Because of the Hypnosis stage shows seen on television people have unfortunately developed many misconceptions about Hypnotherapy. It is important to understand that Hypnosis is totally natural; we all go in and out of trance states throughout the day every day! A trance is a form of self-hypnosis. This can happen when we are driving, watching TV or working at a computer. Our minds can become totally focused and we create an altered state of ordinary consciousness blocking out the outside world. This of course is very useful when we need to concentrate on a task and also to create a state of relaxation.
During hypnotherapy the therapist induces a client into a relaxed hypnotic trance whereby they can relax and just allow their mind to wander, they will be aware of what is happening around them and they will remember everything afterwards.
The client will not feel hypnotised because there is no such thing as a hypnotised feeling! On the contrary most people find their senses much more alert than usual. People often worry that they will be under the control of the hypnotherapist but this is simply untrue, you cannot be made to do anything you do not want to or would not normally do. After the session the client will awaken into their ordinary consciousness feeling totally relaxed and refreshed.
Hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep, hypnosis simply narrows down the clients attention and thereby more focus can be given to the hypnotherapist's appropriate suggestions that will help the client with the problem. These suggestions are very specific and can help a client make long term positive changes within themselves. The Hypnotherapist facilitates the client in creating the hypnotic state. The most important skill of a therapist is to carefully script the specific suggestions suitable to your problem.
Who would benefit from Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is very effective for treating issues such as Panic Attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Obesity, Anxiety Disorders or stress related disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Eczema the list is endless.
Hypnosis is also great for the treatment of fears and phobias as they are deep seated in the subconscious mind and therefore no amount of conscious will power can change the client’s behaviour or physical/emotional reactions. Hypnotherapy can change the subconscious programming so that the client no longer reacts to the phobia in the same way as before. With any issue or problem the most important thing required is the client’s willingness to change.