Hypnotherapy is a type of alternative therapy in which we use hypnosis to get you in a trance-like state of focused attention and increased suggestibility. During this state we then use repeated positive suggestions and induced mental images to help you deal with a variety of concerns and issues.
Oops, it’s out. That word… HYPNOSIS! There are many myths and misconceptions about what actually happens during hypnosis and these have been further confused by ‘stage hypnotism’. An example of this is: you do think of people clucking like chickens on a stage when you hear this word – Hypnosis, right?
Now let’s address these myths by explaining some of the basics. Hypnosis is first and foremost a relaxation technique. Using a soft gentle voice and visualisation techniques (your imagination), creates a state of mind similar to a deep daydream, like the feeling you get as you are just starting to drift off to sleep. This is a perfectly natural state of mind and is very easy to do.
We are in a state of Hypnosis many times in a day. Ever missed a motorway exit because you were lost in thought? Natural Hypnosis. Ever read a few good pages of a book and not remembered a word because you were daydreaming? Natural Hypnosis. Ever washed the whole dish lot in the sink while planning tomorrow’s shopping? Natural Hypnosis.
Anyone can be hypnotised as it is merely about ‘focusing of the mind’, and it’s all about practice. We are in hypnosis every day in one form or another as you are right now, unaware of your surroundings, because you are focused on what you are reading here.
As in any therapy really, there is the question of trust. You will of course need to trust your therapist. The main obstacles in people entering hypnosis are the fear of giving up control to the hypnotherapist, the fear of their secrets being revealed and the fear of not waking up from hypnosis.
What they don’t know is that the hypnotherapist can make suggestions, but they can freely choose to accept or reject. You will not do anything you do not think is acceptable. And the trance state can be terminated by you at any time. The confidentiality of our clients is always protected. And there’s no such thing as not waking up from it. If anything, you will wake up more alert and refreshed, like you would after having a good restful sleep.
There are more detailed answers to your possible hypnotherapy related questions in our F.A.Q. section.
We use personalized hypnotherapy scripts, along with various techniques like Parts Therapy, EmoTrance or Body Map for a wide range of problems from nail-biting to insomnia, sports performance to pain management, smoking cessation to weight loss, anxiety release to better driving.
As your body relaxes in a hypnosis session, your Conscious Mind drifts off to the background bringing forward your Subconscious Mind. This is where your old beliefs are stored. Which old beliefs? “I can’t quit smoking.” “I’m afraid of water.” “I’m not good/smart/kind enough.” Those old beliefs. That are not even yours, believe it or not. They have been registered in your Subconscious, ususally at a very young age, just by repetition. And you can now choose to replace them.
During hypnosis your Subconscious Mind is more alert and susceptible to new powerful suggestions, hence being able to change those old beliefs. These new suggestions are uploaded directly to your Subconscious Mind, enabling you to take charge and change your life.
Remember: All healing comes from you.