Empowering Hypnosis for Health
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What is Hypnotherapy?
Psychological therapy and counselling (sometimes referred to as the ‘talking cure’) is the treatment of emotional and psychological disorders, unwanted habits and undesirable feelings, using psychological techniques alone. The aim of all such therapy is to assist people in finding meaningful alternatives to their present unsatisfactory ways of thinking, feeling or behaving. Therapy also tends to help clients become more accepting both of themselves and others and can be most useful in promoting personal development and unlocking inner potential.
There are many forms of psychological therapy but Hypnotherapy is distinctive in that it attempts to address the client’s subconscious mind. In practice, the Hypnotherapist often (but not exclusively) requires the client to be in a relaxed state, frequently enlists the power of the client’s own imagination and may utilise a wide range of techniques from story telling, metaphor or symbolism to the use of direct suggestions for beneficial change. Unlike many other psychological therapies, Hypnotherapy is generally considered to be a fairly short-term approach in which beneficial change, if it is to occur, should become apparent within a relatively few sessions.
Who may benefit from Hypnotherapy?
The answer to this question is ‘virtually everyone’. Given that hypnotherapy can be utilised to access a person’s inner potential and that probably no one is performing to their actual potential, then this answer is literally true. However, it is not just potential which Hypnotherapy is well placed to address but also one’s inner resources to effect beneficial change. In this regard, it is the innate healing capacity of our own body that may be stimulated by Hypnotherapy. Consequently, the list of problems which may be amenable to Hypnotherapy includes: stress, anxiety, panic, phobias, unwanted habits and addictions (e.g. smoking, overeating, alcoholism), disrupted sleep patterns, lack of confidence and low self-esteem, fear of examinations and public speaking, allergies and skin disorders, migraine and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Is it safe?
Hypnotherapy is a safe and natural practice with no harmful side effects. When administered by a professionally trained and skilled hypnotherapist, the benefits are long lasting and often permanent.
What happens during a session?
The session will begin with a detailed discussion of why you are attending for Hypnotherapy. You will be seated in a comfortable chair and then guided by me into a deep state of relaxation. During the relaxing state you will be in a heightened state of awareness. This is similar to the natural state we experience just before drifting into sleep at night. You will be fully aware of what is happening and you are ALWAYS in control and able to bring the session to an end any time you wish. It's not really like sleep, because you will be alert the whole time. It is most often compared to daydreaming, or the feeling of "losing yourself" in a good film or TV programme. You are fully conscious, but you tune out most of the things going on around you.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions you will need will vary from person to person and also on the issue being treated. I will be happy to discuss this with you on a free telephone consultation or at the first session you attend.
Some Common Concerns:
People are sometimes concerned that they will ‘lose control’ in hypnosis. However, general consensus indicates that regardless of how deeply people may go in hypnosis and however passive they may appear to be, they actually remain in full control of the situation. They are fully able to talk if they wish to (or not, as the case may be) and can stand up and leave the room at any time. Neither can a hypnotised person be made to do anything against their usual ethical or moral judgement or religious belief. It is likely that the notion of a loss of control stems from most people’s misconception of stage hypnosis, wherein participants are apparently made to perform all manner of (usually foolish) acts. However, the reader should be aware that participation in a stage act is an entirely voluntary process (thus ‘permission’ is already given to the hypnotist) and that there can be no such volunteer who is unaware of exactly what they are letting themselves in for!
I operate a strict 48 hour cancellation policy. Should you need to reschedule an appointment, please provide me with a minimum of 48 hours' notice.