About Hypnotherapy: What it's used for, Advantages & Benefits

Hypnosis is an altered and heightened state of awareness, that is sometimes referred to as a trance state. You slip in and out of trance states throughout the day. For example, when you day-dream, and when you are at your most relaxed and comfortable. This is often when the best ideas 'pop' into your mind! Basically, there are two parts to the mind, the conscious and the subconscious. Many therapists use the term 'unconscious' instead of 'subconscious', and many describe the workings of the mind in great detail. My explanation is very simple:

The Conscious

You are aware and in the present with your conscious mind. It’s the part of your mind that reasons, and makes decisions and choices. It acts as a filter to thoughts and suggestions, deciding whether to keep them in the forefront of your mind, or put them ‘on hold’, or to dismiss them altogether. When a thought or suggestion is put ‘on hold’, it goes straight to the subconscious where it is filed away.

The Subconscious

The subconscious is a container for your thoughts. Amongst other things, it houses all the information your conscious gives it to store, like memories and things it can't deal with immediately.

Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to gain access to the subconscious mind, so that it can find solutions to issues that the conscious mind has been unable to deal with. For example, if you have a fear or a phobia, or are depressed or lack confidence, this is most likely to be because of an experience that happened early in your life. This may not have been anything bad, but as a child, you viewed it in a certain way. You might have forgotten all about it, but whatever it was has kept you running on a programme throughout your life, and so certain situations and events will trigger a reaction from you. One of the huge advantages of hypnotherapy is that it can usually get to the root of the problem and sort it out very quickly indeed.

Another benefit is that whilst in hypnosis, your subconscious is very receptive to positive suggestions. Therefore your therapist can help you to reframe the way you think and feel about things, replacing negativity with thoughts and feelings which are more advantageous to you.

What to expect from Hypnotherapy

The usual programme of treatment

I will explain everything to you during the first session, so that you will know what to expect. We will discuss your problem, and I will take a brief medical history. Then I will help you into hypnosis. You may not even realise that you are in hypnosis, but when you come out you will know, because you will feel so relaxed. In fact, many people have said that it is the best relaxation they have ever had! At the end of the first session, you will be given a short CD to listen to each day before your next session.

Usually during subsequent sessions, I will help you into hypnosis, and together we’ll gently search into your past to help you find information that will help you to understand why you have the ‘problem’. Then as you relax and let go of the things that are anchoring you there, you’ll be able to put these experiences into perspective and put them behind you.

For one-off sessions

Sometimes you may not need to search into your past at all. For example, you might just want some hypnosis for relaxation purposes, or because you have a particular event coming up, such as an exam or a driving test. If this is the case, you will probably only need one or two sessions for some relaxation, and beneficial suggestions to give your confidence a boost and to help you to focus.

During all hypnotherapy treatment you will be aware of everything going on around you, and you'll easily be able to talk and interact with me. You cannot be made to do or say anything that your subconscious does not want you to. This is because any suggestions that do not fit with your own values or sense of personal well being will be rejected by your subconscious mind. Furthermore, you are in control, because you can come out of hypnosis whenever you want – just open your eyes!

Hypnotherapy is a safe, brief and effective way to deal with many emotional and anxiety-related issues, such as those listed on the right. It enables you to deal with your own mental challenges and blocks, so that you can build on your strengths and take control of your life.

Call me on 07846 208 378, and I will explain the process in more detail and answer your questions.

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