Hypnotherapy is a powerful technique that works by accessing your subconscious mind, where all your automatic behaviours take place, and helps to create new patterns. 90% of what we do is governed by our subconscious mind, in a trance state we talk directly to the subconscious where positive suggestions and new ways of being are suggested.
Here are some situations hypnotherapy can help with?
- Anxiety and Stress
- Fears and Phobias
- Panic Attacks
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Pain Management
- Insomnia and Sleep Problems
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Weight Loss
- Public Speaking
- Low Self-Esteem and Confidence
- Improving Performance Levels and Motivation
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a normal state of mind that we often experience through out our day, like a half state between being awake and asleep. A pleasant natural state of deep physical and mental relaxation. Have you ever been so engrossed in a book that you have forgotten the time, been on autopilot when doing a repetitive task or find yourself daydreaming. Well these are everyday examples of being in hypnosis or a 'trance state' and hypnotherapy is simply a way of putting these natural trances to work solving your problems.
What happens when you are hypnotised?
The hypnotherapist will use relaxation techniques and guided imagery to help you gradually relax into a trance where you will be fully focused on the positive messages the therapist suggests to you. When this stage is complete the therapist will gradually bring you back to reality and fully awake so you can go about your everyday tasks as normal.
The benefits for you
The benefits of being in a relaxed state are that we are more open to learning, explore new ideas, and able to view situations more objectively.
Is hypnotherapy suitable for everyone?
There are some instances, see below, where hypnotherapy would not suitable or needs to be used with care by the hypnotherapist. If this is the case then other helping approaches may be more beneficial, such as counselling.
I may not be able to work with you using hypnotherapy if:
- you have epilepsy or seizures
- you have a recent history of hospitalisation for eating disorders
- you have a diagnosis of a psychotic illness or experience psychotic episodes
- you have a recent history of suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts
- you are addicted to 'hard' drugs
Hypnotherapy would need to be used with care and assessed if suitable when:
- you are prescribed certain medications
- you are currently suffering from severe depression
- you have diabetes which is treated with medication
- you have other issues with your mental health
- you are dependent on or are addicted to alcohol
How many sessions will I need?
Hypnotherapy is a brief therapy and results can be seen in just one or two sessions. Usually no more than six sessions are needed.
What hypnosis is not
Professional hypnotherapy is different to stage hypnosis as it works at a deeper level to create change, not purely for the entertainment of an audience. You do not loose control or reveal anything you do not want to. Hypnotherapy is safe and you can always come out of the trance whenever you want.