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Helping you change your thinking and behaviour

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a skilled communication aimed at directing a person’s imagination in a way that helps elicit changes in some perceptions, sensations, feelings, thoughts and behaviours.

In a typical hypnotherapy session the hypnotherapist and client will discuss the intended alterations or therapeutic goals desired. The hypnotherapist will ask questions about previous medical history, general health and lifestyle to decide on the best approach for the individual.

Hypnotherapy may be found to be helpful for those seeking relief from a range of problems and is used alongside a person’s own willpower and motivation to seek a desired goal. It is often used to help relieve anxiety, aid sleeping, help to address bedwetting, address attitudes to weight, and help clients achieve behavioural change to stop smoking. It may also help with minor skin conditions that are exacerbated by stress and confidence issues, and may also be used to enhance performance in areas such as sport and public speaking. Hypnotherapy may help people to cope with and manage the relief of perceived pain.

Hypnotherapy has also been used with both adults and children to help manage the pain associated with irritable bowel. There is evidence to support its use in this condition for both adults and children and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Guidance (NICE) recommends the NHS should consider referring patients for hypnotherapy if their irritable bowel is persistent and has failed to respond to simple prescribed medicine.

Source: Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council

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Hello and welcome to Wycombe Hypnotherapy.
My name is Mark Bull and I am a fully qualified clinical hypnotherapist and coach based in central High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire and within easy reach of Beaconsfield, Maidenhead, Marlow and surrounding areas.

I have a private practice working within a pleasant and professional environment and I can help you regain control of your thinking and behaviour, helping you overcome problems such as weight control, smoking and phobias.

As a clinical hypnotherapist I can also help you with emotional difficulties such as stress and anxiety that we all encounter in our lives.

I hold the HPD (Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma), which is considered the gold standard in hypnotherapy qualifications, and offer a FREE initial consultation which gives us a chance to get to know each other, for you to ask any questions about the therapy I provide and for me to explain how it all works.

Using my skills and experience in hypnosis, coaching, counselling, psychotherapy and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), I can work with you to achieve analysis and treatment for a wide range of problems including:

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

If you are suffering with PTSD and/or trauma, I can help you identify the events that are stored in a dysfunctional way so that you can process this information fully, maintaining control and feeling safe. I will kindly ask that you see a GP and specialist as appropriate before we commence hypnotherapy.

Acute Stress Disorder

We all encounter stress in our lives!
If you are suffering with stress, I can work with you to identify the sources and physical effects of the stress to understand the degree to which it is disrupting your life. Once we’ve identified the stressors we can work on setting goals to help you eliminate or manage them. Hypnotherapy can be very effective in helping you to plan through potential stressful situations and deal with past or present experiences. By playing them through in your mind while relaxed and calm, you can learn to create new ways to manage and deal with problems, and regain and maintain control.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Common situations include attending a job interview, taking a driving test, public speaking and sitting an exam. If you suffer with anxiety, I can help you develop effective strategies for managing the symptoms and also develop better coping strategies for managing the causes that provoke the anxiety. I can help you to learn and develop a range of relaxation and self-control techniques that you can easily call upon when you notice the signs of anxiety, or before if possible.

Panic Disorder

If you suffer with panic attacks, I can help you to interpret internal sensations from signals of loss of control and panic to cues that are harmless and can be controlled with new skills. This takes place in a safe environment where you can learn and apply cognitive and relaxation coping strategies.

Smoking Cessation

The rates of smoking in the UK are in decline and whatever what your reason to stop is, I can help you become a non-smoker in a single extended session with a free back-up session should you need it. You will soon recover the financial outlay if you quit because cigarettes and cigars are so expensive! I will encourage you to plan ahead and set a date when you will become a non-smoker. The ideal day to stop would be a stress-free day or few days. There is no ideal time of day, just choose and commit to one. As with all interventions, there are no guarantees. My role is to facilitate your need to take control of your life. Your motivation will help define the outcome. If you really want to become a non-smoker, I can help you achieve that change and the lifestyle you desire.

Hypertension

Around 40% of the UK’s population has high blood pressure and it accounts for 60% of all strokes in the UK. It is one of the largest causes of death and disability. You can see from these statistics why being able to maintain your blood pressure at a healthy level is really important. If you are struggling with high blood pressure, I can help you to deal with the aggravators and get the monitor to read normal again. With the OK from your doctor, you can reduce your medication, feel back in control and enjoy a normal life.

Pain and Headaches

Hypnotherapists should work with pain management rather than cure and I will kindly ask that you see a GP and specialist as appropriate before we commence hypnotherapy. This provides the opportunity for diagnoses and/or conclusions for medical conditions by trained professionals.
Nearly everyone experiences pain at some time in their lives and it can be acute (occasional or isolated short-term bouts lasting less than 6 months where anxiety increases while pain exists but then reduces to normal as pain decreases) or chronic (frequently or continuously over a period of more than 6 months where anxiety levels continue to be higher than normal). Chronic pain can interfere with daily activities, sleep and can dominate life. The perception of pain almost always includes a strong emotional component. For many sufferers the belief that they can’t control their pain can be very stressful. If you are suffering with pain, I can help you manage it with relaxation and visualization skills.

