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, which enables the subconscious mind to make the chosen positive changes. The subconscious mind and the conscious mind work together in trance.
What to expect
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process and it is important to understand that change happens because you want it to. It helps you to take the necessary steps to allow your changes to happen. People think it will all be done for them, but it is important that you have an intention to make changes, and hypnotherapy will support and facilitate those changes.
The FREE 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 are likely to need. The treatment begins in the initial consultation with an explanation of how the brain works based on neuro-scientific research. I will then explain how I can help you get back in control and on top of things again. 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. Then after the discussion you will have a trance session to help consolidate 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 low confidence – and making a whole range of positive changes in your life.
What is Hypnosis like?
Actually, we all experience the hypnotic state in our everyday lives. Have you ever driven home and not remembered anything about the journey, or been engrossed in a book and not been conscious of time passing? If so, you’ve been in a state of focused attention, not unlike the feeling of being in a trance or hypnotised. During the trance work, you will be guided into a similar state so that beneficial suggestions can be directed towards your subconscious mind.
Hypnosis or trance is just a state of focused attention. In this relaxed state, your mind is more responsive to suggestion. 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 and loss
- living with dementia
- PTSD and trauma
- quitting smoking
- weight issues
- anger 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.