What is Hypnotherapy?

Clinical Hypnotherapy

Clinical Hypnotherapy is a therapy that uses hypnosis to help individuals make a desired change within an area of their life. Hypnosis is simply a relaxed and focused state that we all experience naturally most days (such as when daydreaming or absorbed in a good book or film). When an individual is in hypnosis the unconscious mind is more open to suggestions that correspond to the goals of the individual. This state of awareness is commonly known as a trance.

Why should I choose Hypnotherapy?

If you are reading this then it is safe to assume that there is an area of your life that you are looking to make a change in. Or there is someone in your life that may be struggling and you are searching for a possible answer. Most people come to hypnotherapy as a last resort after trying everything else, which is a shame as it an incredibly versatile therapy that can help bring about lasting change very quickly.

If you have an issue of a personal, mental or emotional nature then hypnotherapy may be the answer for you. Please do not be put off by its portrayal in the media and films. There are many misconceptions that stop those that could benefit from giving it a go. If you have concerns, then take a read of the 12 Most Common Misconceptions about Hypnosis blog post.

What happens in a Hypnotherapy session?

Our approach to therapy is person-centred. By this, we mean that we build up a treatment programme based around your personal needs, beliefs and values. In terms of a structure, a hypnosis session does follow a set of procedures. However, each part can be modified in order to meet the patient’s individual goals.

This is where hypnosis differs from other mind therapies such as CBT. Being able to offer flexibility and make the session about what the patient wants, works wonders in helping them to feel relaxed and make the desired changes.

How does Hypnotherapy work?

When making changes, the hypnotherapist uses positive suggestions, affirmations and visualisations that are in line with the goals of the patient. The unconscious mind does not process negatives, nor does it process suggestions that go against the beliefs and values of the patient.

It is important to note that the mind will focus on whatever you tell it to focus on as well as what you tell it not to focus on. If for example, you tell someone not to think of a white elephant, the first thing they are going to do is think of a white elephant.

In order to make a change, the patient must have suggestions of change put across positively. The approach taken by a hypnotherapist can vary and greatly influence the success of the session too.

Which conditions can Hypnotherapy be used for?

Hypnosis is gaining a lot of recognition for its effectiveness not only in behavioural change but also for medical use in pain relief as well as a range of other mental and physical ailments. It is a flexible treatment that can be used for depression, anxiety, pain, stress, habit disorders, fears and phobias, IBS, the list goes on.

Hypnosis is also gaining a lot of traction due to the fact that there are no known side effects. During hypnosis, the patient simply hears the voice of the therapist. No drugs are administered and therefore the therapy is completely safe.