What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a state of focused attention combining Psychotherapy and Hypnosis, which enables the subconscious mind to make beneficial changes. Hypnotic trance is perfectly natural and we all have the power within us to improve our lives and achieve our goals; it is unlocking this potential that gives Hypnotherapy its great power.
During a session we will work together using guided relaxation to help unlock your true potential. Hypnosis is a safe, powerful technique which creates a deeply relaxed state of the body, mind and emotions. As a therapist, I will guide you into a relaxed trance by the sound of my voice. It is not, however, sleep.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is another term for a state of relaxed focus. It is a perfectly natural state. Actually we all enter such a state – sometimes called a trance state – twice a day: once when we are falling asleep, and once when we are waking up. That kind of fuzzy, timeless state between being awake and dreaming is a trance state.
Other times that people enter a natural state of trance would be driving, watching TV, listening to music, a mindful hobby or activity in the “flow” state. These are all “altered states of consciousness,” and all are various levels of trance.
Some people leave their first hypnotherapy session saying, “I wasn’t hypnotised – I knew what was going on the whole time!” Well of course you did! Hypnosis is not a state of amnesia or of no awareness. Just the opposite true, in fact: hypnosis is a state of very heightened awareness and focus.
Much more can be accomplished when the person undergoing hypnosis remembers everything.
Will I bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken?
You might have seen a stage show where a hypnotist made people do all these crazy things or watched movies about it. The stage hypnotist carefully selects his subjects (watch how many volunteers he has sit down), and he chooses people he knows WILL bark like a dog. They will because somewhere inside them is a part that loves to entertain. And they will do it because, deep down inside, they don’t believe there is anything wrong with barking like a dog.
Hypnosis can not make you do something that is against your morals or ethics. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, in truth, and no hypnotist can make you do something that you really don’t want to do. That’s why some people can be hypnotised to stop smoking and yet they still smoke. You have to want the change, agree with the change, and then hypnosis is an instrument for helping make that change better, faster, and permanent.
Will I lose control?
This is another Hollywood myth. You always have control, and you can always hear what’s going on. Hypnosis is nothing but a state of relaxed deep focus. It is a natural state that you enter at least twice a day (while waking up and while falling asleep!), and probably much more often than that. If at any time you are in trance and you wish to be fully awake, you can just count to yourself “1 – 2- 3” and open your eyes.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Most people can go into at least a light trance, this is sufficient for most hypnotherapeutic goals. Therefore the majority of people can benefit from Hypnotherapy to some extent.
How do I choose a good hypnotherapist?
I would recommend talking with them over the phone, and asking any questions you have. Any questions at all. They should be able to answer any questions you have in a friendly, informative, and understandable manner.
You should select a hypnotherapist that seems warm and friendly, and is easy to for you to understand and follow. Their voice should be pleasing to you, especially since you will probably be listening to cassette tapes with their voice on them many times.
All in all, you should be comfortable with the person’s demeanour, voice, and instructional style. Typically, the first twenty minutes of your first session with a hypnotherapist will be an introduction to hypnosis and a bit of chat about the changes you would like to make. If you find the hypnotherapist rubbing you the wrong way after this twenty minute chat, you should simply say that you don’t think you are quite ready to be hypnotised yet, and you would like to try another day. Then interview other hypnotherapists until you find one you like.
Why should I learn self-hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a powerful life skill for the modern person. There is a great deal of stress to be handled in today’s work environment, schools, and society in general. Self-hypnosis, at the most basic level, is wonderful for relaxing, calming, and restoring a healthful energy to your body. It gives a sense of control and being connected with mind and body that supports confidence and success.
After becoming more skilled in self-hypnosis, you’ll find that it can help you maintain motivation and peak performance, as well as health and vigor. It can help you make clear decisions. It is incredibly powerful to be able to discover what your subconscious beliefs and patterns are and be able to change them at will. You can literally design your life! Cope with almost any problem. Remain more calm and centered in day to day life. You can design your patterns and beliefs to propel you to your highest goals and to your vision of success.
How is hypnotherapy different than affirmations?
Hypnotherapy has the advantage of being able to communicate with the subconscious in a two-way fashion. Affirmations don’t facilitate direct responses from the subconscious; they only seek to speak to the subconscious. A post-hypnotic suggestion is also different than an affirmation: effects tend to be more direct, more specific, and more immediate when using post-hypnotic suggestions.
Other than that, the language of hypnosis and of affirmations is similar. Both are always expressed in the present tense, and always in the positive. If you ever meet a hypnotherapist that uses the words, “don’t smoke” as a direct suggestion, choose a different hypnotherapist!
Isn’t Hypnosis dangerous?
Myths about hypnosis, perpetuated by Hollywood movies, urban legends and fiction books lead people to think all kinds of things about hypnosis, including that it is somehow dangerous. Some people have heard that you can go into trance and not wake up. Or that the hypnotist can make you do things you don’t want to do. These things are untrue. You are always in control, always able to “came back” to full waking state at anytime if you wanted or needed to. The number one job of the subconscious mind is to protect you, and it is always on the job.
Of course, you will want to choose a hypnotherapist that has been well trained and that is trustworthy. Select one that gives you confidence. Hypnosis is a safe and beneficial procedure when facilitated by an ethical and trained professional.
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