Hypnosis is an altered state of awareness. This might at first sound a little alarming, but you are in an altered state of awareness at various times during your usual daily patterns.
When you are concentrating or are absorbed in something which really interests you, or when you are day dreaming, or lost in a story in a book or a film on the television – you are experiencing an altered state of consciousness. It is a time when your conscious mind is not paying as much attention as normal. Time might seem to pass much more quickly than normal, or you might realise you had automatically done or experienced things without being consciously aware of it.
Your subconscious is your most powerful ally in helping you to make changes, but often the chatter of the conscious mind can get in the way of you accessing it. Hypnosis can help to quieten the conscious mind to allow your subconscious mind to absorb and make use of positive and helpful suggestions.
In a hypnotherapy session, drowsiness or relaxation is deliberately induced which will help you to develop an altered state of consciousness. Your mind’s attention is focused so that the suggestions you are given have your undivided attention. These positive suggestions will be shaped to help you with the concerns or issues you have.
When you are experiencing the hypnotic trance you will still be aware of everything around you, but other things just won’t be as important as the suggestions you are being given.
Hypnotherapy is not something which is ‘done to you’. As well as relaxation and concentration, it is essential that you are involved throughout. Working to make the changes you want and need cannot happen and will not work without your commitment and participation in the process. As your hypnotherapist, I will guide you through the experience to help you to make the changes you want. This is often done through developing deep relaxation and the use of suggestions.
There are so many issues that hypnotherapy may work with that it is impossible to give a full list here.
It can be used to help people take control to:
I work with people of all ages from 7 upwards. (Diploma in Paediatric Hypnotherapy). Hypnosis can be an effective treatment for a variety of problems and issues with children. Children are generally very receptive to hypnosis because they often have wonderful imaginations and this helps them to work well with hypnotic suggestion.
Common issues for children include:
These are not definitive lists, but hopefully this will have given you some idea of just how many different ways in which hypnotherapy can help.
Don't hesitate to contact me if you can't see something in this list that you are interested in working with, or if you have any other questions or concerns.
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