Are you having trouble sleeping at night or concentrating at work?

Are you affected by stress or anxiety?

Do you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome or high blood pressure?

Do you frequently feel angry or irritable?

Are you worried about giving birth or why you haven’t yet conceived?

Is your drug use beginning to dominate your life?

Welcome to Calm Insight

At Calm Insight I use an integrative approach to therapy, combining hypnosis with cognitive behaviour techniques to help clients identify the underlying cause of presenting symptoms and change unwanted patterns of behaviour. I provide an empathetic and non-judgemental environment for a client to be able to explore difficulties in their life.

In general, therapy is open, structured, collaborative, goal-directed and uses homework in order to hand over the process of bringing about change to the client before therapy comes to an end. For example, a client may be sent a hypnotic recording from part of a session and asked to listen to this repeatedly as part of their homework. The length of therapy will depend on the nature and complexity of the client’s problem.

Hypnosis

The accepted medical definition of hypnosis is: an altered state of consciousness in which the conscious mind is temporarily bypassed, so that the unconscious mind becomes highly receptive to selective, positive suggestions. Therefore, a person who is experiencing hypnosis may feel in a state of heightened awareness, but still has overall control of their mind, whilst being open to the suggestions given by the therapist. These suggestions are tailored to the specific needs of the client. For example, hypnosis can allow you to change your attitude towards the food that you eat so that you no longer want to snack or finish everything on your plate even when you’re not hungry. This enables you to enjoy eating healthily and at the same time lose weight in a safe and natural way.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a highly structured and practical intervention that helps to identify and address the behaviours and thinking patterns that cause and maintain a client’s symptoms. It focuses more on the present, here-and-now thoughts and behaviours. For example, it looks at the negative and unrealistic ways of thinking that may make a person feel depressed. After identifying the symptoms they are rated in terms of severity and then realistic goals are set such as increasing self-esteem, improving communication, or decreasing loneliness. Throughout therapy progress is monitored by referring to the baseline measurement of symptoms and movement towards these goals.

Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a rapid and effective treatment for trauma and is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as an effective treatment for PTSD. For example, when an individual is traumatised by an overwhelming event such as a car crash the natural coping mechanism becomes overloaded resulting in this disturbing experience remaining ‘frozen’ in the brain. Often the memory is long forgotten, but the painful feelings such as anxiety or anger are still triggered in the present. EMDR is a structured technique that helps to change the memory so that it loses its painful intensity.

Candice Joyce
BSc Psychology ADHP MNRHP
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Candice has a background in substance misuse and worked for an NHS drug and alcohol treatment service for seven years. She now works in private practice alongside bringing up a young family.