Hypnotherapy is a safe, proven, and effective tool for directly accessing the power or the subconscious mind. Thanks to the persistence and effort of physicians like John Elliotson and James Esdaille, by the end of the century hypnosis was accepted as a valid clinical technique, studied and applied in the great universities and hospitals of the day.
WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?
Within the subconscious mind resides our imagination, emotions, memories, our automatic body responses, habit patterns, and our most deeply held beliefs about ourselves and what we believe is possible for us. Hypnotherapy offers a relaxed, receptive state that allows for new habits, beliefs, behaviours to be absorbed.
HOW IT WORKS
Modern hypnotherapy is a collaborative effort wherein the client and Hypnotherapist interact and work together, via the naturally occurring phenomena, the state that everyone experiences while awakening from a good night’s sleep, this state brings about the positive changes that the client has identified as desirable, and assists us to achieve lasting improvement in the quality of life.
Hypnosis is thought to work by altering our state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right-hand side is made more alert. The conscious control of the mind is inhibited, and the subconscious mind awoken. Since the subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind, this is the part which has to change for the patient’s behaviour and physical state to alter.
For example, a patient who consciously wants to overcome their fear of spiders may try everything they consciously can to do it, but will still fail as long as their subconscious mind retains this terror and prevents the patient from succeeding. Progress is made by reprogramming the subconscious deep-seated instincts and beliefs about spiders to something more positive.
MOST COMMONLY TREATED CONDITIONS
Hypnotherapy can be applied to many psychological, emotional and physical disorders from weight loss to overcoming fear of the dentist. It can ease the suffering of the disabled and those facing terminal illness, and it has been shown to help people to overcome addictions such as smoking and alcoholism, and foodisms. Children are generally easy to hypnotise and can be helped with nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting) and chronic asthma, whilst teenagers can conquer stammering or blushing problems which can otherwise make their lives miserable.
Phobias of all kinds lend themselves well to hypnotherapy, and anyone suffering from panic attacks or obsessional compulsive behaviour, and stress-related problems like insomnia, may benefit. Conditions exacerbated by tension, such as irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis and eczema, and excessive sweating, respond well, and even tinnitus and clicky jaws can be treated by these techniques.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
The practitioner will discuss your personal experience of the problem to ghet a better understand of how it presents in the both the conscious and unconscious mind. You are then guided into the relaxed state similar to a guided visualization. It is inside this relaxed state that new change is absorbed and the behavioural transition is made.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO TREAT A CONDITION?
Generally speaking two 90min sessions is enough with some homework in-between. The homework involves listening to CD given to you at your first session. In some cases further treatment may be required, or you may be one of the lucky ones who finds major change in the first session.