Archive for the ‘Cognitive Hypnotherapy’ Category

September 25, 2016 · by Sean Heneghan · Cognitive Hypnotherapy

I highly recommend Sean. His clarity of presence and commitment to my wellbeing are in themselves enabling. We are working with childhood traumas which have had major impacts on my life and eventually brought about collapse. Sean’s combination of Eastern and modern Western approaches is contributing to healing and change at a profound level.

In sessions we often move very easily between discussing difficulties and imaginative techniques which access the original experiences underlying them. Every time this has produced new information and understanding and is an important part of building my capacity for healing and change. He is also not afraid to intervene and challenge. And I have discovered that I can challenge him, which is no small thing.

He is himself and doesn’t hide behind his techniques. Through this he models the freedom he talks about, which is very valuable to me.

The acupuncture at the end of sessions brings calming and stabilising and I think it is contributing towards building my strength and resilience, and deep healing and change.

I am grateful to have found him.

 

Anonymous, September 2016

November 17, 2014 · by Sean Heneghan · Acupuncture, Cognitive Hypnotherapy

“I first started seeing Sean for acupuncture treatment in 2010 on the recommendation of a chiropractor who worked at the same clinic as Sean. I needed treatment to help alleviate some debilitating symptoms I was experiencing. As an ‘invisible’ illness it is almost impossible to find a practitioner who can fully understand the varying range and degree of symptoms and how to treat them. I immediately found Sean had a great understanding of the symptoms and his gentle listening approach made it easy for me to explain the severity of the symptoms I was experiencing and how they impacted on my life.

I was already familiar with acupuncture and I was sure it would help but I was totally amazed at the speed at which the symptoms disappeared – even after the first treatment. No more pacing myself in case energy levels plummeted, and the pain lowered to the level that allowed me to get a full night’s sleep.

However, during the course of the acupuncture treatments, various other life events occurred that that had a huge emotional impact on me – car accident, house move, bereavements to name a few! I was starting to feel unable to move forward with my life and generally felt overwhelmed with a huge sense of grief and sadness that would appear as tears and sobbing at any given moment. Not a great way to be when you are trying to work and maintain a professional head on your shoulders!

It was at this time that I began having Cognitive Hypnotherapy with Sean. Initially I was reluctant to try it, I had heard of hypnotherapy and wasn’t sure how it could possibly help. Sean explained to me how Cognitive Hypnotherapy works. When having this deeply relaxing form of therapy you are never asleep, in a trance or at any moment not in complete control and I decided to give it a try.

I am so glad I did – I cannot believe how much it has helped me. It was a revelation. During the sessions the grief and sadness that had been holding me back were gently resolved. However, this was just the start of a journey to full recovery. I didn’t realise how many other areas of my life it would help me with too. As a result I am now more aware of how I react to situations and how to manage those reactions. It has given me new life skills that enable me to live my life in a more positive, forward thinking way. A mind makeover would be a great way to describe it!

Sean is the consummate professional; showing kindness, compassion, and integrity throughout the therapy and I can honestly say, thanks to his expertise I have my life back now.”

Liza Chapman, Buckinghamshire.

August 6, 2014 · by Sean Heneghan · Acupuncture, Cognitive Hypnotherapy

” I wish I had the courage to approach therapy the first time I heard of it from a friend. It took me nearly a year. I was looking at Sean’s site and reading other’s testimonials helped me to make one of the best decisions in years. I wish to share my experience so far if it helps to motivate others, just like it has motivated me, as well as share my thanks to Sean for his care and support. If only I made the call sooner I could have faced my now silly but then huge insecurities, anxieties and worries earlier. Originally all I wanted was help with weight loss – working out my relationship with food and trying to understand why “am I the way I am”…. believing that I was “faulty”.

Being fairly successful and respected in my business career, I still doubted my abilities, and never mind any success or promotions, I still considered myself an underachiever and a failure.The most eye opening thing about acupuncture with Sean was the release of positive energy, and the positive motivation to continue this journey to get back to the happy and confident me that I have left somewhere behind in my teens.

Charged with new levels of energy and curiosity, I began discovering how my mind works, how it has affected my self-belief and self-confidence and I began to see my self through my own eyes, rather than worry about how others must see me or judge me. I laugh now that I look back as I cannot believe how I have created these assumptions in my head, how I felt I had to constantly please everyone in order to be loved or popular. Trust is very important for me and from day one I felt that Sean was not there to judge me, but was there to help me to understand “me”. There is one word that pretty much sums up the process of cognitive hypnotherapy with Sean – purifying . Through talking, and thinking, and a little bit of homework, the overall process of my therapy with Sean has been simply a cleansing of my mind – filtering the things that made me feel bad about myself for no reason that I can understand now when I look back, and enhancing and bringing out the positive that I could not see before.

