What is Hypnotherapy?

What is Hypnotherapy?
Opinions are still divided over the exact definition of hypnotherapy, but most practitioners think of it as a natural state of mind. It is not, as many people think, a state of induced sleep! The hypnotised person may appear to be sleeping, but is in fact in a very deep trance. Every time we get engrossed in a book or film, we are in a hypnotic trance. This is the time when hypnotic suggestion can be used to help the client rid themselves of troublesome habits.

What are the benefits of Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy can be used to overcome undesired traits in the client. Things such as stress, anxieties, irrational fear’s (spiders, heights, flying etc) it can be used to increase motivation, and confidence, enhance sporting achievements, and job/interview performance.
It has even been very successful in pain management. The jury is still out as to how to use the value of hypnosis in greater medical use in the future. The NHS has already started to use hypnotherapy for childbirth and dental operations. It will no doubt be used more extensively as it’s success grows.

How can hypnotherapy help with weightloss or smoking?
The main point here is that the client must WANT and DESIRE to give up smoking or lose weight.
I always tell the ‘SUBCONSCIOUS’ mind all the benefits of changing behaviour. The client will have to work with me and make a ‘CONSCIOUS’ decision to get this right. All the work has to be positive. Because giving up smoking or losing weight has to be one of the most positive things you can do in life!!
You will need to pick another source of pleasure such as fresh air, walking, a new sport or even going to the cinema. The client may risk having to have refresher sessions more often if they don’t do this. The taste of success is well worth the effort!!

Does the client go ‘under hypnosis’ or ‘lose control’?
Absolutely not!! The client is always in control. It has been said that all hypnotherapy is self-hypnosis. Often we drive our cars home, and find on our return that we cannot remember driving there. We have been ‘day dreaming’! However, we would still ‘come to’ if needed! The hypnotherapist is there as a guide and therapist, and has to comply with to a strict code of ethics.

How will Hypnotherapy feel?
Clients are surprised to find that they often hear every word being suggested to them. Sometimes they remember nothing, but find they are behaving in different ways very soon after the session. They often remark that they feel really good, mellow, and light, in certain cases euphoric.
When they have been in a very deep trance, they can feel heavy and feel they are sinking into a deep chair. Some clients with a light trance will be successful, whilst some will need a deeper trance to achieve their goals. Everyone is different.

How will I be hypnotised?
There are many routes to New York. All of them will get you there. There are many ways to induce hypnosis. Following our initial chat the best method will be chosen for you, and what you would like to achieve. One of the nicest for the first time client is the progressive relaxation technique. In fact many clients request it as their favourite.

What makes Hypnotherapy different from traditional therapy?
Cognitive counselling deals with life’s problems by working though them. This is where a life coach or councillor may the best therapist for you. If you have tough life decisions to make, then you need a skilled professional to help. If, however your problems are related to the subconscious not allowing you to accomplish what you want, or you don’t know why you do certain things or behave in certain ways, then hypnotherapy may be for you.

Common Misconceptions
Could I get stuck? – You can’t get ‘stuck’ since you are not ‘going’ anywhere.
Will I remember everything that happens? – You may not remember everything, but your ‘subconscious’ will.
Are there any side effects? – There are no side effects at all. (That is why it’s so safe)
Will I tell the therapist my secrets? – You will only tell the therapist what you want to tell him/her.

Weight loss

Smoking cessation

Relationship counselling

Self esteem building

Confidence building

Sports-Hypno building

Stress management

Exam nerves

Driving test nerves

Anger management

Anxiety management

Panic attacks

Irrational fears