Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy - A part of my Life!
When I began practising over 25 years ago in Belfast naming my centre the Belfast Hypnotherapy Centre, I never dreamed I would also have clinics in Spain, on the Costa Blanca, as well.
People very often ask me why my style of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy is different from the conventional way.
It all stems back to my early years as a Hypnotherapist in Belfast in the early 80's.
Back then Hypnotherapy was a new alternative
treatment and many people viewed it with great scepticism. Having trained
as an Analytical Hypnotherapist, I opened a small office in
Belfast and started to treat clients. One of the Sunday newspapers
decided to do a feature on me, and word started to get
round there was this guy who could help to sort people out with their problems.
From that one article it just started to grow. I saw the employed, unemployed, multi millionaires, TV, Radio and sports personalities, people from every walk of life (to date I have seen well over 50,000 + people).
In a short space of time I had 7 Hypnotherapy Clinics throughout Northern Ireland and working 7 days a week flat out. People were coming to see me for various reasons and problems, among them the common ones such as to Stop Smoking or Lose Weight.
However, being in practice in Northern Ireland was completely different from Mainland UK due to the many victims of the troubles. In the early years counselling was very limited, so I had to help thousands of people caught up in the conflict, ranging from the rescue service personnel who had to go into the aftermath of bombings, to even the people caught up in bombings, shootings, bomb scares, armed robberies, the list was endless.
For example, a woman came to see me with chronic insomnia,
this was due to the fact the whenever she woke up one night there were 4 gunmen
standing around her bed Then there is the survivor from the Kegworth air disaster who needed to overcome their fear of flying. There
are countless stories like these, and I am sure that no other Hypnotherapist
had to do what I had to !
Sadly, I still get people with these problems coming to see me even now at my Northern Ireland clinics.
It was because of this, I came away from my conventional training
of Analytical Hypnotherapy where people would normally be regressed into their childhood to try to recall the originating cause of their panic attacks, or other problems.
This could take up to 15 sessions to achieve, when clearly it wasn't in their childhood at all, it had happened right then!
All of these people had suffered quite enough and just wanted sorted out as quickly as possible so they could get on with their lives. And that is exactly what I did and still continue to do!