All About AJ Rose Hypnotherapy
Small Changes Make Big Differences
''Kindness is not just about being kind to others, but also to ourselves,
ensuring that we give ourselves the best chance to enjoy life.''
How I became a Hypnotherapist
My husbands work took him out to Texas and I wanted to visit him but I was absolutely terrified of flying, and had been for years. I remember on one flight, the attendant asked me to sit with her so she could ensure I was OK, but I suspect it was also because my panic attack was scaring the other passengers. I knew things had to change so I decided to visit a hypnotherapist. Afterwards, I felt confident and relaxed. Then came the night before the flight. This is normally when the anxiety would start to escalate and I would begin to panic– but I didn’t have any of that this time. On the way to the airport I felt fine. This continued during take-off. Ten and a half hours later I reached my destination and felt great. I thought, ‘this is amazing. This has actually changed my life'.
That was almost 10 years ago and I am still a happy and confident flyer to this day.
After fully qualifying as a hypnotherapist, I am continuely taking on further enhancements to my credentials, in many different areas of hypnotherapy. This is to ensure that I can offer the most effective treatments to my clients, so that they to may experience the wonderful, potentially life changing benefits that Hypnotherapy has to offer.
Can people be sceptical about the process?
Hypnotherapy is widely recognised as an effective therapeutic treatment by official bodies including the NHS and the British Medical Association. However, people can be sceptical of the unknown. If you go into a hypnotherapy session saying to yourself, ‘I don't think this is going to work’, you’re already creating an obstacle and your brain will always listen to you concerns because you are its priority. I therefore ask that people come with an open mind. The power of your subconscious is undeniable as is the power of suggestion. Hypnotherapy uses personalised counselling techniques during hypnosis so that agreed positive objectives can be directed straight to your subconscious for quick, safe and lasting results. The results then speak for themselves.
Why is mental health and wellbeing so integral to my practice?
I am so glad that the importance of good mental health and wellbeing is beginning to be widely recognised and that the need for help in this area is loosing its stigma.
I am currently offering a substantial discounts on my wellbeing sessions, because I think it’s so important.
We go to the gym if we’re concerned about our physical being or see a doctor if we feel unwell but we aren’t always as concerned with our mental health, but its our brain that controls every thing we do. It needs to be in good shape. Our busy lives and hectic schedules can sometimes mean we forget to just take a moment to relax, breath and focus on what’s really important. Stress can quickly build up and manifest itself in all kinds of ways. Its estimated that 75-90% of GP visits are for stress related issues. These can include IBS, skin conditions, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure and even heart attacks and strokes.
I believe a lot of anxiety and stress stems from us stretching ourselves too thin, often to please other people. We’re very concerned about how we are perceived by others but we’re not always paying attention to being good to ourselves! I had one lady who came to me for an unrelated issue, but she was always doing a million things at once. She came in talking ten to a dozen and said she felt exhausted and all over the place because of her hectic job and home life. We agreed to start the session with a deep relaxation induction. This gives the client an opportunity to put their lives on hold and just take a moment for themselves. Once out of hypnosis, the client began to cry. She said they were happy tears from the relief she had felt of being so relaxed. She said, ‘I can’t remember the last time I took a moment just for me , with no one wanted anything from me. I feel like a weight has been lifted.’
Could there be a situation where I have to decline a client?
Yes. As with many therapies, hypnotherapy is a two-way process. I have to be the right choice for the client, but I also have to feel confident that I can treat them both effectively and ethically. This is another reason I offer a free consultation. For example, if a client says to me ‘my family have made me come about my gambling but I don’t think it's a problem.’ In truth, I am unlikely to be able to help this client as hypnotherapy can not make a person do anything they do not already want to do. The desire to change needs to come from them and they need to be motivated to help themselves.
How can Hypnotherapy help?
The hypnotic trance dates back thousands of years but its effects seem to be consistent. Thanks to advances in science, research is now able to accurately measure brain activity using a Electroencephalograph, (EEG) which shows that our pattern of brain waves change while in an hypnotic state. The brain becomes focused and open to positive suggestion and less connected to the the part of our brain where our predisposed ideas and unhelpful habits are stored.
Hypnotherapy is a powerful means of changing the way we use our minds to control perception and our bodies.
Personalities, life experiences and the way a client sees themselves and the world they live, can also all have a profound effect on how their issue affects them as an individual.
How do you begin to treat a client?
I offer a free consultation with every client, regardless of the reason they have come to see me. This gives me a chance to ask questions about their presenting issue and learn more bout them as a person.
Everyone is different so If the client decides to go ahead, I use this information gathered to devise an appropriate treatment plan with personalised screeds that are tailored specifically to your needs, to help them lead a balanced, harmonious life.
*I use a combination of counselling skills including NLP ( Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques.