Hypnotherapy is a type of complementary therapy that uses hypnosis, which is an altered state of consciousness. Hypnosis is widely promoted as a treatment for various long-term conditions and for breaking certain habits.
During hypnosis I use a soothing, quiet voice to help you go into a state similar to daydreaming.
In this state of deep relaxation your unconscious mind becomes very receptive to the life-changing, solution-focused suggestions we (the patient and therapist) construct.
Naturally, it is essential that the changes intended are exactly what the patient wants; this is discussed in detail between the patient and the hypnotherapist before any hypnosis takes place.
Although hypnosis is not strictly a therapy in itself, the hypnotic trance allows the hypnotherapist to gain access to a person’s subconscious, or unconscious, mind. It is our subconscious that determines much of the way we behave and react to events.
The conscious mind, that part of the brain that we use in the wakened state is relatively small compared with the subconscious part of the mind. The subconscious is like the bulk of an iceberg under the tiny tip (the conscious mind) that floats above the surface.
Our subconscious contains all our past-learnt experiences and memories, all our learnt behavior patterns and reflexes, as well as those inherent survival reflexes that are already present at birth.
The state of hypnosis is essentially a state of deep relaxation and is thus almost universally found to be pleasant.
Hypnotherapy involves the patient entering this state of deep relaxation, during which the mind, particularly the subconscious mind, becomes very open to positive, behavior-changing suggestions that are created together by the patient and therapist.