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 may be accessed and utilised in hypnotherapy - often with startling results for change.
It knows more than you do.
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.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis (trance) has been used for thousands of years in many forms and is the oldest form of therapy. It is used in most cultures as a cure for many physical and emotional ailments.
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 may help you to promote the changes you are looking for quickly and easily.
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 aims to utilise this natural state to bring about change.
What will being Hypnotised be like?
Hypnotherapy is generally a very pleasant experience. It is similar to daydreaming. You will be seated comfortably, and as you listen to my voice you 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 will always be in control during sessions. You would not be able to made do do anything that you are uncomfortable with, and are able to come out of hypnosis at any time you choose.
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 chat prior to any sessions.
Can Everyone be Hypnotised?
If you want to be hypnotised, then yes, it is possible. 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.
What should I look for in a Hypnotherapist?
Look for someone that you think you can work with and who you would like to help you on your journey of change. I offer a free initial consultation/chat to find out whether you would like to work with me and to establish if we would work well together. It also gives you the chance to ask any questions you may have and allows you to feel comfortable and committed prior to commencing with any sessions.
The NHS recommends that when looking for a hypnotherapist:
• you choose someone with a healthcare background – such as a doctor, psychologist or counsellor
• check they're registered with an organisation that's accredited by the Professional Standards Authority - such as myself.
I am CNHC Registered for Hypnotherapy. CNHC is an Accredited Register approved by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) for Health and Social Care.
The government's Department of Health recommends that where people are looking for complementary health practitioners, they use someone who is registered with CNHC.
What else does the NHS say about Hypnotherapy?
"Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to try to treat conditions or change habits.
• You're fully in control when under hypnosis and do not have to take on the therapist's suggestions if you do not want to.
• If necessary, you can bring yourself out of the hypnotic state.
• Hypnosis does not work if you do not want to be hypnotised".