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What is it?

Hypnotherapy makes use of deep physical and mental relaxation to help reduce your level of stress and anxiety. It is used alongside traditional cognitive behavioural therapy so each session will include problem solving as well as relaxation training.

A combination of physical and mental realaxation to reduce stress
A combination of physical and mental relaxation to reduce stress


How does it help?

It is useful to think of hypnotherapy as having three distinct approaches. The first will help to dampen your emotional and physical feelings, which can often seem overwhelming. The second approach involves challenging and restructuring any destructive thoughts into more realistic, positively framed alternatives. Thirdly, we focus on blending your newly restructured thoughts and feelings into an entirely new solution-focused experience. Hypnotherapy can also be a very effective treatment for the sleep difficulties that accompany stress and anxiety.

What can it help with?

Hypnotherapy can help control ‘specific anxieties’, such as those related to study, exams and social interaction. It can help with ‘generalised anxiety disorder’, whereby we worry and expect the worst even when there is no apparent reason for concern. Hypnotherapy can help with ‘panic disorder’, characterised by spontaneous seemingly out-of-the-blue panic attacks and a preoccupation with the fear of recurring attacks.

How many sessions will it take?

Many people experience symptom relief after one or two sessions and an average treatment would take two to four sessions. This will depend on a number of things, including how well you engage with the treatment: hypnotherapy is done with you not to you. Contrary to popular belief it is actually a self-help intervention that teaches you skills and techniques to use in managing your own condition more effectively. You will be asked to listen to audio recordings in between your treatment sessions so the positive associations made at the neurological level in your brain can be strengthened.

If you would like to learn more about hypnotherapy, or discuss support options for your mental health, please visit an Enabling Services drop-in to speak with an Advisor, or contact us via email, phone or Live Chat.


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