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One of North Yorkshire's Leading Hypnotherapy Practices. Specialist in anxiety & anxiety
related issues, including: self-esteem & confidence, habits & addictions, depression,
self-belief, fears & phobias, IBS, Sexual issues, OCD and other lifestyle changes.
Become The Person You Want to Be
Welcome to Integrated Hypnotherapy in Scarborough North Yorkshire UK
the website of Alan Gray Clinical Hypnotherapist, Hypnoanalyst, Psychotherapist,
Coach & Master Practitioner Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Sceptical or nervous about hypnosis? Please read on and watch the video below for the facts.
Alan Gray established Scarborough Hypnotherapy in 2006. He is one of North Yorkshire's most qualified and experienced practitioners in Clinical Hypnosis, Psychotherapy, Analytical Hypnotherapy, Inner-child Therapy, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) & Stress Management. Alan has been accredited by the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) since the Professional Standards Authority first opened to Hypnotherapy. He is now a National Board Member, one of only three other top UK elected practitioners. Alan is a Senior Advanced Practitioner on the General Hypnotherapy Register, Fully Accredited by the National Council for Hypnotherapy and Senior Accredited by the National Council of Psychotherapists. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and holds a Master’s Degree in Development Economics. Alan has eclectic life experience across further education, consultancy and business.
National Council for Hypnotherapy
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Certified 5-PATH® Advanced Practitioner
Does worry make you stressed & anxious?
Or stress & anxiety cause you to worry?
work, health, family conflicts, financial worries, housing, guilt, temper,
relationships, past mistakes, changing job, debt, public speaking, moving home,
bereavement, meetings, deadlines, unemployment, appearance, insecurity,
parents, ability, getting older and more!
Why worry, some anxiety & stress is normal.
It keeps us alert, on our toes, focused. Enhances mental & physical performance.
Yet too much is too much! It can lead to stress-related symptoms:
fears, panic attacks, depression, Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS),
self-esteem & confidence issues, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD),
physical diseases, perfectionism, phobias, weaker immunity and more.
Mind-body [psychosomatic] conditions.
Do men and women cope with stress & anxiety differently? An interesting question.
Could be women find it easier to talk about their feelings.
Whereas men can bottle them up.
Believing they need to present a brave face to the world.
Admitting to mental distress can be difficult. Fear is our greatest enemy.
To cope with stress and anxiety some men self-medicate with alcohol &/or drugs.
Women might comfort eat to feel better, or under eat.
Fortunately, men are now becoming more open. Which is, of course, good.
With interchangeable roles, men and women are now becoming
more similar in their coping habits.
Under pressure we can disregard our health. Take too little exercise. Smoke.
Feel demotivated. Eat too much. Drink too much. Neglect personal hygiene. Feel dissatisfied.
Eat unhealthily. Gamble. Lack energy and feel depressed...
Self-esteem suffers. Confidence reduced. Inner-belief undermined. We lose our way...
Yes, our society provides lots of variety and choice. Many goods and services. But there can be a downside. Advertising, product innovation and social media encourage us to believe having more 'things' will make us more & more content. But now we're beginning to doubt if more stuff actually does make us happier.
What really matters?. What makes us fulfilled? Happier. Develop our potential. Creating inner-confidence. Give us a better understanding of our purpose in life. To Become The Person You Want to Be...
Our mind is incredible! When it's focused. Has a strategy. Free of old issues. Bad habits. Resilient. Free from fear & anxious. Healthier & fitter. Mentally stronger. Motivated to succeed. Having wider horizons. To enjoying life each day…
Conditions regularly helped by Alan Gray at Scarborough Hypnotherapy include:
anxiety, depression, stress, panic attacks, weight loss, stop smoking,
many fears & phobias, Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS), insomnia, addictions,
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), alcohol misuse, low self-confidence,
fear of public speaking, fear of flying, driving test nerves, pain management,
exam or interview anxiety, social phobia, emetaphobia, emotional issues,
low self-esteem, relationships, sexual problems,
unhealthy eating habits and gambling addiction.
Alan is client focused: understanding, supportive and down to earth.
An approach that encourages self-awareness and development.
Please do use our search facility to find your own interest. You don't have to read all the site, but do so if you have time! Give Alan a call and come along for a FREE Informal Consultation – a chat to see how you can be helped. Incidentally, hypnosis will not be used at this time. Alan looks forward to meeting you.
Sometimes we know that things need to change...for health reasons, relationships, peace-of-mind, our future happiness, even our sanity!
To many people this means: being less anxious, to not worry, become more confident, free from depression, clear of undesirable habits, more optimistic & positive, less stressed and having an inner self-confidence.
Will hypnosis control my mind?
The answer is certainly not, you won't be controlled in any way. In fact, for many people a hypnotic trance is a frequently accessed state of mind. It's when we daydream. Access our inner thoughts. As distinct from being externally focused, when we need to concentrate.
