Clinical hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis in a healing way to bring about positive and long lasting change in our lives.
It is a truly amazing healing tool that is great for working with anxiety, stress relief and management, weight control, smoking cessation, depression, insomnia, anger, grief, self-esteem, public speaking, goal setting and anything else that you feel you may want to change in your life.
Hypnosis is defined as
a natural state of mind, induced in everyday living much more than it is induced artificially.
There are many myths surrounding hypnosis, how it is performed and what the therapeutic benefits can be.
The client is guided by the therapist and is in full control of themselves at all times during a session.
Did you know that you can be hypnotised by many things such as when you become engrossed in a movie or a book, you may succumb to a sort of meditative state?
This is a relaxing and safe process that can bring about change in our lives. We inherently have within us that healing spirit and natural facilities to manifest positive, joyful and fulfilling lives, but occasionally we may find that we need some gentle assistance to activate this.
Hypnosis is a deep state of relaxation during which suggestions are made to create beneficial changes in ideas or behaviour.
The subconscious mind controls the involuntary functions of the body, including habits and things that we do ‘automatically’ - it is fuelled by our emotions and imagination and directs the energy from within. The subconscious mind also contains memories of every single thing that has occurred to us.
In hypnosis the mind is very receptive to new ideas and open to suggestions which encourage more sensible, balanced or helpful attitudes to reality.
In the clinical setting, symptoms associated with stress or anxiety can be helped; in such cases it is not a substitute for medical treatment, but a very useful supplement to it. Mind and body affect each other and the person as a whole in benefited by this holistic approach.
For some conditions, regression techniques can be used. This may mean re-examining (without necessarily re-experiencing) events which influenced us at an earlier time in life. By bringing these memories to the surface the subconscious mind is able to discharge the negative effects and can be ‘reprogrammed’ for success.
The number of sessions required usually varies from person to person, however most people feel some benefit from hypnotherapy immediately.
CDs are provided for your continued use at home and you will be advised on how and when to use them.
Questions and Answers
Q. Can anyone be hypnotised?
A. Most people can, providing they are able to understand the things they have to do in order to achieve this state, i.e. simple verbal instructions from the therapist.
Q. Can I be made to say or do anything against my will whilst I am in hypnosis?
A. No. Clinical hypnosis is not the same as stage hypnosis, you are free to accept or reject any suggestions made. You are in control throughout.
Q. Will I be aware of what is happening or being said whilst I am in the hypnosis state?
A. Yes. You will feel deeply relaxed but will never lose contact with the Hypnotherapist’s voice.
Q. What happens if I don’t come out of trance or something happens to the Hypnotherapist before I am brought out?
A. You would simply come out of the trance naturally as the rapport would be lost with the Hypnotherapist. No-one has ever remained in trance indefinitely.
Q. Will I be able to drive afterwards?
A. Yes. You will still be feeling relaxed, however your actions and reactions will be functioning super efficiently.
Q. When I am in hypnosis am I unconscious?
A. No, you are in a state half-way between sleep and wake.
Other Uses of Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis is often used in sport psychology to bring the best out of athletes. People who expect to excel usually do. Mentally rehearsing a successful game can fire neurons in the brain in exactly the same patterns they would follow when actually performing the activity. It is believed that these movements, along with contractions in the muscles, are responsible for improved neuromuscular co-ordination.
Hypnosis is the ideal state for enhancing creativity and imaginative pursuits. Many artists, writers, musicians and inventors have produced their best work during trance states when ideas flow more easily and abundantly.
Self hypnosis is taught in groups or individually. During therapy a post-hypnotic suggestion may be given to achieve the desired state, giving you the confidence you need to free yourself from self-limiting beliefs.
In group experiments, tests have shown that patients treated with hypnotherapy have enhanced anatomical and fracture healing. Before anaesthetic was discovered some 75% of patients operated upon would die during or shortly after the operation, compared to 5% of those treated with hypnosis.
Some of the problems that Hypnotherapy can help with are:
Abuse Related problems
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)
Fears and Phobias
Habits and Compulsions
Migraines and Headaches
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
AND SO MUCH MORE
Hypnosis Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of altered awareness during which our subconscious mind is more open and receptive to suggestions that are given. We drift in and out of different levels of awareness many times a day, absorbing information on a subliminal level as well as a conscious one. Your hypnotherapist will work with your imagination to help you to achieve your goals.
Q. How does it feel to be hypnotised?
Every person is unique and different. Some people say that their body feels like a lead weight, others say they feel as though they're floating away. Most people will agree that it's a lovely feeling because they are more relaxed that they have ever been before.
