There are a lot of misconceptions around Hypnotherapy which is such a shame because it is an incredibly effective form of therapy for a wide variety of issues, with results visible much faster than through talking therapy. The average needed sessions for any specific issue is 4-8.
Hypnotherapy is not a magic show.
You remember everything that happens.
You are fully in control throughout the entire session.
No one can make you do, what you do not want to do.
What is Hypnosis?
We go into a natural state of hypnosis on a daily basis, when you meditate, reading a good book, driving on autopilot and just before you fall asleep just to name a few. During this relaxed state, our conscious mind goes into the background, and your unconscious steps forward. This is the more honest part of our brain that we want to be working with for most effective treatment.
Everyone enters a state of hypnosis on a daily basis. However, people’s ability to go into a deep state varies greatly. For example, those who regularly meditate find it a lot easier to go into a deep hypnotic state as they are more used to relaxing the conscious part of their mind. After a few sessions in therapy, people find it a lot easier to go deeper in a short amount of time.
When you are in a state of hypnosis you will feel very relaxed. Imagine how you feel just before you fall asleep; your body feels heavy, your mind is relaxing, and things just come to you without you actively thinking about them. However, you remember everything that is happening in your mind and you are in control of yourself and your mind. This is the same in therapy. You feel relaxed and your mind is much more honest with you, but you are in control. You choose how much you say to me or not say, you choose to accept what I say or reject it completely. Nobody can force you to do or believe something you do not want to. It is however, easier to re-frame how the brain is processing information which is why it is such an effect and quick form of therapy if you allow it to be.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary therapy. This means that it is used alongside other therapies and treatments. For example, if you are on medication we would still work with your doctor. It uses the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
The aim of the process is to alter our state of consciousness. This is done by relaxing the conscious part of the mind, while stimulating and focusing the subconscious part of the brain. This heightened state of awareness, which is achieved through relaxation techniques, allows me to make appropriate suggestions. It is then up to you, to accept or reject these suggestions. As the therapist I am working with your subconscious mind, and it is a lot easier to make long-lasting changes to your life in this way. That is not to say I can change any experiences you have had, or wipe them from your memory. What I can do, is help you process those experiences in a more positive way. As you re-frame this, you will change how you react to the memory/ situation/ issue. Imagine this scenario; you have just come into work and your boss has started shouting at you and blaming you for something. Let’s say this is very unusual behaviour for them.
Now you have two options:
1. You can react and take it personally resulting in you being upset leading to more tension between you and your boss throughout the day.
2. You can tell yourself they normally do not behave in this way, therefore something must be happening in their life to make them act in such an extreme irrational way.
How you process this situation and choose to react will effect how you feel. When working with past memories or perceptions we use a similar concept, we work with how that situation was processed, and when we change this, the reaction changes.
What to expect?
Initially, you will have a free 30-minute consultation with me. During this session, you will have time to ask any questions you may have about the therapy, how it works and what to expect. I will discuss with you your goals for therapy, and how I would like to work with those. Once we agree on how to move forward, we can arrange your first session.
After a little bit of quick paperwork will we get on with the session. I will explain to you the approach we will take, how it works, what to expect and move forward with that once you are comfortable to do so.
On average most people need 4-8 sessions on one specific issue. Of course, it can be that what you come to see me with is linked to several different things that we will need to work on, but this will be explained to you. Ultimately you choose how long you come and see me for and how long you feel you need yourself to get the ultimate results.
What can Hypnotherapy help with?
- Stop Smoking
- Weight Loss
- Exam Stress
- Sports Psychology
- Dance Performance
- Anxiety & Stress
- Dance Performance
- Sports Psychology
- Public Speaking
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Exam Stress
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Pain Management
- Nail Biting
- And many more…
Techniques I am trained in:
There are many techniques therapists use. Some therapists choose to specialize in one area, and only use that one specific technique. Others, like me, prefer to use a combination of techniques. This gives us much more freedom to work in the way that you feel comfortable with. I also love combining my Hypnotherapy expertise, with Reiki, where appropriate.
Qualifications I hold include:
– Neuro Linguistic Progragramming Plus (NLP+)
– Emotional Freedom Technique Level 2 (EFT)
– Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Plus (EMDR+)
– Time Line Therapy
– Positive Psychology
– Solution Focused Therapy (SFBT)
These are not techniques you need to understand as they all fall under Hypnotherapy and they will be explained to you as you go through your therapy, however feel free to get in touch and ask about any of them if you so wish.