What can hypnotherapy do for me?
How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis is the altered state of relaxation and heightened awareness, induced by suggestion. The surprising thing is that we go in and out of the hypnotic state many times each day. Many problems are maintained because we hypnotise ourselves with incorrect beliefs.
We have three different components running our lives:
- Our conscious mind – works within our awareness. We have control, we know what is happening and make decisions of our own choice.
- Our subconscious mind – consists of all our experiences and memories. We do not have conscious control of thoughts or behaviour arising from this part
- Our feelings and emotions – represented in different parts of our body and these too are beyond our control. They respond to thoughts from the conscious and subconscious parts and may or may not help us.
Hypnosis is a natural phenomenon that occurs throughout the day. It is a completely different state from sleep and has quite different actions on the mind and body. It makes use of the natural phenomenon of changing from conscious to subconscious states that is constantly happening during the day.
When we say we are “absent-minded”, we mean that our conscious mind is absent which implies our subconscious mind is present. When we daydream, we “go off somewhere” and are “brought back” to our conscious awareness by some sound or comment. This daydream state is remarkably like the one we feel during hypnosis.
It is the state we are in just before we go to sleep and just as we wake up in the morning. Some people call this “trance”, but I prefer to call this an “altered state”. It is similar to the feeling when we meditate, and hypnosis is similar to a guided visualisation often used in meditation.
When we are awake, we fluctuate between the conscious and subconscious minds and are influenced by both; often the subconscious is helpful whilst at other times its actions are out of date and unsuitable for us now.
For example, when we were learning to drive, our conscious mind had to use all its focus to remember to check the mirrors, change the gears and look out for hazards. When we mastered the skills to become an experienced driver, we sometimes arrive at our destination completely unaware of the journey. Our subconscious mind has responded to hazards like red lights, roundabouts and other drivers and safely got us home.
At other times it is not so helpful. For example, some of the skills or habits we formed when we were younger no longer serve a positive purpose for us, but our subconscious mind does not realise that and continues to use them. Smoking is an example of this.
Hypnosis is useful in learning about the role our subconscious is playing. Therefore, hypnotherapy may be viewed as “communicating with the subconscious and updating it” using the altered state.
How can hypnotherapy benefit me?
Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to help people change habits, overcome fears or phobias, or help with some conditions and disorders. When administered by a professionally trained and skilled therapist the benefits can be long lasting and often permanent.
Our past experiences have created many beliefs that we continue to hold to be true, but which are unhelpful for us, and are, in fact, impacting on our lives in a way that is holding us back from happiness. Hypnosis can be especially useful in analysing these beliefs and assessing whether we wish to continue with them for the rest of our lives.
Sessions will begin with getting to know you so we can tailor the hypnotherapy to you and your model of the world. We will agree goals and develop a therapy plan to help you to meet those goals.
My framework for using Hypnotherapy
I am interested in helping people who want to move on in their life and think that hypnotherapy can assist. Most of the issues I am happy to address are about concerns that other services have already investigated and they have no further services to offer – what can be called “sub-clinical”: relating to or denoting a “disease” (including phobias, anxiety or minor pain management) which is not severe enough to present definite or readily observable symptoms.
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So, how can you get started?
Please contact me to arrange a mutually convenient time for a free half hour session where we can talk about your concern and see if I can help you.
If we decide to go ahead, we will then arrange a time, date and location for our first session. This may be face to face or via zoom. I will direct you back to the website where payment is easily made via PayPal or card prior to the session. Zoom sessions may be recorded if you wish.
When you come to see me, we will spend time understanding what your concern is and how I can best help you. The first session will involve an assessment. We will work together to decide what therapeutic approaches would best suit your needs and agree on a plan. This will include how many sessions you may need.
Most sessions involve some hypnotherapy unless you choose not to. In many cases, I will generally teach you self-hypnosis so you can sustain the benefits from the therapy after we have finished our work.
If your concern is medical-related I will need to know your GP is aware that you are coming to see me so we can work side-by-side and not counteract each other.
All sessions will include some hypnotherapy unless you ask for that not to happen. In many cases I can teach you self-hypnosis so you can learn how to continue the benefits of hypnotherapy in your own time.
If you choose zoom, you can also be given a free recording of the session.
Feel free to get in touch with me directly using the form below and I will be happy to discuss your specific needs and how hypnotherapy could help you.