So you now know that hypnotherapy is a facilitated form of relaxation to allow you, 'the client', to create a subconscious change in new responses, thoughts, attitudes, behaviours or feelings, whilst in a state of hypnosis. This is a process that you can then practise by yourself in the form of self-hypnosis.
The power comes from within YOU! Hypnotherapy (like any other therapy) is not a miracle cure and it’s not something that can be done "to" you. The work, like everything else in life that’s worth doing, comes from within you. The good news is that every one of us has the ‘power within us’ to change.
Hypnotherapy is natural, safe and effective. I use a powerful combination of *Hypnotherapy, *Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and facilitation experience from many years delivering training and making personal change, to help support you by encouraging and motivating you to identify and observe the thought patterns that are keeping you ‘stuck’ in your current situation or ways of thinking.
(*In the USA, one meta-analysis of eight different researches undertaken there, revealed "a 70% greater improvement" for clients undergoing an 'integrated' treatment of both hypnotherapy and CBT, compared to those using CBT or hypnotherapy alone).
What Will Happen?
Hypnotherapy is carried out in an a relaxed or trance state and is one way to directly communicate with the subconscious mind. A person is so relaxed and focused on the object of their attention, which during a hypnosis session is the hypnotherapist’s voice, that their conscious mind is oblivious to all other external stimuli. However, any therapeutic intervention implies change, and the work of the hypnotherapist does not end with the client entering a relaxed, trance state alone. As a hypnotherapist I will use many different therapeutic methods ranging from simple suggestions to asking about past, present or future concerns to establish the reasons for the trigger or problem.
What Happens In A Treatment Session?
Generally speaking, I will review and discuss your progress to date and the use of various therapeutic techniques which you can then practice at home. During the hypnosis session itself, I will invite you to relax in an armchair and then guide you into a state of deep physical and mental relaxation, using my voice. While in hypnosis, you will still generally be aware of the surroundings and can choose to come out of hypnosis at any time. No responsible therapist would attempt to hypnotise anyone against their will, or encourage an individual to act against their natural inclinations whilst in hypnosis.
Some treatments, such as calming a person, require minimal change on the part of the individual. More complex behaviour patterns such as anxiety or treatment of panic disorders or reactive (non-clinical) depression require a more complex therapeutic intervention, together with psychological and behavioural homework to embed the changes desired. This is how I will help support you with the changes you may wish to make.
How Will Change Happen?
Think of any long-standing negative thoughts and beliefs about your life as files that your brain goes to when it needs to respond to situations in your life. I can help you, during hypnosis, to recall those old dusty, memory bank files full of ‘automatic’ subconscious negative thoughts and behaviour patterns and assist you in replacing them with positive suggestions, thoughts and behaviours, allowing you to challenge them so changes can be made. Put more simply, with my support, your change and mind power you will be able to select your thoughts in the same way you select and pick out what you want to wear or eat every day. YOU will now be in control of your thoughts, your behaviours, so you can achieve the positive outcomes you desire.