Hypnotherapy bypasses the conscious analytical deducing mind and works with the subconscious mind. Hypnotherapy relies on the person’s willingness as well as a deep relaxed state for the mind to be receptive. You are therefore susceptible to suggestion.
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One can liken it to a state of focused attention; meditation; trance; a journey of visualisation or even like day dreaming.
The ‘focused mind’ belongs to self and the therapist becomes a partner in assisting one into a hypnotic state for the purposes of increasing motivation around one’s desired changes in habits or lifestyle. Hypnotherapy is about support not control. It is not ‘done to you’ but rather assisting one to a state of mind.
It works with the subconscious mind where we store all our unconscious information. The subconscious mind stores our habits, our values, our beliefs, our experiences, our knowledge our wisdom. It runs our body: pumps our heart, knows when to get the immune system running to fight a cold. One can liken it to a computer but smarter, that has stored information: wisdom, knowledge and experiences.
One allows themselves to enter relaxation. During relaxation one’s debating, critical consciousness gives way to a more focused attention. Focused attention can be deliberate like ‘meditation’ and unconsciously like zoned out by ‘watching TV’. One can focus their attention on anything, blocking out other things. In clinical hypnotherapy (different from stage hypnotherapy) a relaxed/trance/hypnosis state the unconscious mind is more receptive to alternative perspectives and ideas. Basically, relaxation/trance/hypnosis is an effective mediator/translator between conscious control and unconscious function. The subconscious storage can be tapped into more easily during relaxation and can be effective in desired change because the critical/judging/debating conscious has been sidestepped. Our subconscious has the resourcefulness to bring about desired change/reframing by tapping into the core issues/concerns. Both the person and the hypnotherapist work together to gain focused attention for desired change.
Anyone who wants to can achieve relaxation or a trance state. The partnership with the hypnotherapist assists deep levels of focused attention during relaxation.
Some use hypnotherapy to:
- Improve performance
- Modify behaviour
- Manage pain
- Care for self
- Give birth to your child naturally
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Lose Weight
The founding Scottish Physician and surgeon, James Braid in 1841 said it was a neurological state where one fixates themselves, or engrosses themselves on a single idea or train of thought of object and comes indifferently conscious to: al other ideas, impression or trains of thought (Braid 1852:53-54). Gil Boyne, trainer and experienced hypnotherapist expands by saying hypnosis is an extra-ordinary quality of relaxation; change produces normalization of the central nervous system; a heightened and selective sensitivity to stimuli perceived by the five senses and basic perceptions; an immediate softening of psychic defences; it is a self regulation with an emotionalized desire to satisfy suggested behaviour when, what is suggested does not generate conflict with one’s beliefs. Boyne 1985, Transforming therapy pp 38-381
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Hypnotherapy, combined with psychotherapy (counselling) can assist to modify an individual’s attitude, emotions and behaviour as well as managing stress-related illnesses and promote a positive self belief and personal development. Psychotherapy is a therapeutic process that identifies emotional issues that are/have been impacting an individual’s life and show up in unwanted behaviours.
In most sessions there is a component of counselling involved particularly in the Weight Loss and Smoking Programs. Hypno-Psychotherapy also has a component of Counselling particularly in the area of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and with the use of other analytical tools.
How many Sessions do I need
This will depend on the person’s needs and wants and willingness. It also depends on the desired changes and goals. In one session one can notice change and after 3 sessions a noticeable difference. Some may need 4 or 10 sessions. It is all subjective.
Hypnosis has been researched for centuries. Messmer and Erikson understood the quantum side. Current research has gone beyond ‘Does it work’ to “HOW does it work”.