Hypnotherapy is simply achieving an altered state of consciousness for the benefit of therepuetic purposes. This means encouraging a state of deep relaxation similar to day dreaming, meditation, or the state just before you wake up or go to sleep, and then making beneficial suggestions and using hypnotic techniques to the subconscious mind during this time. To put it simply, therapeutic hypnotherapy is about changing or “unlearning” patterns of undesirable behaviour and creating the desired change in behaviour that we want, by learning new, appropriate or more useful patterns of behaviour, using hypnotherapy.
We experience trance-like states everyday even if we do not recognise them as such. By harnessing this state, characterised by alpha waves in the brain and a sense of deep peaceful concentration, hypnotherapy can bypass the conscious mind so that suggestions can be absorbed by the subconscious. This way even deeply ingrained behaviours can be altered.
The hypnotherapist cannot make the client enter this pleasant state of relaxation. The hypnotherapists job is to help ‘guide’ the client into hypnosis using effective and very therapeutic hypnosis techniques.and inductions. Beneficial suggestions are then given the the part of the mind known as the ‘subconscious’. (or as some people know it- the unconscious). Whilst under hypnosis the conscious part of the mind temporarily allows these suggestions to bypass- therefore making the subconscious much more receptive to hypnotherapy.
These trance like states are an excellent way to communicate with the subconcious mind. Often there is a lot of miscommunication between the unconscious mind and the subconscious mind due to our behaviors, actions and words etc. We often give it a lot of conflicting messages which is one of the main reasons why we might not be achieving our desired goals and intentions.Hypnotherapy is about reinforcing beneficial suggestions to the subconscious mind which thereby enables us to create the desired change- therefore leading to the results that we want.
Clinical hypnotherapy means using very advance and clinically proven methods of hypnotherapy to treat a variety of physical and psychological health issues. Clinical hypnotherapy is very practical and is about using hypnotherapy to ‘change behaviors’ to achieve the desired outcomes. Clinical Hypnotherapy focuses on the underlying issues of the problem and is just not about alleviating the symptoms.
The subconscious mind is often the ‘dwelling’ of our problems and the image of ourselves derive from. It also contains a huge amount of potential resources that we don’t use. Hypnotherapy allows us to access this powerful and often poorly unused resources to change unwanted behaviors, limit negative beliefs, habits and change how we view ourselves and the world.
Of course just entering a trance like state alone is not enough to change behaviors and habits. Before trance a detailed case history is often taken. This is to help address any underlying issues of the problem. Once the client has entered trance the hypnotherapist will use a variety of therapeutic techniques to establish change which is often tailored according to each client’s individual needs.
Some of the myths or common misconceptions about hypnotherapy:
Fear of loss of control
‘Hypnotherapy? Never! I don’t want anyone controlling my mind.’
This is a very common misconception of hypnotherapy. A hypnotised person is in full control of themselves. They are conscious and are fully aware of their environment. If the hypnotised person is given a suggestion that they don’t agree with, they can refuse or object and this will probably cause the person to come out of hypnosis all together. Therefore, hypnosis cannot MAKE anyone do anything they don’t want to do. It only helps the client to focus on goals that they wish to accomplish. YOU are always in control.
Myth of having a weak mind
Strangely, there appears to be a common myth that only those who are gullible or weak minded can be hypnotised using hypnotherapy. Actually, quite the contrary is true. People who tend to be intelligent and are better at concentrating actually make the best hypnotic ‘subjects’…
Fear of humiliation
Many people have the misconception that hypnotherapy is similar to stage hypnotism. e.g. a hypnotist instructing someone to cluck like a chicken. People who volunteer for these type of stage shows are aware that they will be ‘clowning’ around in order to entertain the audience. A person under hypnosis will only do what they want to do. It is their choice. If a hypnotist asks a man to cluck like chicken, the person may do so – knowing that he or she is standing in front of numerous audience members who want to be entertained. The client has total control over their actions.
Hypnotherapy can be used to treat a range of issues, both physical and psychological. Some of them include but are not limited to:
- Negative emotions
- Problem behaviors
- Hypnotherapy for pregnancy and childbirth
- Weight loss/maintenance
- Inappropriate blushing
- Physical pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Stage fright/ public speaking
- Stop Smoking
- Relationship issues
- Phobias and fears
- Irrational thinking or low self esteem
- Increasing confidence
- Performance anxiety
Sidra Khan: BSc Psychology (Hons), MBPsS, MNCH (Reg), Dip. Hyp, C.Hyp, PNLP
Contact: 07526 000360
Contact: 07526 000360