This is the "psychology2 department of the Optimum health clinicFor specific information on treatments for M.E., please click here to visit our specialist M.E. website Psychology Our psychology department is run with the same emphasis towards integration of ideas as our nutrition department, and our practitioners are specialists in four key areas: Hypnotherapy Hypnotherapy is the use of the hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. This is either through accessing a trance state where we are more in touch with our unconscious mind (which is responsible for controlling most of our behaviours in life) or through being able to change our behaviours in a more conscious state. What is particularly valuable about working with hypnosis is having the ability to use language in a way which can change a person’s ongoing experience, either with or without their awareness. Over recent years hypnosis, through mediums such as stage hypnosis, has developed a reputation for being manipulative and misused. The style of hypnosis taught on The Optimum Health Clinic’s courses is permissive and empathic, and so although still very powerful, is driven by ethics and compassion. NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) NLP is the science of understanding how people create their experience of the world, and how this can be changed. It was originally created by Dr Richard Bandler and Dr John Grinder in the 1970s, and has been developed by a number of different clinicians and practitioners since that time. NLP effectively provides the tools and processes to work with patients’ conscious and unconscious minds. NLP is most famous for its ability to wipe out life long phobias in as little as a few minutes, but it has groundbreaking applications in a whole range of therapeutic areas. Life coaching Life coaching is about finding out where people are, where they want to be, and then helping them create a plan to get there. This provides a much more focused approach to therapy than the more traditional psychotherapeutic model of just looking at someone’s past. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) EFT works on the premise that all negative emotion is stored as an imbalance in the energy system. Therefore, by tuning into emotional issues, and then tapping on various acupuncture points, it is possible to help people let go of emotional issues that they have felt trapped by for years. Many of our practitioners are also trainers on our professional training courses, more information on these can be found in the “Training” section of this site. To discuss your individual situation and how we could help you move forwards, please click here to book a free 15 minute chat.