Fortunately we don't need to consciously think through every part our life. Having 'automatic' thoughts and actions (mind-matters) saves time and effort. These are our habits, many of which will be well established. Some good, some bad. Habits are engaged when the analytical part of the mind is resting. Being lazy, if you like. Then we are on 'automatic pilot'. Able to do things without the effort of thinking. Such as smoking, comfort eating, nail biting, being pessimistic...there's a long list.
With our range of well-rehearsed habits we could literally 'daydream' our way through life. Not that we should, of course! Because having conscious awareness in thoughts and actions is essential for sensible logical cognitive decisions. Making beneficial changes. Developing knowledge and skills.
When we are internally focused we are in a daydream. In other words, self-absorbed in a trance. The depth of that trance will vary. Sometimes out of the blue a thought may appear that reminds us of a need. A relaxed mind allow subconscious thoughts to become more consciously accessible. Out of the blue, we might be reminded of something we need to do.
Then we can access the 'back of our mind' including: memories and their associated feelings, perceptions, hopes, plans, fears, confidence, beliefs, habits, doubts, imagination, creativity and self-esteem.
These are elements of our personality, influenced by past experiences, developed beliefs and knowledge. Added to our genetic inheritance. There will certainly be an emotional dimension, particularly arising from the formative years. We absorb so much when we are young. Other aspects of our personality will be contributed by the conscious mind.
Stress arises when there is conflict between the conscious and subconscious. For example, a subconscious smoking habit might conflict with a conscious need (for health reasons) to become a committed non-smoker.
Which is why natural hypnosis is so powerful. There are no side-effects, other than being relaxed. It is highly effective at reprogramming the subconscious to facilitate change. Restoring harmony, removing habits, so you become less stressed & anxious.
Had enough of anxiety, want to boost your self-esteem and confidence, feel better about yourself, and have a healthier relationship with food and drink?
You might want to be more successful at work and gain promotion.
Perhaps there are 'bottled-up' feelings from childhood that need resolving.
Discover your true self.
Alan Gray has a professional, friendly and empathic approach to help you move forward with a positive and optimistic outlook.
He has a passion to help people overcome limiting beliefs, addictions, negative feelings and undesirable habits.
Perhaps you can relate to some of the following:
Struggle with your weight?
Lack confidence or self-esteem?
Want to free yourself from habits?
Feel depressed? Have relationship issues?
Are hooked on alcohol, gambling or cigarettes?
Suffer from stress, anxiety or panic attacks?
Life is rarely all plain sailing, help is here to get you back on track
What Clients Say
"I came to see you for several sessions to help me with my social phobia/anxiety. I honestly don't know if I have ever told you what a huge difference you made to my life. I had reached a point in my life where I knew I had a problem, you were the person who started me on the path to coping and understanding it. I am forever in your debt for that". Philip
"After trying almost everything to stop smoking (without success), I came to see Alan for a stop smoking hypnotherapy session. Not knowing what to expect, Alan put me at ease and it turned out to be a very pleasant and relaxing experience.
It's now been 10 years since I touched a cigarette, I've never looked back or missed smoking - almost like Alan turned a switch off in my head. Best thing I've done for my health EVER! Can't thank Alan enough". Ross S Anderson, Director Radar Music Videos
“I attended an interview last week and I felt very relaxed and confident, Hence a phone call this morning with an offer of the job, how great is that!” Brenda
“I visited Alan Gray earlier this year as I was experiencing personal problems. On my first visit I found Alan to be a person who never judges you, but who was quite happy to sit and listen to the problems I was experiencing. The more sessions I attended the more I found I was able to talk openly about my troubles. The hypnotherapy I underwent has made me stronger as a person and all this is down to one person: Alan Gray. I would not hesitate to seek treatment from Alan in the future if I need to”. Stephen
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for giving me my life back. When I wake in the morning I'm ready to face the world with confidence and relish. Once again Alan many thanks. If it wasn't for you I would still be suffering from the problems that you have been able to resolve with your patient treatment and also sense of humour and understanding”.Steve.
“I went to hypnotherapy to seek help for a phobia that I have had for as long as I can remember and I thought I was going to have it forever. When I went to Alan I was skeptical however I was greeted with a lovely, chatty gentleman who made me feel very at ease and after my first session with him I saw a drastic improvement in my phobia. I had 3 sessions and my phobia has disappeared and I can now live without the limitations that my phobia caused me. I never thought it would be so easy to get rid of but it was. I would highly recommend Alan to anyone”. Jade-Taylor.
“I feel good, I'm more confident, more positive and of course that has an effect on everything - life's pretty good, so thank you! Alison.
“Saw Alan Gray for one hour some 18 months ago and have not smoked since!” Frank.
