Dear London Hypnotherapy
I need to talk to someone about my problems. I am ill. I went to a hypnotherapist last year and she made me worse. She gave me lots of things to do between sessions. She called it homework. Homework? I am not at school. She said that my depression was a direct result of my thinking and that I should use positive thinking to help me with my problems. She said that she would use NLP to help me and that I should trust the whole procedure. But I felt stupid. I felt stupid talking to myself and the more I talked to myself the more silly and out of control I felt. I feel out of control. I am sure that hypnotherapy is helpful but I want to go to a proper psychotherapist so that he or she can help me. I really need for you to listen. I have been doing some reading and I chose you because you use psychotherapy in your approach. I had psychotherapy, well, counselling, when I was in my twenties and I found that this was useful and gave me a huge amount of control of my life. I would be most grateful for a session later this month, please.
Thanks for the e-mail. It sounds like you had a bad experience with this hypnotherapist. I am a psychotherapist and I do a tremendous amount of listening in the session. I occasionally make suggestions (homework) but this is a very rare occurrence indeed. My approach is to listen and to provide support; I also try to be unbiased and completely non-judgemental. If you would like to book a session with me please ring my office on 027 467 8564.
Dr David Kraft. Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist
Dr David Kraft (PhD) is a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a member of the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH). He is also on the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR Reg.), holding the General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice (GQHP). He is also a member of the Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section of the RSM. David has a diploma in clinical Psychology, a diploma in clinical hypnosis and advanced certificate in clinical and strategic hypnosis. He has written articles on driving phobia, covert sensitization (in the treatment of the addictions), hyperhidrosis, eating disorders (including anorexia and bulimia), sexual disorders, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and sleeping disturbances. He has published an obituary in the British Medical Journal and in Contemporary Hypnosis and the Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. Dr Kraft has a successful practice in Harley Street, London, UK.