I used to think that I could face my issues by talking to friends. But they would only comfort me, and not find a solution. It would be only a very short term comfort. The difference in talking to Sean, and working through the layers of feelings, emotions, memories, is not to push them away short term, but to work them out. My previous experience with a therapist involved feeling a lot of pity for myself and somewhat patronised. Not with Sean. I have always felt in good care and confident that he cared, and I have a great respect for his knowledge and experience with people in similar situations. I have been through a fair amount of boxes of tissues before I met Sean. I used to have sleepless nights, I had zero energy, I felt exhausted all the time, I had no creativity or motivation at work. Now I have no problems sleeping, and after the acupuncture I feel I have a lot more energy -  positive energy that has made all the difference for me. It seems that I really only reach for a tissue now when I have a cold. It has been such a great and motivational experience. And it still continues to be.

I can only highly recommend Sean to anyone who doubts their own self. The boost in confidence and energy that I have experienced is, I’m not scared to say, … life changing.”

 

Michaela, Tring

August 6, 2014 · by Sean Heneghan · Cognitive Hypnotherapy
“ I went to Sean as I had a panic attack whilst driving. I thought I was going to die, my life flashed before my eyes (constantly). I had medical tests to confirm there was nothing physically wrong with me and I was shocked. I had moved house and was soon to move again and I was committing to a relationship, everything was perfect! (on  paper!)

I was on holiday and the same panic feeling occurred in a shop. I ended up in the medical centre convinced my blood pressure was sky high and I would have heart issues, everything appeared to be normal and again I was shocked but I couldn’t get over this. My hands were shaking constantly, I couldn’t speak and was scared beyond belief. I called Sean in a state of complete desperation. To be honest he was the first person to come up on my google search but then the only person to return my call. We spoke on the phone initially. I was in a terrible state and he could hear my desperation.

When I first saw Sean he calmed me from being highly tense, emotional and feeling massive physical reactions in myself which I couldn’t understand. Over time he has gradually peeled away layers to show that the present feeling was related to things that were far different from what I initially thought. Over the weeks I have been enlightened. I’ve had a journey of discovery into myself, the world and my relationships. Although I still consider myself a work in progress I am excited about the possibilities I am encountering, and feel excited about my future.

In short Sean has blown my mind. If it wasn’t for his help I would have completely changed my course in life and for this I am deeply grateful. Being so, I am happy to put my name to this testimonial. Whether you have issues or not, if an outlook of negativity in any form can be overcome I feel proud to help and spread my experience”.
Vanessa McCourt, Hertfordshire

August 30, 2013 · by Sean Heneghan · Cognitive Hypnotherapy, Hypnotherapy

Phobias are a common source of distress, so common in fact that in the US phobias are the most common form of ‘mental illness’ among women and the second most common in men over the age of 25. Hypnotherapy for phobias is therefore a therapy option that is often sought out, and it’s one that can have profound results in helping people with what can be a disabling problem that severely limits quality of life.

There is a huge range in the phobias in which people can develop, from social phobias connected to anxiety around people or certain social circumstances, and more specific phobias that connected to certain triggers such as lifts, dogs, heights, flying etc. Where a phobia is tied to the pairing of a specific stimulus to a negative emotion during an early formative experience there is a huge range of subjects that can become the source of phobic reactions since the stimulus becomes automatically associated with the emotion in later life. This means people can develop phobic reactions to nearly anything, providing the early sensitizing experience is strong enough. Equally so for some people there may well be no conscious memory or realization of why a given subject has become the source of a phobic reaction.

What is common for many people experiencing a phobia is that they are fully aware their reaction is disproportionate to the actual threat posed, and yet this can have little impact on their experience. This can leave people feeling frustrated, powerless and stuck. That hypnotherapy works with people subconsciously is one of the reasons why it can be such a useful method of therapy for this issue.

acupuncture & hypnotherapy Berkhamsted, Milton Keynes

Anybody who experiences a phobia already knows what it’s like to be hypnotized,  since what they’re currently hypnotized with is all of the negative imaginings, the  terrifying mental rehearsal, and the negative predictions about what would happen in  the future were they were to be in the circumstance that produces their anxiety.  These imaginings in the forms of mental pictures, feelings and sounds we take  completely for granted since they are such a normal part of life but they serve as the  programming that influences our future experience. Hypnotherapy helps with  phobias in a number of different ways, and in a way that it always tailored to each  person, but in part it works by helping you use the same internal machinery of your  imagination in a way that is empowering rather than dis empowering, and helps you  create the kind of experience where you’re calm and comfortable in a circumstance that previously produced fear and anxiety.

