Hypnotherapy, what is it and how does it work?
Using hypnosis, hypnotherapy helps calm the conscious mind allowing the movement of the subconscious mind into a heightened state of awareness. During this very relaxed state the subconscious mind can be used to identify, update and off-load any adverse thoughts or beliefs, which may be obstructing a person’s progress in everyday life.
Because our behaviour is controlled 90% by the subconscious, we sometimes find ourselves experiencing negative thoughts, impulses or emotions strong enough to override our rational, conscious mind. Through hypnosis the therapist can work with the subconscious mind directly to encourage the patient to accept positive behaviours, substituting the preventive beliefs which underlie the client’s problems.
Being both very relaxing and a painless experience, Hypnotherapy is now recognised by a growing sector of the medical community as an effective means of determining a wide range of psychological and emotional problems.
How hypnotherapy can help me?
In making a commitment to change your behaviour you are increasing the chances that hypnotherapy will benefit you. It is important to bear in mind that hypnotherapy is not a magical cure, it requires co-operation to identify your goals that will likely lead to a successful outcome.
Can I be hypnotised?
Hypnotism works on most people, but only those open to it. Being a natural state, Hypnosis is a state of mind that many people experience naturally every day. How many of us have driven home from work not remembering the details of our journey?
How will I feel during hypnosis?
Hypnosis is very relaxing where patients often experience a dream-like trance state, however during the treatment, you can expect to remain aware and in control. Sleep or daydreaming is common and is seen as a positive thing because it will allow your subconscious mind to listen and absorb the hypnotic suggestions given.
What if I don’t wake up?
As trance is a completely natural state that we move in and out of every day there is absolutely no need to be concerned about not waking up. If left in an induced trance, you would either fall asleep eventually waking naturally or return to a normal waking state.
Can you make me do anything I don’t want to?
You, the patient, is in control at all times. I cannot (and would not) force you to do things against your will. The process is a partnership which aims to achieve the results that you want.
How many sessions will I need?
As each patient has different needs, hypnotherapy treatments are tailored exclusively to you, the individual. The aim is that the treatment should be as efficient as possible, so that you can get on with your life as soon as possible. On average most people need between 3 – 6 sessions, however depending on the complaint/issue some people may need more.