There are many fears and misunderstandings about the use of hypnosis and hypnotherapy, and the myths and mystery that surround it are totally undeserved. The rest of this page will help to reassure you that what happens is very normal, certainly non-magical, with generally predictable results.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is usually induced by the use of the therapist’s voice, though you are unlikely to actually feel hypnotised. There is no such thing as a ‘hypnotised feeling’, though many people find their senses to be far more alert than usual – you will certainly not ‘lose control’ at any time, nor can you be manipulated in any way.
There is no form of unconsciousness and nobody can be made to do anything that they do not want to do; a person in hypnosis is aware of everything happening around them, aware of themselves and their therapist, and will retain a full and accurate memory of everything afterwards.
Hypnosis, a totally natural phenomenon, is simply a very comfortable and relaxed state during which it is quite easy to converse sensibly with the therapist. Almost anyone can enter the hypnotic state easily, with very few exceptions for example very young children, and anybody under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is inconceivable that any harm could befall anybody in this pleasant state.
This is a reliable and safe therapeutic technique which is centuries old and is recognised by many branches of orthodox medicine as a valuable alternative to drugs, to accelerate healing, and to help combat pain.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis itself is unlikely to provide a relief of symptoms, whatever those symptoms might be. It is the therapy – hypnotherapy – which is carried out within the hypnotised state that is important. It takes different forms, including:
This form of treatment is ideal for helping to cope with such things as examination fears, driving test nerves, smoking, nailbiting, some weight-control problems, stress, and so on. Usually, between two and four sessions are needed and, if you wish, up to three people can attend each session, sharing the cost.
Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy (CBH)
This is used for the more deep-rooted problems. The technique aims to find the underlying cause of such things as irrational fears, emotional problems, relationship difficulties, psychosexual problems, lack of confidence, moodiness, sleeping difficulties, stuttering/stammering, anxiety, inferiority complex, unhappiness, phobias, etc. and most other problems where there is a psychological factor at work. The treatment incorporates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques and will normally be between four and six weekly sessions.
May include all of the above, including CBH, plus specific techniques for working with sports related issues.
You may rest assured that only the therapy that is right for you will be used and that we will discuss and agree the treatment plan together before the treatment begins.
What can be treated with hypnotherapy?
Whilst not a panacea for all ills, hypnotherapy can be an effective treatment method for a great many problems where psychological factors are involved. Some of the more common areas treated with hypnotherapy include:
- Stress management
- Stopping smoking
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- CFS/ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
- Weight loss
- Self confidence
- Phobias and fears
- Exam / driving test confidence
- Fitness and health
- Public speaking
- Panic attacks
- Memory and exams
- Fear of flying
- Insomnia and sleep
- Sports psychology
There are many more that hypnotherapy can help with, so if you can’t see what you’re looking for in that list, just give me a call and ask.
Hypnotherapists believe in working together with conventional medicine to achieve the best results for our clients, and I may ask you to consult with your medical doctor for any problems where physical factors may be involved.