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What is Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy has been approved for use by the British Medical Association for more than 40 years. It's a form of therapy which enables you to enlist the help of your conscious and unconscious/ subconscious mind. The emphasis is goal orientated, and allows you to focus your attention internally, re accessing resources, and creating new associations, patterns of thinking and behaving.
Is Hypnosis/ Hypnotherapy the same as sleep?
No, it's not the same, it's an altered state of mind similar to daydreaming, or becoming so absorbed in an activity that you lose all track of time. During these times you are not asleep, merely unconcerned about your surroundings at the time.
How does a trance state feel?
You know how you allow yourself to drift off to sleep in the evening, and how to recognise that feeling of relaxation, and bodily senses slowing down? The hypnotic trance shares the same commonalities, with the only difference being, that you are deliberately inducing this state, either using a hypnotherapist as a facilitator, or guiding yourself in the form of self hypnosis
Will I loose control during hypnosis?
If you consider a few of the natural trance states, for example becoming absorbed in a book. Are you ever concerned that your eyes will become transfixed, and will crave to read the book over and over again? No! At those times your attention is absorbed within the book, sometimes to the exclusion of everything else, which means that certain sensations can go over looked or even ignored. During hypnosis your attention is focused on your internal world, so you are even more aware of physical and psychological changes, hence, even more in control of yourself.
Will I give away my secrets?
As previously mentioned, you are in complete control of yourself, you will not say or do anything that will be against your will. There is no need to divulge any more information than is necessary to alleviate your current problem.
Can anybody be Hypnotised?
Nobody can be hypnotised against their will, so if you choose not to be hypnotised, you will not be. However, it is said that if you allow the process to occur, that most people are hypnotisable. It is important to have a comfortable and trusting relationship with your therapist.
Will I remember everything during hypnosis?
Total amnesia for the entire hypnotic procedure is unlikely. Sometimes it will be necessary for you to remember certain portions of the process in order to ensure your total success. Occasionally people believe they remember everything, because they are totally unaware of the information they have forgotten. Sometimes people believe they have fallen asleep, and remember almost nothing about the process, although report feeling very relaxed. In this event it is unlikely that sleep has occurred, but rather a deep level of trance, accompanied by amnesia.
Does Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy involve drugs?
None whatsoever. The hypnotherapist merely uses their voice to create pleasant scenes, which may mean that you will be picturing, as in daydreams, the things that are being spoken of, and that you may experience the associated pleasant feelings.
Are there any side effects from hypnotherapy?
The worst possible side effect is that you will fall asleep! If the hypnotherapist were to stop talking for a while, you could either allow yourself to become more relaxed and so fall asleep, or you could open your eyes. You are in total control of your trance experience. On the other hand, the best possible side effect that you will notice is a complete alleviation of your presenting problem, and the knowledge that you were able to create your own success.
Is all Hypnosis Self Hypnosis?
As hypnosis is a permissive state, you choose your level of trance. In this way all hypnosis is self hypnosis, and you are in control of your progress. Hence, many people can notice a dramatic change in their life after just 1 session.
What's the difference between hypnotist and hypnotherapist?
A Hypnotist uses hypnosis for amusement, in a show, the audience feels no long term positive gain, although of course laughter is a great healer! Hypnotists use some of the techniques that a hypnotherapist will use, for instance, suggestion, trance and visualisations but that is where the similarity ends. Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis positively, helping people to access
their inner resources in a powerful and permanent way.
What can Hypnotherapy/ Hypnosis help with?
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy can help with a vast range of problems including the following;
Anxiety & Hypnosis
Hypnotherapy works for anxiety problems by accessing the subconscious mind, which is the part responsible for the anxiety, and changing the perception surrounding the fear. Anxiety is after all how a situation is perceived, positively influence the perception and the anxiety is removed. For example shifting negative thoughts to positive, improving self confidence (which is often the core of anxiety problems), increasing self esteem and self belief etc. Read More ->>
Bereavement & Hypnosis
Hypnotherapy can help with bereavement by enabling the client to work through stages of bereavement subconsciously and therefore develop the capacity for the individual concerned to promote their own natural healing processes. Use of hypnosis gives the client a way of managing their internal experiences for themselves, so they can eventually move from feelings of pain to those of acceptance and calm. Read More ->>
Blushing & Hypnotherapy
If you suffer from excessive blushing hypnotherapy is an effective treatment. Hypnotherapy is the utilisation of trance, whereby the subconscious mind can be accessed and positively altered. The fear of blushing is often what triggers the blushing itself - its a vicious circle - hypnotherapy can remove that fear and anxiety and consequently reduce and in some cases totally eliminate blushing. Read More ->>
Confidence & Hypnosis
Hypnotherapy has a fabulous effect on confidence levels primarily because confidence is all about perception, and you can change your perception in a heart beat! By accessing the subconscious mind utilising trance (a state on mind similar to day dreaming), you will start to feel more powerful and think more positively and with new confidence everyday life becomes easier. Read More ->>
Depression & Hypnosis
Hypnotherapy can be effective when treating depression, although we require doctors referrals for severe cases. When depressed everyday life can seem bleak and energy levels are reduced, hypnotherapy can trigger a more positive thought process enabling the client to feel more energised, confident and empowered. Read More ->>
A strong desire to eat healthily again is a prerequisite to treating eating disorders with hypnotherapy, the client must decide to make the change of their own accord as hypnotic suggestions will only be absorbed if desired. In other words the client can choose not to absorb the suggestions if the time isn't right for them. A great deal of emphasis if directed towards improving levels of confidence and self esteem as well as re framing any negative associations with food. Read More ->>
Fear of Flying & Hypnosis
