What is hypnosis?
Have you ever driven your car home and realised when you arrived at your house, you couldn’t exactly remember your journey there? Or have you ever found yourself drifting off to a pleasant daydream when you’ve been listening to a public talk or lecture? If you have, you have experienced a state of hypnosis. Such an hypnotic state is called trance and it is a naturally occurring state that we go in and out off as we go about our daily business. In hypnotherapy the use of deep relaxation and trance is used to quieten our conscious mind and open up a communication with the subconsious mind and in trance we can explore and analyse our problems and be open to new choices and new ways of thinking through suggestion.
How can hypnotherapy help?
Many problems were once a solution and often the subconscious still believes that your problem is still a solution for you. For example, smoking may once have helped a young teenager to feel less isolated by helping them fit in with a group of cool friends. Or maybe someone associated eating lots of comfort foods with easing the pain of an emotional upset, or not wanting to deliver a presentation to avoid the ridicule we once felt when giving a talk at school. These are just examples and we all have our own individual life experiences.
We may consciously know that certain behaviours are no longer beneficial for us but our early learning that these behaviours are helping us to cope or protecting us from harm is contained in our subconscious and can become limiting beliefs for us, making it difficult for us to achieve our goals.
By accessing the subconscious state, through hypnosis, and achieving greater relaxation and concentration hypnotherapy can use positive suggestion therapeutically to help you overcome your limiting beliefs and for the overall benefit of your health and wellbeng.
Is Hypnotherapy like stage hypnosis?
No it is not. There are many myths surrounding hypnosis and it cannot be emphasised enough that hypnotherapy is nothing like stage hypnosis. (Stage hypnosis is an entertainment show and under the National Council for Hypnotherapy and Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council ethical code of conduct clinical hypnotherapists cannot practise stage hypnosis.)
Stage hypnosis gives the impression that a person can be controlled by a hypnotist, this is not true. During a hypnotherapy trance, you are aware of your surroundings and my voice; you can hear what I am saying and have control over your thoughts and actions; a person cannot be made to do anything, during hypnosis, against their own wishes. I believe that the therapeutic process during hypnotherapy is a partnership between the client and therapist and that hypnotherapy can help you uncover the resources you have to feel better.
Is Hypnosis safe?
Hypnosis is safe and effective. There are no side effects and hypnosis does not involve taking any medication. You should, however, continue to take any medication you are currently on and continue with any medical treatment. Hypnotherapy is not a substitue for medical examination, diagnosis or treatment. Indeed hypnotherapy can be practised alongside most other therapies.