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Would hypnotherapy actually work for me?

 

Hypnotherapy is scoffed at more than a few – the concept of a swinging watch and the saying ‘you are feeling sleepy… very sleepy’ is sadly what springs to mind whenever people hear the word ‘hypnosis’. Either that or they associate it with being made to do degrading things like clucking like a chicken. Far from being a type of amusement, a real hypnotic approach provides individuals with the opportunity to escape adverse habits, like eating too much or smoking cigarettes, through working with the subconscious. Yet it’s quite normal to wonder ‘hypnotherapy – does it work?’ if you’re thinking about using this therapeutic method. Because there is much confusion about this form of hypnotic treatment, it’s important for you to learn about how it could help and what positive aspects it can bring.

What makes hypnotherapy work?

By making use of the subconscious mind and by using the power of suggestion, a hypnotherapist can re-programme unhelpful beliefs with new constructive ideas. The subconscious mind records all of what we have witnessed or dealt with, unlike the conscious mind which quickly forgets most of our experiences. By handling these subconscious viewpoints and routines, the hypnotherapist could help the person create more favourable and healthy patterns of behaviour.

The stereotypical belief is that hypnotherapy necessitates sending the person to sleep. But, what in reality happens is that the person is guided into a significantly relaxed state of mind.

Some clients don’t even discover that they have gotten so relaxed until they are brought back into a fully alert state of mind. Some people undergo no conscious shift in their mindset, because throughout a hypnosis session the individual remains conscious of everything that is going on around them. However, several people may be surprised by how little they can remember about the session, as often a degree of amnesia happens when we are really relaxed.

Actual effects

So many clients have experienced constructive life changes by making use of a hypnotic approach, for problems including smoking cigarettes, weight issues, anxiety and panic, depression, lack of sleep and addiction. Numerous celebrities have also taken advantage of going to a hypnotherapist for a range of problems; such as Matt Damon, Jack Dee, Sophie Dahl and Simon Cowell.

 

Though hypnotherapy might have only just gotten widespread awareness, it is far from a new technique – at the end of the 19th century, a commissioned study by the British Medical Association discovered that “as a therapeutic agent hypnotism is frequently effective in relieving pain, procuring sleep, and alleviating many functional ailments [i.e. psychosomatic complaints and anxiety disorders].” Einstein is even believed to have used it!

 

So with over 100 years of positive regard, plus the backing of quite a few individuals and celebrities, hypnosis provides a tried-and-tested, beneficial answer to a huge assortment of issues.

As,an experienced therapist I’ve spoken to many clients and indeed members of the general public who feel quite worried or even scared by the prospect of having hypnosis. This is understandable, as the media has portrayed hypnosis as something that is ‘weird’ or that you can be made to do silly things. Hypnosis is a natural state of deep relaxation that we all enter on a daily basis.  Some people are anxious about us having control of their mind but this is definitely not the case. Hypnotherapy, simply put, is being guided into a pleasant state of deep relaxation which enables us, as therapists, to help you to achieve your desired goals and live a more enjoyable life. Almost anything that has a psychological component could be treated successfully by hypnotherapy. Some physical problems can also be treated such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, chronic pain and psoriasis

Areas of expertise are anxiety and panic disorders, post traumatic stress, clinical depression, confidence and self-esteem, fears and phobias, relationship problems.

 

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