Hypnosis is natural. Hypnotherapy is simply an induced state of alertness of mind, accessed by relaxation. In everyday life, a similar state of mind is achieved naturally, for example through daydreaming, intense concentration, distraction, and during sleep.
Hypnotherapy attempts to address an individual's subconscious mind, using the power of suggestion for beneficial change. A hypnotherapist uses hypnosis to give relevant, positive beneficial suggestions to help an individual bring about the change they desire. Although hypnotherapy is not the same as sleep (the individual will still have awareness and control), hypnotherapists often require the individual to be in a deeply relaxed state to enable them to use their imagination fully. For this reason, it’s imperative that the individual feels completely comfortable with their hypnotherapist. Hypnosis is a different state of consciousness from being awake or asleep, and many people compare the deep, relaxed state of hypnosis to daydreaming.
Hypnotherapy can generally help with most emotional problems an individual is finding hard to cope with, and some physical problems can also be effectively treated with hypnosis too, such as IBS and insomnia. As a hypnotherapists I will often combine hypnosis with counselling techniques to benefit individuals. The techniques used will depend on the issue the individual is seeking help for.
Belief and the unconscious mind - Our beliefs are held in the unconscious part of the mind. In a state of hypnosis the unconscious part is more accessible to the client. This means that weakening or strengthening a belief in hypnosis that has already been rationalised in a conscious state is more effective and much more powerful.
Misconceptions - One aspect of hypnosis that is commonly misunderstood is the thought that the client is not in control of the process. In fact, the client remains in control due to their unconscious boundaries which protect their thought process and emotions during the trance state. The therapist simply provides instructions and guides the client to refocus their consciousness on specific thoughts, ideas, images, and feelings. It is often said that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. What this means is that when you enter a state of hypnosis you do so of your own free will. You are not under the power of the hypnotherapist. You are fully aware and fully able to "wake up" if you wish.
There are many popular myths and misconceptions about general hypnosis and we can attribute this misinformation to the circulation throughout the media containing absurd claims about hypnosis. These pieces of misleading information are contradicted by scientific studies on the subject. You may still be a bit sceptical about hypnotherapy, but bear in mind that the British Medical Association and the American Medical Association endorse it. Hypnotherapy is a proven, safe and effective strategy for overcoming a number of issues.
Many people try to fix things like stopping smoking or losing weight themselves but often find they keep stumbling and return back to the old behaviour within a matter of months or even days. The struggle is hard and the battle is lost because the changes that had planned to be undertaken were only made in the conscious mind.
Since all our thoughts, behaviour and beliefs are guided by our subconcious mind, it is there that the root cause can be determined and beneficial change can begin.
Many clinical studies have shown hypnotherapy is a successful method helping people to lose weight, stop smoking, manage stress and anxiety, remove phobias and fears and the list goes on. It is also the only alternative therapy approved by the NHS for IBS and soon, hypno-birthing.
A consultation will last about an hour. Within that time we will discuss the help you need and the changes you would like to make so that I can taylor the hypnotherapy so that it is most effective and beneficial for you.