Clinical Hypnotherapy is very compassionate and gentle. I follow a solution-oriented approach which means that you are not directed what to think but reach conclusions in ways that resonate and fit with you. It is not like the hypnosis that you may have seen on the television; you never lose control at any point. In fact, you will have been in hypnosis naturally at many times of your life; for example, when you have found yourself driving on autopilot or deeply engrossed in a book, or about to 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 of us have minds that chatter to us. During light hypnosis we explore the sub-conscious mind, the background soundtrack to many of your thoughts. It is a calming, and very productive technique allowing your conscious mind to take a back seat. The sub-conscious mind is twenty times more powerful than the conscious mind and so it is useful to check in and observe those prevailing beliefs and attitudes which run in the background. After all they have the most influence on us.
I can teach you how to do self-hypnosis and use the therapy independently. It can be a stand-alone technique, but I often like to use it with both EFT and Reiki. I practice a technique known as Hypno-Reiki, which as the name implies is a combination therapy which is little used but which I have found to be very effective.
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.