What is Cognitive Hypnotherapy?

It’s a psychological therapy which connects the use of hypnosis with developments in neuroscience and new understandings about how our minds work and the flexibility of memory.

Using techniques from a cross section of therapies, I can help you relax your conscious mind and look within to find what may be causing or perpetuating your issue. I encourage you to reframe limiting beliefs and using a hypnotic language called wordweaving, I prime you for growth and positivity. My goal is to simply help you be the person you want to be and live the life you want to lead, whatever that may be.

It is increasingly accepted that 90% of our behaviour is driven by our unconscious mind. So many of our common issues like addictions, phobias, or lack of confidence stem from the meaning taken by our unconscious mind, often during childhood before we began to rationalise things. By taking you beneath the surface and helping you re-interpret and re-frame these distant or forgotten memories, Cognitive Hypnotherapy can bring fresh insight into deep seated misunderstandings surprisingly quickly and thoroughly. And once these unconscious misunderstandings have been brought to consciousness and re-framed, you’ll find that will power is easier, as your conscious and unconscious mind are working together.

And what’s so fascinating and inspiring about this process, is that sometimes one seemingly small change or reframe about a past event or series of events, can ripple out and bring further changes within you. There’s a butterfly effect and other areas in your life that seemed unrelated can also shift, and you may get a sense of things starting to go your way.

Crucial to my work and where Cognitive Hypnotherapy may differ from other psychological therapies, is that the intention is always to re-frame and move you on from unpleasant memories or experiences, and not, by recalling them, consolidate or entrench them. This helps you to become free to enjoy your present and your future, and not dwell unnecessarily in the past or be held down by it.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy also works with the belief that not only are we are all unique, but we all have our own solutions within us. It’s about helping you find what’s right for you, not what’s right for someone else!

If you would like to read more about Cognitive Hypnotherapy, follow this link: http://www.questinstitute.co.uk/

Katie McLennan – Cognitive Hypnotherapist

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I trained at the Quest Institute with its founder Trevor Silvestor. I’m a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) and the Complementary and Naural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and abide by their codes of ethics. I’m also a member of QCHPA the offical body of the Quest Institute.

I’m passionate about what I do because I know it can make a difference. My background is varied – I’ve worked in publishing and environmentalism and have over 15 years experience as a complementary therapist. After moving to Oxford and raising a family, I became very interested in hypnotherapy, especially cognitive hypnotherapy as taught at the Quest Institute.

Cognitive hypnotherapy continues to fascinate me because it addresses so many questions about the power of belief and the mind/body relationship, as well as things like how we move on, recover from trauma and find fulfilment in our lives.

Whilst some talking therapies may help us understand our issues, they don’t always help us to healthily forget or reframe things, and sometimes people may have years of therapy and know their story inside out, but are still affected by it. Which is why I love cognitive hypnotherapy – with it’s bespoke techniques cognitive hypnotherapy can help you to really change your mind. It changed mine and I’d like to help you change yours.


Here are some answers to common questions about Cognitive Hypnotherapy. If you’d like more information, or wonder how it might help you, call me for a chat (no obligation) on 07527114880 or email [email protected]. All enquiries will be dealt with in strictest confidence.

What is Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis has been around for centuries and is about trance. Hypnotherapy is a relatively recent practice and it uses trance for therapeutic purposes, either to get more of what you do want – for example, success in sports, or less of what you don’t want – such as smoking.

So what is trance?

Trance is a natural state, it’s a focussing of attention. It’s what we do when we’re daydreaming, watching an exciting movie or engrossed in a book. We may be so engrossed that we lose track of time, but at the same time are aware of things going on around us. Trance can be light or deep, and in Cognitive Hypnotherapy we mostly find light trance is enough.

What is Wordweaving?

This is a specialist hypnotic language develped by the founder of Cognitive Hypnotherapy, Trevor Silvester. Some traditional hypnotherapy approaches innvolve reading out repetitive or generic scripts whilst you’re in a trance. We instead tailor treatment to your individual problem and help you to reach your own individual solution.

Will I lose control?

You are always in control and able to speak, and you can’t get stuck in trance. It’s not possible to hypnotise someone against their will or make them say or do anything they don’t want. It’s nothing to do with stage hypnosis.

How many sessions are needed?

Depending on what you want to achieve, this can vary, but it’s often between 4-6 sessions.

Can you guarantee success?

It would be unethical of me to guarantee success and hypnotherapy is not a miracle cure. Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a partnership where we work together to achieve the change you wish for.

Do you have a code of ethics?

Yes, I am a member of the National Council of Hypnotherapy (NCH) and Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CHNC) and abide by their code of ethics
Evidence Based Research into Cognitive Hypnotherapy

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