What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is gentle, relaxing and very effective. It’s a combination of psychotherapy and trance work. The psychotherapy in itself is extremely beneficial and its effects are enhanced by the use of hypnosis (or trance), which enables the subconscious mind to make the chosen positive changes. Trance gently brings your mind into a relaxed state where it is more receptive to positive suggestions, specifically designed to help you achieve your goals.
What to expect
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process which means it takes both of us to make it work! It’s important to understand that change happens because you want it to. Hypnotherapy helps you take the necessary steps to allow your changes to happen. People think it will all be done for them, but you must really want to make changes and also take some steps to help yourself.
The initial consultation is designed to start the change process by exploring what you want to achieve, how hypnotherapy can help you and how many sessions you may need. The change process begins in the initial consultation with a simple explanation of how the brain works based on neuro-scientific research. This enables you to understand better how I can help you get back in control and on top of things again. I also give you a recording to listen to when you go to sleep to aid progress. The process of change has begun!
Subsequent hypnotherapy sessions involve much more than trance work. During the first part of each session we’ll talk about the progress you have made, and I’ll be encouraging you to express yourself positively, focusing on solutions rather than dwelling on problems. After the talking you have a relaxing trance session to help consolidate and create the positive changes you have talked about.
The type of psychotherapy I practise is Solution Focused Therapy which is designed to reduce anxiety and calm the mind. As the name suggests, it focuses on solutions for the future, rather than analysing problems of the past. Provided you are willing to make changes to the way you think, therapy can be highly effective in relieving the symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress, and low confidence – and making a whole range of positive changes in your life.
What is Hypnosis/Trance like?
We all experience the hypnotic state in our everyday lives. Have you ever driven home and not remembered parts of the journey, or been lost in a book, or staring into space and not conscious of time passing? If so, you’ve been in a state of focused attention, which is the feeling of being in trance or hypnotised. In session it’s very easy – you just lie down on the couch or reclining chair so you can fully relax, close your eyes and listen to me. During the trance work beneficial suggestions are offered to your subconscious mind to get it to support you making your changes. Every session is tailored and focused on your individual issues and needs. Some of the benefits of my approach include;
- genuine, lasting and positive change
- rapid progress compared to other therapies
- wide ranging benefits which affect many different areas of life positively
- truly holistic approach – mind, body, emotions and energy
- a trauma informed approach
- a safe and natural process, involving no medication
- proven, powerful and effective long-term results
Hypnosis or trance is just a state of focused attention. In this relaxed state, your mind is more responsive to suggestion and is more resourceful. In a therapeutic setting, the suggestions are designed to help you change unhelpful thought patterns.
Clients often comment about how “ordinary” trance feels – it’s not unlike daydreaming – you can hear everything that is being said whilst being in a deeply relaxed state. Yet despite being so relaxed it can have very positive and powerful results, for a wide range of issues, including –
- anxiety and stress
- confidence issues
- alcohol and addictions
- children and young people
- depression and low mood
- fears and phobias
- grief, loss and heartbreak
- living with dementia
- PTSD and trauma
- quitting smoking
- weight issues
- anger issues
- hoarding issues
Hypnotherapy is effective. Results may vary and success is not guaranteed. Full client commitment is important and the client needs to want to make the changes – as do children and young people.