Bonnie Silverback Therapies

Counselling and Hypnotherapy

Therapies to help with anxiety… pain… PTSD and trauma… depression… grief… fears and phobias.

Maybe you have had enough of living with physical or emotional pain… Grieving the loss of a loved one…

Or are you struggling to live with unresolved past issues… Maybe a relationship break down has left you wondering who you even are and if you could do ‘all that’ again…

If you have answered YES to any of the above, or there is something else I can help you with and you are seriously ready to make the changes then please get in touch.

I help my clients using the following techniques…


Hypnosis is simply an altered state of awareness that is generally called a trance. It is a natural state whereby your focus of attention is inward, rather than on what is around you. Everyone has experienced this trance state many times in their lives. Common examples are getting lost in a daydream, being absorbed in a good book or T.V. programme and being unaware of things going on around you, and driving your car safely yet being unaware of much of what happened during the journey.

Contrary to popular belief, when you are hypnotised you are NOT asleep or unconscious. Everyone experiences trance differently. Some describe it as a drifting or floating sensation, a feeling of heaviness, lightness or deep relaxation. Other people simply feel relaxed and don’t even feel like they are in a trance. For most forms of treatment it doesn’t matter if you go into a light or deep trance. However you experience going into a trance, it will be just as effective. In the relaxed state of hypnosis, you are aware and in control, in fact your concentration and awareness actually become heightened. In this altered state of awareness your unconscious mind can become highly responsive and will accept the changes you want to make quickly and easily.

BLAST Technique

When we have a traumatic experience, we can be left suffering with the emotional effects of the trauma. This is because the trauma hasn’t been processed properly in the limbic system. Neuroscience research shows that structures in the right side/hemisphere of the brain are overactive and acting as if there is an immediate threat in sufferers of PTSD and trauma.

The BLAST Technique helps clients to revisit their traumatic experience whilst stimulating normal communication between the hemispheres of the brain. This allows the brain to reprocess the experience in a ‘normal’ way, allowing the individual to understand what happened and remember it, but without the same physical or emotional response. There are case studies which show PTSD has been altered in just one session using this technique.

All BLAST Technique practitioners are registered and have a unique registration number. Mine is BL16311

I am delighted to now be an Advanced BLAST Technique Practitioner, my registratoin number is ABL18173

The Swan Protocol

The Swan Protocol, created by Bob Burns, is a relatively new hypnotherapy technique for establishing direct communication with the unconscious mind.

The Swan is something quite unique. It is like an ideomotor response, but clearly not at the same time. It’s often more emotive and expressive with its reflex responses. It’s done without trance, but can be used to induce trance.

You can often get it to write, speak or even get up and walk or dance!

It’s a direct and easy way to talk to the unconscious or parts within and get clear feedback of its response.

The Swan is visually compelling, unambiguous and genuinely useful for clearing blockages, resolving unconscious problems and enhancing the focus on positive goals.


Integral Eye Movement Therapy is a brief change work process that generates rapid change in the area of undesired emotional and identity issues. The techniques used within IEMT will look to answer the question……. ‘How did you learn to feel THIS way, about THAT thing?’

Emotional imprinting occurs when a person stores in their mind a new emotional response to an experience or stimulus, which they then carry forward and use in future situations. When a person first experiences negative emotional feelings, they store the memory by thinking, ‘This has happened and that makes me unhappy’. If they continue to keep going back to the memory they have stored over a long period of time they move on from just experiencing the feeling of ‘unhappiness’ and begin to create an identity ‘I am an unhappy person’ or ‘I am depressed’. So, emotional imprinting occurs when a person stores in their mind a new emotional response to an experience or stimulus, which they then carry forward and use in future situations, and identity imprinting occurs during lifelong development and is constantly evolving and changing.

Once an emotion becomes an identity it feels like it is a massive part of your life, because you have in a sense, chosen to carry it around with you as your identity. So it is there when you wake up and with you until you go to bed, just like all your other identites……. ‘I am a mum’ ‘I am a doctor’ ‘I am depressed’…… This is when you begin to feel overwhelmed by that emotion and you feel like you can not get out of the situation you are in.

How can IEMT help?

When we are asked to think about any memory or feeling or thought, our eyes move in certain directions. They are doing this as they are searching in different parts of your brain for the information that you are asking for. IEMT works with these eye accessing cues, along with the feelings or identity you are experiencing and helps dissasociate the emotion from the stored memories. The result of this is that the feeling or imagery loses its emotional impact and becomes far less.

The change is rapid and effective.