Cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy is an evidence-based psychological approach for managing thoughts and feelings and their impact on our behaviours. The focus could be the past, present or future and enables us to challenge and change our beliefs to create healthier emotions and behaviours for the future
CBH involves spending time in our imagination working through situations in a holistic way where we are free to practise and experiment with new ways of working in a safe space before heading out to enact them in the real-world environment.
CBH incorporates mindfulness which allows us to focus on our current experiences without affecting them; recognising, identifying, and exploring how things are by using our full range of senses.
CBH is conducted in a relaxed state of mind and body. In this state, it allows us to use a variety of therapeutic methods to safely revisit memories e.g., past trigger events and resourceful times, stay present in the current in exploring these events fully, and imagine ourselves in the future with or without the new behaviours in place.
CBH enables us to integrate elements of cognitive, behavioural, psychodynamic, and mindfulness-based therapies all within the same session or therapy program if it’s beneficial in achieving the desired outcome.
With CBH we can readily oscillate between association and dissociation depending on how connected we want to be to the emotion, to solve a current problem.
At any stage of the process, we can learn to reframe our experiences/events as we would like them to be with the new possibilities and alternative solutions in place for healthier outcomes.
Once we have imagined implementing the new solutions in our imagination, we have this locked in and the pathways created, making it easier for us to readily implement the new behaviours in real-world situations.
Given new solutions need to be practised to become routine behaviours, we are likely to lapse while we get the hang of it, where we may fall back into our old ways of working temporarily, depending on how often we do the behaviours.
CBH creates a foundation of resourcefulness to be resilient at these times and use effective strategies to bounce back fast to prevent further relapse.
CBH helps to manage weight, stop smoking, control a habit, manage stress, overcome a phobia, build confidence, feel less anxious, or stop having panic attacks. It also helps with performance (e.g., business, sport), decision-making, and much more.
Karen is a highly qualified and experienced cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapist who can help you from the comfort of your own armchair or sofa,
Whilst Karen is based in Queensland Australia I work internationally online with clients all around the English speaking world!
Perhaps you can relate to one or more of the following:
I want to feel happier
I want to feel healthier
I want to relax more
I want to perform better
I need new ways to think, feel, or behave
I want a new approach
It's time for change
I want to be more resilient!
As someone trained in psychology and a trainer of psychological therapies, you can be reassured that Karen's knowledge and skills of practising cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy are of a high standard.
Her approach to therapy is all about empowering people. She offers support, encouragement and guidance. Karen helps her clients to make physically and mentally sustainable changes, to improve their health and well-being over the long term. You will always get a warm welcome here!
Karen is very enthusiastic about her work and works with a wide range of issues. Karen feels privileged to be able to use her skills and knowledge to enable clients to achieve positive results.
After completing her first psychology degree she spent several years working as a Graduate Psychologist. This included working in specialist units with people with severe and enduring mental health problems and working within a specialist community-based team supporting clients and their carers with learning difficulties, autistic spectrum issues, and challenging behaviours. The work was very challenging and incredibly rewarding.
Karen is committed to lifelong learning and continued her studies in psychology at the post-graduate level attaining an MSc in Health Psychology.
Her courses are professionally validated by several Australian & international Associations.
Karen is a member of the Australian Association of Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy and the Australian Hypnotherapists Association.
"Karen is a master in this field with a world of knowledge and experience. She is calm, kind and very passionate about what she does."
~ Sarah Rogers
MSc Health Psychology) - a two-year higher university degree
Health psychology is a psychological field that helps to promote good health and prevent disease, as the name suggests, it deals with improving people's health using psychology.
BSc (Hons) Psychology) - a three-year university degree. As a clinical hypnotherapist, it is especially helpful that I am equipped with the knowledge and the tools for helping clients psychologically. You can have confidence that I have a detailed understanding of mind, behaviour and communication.
AdvDipPH - Advanced Diploma in Hypnotherapy practitioner & trainer. Demonstrates advancement from initial diploma training and higher level skills and knowledge.
HPD - Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma - externally validated and accredited jointly by the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) and NCFE.
DipH - Diploma in Hypnotherapy. This qualification was gained by showing competence as a clinical hypnotherapist by completing an intensive course of over 450 hours. I was assessed on my theoretical knowledge and understanding, and my ability to practice hypnotherapy in a safe and ethical way.
CertHC - Certificate in Hypnotic Coaching.
NLP Master Practitioner - Practitioner of Neuro-linguistic Programming.
CertSM - Certificate in Stress Management.
CertHypSup - Certificate in Hypnotherapeutic Supervision. I am a qualified hypnotherapy supervisor.
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Karen's unique blend of personal coaching/therapy, is based on over 2 decades of practice, research & teaching, & incorporates cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), hypnosis, mindfulness, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), & coaching.
Using this special blend of interventions means we can tackle issues more efficiently and effectively by managing things simultaneously on different levels.
CBT & NLP used together with hypnosis helps to make fast and lasting changes by restructuring the way we think, feel and behave. For example, when someone overeats they do so despite knowing consciously the consequences of doing so and wanting to not do so.
The unconscious has different ideas which are hidden from awareness. The person often cannot understand why they overeat and find it difficult to control. This is because the unconscious desire to eat unhealthily silently pesters despite the conscious efforts to stop. Methods of intervening during hypnotherapy help to manage any unconscious triggers contributing to a lack of progress or self-sabotage.
Another example is a smoker who is consciously aware that smoking is harmful and yet finds themselves compelled to smoke.