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What is Cognitive Hypnotherapy?

Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a modern approach to Hypnotherapy. It was pioneered and developed by the Internationally acclaimed Trainer, Therapist and Author Trevor Silvester.

Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy is described by it's founder Trevor Silvester as:

 "A way of thinking that takes anything that works and applies it in the context that is right for the client at the moment it is right... In this respect it is not a 'style of therapy, more a style of thinking that guides therapy."

The Quest Institute is the home of Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy. It is Based at Regent's University London, and is an Internationally recognised Training School.

Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy utilizes the latest exciting research from the fields of Neuro Science and Positive Psychology, giving it's practitioners access to the most recent studies on how the human brain works.

Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy draws on a range of therapeutic approaches such as Neuro Linguistic Programming (N.L.P), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (C.B.T), Gestalt Therapy, and Positive Psychology, all of which provide the therapist with an array of techniques to help the client find the best solution to their problem. 

Find out more about the pioneer and creator of Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy, Trevor Silvester. 

The core beliefs that guide the Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy approach:

  • All behaviour has a positive purpose, and people are doing the best they can  with what they have available at that moment.

  • People have everything they need to solve their issues.

  • The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you develop an internal locus of control, where you are in charge of how you respond to life.

  • All problems are created by the mind, and so are all solutions.

  • Trance is an everyday phenomenon present in every problem and so it is also an aid to the person’s solution.

The Everyday Nature of Trance describes how trance states are a normal part of our everyday life.


We all experience them regularly on a day to day basis, by this we mean things like daydreaming in a meeting, travelling somewhere and not remembering a single thing about the journey, or being so absorbed in a T.V show or book that we lose awareness of what is going on around us.


Scientific research has shown that we are actually in these 'Everyday Trance States' for approximately 90 % of the time, that means that 90% of our behaviour is Unconsciously driven. So in a sense, Cognitive Hypnotherapists work to take a person out of the negative trance they have gone into whilst doing their problem. 

Cognitive Hypnotherapy also holds the view that 'all behaviour has a positive intention', in short this means that our brains are hardwired to instinctively drive us towards behaviours that are pleasurable/rewarding, and away from behaviours that are potentially painful. Cognitive Hypnotherapy supposes that when a person is young, their brain makes 'processing errors' in the way that they perceive, interpret and understand information surrounding certain events and situations. These 'errors' can lead to a person developing a 'closed view' of problem situations, which reduces their choice of possible behaviours and reactions. 


The good news is that the human brain is 'plastic', and constantly changing, and it is this 'plasticity' that Cognitive Hypnotherapists use in order to help the client to learn new more positive behaviours, allowing them to 'update' their understanding of their problem. 

Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy differs from traditional mainstream Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis mainly because it is not a 'one size fits all' approach to therapy, rather every client is seen as an individual, having a bespoke treatment plan created for them. Working in this way and treating every client as being unique ensures that the client will be worked with in their own unique 'model of the world'. So even if two clients presented for therapy with the same problem or phobia, every treatment plan and resulting course of therapy would be different and specific to the individual. 

Click here to watch a brief explanation of Q.C.H

The Quest Institute has recently completed a pioneering research study (Published in the 'Mental Health Review Journal, September 2015) providing proof that as a therapy, Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy works and is more effective than Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.


Read about the study and the results here.

Click here to find out more about how Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy can help. 

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