What is Hypnotherapy?
‘Hypnotherapy’ simply means – the therapy given whilst a person is experiencing the state of Hypnosis. With the client’s consent, the hypnotherapist induces the state of hypnosis. He/She then proceeds to apply therapeutic techniques which are appropriate to the individual’s agreed goals, needs and desired outcomes. The techniques chosen will vary, depending upon the individuals specific needs. Your hypnotherapist will be able to answer any questions or concerns that you may have, and offer a treatment plan for your specific needs. Weight loss, smoking cessation, eliminating phobias, IBS, stress and anxiety are but a few of the many conditions that hypnotherapy can be an effective treatment.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a completely natural altered state of consciousness, to which we all enter into many times during the day. This occurs when you are concentrating on something of great interest. For example; watching a great movie, or maybe playing an interesting game on the computer. You also pass through the state of hypnosis when entering into sleep and when awakening from sleep. Examples of other forms of naturally occurring hypnosis are daydreaming, and driving long distances over familiar roads – commonly referred to as Highway Hypnosis. With the client’s consent, the hypnotherapist induces this natural altered state of consciousness (hypnosis) to help him/her with a specific psychological, physiological or emotional problem, and then guide them towards their desired outcome.
The word ‘Hypnosis’ derives from the Greek word ‘Hypnos’ – which means ‘Sleep’. Hypnosis in fact is not sleep but rather, it can resemble sleep when a hypnotised person is being observed. It is actually a more intense state of consciousness or heightened state of awareness. The conscious or critical mind of a person becomes very passive, and the subconscious creative mind becomes much more dominant. Ancient scripts and documents verify that the use of Hypnosis for healing and for behavioural change, is one of the oldest forms of therapy.
What it is not
Hypnosis is not Mind Control. Watching a hypnotism stage show can give the perception that the minds of the subjects are totally under the control of the hypnotist. When you consult with a hypnotherapist and you are experiencing hypnosis ,you are always in control.
Hypnosis is not a Cure. However many people have experienced some rather amazing healing phenomena during hypnotherapy sessions. It is the persons’ own subconscious mind that can produce these results. Hypnosis in itself is merely the bridge to our deeper inner mind or creative intelligence. More importantly, it is the specific therapy that a person receives during hypnosis that can facilitate positive changes.
Can anyone be Hypnotised?
Yes, however with a couple of exceptions. Very young children may have some difficulty, and people who have suffered severe brain damage. Hypnosis is a consent state when consulting a hypnotherapist. A person may not be hypnotised against their will. Everyone can experience the hypnotic trance if they have the desire to do so, and if they consent to the hypnotherapist inducing the hypnosis.
How many appointments will I need?
Hypnotherapy is Short Term therapy with lasting results. The number of appointments that you may require to suit your specific needs, will be determined by your Hypnotherapist. Each individual case will be subject to evaluation and desired outcomes agreed upon at the time of your first appointment. Some treatment programs are packaged, such as Smoking Cessation or Weight loss programs – see Consultation Fees page for more information.
Can Hypnosis help with general health and wellbeing?
Yes, many people benefit both physically and psychologically after experiencing hypnosis. Many have reported results such as speedy recovery after surgical procedures or illness, and a general positive feeling of well-being. Hypnosis is a powerful tool which can help in the healing process. It is a valuable complimentary adjunct in the promotion of general health and well-being.
What will I experience?
You will experience a deep mental and physical relaxation, and a general dulling of your peripheral sensories when receiving Hypnotherapy. There may be pleasant feelings of numbness and detachment, tingling sensations, peaceful feelings and general body warmth. You will be aware of everything that the hypnotherapist says to you. People often surprise themselves when they discover that there is no loss of consciousness or control.
What is the difference between a Hypnotist and a Hypnotherapist?
A Hypnotist is commonly understood to be someone who hypnotises people either on stage or on the street for entertainment purposes. Stage Hypnotists have usually undergone professional training specifically for stage hypnosis. However this does not necessarily mean that a Hypnotist is not able to use hypnotism in a therapeutic sense. A Hypnotherapist is generally a person who has undergone specific professional training in the field of Hypnotherapy. They use hypnosis to help people make positive changes in their lives. In each case, the hypnotist and the hypnotherapist both hypnotise people but for different purposes. Many people refer to hypnotherapists as hypnotists, but not usually visa versa.