Hypnotherapy involves a range of gentle yet highly effective therapy techniques that take place while the client is experiencing the pleasant state of hypnosis. These techniques are similar to those involved in many other “talking therapies” and can involve helpful suggestions, regression techniques, creative visualisation and NLP, amongst other things.
As every client and every problem is different, the techniques used in your session will be tailored to match your individual needs. The key difference between hypnotherapy and other therapies is that it involves hypnosis, which means powerful results can be achieved much faster.
Contrary to the popular myth, when in hypnosis, clients are not “under the control” of the hypnotist or transported off to a far off land. In fact, this could not be further from the truth.
“Hypnosis” is an entirely natural state of consciousness that we pass through several times a day, for example, when we are drifting off to sleep at night or are daydreaming. Due to this, it is possible for pretty much anybody to be hypnotised. I use a range of relaxation techniques to help guide you to this therapeutic level of consciousness.
Hypnotherapy works on the principle that the mind is made up of the “conscious” and “unconscious”. The “conscious” part, which is responsible for our everyday decisions and logical analysis and thinking is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the mind. The unconscious, which is ticking away below the surface all the time, governs our emotions, instincts, habits, imagination and memories. Sometimes there is a conflict between what we want on a conscious and unconscious level which is often the obstacle stopping us from fulfilling our potential.
While in the hypnotic state your unconscious mind is more alert and receptive than usual, meaning we can make positive and lasting changes to help you overcome these obstacles, allowing you to become the person you want to be.
Everybody experiences hypnosis in slightly different ways. For the vast majority of people it is a very relaxing, pleasant experience. During hypnosis, you will remain aware of what is going on and would never say or do anything that you would not in a “normal” state of consciousness. The state of hypnosis is entirely safe – the worst thing that could possibly happen is that you would fall asleep!
I am also a trained EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) practitioner, and can incorporate this into your treatment sessions if we feel it would be beneficial for you.
EFT is a powerful tool that can be used to release all sorts of negative thoughts, memories or behaviours, such as anger, fear, jealousy, low self-esteem, guilt, anxiety and worry.
The technique, sometimes known as “tapping”, utilises the body’s energy meridians. The technique is based on the idea that by talking about our negative feelings we are moving them from our unconscious to our conscious mind. Once in the conscious mind, the negative energy associated with these feelings begins circulating in the energy meridians, which run throughout our bodies. By tapping on the end of the meridian energy points (acupressure points) while tuned in to the offending emotion we are allowing the emotion to flow freely and be dissipated, bringing relief.
This technique is easy to learn, and once mastered can be used to help free you from all sorts of negative emotions.