When you combine these hypnotic exercises with powerful techniques that can help clear up early sensitizing experiences that are the roots of phobia, then you have the possibility of creating a much more positive kind of future to live into.

My approach is to treat people and their own particular problem as completely unique and as such therapy is fresh for each person in an environment that’s supportive and understanding. If you suffer with a phobia, and are curious about how hypnotherapy could help you, please feel free to get in touch with me on 07717 515 013 or by email at sean@seanheneghan.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 9, 2013 · by Sean Heneghan · Cognitive Hypnotherapy

“A yo yo dieter with many failures behind me I realised that high blood pressure and associated health concerns needed a more intelligent response than yet another diet. I looked at many websites until happening upon Sean’s. I was struck by his qualifications and experience.

From that first telephone conversation I have been completely at ease, knowing that he understood my situation. He has helped me to the realization of where my problems really lie and of my ability to overcome them.

Whilst I have been losing weight (and continuing to do so) I experienced none of the negative feelings of fatigue, boredom, deprivation that so often accompany weight loss. Never before have I felt that this is not a ‘diet’ but a new way of eating more healthily to carry me into the future. I am amazed at how far I have come and I cannot thank Sean enough. He has been so supportive and empathetic. Whilst some of the subjects I have confronted have been challenging, I was totally able to face them knowing that I had his expert support and guidance.”

Heather, Hertfordshire

 

If you’re curious about hypnotherapy for weight loss or another issue you might be suffering with, please feel free to contact me on 07717 515 013 or email me at sean@seanheneghan.com with any questions you might have.

July 8, 2013 · by Sean Heneghan · Acupuncture, Cognitive Hypnotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Research

In many countries the use of complementary and alternative approaches to healthcare is increasing. Researchers recently distributed a questionnaire to all GP’s registered within the Liverpool Primary Care Trust to determine the referral patterns and attitudes towards the various complementary medical approaches among GP’s. This survey was a follow up to questionnaires collected in 1999.

The researchers reported that the most popular complementary therapies are still acupuncture, hypnotherapy and chiropractic, with the least popular being aromatherapy, medical herbalism and reflexology. GP’s felt most comfortable with acupuncture and expressed a greater desire for it to receive NHS funding than for other therapies.

In recent years acupuncture has received an increased level of endorsement from NICE – The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence, which currently recommend the use of acupuncture in the short term management of lower back pain, tension headaches and migraines. NICE set the recommendations and treatment guidelines for doctors and medical professionals in the NHS regarding the treatment of patients.

The British Acupuncture Council is the main regulatory body for the UK’s 3000 traditional acupuncturists. All it’s members, of which I’m one have had an extensive training in Acupuncture to degree level involving a training that typically lasts 3-4 years.

I have had extensive experience and training in Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and hypnotherapy and provide traditional acupuncture and hypnotherapy at my clinical base in Berkhamsted.

If you’re suffering with a physical or emotional problem and you’re wondering what acupuncture or hypnotherapy could do for you, then please feel free to ring me on 07717 515 013 or email me at sean@seanheneghan.com.

 

You can find details of the research into GP’s attitudes toward complementary approaches here:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23574689

 

 

July 8, 2013 · by Sean Heneghan · Cognitive Hypnotherapy, Hypnotherapy

acupuncture & hypnotherapy Berkhamsted, Milton KeynesHypnotherapy for confidence is something many people ask about when they are thinking of having hypnotherapy. Problems with confidence are very common, and yet it tends to be something people suffer with silently often feeling that the problem is unique to them.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy offers a safe, gentle and powerful way of helping you overcome any barriers from the past that may be hampering your experience of confidence in the present, and helps put you back in control of your emotional state.

Its often the case that problems with confidence stem from limiting beliefs we have about ourselves and what we’re capable of that are operating underneath our conscious awareness. This often creates the experience of being emotionally hijacked in the present by uncomfortable feelings we don’t fully understand; in relation to confidence we can feel overpowered by a sense of not being able to cope with situations we face, or that we lack an ability in an area in which its required.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy has some wonderful ways and means of identifying these limiting beliefs that may be contributing to the problem and working with them creatively so they lose their power in negatively impacting the present. Cognitive hypnotherapy in addition helps you to relax, and by using your mind and imagination creatively, promotes living into a much more positive kind of experience instead. For many people who are experiencing problems with confidence, this may manifest as being more comfortably calm and at ease in those areas of life that previously evoked feelings of stress and anxiety.

