WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
It may be surprising to many to learn that we experience trance or (hypnotic) states naturally during the course of our daily lives. Even going into and emerging from your daily nights sleep involves a trance state.
The experience of hypnosis is a little like daydreaming, with a pleasant feeling of deep relaxation. Hypnosis is a different state of consciousness which you can naturally enter with the aid of a hypnotherapist, for therapeutic purposes so as to bring about change to the subconscious mind. Anyone can be hypnotised if they want to be, it is a safe natural state to deliver therapeutic change. You will always be aware of what is going on around you, and you will always be in control (just deeply relaxed). You cannot “get stuck” in hypnosis and neither will you give away any secrets .
HYPNOTHERAPY is commonly used to treat SMOKING, WEIGHT LOSS, NAIL BITTING, EXAM NERVES, STRESS, PHOBIAS, COMPULSIONS, SLEEP PROBLEMS, WORRY, SEXUAL PROBLEMS, IBS, EATING DISORDERS, SELF ESTEEM, PAIN RELIEF, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION.
HYPNOTHERAPY what it is and what it isn’t
Let’s address some common misconceptions first, clients are sometimes worried that they may ‘lose control’ in hypnosis. In fact however deeply the client goes into hypnosis they always remain in full control of the situation they are fully able to talk and can even should they choose to stand up terminate the session and leave the room if they wish to ,it is important to remember that a person in hypnosis can NOT be made to do anything against their usual ethical or moral judgement or against any religious belief “ it’s probable that most peoples concern around a loss of control stems from stage hypnosis where participants are apparently persuaded to perform all manner of (usually silly ) acts . However anyone whom participates in a stage act does so entirely voluntarily (thus permission is already given to the stage hypnotist) and there is no such participant who is unaware of exactly what they are letting themselves in for!
What is the difference between a hypnotist and a hypnotherapist?
A hypnotist is someone who has learned how to hypnotise someone where as a hypnotherapist is clinically trained in counselling and psychology approaches registered with a relevant governing body is insured and abides by an ethical code of conduct.
If you are considering using a hypnotherapist you must make sure they are registered with the relevant bodies, the GHR (general hypnotherapy register) or the NHR (national hypnotherapy register) and abide by the code of ethics are insured and hold all relevant current documentation
DO NOT CONSIDER ANYONE WHO ISN,T IF IN DOUBT ASK, A QUALIFIED THERAPIST WILL WELCOME SUCH ENQUIRYS !
Hypnotherapy is a psychological therapy and counselling approach used in the treatment of in emotional and psychological disorders, unwanted habits, and undesirable feelings
HYPNOTHERAPY could actually be described as the ORIGINAL psychological therapy and even as the basis for a lot of the more recent styles of psychological treatment, EG mindfulness counselling ,N L P ,and guided visualisation techniques all use elements of hypnosis
What makes hypnotherapy distinctive is that it addresses the client’s subconscious mind directly this mostly requires a state called a hypnotic state which can best be described as a state of mind, enhanced by mental and physical relaxation, in which our subconscious is able to communicate with our conscious mind. This is a perfectly natural state that everyone experiences daily , daydreaming is an hypnotic state drifting off to sleep or the moment between sleep and waking are hypnotic states when you find yourself lost in thought sometimes or if you drive and you get to where you’re going along a motorway for example and don’t remember much about the journey ..These are all hypnotic states
What a trained qualified hypnotherapist will do is enlist the power of the clients own imagination using a wide range of techniques from storytelling or metaphor and symbolism which may be meaningful to the client and also deliver direct suggestions for change in short hypnotherapy is a safe effective and increasingly popular way of treating a variety of problems naturally, I hope I’ve gone some way to explaining what hypnosis is and answered any question or concerns you may have.
If you wish to discuss hypnotherapy further please feel free to contact me
Anthony Mack DCH, DHP GHSR Regd.