hypnotherapy by Leonie

Hello, I`m Drs. Leonie Dijkhuizen

Hypnotherapy is one of the oldest forms of psychotherapy, using hypnosis, also called trance. You are already unconsciously familiar with it, because you often experience moments of trance every day. For example when you watch a movie or read a good book and in many other situations. There is of course nothing wrong with this, it is nice to be able to rely on the automatic pilot. But what if this autopilot pulls the strings too much, too often or too hard. Then you quickly experience a problem. The automatic pilot ensures that you act and think according to old patterns that you once built up in your (early) childhood. Perhaps these patterns were very effective in the past and helped you well at the time. The question, however, is whether these patterns are still that effective now that you are an adult?

Rest assured that your unconscious carries a solution to break these patterns. Trance helps you with this. As a result, you determine how you react, think, feel and act. The trick is to learn to recognize your hidden qualities and to use them consciously. Because the effects of trance also continue after the session, you will quickly notice lasting positive results!

For anyone looking for short-term therapy with which you can deal with complaints quickly, flexibly and purposefully.

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Hypnotherapy for children

For children, reality and imagination are much more in line with each other. Due to their vivid imagination, children easily switch between reality and imagination. And this quality comes in handy when hypnosis is used. There is a concentrated relaxation, nothing more and a little less! For example, children experience moments like this when they are completely absorbed in their play. Hypnosis appeals to the imagination, children enjoy using it. Hypnosis in children is increasingly used by the medical world for the treatment of (chronic) pain complaints during medical procedures, but also for abdominal pain and bedwetting. Scientific research has shown that (self) hypnosis in children with chronic abdominal pain or a spastic bowel has proven effective. One year after the treatment with hypnosis, 85% of the children are pain-free, compared to 25% of the children who received regular treatment. The short-term treatment (approximately 6 sessions or less) is suitable for children from 6 years old who suffer from: irritable bowel syndrome, migraine/(tension) headache, (chronic) pain complaints, bedwetting, fears and phobias.

Irritable bowl syndrome

A separate specialization within hypnotherapy is the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), better known as spastic bowel. The main symptoms are stomach pain and problems with bowel movements, such as diarrhea or constipation. The cause of IBS is not yet known. Regular treatments, such as medicines and dietary instructions, often do not give the desired result. Scientific research has shown that hypnotherapy is an extremely effective treatment method. In 80% of the clients the complaints disappear completely and in 20% of the complaints are greatly reduced. I work according to a program that consists of about 6 sessions and is aimed at physical recovery and an undisturbed bowel movement.

smoking habit
stress and burnout
fears & phobias
grief counselling
sleeping problems
chronic pain
eating problems
and others . . .
Leonie Dijkhuizen

My family and friends describe me as curious, thoughtful, level-headed, understanding and goal-oriented, and that’s how I work as a therapist. In 2008 I successfully completed my training at the Dutch Academy for Psychotherapy in Amsterdam to start working as a hypnotherapist. I have experienced this four-year course in Integrative Psychotherapy and Integrative Hypnotherapy as very educational. Still, I believe that basically the qualities to become a good therapist have always been there. My aim as a therapist is to get you back in touch with your own possibilities and qualities. This allows you to face the challenges that life brings you with confidence and on your own strength. As a practitioner I want to be there for my client and guide you in the change process. Since change is a continuous process, you do that in between sessions, when you are at home or at work, when you are bothered by your complaint. If you can say at the end of the treatment that you have become more yourself, then the therapy has been successful!