I provide hypnotherapy for problems with confidence and a wide variety of other issues at my hypnotherapy clinic in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. If you’re curious about how hypnotherapy could help any problems you might have, then please feel free to telephone me on 07717 515 013 or email me at sean@seanheneghan.com.

 

 

June 18, 2013 · by Sean Heneghan · Cognitive Hypnotherapy, Hypnotherapy

If you’re looking for a hypnotherapist in Hertfordshire, my hypnotherapy clinic in Berkhamsted is conveniently located at Berkhamsted Chiropractic Clinic and easily reachable to the many local towns in the west Hertfordshire/Buckinghamshire area.

So if you’re seeking hypnotherapy in St Albans, hypnotherapy in Watford or hypnotherapy in Hemel Hempstead I’m within easy reach of your location just off the A41.

Berkhamsted Chiropractic Clinic has been a place of healing for a remarkable 82 years. It’s Britain’s longest standing Chiropractic Clinic in its original location and is a multidisciplinary clinic with many practitioners. All of us here are passionate about helping people with a variety of physical and emotional problems to help them through their difficulties toward better health.

I run my own practice from the clinic where I provide acupuncture and cognitive hypnotherapy and have had an extensive training in both fields. As well as a mid week clinic I also offer weekend and late evening appointments for those clients who need out of office hours appointments.

All of my hypnotherapy sessions are scheduled at 90 mins per session which allows ample time for a thorough in depth approach where I work very closely with an individualized method that’s created fresh for each client. No two clients ever receive the same therapy, and it’s my intention is to work with you with whatever is problematic about your experience at the moment, to help you use your mind and your imagination to bring about your own solutions. Just as the mind can be extraordinarily powerful in creating many of our problems, it can also be used in surprising ways to to create the solutions.

In recent years hypnotherapy has become considerably more popular as the capacity for our minds and our imagination to influence our experience has become more widely acknowledged. People have hypnotherapy for many reasons – from managing stress and reducing anxiety levels, to changing unwanted behaviours like over eating and stopping smoking, and also to aid sleep and relaxation. Hypnotherapy has also in recent times been used in some areas of the NHS for problems like irritable bowel syndrome. It is likely that in future years hypnotherapy will feature more prominently in healthcare as more is understood about how the mind influences the physical functioning of the body.

If you’re curious about what hypnotherapy could do for you please feel free to ring or email me and I’d be happy to discuss any questions you might have.

You can email me at sean@seanheneghan.com or telephone me on 07717 515 013.

June 16, 2013 · by Sean Heneghan · Cognitive Hypnotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Research

While conducting clinical trials with hypnotherapy that honour the individuality of each client is complicated, a recent pilot study by researchers on the use of hypnotherapy for managing stress yielded some interesting results not only in terms of the experience of the patients using the hypnosis, but also on a physiological marker for inflammation – considered a reflection of the stress response.

The researchers gave 11 participants a self hypnosis CD designed to recondition and improve participants’ emotional and physical reactions to perceived work and life stressors. The patients then had their subjective measures of coping, resilience, and stress tolerance measured, as well as, IL-6, an objective blood measure of inflammatory activity. The pilot study took place over 12 weeks.

The participants in the trial reported a significant decrease in negative thinking patterns such as, self-deprecating statements, perfectionism, and pessimistic thinking, and an improvement in eating/nutritional habits following the hypnosis as well as a reduction in the marker for inflammation.

It’s interesting that even a generic self hypnosis cd could produce such positive change and one could wonder how those results might be improved upon with a highly tailored and individualized hypnotherapy program working with a hypnotherapist in the context of a therapeutic relationship. In this context, it’s possible to work  with suggestive work that is personally tailored to be specific to each client – a very important part of good hypnotherapy since everybody experiences their problem and their idea of what constitutes a solution, in a very different way. For me, and for those using Cognitive Hypnotherapy, this is a key factor in effective hypnotherapy.

All in all the research was suggestive that hypnotherapy can produce some promising results in managing stress, good news for anyone that might be looking for how hypnotherapy could help reduce their stress levels naturally.

I provide hypnotherapy for stress management at my hypnotherapy clinics in Berkhamsted and Milton Keynes and can be contacted by email or telephone if you have any questions about what hypnotherapy could do for your stress levels.

The details of the trial mentioned can be found here:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23561065

 

 

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