Cognitive Hypnotherapy

How Cognitive Hypnotherapy differs from

traditional hypnotherapy?

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is science and evidence based therapy and pulls together effective discoveries from Evolutionary Psychology, Positive Psychology, Cognitive Theory and NLP, combining them into a modern approach to hypnotherapy. Because of this, it doesn’t promote one single method but uses various effective techniques from different disciplines (such as CBT, EFT, EMDR, EMI, Gestalt and timeline therapy) to provide you with truly individual therapy tailored to your unique needs. I could see several people with a ‘fear of flying’ but because they are all unique, so is the approach that I’ll take with each one of them. The same applies to you. I treat you, not your label.

Everyday trance states.

If you think about it, we spend most of our days in trance. Have you been ‘zoned out’ watching your favourite TV show without noticing your partner telling you about their day? Or driven somewhere ‘daydreaming’ and later realised that you don’t remember most of your journey?


Hypnosis uses mind-states that we all enter voluntarily and in Cognitive Hypnotherapy, light trance is all that’s needed. This means that all of us are able to be hypnotised because we do this several times a day naturally.

The role of the unconscious.

Most of our behaviour is driven by our unconscious whose job is keeping us safe. It processes millions of bits of information received from our senses and filters them with a purpose to determine what could cause us pleasure or pain.


It is our unconscious that, without realising, moves us towards things which it considers to be good for us and avoids things that it believes could bring us harm. And, it does all this based on your past experience. Whilst this was useful in Stone Age existence where harm was obvious, our nervous system, is not yet adapted to these modern ‘harm’ which could leave us feeling stuck.

All behaviour has a positive intention.

Whenever your unconscious considers something as a threat, your fight, flight or freeze response is triggered. A threat can be either something physical - like a spider phobia - or a social threat, like a fear of not being good enough compared to others. The role of the unconscious is to protect you, and when we’re young it can make mistakes in the way it tries to help us, which become templates for how we continue to behave in the present.


A spider making us jump when we’re five can lead to a phobia, a bad experience in a school play can lead to a lifetime of performance anxiety. And it’s all the result of the unconscious having a positive intention.


The great news is that, like software, your brain can be updated so it no longer responds to out of date information. I can help you free yourself from these old behaviours.

Keeping yourself out of unhelpful trances.

We spend most of our days in some kind of trance, especially when we’re experiencing the problem you want help with, so we often feel like our problem is out of our control. It’s is my job to ‘de-hypnotise’ you out of unhelpful trance states so you can have control over your life again.


My approach is to use your natural trance states to guide you in uncovering the feelings, thoughts and memory patterns that started the problem and help you to change them in a way that frees you.

You have all the resources you need.

My approach is interactive where I act as a guide because you have everything you need to find your own solutions with skilled assistance. I will not tell you what’s best for you or control your actions. Instead, I will help you to help yourself in the most effective and suitable way for you.


So, you can have the freedom to do and achieve what you want in life. For more information or to discuss how I could help you, please contact me via phone, email or Contact form.


Laura Lohk Dip CHyp, NLP MPrac

Transformational Therapy, Mindset Coaching (Face to Face and Online)

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Natural Body Cafe

82 High Street

Poole, BH15 1DB


Mobile: 07795 516 878



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