What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy or hypnosis is a natural state of deep relaxation. It is similar to the feeling experienced whilst daydreaming, or the point between consciousness and sleep. It is likely that you will have experienced hypnosis without even realising it. For example, have you ever been driving and arrived at your destination to find that you don’t remember half of the journey? Or perhaps you have been so engrossed in a book whilst a friend has been speaking to you that you haven’t heard a word they said? This is the state we refer to as ‘hypnosis.’
The mind is made up of two parts, the conscious and the subconscious. Hypnosis uses the part of your mind that is open to change through the power of suggestion. This is the subconscious.
The Conscious Mind
The conscious accounts for 10% of our minds and is our present awareness. It can hold the information and words that we are currently focusing on and is only able to retain around 7 bits of information at one time. It is the part of the mind that evaluates situations or issues, makes decisions, and exercises willpower. This is the memory we use for everyday function.
The Sub-Conscious Mind
The sub-conscious accounts for 90% of our minds and can be compared to a computer. It takes in everything we hear, see, feel and experience and stores it in our memory. It controls all of our bodily functions from our heart beat to our immune system and stores our emotions, habits, beliefs and permanent memory.
Through hypnosis I can re-program your subconscious mind to bring about the positive changes you so desire through the power of suggestion.
Hypnosis is a completely safe and highly effective form of treatment for the numerous problems and issues that people find hard to deal with. Anything from weight issues and depression to phobias and fears can be treated. Every individual experiences hypnosis differently. Some may feel completely relaxed and daydream-like, whilst others may experience a numb feeling in their hands and feet. There is no right or wrong way to experience this relaxed state.
Whilst under hypnosis, your sub-conscious mind will be open and ready to accept positive suggestions for change. This will help you overcome your obstacles and fears and help you towards achieving your goals and aspirations.
What I can treat?
Whilst I specialise in weight loss, weight management, and confidence and self-esteem building, as a qualified hypnotherapist I am also able to help in a range of other areas. Please see below for a list of some of the issues and problems that I am able to treat:
Reduction of the symptoms of IBS.
Understanding and coping with sadness, depression, or anxiety.
Coping with loss and bereavement.
Assisting with the reduction of stress levels in both home and work life.
Understanding and reducing the symptoms of panic attacks.
Dealing with insomnia and sleep issues.
Reducing dependency on alcohol, drugs, smoking, or any other compulsive behaviors.
Assisting with sports performance and focus.
Help in overcoming phobias and compulsive habits.
Reducing and controlling OCD’s.
This is the first session before we start the hypnotherapy treatment and usually lasts between thirty to sixty minutes. In this session we will delve a little deeper into any issues or problems that you are experiencing in a manner you feel comfortable with. You may ask questions at any time regarding any fears or doubts that you are having about the process of hypnotherapy. We will also discuss your progress going forward and the treatment that I feel would be best for you.
The sessions themselves will last between 60 and 90 minutes. In that time we will discuss your progress since our last meeting. This will include an analysis of your progress so far and your feelings in general. We will also spend a short period of time looking through any diaries that I may have asked you to complete and discuss your thoughts and feelings on those.
The hypnotherapy session itself will vary from person to person, but generally lasts between twenty-five and forty minutes. I will leave some time at the end of each session to discuss your feelings and progress. We may also consider plans going forward and your feelings about these. I may use some CBT or NLP techniques if I feel they might be beneficial to you.
For the hypnotherapy to be successful I will need your full commitment and dedication throughout. I may ask you to keep a basic food or emotion diary, or assign you some simple listening exercises so you may practice the techniques discussed in the sessions. Any time dedicated to study outside of the therapy room will set you well on the way to achieving your hopes and desires.