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What is Hypnotherapy?

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Clinical hypnotherapy involves the application of hypnosis to treat a variety of psychological and medical issues. Research and practice over the last fifty years has fashioned modern hypnotherapy into a flexible technique with which to effect beneficial change. It is estimated that 85% of people respond at some level to clinical hypnotherapy. It is natural, safe and has no harmful side effects. When carried out by a trained and qualified hypnotherapist the benefits can be long lasting and often permanent. Utilising hypnosis in a therapeutic situation allows the unconscious mind to undergo a relearning process. For that reason, hypnotherapy is especially valuable when it comes to modifying long-established habits and patterns of behaviour.


What is Hypnosis?

We routinely experience natural trance states during the day-to-day course of our lives. Even passing into and out of ordinary sleep involves a kind of trance. The experience of hypnosis is similar: neither asleep nor awake and a little like daydreaming, underpinned by a deep and pleasant feeling of relaxation. When hypnosis is used for therapeutic purposes, beneficial suggestions may be directed to the unconscious mind, which is both a reservoir of unrecognised wisdom and the unwitting source of many of our problems. During hypnosis, the resistant faculties of the conscious mind are sidestepped and new ideas placed directly into the unconscious to effect beneficial change when in the normal, waking state. Hypnotherapy is a state of purposeful co-operation: no one can be hypnotised against their will, and even when hypnotised, a person is still able to resist unhelpful suggestions.


What Issues Can You Treat with Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is known to have a beneficial affect on conditions that result from repetitive learned behaviour, anxiety and performance-related stress. In recent years, I have had experience helping clients to:

  • Boost their self-confidence and esteem, improve performance, and work towards reaching their potential
  • Change unwanted habits such as smoking, nail biting, stuttering, bed-wetting and certain patterns of substance misuse
  • Lose weight and adopt a more healthy balanced diet
  • Reduce symptoms associated with irritable bowel and gastric conditions, emotionally-based breathing problems, and certain compulsive behaviours
  • Relieve nervous conditions, including exam nerves, driving test anxiety, inhibitions, certain male sexual problems, and certain rashes and skin conditions
  • Overcome phobias, sleep problems, and conditions provoked by the stresses and strains of life
  • Reduce the incidence of stress-related problems, high blood pressure and nervous responses that can give rise to heart problems.


Some Further Points to Consider


  • With the exception of one-session smoking cessation, hypnotherapeutic treatment is likely take a number of sessions. Change can happen quickly, but rarely happens instantly. If an issue has been with you for many years, it may take time for you to create the new patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that you desire. That being said, hypnotherapy treatment tends to be relatively brief. The ethical aim of the therapist is to keep the number of sessions to a necessary minimum.
  • Different people experience the trance state differently: some feel heavy, some feel light, some drift off into a deeply relaxed state, some hear every word that is spoken. Don’t be reluctant to ask in advance what the experience might be like, and to let the therapist know afterwards how you experienced it.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable, physically or emotionally, don’t be reluctant to tell the therapist. A good therapist much prefers respond to your doubts and questions so they can put your mind at rest. When you are feeling relaxed, you are more likely to get the outcome that you desire.
  • All therapy is a partnership. The hypnotherapist brings their skills, you bring your knowledge of yourself. It is important to be open, honest and participate in your healing process. Be prepared to do your part in continuing your progress between sessions. It helps consciously to start doing some things differently; that way you are able to re-establish feelings of control over your issue.
  • Hypnotherapy has a good success rate; however, it is unethical to give a guarantee of success. A successful outcome is dependent upon a client’s level of motivation and commitment to change. A skilled hypnotherapist will usually be able to generate an atmosphere of positivity, which contributes greatly to a beneficial outcome.
  • Instead of focusing on the problem, it is important to imagine what your life will be like when the problem has gone completely. What will you be doing differently? How will you think and feel? Such visualisations really help you to achieve your desired outcome.
  • Once beneficial change has occurred, we have a tendency to blank out the old state of mind. Therefore it sometimes helps to make notes or keep a journal to chart your progress.
  • It is important to acknowledge the small steps that have led to your success. It is important to choose a therapist who is accepted by an ethically based professional organisation. Practitioners who have been accepted as members of an accrediting national organisation such as the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) are much more likely to provide good service and abide by a strict code of conduct. Also, their qualifications and training will have been ratified as valid.

For further information, visit the BSCH website: http://www.bsch.org.uk/

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