The subconscious mind produces the 'fight or flight' response when faced with flying because the mind is trying to protect from / or avoid exposure to the flying event. This of course is not useful, as in this day and age flying is an important part of life in both business and leisure. Hypnotherapy works by increasing confidence surrounding flying and desensitising the mind through the use of regular self hypnosis. Read More ->>
Habits/ Bad Habits & Hypnosis
Hypnotherapy can be very effective in treating all sorts of habits including thumb sucking, nail biting, jaw clenching etc. These habits are a mixture of unconscious (finding yourself sucking your thumb without being consciously aware of putting your hand towards your mouth) and conscious awareness (deliberately sucking thumb for comfort, stress release etc). Hypnotherapy works utilising trance, a natural state of mind similar to day dreaming, where by the subconscious mind can absorb positive suggestions enabling you to find ways of breaking old patterns of behaviour or habits. Read More ->>
Hypnobirthing & Hypnosis
Hypnotherapy is used to improve the chances of a natural birth with maximum levels of comfort and relaxation. This is achieved by reducing muscle tension, increasing relaxation and confidence, breathing exercises, positive self hypnosis and of course focusing on the wonderful end result! Read More ->>
IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome & Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy can be very useful for IBS, it helps by showing ways to relax properly, and enables your thought processes to alter, changing your reaction to events which may usually cause you stress - thus removing the source of IBS, rather that trying to mask the symptoms as a lot of the more conventional treatments try to do. Read More ->>
Insomnia & Hypnosis
If you're experiencing a disrupted sleep pattern hypnotherapy can be the answer you're looking for. Utilising trance (a state of mind similar to daydreaming) your subconscious mind can be accessed directly to shift patterns back to a comfortable level. Self hypnosis is also taught, giving you the tools to drift into a comfortable sleep whenever necessary. Often it is also necessary to address the cause of the disrupted sleep i.e. reduction of stress levels. Read More ->>
Jealousy & Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy works for jealousy problems by changing the perception surrounding the feelings stemming from jealousy. This is done by accessing the subconscious mind, so that perception can be positively influenced. Negative thought patterns can then be shifted so that you can deal with the stressful feelings connected to jealously more calmly and positively. Read More ->>
Panic Attacks & Hypnosis
The subconscious mind often produces the 'fight or flight' response when faced with an irrational fear leading to panic attacks. This is because the mind is trying to protect or avoid exposure to the feared event. As this is not particularly useful, panic attacks may cause the person affected to feel frustrated with the limitations that panic attacks can often bring. Hypnotherapy works by increasing confidence around the feared event and desensitising the unconscious mind through the sessions themselves and regular use of self-hypnosis techniques. Read More ->>
Phobias & Hypnotherapy
Phobic responses, as opposed to panic attacks, may occur after a stressful psychological event. What happens is that the anxiety builds leading up the event, such as giving a speech, or making a journey. This in turn leads to avoidance of a specific behaviour, which then reinforces the fear surrounding the anxiety each times this happens. Hypnotherapy helps by approaching this response through a search of the unconscious, and by direct behavioural techniques, increasing relaxation and systematic desensitisation. This lessens fear and increases comfort surrounding the feared event so that you can enjoy life so much much more. Read More ->>
Public Speaking & Hypnosis
Hypnotherapy has a fantastic effect on levels of confidence over Public Speaking, mainly because the self-consciousness and anxiety associated with this fear is often about perception, and perception can be changed so easily! By accessing the resources of the subconscious mind, utilising the hypnotic state, which is similar to daydreaming, you will begin to have successful public speaking experiences, which will in turn enable you to foster a permanent diminution of any anxiety surrounding public speaking. Read More ->>
Sexual Problems & Hypnosis
The use of hypnosis in helping sex problems is often efficacious. By offering techniques that allow rapid identification of underlying conflicts or unresolved feelings, you can access subconscious resources and use self-hypnosis techniques in order to manage stress associated with sexual problems in a positive way. In this way, physical and mental tensions can be released, leading to increased confidence that desired changes can occur. Read More ->>
Stop Smoking with Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy can be particularly effective in enabling you to quit smoking because hypnotic suggestions are individualised to the unique motivations and concerns of each client. Through the use of hypnotic trance, if you really want to become a non-smoker, hypnosis can enable you to access your own subconscious resources in order to quit smoking permanently, and be able to live your life more healthily and happily. Read More ->>
Stress and Hypnotherapy
If you suffer from stress hypnotherapy is a very effective treatment. Hypnotherapy is the utilisation of trance, whereby the subconscious mind can be accessed and positively altered. In this way you will start to feel calmer and more relaxed and be able to decrease levels of stress and tension, so that levels of confidence and energy increase. Read More ->>
Sports Technique Improvement with Hypnosis
The ability to improve sports performance is one of the easiest and most rapid results that can be achieved by hypnotherapy. By ego-strengthening routines, reinforced by enabling access to your own powerful subconscious resources plus the use of self-hypnosis techniques, you can gradually improve and enhance your muscle control, endurance, and invigoration to bring great improvements in your sports performance. Read More ->>
Test Taking & Hypnosis
Hypnotherapy works extremely well in solving problems with test-taking because fear of test-taking is often about perception and this can be changed incredibly easily. By accessing your subconscious resources, utilising trance (similar to day dreaming), you will begin to feel more and more positive and confident about both your preparation and your performance on the day of the test. Read More ->>
Weight Control & Weight Loss with Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is of great value in helping with issues of weight control. Where there is a strong desire to eat healthily, you can access the resources of your subconscious mind to help you to restructure your approach to food, enabling you to balance food intake and exercise. Through hypnosis you begin to enjoy treating your body with respect, and gain the control over your life that you really need. Read More ->>
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