and no one would have any problems anymore. Believe it or not, when you see someone on stage, clucking like a chicken at a stage hypnotists show, this is because they are perfectly happy to be doing so. I bet there a plenty more people in that room that would not do so, but the stage hypnotist has already whittled out the people that would not do so at the beginning of the show. All hypnosis is self hypnosis, so the power is within the mind of the client to make the changes and not the hypnotherapist. The hypnotherapist is merely a guide. This is why, you need to truly want a change to happen, for hypnotherapy to work. We unfortunately do not have a magic wand. Wouldn't that be great if we did!
So how can bypassing the conscious critical faculty and accessing the subconscious mind be of benefit? Well one good example is phobias and fears.Most phobias and fears are a learned response. When a baby is born, they do not have any fears. If the child gets to the age of 2 for example and witnesses an adult close to them having a panic attack and screaming "SPIDER, SPIDER", there is a high probability that the child will develop a fear of spiders. This fear will then be deep routed in the subconscious mind. Next time the child encounters a spider, their conscious critical faculty will react in seconds and make them panic over the spider. When they get older, they will probably learn that the likelihood of a spider being dangerous or hurting them in this country is extremely rare and they may be told by other people at a conscious level "not to be so silly. It can't hurt you". This however will do absolutely nothing to help the child get over their fear. The problem is a learned response rooted in the subconscious. When the child comes into contact with a spider, it is an instant reaction. This is where hypnotherapy really comes into it's own and can be so effective. The subconscious can be accessed and the learned response can be unlearned.
The language of the subconscious, is imagination. Your subconscious and your imagination will win over willpower every time. This is why it can be so difficult giving up smoking for example, just using willpower. You want to give up smoking at a conscious level but you keep imagining not smoking with your willpower and so all your subconscious sees is you imagining cigarettes. What you need to be doing is not thinking about smoking at all and this change can only happen at a subconscious level if you truly want it to, for you.
I hope that this has answered all your questions regarding hypnotherapy and how it works. Hypnotherapy can help with an array of problems, ranging from goal setting, stop smoking to phobias. Please contact me by telephone, email or message with any questions on hypnotherapy and how I can help you.