Positive Outcome Therapy Hypnotherapy, NLP and Counselling in Exeter
Angela Avis


I am an NLP Master Practitioner,having trained with Nick Irving of Mindful Strategies in association with Pyramid Learning. NLP (neuro linguistic programming) is a body of information about how the human mind works and is now often referred to as neuro linguistic psychology. As well as being a model for understanding the way we think, use language and behave, NLP as a therapeutic approach provides powerful techniques for fast, effective change.

Many people seek an NLP practitioner to overcome an issue they see as a problem, for example a habit, anxiety or a limiting belief about themselves. Others are interested in improving their communication and organisational skills or their ability to study.

Additionally, NLP can enable you to

  • manage your thoughts and feelings so that you are more in control of your emotions

  • develop flexibility so that you have more choices and consequently more influence over living the life you want

  • heighten your sensitivity to your own needs and the needs of others

  • improve the quality of your relationships

  • overcome anxiety states such as phobia, post traumatic stress and other stress states

  • lift feelings of depression

  • increase confidence and success in sports, arts, creativity and work activities

    NLP is based on the premise that you already have within you all the resources that you will ever need, and the aim of using NLP techniques is to become aware of and draw on these abilities to create the change you want in your life.

    I frequently use NLP techniques within hypnotherapy, which together prove a powerful tool for change.

    Ericksonian Hypnotherapy:

    Clinical hypnotherapy has many applications and is highly effective when used in conjunction with psychotherapy or NLP techniques. It is generally accepted that the mind and body are powerfully interconnected. Given that, hypnosis can be used to promote wellness in any situation where a person's attitude is a factor, for example, weight loss. If this issue was a straightforward case of dieting, then considerably more people would lose weight easily and effortlessly. Our relationship with food is often a complicated one and it is our emotional response to eating which affects our ability to lose weight and maintain that loss. Hypnosis is very successful in helping to change the patterns of behaviour which lead to over-eating.

    Likewise, in the context of physical disorders where there is no known path to recovery, hypnosis can ease discomfort by encouraging a positive attitude and reducing emotional stress. In this example, hypnosis is used not to facilitate a cure, but to help in a variety of meaningful ways, such as promotion of better levels of wellbeing and pain management. Hypnosis is also used very successfully in treating stress-related conditions,for example,irritable bowel syndrome and a range of anxiety disorders. It is a highly effective deep relaxation treatment and clients can be taught self-hypnosis techniques to manage their stress levels.

    Additionally hypnosis can be beneficial in addressing the following:

  • Self esteem and confidence

  • Performance anxiety including public speaking,exams, driving tests

  • Blushing

  • Insomnia

  • Habits

  • Fears including flying,driving,phobias and PTSD

  • Pain control

  • Health issues

  • Sports performance

  • Weight loss including five week weight management programmes and virtual gastric band

  • Smoking

    The type of hypnotherapy I practise is known as Ericksonian Hypnotherapy. This way of working was developed by Milton H Erickson, an eminent psychiatrist working in the second half of the 20th century. His approach to hypnotherapy was to use whatever capacities and responses are unique to the client rather than use a directive approach. The underlying philosophy behind Ericksoninan hypnotherapy is to appreciate the individuality of each client, and Ericksonian therapists respond to the information the client gives about their personal history, their present experiences and their specific needs. This greater flexibility is more effective than traditional hypnotherapy, in which standard scripts, often with a set protocol, are often used.

    Link to www.hypnotherapistregister.com
    Link to www.hypnotherapy-directory.org.uk

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