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What is Hypnosis?
Therapy by trance state (or an altered state of awareness) is one of the oldest phenomena known to man and is found, in one form or another, in virtually every culture throughout the world. Clients can sometimes be concerned that they will “lose control” or divulge ‘secrets’ they do not wish to whilst under hypnosis. Hypnosis generates a relaxed and comfortable feeling. Hypnosis for therapeutic purposes is just about relaxation. You may feel very heavy, peaceful, lethargic or quite light and tingly. It is a wonderful, deeply pleasant and relaxing experience.
Clients remain in full control of the situation. It is unfortunate that most people's first encounter of hypnosis is through watching television and stage hypnotists at work. This can lead people to believe that they may be controlled or manipulated or made to do something silly. Clients are fully able to talk if they wish to and cannot be made to do anything against their usual ethical or moral judgement or belief.
Hypnosis is a completely natural state of mind that many of us have experienced before and is likened to ‘day-dreaming. When a person is in hypnosis they feel deeply relaxed, calm and at peace, yet still fully aware and in complete control.
Hypnosis is essentially a connection between two parts of the mind: the conscious, logical part of the mind, which is usually linked to the left side of the brain; and the subconscious, creative part of the mind, which is attributed to the right side of the brain. Once a person feels pleasantly relaxed their conscious mind quietens down allowing the subconscious mind to become more open and receptive. It is this connection to the subconscious which allows positive suggestions for change to take place.
Hypnotherapy can be very effective for so many problems especially ones that occur because emotions and habits. Hypnosis cannot actually cure physical illnesses such as heart defects etc. however, it can help with the immune system, making it stronger and also help to change our attitude towards illness. Hypnosis can help with many emotional problems such as reducing anxiety, depression, boosting confidence/self esteem. It can also be very effective with such things as exam nerves, public speaking, meetings at work, social situations etc.
Hypnotherapy uses guided relaxation, visualisation and suggestion to bring about change. It allows people to explore painful thoughts, memories and feelings that may have been hidden from their conscious minds. The hypnotic state can make people better able to respond to suggestions. Hypnotherapy can help some people change certain deep-rooted behaviours, such as smoking or nail-biting. It can also help people change perceptions and sensations, and is particularly useful in treating pain.
In a therapeutic situation hypnosis is achieved by the therapist giving calming instructions to physically and mentally relax a client. When a client is sufficiently relaxed, therapy can begin. This is known as ‘hypnotherapy’
Hypnotherapy can help with a wide range of issues such as:-
• Panic Attacks
• Social Phobia
• Post Traumatic Stress
• Fear of Flying
• Low self esteem
• Social Phobia
• Pain Management
• Smoking Cessation
• Public Speaking
• Unwanted Habits
• Unwanted/irrational thoughts
• Sexual problems
• Premature Ejaculation
• Bed Wetting in Children
• Preparing for Childbirth
• Fear of being sick (Emetophobia)
• Childhood Trauma
• Poor self image
• Weight Loss
One definition is: Hypnosis is a state of mind, enhanced by (although not exclusively) mental and physical relaxation, in which the subconscious is able to communicate with our conscious mind
Hypnotherapy is different from other forms of therapy in that it attempts to address the client’s subconscious mind. Hypnotherapy requires the client to be in, but not always, a relaxed state. It often uses the power of the client’s own imagination. and may utilise a wide range of techniques from story telling, visualisation, metaphor or symbolism and o the use of direct suggestions for beneficial change.
However, the most important thing is that a client should expect to feel relaxed and at ease with their therapist. This is of particular importance in Hypnotherapy, in which the value of the treatment is greatly enhanced when there is confidence in the practitioner. For this reason, I suggest, booking an initial session to ascertain whether you feel comfortable and happy to work with me
I often combine hypnotherapy with other appropriate counselling and therapeutic techniques. This has proved extremely useful with clients.
Who can be hypnotised?
Virtually everyone can be hypnotised”. However, it is true to say that some are more readily hypnotisable than others and that it will also depend upon one’s willingness to be hypnotised at the time. The level of trance obtained does not relate to the beneficial results that may be obtained.
If you are unsure whether hypnotherapy may help you, please feel free to telephone to discuss.
Fees for hypnotherapy - 1 hour session is £50.00. I usually recommend 1.5 hours for a first session of hypnotherapy. This allows time to gather important background information before commencing hypnotherapy.
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