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Review of Cognitive Hypnotherapy and NLP evening for the RCM

23 June, 2015

Review of Cognitive Hypnotherapy and NLP evening for the RCM

Royal College of Midwives members from The Park Maternity Unit Huntingdon, gathered for a fun evening in the partnership suite at Hinchingbrooke on the 18th June. The atmosphere was charged with anticipation as the sceptics and those intrigued waited. Alison Knowles (published children’s book author, cognitive therapist, hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner) delivered an evening of empowering therapy techniques utilising her extensive range of skills to tailor a holistic client centred experience. Alison believes that ‘all behaviour serves a purpose’ and introduced techniques of ‘pattern interrupt’ to deal with stress and anxiety and help members deal with the demanding role they have in today’s NHS.

Alison works with clients on issues of anxiety, depression, pain issues, stress management, smoking cessation, eating disorders and addictions to name but a few. Empowering clients to take control of their own lives and draw on their own strengths to unlock self esteem and confidence. This was very evident from the technique she demonstrated on the evening using ‘Parts therapy’. As specialist midwife for vulnerable women I am always open to new ideas to support colleagues and women and Alison gave practical strategies which midwives could briefly use with the women they are caring for. There is vast evidence and NICE guidelines supporting the use of guided self help and cognitive therapy for women with mental health needs in the perinatal period. In addition there is growing evidence emerging of the effectiveness of hypnotherapy and mindfulness techniques, to reduce stress and anxiety which directly reduces morbidity for the developing baby, by reducing cortisol levels. As part of my role I have jointly developed with my perinatal mental health colleague, a group for women called Time Understanding Mum (TUM). We found mindfulness to be a highly effective intervention at significantly reducing anxiety and depression scores. I look forward to working with Alison in taking these services forward for women and the future generations. Halting the cycle before it begins is an opportunity midwives are privileged to have access to. 

Feedback on the evening was very positive from all attendees and ranged from ‘brilliant- just brilliant’ to ‘I was blown away’ and ‘she is so funny’ I was asked ‘when can we have her back’? The midwives and MCA’s attending engaged enthusiastically and asked lots of questions making it a very interactive session. All requested Alison to come back for a full day course of empowering techniques: encompassing the concepts of promoting positive pregnancies, empowering birthing and mindfulness. And requesting help with managing their own stress levels: such as anxiety around being on calls, switching off after difficult days at work and work and family life balance.

We look forward to welcoming Alison back for this full day and will advertise the dates once it’s been planned. In the meantime you contact Alison at via email at ali@thehypnohut.com and visit her website at www.thehypnohut.com or see her Facebook Page Please look out for her book being released 30th June ‘Ollie and his Superpowers’ which I recommend for anybody working with children, anyone who is a parent of a child and for all children over the age of seven.

Review by: Nicky Pearson-Day, Specialist Midwife for Vulnerable Women, The Park Maternity Unit, Huntingdon.

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