Hypnosis is a perfectly natural state where you focus your attention while forgetting about what is going on around you. As a result, we can access your unconscious mind.
We often fall into self hypnosis without even noticing. Like when we daydream or when we get lost in a book or a movie. Then someone could call our name or talk to us and we may not even notice.
When driving we often notice that we’ve stopped thinking about driving and are driving in a trance. We have created self-hypnosis.
You are in total control but you have let yourself focus your attention onto just one thing for long enough that life begins to feel like it no longer need your conscious attention. Your unconscious mind has taken over.
During hypnosis we are usually very relaxed in both body and mind. Yet we can pull ourself back to an everyday state of attention at will, whenever we want to.
For the benefits of hypnotherapy we purposely guide you into this state rather than waiting for you to drift into it. And then we take it deeper.
Once in this state, you have greater access to your unconscious mind and you are likely to be more relaxed too.
(Please note that it is important for an individual to consult with their GP before having hypnotherapy if they have been diagnosed as suffering from clinical depression, epilepsy or schizophrenia)
HYPNOSIS IS NOT SLEEP. Many people have the misconception that they are just going to sit in a comfortable chair and go to sleep for an hour or so, then wake up with all their problems magically resolved. Yet using hypnosis strategically requires commitment and input from both of us.
We don’t do stage hypnosis
You’ve probably seen or heard of stage hypnosis at some time. Well, clinical hypnotherapy is not the same. If you are watching someone who has been hypnotised on stage, it may look as though they don’t know what’s happening to them. In truth, even though they have allowed themselves to be hypnotised, they are totally aware of what they are saying or doing, and they are choosing to follow the hypnotist’s instructions, in order to satisfy an urge. They unconsciously want to have the on stage experience and to be a ‘Star’ for a short while. With hypnotherapy, the main difference is that you are working to resolve an issue that is troubling you or holding you back in your life. That is what you are choosing to do.
You are always in control
When engaging in hypnosis you can never be made to say or do anything you don’t want to. If anyone were to give you a suggestion that you didn’t morally approve of, you would simply reject it and come out of hypnosis. You will never reveal any information involuntarily or be made to act in an inappropriate way. You are always in control, but at the same time you are usually very deeply relaxed.
Whilst you are in hypnosis, your subconscious mind is open and receptive to the suggestions given to you, providing they are the suggestions that you consciously want to take effect. You will be able to hear everything during the hypnosis session and you’ll be aware of (but not concerned with) the outside noises and movements. You are not asleep.
After the session is finished, the only difference you may be aware of is that you feel more relaxed than usual, and you will begin to feel differently about your issues. When you leave the session you will be able to drive or go straight back to work or do whatever you need to do.
You will probably remember almost everything that has been said, either by yourself or by me. More importantly, your unconscious mind will have heard absolutely everything in the session and will have started to make the necessary changes to reframe or remove the negative patterns and limiting beliefs that have been stopping you from being successful and having the life you want.
Practice makes perfect, so you will find that every session of hypnosis is at least ten times more powerful that the previous one. You will start to notice how different you feel and act without you having to force yourself. You will have changed from within.
Hypnotherapy with a highly-trained and experienced therapist really can impact your life.
How does it happen
To induce you into the state of hypnosis I simply use my voice, while you follow along with what I’m saying. We’ll only start the process after you fully understand what we are doing and what your part in it is.
Once you’re in a state of hypnosis you’ll feel mentally and physically relaxed, your past memories will be more easily accessible and it will be easier to make the changes you desire from this state.