Hypnotherapists in Bristol
Lower Castle Street
Monday to Friday: 9am - 7:30pm
Saturday to Sunday: Closed
Change bad habits ~ stop smoking, biting your nails, blushing, losing your temper, drinking, gambling. Change your opinion of yourself ~ increase your confidence, be more motivated. Change anxieties and phobias so you can enjoy life without panic attacks, constantly being nervous or missing out on things. Change your stress into relaxation and replace depression and sadness with happiness.
Hypnotherapy allows you to focus on something in your life that you want to change. Hypnosis is a state that we often experience in our lives. Have you ever been completely absorbed in a book or film and been oblivious to everything else around you? Have you ever arrived somewhere but because your mind was on something else you didn't remember the actual journey? Both of these are examples of the total concentration that puts you into a trance. It is this ability that we use to create hypnosis.
Once you are in a hypnotised state we can use this concentration to focus on what you want to change. A variety of techniques are used depending on the issue being addressed. Visualisation and suggestion are the key techniques. The whole process is very client-orientated and individual. I do not use a 'one size fits all' approach as each person is different and what works with one person doesn't work with another.
People often say hypnosis is purely relaxation, but that's not necessarily the case. Relaxation is often involved in the session but if you find it difficult to relax, don't worry, there are other ways to achieve hypnosis.
Once we have discussed what you would like to change in your life, I will help you to achieve that, using hypnosis and any other techniques that will help, such as NLP, CBT, EFT, Chinosis and EMDR.
One of the most important things to understand is that you are in complete control all the time. I cannot make you do anything you don't want to do.
Presumably, the reason you want to use hypnosis is to overcome something you have difficulty with. You want to overcome your phobia, reduce your stress or change something in your life. If you only think you want to do it but deep down you don't really want to then you won't change.
You do not fall asleep during hypnosis, in fact you often feel very alert and remember everything that has happened.
I help people who want to get rid of a phobia or habit, increase confidence, control weight, stop smoking, manage pain, use hypnosis for childbirth or are suffering from anxiety, insomnia or stress. I use hypnotherapy, CBT, NLP, EMDR, Chinosis and EFT. My guarantee is that if you don't feel you have had any benefit from the first session then I won't charge you for that session. Many of my clients are initially sceptical but benefit from the techniques.
There is sometimes a misconception that you have a weak mind if you can be hypnotised. I think this is because a lot of people think that hypnosis is about someone else controlling you and so that would only happen if you didn't have a strong mind.That isnt the case. I love working with strong minded people because they can make the most rapid changes. A hypnotherapist helps you to think about things differently so that you can then react in a different way. You are the person who is in control all the time but the hypnotherapist helps you to use that control in a more appropriate way. Think of a strong person trying to open a door which is jammed. They push and push, using all their strength but the door won't move and they get more frustrated. If I tell them the door opens the other way and so they need to pull the door then they can use their strength in the right way, pull the door and so open it. I haven't physically helped in any way, I've simply given them the information they need to use their strength to achieve what they want. If you apply that same principle to someone who is strong minded then you can see that once a strong minded person is given the information they need to think about things differently then they can achieve the mental changes they want.
That's a question I'm regularly asked - "does hypnosis really work?"My answer is that it will if the person being hypnotised really wants it to work. That might sound like a way of getting me off the hook if the session isn't successful, but let me explain further.If your current behaviour is actually a benefit to you in some way then you are more unlikely to change. One part of you wants things to be different but another part doesn't because it's not sure what things will be like. For instance, if someone comes to me to stop smoking it might be because they think they ought to stop because everyone keeps nagging them to and because they know it's not good for them. But they enjoy smoking and so deep down they dont really want to stop.If someone has a phobia that makes life difficult then they want to get rid of the phobia but another part of them wants to keep it because having the phobis keeps them away from something they don't like. It's a reaction they are used to and theyre not sure how they would react without the phobia.In both those instances part of the session would be discussing the pros and cons of change and what life will be like once the change has taken place. Hypnosis then helps your mind to feel more comfortable about that change and so it is more likely to happen.
