Hypnotherapy can improve your life on a daily basis, including the way you feel about yourself and the world around you
It is a naturally occurring phenomenon used widely throughout the world by many doctors, dentists, psychologists and psychotherapists. It is, quite simply, a mind skill ~ a way to communicate with the problem solving part of the human mind where it can help many disorders, both physical and psychological. If you think of hypnosis as some mystical state, where the recipient is unconscious, controlled or asleep, there is nothing further from the truth! This image has been ruthlessly exploited by the entertainment industry, and is, unfortunately, the only comparison that many people have heard of.
Professional hypnotherapy can best be described as a state of profound physical and mental relaxation, during which we become inwardly focused, aware of our immediate reality, but with a comfortable sense of detachment. You are totally in control at all times and contrary to popular belief, able to end the session whenever you choose to. It is a technique that can help you to change unwanted behaviour, break bad habits, set goals, and improve your life on many levels
So will it work for me?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions. If the problem you are seeking help with is something you really want to address, for yourself, and not for someone else, then you have an excellent chance of success. However, if you seek help to quit smoking for example, but you are coerced because it’s your partner’s desire for you to end the habit, and not really your own, then the chances of success may not be as favourable as you had hoped.
How many appointments will I need?
To some degree a successful outcome depends on you, and the complexity of the issue being dealt with, but more importantly, your commitment to working with the tools and advice given. Without your input it’s a bit like following a recipe to bake a cake, but leaving out vital ingredients and then wondering why it doesn’t look like the one in the picture! Whilst some problems can be cleared quite rapidly, others may take a little longer. Some phobias can be helped with just a single session whilst other problems with deep seated roots may take a little longer. Rest assured that we will work together to achieve the best results for your particular problem. Please remember your treatment programme will be worked out according to what’s best for you in every possible way.
What type of problems respond well to hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy, when used in conjunction with psychotherapy (Hypno-psychotherapy) can be used for many applications and is very diverse. However, there are certain contra indications which may come to light during your consultation which may indicate that hypnotherapy may not be a suitable option for your presenting problem. Should this arise, I may be able to suggest other alternatives which may be beneficial to you, or, alternatively, point you in the right direction of a suitably qualified professional who may be able to help you.
The type of problems and conditions which respond positively to hypno-psychotherapy include
- addictions ~ such as smoking, over eating, and excessive use of alcohol
- stress reduction and alleviation of anxiety symptoms
- panic attacks, including irrational fears and phobias
- unwanted habits including the chewing of finger nails, hair pulling, obsessive and repetitive behaviour patterns
- improvement in sleep patterns
- low self esteem and confidence issues
- examination nerves (including your driving test) and fear of public speaking
- coping with pain and the issues surrounding long term and chronic medical conditions
- relationship difficulties
- sporting performance
- anger management
- the list is endless! ………
There are many more applications, and, strictly speaking, anything which is causing you a problem can usually be considered for treatment.
It’s not always a quick fix, and it’s not a magic wand, but the people who can’t be helped are very few and far between. If you can find the right therapist with whom you can build rapport and trust, and feel safe, then anything is possible.
Hypnotherapy should not be used in place of conventional medical care. Always consult a GP or other health professional for medical attention and advice.