John Drinkwater has been working with people “in crisis” for over 35 years. He originally trained as an Artist, and subsequently went on to train as an Art Psychotherapist utilising a psychodynamic / psychotherapeutic understanding of problems. Over time and through a range of training undertaken in various work roles, including child protection and adult mental health, he has moved toward a more pragmatic Solution Focussed approach to enabling people to make positive changes in their lives.
Since 1993 John has worked primarily within Addiction services, initially dealing only with alcohol related difficulties. At the beginning of 2008 he became more involved and interested in working with users of other substances including opiates, cocaine, cannabis and more “novel psychoactive” substances, whilst continuing to work with alcohol related difficulties.
Over the last 9 years John has enabled many people to change their behaviour in positive ways in particular by addressing the issues underpinning their behaviour. He has utilised a specific hypnotherapy technique to enable them to deal with past traumatic experiences which previously they managed by their use of a variety of substances. He routinely works with people to help them deal with past experiences of witnessing or experiencing violence, sexual assault, combat trauma and other personal trauma.
John has recently completed training in Clinical Hypnosis at Central England College of Hypnotherapy. For the first time in his life he is embracing self employment as a way of being able to continue to promote and enable change.
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Hypnotherapy, or clinical hypnosis (the terms are interchangeable) is the use of psychotherapeutic techniques, (talking therapies) within a framework of hypnosis. The word hypnosis refers to an altered state of awareness, induced through relaxation in which you, as the client enter a relaxed state where you are more open to positive ideas and can use your imagination more effectively. It is important to note that although hypnosis has a powerful, beneficial effect, you, as the client remain in control at all times.
The Hypnotherapy Register describes hypnotherapy as ‘therapy which attempts to address an individual’s subconscious mind, using the power of suggestion for beneficial change’. A hypnotherapist uses hypnosis to give relevant, positive beneficial suggestions to help an individual bring about the changes they desire. Although hypnotherapy is not the same as sleep (the client will still have awareness and control), hypnotherapists often encourage the individual to be in a relaxed state to enable them to use their imagination fully. For this reason, it’s imperative that the client feels completely comfortable with their hypnotherapist. Hypnosis is a different state of consciousness from being awake or asleep, and many people compare the deep, relaxed state of hypnosis to something akin to daydreaming.
Altered states of awareness have been recognised and acknowledged for thousands of years; hypnosis is widely accepted as a beneficial psychological therapy to access our inner potential. A variety of techniques can be utilised to reveal issues from an individual’s past that may potentially be causing distress, or the approach can be focused more on present concerns. Hypnotherapy can generally help with most emotional problems an individual is finding hard to cope with, some physical problems can also be effectively treated with hypnosis to, such as IBS, pain and insomnia. However, it is important for an individual contemplating hypnotherapy to consult their GP before approaching a hypnotherapist if they suffer from clinical depression, epilepsy or psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia.’
There are various different types of hypnotherapy including analytical, regression based approaches, which explore past issues, and solution focused and CBT approaches, based upon behavioural psychology.
I had hypnotherapy with John to treat my phobia of Bangs (ie. Balloons/fireworks etc) I didn't realise just how much it impacted on my life until I spoke about it. This has been something I have battled since early childhood and at times is not only mentally affected but also could be physically debilitating in extreme. John was so professional and re-assuring he put me at ease. The hypnotherapy far exceeded my expectations and still wows me to this day. The results are subtle but very positive. Thanks John.
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