What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is a complementary therapy that utilizes our natural ability to access our subconscious mind in order to release negative beliefs and to bring about positive change to our thoughts, feelings and behavior. It is a completely natural and safe state of altered consciousness that is innate in all of us. Using the guidance and support of an experienced and qualified hypnotherapist, or alone (self-hypnosis), you are able to enter a state of consciousness that enables both the conscious and unconscious mind to become more compliant and suggestible.
How will it help me?
Hypnotherapy has been widely endorsed as a therapy and treatment for breaking unhealthy habits, stress-related issues and anxiety, as well as a wide range of other conditions. In recent years it has been steadily gaining more recognition in the medical world after a recommendation from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
The aim of hypnotherapy is to allow you to release any negative beliefs and feelings in order to get rid of unhelpful behaviour and habits, and to replace these with positive beliefs and feelings, which will lead to more positive behaviour. Put simply, what we believe, affects what we think, what we think affects what, and how we feel, and what we feel affects how we behave. When you change how you think and perceive things, this will also change how you feel, and will lead to a positive change of behaviour. In addition to this, when your behaviour changes, those around you will notice that subtle change in you and will react differently toward you, in a very reassuring way. Ultimately, the aim is to help you to develop a new frame of reference and for you to see your world from a different perspective.
How does it work?
The session will begin with an in depth consultation and a detailed chat about your objectives, so that it is possible for me to guide and support your needs effectively. The hypnosis itself is a very relaxing and positive process that alters your state of consciousness by relaxing the conscious part of the mind, whilst at the same time stimulating and focussing the subconscious mind. This creates a heightened state of awareness that makes one more open to suggestion, as well as making you more likely to experience feelings and sensations more intensely.
It is important to understand that working with a hypnotherapist is a collaborative process. I will work with you and your belief systems, and will help you to adjust any beliefs that may be holding you back. Your belief system is key to everything, so theoretically by helping you to release negativity, I am able to facilitate you to initiate positive change in all areas of your life.
Different types of Hypnotherapy?
Generally, hypnosis and hypnotherapy fall into two main categories, although there is usually a lot of overlap between the two. There are some hypnotherapists, who will specialise in one, or the other. I personally use both, depending on the needs of the client
Suggestion / Clinical Hypnotherapy:
This is a purely solution-focused approach, where the therapist makes positive suggestions whilst the client is in hypnosis, without investigating causes. It deals only with symptoms, not the cause of the causes, and uses positive visualisation of future outcomes.
The main aim is for these suggestions to remain active in the mind of the individual in question even after they are brought out of their trance. These are referred to as post-hypnotic suggestions. These are often supported by use of a recording that the therapist give to their client after their session that they play regularly to reinforce these suggestions. As they embed within their mind, these suggestions form part of their new frame of reference. Typically, smoking cessation is very effective when done in this way, after a long and in depth chat about the client’s personal situation, goals and objectives.
Different forms of Suggestion Therapy include:
How many sessions will I need?
This will vary somewhat according to your specific issue, and of course everyone is different. Some people may just need one session, and some may need 4-6 sessions. Generally, the average amount of sessions needed tends to be between 3-6 sessions.