What is Hypnotherapy?
Do you ever lose track of time when engrossed in the TV, a good film or book? Do you drive a route so regularly that you arrive at your destination without recalling the journey? Do you hold a conversation, or listen to the radio in the car completely unaware of the process of driving itself? Most people would answer yes to these questions. Selectively focussing on anything evokes a sense of physical and mental calm. As we become engrossed, our brain disregards external sounds and activity in order to enhance our concentrated state. This totally natural phenomenon is hypnosis. It is not unconsciousness, it is not sleep, it is not a state of passivity. On the contrary, most people when hypnotised, report a heightened sense of awareness and clarity of thought. It is not what you see on the television or on stage; that is entertainment. In itself, hypnosis does nothing except create a pleasant feeling. Hypnotherapy uses the state of hypnosis as a tool with which to implement various counselling and psychotherapeutic techniques.
How Can Hypnotherapy Help You?
Hypnosis enables your conscious mind (wakeful, aware) to rest and your subconscious mind to become active. This part is responsible for your long term memory, habits, likes and dislikes, hopes and fears. Although designed with your protection at heart, life experiences and traumas can send it wrong messages that upset your balance. Through focus and relaxation a hypnotherapist is able to help you access your subconscious and teach it more positive, constructive ways of protecting you. This is Clinical Hypnosis; hypnosis combined with skilled counselling techniques makes this effective and efficient therapy.
Does Hypnotherapy Work?
Hypnotherapy can be used for most people. Being a natural state of relaxation and focus that we all encounter on a daily basis, with guidance and practice most people find it an easy, pleasant and surprisingly unremarkable experience. However in some situations and for some people it is not suitable. For example if you have been diagnosed with a form of mental illness, severe depression or epilepsy, having hypnotherapy would not be advised. It cannot be used in the first trimester of pregnancy. Certain medications may diminish the effectiveness of hypnotherapy. For these conditions there are always other options available; usually in the form of conventional counselling.
How long will therapy last? How much will it cost?
Sessions take an hour and usually run on a weekly basis, but this will extend as your therapy progresses. At your first free consultation, I should be able to give you a more precise idea as to how long we may need, but on the whole it will usually take between 6 - 8 sessions. Your initial consultation is free; after that each hourly session is £50. Please remember flexible payment plans are available, please ask if you feel this may be necessary.
What Can Hypnotherapy Help With?
- Fears and phobias
- Panic attacks
- Food/eating issues
- Confidence/self esteem
- Goal achievement
- Internet addiction
- Pain management
- Exam/test nerves
- Enuresis (bed wetting)
- Pregnancy and childbirth
Hypnotherapy can help with any number of wide ranging issues, so the list above is far from exhaustive. If your problem is not mentioned please look at the 'Common Problems' page for more information.