Hypnotherapy is a combination of hypnosis and therapeutic intervention to treat clients with a range of psychological and physical conditions, helping overcome issues such as anxiety, depression, weight loss or weight gain, post-traumatic stress disorder, drug, alcohol and smoking addiction and chronic pain.
It is almost universally accepted by mental health professionals that the human mind operates on two levels. The conscious and the subconscious. The conscious mind reasons, analyses, makes decisions, and ‘files’ all incoming information in the brain’s ‘memory bank’. The subconscious mind, on the other hand, works in the background. It keeps all of your organs and bodily processes functioning without you having to consciously think about it. The subconscious also controls habits, emotions and other behavioural patterns.
In ordinary, everyday activities, your conscious mind is in the dominant position. You make decisions, think, and analyse incoming information from your five senses with it. Once this information is analysed, it is then stored in the memory bank for future use. The conscious mind ‘feeds’ the memory bank.
The subconscious ‘reads’ this information, and then creates physiological, emotional and behavioural reactions accordingly.
By accessing the subconscious mind directly, and by using the specific suggestions, one can make an unlimited number of beneficial improvements. Behaviours, emotions, habits, and virtually every other activity controlled by the subconscious mind can be amended, modified, altered and changed to suit each individual client’s higher purpose.
Check out some of my Hypnotherapy case studies to see how it could help you.
How it Works
During therapy, the hypnotherapist leads the client to positive change while the client is deeply relaxed in a state of heightened suggestibility called ‘trance’. The client is not unconscious, does not lose control of his or her faculties, and does not do things under hypnosis that he or she would be unwilling to do otherwise.
The hypnotic state allows the client to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories they might have hidden from their conscious minds. In addition, hypnosis enables people to perceive some things differently, such as blocking an awareness of pain.
Most conditions respond to hypnotherapy in four to six sessions. However all clients react differently to hypnotherapy and whilst some deep seated phobias may take many sessions to fully resolve, some habits may be breakable in a single session.
No matter what the issue, hypnotherapy can be the most effective tool for achieving the goal that has been set. By altering unconscious thoughts and ideas the client can easily and immediately make changes in their conscious actions and overcome:
- Alcohol addiction
- Attention Deficit
- Bruxism (teeth grinding at night)
- Cancer Side Effects
- Child birthing (painless)
- Chronic pain
- Drug addiction
- Exam nerves
- Flying Phobia
- Grief and loss
- Health and Fitness
- Motivation problems
- Nail Biting
- Pain control
- Panic attacks
- Past Life Regression
- Phantom limb pain
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Public Speaking
- Relationship problems
- Self esteem
- Skin conditions
- Sleep disorders
- Smoking addiction
- Trauma & Rehabilitation
- Weight Issues
Hypnotherapy is the quickest and the easiest to make improvements in the quality of your life.
Can Anybody Be Hypnotised?
Most people can be hypnotised if they are willing to allow their mind and body to relax.
What is the State of Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind similar to the relaxed state prior to falling asleep, or daydreaming. During hypnosis, the mind remains alert and in a state of concentrated awareness, whilst the body stays deeply relaxed.
What Does Being in a Hynotic Trance Feel Like?
Being in a hypnotic trance is similar to something we are all used to experiencing in our everyday life. If you are deeply engrossed in a book, or a television programme, you may become completely unaware of conversation around you. Similarly, you may have driven somewhere familiar to you and arrived without remembering the journey because your mind was focussed elsewhere. Being in a hypnotic trance is a similar sensation. You focus on the therapist's voice and your own visualisations to the exclusion of everything else.
The subconscious mind becomes more receptive to beneficial therapeutic suggestions.
Can I Get 'Stuck' in an Hypnotic Trance?
No. You cannot get stuck in an Hypnotic Trance either whilst undergoing a hypnotherapy session.
Which Conditions Can Respond to Hypnotherapy?
Many conditions may respond to hypnotherapy:
Phobias can ruin lives and make everyday living seem like an ordeal. Phobias can lead to extreme, avoidance behaviour that can eventually put a strain on relationships. Hypnotherapy aims to free clients from the oppression of phobias, by breaking down the phobia, and reprogramming the subconscious mind using powerful visualisation techniques.
In an image conscious society, so many people struggle with their weight and self image. Hypnotherapy aims to provide that extra motivation towards losing weight, and sustaining that loss, but it can also look at ways of supporting clients in improving their own self image, and changing their relationship towards food for ever. For some people, Hypnotherapy Gastric Band sessions are the key to weight loss. Hypnotherapy can also be used to try to explore why clients become overweight in the first place and to support clients in making beneficial lifestyle changes.
Improving Confidence and Self Esteem
Most of us have the inner ability to improve our self esteem and increase self confidence provided we know how to tap into that inner ability. Relationship breakdowns, redundancy, chronic illness etc can all reduce our self esteem. Hypnotherapy aims to access the subconscious mind to reprogram our brains to think and behave in a more confident and rewarding manner. Hypnotherapy may also be useful in improving confidence for taking exams, making public speeches, facing interviews, or attending social functions.
Most of us want to feel well, happy and fulfilled in our private and public lives. Hypnotherapy aims to support clients in improving their general well-being so that they can realise their full potential, whatever their circumstances. Hypnotherapy can also be useful in supporting people with managing chronic health conditions like IBS, chronic pain, migraine, and menopausal symptoms.
Stress and Anxiety
We all face everyday stresses but sometimes those stresses begin to get out of control and we feel anxious, irritable, unable to sleep, and lacking in energy. Hypnotherapy aims to teach our bodies and minds to relax deeply and help us to regain control of our lives.
Motivation for Change
Sometimes we know that things need to change and know where we want to be in life, but lack the motivation to make those changes. I use techniques called NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) to support clients in changing their patterns of thought and behaviour so that they can achieve their goals and be fulfilled.
The negative health risks of smoking are well documented. Hypnotherapy can help clients to quit smoking once and for all.
Is Hypnotherapy Suitable for Anybody?
Hypnotherapy is not advisable for people who have suffered a very recent bereavement, or experienced a major trauma in the previous six months.
You should consult your General Practitioner if you have been diagnosed with epilepsy, or have a serious mental health problem such as manic depression, schizophrenia, reactive depression, or personality disorder.