“I had to give a talk to a group of important people at college and was terrified by the thought! Hypnotherapy gave me the confidence I needed”. Susan.
“Hi Alan, after our last session my weight has dropped over half a stone!” Suzi.
“I think your previous client was right and you do have a magic wand! I'm very happy, thank you”. Michelle, Travel Sickness Client.
“I consulted Alan Gray for an anxiety problem and found him understanding and kind. Alan tailored my treatment to address my individual needs which gave me a better perspective on a number of personal issues”. Joanne
“I had struggled for over a year with an irrational thought that my teeth were going to fall out. I had had a bad experience with a dentist and through lack of communication on his part, got it into my head that they would fall out. I left the dentist immediately and joined a new one who confirmed my teeth were NOT going to fall out. However, I had already started with symptoms of nightmares, pain and severe psychological stress. I had X-rays, numerous check ups and even though these were clear, I still believed my teeth were falling out. I decided to go and see Alan, as he had helped me in the past. After as little as three sessions with him, all may fears had gone. In time, the physical symptoms I had created lifted and the nightmares stopped. Approximately 18 months of pain finally gone and the best part is I believe everything my new dentist says now and have a great relationship with the Practice. Thank you Alan”. Fiona.
“After four failed attempts to pass my driving test due to extreme anxiety I decided to have hypnotherapy and chose Alan Gray because I could see that he had qualifications and plenty of experience. On my initial assessment session with Alan I was quite sceptical and suspected that hypnotherapy might not work, but thought I would give it a try because I had tried everything else. Alan was very welcoming and I felt at ease immediately. Even as I laid listening to Alan there were parts of me that thought 'this is not going to work', but I persevered and stayed for the session. On the day of my driving test I felt different, I was still anxious, but this time I could focus. To my surprise my anxiety felt manageable and I could fully concentrate and even my mind slowed down. I would really like to thank Alan because I passed my driving test on the day”. Adele
Alan's full qualifications and accreditations are listed on the About Alan page.
His professional memberships include:
• Senior Advanced Practitioner, General Hypnotherapy Register
• Accredited Member, National Council for Hypnotherapy
• Full Member, The Hypnotherapy Association
• Senior Accredited Member, National Council of Psychotherapists
Alan is also registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). This is the government approved Department of Health Quality Standard for Hypnotherapy. He was one of the first UK Hypnotherapists to be accepted by this regulatory body back in 2011. Hypnotherapists registered with the CNHC satisfy high professional and ethical standards.
At all times you will find Alan Gray understanding, fully supportive, down to earth and non-judgemental.
If now is the time to make positive changes to your life, then start by contacting
Alan Gray today by phone or text: 07722 071217
or email: email@example.com
• Alan will arrange an appointment in the near future that suits you best.
• Confidentially discuss your needs before beginning therapy.
• Provide full professional support throughout your time with him.
Aspects of What Makes Us Who We Are
Our mind influences every part of who we are: from the immune system, our breathing, heart beat, to how we mentally perceive reality. Many functions are autonomic, others require conscious effort.
Compared to a computer, the brain is our tangible hardware and our mind the intangible software. Genetically formed and programmed from the beginning, then reprogrammed over time through experience. It is the 'personalization' of the brain, individually making us who we are.
Thoughts exist on three levels: past, present and future. And our mind is able to drift from the present, into past memories and on into an imagined future. With focusing on the present requiring varying levels of concentration.
Most people only spend some half of their waking hours in focused concentration. The rest is when we’re on 'automatic pilot'- in a light hypnotic trance – in effect daydreaming...
Long past events may seem to have occurred quite recently. Yesterday's experience may be remembered as if in the distant past...memories can be fleeting or well established, short or long-term.
The past is our personal perception of reality. It's what we believe happened, not necessarily what actually happened moment by moment. Because the mind rationalizes & summarizes, processes events and stores emotions.
Equally the subconscious is our stock of memories, feelings and beliefs. Good, bad or indifferent. And we access this 'back of our mind' content in daydreams and dreaming in sleep. The content of daydreams can pass unless we consciously note their content. Often we don't. Dreams are not always recalled either, but a necessary part of our mental health.
The subconscious gives us an innate ability to 'think outside the box'. It is the source of our creativity.
Research studies have shown that the mind also plays a pivotal role in physical health. It regulate and influence thousands of functions automatically, from enzymes production to breathing and heartbeat, including the immune system.
Research has also demonstrated that the placebo effect is more powerful than previous thought. The mind can influence the body simply through a belief that change will occur.
But being largely focused on physical disease, conventional medicine tends to 'pay lip service' to the mind and it's effect on health. It is the elephant in the room. Always there but not fully acknowledged.
Physical, and even mental dis-eases, are largely seen as malfunctions of biochemical and microbiological systems. GPs don't have time in a 10 minute appointment to consider mind in the equation. Perhaps to their frustration, since getting to know the patient as fully as possible is important for good healthcare.
