Hypnosis creates a deeply relaxed state in which mental stress and bodily tension are reduced. In this relaxed state, the mind is usually more open to the process of change. The client and therapist work together, using a mutually agreed approach to enhance mental, physical and emotional well-being and bring about desired changes in habits, mannerisms, thought patterns as well as emotional and physical experiences.
Virtually all of us experience the difficulty of changing a habit pattern at one time or another. We can apply logic to a situation using our conscious thought; however, deep seated learned behaviors are held within the less accessible subconscious part of our minds. Once the subconscious is so ‘programmed’ it is often very resistant to change and resistant even to determined efforts of conscious will power based on logic, which is the language of the conscious mind. The subconscious ‘language’ is better described as imagination and visualisation, and so that is the language of hypnosis.
For over 200 years the technique of Hypnosis has been used to treat a wide range of physical, psychological and emotional disorders. It has also long been recognised that hypnosis may successfully be combined with other approaches such as Counselling and Psychotherapy and Neuro -linguistic Programming.
Hypnotherapy can be applied to achieve change and personal growth in a number of diverse areas – building/rebuilding self-esteem, resolving phobias, eating issues, smoking dependency, resolving relationship difficulties, enhancing career/job satisfaction, improving sporting performance.
What happens during a Hypnotherapy session?
Before any hypnosis takes place, there will be an informal consultation, when the issue or problem to be resolved is discussed in the strictest confidence, and where you have the opportunity to discuss the treatment approach, the number of recommended sessions and the likely cost.
In general, during the hypnosis session itself, you are invited to relax in an armchair or couch and are then guided into a state of deep physical and mental relaxation. While in the hypnotic state, you are still generally aware of your surroundings and can choose to come out of hypnosis at any time.
At the end of the session, you will be gently returned to the normal waking state. Many new clients are surprised at how far away the reality of Hypnotherapy is from any prior expectation of ‘mind control’, and find the experience deeply relaxing.