What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is using the state of hypnosis to treat a variety of medical and psychological problems. It is estimated that 85% of people will respond at some level to clinical hypnotherapy. It may even succeed where other more conventional methods of treatment have not produced the desired result. When carried out by a trained and qualified hypnotherapist the benefits can be long lasting and often permanent. It is natural and safe, with no harmful side effects.
Clinical applications of Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is medically accepted to benefit the following and more: unwanted habits – smoking, nail biting, weight control / healthy eating, improve work / study / sporting performance, boost self-confidence and achieving potential, phobias, compulsions, emotional problems, sleep problems, inhibitions, worries, reduce stress and tension.
Myths surrounding Hypnosis
One of the major myths in hypnosis is that the hypnotised person is actually asleep, so deep asleep that they have no control over what they are doing and will have no memory of what happens to them. This is not the case at all. Anybody under hypnosis is not asleep but in a nice deep relaxed state often known as trance.
Can I be made to do things against my will while under hypnosis? No you cannot. Popular ideas on this seem to be holding up banks or jumping off cliffs! Nobody can be made to do anything they do not want to do. The conscious mind will always override the sub-conscious mind and make sure you are safe and well. Another idea supporting this myth are volunteers at a stage hypnosis show. Surely they are doing things against their will, well no. The clue is in the word volunteer. Nobody dragged them onto the stage kicking and screaming and I doubt they thought they were going up there for afternoon tea. The volunteers at a stage hypnosis show know what to expect, so the men giving birth on stage will have some preconception that these types of scenarios will happen before they are even hypnotised. In other words they know what will be expected of them when chosen by the stage hypnotist.
After being taken out of the trance some people find it difficult to believe that they were even hypnotised because they heard everything said to them. It is very common to hear and remember everything. In lots of cases the person only remembers the voice of the hypnotist and it would seem all background noise had been muted.
Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
If left hypnotised I might get stuck in the trance state. No you won’t. If for some strange reason the hypnotherapist left you to your own devices you would eventually come out of the trance feeling nice and relaxed and fully refreshed.
Does everyone respond to hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis has the capacity to work for the majority of individuals but some are more susceptible to suggestions than others. The most important thing to remember is that you must be fully committed to the process and feel that you can place your trust in your hypnotherapist. It’s also important to keep an open mind, as any scepticism may subconsciously dampen your susceptibility.
Can I be hypnotised against my will?
In Hollywood films yes, in the real world a definite no. Hypnosis relies on complete participation from the client. The client must have an open mind and believe in hypnosis. Anybody who consults a hypnotherapist with a view to show that hypnosis will not work will achieve the desired effect. It is all about believing in the therapist and believing in yourself.
What is the difference between the conscious and sub-conscious mind?
The conscious mind thinks about things before it acts, the sub-conscious mind just gets on with things. Imagine watching a film and something funny happens and you laugh. This is the sub-conscious mind at work. You did not have to think about laughing, you just did it. Another good example is driving your car. You get in, start the engine and off you go, again the sub-conscious working away. Now remember when you were taking driving lessons…Pressing down on the accelerator to get just enough revs, easing up on the clutch without stalling. That is the conscious mind at work. In other words you haven’t learned enough to let the sub-conscious take control. Hypnosis bypasses the conscious mind in order to correct things in the sub-conscious.