I was interested in hypnosis for a long time but even though I recognised the power of it I didn't want anyone messing with my mind. That's the impression that a lot of people have about hypnosis. But in my hypnotherapy sessions that's not the case. I use the analogy of being in a car. The client is the driver and knows where s/he want to go but isn't sure exactly how to get there. I am in the passenger seat with a map and can tell the driver how to get to where s/he wants to. But the driver still has complete control of the car, can follow my directions if s/he wants to but isn't compelled to. In a hypnotherapy session I give suggestions and the client can take them on board to achieve the change s/he wants.
The most important factors when choosing a hypnotherapist are finding someone you feel comfortable with; someone who is good at what they do and someone who understands what you want to achieve. That is easy to say but how you do you know who fits into that category. Well, in terms of feeling comfortable with someone, that's down to your and their personality so will vary. Some people prefer a casual approach, others want a more serious and direct approach. You may feel more comfortable with a hypnotherapist your own age or sex or with someone from a similar background. You might want to choose a specialist because they have a wealth of experience in a specific area or a specific technique. You might prefer someone who is more of an all rounder in the types of issues they deal with or the techniques they use. Cost might be an issue so the best hypnotherapist could seem to be the cheapest, butthey may be charging less per session due to inexperience or because they recommend more sessions than someone who charges more.There are some practical issues as well. Availability and location are also important - but to be honest I would say those are the last things you should think about. It is much better to have a bit of inconvenience but choose the best hypnotherapist then the most convenient one who isn't the best for you. A personal recommendation is always a good place to start so ask around and find out if anyone you know has used hypnotherapy or met a hypnotherapist - you might be surprised how many have! Look at a hypnotherapist's web site so you get an idea of what the person is like. Read reviews and testimonials to find out what previous clients think. Email them with any questions you have. Speak to them on the phone so that you can find out whether you will feel comfortable with them.
Hypnotherapy, NLP, CBT, EFT and Chinosis sessions face to face in Bristol. Hypnotherapy, NLP, CBT, EFT and Chinosis sessions by webcam worldwide. Online seminars to reduce stress, anxiety and insomnia. Hypnosis CDs for instant download
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If you have emotions that are holding you back or making life difficult for you, hypnotherapy can often help you to think about things differently. Then the emotions no longer have the same impact on you, so they don't bother you as much.
Some emotions my clients have wanted to change have been lack of confidence, low self esteem, jealousy, lack of motivation, fears and phobias, feelings related to unpleasant and traumatic past events, stress and depressoin.
Other people have behaviours that they want to change, such as smoking, over eating or binge eating, restrictve eating, drinking too much, nail biting, procrastination, avoiding specific situations and insomnia.
Face to face hypnotherapy sessions can address these issues, help you to think about things in a different way and change the way you react to situations. Some issues, such as phobias, often only need one 90 minute session. Others need 2-4 and when someone has a variety of issues to address they will probably benefit from more sessions, though they don't all have to be taken at once.
Hypnotherapy is a great way to help you reduce anxiety so once you have made the first step in coming to see me, you will be able to learn how to take control over your anxiety. If you would like someone to attend the session with you, either just at the beginning or even for the whole session then that's fine with me.
I help people to reduce anxiety, overcome phobias, increase confidence, improve sleep, change unwanted habits, manage pain and manage weight. I use a combination of hypnotherapy, NLP, cognitive behaviour therapy and Emotional Freedom Technique. You can read more about the techniques I use and the issues I help with at my website. Or email or phone me to find out if I can help you.
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Sessions with an experienced female hypnotherapist either at my central Bristol office or by webcam. I recommend 90 minutes for the first session (£80) and 60 minutes for any others (£60). Please visit my website for a list of issues covered.
Hypnosis MP3s for instant download and webinars for online viewing. Subjects include confidence, weight, sleep, stress, relaxation, healing and pain management. Full details at www.sharonstiles.co.uk/shop
The anxiety is now at a much lower level and most of the symptons associated with it have now gone. Weight loss has stopped,appetite is normal, sleep is reasonable. - B, Bristol
Sharon Stiles Hypnotherapy, NLP and CBT
Thank you for your help last time I came. It gave me a real boost and I have felt energised and positive. - L, Bristol
Sharon Stiles Hypnotherapy, NLP and CBT
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