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What is Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH)?

Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy (CBH) is a very recent integrated therapy incorporating cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with modern evidence-based techniques of hypnosis. 

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At its heart, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an approach that dates back to the Stoic philosophers of Ancient Greece and Rome, which was then developed into a modern therapy practice by 20th Century psychologists.  It is now

considered one of the most effective methods of treating many mild to moderate mental health issues, particularly related to anxiety, and is recommended by NICE (National Institute of Clinical Effectiveness) guidelines.

In essence, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is about the idea that it is not events themselves that cause us distress, but the way we respond to them. These responses usually involve an interrelated web of emotions and automatic thoughts (cognitions) that lead to behaviours, and these behaviours can become habitual and ingrained. Often causing us extreme levels of distress.

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During therapy sessions with Focused Attention in Norwich, the interplay between emotion, thought and behaviour can be explored and alternative behaviours can be developed. This is where the techniques of hypnosis can be highly effective, using a client's imagination as a powerful tool to promote positive change. In traditional cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), there is an emphasis on the restructuring of unhelpful thinking patterns. However, if appropriate, I may incorporate ideas from ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). ACT is a more recent approach to CBT, which borrows heavily from eastern philosophies with an emphasis on mindfulness and acceptance whilst remaining true to one's personal values. 


When working 1:1, I believe in promoting self-efficacy in my clients, so I always try to provide a strong component of skills training, thus providing a toolkit of practical techniques to reduce stress and anxiety.  If appropriate, we may explore problem-solving and assertiveness skills.  Essentially, I believe that each client's issues are unique and I take great satisfaction in putting together the most appropriate combination of techniques to achieve your goals.     

What can Focused Attention help me with?

The Focused Attention approach offers therapies for a range of different issues that can be causing you distress. 

If you would like to ask any questions about the Focused Attention approach, find out more information, or you would like to book your first session, please click the contact button below. 

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