WHAT IS HYPNOSIS AND HYPNOTHERAPY?
Hypnosis is simply a deep state of relaxation, induced with the assistance of the hypnotist where the mind has enhanced focus and concentration. It's a pleasant state to experience and the ideal environment in which old inhibiting thoughts can be reframed, inhibiting patterns can be replaced with new and positive ones and commitment made to change and improvement. When a therapist trained in hypnosis facilitates this process, it may be termed Hypnotherapy ~ and that's really all there is to it!
Hypnosis is not at all mysterious - it's a very natural state to be in and we all experience it often! It's one in which we become totally absorbed in a book, in music or a film to the exclusion of outside events. It's when, while focusing on some issue, we arrive home, having driven back on "auto-pilot". It's that place between waking and sleeping first thing in the morning and last thing at night.....we all know, perhaps without knowing, what it is to be in a trance state.
When we want to access this state voluntarily for the specific purpose of altering our fears or motivations, it is then most useful to have a qualified hypnotherapist help facilitate that optimal condition of trance in which we can best adjust and enhance our thought patterns as we would wish.
What can I expect in a Hypnotherapy Session?
Hypnotism can have a slightly mysterious image to some, but it's really not an unusual experience. There is also a common misconception that a hypnotherapist could take over the thought processes of the client . In truth, the hypnotherapist always seeks to EMPOWER the client and their control over their OWN thoughts and at no time can a client's own will be over-ridden.
You can expect to be warmly greeted and welcomed and your comfort taken into account. Privacy and confidentiality at all times is assured. Many issues can be successfully dealt with by hypnosis but should there be any concerns as to the suitability of hypnosis as a solution, then the therapist will suggest a referral to another professional in a more suitable field. No charge will be made in this case.
Whatever the issue that brings you to a hypnotherapist will be discussed as fully as possible to determine the expectations and wishes of the client in their desire to banish a problem or enhance commitment to a goal. Commitment to the outcome is most essential and will be always agreed by the hypnotist and client before any therapeutic intervention is made.
The relaxed trance state is induced by a variety of means, very often by simply progressive relaxation techniques, always discussed with the client , who will be encouraged to deepen their relaxation and enhance their focus as the hypnotherapist talks to them, acting as coach to their own thoughts.
AT NO TIME DOES A HYPNOTIST ASSUME CONTROL OF A CLIENT'S THOUGHT PROCESSES.
The client can sit back in confidence and enjoy a relaxing period of time in a comfortable chair which adjusts to the needs of each individual.
After dealing with the issue, the return to a client's usual state of alertness is a refreshing and positive experience, after which a short discussion to reaffirm the benefits may take place.
How Can Hypnotherapy Benefit me?
The relaxed and focused state of hypnosis provides the ideal environment in which to turn down or erase negative patterns of problematic thoughts and behaviour and instill new and positive ones.
Hypnosis has been found effective in the addressing of low self-confidence, anxiety, sleep issues, aversions, negative habits and addictive patterns. Pain control may also be helped ( when medical assessment has been completed ). Hypnosis is also highly effective in boosting motivation and the achievement of excellence in all walks of life such as sporting pursuits or career aspirations.
How Many Sessions Will I Require?
At least two sessions are required to adequately assess the issue, address it and to gauge feedback. Each person and their concerns are different and best assessed in person.
No Obligation ~ Your Initial First Assessment to Talk Over Your Enquiry is FREE.
Are there any contra-indications to Hypnosis ?
Hypnosis has been proved to be of benefit to many issues and conditions , however it cannot be claimed to cure diseases as such, though it can help alleviate, improve and control symptoms of disease, illness or injury on occasion. Those complaints caused or exacerbated by stress however, such as tension headaches CAN be successfully treated as they are brought about by the stressful thoughts.
There is an enormous amount of evidence to support the use of hypnosis for overcoming pain. Though hypnosis should not be used until the client has first consulted a physician to determine underlying physical causes. Pain is there for a reason and needs to be dealt with, not just have the perception of that pain obscured with hypnosis which may then inhibit a true diagnosis.
Those with severe heart disorders and epilepsy may also be contraindicated due to physiological changes that could potentially occur while hypnotised.
Psychotic disorders are traditionally not dealt with using hypnosis. This includes delusional or hallucinatory disorders.
Those with dementia or senility as well as individuals with suicidal tendencies – all of which in the first place need to be referred to their doctor and ideally a psychiatrist.
IF IN DOUBT, CONSULT A PHYSICIAN REGARDING PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS. You may be advised to do so if this has not already been done.
What issues may be helped by hypnosis?
Confidence, anxiety, weight control, quitting smoking or other habits, improved sport performance, commitment to goals, overcoming aversions and phobias.....all and more may be helped by hypnotherapy.
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