Hypnotherapy is the second most researched therapy available today and has been approved by the British Medical Association in 1955 and the American Medical Association in 1958, even though it has been professionally used for over 200 years prior to its official recognition.
Contrary to popular belief hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. While it does involve the induction of a trance like state, the client is actually in an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating entirely on the hypnotherapist’s voice. This leads to the bypassing of the conscious or analytical mind and accessing the subconscious or non-analytical mind where the patterns of behaviour within the mind that enable irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions reside.
The conscious part of the mind deals with reasoning, calculating, analysing and remembering what we need to get through the day. The subconscious mind houses all our permanent memories, creativity, belief systems, perceptions and programmed habits and behaviour.
When the subconscious mind is accessed the issues that the client wants to address can be focused on and the reprogramming of the fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions can begin. Hypnotherapy can bring the subconscious back into harmony with the conscious so our experience reflects what we want not what we are conditioned to accept.
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that is entered spontaneously every day. Have you ever been oblivious to everything around you while watching television or being engrossed in a book? That is a hypnotic state. Or what about when you are driving on the motorway and you have no conscious memory of the last few miles that you have travelled. That is a hypnotic state. It can be described as a focused state where the conscious and subconscious minds can focus on different things at the same time. A form of hypnosis called hypnogogic is entered into just prior to falling asleep and the heightened suggestibility of this stat occurs when first waking up.
Anyone who can follow simple instructions can be hypnotised if they choose to be. You cannot be hypnotised against your will. It is a safe and effective therapy for adults, teenagers and children. It should be noted that hypnosis might not be appropriate for a person who has psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions or for someone who is using drugs or alcohol.
Hypnosis can be used in two ways. As a suggestion therapy or as a patient analysis. Suggestion therapy is where the created hypnotic state enables a person to be better able to respond to suggestions. Therefore, it can help change certain behaviours and habits such as smoking or nail biting. It can also help change sensations and perceptions and is particularly useful in treating pain. Analysis therapy is where the relaxed state of hypnosis is used to find the root cause of a problem and deal with the underlying issue.
There are at least three very good reasons to avail of hypnotherapy
1. It is faster than any other forms of therapy
2. It addresses more issues than any other forms of therapy
3 .It gets right to the heart of the problem and deals with it directly.
When used by a certified hypnotherapist hypnotherapy can help with the following:
- Anger management
- Weight loss
- Confidence building
- Self-esteem building
- Exam nerves
- Pain management
- Sleep disorders
- Stress reduction