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Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy

What is cognitive hypnotherapy?

Cognitive Hypnotherapy helps someone overcome emotional issues and provides overworked minds with the toolkit they need to fix their own stresses and strains. It is based on modern psychology and neuroscience.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy combines a wide number of the latest therapeutic techniques including neuro-linguistics programming, hypnosis, performance coaching and positive psychology. It is not like traditional hypnotherapy. We all go into natural trance states every day without even knowing it. It's comparable to being so absorbed in a book or film that the hours seem to fly by, or being in a meeting where your mind has wandered. Using this natural state of mind, cognitive hypnotherapy helps you re-programme negative beliefs, resolve emotional pain and overcome unwanted habits.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a tailored and personalised approach which is suitable for anyone irrespective of ability, culture, age, gender or sexual preference and can be used alone or in conjunction with most prescribed medications.

Is there any evidence?

Controlled trials have shown that hypnosis can reduce anxiety, although there is still some doubt that the hypnotic state actually exists. In the past five years, however, scientific research has become more credible, thanks to the latest brain imaging technology; brain scans now prove that hypnotised subjects are more susceptible to hypnotic suggestion.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is now part of a broad evidence based research project to demonstrate its effectiveness. In September 2015, the pilot study of the effectiveness of Cognitive Hypnotherapy for anxiety and depression was published in the Mental Health Review Journal.

Where does it come from?

In the 18th century, Austrian doctor Franz Anton Mesmer used magnets to practice a form of hypnotism (hence "mesmerising"). His patients claimed they felt no pain while being treated under his trance states.

What results can I expect?

Usually, Cognitive Hypnotherapy only needs two or three sessions in which the foundations for change are effectively put in place, although you are likely to feel relaxed after just one session.

Clare Burgess

Clare BurgessClare is a fully qualified Cognitive Hypnotherapist having trained with the internationally renowned Quest Institute in London and other leading institutions. Clare specialises in helping clients overcome anxiety issues, phobias and trauma using a combined therapeutic model which includes hypnotherapy, NLP, Emotional Freedom Technique, Eye Movement Integration and CBT techniques. Since no two people experience their problems in the same way, the Cognitive Hypnotherapy approach is tailored to the individual needs of each client. Change often occurs faster than clients expect and most achieve their therapy goals in just a few sessions. Clare also works extensively with pregnant clients using the Confident Childbirth Hypnobirthing approach to help them and their partners prepare for a positive birth experience and beyond.

If you would like to find out more or book a free initial phone consultation, please contact Clare on 07446 950386 or