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Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis is something that almost everybody has heard of, and yet is still probably one of the more misunderstood topics in the world. The fact of the matter is that trance is a natural part of human life, describing the state of consciousness that allows you to become lost in what you're reading, ignoring the noises that are always there, or to enjoy imagining that dream holiday even whilst you do everyday tasks like washing up on a kind of mental autopilot.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is simply the controlled use of your unconscious ability to change your state in ways that are beneficial to creating what you really desire in your behaviour or thinking, and that kind of changes are lasting changes.
Hypnosis can help you in:
It isn’t always about fixing problems either, hypnosis is also great for personal and life enhancements like:
WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY
Hypnotherapy is a treatment which uses hypnosis and other therapeutic, psychological techniques and talking therapies, for example Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Our minds are very powerful and complex. Generally our minds make useful links from our experiences and the things we learn. This helps us in our everyday lives, giving us new skills, remembering details, organising ourselves. Sometimes our minds can make unhelpful links or become stuck in a problem, causing us distress. Hypnotherapy combines talking therapies and hypnosis to overcome this distress.
The Hypnosis Part
The hypnotherapist, with the client’s consent, will bring about a trance. A trance is just a state of deep relaxation, it is a normal state that any human being can slip into. Most people have experienced a trance in everyday life; that feeling of deep relaxation and focus when engrossed in a particular piece of music, film or a book.
Being in a trance does not mean that a person is unconsciousness or asleep. The person is always aware and in full control.
A trance is required to access that part of the mind that works more automatically.
The mind has three parts : the conscious, subconscious and the unconscious.
The conscious mind is concerned with what we are aware of now and working on in the present moment, how we think and feel about it.
The subconscious mind is information we can bring into the conscious mind, when it is required, like remembering what we had for breakfast or where we left our car keys.
The unconscious mind is the largest part of our mind and holds information about our memories, experiences and what we have learned about in our life’s journey to date.
We cannot directly access the unconscious mind but it works on information all the time to make sense of what is happening in our lives. This can be in our dreams or totally beyond our awareness. This is the part that hypnosis targets passing information down to the unconscious, for it to make use of when interpreting all that stored information.
By working together to bring about a state of trance, the hypnotherapist and client work together laying down helpful suggestions and making changes to any unhelpful ways in which the mind is working. In trance the client can experience things more fully and be more responsive to these helpful changes to thoughts, feelings or behaviour. The issue that someone brings can be specifically targeted. By individually tailoring suggestions the hypnotherapist can help a person to bring about change in their life and reduce the distress caused by an issue.
Linda Reidie NCH CNHC
The Therapy Part
It is important to explore fully the issue the client brings to therapy during assessment. Understanding the issue fully, allows the therapist to choose the most suitable technique to use when carrying out treatment. During the assessment the hypnotherapist will use talking therapies and possibly paper assessments and diaries, as any counsellor might do, to discover all the elements of the issue. Human beings are complex creatures and even common issues need to be approached on an individual basis to so that techniques are targeted to the root of the issue.
It is also important for clients to have tools they can use outside of the therapy room following hypnosis. The client and hypnotherapist will plan strategies to help overcome negative thinking, improve confidence and build up good routines. This is particularly important with issues such as smoking, sleep, stress or weight management. These tools strengthen the work done in hypnosis and may provide the triggers to break unhelpful habits or lay down more helpful ones.
Some Targets for Treatments:
Dispelling the myths: