What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a evidence based therapy, with over 70,000 research references worldwide, but which is often misunderstood by the public. It is important to understand that hypnotherapy is not a magic pill. It requires that the client be committed to change and prepared to make the effort to make that change a reality.
"Hypnosis is the epitome of mind-body medicine. It can enable the mind to tell the body how to react, and modify the messages that the body sends to the mind." - New York Times
Hypnosis is not easily explained and there are various views and theories as to what is going on. Some theories work on the basis that you have a conscious mind and an unconscious mind, others refer to a trance or state you enter. Some say there is no trance and no such thing as an unconscious mind. Without going into any particular model, hypnosis is a natural phenomenon that we all have the ability to use. Whatever model is used hypnosis has helped millions of people change unwanted habits, thoughts, physical and emotional reactions. When it comes to change work there is a lot more going on than just suggestion.
"You use hypnosis not as a cure but as a means of establishing a favorable climate in which to learn." - Milton H. Erikson
I have learned techniques and inductions that allow me to guide you into a hypnotic mindset then utilise that mindset to enable you to make changes, using both techniques and suggestion. This hypnotic mindset can be utilised by nearly everyone with the openess and willingness to obtain it. Some however go more easily into hypnosis than others. So think of it like a skill set you have. We all have the ability and some will use that ability easily and some may need to practice it. That said it doesnt take a lot of practice to become proficient at hypnosis. Hypnosis therefore a natural phenomenon. Clinical Hypnosis practised by a trustworthy and professionally qualified therapist is completely safe.
"Hypnosis puts a person in a trance-like state so that they are more receptive to new suggestion, and better able to control what is happening to the body or see a problem from a new point of view." - Dr. David Speigel, associate chair of psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine
What Can Hypnotherapy Help With?
You will probably be amazed by just how many different issues hypnotherapy can help with. Most people know that hypnosis can be helpful for stopping smoking and treating phobias. However, you may be more surprised to find that it can help you to pass your driving test or become better at public speaking. Can hypnosis help with my problem or goal? The simple answer is most likely, most issues involve a pshycological element that plays a part and intesifies the symtoms. So if your issue or goal has anxiety, stress or worry attached to it then hypnosis has a good chance of helping. By reducing your stress and anxiety most symptoms will reduce as well as in the case of pain management. An example of this would be that hypnosis could certainly not help you to grow back a lost limb, but there is good evidence to show that hypnosis can help with phantom limb pain. Hypnotherapists are not, for the most part, medically trained, and so will not aim to treat medical or psychiatric illness, unless under a doctor's supervision.
If you are unsure whether I, or hypnosis, can help you, please feel free to get in touch to discuss your situation. Consultations are free.