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What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy utilises hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. Those properly trained to use hypnosis such as a qualified mental health therapist, will do so to help a client tackle and overcome both mental and physical conditions. Many medical professionals recognise it to be a valid tool that can be very effective at times when the subconscious mind is preventing healing by other methods.
How does Hypnotherapy work?
The action of hypnosis puts a client into a hypnotic trance, and it is this trance that facilitates a connection between our conscious and our subconscious minds.
People sometimes find it helpful to think of the subconscious mind as a filing system, like one stored on a computer. Everything we think, feel and experience is stored there.
Under the controlled guidance of a skilled and trained hypnotherapist, and with the mind in a relaxed but focused state, repressed memories and buried emotions can be accessed and brought to the conscious mind. With the right search enquiries being made, often the root causes of a mental issue (or physical issue) can be uncovered.
Take smoking, for example. Many people accept this to be an unhealthy choice, and yet they still smoke. Through hypnotherapy, however, a skilled practitioner can investigate a person’s experiences to discover what ‘pushes’ their client to make unhealthy decisions, despite their best judgement. The aim then is for the hypnotherapist to examine the impulses that drive a seemingly unbreakable habit and create new conclusions/decisions for that person to make. It isn’t so much about suggesting that the smell of cigarette smoke, for example, is horrible, but more about facilitating the thought of an alternative approach to someone so that they decide to pursue a different behaviour.
Put simply, hypnotherapy takes something that is seemingly irrational and reveals the logic/rationale that actually sits behind it unconsciously.
What issues will Hypnotherapy help with?
On the face of it, people often think of hypnotherapy as treating deeply ingrained psychological issues. And that is certainly the case. But what people don’t always realise is that it can be those deeply ingrained issues that then trigger things like performance anxiety, sleep problems, and weight gain. So turning to hypnotherapy for relieving these things will often also relieve other challenges an individual faces and ‘free’ their mind up in many other ways.
Repressed memories from childhood, both traumatic ones and lower-key repeated experiences, leave their mark. The fact that these memories are repressed, though, means they cannot be dealt with and are closed off.
Triggers in later life, however, can activate a subconscious response where we ‘relive’ the experience again and again. And though our behaviour or reactions can seem irrational, we can’t seem to overcome the problem. The use of hypnotherapy enables different responses to be introduced. By tackling things in this way, hypnotherapy can be used to relieve some extremely debilitating challenges. For example:
- Smoking and other addictions
- Eating disorders and weight problems
- Stress/anxiety issues
- Grief management
- Sleep disorders
What methods are used?
The process of hypnosis slows the brainwaves down, per se, to a level akin to just before falling asleep. It’s in this state that the mind is particularly open to suggestion and reworking, and a range of techniques are then available to a therapist to help people overcome the unwanted thoughts and behaviours they struggle with. Techniques used include:
Suggestion therapy – This is where a hypnotherapist makes suggestions that support and reinforce the changes a client wants to make, including using positive affirmations etc. Suggestion therapy tends to be a one-way process, however, where the therapist makes the suggestions, so it isn’t always ‘deep’ enough to tackle the underlying emotional conflict that’s going on.
Analytical hypnotherapy – This seeks to understand why a suggestion being made, as per above, is being rejected, with the aim of then uncovering the underlying conflict through two-way communication between the client and the therapist.
Progression – This is where a client’s focus is pointed towards the future to visualise themselves reaching their goal and giving them positive expectations.
Visualisation – This is where, once in a hypnotised state, the client is talked through experiencing an event or scenario e.g. sitting on a peaceful beach, where their problems are blown away by the wind.
Why hire a hypnotherapist?
As you can see, hypnosis and hypnotherapy can have a hugely positive impact on a person’s approach to living. There are many self-help CDs (downloads) available, which can enable someone to test it out. However, the problem with these is that the questions and suggestions are very generic and may not dig deeply into the right parts of the psyche to make a difference. However, working one-to-one with a qualified hypnotherapist provides a tailored approach; one that enables them to probe the right topics and hopefully uncover the root causes of the issues you’re tackling. They can then help you overcome those conflicts with an experienced guiding hand.
If you’d like to find out more, contact our hypnotherapy Milton Keynes office at 01908 265410. We’d welcome the opportunity to discuss how it could work for you and make the difference you’re looking for.
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