What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic tool which is used to help change behaviour patterns. It is based on the theory of the mind-body connection and focuses on accessing the subconscious mind to make positive changes in the body. Hypnosis can be extremely helpful and for the vast majority of people it is a very positive experience.
What Can Hypnotherapy Help With?
Hypnotherapy can help with most emotional issues and some physical problems, particularly if they have an emotional or psychological basis such as stress or anxiety, by accessing the unconscious mind.
Many people have successfully used hypnotherapy to treat anxiety and panic attacks, fears and phobias, bad habits, insomnia, stress, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), confidence and motivational issues and so many more – the list could fill this page.
Why is the Unconscious Mind So Important?
Your brain is very complex and clever. It allows most of your actions and behaviours to occur automatically, rather like a computer programme running quietly in the background. Unfortunately, this also applies to negative behaviours.
The thoughts, feelings and memories that influence your behaviour are stored in your unconscious mind. This can mean that when you try to solve a problem at a logical or conscious level, it doesn’t work – for example, if you are scared of spiders you will probably understand that they cannot really hurt you. But, because of your deep rooted fear, you will do anything to avoid them and they still make you terrified.
Hypnotherapy is effective at delivering lasting change because it works on the unconscious mind.
How does Hypnotherapy Work?
A hypnotherapist may combine hypnosis with relaxation techniques, affirmations, guided imagery, reframing and/or goal-setting techniques to maximize the benefit for your particular situation. For example, if a patient is anxious about a forthcoming surgical procedure, then a hypnotherapist can help to ‘reframe’ the event, by teaching them how to mentally rehearse the procedure so that instead of being a feared event, it becomes a relaxing and healing event. Hypnosis can even enhance one’s healing potential.
How will I Feel After Hypnosis?
After hypnosis, you will probably feel calm and you may experience time distortion; you may think that half an hour has passed but in fact it was just 10 minutes, or vice versa. You may feel a little drowsy, but this is less common – do let your hypnotherapist know if you feel drowsy or at all dizzy.
You should remember most, if not all, of the session – hypnotherapy is most successful when you are completely alert.
Who Can Benefit from Hypnotherapy?
Anyone can benefit from hypnotherapy. You just need to be able to follow what the hypnotherapist is telling you – it is that simple. For this reason, it may not be as effective if English is your second language. There are also some diseases and disorders that prevent the use of hypnosis including schizophrenia, paranoia, dementia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, severe depression – if you are unsure, please get in touch, or check with your GP.
Will I Lose Control or Tell You Secrets?
No, definitely not. This is one of the things people worry about, because of the TV stage hypnotists who seem able to control people. You will be in full control throughout hypnosis and you won’t respond to suggestions that contradict your values or beliefs, and I wouldn’t ask you to – as a professional clinical hypnotherapist, I am bound by a strict ethical code.
If you think that hypnotherapy could be for you, book here or contact me to find out more.