Cognitive Hypnotherapy  

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a cutting edge, modern therapy. The video below gives a fantastic overview from the founder himself, Trevor Silvester. I’ll summarise it for you here and below in case videos aren’t your thing. 


There are as many different problems which clients' bring to therapy, as there are people who walk through the door. The Cognitive Hypnotherapy approach doesn't deal in labels; we deal with individuals, with individual problems. With this in mind I will tailor my approach specifically to you, based on exactly what you want to get out of working together and how your brain works. This means the approach is gentle and supportive, moving at your own pace. We’ll aim to progress as quickly as you need to, but no sooner than you are ready. 


The Unconscious Mind 

There have been some interesting research studies into the unconscious mind, and the findings suggest that it drives a great deal of our behaviour without us ever even realising it (Scientific research papers available to view: Bargh 2016,  Piasecki, Fendley & Warren 2016).


To put it another way our brains are bombarded with so much information at once, it has to make short cuts to enable us to survive. A lot of these short cuts are made during childhood, when our minds are prone to making flawed assumptions due to immaturity or a lack of understanding. These faulty connections between things are then left to simmer in the mind for years, bonding with other assumptions and learning; creating a complicated network of short cuts all aiming to keep you safe. Eventually, this can lead to a seemingly unrelated problem cropping up in adult life, with us having no idea of where it came from. Ever wondered why no amount of logic or reason has enabled you to overcome something? This process is almost certainly what you are up against.  


Cognitive Hypnotherapy works by establishing these unconscious drives and shortcuts, and working to restructure and reframe them in a way that will free you up to live your best life. If the mind is satisfied that you are safe, then there is no need for it to hold you back any longer. 


The Techniques

Cognitive Hypnotherapy draws on a number of different therapeutic schools of thought, which enables a flexible approach. Some techniques can be completed with eyes open, some closed - but this is alway left up to you. Another central idea of this approach is that people construct the world in different ways - so don’t worry if you aren’t able to visualise, describe feelings or remember things accurately. Each technique can be tailored to however your mind works best.


The Evidence

The good news is that Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy has been put to the test in a Scientific research study over a number of years. 


“In September 2015 the pilot study was published in the Mental Health Review Journal. It recorded that, using 118 cases measuring the effectiveness of Cognitive Hypnotherapy for the treatment of depression and anxiety, 71% considered themselves recovered after an average of 4 sessions. This compared to an average of 42% for other approaches using the same measures (like CBT).”

Taken from the Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy Practitioner Association (QCHPA) Research page on the website, which can be found here


This means that not only do I believe in this approach from my personal experience as both a therapist and a client, but it is now also underpinned by scientific support. 


What's it like?

Mostly, Cognitive Hypnotherapy will feel just like a normal conversation. There won't be any swinging watches, and I won't get you to cluck like a chicken!


Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a partnership - we'll be working together towards where you want to go. I'll use techniques that will help you find the answers you need, to move you towards achieving your full potential. 

If you have any questions on this, please feel free to send me an email.


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