Hypnotherapy is an acknowledged alternative form of treatment for many different problems. However, people sometimes find it mysterious or frightening. It shouldn’t be. Hypnotherapy can be a gentle and safe way to bring about lasting beneficial change. Read on to find out more about what to expect.
What are hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is a totally natural state, which many people have already experienced. Whenever you do something without thinking, such as when you drive a familiar route and at the end have little recollection of the journey - that is a mild state of hypnosis.
Hypnosis, originally called Mesmerism, was developed in the late 1700s by Franz Mesmer, an Austrian physician. Forms of healing through trance were used thousands of years before that. Hypnosis’ efficacy was acknowledged by the British Medical Association as long ago as 1892 and, over the years, it has developed into a well-recognised and respected complementary therapy.
Hypnotherapy is the practice of using a hypnotic state to communicate directly with a patient’s unconscious mind with the aim of creating lasting beneficial change in thoughts, attitudes, behaviours and feelings.
Modern hypnosis misconceptions
Hollywood has had a lot of fun with hypnosis: making it seem mysterious and threatening. But, in reality, hypnosis is never about controlling someone. It can be used as entertainment, as you may have seen in stage shows, but in a therapeutic situation, it is impossible to hypnotise anyone against their will or make them do anything that they do not wish to do.
These are two very important points to remember: all hypnosis is really self hypnosis, and if you are ever under hypnosis and asked to do something that isn’t congruent with your values then you will either ignore the suggestion, or you will just wake up.
The second point to address is the idea of a swinging watch and a monotone voice telling you to fall asleep - that won’t happen either. Although we do talk about a hypnotic trance, most therapy can be done with you being fully aware of your surroundings. It will be like that pleasant, very relaxed, feeling you can get while lying in the sun or when you first wake up from a good sleep. Hypnosis is a truly relaxing experience - I even offer gift hypnotherapy sessions, where you can just enjoy the relaxation.
What will happen in a hypnotherapy session?
Although every session is tailored to your personal situation, your sessions are likely to be something like this:
Assessment and introductory session
Before your treatment begins, we will meet for a sixty minute assessment session. This costs £20 and gives us both a chance to understand what you are looking for from hypnotherapy and whether we feel comfortable working together. It’s important that therapist and client have trust and rapport, and in some cases, I may suggest that you contact a colleague, or another support service, who will be better able to help you.
I will take down some details and listen to your description of the problem you want treated. We will examine some of the background and surrounding situation to the issue and look at how it affects your life today.
Every client has different needs, and right from the start, I will tailor your sessions to suit you. For some clients, I may teach you how to get into a light hypnotic trance, and possibly ask you to practice this or other ways of working with your unconscious before your next appointment. After that, the sessions will be a mixture of hypnotherapy, counselling skills, and other approaches as appropriate, and will often include learning techniques for you to carry out yourself at home.
At the end of the therapy session, if you have been in a formal trance, you will be gently guided back to full consciousness. You may remember some, or all, of what happened, and you should feel refreshed and energised.
How long it will take to treat your condition varies from one person to another. Sometimes, one or two sessions are enough, but more often, you need a course to really embed your new ways of thinking. Please give me a call to talk about anything you need to know.
If you have any questions about how hypnotherapy can help with a broad range of issues, please call 07815 156 495, email email@example.com or fill in my online contact form.
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