How does Hypnotherapy Work?
There are two parts to your mind: the conscious and the unconscious. Your conscious mind is the part we are aware of in everyday life. But the majority of the mind (research suggests as much as 90%) is beyond our conscious control and awareness, and is known as the unconscious (or inner mind). This part is responsible for your intuition and creativity and is a unique reservoir of feelings, thoughts, memories, experiences and desires. It is this part that can be accessed and utilised in hypnotherapy, often with startling results for change.
When you consciously try to make changes or take control of something in your life - often this isn’t enough. Hypnotherapy aims to allow you to access the unconscious mind, so that changes can be made quickly and permanently. It uses focused attention to direct your mind so that it begins to work for you, rather than holding you back or stuck.
What you Believe, you Become.
Hypnotherapy can help you create the changes that you want in your life. With hypnotherapy you are actively engaged in this process of change. This means that hypnotherapy can only be effective if you are in agreement with what is being suggested to you and you WANT to change.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis (trance) has been used for thousands of years in many forms and is used in most cultures as a cure for many physical and emotional ailments and is the oldest form of therapy.
Hypnotherapy is a psychological healing process that uses the state of hypnosis (or trance) to achieve a desired goal. Trance is merely a state of mind (actually a heightened state of concentration) that promotes better communication between the conscious and unconscious states of mind. Hypnotherapy is an amazingly powerful therapeutic tool that can promote change in a small amount of time.
People experience hypnosis (trance) all the time throughout the day. When you daydream or drive/walk along and realise you don’t remember doing so or how you got there – that is trance. Hypnotherapy just utilises this natural state to bring about change.
What will being Hypnotised be like?
Hypnotherapy is generally a pleasant experience, similar to daydreaming. You will be seated comfortably and as you listen to my voice and will drift into a comfortable, but altered state of mind, called hypnosis. We then use this altered state of consciousness to work with the subconscious mind - the part of your mind that allows you to create positive and lasting changes.
You are alert and aware at all times. Hypnosis is not like sleeping. You are able to recall what happens under hypnosis. You will always be in control. I, as your hypnotherapist, will not be in control of you. I will just be there to help and guide you.
Will I be In Control?
YES - at all times.
You may have seen Stage/TV hypnosis where people voluntarily engage in hypnosis by allowing themselves to take part – knowing it’s just for fun. Stage hypnosis uses trance and suggestions for entertainment. Clinical hypnotherapy, on the other hand, uses these to promote change. Both situations require that people WANT to be hypnotised.
Hypnotherapy requires engagement by the client. The relationship between the client and hypnotherapist is paramount, as there needs to be trust and rapport. That’s why I offer a free initial consultation so we can meet prior to any treatment.
Can Everyone be Hypnotised?
If you want to be hypnotised, then yes, it is possible for everyone. Some people may experience a deeper level of hypnosis than others, but this does not matter for hypnotherapy to be effective.
Is Hypnotherapy Suitable for Everyone?
As a general rule, yes.
Hypnotherapy is not however advised for people with epilepsy or severe mental health issues, psychosis or certain types of personality disorders. You can check with your GP or contact me if you are unsure.