Natural Resources

Wellbeing  •  Personal & Professional Development

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Coronavirus update: As per NCH guidelines, I am currently conducting all hypnotherapy sessions via video link (Zoom, Skype, etc). Studies have shown thatvia-video hypnotherapy is still highly effective, whether dealing with anxiety and stress, changing habits, or giving up smoking. Please for details and to book an appointment.


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Welcome to the Natural Resources website. Based in Matlock, in the beautiful Peak District, my aim is to help you find stability in a changing world.

I offer therapy based around hypnotherapy and related techniques, guiding you in an exploration of the many different factors – relationships with people and places, activities, expectations, ways of being and thinking – that influence your wellbeing. Some of these you will share with others; others will be distinctively ‘you’. Hypnotherapy sessions can help you to change unwanted behaviour, adapt to challenging situations, see things more clearly, and learn to become more confident and resilient. Nature Hypnosis sessions, which combine elements of hypnosis and ecotherapy, can be both therapeutic and helpful for self-realisation.

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I also provide services specifically for Personal & Professional Development through Workshops & Talks, Consultancy & Research, and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events. Whether you are motivated to improve your career prospects, your business, or simply wish to gain new knowledge and new skills for personal interest, I can help you to boost your confidence and achieve your full potential.

I am a qualified hypnotherapist, registered with the National Council for Hypnotherapy and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), and combine this with my knowledge and experience from 20+ years of academic research, teaching and practise in psychology, physiology and ecopsychology.

Whatever your needs, please feel free to contact me to discuss your circumstances. I am happy to talk over email, phone or text (contact details are at the bottom of the page). More details on what I offer, including fees and what to expect in a therapy session, can be found by following the links above.

Page last modified: 18 August 2020

Paul Stevens

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Online sessions

The move to using video chat for hypnotherapy sessions was something I originally thought would be a bit awkward. But it's actually turned out to be better in many ways: clients can wear headphones if they wish, which cuts down on external noise and often leads to them finding it easier to listen to me; there's no travel, so it's been easier to fit appointment times into people's busy schedules; and, most importantly, clients can be in a familiar environment, which enhances the entire process. It's been quite a revelation that online hypnotherapy has the same feel as face-to-face and, if it becomes more of a standard practice, ultimately allows clients a much wider choice of hypnotherapist, no matter where they live.So if you've been wondering what it would be like, why not give it a go and see for yourself!  [Link]

Natural Hypnosis

I've just had a research paper published in "The Humanistic Psychologist", looking at one type of ecotherapy (therapeutic horticulture: a process that uses plants and plant-related activities through which participants strive to improve their well-being through active or passive involvement) from a hypnosis perspective. There are so many parallels in the way natural environments, or even natural imagery, affect us: an initial 'induction' process as we slow down and engage with nature; a change in mental state that enhances feelings of connection; seeing symbolic meaning in the world around us; and boosting confidence and self-esteem. Therapy in natural environments, and using hypnotic techniques in therapeutic horticulture, are both ways of enhancing outcomes. [Link]

Finding a balance

The stories we are told, and those we tell ourselves, have a profound effect on how we feel and how we give meaning to what happens to us. The media is a good example of this: bad news sells more papers. As a result, we think that this is representative of what is actually happening in the world and then interpret everything in those terms. Unpleasant experiences are seen as typical, pleasant ones as unusual. How often have you thought to yourself "This won't end well - that's just how things are'? Our brains excel at seeing patterns, at making generalisations. This is a very useful, very powerful talent. But to do it well, we need to make sure that the raw material -- facts, figures, opinions, basic information about the world -- is representative and accurate. So when everything appears gloomy, seek out the positives. Find a balanced view. Putting the negative stuff in proportion, giving it a context, might be one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself.  [Link]