Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis - a Natural way to Relax
Being in hypnosis is an entirely natural process and is something we do every day, usually without even realising. It is often likened to a deep sleep but one where you are conscious and aware at the same time.
Daydreaming, or being deeply engaged in a book or film and unaware of time passing are both forms of hypnosis.
Many people have experienced a time when they have driven somewhere but cannot recall the journey. They were on ‘automatic pilot', in a mild trance, and yet were driving perfectly safely and would have switched into full awareness had the road conditions called upon them to do so.
What makes hypnosis special is that the deeper part of the mind, what is often called the subconscious (some therapists use the word ‘unconscious’ but as you are fully conscious in hypnosis that seems confusing) becomes more accessible and open to the possibility of creative and beneficial change.
Who is in Control?
Well, not me! There are many misconceptions about the nature of hypnosis which are encouraged by stage shows where it looks as if the subjects are in the control of the hypnotist. Sometimes I even have clients who expect me to 'knock them out' or ‘put them under’ then magically make them better and wake them up again. See my separate article about what to expect from your sessions.
You are in Control...
I really cannot make you do or say anything. What I can do is help you learn to relax, perhaps deeper than you’ve ever done so before, and show you how to use that relaxation to make the positive changes that you want. I can guide and facilitate. I can give you tools, but ultimately you are totally responsible for and in control of the work.
Hypnosis is entirely voluntary. No one can be hypnotised against their will. Sometimes there is a fear of getting ‘stuck' in hypnosis, but as you are in control you will know that you can open your eyes at any time.
Hypnosis is not sleep, nor does it entail a loss of consciousness. There is no loss of awareness. You will not do or say anything if you do not want to. And let me reassure you, if you were in hypnosis and someone shouted ‘fire!’ you would immediately return to full awareness and take the appropriate action.
Whilst everyone will experience hypnosis differently, the vast majority of my clients find that they feel very relaxed. Then with the guidance of the therapist they are able to focus on their issues in new and positive ways.
So how does Hypnotherapy work?
In hypnosis the deeper part of the mind, known as the subconscious, is more accessible. With the guidance of a professional hypnotherapist this can become a powerful and creative tool, which can then be used to help you achieve a greater understanding of your issues and start to find new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving.
Many of us, at one time or another, have unresolved difficulties, habits or symptoms. But however hard we consciously try to change, something seems to stop us from being or behaving the way we really want. This is because the subconscious has inadvertently created patterns of behaviour which are different from what we consciously desire, and unless changes can be made at that deeper level, it will nearly always get its way.
It is important to remember that all parts of the mind are trying to work for our benefit even if it doesn’t always seem that way. Understanding the underlying purpose of the unwanted habit or behaviour is an important part of preparing the mind for positive change.
What is meant by 'Advanced Hypnotherapy'?
The term 'Advanced Hypnotherapy' refers to the type of hypnotherapy practised by those who have undergone the intensive hands-on training provided by the Atkinson Ball College in order to qualify as a member of the Corporation of Advanced Hypnotherapy. It combines a range of tools and techniques used selectively and intuitively with the aim of resolving or significantly reducing clients' problems in the shortest possible time.
Help for Solving Problems and Enhancing Life Experience
Hypnotherapy can help with a wide range of psychological, emotional and physical difficulties. These can be specific issues such as phobias and weight gain or more general problems like stress, lack of confidence or even quite vague feelings of uncertainty and dissatisfaction with life.
Hypnotherapy is not always about problems. It can be an effective way to enhance motivation, skills or improve sports performance.
Hypnotherapy is also about self-understanding and through the teaching of self-hypnosis can be used regularly for relaxation and coping with the ups and downs of modern life.
I will do my very best to help you but as with any medical or therapeutic treatment, results will vary between individuals and cannot be guaranteed. If you are uncertain about whether hypnosis and hypnotherapy are for you, then just give me a call on 01206 299 724 or use my contact page.
The only side effects are positive ones. Clients frequently find that in addition to addressing whatever problem they are seeking to resolve, they generally feel more relaxed and happier about themselves.