So, what’s it all about?
Hypnotherapy is a powerful way of resolving psychological problems. Problems ranging from anxiety, stress, phobias and panic attacks can be helped with Hypnotherapy.
There are many misconceptions about hypnosis mainly due to the antics of some stage hypnotists.
In truth, hypnosis is a state of mind, as is waking consciousness, sleep and mediation. We have all experienced hypnosis at numerous times in our lives. Hypnosis is like a daydream where the mind is acutely focused on an internal state. The experience is one of tuning out the outside world, and tuning in your inner reality. The key to good hypnotic trance is relaxation. When the body relaxes the mind relaxes with it. This relaxation causes the conscious mind to stand down and allows you to become more aware of your deeper subconscious mind.
The conscious mind
Is that part of your mind that you use on a daily basis
It is a rational analytical mind. Supporting that mind is a subconscious. The subconscious is the part of your mind that runs all of your habits. It houses all of your attitudes. It is the storehouse of every one of your memories (even those memories that you don’t know you’ve forgotten) and finally it is an emotional mind, it works on feelings.
Emotion is the language of the subconscious. It is therefore, in my opinion, a more honest mind. It will tell you how you feel about a particular person or event and tell you how it is to you. This is very important in hypnotherapy because we follow emotion when in hypnotic trance. The mind, like the body, is a self-healing mechanism, and seeks to heal itself. When you cut your finger you don’t have to continuously look at it and command it to heal. In the same way the subconscious mind will seek to heal itself and will follow the emotional path to do it. However the mind, like the body, sometimes needs a little help. That’s where a Hypnotherapist comes in.
As a Hypnotherapist
HOW IT WORKS
I use hypnotic trance to help a person uncover the root cause of their problem and remove it. Beneath every anxiety disorder there is a cause. When this cause is removed then the symptom suffered by is also removed. There are a number of techniques used to help someone come to a greater understanding of what has been the issue underlying the problem.
Hypnotherapy can go very deep very quickly and as such is a highly effective therapy
Having said that, the therapy can only progress at the pace the client is willing to travel. No one is ever rushed. The therapy is client-centred and the number of sessions needed depends on the client/therapist relationship. Everything talked about in therapy is naturally confidential but I always say to my clients that they are not so much talking to me but talking to themselves, bringing issues that have lurked in the dark basement of the mind out into the light of conscious awareness.