What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of mind, a deep state of relaxation similar to the feeling we experience when preparing for sleep – relaxed and comfortable. If you have practised meditation or yoga you may have experienced something very similar.
Many people may never consider that they have experienced hypnosis, but will recognise the feeling of drifting off while thinking of something special, or even being deeply absorbed in a book or film and being quite oblivious of their surroundings. These are all what we call natural trance states and we can experience these several times a day. It is this relaxed and focussed state of mind that we access with hypnosis to bring about lasting change.
We have been using Hypnotherapy successfully to help with the following:
- Panic Attacks
- Self Confidence
- Unhelpful habits
- Weight Loss
- Stop Smoking
- Fears and Phobias
- Sports and Performance
- Insomnia and Sleep Disorder
- Nail biting
- Driving test nerves
- Past Life Regression
- and more …
It can be helpful to understand that a person cannot be hypnotised unless he or she first provides their agreement and willingly co-operates with the therapist’s suggestions. Hypnotherapy is not about persuading a person to do something they do not want to do – quite the opposite, it is about helping people to make the changes they want to make.
Within a therapeutic setting, the state of hypnosis is achieved through a process of guided relaxation. As a result the client goes quite naturally into a trance state, providing the ideal frame of mind to bring about beneficial changes.
An experienced Hypnotherapist can use hypnosis to desensitize a person’s fears or phobias, improve their self esteem and confidence and to reduce levels of stress and anxiety.
During the first session the Hypnotherapist gathers information about the client to determine the nature of the issue and to establish the their goals for therapy. This is so that both the client and the therapist have a clear understanding about what they want to achieve and how they will go about achieving it.
It is important to emphasize that the therapeutic approach is a collaborative venture between therapist and client – a professional partnership working towards the client’s goals.
Subsequent sessions involve using Hypnotherapy to focus specifically on the client’s needs, an evaluation of progress and planning future sessions. It is common for the therapist to teach the client how to do Self Hypnosis and invite them to practice this between sessions.