It may be surprising to learn we experience ‘trance’ many times during the course of our lives. Passing into ordinary sleep involves a kind of trance state of which hypnosis is similar. The state of hypnosis is sometimes described as comparable to the feeling you get just before you fall asleep. Neither asleep nor awake…. it’s a little like daydreaming with a pleasant feeling of relaxation during it all. Hypnosis is a different state of consciousness which you can naturally enter, so that for hypnotherapy purposes, positive affirmations may be given directly to your unconscious mind.
It is a case of feeling very relaxed – you are always in control and the hypnotherapist has no direct power over you whatsoever. They can make suggestions while you are in this state of consciousness, and these are more freely able to reach that part of your mind which is often referred to as the subconscious. However, you remain at all times free to choose whether to take on these suggestions or whether to disregard them.
Hypnotherapy is using the state of hypnosis to treat a variety of medical and psychological problems. It may even succeed where other more conventional methods of treatment have not produced the desired result. When carried out by a trained hypnotherapist the benefits can be long lasting. It is natural and safe with no side effects. Hypnotherapy attempts to address an individuals’ subconscious mind using the power of suggestion for beneficial change. When a person is in a relaxed state of hypnosis, the brain is at its most receptive to positive change.
Hypnotherapy works firstly by relaxing a person. When a person is relaxed their brain is relaxed, so we can appeal to the subconscious part – the part that sometimes act as a ‘monkey’ on your shoulder, and encourages us to do things we shouldn’t do. We do generally know what to do from our conscious part or our intellectual part of the brain; however our subconscious can often be in conflict with us. For example a smoker will know from their intellectual brain that they shouldn’t smoke and it’s dangerous, however the subconscious part will encourage such behaviour and make excuses for us. When we appeal to the subconscious mind during hypnotherapy we are bringing it in line with our conscious mind in order for us to be able to change our behaviour.
Hypnotherapy is effective in helping with many different issues such as:
- weight management
- stop smoking
- pain control
- lack of confidence
- Sleeping difficulties
- low self-esteem
- panic attacks
- and many, many more…
Solution Focus Therapy is extremely effective and sessions can vary from 2 -12 appointments, regarding your individual circumstances. This will be discussed at the initial consultation and will depend on the issues you want to address. Hypnotherapy can often be a relatively short process.
Hypnotherapy can also be used to treat unresolved events in your past which are being sustained at an unconscious level.