The Observatory Practice Hypnotherapist, Leah Bevan is focusing this month on how Hypnotherapy can help people to achieve their goals and get more enjoyment out of life as we head in to Springtime. Winter can send us into a state of physical and mental “hibernation”, and although many people look ahead to the arrival of Spring with great optimism and pleasure, for many people (for example those suffering with depression) the lighter evenings and longer days can in fact create more feelings of loneliness and low mood, as the days seem longer with less opportunity to “hide away”. The Observatory Practice explains, “This is a good time of year to take stock and give ourselves the opportunity to have a kind of mental “spring-clean”. What do I mean by this? It’s about coming out from that hibernating, wintery mind set and having a really good clear- out of things that might be holding us back.” “Negative self-talk can prevent us from doing things we want to do or from behaving and acting in a positive way. Our minds cannot differentiate between imagination and reality, so if we keep thinking about things we should have done, or tell ourselves we will never be able to do something, that negative repetition impacts on us and becomes a habit- to think we can’t rather than think we can.” “If the average person thinks about 50, 000 thoughts a day, and about 10 per cent of those are negative, that’s 5000 negative thoughts a day! The good news is that we can change these negative thoughts and habits in to more positive ones – we just need to know the tools with which to do so!” Just as we start to sort out our spring and summer clothes, or sort out our clutter at home, we can sort out old thoughts, feelings and issues and re evaluate them – are they useful to us any more? And how can we do this anyway? The Observatory Practice suggests that Hypnotherapy can really help people to move forward in a positive way and put those negative thoughts and feelings away; not just for Spring and Summer, but for good. He/ she explains, “Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a modern, research-based combination of Psychotherapy and Hypnosis, aimed at encouraging clients to focus on how they want things to be. It’s great for people who have negative or self-critical thoughts or experiences that inhibit them from getting the very best out of themselves. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a forward looking approach that is really effective in lowering stress and anxiety levels, and also helping with the replacement of negative habits and behaviours with positive ones. “To be physically healthy, we have to be mentally healthy, and more people recognise these days that medication alone or “just getting on with it” may not be enough and want to make change happen in an ongoing, realistic and sustainable way. Through Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, you learn how you can use your full mental resources to achieve your goals and give you tools that you can use right now, and for the rest of your life.”
Matthew Cahill is the author of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy: A Practitioner's Guide. He is the founder of The Observatory Practice which is a full time busy practice. In 2006 he was Awarded “Outstanding Contribution to the Hypnotherapy Profession”. He is also Chair for the United Kingdom Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations (UKCHO) which is the government advisory board for hypnotherapy organisations.