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Hypnotherapy

Most people have heard of hypnotherapy, and many of you will be fully aware of the benefits of hypnotherapy when used in a therapeutic context. However, there are many people that also have misconceptions about it. Mainly from watching stage or television hypnotherapy. For those of you who have experienced hypnotherapy first hand, you will be fully aware that being made to do outrageous things against your will is impossible.

How does hypnotherapy work?

Hypnotherapy works by communicating with the unconscious mind which is where all of your habits and behaviours are stored. Hypnosis pushes aside the analytical and logical conscious mind which is always asking why. We can suggest alternative behaviours instead of the compulsive habitual processes that you have been running.

It is also a misconception that when in hypnosis you are asleep and awake up remembering nothing. In fact, quite the opposite happens. You are actually in a heightened state of awareness.

However, hypnotherapy completely relaxes the body into a calm and peaceful state, a little like the feeling you have just before you fall asleep at night. Hypnotic language is used in such a way that the suggestions are more likely to be accepted by the unconscious mind. Many people report that, immediately following a session of hypnosis, they feel more calm and relaxed than they have done in a long, long time.

Some misconceptions of hypnotherapy explained

1) Being hypnotised means I have no control and I will do or say something that I don’t want to.

Some people are very wary of the terminology used in hypnosis, such as the word ‘trance.’ They think that trance means robot-like and without control. The truth is that we are all going in and out of trances all day, everyday naturally. Some people know it as ‘daydreaming.’ If you have ever driven a car and arrived at your destination, suddenly realising that you cannot remember a part or parts of your journey; or have drifted off whilst watching a film and then snapping back to full awareness a little later on. This is known as a trance state and simply means that your awareness was narrowed down considerably during that short time period. It has focused itself on something that is important to you at the time.

We go in and out of these states of trances all day long. The interesting thing is that no harm comes to us during these times. Even when we are undertaking such tasks as driving. The reason for this is that your unconscious mind is always protecting you. In the example of driving, your unconscious mind is still alert and is looking for any danger, and should it find any will automatically snap you back to reality.

In hypnosis we induce this state intentionally. Whilst you will be relaxed and peaceful, your unconscious will still be there to protect you. If suggestions are made to you that go against your values and beliefs, your unconscious mind will simply reject them.

2) I will do or say something that I don’t want to during the session.

The vast majority of people will have seen some kind of stage hypnotism at some point, either on the television by the likes of Derren Brown or they will have seen a stage hypnotist at a public function somewhere.

This is where subjects are allegedly hypnotised and then made to do something outragous like behave like a chicken or drink a glass of vinegar. Let me assure you again:

You cannot be hypnotised to do or say anything that you do not want to do or say.

What you see in these public displays is a mixture of misconception, showmanship and suggestion. The ‘subjects’ that the hypnotist uses are picked out of the audience very carefully, being the most susseptable and easily persuaded people there. They are also very extravert, liking the fact that they have been picked to stand in front of a crowd. All of this combined makes entertaining telly viewing but is not how hypnotherapy is used in reality.

3) I wasn’t hypnotised because I was awake the whole time.

Many people believe that being hypnotised means that they will be deeply asleep until the hypnotist snaps their fingers to awaken them. It is true that many people drift into a deep trance and do not consciously remember the entire session. It is not a requirement for hypnotherapy to be successful. Hypnosis can be done in a fully conscious wakeful state. Whether you are awake or in a deep trance makes no difference to the effectiveness of the hypnotherapy session.

4) I can’t be hypnotised.

Like everything in life, what you place 100% belief behind is going to become your reality – whether it is true or false. Many people believe that they are not good enough to get whatever it is that they truely want. Of course, this is totally not the case. However, if the person truely believes this then it will become true because they will engineer their lives that way.

Milton Erickson (the founder of clinical hypnotherapy) believed that there is no-one that cannot be hypnotised. Some people are more open and receptive to hypnotherapy and others take a little longer to be able to fully relax. Normally it is because they have a ‘belief’ in one of the above misconceptions although after one session of hypnotherapy they realise those misconceptions were wrong and they then are able to relax and get the benefit of hypnosis.

Hypnosis as therapy has been used for many years with an astonishingly good rate of success, It can help a multitude of conditions and problems; and because the changes are made at an unconscious level, the results are long lasting.

If you have any questions that I have not covered please feel free to call me or email me. I am always happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.

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