Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis to bring about therapeutic benefits and positive change. It is a natural state of relaxation which you allow yourself to enter. The sensation experienced during hypnosis is similar to that of daydreaming or meditation. Under hypnosis, the mind can release unwanted feelings, thoughts and behavioural patterns. Hypnotherapy can help with many issues including anxiety, poor memory, fear of public speaking and stopping smoking. Hypnotic techniques are a rapid and effective tool for personal change.
It is as Hypnotherapy that hypnosis is most astonishingly effective. As well as facilitating the effects of other forms of psychotherapy including CBT, Hypnotherapy is rightly perceived as a therapy in its own right.
Hypnotherapy is astonishingly effective. A recent comparative study quoted in a guide to alternative therapies found that:
More specifically Hypnotherapy can be incredibly effective in the treatment of emotional conditions. These, amongst others, include stress and anxiety, low self confidence and self worth, anger and frustration, worry and fear.
It is important to recognize that the hypnotic state or trance is not unique to therapy. A light state of hypnosis often occurs in our every day lives:
Examples of these are daydreaming, going into ‘automatic pilot’ and getting ‘lost’ in a book or film. We are all already very familiar and comfortable with the state of hypnosis. It is by no means strange or difficult to enter in to it or indeed to be in it. Hypnotherapy is simply the usage of this every day trance for therapeutic purposes.
Before the actual process of Hypnotherapy can begin I will encourage you to talk about the problem(s) you are experiencing (during this part of the treatment I adopt a neutral and supportive role based on the Person Centred approach). My aim is to develop clarity and an understanding of the issue, the depth and breadth of the feelings involved and the expectations you may have of the therapy.
I will explain what hypnosis is, how hypnotherapy works, what you can expect and answer any questions you may have. I will then ask you to close your eyes and we will begin the hypnotic induction. This involves a unique process of deep physical and mental relaxation. It is designed to facilitate the process whereby you gently begin to detach yourself from your ordinary every day thoughts and feelings. In time you will feel yourself becoming absorbed in my suggestions and your own imagination or memory.
As hypnosis is induced your subjective state begins to change in quality. At this point there is a noticeable deepening and slowing down of your breathing and often a change in the movement of your eyes. Once this has occurred I use a range of therapeutic techniques to increase the depth of relaxation. These include direct suggestion, counting and breathing and the use of imagery.
You will experience what is called an ‘altered state of consciousnesses’. This means that you are conscious, but you are also deeply relaxed. You can still hear what I am saying, understand what I am saying, you can move, talk and open your eyes should you wish to. You control the depth of relaxation and you can stop the process at any point should you want to. Some clients have described the experience as a similar to the feelings of meditation or a day dream. All clients have found the relaxing state of hypnosis to be an enjoyable experience.
Once you are under hypnosis I will make the appropriate hypnotic suggestions. These will have been discussed and agreed upon before hand. The suggestions are based around your wants, needs and desires.
Rather importantly when under hypnosis you are more open to suggestion then in the conscious waking state. You are more likely to accept the suggestions I give to you without reservation and without necessarily having any logical reasons to do so.
The effectiveness of hypnotherapy can be astonishing.
From the moment you walk into the room you feel the warmth of Sarah’s personality. She is very good at assessing how to help you and does it with gentle steps. She has been an enormous help and encouragement to me as we have worked together on my phobia and OCD. I recommend her very highly indeed.
Over the years, in our sessions there were many tears, laughter and so many aha moments, where I had gradually began to see the light again, my wounded heart could open a little more and my mind could turn that corner, to see things a little differently.
Sarah helped me to stop smoking with hypnotherapy. I still see her from time to time for anxiety.
I am still a none smoker!
I came to Sarah for CBT. I’d been signed off from work and had some serious stress issues. Sarah listened and helped me to make sense of the confusion I was feeling. She also taught me ways to help myself. I feel strong and in control now.
I was unimaginably fortunate to have met Sarah after I had lost my mother to cancer. I was in excrutiating emotional pain. Swaying daily between anxiety, depression guilt, deep despair and insomnia. I really couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, my world as I had known it had collapsed. On reflection I remember that I had almost crawled into Sarah’s room seeking some relief from my pain
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