Q. When I am 'under' will I be asleep?
You will be aware of everything that is happening and being said the whole time, however you will be so deeply relaxed that you may find yourself drifting into different levels of awareness. Remember, your subconscious mind is active throughout and it is this that your therapist is working with.
Q. Will I remember everything afterwards?
That depends how deep in hypnosis you are, but generally most people do remember either everything or certain parts of the experience. You will find that suggestions which have been given to you in hypnosis will resurface in your conscious, thinking mind after your hypnosis session and these will be the thoughts that produce changes in your behaviour or way of thinking and feeling.
Q. What is the difference between psychoanalysis and hypno-analysis?
Psychoanalysis gives a complete explanation of a complicated behaviour pattern. It deals with the material of the unconscious mind, which, through special, time consuming techniques, is brought into the patient's consciousness so that they can deal with it.
Hypno-analysis reveals the cause of a patient's particular reaction to a given set of circumstances. It deals with awareness below the level of consciousness. Hypno-analysis is a speedier method of therapy. It is the difference between a broad plateau and a pinpoint. A complete psychoanalysis takes time, years in some cases. Hypno-analysis can takes hours or less.
Q. Do I have to remember things from my past in order to recover from my problem?
Not necessarily; different therapists have varied approaches, but if the cause of your problem is a repressed memory (one that you are unable to remember consciously), then bringing it back into conscious awareness can help you to view the problem from a different perspective and so feel differently about it. If you find the idea of revisiting old memories painful then your therapist can help you to dissociate from them so that you can remember the experience without experiencing the emotions associated to them.
Q. Will I give away any secrets whilst I am hypnotised?
No, you won't say or do anything at all that you don't want to. If you were given suggestions that you didn't morally agree with you would come out of hypnosis or disregard the suggestions.
Q. How do I know I will wake up from hypnosis?
No one has ever remained in hypnosis indefinitely. Even if something were to happen to the hypnotherapist halfway through the session, you would still 'come out' of the trance state once rapport had been broken.
Q. Are there any side effects from hypnosis?
The only side effects are the beneficial ones of feeling more relaxed afterwards and feeling more positive about whatever it was you sought hypnotherapy for. Hypnosis is a perfectly natural state.
Q. Can I be hypnotised against my will?
Anyone can resist hypnosis during a session and it won't work, however the question remains as to why someone would seek hypnotherapy if they didn't want it to help them. Hypnosis requires cooperation between two people - your therapist will show you the way and you can choose if you want to go there or not.
If you are not prepared to accept that hypnosis could benefit you then your best option would be to seek alternative treatment - (however - in my own experience - sceptics are very often the best subjects).
There is documented evidence however that some unscrupulous people can covertly hypnotise others into doing something they wouldn't normal dream of. They are not using hypnosis to help someone (they are only interested in helping themselves). Because they are using covert hypnosis they are extremely unlikely to be advertising their services as a qualified Hypnotherapist.
Q. How can I check if a Hypnotherapist is qualified?
Hypnotherapists must belong to a professional association (e.g. The Professional Hypnotherapy Practitioner Association) in order to be eligible for Professional Indemnity Insurance. Often you can check on their website to see if your Hypnotherapist is listed on their members page or use their contact form or telephone number to request verification.
Q. I went to a hypnotherapist once before and it didn't work. Does this mean I'm not able to be hypnotised?
The most common reason for failure to induce trance is lack of rapport. To overcome this problem, make a few free initial consultations with different therapists and choose one that you instinctively trust.
Q. Can I be treated for different problems at the same time?
You can - if they are related issues, however because hypnosis requires a complete focus of attention it is far better to concentrate on one problem at a time. People wishing to stop smoking (for example) who are afraid of doing so in case they gain weight can be helped with the correct approach. This is because many of us experience 'symptom substitution' - we can substitute one addiction for another. Your therapist should have the skills to recognise if this is the case and deal with the issue at its core.
What is Hypnosis?
Through Regression hypnotherapy the therapist guides the client back to root causes of the issue presented. The client goes within to discover and resolve blockages that are holding one back from progressing in their lives and achieving their goals. As stated above the answers lie within the client. Discovering these blockages which are often outgrown behaviours, one may move beyond them, changing the old habits and creating new ones that work better for this current stage in their lives.
Hypnotherapy is recognised as a reputable successful modality and has been shown repeatedly to be a safe, effective alternative that can alleviate a wide range of problems in just a relatively short time frame.
What can hypnotherapy treat?
Hypnotherapy can be successfully used to address -
past life regression,
and many other issues that clients will normally present