What is NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)?

NLP is an ever-growing collection of information and insights, backed up by a huge range of mental NLP Techniques that can enable you to improve how you think, behave and feel and assist others to do the same.

The name Neuro-Linguistic Programming was an attempt to describe, in a succinct manner, the scope of this extensive body of insights and skills:

  • Neuro refers to how the mind and body interact
  • Linguistic refers to the insights into a person’s thinking that can be obtained by careful attention to their use of language
  • Programming refers, not to the activity of programming, but to the study of the thinking and behavioural patterns or ‘programmes’ which people use in their daily lives.

The name is a bit of a mouthful and is certainly not NLP's strongest asset, however the name Neuro-Linguistic Programming has been around for over 30 years so it looks like we are stuck with it, which is why it is generally abbreviated to the initials NLP.

You could say that NLP has become successful not because of the title but in spite of it. And, let's face it - if something with such a weird name can become this popular it must be good - because the title does it no favours at all!

What is wordweaving™?

Wordweaving™ is a specialist hypnotic language pattern created by the founder of Cognitiive Hypnotherapy, Trevor Silvester. It allows the therapist to develop a unique way of communicating with the client. If you wish to learn more click here.

What is hypnosis and is it safe?

Yes, it is a safe, and a natural state that we all go in and out of during our day, perhaps without even knowing it. If you have ever been driving along a road and then ‘come to’ and wondered who was in control of the car for the last five minutes, or been ‘miles away’ when someone is trying to talk to you - that's trance, and we all we are all very good at it.

During hypnosis I utilise this state within you to make positive suggestions to your unconscious mind, when it is in a much more receptive position. Is an incredibly effective tool, to take you towards your solution state and when combined with other tools and techniques, such as NLP and wordweaving™ can make short work of long-standing problems.

What does hypnosis feel like?

It's a little like daydreaming. Generally a very pleasant sensation where you are conscious of what is going on around you and what is happening throughout the session, but may choose to ‘drift off’ with your own thoughts from time to time. Most people comment on how relaxed they feel during hypnosis. This feeling often continues for some time after the session is over, leaving you ready to continue your day.

Can I be made to do anything against my will?

No. You cannot be made to do anything during hypnosis that is against your will or principles. Neither can you be made to say anything that you are not completely happy to do so.

You might have seen volunteers for stage hypnosis and think that hypnotherapy is similar. This is not the case. Volunteers for stage hypnosis are usually extroverts who would be happy being outrageous in their everyday life. They are the born entertainers and will do as is suggested on stage.

Will I lose control?

No, definitely not. You are always in control during our sessions. You cannot be made to do anything that you are not completely happy doing, nor to say something you are not completely happy to reveal. Throughout the session you can remain relaxed because you can know you are taking control of your situation to create the positive change you want.

Is it possible to get stuck in hypnosis?

No. Think of hypnosis as being similar to daydreaming. I'm fairly confident in saying that no one has ever got stuck in a daydream they couldn't get out of!

I feel quite nervous and a little embarrassed about seeking help. Is this normal?

Of course, it is quite natural to feel this way when considering doing something new. You are not alone as many new clients say the same. Usually by the end of the first session, any fears they may have had initially have been laid to rest. I am more than happy to discuss our work together before you commit, so that you can be more sure that my approach is right for you.

What do the letters after your name mean?

HPD: Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma.
This qualification required to practice at a high professional standard. Recognised nationally and assessed independently by the NCFE.

CogHypDip: Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy. Achieved via graduation from the Quest Institute, Regents University, London. This is the only recognised training Institute for Cognitive Hypnotherapy, any therapist claiming to be a Cognitive Hypnotherapist but not trained by the Quest Institute will not have this qualification.

NLP MasterPrac: Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner. Achieved via graduation from the Quest Institute, Regents University, London.

CNHC: I am a registered member of the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council. They are the UK regulator body for complementary healthcare practitioners.

It is my aim to provide a friendly, confidential and professional service, which offered you the added benefit of free email and telephone support in between our sessions together. It is my hope to make your experience of hypnotherapy the best possible, so please feel at ease to contact me for further information, and without obligation.