Anxiety & Panic

We all encounter stress in our lives!
Stress is the process of managing circumstances that disrupt, or threaten to disrupt, a person’s physical or psychological functioning (Seyle, 1976). Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure. Challenging events or situations, such as severe pain, a demanding job, or bereavement, are called stressors, to which a person must react. The physical, psychological and/or behavioural response to a stressor is called a strain, or a stress reaction e.g. nausea, nervousness, sweating and fatigue.

People who experience high levels of stress tend to behave in ways that increase their chances of becoming ill or injured (Weidner et al., 1996). Compared with people with low stress, those with high stress are more likely to eat higher fat diets with less fruit and vegetables, and engage in less exercise, smoke cigarettes, and consume more alcohol (Baer et al., 1987; Cartwright et al., 2003; Ng & Jeffrey, 2003). Stress also impairs sleep (Hall et al., 2004). Studies have shown that children and adults who experience high levels of stress are more likely to suffer accidental injuries at home, in sports activities, at work, and while driving a car than individuals under less stress (Johnson, 1986, Quick et al., 1997).

Stress produces many physiological changes in the body that can affect health. For example, high levels of job stress are associated with high blood pressure and abnormally enlarged hearts (Schnall et al., 1990). Stress produces many cardiovascular changes that relate to the development of chronic heart disease. For instance the blood of people who are under stress contains high levels of platelets (Malkoff et al., 1993) and lipids, such as cholesterol (Patterson et al., 1995). These changes in blood composition tend to promote atherosclerosis – the growth of plaques (fatty acids) on artery walls. As these plaques build up, they narrow and harden the arteries, increasing blood pressure and the likelihood of a heart attack and stroke.

If you are suffering with stress, I can work with you to identify the sources and physical effects of the stress to understand the degree to which it is disrupting your life. Once we’ve identified the stressors we can work on setting goals to help you eliminate or manage them. Hypnotherapy can be very effective in helping you to plan through potential stressful situations and deal with past or present experiences. By playing them through in your mind while relaxed and calm, you can learn to create new ways to manage and deal with problems, and regain and maintain control.

Phobia

The most common sources of phobias are animals, heights, closed spaces, air travel and blood and injections. If you are suffering with a phobia or fear of failure I can help you to desensitise to the fear and guide you to relearn new behaviours.

Obssessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessions are intrusive and recurring thoughts, impulses, and images that appear irrational and uncontrollable to the sufferer. They can lead to extreme doubt and procrastination.
Common compulsions have to do with cleanliness and orderliness, sometimes with elaborate sequences of events which take hours to complete; where the person will avoid things and engage in protective behaviours such as aligning, checking and counting.
If you are suffering with OCD, I can help you develop strategies for managing your environments so that you can tolerate the uncertainty and anxiety you might experience, desensitise to difficult situations, manage anxiety and relax.

Sports Performance

Visualization is an effective self-hypnosis technique I can help you to learn and many successful athletes will often use this just before their event to improve their performance. Learning to dissociate from pain and injury and overcoming anxiety and self-doubt can help you to cope, recover and perform in spite of it. Relaxation methods can be very helpful when it comes to increasing focus, honing skills, fine-tuning a technique and managing pain which is a part of most sports. Having a level of self-belief and confidence can enable you to excel beyond what you may have previously thought possible.

Learning

In hypnosis, the more we utilize our senses the more likely it is to create change and this is also true for learning and memory. Long term retention is more unlikely when we learn from just reading or listening to someone else speaking. By engaging and noticing what you see, hear, feel, smell and taste in your everyday activities, I can help you improve your performance. Experts say that we remember approximately 20% of what we read, about 30% of what we hear, about 40% of what we see, about 50% of what we say, about 60% of what we do, and about 90% of what we see, hear, say AND do! Your learning will improve when you make an effort to utilize all of your sensory systems.

Stress

We all encounter stress in our lives!
If you are suffering with stress, I can work with you to identify the sources and physical effects of the stress to understand the degree to which it is disrupting your life. Once we’ve identified the stressors we can work on setting goals to help you eliminate or manage them. Hypnotherapy can be very effective in helping you to plan through potential stressful situations and deal with past or present experiences. By playing them through in your mind while relaxed and calm, you can learn to create new ways to manage and deal with problems, and regain and maintain control.

Relaxation

Gil Boyne, a pioneer of modern hypnotherapy, defined hypnosis as a natural state of mind with special identifying characteristics including an extraordinary quality of relaxation. Trance is a very pleasurable experience and the pleasant effects of a hypnotherapy session can last for hours after you leave the therapy room. I can help you learn the art of relaxation and regular practice including self-hypnosis and internal dialogue is a key to create lasting change.

Weight Control

Being underweight or overweight with a psychological disorder characterised by abnormal or disturbed eating habits, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating and compulsive overeating, can affect anyone, at any age. Symptoms include poor concentration, mood swings, severe depression and anxiety. Anorexia has the highest death rate (20%) of any mental disorder.
Physical damage from anorexia can include heart failure, osteoporosis and fertility problems. Bulimia can result in kidney failure, heart failure and tooth decay from vomiting. The UK is now among the most obese nations with 1 in 4 adults affected. Obesity can have a severe impact on people’s health, increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and heart and liver disease. Being able to maintain a healthy weight is very important and hypnotherapy can provide lasting change. I can help you regain control, get the scale back to healthy again and live the life you desire. I can help you achieve better health and enjoy the time you spend with family and friends.

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