HYPNOTHERAPY is the application of psychotherapeutic techniques in such a way as to bring about positive therapeutic benefits for the client, whilst the client is in a relaxed and comfortable state referred to as a hypnotic trance. A Therapist acts a guide enabling the client to activating their inner resources in order to achieve therapeutic goals.
The founder of modern Clinical Hypnotherapy was Scottish Doctor James Braid (1795 -1860), who developed the use of Hypnotherapy for use in treating ‘functional nervous disorders’ as part of his pioneering medical work. In contrast the term Mesmerism is derived from the work of Franz Mesma who used various methods to induce a state of relaxation, which allowed healing to take place.
Since the 1890s, hypnotherapy had been accepted by the British Medical Association (BMA), and in the 1950s the therapy reached a new level of acceptance when both the British and American Medical Associations actually recommended hypnotherapy to treat a variety of physical and mental conditions.
Thanks to Neil Wood of http://www.hypnotherapy-selby.co.uk for use of the video
How does Hypnotherapy work?
The human being is a complex mind-body organism, and the complexity of our minds reflects that. Today we think of the mind as having two parts, the conscious and the subconscious. Hypnotherapy works by bypassing aspect of the conscious mind and working directly with the unconscious mind. The unconscious mind is very powerful, imaginative and with the right support can work in partnership with the therapist and the client’s conscious wishes to create deep change in thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
This means that clients who, for example, have phobias or fears, or experience constant pain or lack self-confidence and self-esteem can, through work with the unconscious mind, change their behaviours and attitudes and even learn to control pain.
What does hypnotherapy involve?
Each session with a hypnotherapist will generally last for about an hour. At the start of the first session the therapist will take a detailed medical history and find out what the client hopes to achieve. The client will then be invited sit or lie, fully clothed, in a reclining chair, perhaps covered with a blanket maybe with background music.
The therapist will begin by taking the client through a relaxation process, which often relaxing various groups of muscles, and perhaps visualising a relaxing scene. When the client is completely comfortable and relaxed, the therapist will then guide the client into a deeper state of relaxation, by talking directly to the client’s unconscious mind while offering positive suggesting by a variety of therapeutic techniques. It may be that those techniques involve formal trance beginning with relaxation but it may not, depending on what is the best way to address your issue positively. The tools we use include Cognative Behavioural Therapy, Tapping techniques, EMDR ( Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogrammng), Gestalte Therapy, NLP, and various individualised combinations of these.
Throughout the session, the client may remain aware of what is going on in the room and is, at any time, could choose open their eyes and end the session. While the client is in this relaxed state the therapist is better able to communicate directly with the client’s unconscious mind, however the therapist could never influence a person to do something they didn’t want to. This means the hypnotherapist is able to offer helpful suggestions such as, for example, the client will find the smell and taste of cigarettes completely unappealing; or that when in a crowded place, the client will in future remain calm and in control.
Therapy is a process and not an event.
While some clients will get what they want from the first session most clients will be seen for a course of treatment involving several sessions. For some clients the treatment may be over a period of time, but generally most people should expect to be seen at least twice. It’s not possible to predict the number of sessions involved in treatment but if your concerned please discuss this with your therapist at the first session.
Who can I see for hypnotherapy
What is it good for?
Hypnotherapy works well for a wide range of problems including eating disorders, smoking cessation, alcoholism and other substance abuse, panic attacks, anxiety, lack of confidence, phobias of all kinds, and pain relief from arthritis or other conditions.
Thoughts and ideas:
People can suffer from thoughts of low self-esteem, or obsessive thoughts about someone or something. They may not be able, for example, to get out of their minds the idea that they are suffering from an illness, despite medical reassurance, or that a partner is unfaithful. Hypnotherapy may help the client to change such ideas.
People often experience an irrational fear of a variety of insects, animals, objects or situations and Hypnotherapy is particularly renowned for its effectiveness in assisting sufferers to overcome these distressing and inhibiting conditions. More about phobia
People can suffer from a wide variety of distressing feelings such as panic attacks, anxiety, jealousy, guilt, anger or inadequacy. Whatever the problematic feeling, Hypnotherapy may be able deal with it more specifically than can a drug, and without potentially harmful side effects.
People can find themselves in the grip of many habits that they seem unable to control, from something like nail biting or smoking to more deep-seated compulsions. Hypnotherapy, using psychotherapeutic techniques, can help to remove habits with precision and again, a total freedom from side effects.
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