Hypnotherapy involves the induction of a trance-like condition, but when in it, the client is actually in an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating entirely on the hypnotherapist’s voice. In this state, the conscious mind is suppressed and the subconscious mind is revealed. The therapist is able to suggest ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations to the client, the seeds of which become firmly planted. With the clients intent, beliefs can be changed, and new ways of thinking can be uploaded and implemented.
The practice of promoting healing or positive development in any way is known as hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy aims to re-programme patterns of behaviour within the mind, enabling irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome. When the client is in the relaxed trance-like state of hypnosis, breathing becomes slower and deeper, the pulse rate drops and the metabolic rate falls. Similar changes along nervous pathways and hormonal channels enable the sensation of pain to become less acute, and the awareness of unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea or indigestion, to be alleviated.
In Hypnosis the subconscious mind is more alert and susceptible to new powerful suggestions, hence being able to change beliefs. The Subconscious Mind is accessed through achieving an altered state which can happen naturally or be accessed through meditation and hypnosis. These new suggestions are uploaded directly to your Subconscious Mind. Hypnosis is a tool, not a therapy, and as such can be used to treat any human condition as long as a person’s attitude is a factor. Hypnosis can be used to achieve and facilitate desired outcomes in many areas of life, such as medical, dental, forensic, education, sports and psychotherapy.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis happens naturally whenever a person is inclined to accept outside suggestions. Hypnosis makes memories more real and ideas clearer. It can act to help you heal more rapidly, be more creative, and change for the better.
How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis happens automatically anytime a person becomes deeply relaxed or highly focused. It happens when a person daydreams, while driving, reading a book, or watching a movie. Through the use of carefully worded suggestions, a professional hypnotherapist can prompt and fine-tune hypnosis in clients and help them to make changes.
What does hypnosis feel like?
Most hypnosis subjects describe it as extremely pleasant and deeply relaxing, giving them a feeling of well being. The most common feelings reported include deep relaxation, a tingly feeling, a feeling of heaviness or sensation of floating, a desire to swallow more, slight body twitches, eye fluttering, and a change in breathing pattern. Generally speaking, clients hear and remember most of what is said during the session. They are very aware of their own body and breathing, as well as the temperature of and sound in the room. Most people are actually more (not less) aware of what is going on when they are hypnotised. A very small number of people go so deeply into hypnosis that they have no memory of the session at all, but most hear and remember what went on.
Is a deep state of hypnosis necessary for the hypnosis to work?
Absolutely not! In most cases, a light state is just as effective as a deep state. In changing attitudes and behaviour, a light state of hypnosis can actually work better because the client is more certain to remember the suggestion given.
Common fallacies of hypnosis
Contrary to popular belief, you are not asleep or unconscious when hypnotised. Clients do not lose control during the sessions and can freely choose to disregard any suggestions the hypnotherapist makes. Hypnosis makes a person more inclined to do the things they want to do, but not things that go against their own belief systems, morals and values.
What can hypnosis be used for?
Hypnosis can be used for virtually anything. The most common uses of hypnosis include;
Stress reduction and sound sleep, Smoking cessation, Weight loss, Traumas and phobias, Exam anxiety and success, Memory and learning skills, Health improvement, IBS, Pain, Pregnancy and childbirth, Athletic enhancement – e.g. Improve your golf, Sexual healing/enhancement, Public speaking and presentations, Creativity and personal power, Self confidence, Passing your driving test, Sales Motivation, Creative writing, Regression work ….
And many more, please feel free to inquire.
Does hypnosis really work?
Yes, and it is one of the most pleasant and natural therapies available! It puts you in charge of your own mind and your outcomes!
Can anyone become hypnotised?
Yes, anyone who wants to be hypnotised, can be. It is a very natural reaction.
What happens if I stay hypnotised?
Don’t worry, you won’t! You will come out of hypnosis as instructed. Hypnosis (even self-hypnosis) automatically ends in line with your needs and desires.
How many sessions will I need and how much will it cost?
How many sessions are needed depends upon your motivation and the type of therapy you are seeking. In many cases only one or two sessions are necessary. It is recommended that each client call for a free telephone consultation to work out with the hypnotist the likely number of sessions and the cost. It is necessary for the client to fill out the intake form completely, to help the hypnotherapist gauge how many sessions are advisable. Once you have both gone over the intake form, you can decide together, during the consultation, if hypnotherapy is the best choice. If so, the hypnotherapist will suggest a number of sessions and estimate costs.
Do I need to inform my GP?
For many medical issues, it is essential to work with your doctor and obtain their consent before treating medical conditions with hypnosis. Ask your hypnotherapist to write to your GP to ask for a doctor’s consent form prior to starting therapy. It is important that you continue to take all medications you have been prescribed and discuss them with your GP as necessary. The hypnotherapist is not a doctor and does not practice medicine or psychiatry.
Can hypnosis be done in group sessions?
Absolutely, many people benefit from group sessions and results can be enhanced for:
• Smoking cessation
• Weight loss
• Corporate sessions
• Exam anxiety and memory recall
• Improving your golf (or other game)
• Confidence & Ego building
Get a group of friends together and have your own group session as group sessions are charged at a lower rate per person. Email me via the contact page for further information.
How long is a session?
For individual sessions, the initial consultation lasts about 90 minutes. The first 30 minutes are Free, and you can then decide if you wish to go on. Subsequent sessions are usually 60-90 minutes long.
How will I remember the session?
Your subconscious mind remembers everything! You will often recieve a free recording of the individual sessions for ongoing reinforcement. In group sessions, reinforcement CDs will be available.
Choosing a practitioner
It is important to choose a qualified hypnotherapist who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of hypnotherapy. You can check whether a hypnotherapist is registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) by searching the register at www.cnhc.org.uk. By choosing hypnotherapists registered with the CNHC you can be confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured.