Hypnosis

What is Hypnosis?

The word Hypnosis is derived from the word Hypnos which is Greek for sleep, however Hypnosis is not sleep. Hypnosis is a natural altered state of mental and physical awareness, which occurs when the brainwave frequency slows down. It is a state that we all experience frequently, when we daydream or just before and after we sleep.

Hypnosis is a safe and non-invasive way of accessing the subconscious mind which is the source of all behaviour.

Although hypnosis is induced by the therapist, you must willingly accept and follow their suggestions in order to enter an altered state of awareness. In essence all Hypnosis is self Hypnosis. In a therapeutic setting, the client is guided into a state where both the body and mind become calm and relaxed. You experience extreme relaxation and for many, this can have a profound effect in itself.

The mind becomes very focused and extremely open to suggestion.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the term used to describe the use of hypnosis as a tool in the treatment of many conditions and issues. Hypnotherapy works with the relationship between the conscious and the subconscious components of the mind. Hypnotherapy works by directly accessing the subconscious mind. In a therapeutic setting, hypnosis is induced by the therapist and in this state of relaxation, the conscious mind becomes less active. The subconscious mind becomes open and receptive to positive suggestion and reinforcement and positive suggestions are integrated much more significantly than is possible while the conscious mind is alert.

It is through this process that the subconscious belief systems, which govern our conscious decisions and behaviour, can be changed and negative beliefs, values, principles, and patterns can be updated, enabling more positive affirming principles to be created and reinforced, establishing new ways of thinking and behaving and subsequently, creating the basis of a much more positive, healthy and happy life.

Myths

There are many Myths about Hypnosis

Only weak minded or unintelligent people can be hypnotised

The induction of Hypnosis requires concentration and focus, so intelligence is actually an advantage.

The Hypnotherapist takes control of your mind.

All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Without your cooperation, you will not be hypnotised. You retain full control at all times, including the ability to accept or reject a suggestion.

Hypnosis is just like being asleep.

Hypnosis is an altered state of awareness which involves heightened concentration and focus. It is nothing like sleep.

You can get stuck in Hypnosis.

Although many people are reluctant to return to conscious awareness, due to the pleasant state of hypnosis, it is not possible to get stuck in the hypnotic state. If the hypnotherapist failed to bring you out of hypnosis for any reason, you would simply either fall into a deep and relaxing sleep waking feeling refreshed, or you would simply regain conscious awareness naturally and feel refreshed and revitalised.

Hypnotherapy is like stage Hypnotism.

The people we see on TV shows doing silly things, do so because they want to, not because they are being made to. You cannot be made to do something you don’t want to do.

I won’t remember anything.

You will remember everything you wish to remember and forget everything you wish to forget. It is your mind. You are in control.

I am not hypnotised if I can hear the Hypnotherapists voice.

Being able to hear the Hypnotherapists voice is imperative in order to be able to follow their suggestions. Often the client remains aware of the therapist’s voice for the entire experience – this is perfectly normal. It is the internal experience that is important. Sometimes people do enter deep states of hypnosis where they become unaware of the voice of the therapist. At this deep level, it is less important for you to be able to hear the suggestions as the connection with the subconscious mind is stronger and the effect of the therapy therefore likely to be incredibly profound.

What is Psychotherapy?

There are many different kinds of psychotherapy, all of which aim to help people overcome stress or emotional problems. Psychotherapy involves clients and therapists talking together to help clients overcome their difficulties. Psychotherapy is often referred to as a ‘talking treatment’.

What to expect

Solution Focused Psychotherapy is future oriented:

The type of psychotherapy that I practise is designed to reduce anxiety. It is called Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). As the name suggests we focus on solutions for the future, rather than analysing problems of the past.

Provided you are willing to make changes to the way you think, the therapy can be highly effective in relieving the symptoms of anxiety and stress. Focusing on solutions means that we do not dwell on problems.

Instead we

Acknowledge where you are currently
Identify where you want to be
Help you to make the necessary changes

Solution Focused Psychotherapy avoids problem talk:

The type of psychotherapy that I practise does not involve you analysing painful memories from the past. If you have experienced unpleasant events, we acknowledge that they happened and help you get from where you are to where you want to be.

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