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What is Hypnotherapy?
 
 
Hypnotherapy is a unique and effective form of therapy that uses hypnosis to help you focus deeply and become more open to positive suggestions. Think of it like being fully absorbed in a good book or a captivating movie, although you're very relaxed, you're still awake, alert, and fully in control of your surroundings. This state allows you to explore and address deep-seated emotional and cognitive issues in a supportive environment.

Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, looking to overcome habits like smoking or overeating, or simply aiming to improve your sleep quality and overall performance in life, hypnotherapy can be tailored to meet your specific needs. By using techniques such as a calming voice, visualisation, and creating a comforting setting, your hypnotherapist will help guide you into a receptive state where meaningful change can begin.

At its heart, hypnotherapy is about empowerment. During sessions, you'll encounter suggestions designed to foster your personal growth and self-mastery, whether that's boosting your confidence, reshaping negative thoughts, or changing unwanted behavior patterns. This process is a partnership that requires your active participation. The more you're prepared to engage with the process, the more effective it can be.

Performed by a trained and certified hypnotherapist, hypnotherapy is a recognised practice that leverages the power of your subconscious mind to facilitate healing, growth, and positive change. It's a powerful tool for anyone ready to make significant life improvements or find relief from various challenges. If you're considering a step toward personal development, hypnotherapy could be the transformative experience you're looking for.

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Hypnotherapy Session

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Theory

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Here’s what you should know about hypnotherapy:

 

What is Hypnosis?

 

Hypnosis is not like what you see in movies or on stage. It's simply a focused state of attention where you are more open to suggestions. You're fully in control throughout the session, aware of what's happening, and you can't be made to do anything against your will.

 

How It Works

 

During hypnotherapy, you'll be guided into a relaxed state, often compared to daydreaming or the feeling of being absorbed in a book or movie. In this state, your mind is more open to beneficial suggestions and exploring new ways of thinking and behaving.

 

Common Uses

 

People seek hypnotherapy for many reasons. Some want help with overcoming phobias, others may need support in managing chronic pain, overcoming sleep disorders or even stop smoking. It's also widely used for breaking bad habits, improving mental wellness, and boosting confidence.

 

What to Expect in a Session 

 

In a typical hypnotherapy session, we'll first discuss what you want to achieve and any relevant history. Then, I'll guide you into hypnosis, usually using verbal cues and imagery to help you relax deeply. While in this state, I'll use techniques tailored to your goals, such as suggesting ways to approach problems differently, reinforcing your own abilities to handle anxiety, or implanting the thought of healthy habits.

 

Safety and Empowerment

 

Hypnotherapy is safe and you remain in control during the whole process. You can come out of hypnosis at any time and will generally remember what happened during the session. The goal is to empower you by accessing the subconscious mind to promote healing and positive development.

 

If you’re curious about how hypnotherapy might help you make changes or gain more control over your life, it can be a fascinating and effective approach. Many have found it offers solutions where other methods haven't fully succeeded.

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What hypnotherapy is NOT

 

 

Hypnotherapy is a legitimate therapeutic technique, but there are many misconceptions about what it involves. Understanding these can help clarify its purpose and process:

Mind Control

 

Hypnotherapy does not involve the therapist controlling the client's mind or actions. People under hypnosis are not helpless or under the power of the hypnotist; they remain in control of their own behaviors and decisions. When we imagine this we are often thinking of stage hypnotism where the audience participants have been pre-selected based on their voluntary willingness to be an active participant.

 

Sleep or Unconsciousness

 

During hypnosis, clients are not asleep or unconscious. They are in a state of focused awareness, often more aware of their thoughts and surroundings than usual, even though they are deeply relaxed.

 

Magic or Supernatural Elements

 

Hypnotherapy is not magical or mystical. It utilises established psychological techniques to help individuals access their subconscious minds, promoting changes in perception and behavior through suggestion and guided imagery.

 

Memory Eraser

 

It cannot erase memories. While hypnotherapy can help individuals cope with traumatic memories by altering their emotional responses to them, it does not delete these memories from the mind.

 

A Quick Fix

Hypnotherapy is not a one-session miracle cure. It requires multiple sessions and the client's active participation, both during sessions and often through practicing techniques at home. The effectiveness of hypnotherapy also depends on the individual’s openness to the process and their specific circumstances.

A Replacement for Medical Treatment

 

It is not a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. Hypnotherapy can complement medical treatment for certain conditions, but it should not replace conventional medical care, especially for serious physical or mental health issues.

Understanding what hypnotherapy is not, helps set realistic expectations for those considering it as a therapeutic option.

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Mind Control

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Sleep/ Unconsciousness

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Medical Treatment

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