Welcome to the New You!
Cognizant Hypnotherapy specialises in a combination of Hypnosis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness EMDR and Matrix .
Do you suffer from mild depression or anxiety? Are you trying to quit smoking or lose weight? Do you have low self esteem or social anxiety? There may be many things in your life that you would like to change and don't know where to get started. Being aware is the first step to change and the next is being proactive.
Hypnotherapy is one of the most evidence-based interventions available in the field of psychological therapy. It is supported by a broad range of research spanning a period of over 150 years, including modern meta-analysis, systematic reviews, laboratory experiments, brain imaging data and individual clinical trials. At Cognizant Hypnotherapy it is about going beyond the why (like in conventional therapy) and getting to the how and eventually the now!
Hypnosis happens by getting into a deep relaxing yet focused state which quietens the dorsal anterior cingulate, thereby making someone more suggestible, so as to make changes on a subconscious level. When you are in a relaxed hypnotic state your brain waves changes from Beta to Alpha down to Theta. Interestingly, when you are a child you move from Delta (sleep state and also the main brain wave state for babies), to Theta, between ages 2-6. This is why children at this age readily believe what you tell them. This is the optimal brain wave state in hypnosis, thereby, you are more suggestible.
Works on a conscious level by installing wanted thoughts and behaviours. So much of our behaviour is habitual and not serving our best interests. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy seeks to change automatic thought processes which in turn change behaviours. Also, by focusing on changing a behaviour, it can in turn change your automatic thoughts and beliefs about yourself.
Mindfulness practice has been proven to reduce depression and anxiety, help people break bad habits and incorporate new helpful ones by quietening the mind and enabling you to be more present and in the moment. Mindfulness training boosts the density of the hippocampus which is the part of the brain responsible for memory. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to reduce blood pressure, increase attention control, increase thickness in the prefrontal cortex and parietal lobes. The more you meditate and practice mindfulness, the more the brain's synapses strengthen. Just like exercise, this should be practiced on a regular basis.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing has been effectively used for combating PTSD and is also found to be effective in habit reversal. Severe psychological trauma causes an imbalance in the nervous system which disrupts normal functioning causing the event to be maintained neurologically in its original disturbing state. EMDR allows beneficial connections to be made at the neurophysiological level.
Visualization techniques have proven to be extremely effective in a variety of cases. The mind can not differentiate between real and imagined. A great example of this is mirror box therapy. People who suffer from phantom limb pain perceive the pain in their limb that is no longer there. In mirror box therapy the person for instance could have a missing arm and so they will sit with a mirror box reflecting the working arm and so when the moving arm moves the brain perceived the missing limb as moving also. Mirror neurons are activated in the brain when you perform a task and also when you look at someone else performing a task. Mirror neurons are also activated when a person is just imagining an action but not performing it!
If you can't relax then your body is perpetually in a state of flight or fight mode. Being able to relax is necessary for proper rest and wellbeing, helps beat insomnia, reduces stress levels, helps in labour and reduces pain. When you can completely relax you are enabling your body to rest and repair.
EFT Tapping involves tapping along meridian points (energy pathways).When we are under stress, the pre-frontal cortex of the brain goes “offline,” and our body begins flooding with adrenaline and cortisol. The EFT intervention can help calm the amygdala, facilitate the release of calming chemicals, and bring us back to a more resourceful state.
Matrix Reimprinting is about changing the energy field around our bodies. There is an electromagnetic field around our body coming from our hearts. Positive emotions such as love and appreciation generate a harmonious pattern in the heart’s rhythm, leading to coherence and greater emotional regulation. Through Matrix Reimprinting the electromagnetic field can be greatly improved.
Kathryn is a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist who uses Hypnosis, Cognitive Behavioural techniques, Mindfulness, EMDR, Imagery, EFT tapping, Visualisation and Relaxation Techniques to help with problems such as anxiety, depression, low self esteem, addictions, habit reversal, weight issues, phobias, pain reduction and sleep issues.
Kathryn graduated in 2006 with a Bsc Hons Psychology from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. She has volunteered as a counsellor for the Samaritans while working alongside an office job. She has lived in Northern Ireland, Melbourne, London, Los Angeles and Portugal. She is open to seeing anyone who wants Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy from anywhere in the world. Kathryn gained a Diploma from the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy which is an evidence-based approach (shows longer term impact than either of the individual therapies alone) to hypnotherapy training. She has also qualified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). She is fully registered with the GHR (General Hypnotherapy Register).
I know personally what it is like to change unwanted habits, beliefs and thoughts and most importantly change them for the long term! I used to smoke and suffer from depression, low self esteem and social anxiety. I always knew I wanted to do something in the Psychology field, it just took some time to understand what. After having had experience in counselling, this field did not appeal to me as I wanted something that was more proactive. Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is proactive, teaches self regulation skills and can make drastic changes to one's life. Hypnosis is happening all the time through the media, through the words of others, through your own thoughts which can create self limiting beliefs. Your life can do a complete shift when you change how you think and change your interactions with yourself, others and the world around you. The pic above is me with the famous Paul McKenna whom I met briefly at one of his talks a few years ago.
A free guided meditation to increase feelings of love and gratitude.
I offer a free 20 minute phone call before any new sessions so as to see whether Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is appropriate and to discuss realistic goals or how many sessions may be required and also to answer any questions you may have.
The focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths.
The goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.