What is hypnotherapy?

Can you be forced to do things using hypnosis? Will you ‘go under’ and lose all control? Find out what hypnotherapy is really about – and how it can help.

Hypnotherapy is simply the use of hypnosis as a psychotherapy tool. On its own, hypnosis is a very pleasant and relaxing experience as well as being a natural and healthy state of mind.

Fiction, stage hypnosis and films have created a false image of the hypnotised person in a state of deep sleep, without control and being made to do things that they would  normally refuse to do.

This leads people either to fear hypnosis or to expect a ‘miracle’ cure. In fact, we are all hypnotised to some degree almost everyday of our lives.It can be while we are absorbed in a book, or watching a film, or any time when the conscious mind is immersed in something to the exclusion of the ‘outside’ world.

Have you ever been “lost in thought”, or “come to” and realised that had been daydreaming?

Hypnosis is actually a state of deep relaxation and heightened awareness that enables you to tap into the powerful and positive resources of your subconscious mind.

This can help you to bring about the positive changes you desire. You can hear everything that is going on and you can come out of hypnosis any time that you wish to.

The subconscious in the part of you that stores memories and experiences and deals with emotions, dreams and automatic functions which are beyond our normal conscious control, such as heartbeat, breathing, digestion, blinking of the eyes and the general running of our bodies.

Habits become ingrained at a level below the usual day-to-day awareness and much nearer to the subconscious level and, under normal circumstances these habits are very difficult to change.

Suppressing the desire to eat sweet or fattening foods usually ends in frustration and subsequent compensation by eating more of the very thing you are trying to avoid.

Smokers who try to force themselves to give up something they believe they need, or enjoy, or cannot do without experience a similar reaction and usually end up saying that they have ‘no willpower’.

Hypnotherapy is used in two main ways: either

  • as a therapy tool for administering suggestions for change, such as stopping smoking, weight control, increasing confidence etc. or,
  • for removing deep rooted fears and phobias.

Each client is a unique individual, with a unique set of strengths and resources available to them at the subconscious level.
Every individual person possesses within themselves all the necessary abilities to overcome their problems or fears.

By making available to YOU your own natural energies and power, it is YOU who effect any changes necessary.

You, the client, are in total control of the entire situation – the therapist, or hypnotherapist, is a professional guide showing you how to tap into your own inner resources and power.

In the pleasant and relaxed state of hypnosis your therapist is able to suggest areas of beneficial change.
The hypnotic state enables unconscious processing of ideas and acceptance of change much faster than is usually possible in a fully conscious state.

The benefits of hypnotherapy, and self-hypnosis, are all encompassing – it is an effective way of overcoming many problems in life.

When practised regularly hypnosis can help to reduce stress levels, increase self-confidence and motivation and improve your enjoyment of life.