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Hypnotherapy

The British Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis states:

"In therapy, hypnosis usually involves the person experiencing a sense of deep relaxation with their attention narrowed down and focused on appropriate suggestions made by the therapist."

What is Hypnosis?

There are many misconceptions about hypnosis which can be traced back to the early use of stage hypnosis as a form of entertainment. I must admit stage hypnosis is fun to watch, but this is where I would like to leave it.

The practice of promoting healing or positive development in any way is known as hypnotherapy. Long gone are the days when the hypnotherapist is seen waving a pendulum and controlling people’s minds.

To achieve hypnosis or hypnotherapy the therapist uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness in which the conscious mind becomes disconnected from everyday concerns that are blocked out or ignored. In this naturally occurring state the persons, attention is focused on the things that they want to change, free from critical thoughts, however, it does require a trained and insured hypnotherapist that can skillfully use positive suggestions to improve and provide change within our lives. It is important to recognise that you are not asleep nor are you unconscious. But by bypassing the conscious critical mind, you allow the suggestions made by the therapist to help you to change the unwanted behaviours or habits. Posthypnotic suggestions may also be used when the person comes out of hypnosis.

Hypnosis, therefore, can be described as a form of complementary therapy that produces a hypnotic state which can be best described as ‘being open to suggestion’. Hypnotherapy can bring about the desired changes to our thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. ​

The aim of hypnosis, therefore, is to relax the client's conscious mind enough to alter the state of consciousness whilst simultaneously stimulating and focusing the subconscious part. When the client is in a heightened state of awareness, the therapist uses skilled relaxation techniques to then implant the relevant suggestions required to make such change. The general consensus is that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, but it is the hypnotherapist that helps the client to facilitate your experience.

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HOW DOES HYPNOTHERAPY WORK?

Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. Hypnosis involves the induction of an enhanced trance-like state, where the client is very relaxed, but still in a state of awareness, and focus, and the ability to concentrate on the hypnotherapist's voice. Hypnosis is not generally regarded as a therapy in and of itself. Rather, it is considered a therapeutic tool for creating a more relaxed, focused, and attentive context for absorbing the therapy.

 

As such, hypnotherapy is a kind of psychotherapy. Hypnotherapy aims to re-programme patterns of behaviour within the mind, enabling irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts, and suppressed emotions to be overcome. As the body is released from conscious control during the relaxed trance-like state of hypnosis, breathing becomes slower and deeper, the pulse rate drops and the metabolic rate falls. Similar changes along nervous pathways and hormonal channels enable the sensation of pain to become less acute, and the awareness of unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea or indigestion, to be alleviated.

 

These seeds will be firmly implanted into the client's mind and should be taken on board immediately. Hypnosis, therefore, re-educates’ your subconscious mind in terms of your habitual responses and instincts.

It is therefore the role of the hypnotherapist who is trained to bypass the critical conscious mind and talk to the subconscious mind where it can be reprogrammed through suggestions, concepts, and lifestyle adaptations.

HOW CAN HYPNOTHERAPY HELP YOU?

  • Manage Anxiety symptoms

  • Anti-ageing

  • Alternative cancer treatments

  • Bad habits

  • Burnout/stress

  • Children & hypnosis

  • Communication Skills

  • Depression

  • Emotional eating

  • Fears & Phobias

  • Grief & Loss

  • Healthy eating

  • Insomnia

  • Issues with health

  • Nail-biting

  • Motivation

  • Pain relief

  • Personal fitness

  • Phobias/fears

  • Pregnancy and childbirth

  • Relationships

  • Smoking

  • Self-confidence

  • Self-esteem

  • Sexual issues

  • Weight loss

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Can I get stuck in Hypnosis?

No, is the simple answer.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Yes, most people can be hypnotised. It is not necessary to know whether you were in a trance or how deep it was. Any hypnotic trance of a sufficient level will allow your subconscious mind to take a mental look at what is going on and that would be sufficient.  By taking a look at your mental health you will be able to understand the workings of your own mind, more so than on a conscious level.

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Kim belongs to the APHP - The Association for Professional Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy.  Please visit https://www.aphp.co.uk/pages/ethics for further details on APHP & NRPC Code of Ethics

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