Therapy with Matthew

CBT, Hypnotherapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in Northampton, Northamptonshire

Hypnotherapy | Psychotherapy | Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Northampton

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Albion Consultancy and Treatments in Northampton Town Centre

Areas covered: Northamptonshire | Wellingborough | Kettering | Milton Keynes | Bedfordshire

Treatments offered: CBT | Psychotherapy | Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

Albion Consultancy provides a warm and welcoming environment while still retaining a professional atmosphere for its clients. So if you are looking for top class treatment in warm, relaxing and private surroundings Albion Consultancy is for you.

Matthew Smale your Therapist at Albion Consultancy

With over 14 years of clinical experience Matthew has treated all sorts of people with all sorts of problems.

Matthew belongs to several professional organizations and holds both public liability and professional indemnity insurance to practice Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy.


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About Therapy

The  drive and direction of the therapy is developed during the initial consultation and the first couple of sessions. This provides structure and identifies the goals of treatment and allows Matthew’s clients to concentrate their energies with a clear focus during their therapy providing the focused interventions which keeps the therapy’s brief nature while motivation remains high throughout the treatment.

The goal of the therapy is to integrate or re-integrate important developmental, emotional and psychological learnings in the form of experiences during their lives. In order to allow this change Matthew uses many cognitive and behavioural techniques to give his clients the tools to perceive themselves and the world in different and useful ways thus encouraging new emotional reactions and cognitive processes which produce positive change and remove negative or limiting beliefs about themselves and their lives.

What is C.B.T. ?

C.B.T. is a therapeutic method which encourages re-evaluation of how a person integrates themselves with their world.

crawlingbabyUsing Cognitive Behavioural techniques encourages Matthew’s clients to start to understand their personality and the impact it has on their thought processes and explains how their beliefs were built.

Understanding the influence of others , at an unconscious and conscious level, gains insight into how symptoms can be maintained and negative thinking patterns made worse.

Looking at how his clients think about themselves can start a process of understanding and challenge the negative conditioning which our inner voice/thoughts reinforce every single day.

C.B.T. Provides an non bias look at symptoms and beliefs which negatively affect our lives.

What is Psychodynamic therapy ?

Psychodynamic therapy is basically allowing a person to recall situations, experiences that freely come to mind around a subject. Recall is enhanced by encouraging all details visual, physical sensations and emotions to be included within the experience that comes to mind. These details  which often seem irrelevant or too insignificant in themselves have been proven to enhance memory recall and thus encourage further memories to surface. To allow this process to work efficiently and effectively a non-judgemental atmosphere of understanding and rapport is an important element in the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and client to prevent these seemingly ‘silly’ or sometimes ’embarrassing’ details being left out or left unmentioned.

Hypnosis may or may not be used to encourage relaxation and aid recall dependant on the individual, their expectations and personality. Please note that Hypnosis is not a magical panacea, a cure all that produces powerless recall of any information. It is a psychological tool which when used in a non-suggestive non-directive way can aid recall of experiences.

What is Hypnosis ?

Hypnosis is a state of relaxation and concentration at one with a state of heightened awareness induced by suggestion.imgE

It is a non-addictive power for the good and is a natural manifestation of the mind at work.

Stage hypnosis, hypnotism and misconceptions

It is unfortunate that most people’s first encounter of hypnosis is through watching television and stage hypnotists at work. This can lead people to believe that they may be controlled or manipulated or made to do something silly.

NOTHING could be further from the truth.

At all times you remain in control and perfectly awake. Hypnosis for therapeutic purposes is just about relaxation. You may feel very heavy, relaxed, lethargic or quite light and tingly. It’s just a wonderful, deeply pleasant and relaxing experience.

A good technical definition of hypnosis is: “A state of relaxation and concentration at one with a heightened awareness induced by suggestion”. The word hypnosis is derived from the Greek word ‘hypnos’ meaning ‘to sleep’ but it is actually far from being asleep.

By the time the early users of hypnosis realised this and tried to change the name, it had already stuck.

Hypnosis – true or false?

‘In hypnosis you are asleep’
FALSE – you are wide awake at all times.

‘You can be made to do something against your will’
FALSE – Nobody can make you do anything that you do not want to do.

‘Hypnosis is a natural state of mind’
TRUE – It is completely natural state of concentration and relaxation. It has been used for hundreds of years.

‘There are some people that can’t be hypnotised’
FALSE – Everybody can be, if they want to and when they follow simple instructions on how to relax; excepting persons with learning difficulties, although of course the degree varies from person to person. The only other exception would be people ‘high’ on the effects of alcohol or drugs.

‘You can’t remember what happened’
FALSE – There isn’t any amnesia after hypnosis, you will remember everything that took place.

‘There is no official hypnotherapy regulatory body’
TRUE – At the moment, no one hypnotherapy organisation has any precedence over any other. IAEBP (International Association of Evidence Based Psychotherapy) however is one of the largest and oldest hypnotherapy and hypnoanalysis organisations in the UK and has stood the test of time.

Matthew Smale, Professional Therapist in Northampton, Northamptonshire

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