As a treatment I find hypnotherapy to be very self-compassionate and gentle. It allows exploration, in a considered way, of the sub-conscious mind, the background soundtrack to many of your thoughts. It is not like the types of hypnosis that you may have seen on the T.V. It is very calming and often very productive as a technique.
Hypnotherapy is just like those moments before you drop off to sleep. Whilst relaxed we enter a stage of focused attention. We focus on issues in a very narrow way a way that we don’t often get to do because so many other thoughts cloud our mind. Whilst under hypnosis your conscious mind takes a back seat and you become more aware of what is happening in the background, in your unconscious mind. You already have all the answers, they are already there and together we can find them.
You can also learn how to do self-hypnosis to be able to use the therapy independently.
What is hypnosis?
It’s the state that you are in as you start to fall asleep, you are neither asleep nor awake, but you are incredibly relaxed. We have all experienced it naturally when we have been on auto-pilot, day dreamed or been absorbed in a good book.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy uses the relaxed state of hypnosis along with a variety of therapeutic techniques to narrow your focus onto problems. As your unconscious has all of the answers through hypnosis we can gain clarity and resolution of issues.
Will I be in control when hypnotised?
Yes. You are always in control and can stop the proceedings at any time. You will recall what was said during the session. A good therapist will not read from a script but will engage with your unconscious mind in normal conversation. It is essential that the therapist is focusing on you and not reading from a script so that they can read your body language.
Can everybody be hypnotised?
Most people can be hypnotised but only if they allow themselves to be. Remember that this a natural process - an increased focus on something. People who seek treatment should be willing to engage with the process. The more often that you are hypnotised the easier it is for you to go into hypnosis. Different people will achieve different levels of trance. The trust between you and your therapist is important.
Which conditions are not suitable for treatment by Clinical Hypnosis?
Any condition that may be caused by serious underlying disease i.e. where the cause of the symptom is organic or serious psychiatric illness.