The mind is our intriguing 'central processor'. Mind influences body, body influences mind. Forming a looped network of fundamental importance.
Thought patterns and physical acts develop over time through repetition. They become habits. Habits by-pass the conscious & critical analytical mind. They become conditioned responses and don't involve conscious effort.
Past events are interpreted and consolidated into memories. The most vivid will have emotional content which act as a 'hook' for memory recall. These facilitate a rapid response to events, often as a protective defense mechanism.
We experience present events of course though our five senses – sight, hearing, smell, taste & touch.
Some people are naturally visual (artistic) – they perceive and store memories pictorially. Others have a more listening ear (auditory). Yet others have a 'feeling' empathetic, or emotional personality. We all attune with the environment a little differently.
Experiences too will be influenced by past events and prejudices. Such memories can filter out what we unconsciously believe to be irrelevant or unacceptable. And often based on our knowledge and feelings we tend to:
see what we want to see, hear what we want to hear...Another habit which is unconscious.
Of course, the future has not yet happen. But fortunately we have the capability to imagine. To create possibilities in our mind.
Imagination stimulates us to innovate. Respond to uncertainty. And although logic can move us towards a goal, emotional reasons are often stronger at maintaining our motivation. Particularly when we seek to change.
An imagination which allows expansive thinking is often the seeds of ambition.
Intuition is also a subconscious function based on accumulated knowledge and emotions. An intuitive ('gut') feeling, arises from nerve endings in the digestive system. This is there to facilitate rapid (unconscious) decisions and action.
Relaxing the mind allows easier access to the subconscious.
Which is what happens in hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy is about beneficially influencing the subconscious.
In contrast, the analytical part of the mind is linear, cognitive and largely logical. Less emotional. Needed for problem solving. Operating like a computer.
Our conscious and subconscious should work together.
But the conscious, like the captain of a ship, should lead the way.
Learn from the past, build the future.
For most people their mother and father are their first experience of a relationship.
A son's bond with his mother can become a 'default template' to the future relationships he has with women. If this is negative it needs to be acknowledged, reviewed and modified.
Equally a girl's bond, or lack of it, with her father can set the unconscious tone of her later relationships with men.
When growing up most children spend a lot of time with our parents. They will absorb many parental attributes and mannerisms, good or bad. Grand parents, teachers and others in regular contact can also have an influence on character development.
The seeds of optimism and pessimism can be planted early in life too. Children absorb the moods of adults from an early age, including levels of pessimism, or optimism, and a sense of humour. Later as adults we know which personality is most attractive.
Whether an optimist or a pessimist, every human being has unique qualities. And labeling people as a psychological or psychiatric type is rarely helpful.
Why has hypnotherapy not been researched as extensively as medical treatments?
The answer is money. The pharmaceutical industry, on which many medical treatments are based, simply has massive financial resources. Drug companies have the funds to substantially promote their products.
They use standardized double-blind trials. These measure the effectiveness of a new medication against a dummy (placebo) pill. Trials are designed so both patient and researcher are unaware of which pill (real or dummy) is the one being taken by different patients. The results form the basis of initial evidenced-based testing.
In contrast, during a hypnotherapy session the patient is well aware they are receiving treatment. There's no hiding the fact. So double-blind tests used to measure the effectiveness of new medication are inappropriate to hypnotherapy. A standardized therapist does not exist. They come in all shapes, sizes, abilities and personalities, as do clients!
You simply can't standardize a hypnotherapy session as you can a drug formulation. Even if a standard approach (same words) is used, both the therapist and the style of delivery still vary.
Starting in 1984 one interesting area of hypnotherapy research into Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS) has been led by Dr Peter Whorwell, a Professor of Medicine & Gastroenterology at Manchester University.
Professor Whorwell has clearly demonstrated the measured benefits of using clinical hypnosis to address this difficult condition compared to conventional treatments. Conventional medicine does not have answers and Whorwell's results with clinical hypnosis substantially exceeded drug treatments. And without of the side-effects of medication too.
Such positive results however have remained strangely 'misunderstood' or ignored by many of Professor Whorwell's medical colleagues. It seems clinical hypnosis assessment by the medical profession is still erroneously based on the double-blind trials used for drugs. This has limited evidenced-based testing of hypnotherapy. Vested interests or not, drug sales are big business.
Please note: Information on this website is provided for general educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute (i) medical advice or counselling, (ii) the practice of medicine including psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy or the provision of health care diagnosis or treatment, (iii) the creation of a physician patient or clinical relationship. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem contact your doctor or healthcare provider. As with all medical and therapeutic treatments, it is not possible to offer a guarantee of effectiveness. Each person is different in their response and will have varying motivations.
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