If you are reading this then you already have made a very courageous step on your journey to better health. I am a fully qualified cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist based in Cork, offering in-person appointments at the Midleton Holistic Health Centre or online appointments via Zoom/Skype. Online hypnotherapy is just as effective as it is in person, and it allows you to experience hypnosis from the comfort of your own home. I work with clients using a combination of hypnosis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques and mindfulness to help them overcome anxiety, increase self-confidence, reduce stress, kick bad habits, beat insomnia or conquer fears.
I have a BSc in Psychology and a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, which is approved by the British Psychological Society, the National Council for Hypnotherapy, the General Hypnotherapy Register and the Register for Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy. I am a registered member of the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) and am bound by their comprehensive Code of Ethics. I am trained in Hypno-CBT®, which is an evidence-based integration of hypnosis and CBT techniques. There is a great deal of research to demonstrate that hypnosis combined with CBT is more effective than CBT alone, and results in more long-term effects (Kirsch et al, 1995; Ramondo et al, 2021).
My approach is all about helping you to develop the skills and tools you need to become your own therapist, while helping you to increase your own self-belief. Self-belief is hugely important. If you believe you will achieve your goals then you will, and if you don’t then you won’t. My approach is future focussed and we won’t be delving into the past very much. It is not so much about what caused your issue, but what is maintaining it that is important.
Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy is a relatively brief therapy, often requiring only 3-6 sessions or just one session for habit reversal/stop smoking hypnosis. Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy is a short-term treatment that can offer substantial long-term gains, but it will require consistent commitment and motivation. In between sessions there will be work for you to do; you might listen to a recording, keep a thought diary or try out something new. The idea is not about tying you into long-term therapy, but getting to the core of your issue by identifying the feelings, behaviours and thoughts that are maintaining it. We will then tackle those unhelpful thoughts and behaviours, replacing them with more helpful ones while developing better coping skills. Hypnosis is then used to enhance this, by deeply embedding these new learnings and beliefs and rehearsing them in your imagination.