How does hypnotherapy actually work?
We believe that there are two levels of your mind; subconscious and conscious. The sub-conscious mind is there for protection and to enable the learning of repetitive tasks so that we can use our conscious awareness to make our day to day decisions in life.
For example, the sub-conscious mind will learn a pattern of behaviour such as balancing or walking, once your sub-conscious mind has learnt (by repetition) how to enable you to balance or walk there is no need for any conscious intervention. Your conscious mind decides the direction in which we walk and where we go, sometimes the sub-conscious mind can be confused, for example; walking up an out of order escalator- the subconscious mind can be confused as it is expecting the escalator to move thus making false conclusions.
Many people don’t actually distinguish between their feelings and their thoughts, using clinical hypnotherapy, we are able to distinguish between our feelings and our thoughts, you can learn to tune into your feelings and associate your thoughts with your feelings, and then learn to be more discerning in your conscious waking state when a certain feeling or thought arises. In this manner, merely by recognizing the connection of the thought and emotion, you are adjusting your sub-conscious mind to react in a different way, stopping the automatic, or trigger reaction. This is essential when dealing with behavioural changes.
Should you be afraid of hypnotherapy
Some people are wary of hypnotherapy and have misconceptions about the process of hypnosis in general. Largely owing to misleading hypnosis performed on stage and television. The hypnotic state is a very natural state of physical relaxation and heightened mental awareness. We slide in and out of different states of consciousness all day long, and we often enter a hypnotic trance state while wide awake.
One example of this kind of trance state is road hypnosis. When you are driving, you often slip into a trance state because of the constant movement of the car and the road going by. Sometimes you may not remember while driving the most recent mile or so.
Another common trance state is when you are very absorbed in watching a film or reading a book, you may even not hear someone in the same room talking to you. You are in a waking trance state when these situations occur.
There are many myths surrounding hypnosis, which are usually from books, television and films. Below are some truths :-
- You cannot be made to do anything against your basic belief system while in trance.
- You may end a trance at any time by opening your eyes.
- You cannot get stuck in trance.
- You may fall asleep while in trance, but when you awaken, you will be out of trance.
- Everyone who wants to be hypnotised can be hypnotised, although the depth of trance will vary with each person.
Hypnotherapy can help you in many ways. It can be used to help with a large range of problems and also to boost positive qualities such as concentration, motivation, determination, optimism and self-esteem, in fact, anything where the mind is involved, which is increasingly being recognised as almost every aspect of our health.
Specifically hypnotherapy is often effectively used for helping people to quit smoking, to deal with weight control issues, various types of anxiety, to overcome phobias, to increase their motivation, resolving skin issues like Psoriasis and Eczema, to aid relaxation and confidence, both generally and also in specific situations (public speaking, exams, driving tests etc.) It is also effective in improving performance and removing mental blocks in work and sporting activities.
Yes! Thousands of our clients would agree.
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Research shows, that hypnotherapy produces positive results and is often successful where many other treatments have failed.
You may know people who somehow seem determined to get over difficulties in their life – and others who simply give up.
If you are uncertain about whether hypnotherapy can work for you or not, all our experience and the evidence-based research on the subject shows that clients have positive outcomes using hypnotherapy even IF initially they have been a little sceptical. The most important thing is wanting to make the change.