Hypnotherapy can generally help to find those solutions to the problems that you’re finding difficult to overcome on your own
Many people have a misconception as to what hypnosis actually is. This misconception has been caused by stage hypnotists, fiction and the use of the word “trance”.
The Oxford English Online Dictionary defines the word “trance” as: a half-conscious state characterized by an absence of response to external stimuli, typically as induced by hypnosis or entered by a medium.
The term “trance” may well mean a half conscious state characterised by absence of response to external stimuli, however this is not a correct definition of the state of hypnosis. Nor should the use of hypnosis be associated with mediumism or mysticism.
Hypnosis has in fact a history of and greater association with the medical profession and has a long history as an alternative form of analgesia during surgery.
How does it work?
Hypnosis is a state of relaxation. A person experiencing relaxation (hypnosis) always remains in complete control of their thoughts, speech and actions.
It is impossible to make anyone do anything or say anything against their will using relaxation (hypnosis). A person experiencing relaxation (hypnosis) also retains full use of their senses, their ability to hear, converse and make their own choices and decisions.
The client can stop the therapy at any stage by simply opening their eyes, and will always be treated with the upmost respect.
Hypnosis is a state of relaxation that everyone has the ability to experience, as it is a state that is naturally experienced in day to day life.
There are two entirely different treatments using hypnosis:
Analytical Therapy/ Hypno-Analysis
Although many therapies claim to treat the original cause of psychological symptoms, this form of analysis is the only method of finding and removing the true original cause of psychological problems.
Neurotic, psychological and emotional problems are caused by repressed emotions. Unless these repressed emotions are found and released, complete removal of the symptoms will not occur. Typically this may take 7 – 10 sessions.
When a person in analysis releases a repression, their symptoms or problem will disappear quickly and permanently without further need for any form of treatment.
This conclusion to analysis proves that this therapy is not a theory but rather a proven method of resolving neurotic symptoms.
This treatment is used for stopping smoking, diet control, sports performance etc.
This form of treatment does not remove the cause of psychological problems but helps the client change habits, beliefs and patterns stored in their sub-conscious mind.
Under hypnosis, the sub-conscious mind is given the opportunity to accept new ideas that would normally be rejected by the conscious critical mind. Typically this may take only 1 session.
An Initial Assessment
An initial assessment is available. This allows client assessment for suitability of treatment.
It is also important that the client feels comfortable with the therapist and gives both client and therapist an opportunity to meet and build a rapport before commencing therapy.
Therapy For Children
Children also suffer from neurotic, anxiety related problems. Analytical therapy is not suitable for children under 18 years of age, however suggestion therapy can be used to help. (Certain young people aged 16 and 17 may be suitable for analysis).
A parent or guardian will be required to remain in the consulting room during the assessment and during 'suggestion therapy' sessions for children under 16 years of age.
What can Hypnotherapy help treat?
Simple problems such as nail biting, smoking and blushing can usually be treated between one to three sessions. Each session normally lasts for around an hour. More complicated problems, for example long term severe anxiety may require a course of 3-6 sessions.
Examples of conditions that can be treated:
Bruxism (grinding teeth)
Confidence, motivation, Ego Strengthening
Irritable bowel syndrome
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Phobia (spiders wasps, flying, etc)
Stress and Anxiety Reduction
Hypnotherapy can generally help to find those solutions to the problems that you’re finding difficult to overcome on your own.