What is hypnosis?
The word “hypnosis” is sometimes wrongly attributed to James Braid who was a Scottish surgeon and considered the “father of modern hypnotism”. The word derives from the ancient Greek word “hypnos” which means ‘sleep’ because of the sleep-like state that people would enter into when they were hypnotised.
It was later realised that people who are hypnotised are not actually asleep but rather, are in a highly focused state of awareness.
When hypnotised, we are said to enter a ‘trance state’. We experience a highly focused state of attention where our range of environmental stimuli is narrowed down to the point of a single focus.
Hypnosis increases your suggestibility which means the probability of your mind to accept suggestions is increased. This does not mean it will accept all suggestions.
You cannot be forced to do anything you do not want to do, instead the subconscious can reject any suggestions that go against your deeply held moral views about the world.
Stage hypnotists often appear to have this magical control over their subjects, but in truth it is the subject who is always in complete control. Some fear they will lose consciousness but again this is far from the truth. When we day dream we experience a trance state, albeit a light one, yet we do not lose consciousness.
In fact if the hypnotist were to leave the room whilst a subject was lying quietly in hypnosis, the subject would eventually awake as if they had just experienced a few minutes relaxation. We experience hypnotic states every day of our life and it is an integral part of our existence.
Everybody experiences hypnosis in a different way but will generally have feelings of complete relaxation, a calm sense of peacefulness and perhaps sensations of heaviness or lightness.
When we are hypnotised we are able to directly communicate with the subconscious and effectively re-program our response patterns.
Combined together, hypnosis and therapy forms one of the most powerful psychotherapeutic interventions to help bring about life changing experience.
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What is hypnotherapy?
Combining the art of hypnosis with therapy creates a very powerful alternative to general counselling and traditional psychotherapy. The major difference to these alternatives is direct communication with the subconscious mind.
The subconscious controls every system we have, from the rate of our breathing to the beating of our heart.
It exists to keep us out of trouble, to keep us alive and most of the time does a pretty good job, but what happens when we develop a symptom? Well, sometimes the subconscious mind, gets it wrong. Sometimes a person may develop an irrational fear of flying for example. The subconscious mistakenly perceives getting into a plane, as immense danger.
Try as hard as you will, it would be very difficult to try and convince yourself through sheer will power, there really wasn’t any reason to be afraid. Here lies the great advantage of hypnotherapy.
The response to the “threat” of flying is a subconscious response. Using hypnosis, you enter a trance state, suggestibility is increased and if the conscious critical faculty is bypassed, the subconscious accepts suggestions carefully constructed to achieve a desired end result.
What Is Solutions Focused Brief Therapy?
Everything we do is in line with the goals and objectives you would like to achieve and this is accomplished through a process known as Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).
SF Therapy works on the premise that we can overcome neurosis without having to trawl through all of our history to understand the root cause of a problem.
I am a firm believer that we do not have to be slave to our emotional past. Instead we can recognise our current situation and realise we can make changes in the present that affect our future for the better.
During our SF therapy sessions we are able to focus more on what you would like to achieve rather than why something has gone wrong and what you don’t want in life.
Having said that, it does not mean that we neglect the problems as it is important to provide an accurate understanding of your concerns.
What can I expect from my sessions?
Before any therapy begins, you will be booked in for an Initial Consultation at no charge (unless you are being seen for smoking cessation which is a one off session of approximately 2 hours).
The object of the consultation is to provide you with a clear understanding of hypnosis and hypnotherapy and ensure you have an appreciation of the format of therapy.
This is also a time for me to better understand what you want to achieve from therapy and get a more detailed explanation of the presenting problem.
Your first session will then be booked for the following week and each following session will occur on a weekly basis. Every session will last 50 minutes and your progress will be checked and monitored as you continue your transformation towards overcoming your problems.
How many sessions will I need?
Each person is different and will respond to therapy in different ways. A person’s objectives may change as other things come to light due to a shift in our perceptions creating a change of our awareness and experience over the course of therapy.
This may very well alter the direction of therapy as it proceeds down another avenue.
If you choose to go ahead with hypnotherapy, we will meet on a weekly basis. In comparison to many other therapies, a shorter time is required to achieve the desired changes. On average I see clients between four to six sessions but this may vary.