Hypnotherapy

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a brief, strategic therapy - one that is aimed specifically at finding a resolution to your problems as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible.

During a session you are guided into hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. It is literally therapy done while in hypnosis and can be thought of as an effective and speedy form of psychotherapy. Hypnotherapy can change your patterns of behaviour and perceptions, enabling irrational fears, phobias, habits, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome. You are able to look at problems differently and maybe discover solutions to problems that had been missed before. During a hypnotherapy session, you will be deeply relaxed but in full control - a hypnotherapist cannot make you say or do anything that you do not choose to say or do. It is all about enabling you to make choices - to be the person you would like to be - to release yourself from the 'emotional luggage' that has been holding you back.

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of mind which is used widely throughout the world by many doctors, dentists, psychologists and psychotherapists.  It is essentially a connection between the conscious and unconscious mind, and therefore a way to communicate with the problem-solving part of the human mind.

During hypnosis, we are able to access a state of profound physical and mental relaxation, a ‘trance state’ during which we become inwardly focused, still aware of what is going on around us, but with a comfortable sense of detachment from it.

We all experience trance states as part of our everyday lives. When we daydream we become inwardly focused, completely involved in some memory or imaginary experience, even to the point of not being aware of someone talking to us - we become detached from the external world.  Sometimes when we are driving or walking a familiar route, we arrive at our destination and realise that we have no memory of a part or parts of the journey. Reading a book, listening to music, playing or working on the computer - all these are 'trance states' where we become so involved with what we are doing that we lose awareness of how time has slipped by or how we've stopped noticing things going on around us. Think about the last time you read on a train or in a busy airport - even the voices of people talking on their mobile phones seem to fade away!

Hypnosis is thought to work by altering our state of consciousness, in such a way that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is quietened down, while the non-analytical right-hand side is made more alert. This allows the subconscious mind to come to the fore, where it is able to accept suggestions more easily. The subconscious mind contains all our memories and experiences, and controls our thoughts and behaviours, and this is the part which has to change for our behaviour and physical state to alter.

Are there any dangers in hypnosis?

There are no substantiated cases of harm befalling any hypnotised subject. The British Medical Association and the American Medical Association have both endorsed the use of hypnotherapy since the 1950's
 

 

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