Lets dispel a few myths by answering a few commonly asked questions.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a branch of complimentary medicine which uses the application of hypnotic techniques to bring about beneficial changes. Hypnosis is used as a tool to enable consulting clients to enter a state where they are more receptive to the exploration of their own minds. The hypnotherapist will seek to help clients gain insight into their problems and to release blocks. At all times clients will be aware of their surroundings, they will not be unconscious and the process of hypnotherapy is dependent on co-operation between the client and therapist. There is no question of the therapist “taking over” the client’s will, rather the therapist is seeking to help clients uncover hidden motivations, to see things in a different perspective and gain enough confidence to achieve their personal goals. This comes about from within the client. The therapist wishes to guide clients to use the power of their own minds to achieve their desired objectives.
Some key points:-
- Attention is focused on internal events.
- There is diminution or loss of interest in the conscious awareness of external realities.
- There is increased awareness of internally generated realities and therefore hypnosis is not sleep.
- All hypnosis is self-hypnosis and for a willing subject, can be facilitated by the skilled operator.
- Hypnosis is a tool of therapy and not a therapy itself. It does not create new abilities; it enables existing capacities to be used in new ways.
- During hypnosis, the subject has increased awareness of internal events in ways which can elicit vivification of memories, thoughts, feelings and mislaid abilities.
- Subjects respond to the hypnotic process and to suggestions in their own creative and unique ways and in light of their own personal understandings, experiences and abilities.
- The deliberate induction of hypnotic trance and elicitation of the desired phenomena, usually requires some learning on the part of the subject.
What is Mindfulness
Mindfulness means the awareness that emerges when we learn to pay attention in a particular way:
on purpose, in the moment, and non-judgmentally to things as they are.
I’ll teach you how to incorporate Mindfulness into your daily life.
Is hypnosis sleep?
No, it isn’t sleep. However, you may well be asked to close your eyes whilst focusing on doing eyes closed processes. Hypnosis, is an extremely relaxing and pleasurable experience. Some people remember everything and others don’t. This doesn’t effect how effective it is at making profound and sustainable changes to a persons thoughts, emotions and behaviour. Hypnotherapy isn’t a passive therapy, it’s not something thats done to you. Yes you’re guided by the therapist but you tend to be aware and often encouraged to respond or take action whist hypnotised.
Could I be made to do something against my will?
Simple answer is no. If at anytime during the process you were asked to do something that goes against your core morals or beliefs then you would be able to say so immediately. Hypnotherapy, isn’t stage hypnosis you’ll always have control. There will be no barking like a dog in my office, unless you want to! Giggle.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
We are all hypnotisable. All ages groups, even children, with the guardians consent of course. The rule is as long as the individual has all of their faculties and can follow simple precise instructions then yes they can enjoy hypnosis.
Is hypnosis safe?
Hypnosis is a completely safe and natural phenomenon. We all enter in and out of the hypnotic state periodically throughout the day. For example, when you’re in a waiting room you might find that you’re thinking about all the things you could be doing whilst time seems to slow down. Or when you’re engrossed in a really good book and the time flies, you’re completely unaware of what is going on around you whilst you see the images and sounds in your mind. Or when a film has you gripped on the edge of your seat. Even in the supermarket you see people all over the place visualising what ingredients they have in their cupboards at home. When we listen to music we remember all kinds of nostalgia. When used skilfully in therapy what hypnosis does is help create a hyper- suggestible state of mind that makes therapy more effective. By combining hypnosis with psychological strategies and techniques its extremely effective at altering thinking patterns quickly. Combining CBT & Hypnosis has been proven to be more effective. Hypnotherapy is recognised as a treatment by the British Medical Association, The American Medical Association & the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Can you get stuck in hypnosis?
Absolutely Not. There are no known cases of anyone ever getting stuck in hypnosis. You can relax knowing that should you need to respond to an emergency you would be able to do so easily and immediately. You’ll just leave my office feeling better then when you arrived.
If you have any additional questions about Hypnotherapy and how I work please don’t hesitate to contact me here I’ll be happy to help you.