Dispelling the Myths:
What is Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy or Hypno-Psychotherapy is the therapeutic use of ‘hypnosis’ to free clients from a range of emotional and psychological problems. It is not appropriate for all clients and is very much a matter of choice. This is something that can be discussed at an initial free consultation.
What is Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is a perfectly natural altered state of consciousness, a bit like daydreaming. In fact, we all go into a hypnotic state several times a day; on going into and coming out of sleep and when we ‘drift off’ so that our attentions are directed internally. Have you ever been driving somewhere and wondered how you got there because your mind was elsewhere? This is a similar ‘trance’ state that people can relate to.
There are four key states of awareness; fully conscious/awake, hypnotic state, sleep state and dream state.
We use our conscious mind for most of our waking hours. Our conscious mind uses logic to reason (often other’s logic and not necessarily our own!); it evaluates, judges and assesses in order to make moment by moment decisions. But, when needing to make life changing decisions, the conscious mind can act as a barrier to change and self-healing! It is very good at retaining self-defeating attitudes and behaviour…….
Hypnotherapy uses the totally safe and natural state of ‘hypnosis’ to access the ‘inner you’ – your subconscious. In this wonderfully relaxed state, your conscious mind (or your ‘chatterbox’ as I call it) is able to take a rest for a short time and let your subconscious mind do the work without interference. The subconscious houses the real ‘inner you’ who knows instinctively what is right for you and what will enable you to grow. Healing can take place and appropriate suggestions can be made to amend dysfunctional ways of thinking and behaving.
A Hypnotherapist in rapport with his client can guide and stimulate awareness of internal events in ways which vivify memories, thoughts, feelings and mislaid abilities and talents. It is like looking at the ‘inner you’ under a microscope. It does not create new abilities, but it allows your existing capacities to be reborn or used in different ways. It is like getting back your power; the REAL YOU, with all the strengths and talents that might have got lost through difficult life experiences.
For certain issues, and if so desired, it can also allow the root cause of problems to surface to enable exploration and understanding. This is therapeutic for people who have had traumatic events in their life that they want to look at, deal with and move on from. It is also useful for getting to and understanding the root cause of fears, anxieties and phobias. BUT be assured that the subconscious mind will never reveal anything or take you anywhere that it is not ready to deal with – it is totally safe. Your subconscious is your protector and if it is ready to deal with events and experiences it will allow you to at the pace that is right for you.
What Hypnotherapy Is Not!
Who Can Be Hypnotised:
It is a fallacy that only certain people can be hypnotized. Virtually everyone can experience hypnosis. Fundamentally it is about building trust in the therapist and having the personal desire to really tackle your problems.
But it is true to say that some have a greater ability to be hypnotized than others. And for some it may take a little longer to really relax and allow the benefits of hypnosis to be experienced. Anyone who wishes to resist going into a trance can. And equally, anyone within a hypnotic trance can pull themselves back if so desired without the intervention of the therapist. So no one could ever be in danger of getting ‘stuck’ or under the influence of the therapist. It is totally safe.
So, the success of hypnotherapy is no doubt assisted by the following:
For some, the benefits of hypnotherapy can be instantaneous, but for others it may take several sessions. But clients always see beneficial changes. Clients most usually enjoy the experience and find the changes and discoveries therapeutic and insightful.
Who Can Benefit From Hypnotherapy
Almost everyone can benefit from hypnosis. It is unlikely that any of us are performing to our full potential and so hypnotherapy can assist with identifying problem areas and help us to achieve our full inner potential in the areas that we desire change in. Beneficial change is triggered by the stimulating of OUR OWN innate healing capabilities.
I state in my literature that it aids ‘personal development for life transformation’ – and this is exactly what it is able to do; it unleashes our inner power to transform our lives for the positive. Whether it be giving up smoking, identifying causes of anxiety, healing childhood wounds or getting back our confidence – or whatever it is - it can turn around our life if that is what we desire.
See ‘Treatments’ to see the areas that I work in.
There are instances where the use of hypnotherapy is not recommended however and these are:
Free Initial Consultation:
I always invite a client for an initial 20-30 minute consultation which is free of charge. This allows you to outline your problem or situation and gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. We can discuss the type of therapy programme that is likely to be the most beneficial for you. This session is completely without obligation because what is most important is to ensure that I am the right therapist to deal with your very specific requirements.
The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council
The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) has been established in order to offer a facility through which the diverse field of Hypnotherapy may collectively work to the status of Professional Regulation. The Council is comprised of many Professional Hypnotherapy Organisations and Training schools who have to reach the required standards before they can be represented by GHSC.
Further information regarding the practice of Hypnotherapy can be found here.
The website for the GHSC is as follows: www.GHSC.co.uk
The General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) is the registering agency for the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council. It was established following Department of Health guidelines.
The website can be visited at www.general-hypnotherapy-register.com
Practitioners who have fulfilled the relevant criteria and training can be found on the Therapists Directory. I can be found under the ‘South East’/Horsham. http://www.general-hypnotherapy-register.com/Therapists/England/Sussex%20(West).htm